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The Divine Truth

The ultimate truth of all life, is Jesus.

The Exclusive Claims Of Christianity

Isaiah 43:11 (NIV) “I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no saviour.”

Hosea 13:4 (KJV) “Yet I am the Lord thy God… and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.”

John 14:6 (NIV) “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Mohammed, Buddha, Krishna, and others taught a way to God, some truth about God, and gave instructions on how to live life. These religions did not originally claim to be exclusively true, just better than competing brands. Christianity, however, is unique. It claims “revelation” truth: that God has once and for all “expressed Himself” through Jesus Christ — the exact representation of His Character.

Hebrews 1: 1–3 (ESV): Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. (see also Matt 21:38, 28:18; John 1:3; 2 Cor 4:4)

Colossians 1:15-18 (ESV): He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 

John 14:6 (Phillips): “I myself am the way and the truth and the life. No one approaches the Father except through me.”

Acts 4:12 (NIV): “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

The Parable of The Various Opinions About The Door

Imagine that you are trapped inside a large building, where people are arguing about various opinions about if there is a door and how to get out. Some believe that this wall has a door in it, others that wall. Groups are formed to encourage belief in which phantom door is best. One group asserts that the way out is up through ladders that extend into the sky. And here is a group trying to tunnel out using dark, secret, ancient maps. Another group is sure that any wall will have a door if you “just believe” in yourself. And yet another group insists that “the door” and “outside” are merely a state of mind. Some have seen through all this nonsense and given up the search entirely.

Enter one who says: “I have some good news! There is a way out, but only one. It’s narrow, there isn’t a large door. I will prove it. Give up your deep, sophisticated, or silly notions and follow me!” But the various groups are so enamoured with their own ideas that few pay much attention. The “phantom door” group thinks it unsportsmanlike to assert that there is only one door. Intellectual evolutionists might complain that this “good news” lacks sophistication or intellectual appeal. The “deep ones” go to inspect the door, collect facts about it, even “hang out” around it, but never go through it. They become experts at door trivia. The “just believe” types are always happy to hear of a new door and are emboldened by this news to try ever harder to walk through revolving doors that don’t exist. In the end, for various reasons, very few make it out through the revealed door.

One Way?

John 10:7, 9a-10 (NIV): Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who ever come before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved…The thief comes only to steal and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Acts 4:12:  “In no one else can salvation be found. For in all the world no other name has been given to men but this, and it is by this name that we must be saved!”

Many find this aspect of Christianity offensive. “How arrogant! What an insult to the other great world religions!” But consider this: If God ever did desire to express what He was like, wouldn’t He also make sure to say: “This is it–the true version” to differentiate His revelation from contradictory, man-made religions? If God ever has really revealed Himself, that religion would “stick out” by claiming from the foundation of the world through many generations — as it has through the Jews — to be exclusively true. Some are likely to be upset by this, but if there is any truth to be had, it must be packaged like this.

God Decides To Communicate With Man

John 1:1-2,14 (Phillips): At the beginning God expressed himself. That personal expression, that Word, was with God, and was God, and he existed with God from the beginning…So the Word of God became a human being and lived among us.

John 1:14b (NIV): We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

1 Timothy 2:5-7 (Phillips): For there is only one God, and only one intermediary between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus. He gave himself as a ransom for all men–an act of redemption which stands at all times as a witness to what he is… (I speak the sober truth; I do not lie)….

Fact Or Fiction?

Christianity has claimed to be true from the very beginning. These events really happened.

1 Corinthians 15:1-7 (NEB): And now, my brothers, I must remind you of the Gospel that I preached to you; the Gospel which you received, on which you have taken your stand, and which is now bringing you salvation. Do you still hold fast the Gospel as I preached it to you? If not, your conversion was in vain. First and foremost, I handed on to you the facts which had been imparted to me: that Christ died for our sins, in accordance with the Scriptures; that he was buried; that he was raised to life on the third day, according to the Scriptures; and that he appeared to Cephas, and afterwards to the Twelve. Then he appeared to over 500 of our brothers at once, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, and afterwards to all the Apostles.

