My head’s been all tied up lately pondering questions of the ages: What is truth? How can we be certain of truth? How does anyone know truth?
You know, easy little questions like that, with neat and tidy answers! And so I offer a short little post as I think about this …
What does Jesus say about these questions?
He says He is truth. He says that those who believe in Him will know the truth and the truth will set them free.
Those statements are so huge that I believe we will always be learning what He means; for all of our lives, we’ll be growing toward understanding this.
But the one sure thing is that if we want to know truth and the freedom it brings, we must stay so closely connected to Christ that we are, to use His word, in the truth.
Remain in me and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
Remaining “in” each other. What a connection! The relationship Jesus wants with us goes beyond just “following” Him, even “believing” in Him. I’m not denying those are legitimate words to describe our faith; I am just awed by the depth of relationship Jesus is describing when He uses the word in. We are so deeply connected to Him that the life running through the Vine also sustains and gives life to the branch. One is in the other.
His Spirit, living within us, gives us that life. Jesus promises that the Spirit leads us to truth and gives us freedom. A promise so big that I cannot grasp all it means … and yet, I want to live it!
So my prayer is that the Spirit opens our eyes, just one step, one day at a time, to grow in our understanding of truth.
There are so many discussions going on in the church today questioning what truth is. Perhaps it’s useless to ask that age-old question before each one of us asks whether we are firmly in the Vine. Does He flow freely through every part of us?
May we keep on growing and understanding.
Scripture: John 15:4 (NLT)