What is Truth, and What Does it Mean to Live in it?
What I am about to say may be the most unconventional way to explain Truth you, but it should make all the sense in the world when you look at it. I’m going to attempt to explain Truth yet again to those is search of it and to those who can hear it and see it for what it is.
I believe that although many people are incapable of seeing Truth, each and every person knows a lie when they tell it or discover it. In other word, you know when you are lying and when you have been lied to. You know when someone is living a life of lies or either when you yourself may be living a life of lies even though you may not want to admit it. All this to say that I will attempt to explain the nature of Truth to you by use the nature of a lie to bring about the understand of Truth.
The Spirit of Truth v. The Spirit of Error
When I say Truth, I want to think of it as the Spirit of Truth, and when I say anything about lying, I want you to think of it as the Spirit of Error, because that is what they are after all. The Spirit of Error may not be well know as much as it is well practices, and because of this I should be able to bring your attention to it’s nature fairly easy. Once I have your attention all you will have to do is draw the same conclusion about the Spirit of Truth, which is the polar opposite. For example, the polar opposite of stupid is smart. I can explain to you what stupid is in order to get you to understand what smart is. Now that you understand what smart is you can to the duty it takes to become thus. This is the same with The Truth and A Lie.
1 John 4:6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
It is of vital importance in this walk that we train ourselves to discern the Spirit of Truth and Error. The word Error is this passage it Strong’s G4106 which could also mean: objectively fraudulence, deceit, to deceive or delusion.
Now that my objective is clear let’s take a look at the Spirit of Error. This is a Spirit that we have all practiced at on time or another:
1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
Romans 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
We have all been deceived; therefore, let us dissect the very nature (or characteristic) of it. A common deception would be something like the tooth-fairy or the easter bunny. Why exactly are these lies? They don’t have to be, but they are. The Most High could easily make Truth of these tall-tails, but they are left to be blatant lies for our sakes, that we may learn the good and the bad: some easy and many others not so easy. The tooth-fairy is a lie because it has neither occurred amongst the living nor the dead or any realm of the universe. Now regarding Truth, it has actually occurred whether good or bad. Once it happens, you can’t take back or erased the fact; you can only be blessed for your good or be cursed for your bad. Thus repentance is the process of turning away from evil deeds.
The Spirit of Error often hides in darkness, but naturally the Spirit of Truth dwells in the light. Here is why:
John 3:19-21 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Ephesians 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
I’m about to go deep for a second to explain the what the light actually is. It says, “…for whatsoevery doth make manifest is light.” If a person is in sin and dwell around you without that sin being manifest, you are not in the light. While Christ was here he manifest sin and evil doers all day long. In fact he says:
John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
Think about it. Light manifests the path and objects of matter around you so that you can see where you’re going. If it were dark, you could see nothing. So should you manifest the path and objects of matter around yourself first then others so that you know that you know that you are wrought with God. The wisdom of the Most High is amazing, by giving natural light similar characteristics as spiritual light, we are able to understand the light of Israel, which is Christ. The light is out in the open, but darkness hide even behind many faces.
What is a Lie? Really?
Okay, back to the nature of a lie; let’s define it:
- A false statement deliberately presented as being true; a falsehood.
- Something meant to deceive or mistakenly accepted as true: learned his parents had been swindlers and felt his whole childhood had been a lie.
- To present false information with the intention of deceiving.
- To convey a false image or impression.
- To say or write as a lie.
The reason I put the Hebrew definition is because in the English lie seems to be only in the case of intent or deliberation, but a lie is a lie is a lie regardless intent. A lie is false and cannot be connected to an actually be proven to have occurred. The polar opposite, Truth is only achievement, result, accomplishment, action, to name a few. It can be proven to have occurred. Living implies that you are doing something, wasting away implies that you are doing nothing thus living in lies and not in Truth.
Now you can do Truth, but you can do lying also. Let me explain. Sin is manifested through action and through action we serve:
James 1:13-16 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.
Lust is not always over a women or man, it could also be a lust to kill, a lust to steal, or a lust to do any thing that is contrary to the Word of God. It becomes sin once conceived, or better yet acted upon.
