I often hear it said that the bible is too difficult, if not impossible. to understand. However Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32) How could language come from a more authoritative source and show any clearer meaning than this to establish that the truth is knowable? “Shall know” here is used in a most absolute sense. However this absolute, as does much of the bible, hinges on that little word, “if.” Jesus said in John 8:31,32 “if ye continue in my word then ye are my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” We know that God’s word is truth, for Jesus prayed to the Father that his apostles, as well as we, be sanctified through his word which is truth (John 17). It would be impossible to be one with the Father and the Son if we could not know his truth. Not only is the truth of God absolute (John 10:35), it is also everlasting, for Jesus tells us that heaven and earth shall pass away, but his words shall not pass away (Matt 24:35). We know his word, his truth, is all authoritative for us, for he tell us all scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (II Tim 3:16). The truth of the gospel will continue with us as long as we live therein (Gal 2:5). We know we must obey his truth for Romans 2:8,9 says, “But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man who does evil.” Our hearts shall be assured before Christ in his truth. That assurance comes only through the knowledge of the truth (I John 3:19).
Through our study of the scriptures we find that if one cannot know and attain to the truth, they cannot have eternal life. Jesus said, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom thou has sent” (John 17:3). God is a spirit and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). Then only those who know and attain to the truth can worship God. God’s will for man to be saved is futile indeed, if we cannot know the truth, because God wants all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (I Tim 2:4). We could not possibly know the grace of God if we know not the truth, for the grace of God is in truth (Col 1:6). Paul warns us of turning our ears from the truth unto fables(II Tim 4:4). How can this be, if we could never know the truth to begin with? The only way we can love in deed and truth is if we know the truth (I John 3:18). How can we avoid sinning willfully if we have not received the knowledge of the truth? (Heb10:26). Finally and all importantly, how can we go into this world and teach others the way of God in truth, if that truth is impossible to attain? (Mark 12:14,16:15)
Please remember this life is short and the day is late. I would encourage everyone to study God’s word to come to the knowledge of the truth, for that great day of judgment is looming before us all, when it will be eternally too late.
We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00.