All Truth Belongs to God. Truth is never our enemy, ever. Nothing that is true ever contradicts God’s revealed word in the Bible. All truth is our truth because we are of Christ and Christ is of the sovereign God.
All Is God’s
God knows every word in every language in every sentence in every paragraph in every chapter of every book ever written. He knows every fact of history past and future, every bit of truth discovered and undiscovered, and every proof of science known and unknown.
In our age, science and faith have become pitted against each other, like polar opposite magnets, as if there were no overlap, as if we must choose one or the other.
The Scriptures don’t present truth that way though. God owns all of it and is so high above our brightest minds that they seem brain damaged in comparison. In 1st Corinthians 3:18-23 we read:
“Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future – all are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.”
Truth Is Never Our Enemy
This means that truth is never our enemy, ever. So we should never freak out about people who claim to have discovered truth. If it’s true truth, God owns it and has already accounted for it, and while nothing that is true ever contradicts God’s revealed word in the Bible, discovered truth sometimes contradicts the words of Christians. We shouldn’t be afraid of this, because God knew it before anybody else and its discovery is dependent on His sovereignty anyway. The truth is that the truth is ours – all truth is our truth because we are of Christ and Christ is of the sovereign God.
Roll this around in your brain a while, because it is more explosive than its simplicity appears: God knows everything.
God is Over the Macro and the Micro
He knows everything at the macro level. He knows the temperature at which certain stars burn. He knows the orbital lines of planets. He knows every mountain in every mountain range on this planet and others. He knows the depths of every ocean. He knows it all at the macro level.
But He also knows it all at the micro level. He knows every atom and every molecule. He knows their positions, their locations, their functions. He sees and governs every instance of mitosis, which, in case you’ve been out of school for a while, is one cell becoming two cells. We have a God who knows everything at the macro level, but He also knows everything at the micro level.
God Spans It All
In addition to the exhaustive depth of His knowledge is the exhaustive breadth of His knowledge. God is aware of every event that has ever occurred and will ever occur, and He knows completely how each event affects other events that create still more events that roll into other events and so on and so forth ad infinitum.
From the velocity of every butterfly’s flapping wings at every second to the exact amount of magma to the microgram flowing out of every volcano above and under sea level, He spans it all simultaneously and precisely.
If a tree falls in the woods when nobody’s there to hear it, does it make a sound? I don’t know. But God does.
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.” – Job 38:4
Why Being Truth-Driven Is So Crucial
Our concern with truth is an inevitable expression of our concern with God. If God exists then He is the measure of all things, and what He thinks about all things is the measure of what we should think. Not to care about truth is not to care about God. To love God passionately is to love truth passionately. Being God-centered in life means being truth-driven in ministry. What is not true is not of God. What is false is anti-God. Indifference to the truth is indifference to the mind of God. Pretense is rebellion against reality and what really makes reality is God. Our concern with truth is simply an echo of our concern with God.
1) God Is the Truth
Romans 3:3-4a (God the Father)
“What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it? May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar.”
John 14:6 (God the Son) Cf. Revelation 19:11
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.”
John 15:26, 16:13 (God the Spirit)
“When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of Me.” … “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth.”
2) Not Loving the Truth Is Eternally Ruinous
2nd Thessalonians 2:8-12
“They will perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.”
3) Christian Living Is Based on Knowledge of the Truth
1st Corinthians 6:15-19
“Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? May it never be! Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a harlot is one body with her? For He says, “the two will become one flesh.”…Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?”
4) The Body of Christ Is Built with Truth in Love
“And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ.”
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