The Source and Importance of Truth

Sanctify them through thy truth: Thy Word is truth (John 17:17).

Webster defines truth as “conformity to fact.” By way of example, the government has a record of my birth. My birth is a matter of fact. Now, if I should state my age inconsistently with the record, i.e., without conformity to the facts, it would not be truth, even if I sincerely believed it to be so. It has been said that facts are stubborn things. It must also be realized that truth is simply conformity to those facts.

The Source of Truth

Truth is obtained from God (John 14:6). God’s truth is established by the facts of His Word (Isaiah 8:20). God’s Word is often called “The Word of Truth” (Psalm 119:43; II Corinthians 6:7; Ephesians 1:13; James 1:18), and in II Timothy 2:15 Paul tells us that we must search diligently to discover the facts of the Bible.

God does not always present the same facts for every dispensation. Things that are “true” about the summer are not necessarily “true” about the winter. This is why Peter spoke of “present truth” (II Peter 1:12). The simple fact is that God’s Word is “the Word of Truth” and it must be “rightly divided.”

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (II Timothy 2:15).

The Importance of Truth

Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward parts (Psalm 51:6).

The issue with God is truth. It is what God is looking for in man. He desires “truth in the inward parts.”

In Jeremiah 5:1 Judah faces invasion and one man, which sought truth, would have been sufficient for God to have pardoned and preserved the entire nation. We thus see the importance of “one man” seeking truth (Ezekiel 22:30).

Anyone who would suggest that right division is of no importance is either ignorant of the truth, or has no love of the truth – nor of the “the Word of Truth.”

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook

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