John 17:17, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth”
Psalm 119:160, “The entirety of Your Word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever”
Daniel Webster said, “If truth be not diffused, error will be. If God and His Word are now known and received, the devil and his works will gain the ascendancy. If the evangelical volume does not reach every hamlet, the pages of a corrupt and licentious literature will. If the power of the gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of the land … corruption and darkness will reign.” Henry David Thoreau said, “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”
Many people today would tell you the Bible is an old book, which is grossly outdated, and should be rewritten. So, should the Bible be rewritten to be of value today because it’s an old Book? Many years ago, I read about a businessman from Texas who donated $1.5 million to Oregon State University. The man, an alumnus of the school, gave the money to further the work of Marcus Borg, a professor who contends that most of the words attributed to Jesus in the Gospels were not spoken by our Lord at all. Although it’s sad that so much money was being devoted to such a cause, we need not be unduly alarmed. The Bible has been attacked throughout the centuries and will continue to be attacked.
According to George Barna and Mark Hatch in their book “Boiling Point”, may people who call themselves Christians have a hard time with the question like the one Marcus Borg believes about our Lord Jesus Christ. When Barna and Hatch surveyed professing believers, one-fourth said Jesus committed sins, one-third said He did not rise from the dead, and one-third said all religions are basically the same. These are very troubling statistics, for they truly reveal a serious lack of Biblical understanding in our world. The answers to the questions above are concepts that are clearly defined in Scripture and are foundational to the truth of the gospel message.
Moreover, John 10:35 tell us, “The Scripture cannot be broken” and in Psalm 119:89 emphasizes this fact when it says, “Forever, O LORD, Your Word is settled in heaven.” Many powerful people like the businessman from Texas have dedicated their life and enormous resources in wiping out our faith without any success. The fundamental Bible truths contained in God’s Word, including the priceless words of Jesus Christ are indestructible, timeless, trans-cultural, has meaning and purpose especially in the troubling times in which we find ourselves.
The Holy Scripture, God’s precious Word, doesn’t need to be rewritten. There is no other book on the shelves of book stores today that speak of earthly things and human experiences (good or bad) , describing with clarity and authority areas of heaven and earth, things seen and unseen; revealing facts about God, angels, men, time and eternity, life and death; of sin and salvation, of heaven and hell. Thus, the Bible is the only book for life’s big questions:
(1) Who am I?
(2) Why am I here?
(3) Is there a God?
(4) Does life have any meaning or purpose?
Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). In the one-chapter epistle of 3 John, the important word “truth” is a key word in the apostle John’s vocabulary, occurring more in his writing than in those of any other New Testament author. So, what is truth? John’s very first mention of truth was in relation to Jesus Christ, whose glory he had beheld in His incarnation as “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14) In fact, Christ himself claimed, “I am … the truth” (John 14:6). Then He also said, “Thy word is truth” (John 17:17). “And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth” (1 John 5:6).
There are many books in the world today that are based solely on man’s opinion of something. Whether the topic is politics, sports, the weather, self-help, or society, sometimes not everything published in a book is true. However, there is one book we can trust completely. We know God’s Word is true because it comes from God. In a day when so many things are based on opinion, God’s Word is based on truth. 2 Peter 1:21 says, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” The Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit!
We also know God’s Eternal Word is true because of fulfilled prophecies. 2 Peter 1:19 says, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.” God’s Word foretold of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ two thousand years before He was born!
The Word of God is true, and we can confidently share the gospel message with anyone, knowing that it is Truth. Psalm 119:160 states, “The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.” God’s Word is very powerful and will turn people’s hearts toward God while at other times bring us into conflict with people who deny God’s truth. Psalm 119 serves as one of the most passionate scriptures written. If your spirit is dull or if you just need God to speak to you, turn to the words of this Psalm. The 176 verses almost without exception mentions God’s Word in some form, and provide us with the best place to meditate on the connection between God’s Word and the Truth.