1 John 1:1-4 (Phillips): We are writing to you about something which has always existed yet which we ourselves actually heard and saw with our own eyes: something which we had the opportunity to observe closely and even to hold in our own hands, something of the Word of life! For it was LIFE which appeared before us: we saw it, we are eyewitnesses of it, and are now writing to you about it. It was the very life of all ages, the life that has always existed with the Father, which actually became visible in person to us. We repeat, we really saw and heard what we are now writing to you about. We want you to be with us in this–in this fellowship with the Father, and Jesus Christ his Son. We write and tell you about it, so our joy may be complete.

Acts 3:15 (NIV): “You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.”

Acts 2:32 (NIV): “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.”

The Gospel Truth

Acts 13:30-31 (NIV): “But God raised him from the dead, and for many days he was seen by those who had travelled with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now his witnesses to our people.”

Acts 10:39-42 (Phillips):”Now we are eyewitnesses of everything that he did, both in the Judaean country and in Jerusalem itself, and they murdered him by hanging him on a cross. But on the third day, God raised that same Jesus and let him be clearly seen, not indeed by the whole people, but by witnesses whom God had previously chosen. We are those witnesses, we who ate and drank with him after he had risen from the dead! Moreover, we are the men whom he commanded to preach to the people and solemnly witness to the fact that he is the one appointed by God to be the judge of both the living and the dead.”

2 Peter 1:16-19 (NIV): We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honour and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “this is my Son, whom I love; with him, I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

2 Corinthians 4:2b-4 (Phillips): We speak the plain truth and so commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. If our gospel is “veiled”, the veil must be in the minds of those who are spiritually dying. The god of this world has blinded the minds of those who do not believe and prevents the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, the image of God, from shining on them.

The Truth Has Nothing To Fear From Scrutiny

1 Thessalians 5:21 (NIV): Test everything. Hold onto the good.

Acts 17:11 (NIV): Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

2 Corinthians 13:8 (NIV): For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for it.

The Whole Truth And…

1 Timothy 4:1-2,6-7 (Phillips): God’s Spirit specifically tells us that in latter days there will be men who abandon the true faith and allow themselves to be spiritually seduced by teachings of demons, teachings given by men who are lying hypocrites, whose consciences are as dead as seared flesh…You will be a faithful minister of Christ Jesus if you remind your church members of these things. You will show yourself as a man nourished by the message of the true faith and the sound teaching he has followed. But steer clear of all these heathen old wives’ tales.

An Open Mind is A Cesspool of Thought. Rather:

2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV): We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV): “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

Truth As Trivia?

• A.W. Tozer: “Truth in Scripture is more than a fact. A fact may be detached, impersonal, cold and totally disassociated from life. Truth, on the other hand, is warm, living, and spiritual…. At what point, then, does a theological fact become for the one that holds it a life-giving truth? At that point where obedience begins…Truth that is not experienced is no better than error, and may be fully as dangerous. The scribes who sat in Moses’ seat were not the victims of error; they were the victims of their failure to experience the truth they taught.”

The Responsibility of Knowing The Truth

James 4:17b (Phillips): If a man knows what is right and fails to do it, his failure is a real sin.

Hebrews 10:26 (NIV): If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.

Philippians 3:16 (Phillips): It is important that we go forward in the light of such truth as we have already learned.

Do We Really Love The Truth or Do We Pick and Choose?

• A.W. Tozer: “We can hold a correct view of the truth only by daring to believe everything God has said about Himself. It is a grave responsibility that a man takes upon himself when he seeks to edit out of God’s self-revelation such features as he in his ignorance deems objectionable.”

2 Thessalonians 2:10b-12 (NIV) They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason, God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

2 Timothy 4:2-5 (Phillips) Preach the word… Reprove, correct and encourage, using the utmost patience in your teaching. For the time is coming when men will not tolerate wholesome teaching. They will want something to tickle their own fancies, and they will collect teachers who will speak what they want to hear. They will no longer listen to the truth but will wander off after man-made myths. For yourself, keep your mind sane and balanced, meeting whatever suffering this may involve. Go on steadily preaching the gospel…

The Spirit Of Truth

1 John 2:20-21,24a,26-27 (TEB) But you have had the Holy Spirit poured out on you by Christ, and so all of you know the truth. I write you, then, not because you do not know the truth; instead, it is because you do know it, and also know that no lie ever comes from the truth…Be sure, then, to keep in your hearts the message you heard from the beginning…I write you this about those who are trying to deceive you. But as for you, Christ has poured his Spirit on you…For his Spirit teaches you about everything, and what he teaches is true, not false…

John 16:12-13 (NIV) “I [Jesus] have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.”

