BY: ROMEO CORSINI
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.“ (John 1:1-5)
The beginning was the truth spoken by God who was and is and is to come. He inhabits the truth, the truth has always been with Him, and the truth is God. Therefore, Pontius Pilate asked a very crucial question when he somewhat rhetorically said, “What is truth?”, “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.“ (John 18:37-38) After all, if truth is God and God is truth, should it not be extremely important to us to discover just what truth is? Consider that truth has always been because it is God. All that is needed is for it to be discovered. Therefore, let us be searching for it. Truth will not change to accommodate us that we might agree with it.
I am saddened each time I hear individuals clamor for their individual ‘religions’ to “keep up with the times.” I’ll hear them say such things as, “This is the 90’s. The church needs to adapt to the changing times if they want to keep the flock from scattering.” The truth, once found, is there to be agreed with, not to be threatened. “I refuse to believe in you until you change to my way of thinking!” This would seem to be the approach of many minds that are insensitive to the spirit of God. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.“ (John 14:6) So it is that by Him, by Christ, do we come unto the Father, that is, by who and how and what He is. We cannot go about wanting things to become our way in order for us to call it right. Right is right and truth is truth whether we believe in it or not. All that was created by God, that God called good upon creating it with His spoken word, was made to be agreeable with Him. And indeed, all things agree with Him. Yet, I find fault with the leadership of many of these people because they do not teach the flock the simple concepts of righteousness. Religion has become a political way of life and not a search for the living God who is eternal and therefore the only thing that matters. Without Him, what does it matter to have anything or to achieve anything? They might say, “But we love God. We believe in Him.” The devils say so with fear and trembling, also. “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.“ (James 2:19)
Let’s say an original painting on canvas that hangs in our family room is the entire truth. It is a painting of a scene such as a Parisian street with the Eiffel Tower in the background, a cafe, a flower shop, a dress shop, apartments and people walking about in the foreground one of which is a woman in the center of the painting, holding a parasol. There are many other details in the painting that are of interest. One might say it is a painting of the Eiffel Tower and that would be partially true. Another might say it is a painting of a woman holding a parasol in a Parisian street. Still another might say that it is a painting of the cafe scene in France, etc. None of these are the whole truth but they are aspects of the one same truth, of the entire painting. If I listened only to the one who focused on the Eiffel Tower then I would have an incomplete version of the painting. It is upon encountering all the impressions that I can begin to piece together the whole painting.
Let’s say that someone tells me that the painting was of a man walking in the middle of a Parisian street holding a parasol. If I act upon my trust of that someone and his opinion then I would walk away thinking that the individual in the center is a man. The person may just be giving me his impression based on his memory or he could be referring to the woman as a man, the species, only a female. According to what I think when I hear the word ‘man’ I would assume that it is a male man; I could go off into my own new sect believing that it is ok then for a man to wear dresses, while the very person who told me the picture was that of a man disagrees with me, unaware that it was his error in not seeing the painting carefully to know it was not a man but a woman in the center of the painting. If on the other hand I study the painting diligently as I ought and I discover that indeed it is the picture of a woman, I then could conclude what my own eyes see. It is the same in faith and trust where it concerns the word of God. We listen to those we trust and trust that they have given us the truth. Yet all are fallible. It is upon assembling together, not in religions or sects or cliques, but in searchings of the truth that we can piece together the whole truth. Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together”. 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.” Paul was there preaching to the Bereans, and they, not taking the truth lightly, searched out the scriptures to make certain that the truth remained unadulterated rather than opinionated. The most glorious thing about truth is that it will not leave us nor forsake us. It will be found by us! Jeremiah 29:13-14 “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD.“
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.“ (John 8:32)
Peace comes from the discovering of the truth. Will we have lived and died only to find out that we believed in the wrong thing? Will we have lived and died only to discover that all that we held on to was in vain, pointless, useless, and served only to satisfy our temporary flesh? What the truth does to us who find its many aspects is make us realize our sense of unity and agreement with God, our completeness in Him, and that gives us our purpose, our destiny, our calling, our belonging. We know who we are because we have peace with God and have found His truth. Not the truth of a man who has given us his impressions or opinions; but the truth that has come to us as a reward for our diligent search. We do agree with God. It is in us to agree with Him. He has made us to agree with Him. “In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness.“ (John 1:4-5) This is a remarkable statement. In all that darkness, in all that unbelief, the light is always there shining, waiting to be discovered. How many people could be finding that same light if we could shine our light onto them! “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee, For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.“ (Isaiah 60:1-2) We must not be selfish in our search or in our finding. There is darkness out there and the Lord encourages us to join him in shining that light of His that lights every man. “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.“ (John 1:9)
“And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.“ (John 1:5)
The unregenerate spirit is blind. He cannot understand what he is looking at unless it agrees with him first. The spirit born from above can see and comprehend what it sees because he is willing to accept what God reveals to him because he trusts God to be his understanding. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.“ (Proverbs 3:5)
So then it remains for us to ponder truth. Just what is it about truth that needs to be sought? Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.“ (John 14:6) Amongst so many aspects to this painting of God’s truth is this large portion: the character and nature of Christ. All the fruit of the Spirit, all the Beatitudes that Jesus spoke about, and all the “additions”, add up to the greater part of the truth: if you want peace with God, success in your endeavors and peace in your heart be like Christ.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.“ (Philippians 4:8)
“And besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.“ (2 Peter 1:5-7)
“Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.“ (Philippians 4:9)
“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick: and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.“ (Matthew 5:4-16)
Sometimes it will take you realizing that meekness and silence is the way to receive a rebuke. Sometimes turning the other cheek may mean allowing someone to lord it over you. Sometimes it may mean that you let another boast of himself or herself and hold your thoughts in your heart. Sometimes it may mean that you might have to face the mirror to find the truth, making you search out your own heart to discover that you have no room “to talk.” Sometimes you may have to forgive to be forgiven. Sometimes you may have to forgive. At all times, we must be searching our hearts to allow the Spirit of God to reveal to us what needs to be considered for repentance. This way of Christ gives us a magnificent glimpse into the full measure, and the great stature and the whole picture of the truth of God. We must not ignore the leading of His Spirit that is always aiming to better us for His sake. Ignoring the constant responsibility to do a Christ-like check list of ourselves is only admitting to pride. You won’t ever know the heighth you’ve reached until you look down.
“The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?” (Obadiah 1:3)
You can be very entrenched in Him and still find out that you are more proud than the person who does not know Him. The search for His truth, for Him, must be constant, continual. No greater way has been shown us than from this lesson: “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.“ (Matthew 22:36-40) God inhabits the praises of His people and to love your neighbor is to love Jesus Christ, the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Let us find and admit to the truth without excuse but with relish and joy because each time we find aspects of it we are closer to its entirety and we are discovering God!
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