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ĎGod is Truthí, 12th of 14

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 Mr. C. Pat Lanyon

 


Character Attribute #12C Truth

Review: Godís Love is> good [last time], gracious, merciful, forbearing.

The Truthfulness of Godís Character

In Relation to Prayer to Him

God is Truth.

Scripture teaching this attribute: JN 14.6 12C. Truthful (One who is always right)

John 14: 6 Jesus said unto him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father, but by me."

Definition:

Truth is "conformity to fact or actuality; faithfulness to an original or to a standard."

Ė Nelsonís Illustrated Bible Dictionary, P. 1075

The Bible states many facts about the truth which must be taken together to understand what the truth is and how it is related to God Himself. Then we can understand what it means to pray to Ďthe God of Truth.í

1. The Father is truth. Of Himself He states in revelation to Moses, Exodus 34:6, And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth . . . Isaiah 65.16 That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.

 

2. The Fatherís truth is without iniquity. Deuteronomy 32.4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

3. The Fatherís truth is related to mercy. Psalm 25.10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. Psalm 57.3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth. [They come or function together.] Psalm 85.10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Ps 89.14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. Psalm 115.1 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake.

4. Truth controls and guides Godís works, precepts, and judgments. Psalm 111.6-8 He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen. 7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. Ps 119.142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. Ps 96.13 Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.

5. God speaks and acts in truth. 1 Sam 15.29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent. Hebrews 6.17-18 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: James 1.18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

6. Jesus is the truth incarnate. John 1.14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

7. Jesus spoke only the truth. John 8.40_44 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. 42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 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.

8. The Spirit is truth. John 14.16_17 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

9. Godís Word is truth. John 17.8, 17 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. Psalm 119.142 [above]; vv. 151, 160 Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth. 160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

10. The Apostles and the inspired writings of the entire NT are all true. John 19:35 nkjv And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. John 21.24 This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. 2 Tim 3.16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

 

Applications

A. The things I learn from God and from His Word are all true and an accurate representation of reality. I will not be disappointed about anything God has promised to me when life on earth is ended and eternity has begun.

  • Ps 34:5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
  • Ps 119:80 Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.
  • Ro 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
  • Ro 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
  • 2Co 14.7 nkjv For if in anything I have boasted to him about you, I am not ashamed. But as we spoke all things to you in truth, even so our boasting to Titus was found true.
  • 2Ti 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

B. I can be absolutely assured of eternal life in Heaven because the God of Truth has promised I will have it. 1 John 5.11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. Therefore today, if I have not called upon Him, I will call for eternal salvation from sin, and I will have eternal life. (See Romans 10.13)

C. I can be truthful because the God of Truth has freed me from the lie of the Devil. John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

D. In relation to prayer, I can pray knowing that God will act with truth, that is with righteousness, in every request for prayer I make. Also I can be encouraged that a truth-loving God hears every prayer made unto Him and He operates within the same truthfulness which is also tempered (or strengthened) with His graciousness, and His mercy.

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