The Truth Is Worth Repeating

2 Pet 1:12-15 (Jerusalem Bible) That is why I am continually recalling the same truths to you, even though you already know them and firmly hold them. I am sure it is my duty, as long as I am in this tent, to keep stirring you up with reminders, since I know the time for taking off this tent is coming soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ foretold to me. And I shall take great care that after my own departure you will still have a means to recall these things to memory.

John 8:31b-32 (NIV) “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 8:31b-32 (NEB) “If you dwell within the revelation I have brought, you are indeed my disciples; you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”

Does anyone own the Truth?

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You may have pondered the thought, asking, “Does anyone own the truth”, and concluded, “no one owns the truth”. Let’s look at this together.

Pilate before Jesus was crucified asked Him, “What is truth”?Jesus had claimed that He not only had the truth, He owned the truth and was actually the embodiment of Truth. During His ministry on earth, embedded in His teaching was the fact that He was the Son of God, the creator of the universe, of man, and thus the master creator of the languages of mathematics, physics, DNA, speech, of every intertwined law we’ve heard of and researched as scientists.

Hence, His ownership of all truths and laws of creation makes Him, both creator and sustainer of every law, including the law of Love – the sustainer of relationships. He combined and centered the statement proclaiming that He was the Truth, with the “Way, the Truth and the Life” (John 14:6 NIV). He is the way to Life, and the truth of why we have our being and can function standing free on the earth, with a thinking mind and conscience. The way is via the map of His intertwining physical laws and the ways of the mind and the heart of love which lead to Life – a fuller joy filled Life, more abundantly lived with confidence. (see John 10:10).

Jesus knows you personally from birth. Moreover, Jesus as the Son of God with the Father know us intimately. Have a look at a few points Jesus articulated on how He knows every one of His people on earth. He came to reveal the love of His heavenly Father to us. Speaking of little children that He was blessing He said, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 18:10 NASB) Children have angles watching over them as military guards on behalf of the Father and the Son.

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Jesus knew every disciple before He selected them. When He saw Nathanael coming towards Him, He said, “there is an Israelite without any deceit in Him”. “Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” (John 1:48 ESV)

Jesus like His Father in heaven knows us even prior to our birth. Jesus created this earth as noted by the apostle Paul, whom Jesus chose to articulate His mission on earth. He said: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Col. 1: 15-17 ESV)

The entire bible speaks of God’s intimacy with mankind. King David noted God’s creative powers attributed to His birth: “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” (Ps. 139: 13 ESV) He also admitted that God personally knew him, that God is not some abstract unknown being or force or many gods who play handball with our minds [Montaigne], but one who is intimate with His people: “O LORD, you have searched me and known me!” and further that He knows every action and thought of our being: “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways”. (Ps. 139: 1-3 ESV)

Jesus knows the time of a man’s death. When Jesus was summoned by Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus, he knew that Lazarus would ultimately live: “Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill”. But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” (John 11:2-4 ESV) In a short while, Lazarus died though Jesus brought him back to life which glorified God.

Jesus knows who have the faith to follow His truth and way. Jesus is actually aware of who will accept the teaching of His death and resurrection as an act which He achieved on behalf of sinful man to redeem him legally from eternal death – in other words, Jesus died in your place as a substitutionary ransom for your life. He died so that you would go to heaven ultimately to be with Him. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23 NIV) because “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned”. (Rom. 5:12 NLT)

Jesus does not forget his own children. My mother loved this text and held on to it until the day that she died: “I go and prepare a place for you, I will come and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:3 NIV)

The Gospel simply means the Good News to mankind. The Gospel only asks that by faith you accept this and in so doing you accept that Jesus is your creator and sustainer in Life and after your death He will give you eternal life. Knowing the mind of man, and what is in man’s motives and thoughts towards Him, he calls those whose heart will hear the calling via the Spirit: “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the ways of his Son” and, “those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified” (Rom. 8:29-30)

By accepting Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the sustainer of your life – of all Life, we are forgiven and the legal term is justified, made right with God by your faith in Jesus. Not a bad deal, I would say if you trust Him by faith as I do and as my mother did. If you have a struggle with faith, pray to Jesus to show you the way to believe. Say “Lord, help my unbelief”.

He is still calling men and women to Himself. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28)