However, in our broken world there is far less truth and much more corruption, hatred, jealousy, rage and selfish ambition than ever before. Thus, truth is essential to all our interactions; be it in government, the classroom, the workplace, our neighborhoods and the home. Truth telling builds trust, and love and truth is at the heart of who God is, and it is how he wants us to interact with others. As (believers in Christ) we must proclaim the truth to a lost and dying world, which is found only in the teachings of God’s Eternal Word. Throughout Proverbs, a book that clearly gives us God’s thinking about moral and ethical principles, the standard of truth is held very high. We find statements such as these, “He who walks with integrity walks securely (Proverbs 10:9). “The truthful lip shall be established forever” (Proverbs 12:19), and “Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD” (Proverbs 12:22).
In John 18:38 Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” It was the closest Pilate would come to life’s greatest discovery. Jesus had just told him that He had come into the world to bear witness to the truth. This prompted Pilate to ask, “What is truth?” The shrewd Roman politician had asked the right question of the right Person, and his answer was standing before him. However, instead of falling to his knees in repentance, confession, and faith, he could only pass on the answer by concluding, “I find no fault in Him.”
Fine writing has enduring value when it speaks to the heart-issues people have always shared. Issues like relationships, love, and surviving in a broken world. However, the Bible, God’s breathed Word stands above all the rest not only because it speaks clearly and accurately about the human condition, but also because it was inspired by the One who created us. When it talks about marriage, it’s right on target. When it talks about how to treat others, it’s more helpful than today’s advice columns you’ll find in the newspaper. But more importantly, when it talks about the purpose of life, it’s the only source of truth, which we desperately need today.
The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 2:16, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” and 2 Peter 1:21 states, “Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” That my friend makes the Bible the most valuable and desirable of all books. Proverbs 2:6 tell us, “The LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” We live in an age of technology that makes available to us information via the Internet where a person can browse through thousands of libraries day or night. However, a mere accumulation of facts, though, doesn’t necessarily add up to insight and understanding. Therefore, not all the learning of philosophers, educators, or the achievements of scientists cannot give us:
(1) The truth about God, or
(2) Of His will, mercy, grace and love,
(3) The truth of His Son Jesus Christ, and
(4) The truth of salvation from the bondage of sin.
For these important questions, we need the Bible and always will. So, don’t waste your time merely acquiring facts. It’s far better to study the truth that God has given us in His Word. Yes, the Bible may be an old book; however, it’s still the best book and will always continue to be, because it’s a gift to us from our Creator and Author … God. Hebrews 4:12 puts it this way, “The Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thought and intents of the heart”
In our world there is far less truth and more lies, corruption and greed than ever before. Thus, truth is essential to all our interactions … in government, the classroom, the workplace, our neighborhoods and the home. Telling the truth builds trust, and truth is at the heart of who God is (Psalm 31:5), and it is how he wants us to interact with others. As (believers in Christ) we must guard the truth and proclaim it to a lost and dying world, and can only be found in the teachings of God’s Eternal Word. Throughout Proverbs, a book that clearly gives us God’s thinking about moral and ethical principles, the standard of truth is held very high. We find statements such as these, “He who walks with integrity walks securely (Proverbs 10:9). “The truthful lip shall be established forever” (Proverbs 12:19), and “Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD” (Proverbs 12:22).
Eventually, all of us find ourselves in Pilate’s position, where we must decide about the unusual Man, Jesus Christ, who claims what no other can claim, that He is the way, the truth, and the life and only through Him can you have eternal life. Throughout history, many religious leaders have come and gone, but not one has claimed to be the truth and then proved it by rising from the dead. Millions of people down through the centuries have found Jesus’ life, His words, and His resurrection to be convincing evidence of His credibility. And they have concluded that knowing the truth must begin with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
My brethren, God’s Word is truth and cannot be refuted, it never grows old, never has to be retracted and never fails, and as the psalmist stated, “It is settled in heaven.” Have you found the answer to life’s most important question: “What is truth?” Consider Jesus’ statement in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” The words of our Lord are the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. So, believe the Scriptures, obey them and above all live your life by them.
God’s Word is timeless because it speaks to every generation.