Time to talk about Truth.
Our Biblical Christian understanding is that God is Truth. That Truth is expressed in His Word, the Bible, and incarnationally in Jesus. But, we cannot get to know Truth unaided.
One of the most profound and true phone messages I have received was an SMS from a student: “Today, God found me.” In that message is the amazing understanding that no matter how much we try, we cannot be reunited in a relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ, by our own effort. We have to acknowledge that “True Truth” is revealed by God Himself. This is what makes the reading of the Scriptures so fundamental to our lives; they contain the revealed Truths of God. But before we can understand those revealed truths in the Bible, we have to acknowledge, believe in and believe on, the existence of God and the great redemption enabled through Jesus Christ. This can only be by revelation of the Spirit of God. When we are lost, we don’t even know we’re lost until Jesus comes to find us. We cannot find this Truth unaided.
Tom Wright in “Simply Christian”, writes:
Our seeking for knowledge, our probing and questioning, may perhaps lead us in the direction where God might be found, but they cannot break through and claim to have grasped God all by themselves. When we see the enormity of sunlight, all of our efforts to bring light to the world with our matches, candles and torches become so puny. Instead we glory in the light of the sun. We glory in the fact that once the sun is risen we can now see everything so clearly.
Next Term we’ll look at how knowing the virtue of Truth will help us to see some good values for community.