So you can do sin, it is considered a lie because first it is contrary to the Word of God and second it is detrimental to your health and well-being.
Deuteronomy 10:13 To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ our Lord.
That is why we get sick and die, because we love what deceives us, and sin deceives us at every turn. We say, “This swine taste good, yet it has deceived us as good food when there’s nothing truly good about it.” Step in to the light people of God and learn of your wicked ways, and acknowledge them.
2 Timothy 2:25-26 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;
What is Truth?
Let’s define Truth:
- Conformity to fact or actuality.
- Reality; actuality.
- The reality of a situation.
- A statement proven to be or accepted as true.
It’s real simple, but the whole world is void of it because men love the darkness rather than the light lest their deeds be reproved.
Truth is absolute. Once the deed is done it is recorded in the pages of time and the is no taking it back. So for the good that I do, can’t no man steal, and likewise, for the bad that I do, can’t no man answer to in my stead. When you understand this, surely there is no one True but God, because all have sinned. It is so and will always has been so. Even Christ, who we know has no sin, still knows the Father to be greater.
Mark 10:18 And Christ said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
The Characteristics of a Lies
Think of lying on a big scale. Naturally it hides and waits in darkness, it produces nothing good, and what it does produce is temporary, it can be identified by the absence or misinterpretation of facts, it is off balance, it changes, and most of all, it is contrary to the Word of God. Everyone looking to follow the father of lies remains in lies in a kingdom founded upon lies.
John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
So anything that has one or more of these characteristics, is universally a lie. The darkness is what I hate the most because you won’t see it coming if you haven’t learned how to spot it. It can sneak up on you. When you think of lies you should see a void, meaninglessness, unfaithfulness, inconstancy, incompleteness, wavering, empty, etc.
Now, all of these are mentioned above are only a product of sin, for example meaninglessness is what results from the act of nothingness or of doing nothing. Again, this in turn products a void, meaninglessness, etc.
I hope that did not confuse you. Simply put, it pleases the Most High through action that something truly is. You are who you are through your members. Again, I hope I didn’t confuse anyone. If I do nothing, I am nothing. If I do evil, I am evil. If I do righteous, well, I am righteous. Life or the act of living, or action through my fleshly member produces me. That is why faith isn’t just the substance and evidence of any random hearing but hearing by the Word of God, because the people of this world have faith in all kinds of things the ears can hear. Yet we, we are to be rooted in the Word of God, thus what we are form into through our action is what thus saith the Lord.
Confusion is easily set by those that have no ear to hear.
The Characteristics of Truth
Now Truth is much the same in every way opposite the Spirit of Error. We are work for a kingdom that will last forever. That makes it true. Do you not understand the because of eternity or the act of lasting forever, that which the Most High, who is eternal, is truly True. It’s real. Even if life lasted for one million years, come the end of those year what would it all matter? Truth can only be in forever, unchanging, completeness, meaning, faithfulness, etc.
Please understand that Truth is more than the knowledge you tell a person. It is everything according to the Word of God. Only He who formed everything can establish the Truth. We can only be in the Truth through our action brothers and sisters.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Faith is the substance and evidence of hearing by the Word of God. Are not your Works truly the substance and evidence of the Word of God within you when they are wrought with the will of God? When the Word says give to the homeless, and you do just that, is this the Truth or is the knowledge you tell the Truth? You are not in the Truth because of what you know; you are truly in the truth because of what you do according to the Word of God; therefore, keep the commandments.
1 John 2:3-6 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
The Truth is action according to the Word of God. Be not deceived study to show yourself approved in the Word of God. Let no man deceive you. Study to prove anything you have received to be according to the Word of God. Study to prove whether it is so. This is your individual duty.
Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Let no man beguile you. If it is not there than you need to change according to what is there is the Word of God, even if this means being alone. Again, if you are following something that isn’t Truly in the Word of God but an invention or enticing word turn away and follow Truth:
Colossians 2:4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
Psalms 106:39 Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.
2 Peter 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
Wrest means to twist. Beware of the devils tricks and remain in Truth through action according to the Word of God.