Truth Precepts   3 comments

This is Part 7 of a series – What If Truth Went Viral? Check it out.

There are some basic principles to understand about God’s Truth

First – There IS such a thing as Truth. It has been recorded in God’s Word. It is a proposition that says truth (true truth) is to be the focal point of Christian lives and discovered in and through Jesus Christ. Contrary to the teachings and beliefs of human philosophers and occult religionists, Truth exists and we can put it into word, phrases, and sentences that make sense. Truth is recorded in God’s Word (John 17:17). We can find the answers to life’s questions in the Bible. We are to know the Truth and to live it.

Listen, Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You must love the Lord your God with your whole mindyour whole beingand all your strength.

These words I am commanding you today must be kept in mind, and you must teach them to your children and speak of them as you sit in your house, as you walk along the roadas you lie down, and as you get up. You should tie them as a reminder on your forearm and fasten them as symbols on your forehead. Inscribe them on the door frames of your houses and gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 

By the way, this passage known as the Shema would have been a principle Jesus was raised to believe and to quote every day and He referred to it when speaking with the Pharisees and temple priests.

Truth is embodied in Jesus Christ (John 14:6) Only hours before His encounter with Pilate, Jesus had said, “I am the Truth.” In Him, we see the Truth of God walking in a human body (John 1:14,18). If you want to know Truth face-to-face you will find it in Jesus.

Second – Biblical Truth is objective. What Francis Shaefer called “true truth” is utterly unlike liberal, existential forms of small truths. Biblical faith teaches that the events recorded in the Bible are reliable historical facts. If you look at the apostolic sermons in Acts 7, 10 and 13, you find that the preaching of the apostles was grounded in the historical truths of the Bible and thus is consistent with the preaching of Moses and the prophets of the Old Testament. The apostles were not mystics or philosophers. They preached and taught about God, who is, who acts, and who communicates through personal intervention in, and providential guidance of the history of human events. As the apostles recorded the gospel records, they were careful to stress the reality of what they were writing about. The life and works of Jesus actually happened.

Now many have undertaken to compile an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, like the accounts passed on to us by those who were eyewitnesses and servants of the word from the beginningSo it seemed good to me as well, because I have followed all things carefully from the beginning, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know for certain the things you were taught. Luke 1:1-4

Luke was a doctor who traveled with Paul and then Peter and possibly John. He was a careful historian whose claims have been backed up by archeology. He never walked with Jesus, but there is evidence in his gospel of his having interviewed those who had, including Jesus’ mother, Mary.

Now Jesus performed many other miraculous signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:30-31

John lived and walked with Jesus and was witness to the events he recorded. He wasn’t trying to re-invent the wheel however. He was the last of the gospel writers. Matthew, Mark and Luke’s histories had been in circulation for several years when John wrote his. He didn’t need to record every event, though perhaps he recorded a few that the others had not.

This is the disciple who testifies about these things and has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true. There are many other things that Jesus did. If every one of them were written downI suppose the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. John 21:24-25

Paul in teaching on the resurrection in particular, stressed the eyewitness accounts of it, and the importance of its factuality to the Christian faith.

Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you, that you received and on which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message I preached to you – unless you believed in vain. For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received – that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as though to one born at the wrong time, he appeared to me also. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me has not been in vain. In fact, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God with me. Whether then it was I or theythis is the way we preach and this is the way you believed.

Now if Christ is being preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is futile and your faith is empty. 1 Corinthians 15:1-14

Paul invited his readers to go find the witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection. Some of them were still alive and there were many witnesses … including Paul. One of the requirements of an apostle was that he had seen Jesus resurrected. Paul qualified because Jesus had appeared to him on the road to Damascus. That encounter had so changed Paul’s life that he could not deny the truth. He went from persecuting the church to being its greatest missionary because the Truth had made Himself known to him.

Truth exists and it is knowable. None of us today saw Jesus when He was alive and it’s doubtful we have seen Him in resurrected form. But we have the histories recorded by those who did live through those events and we have the testimony of those who have accepted that truth.

Christian know the Truth and Jesus the Truth has set us free.

Part 8

Posted June 2, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in Christianity

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