God's Truth

What does it mean when we say, God is Truth?

As we learn about what God reveals of Himself, we encounter the multifaceted nature of His attributes. Among these attributes, there is a distinction between moral and nonmoral qualities. Moral attributes include justice and faithfulness, reflecting the character of God, Nonmoral attributes, like omniscience and omnipotence, signify His inherent nature. When Scripture proclaims that God is truth, it encompasses both aspects. In other words, God is not merely honest, His truth is transcendent meaning He is the essence of truth itself, which finds its origin in His very being. He has been, is and always will be truth.

Throughout Scripture, God has always been identified as truth. In John 14:6, Jesus declares, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life," affirming His unity with God the Father and the Holy Spirit as the embodiment of truth - indivisible and unchanging - truth in its purest form. Hebrews 6:18 reinforces this truth, asserting the impossibility of God lying, thus highlighting His unwavering faithfulness.

Another essential aspect of God's character is His immutability, meaning He is the same. James 1:17 assures us that God remains constant, devoid of any variation or shadow of change.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

Because God never changes, this underscores the reliability of His truthfulness and all His other attributes. Unlike humanity, prone to inconsistency, God's unchanging nature guarantees His eternal faithfulness. Numbers 23:19 reaffirms this, emphasizing God's infallibility and the certainty of His promises.

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”

In our frailty as humans, we often falter in our faithfulness. Yet, God's consistency remains unblemished. Even in our unfaithfulness, He remains faithful, for His character cannot be denied (2 Timothy 2:13). Because of the unchanging truth of God, we have ultimate assurance and eternal life (1 John 5:20).

And one more thing. The connection between truth and righteousness is undeniable. Romans 2:8 illustrates this inseparable link between truth and righteousness, contrasting them with lies and unrighteousness.

In a world where truth has become whatever a person wants to believe, the Christian must set an anchor in the unchanging truth of God. This means relinquishing our own desires and opinions to being in submission to His will. In God’s unchanging truth is genuine freedom and righteousness.

When we detect sin or unrighteousness in our lives, it serves as a warning sign of potential falsehood. Surrendering to the truth of Christ liberates us from the bondage of deceit, paving the way for righteous living.

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”(John 8:32)

Credit: Ron Kelley

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