December 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

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Just What REALLY IS Truth?

From the Editor:

Greetings to everyone!

As I watch world events unfold, prophecy comes alive to me! I see many things God has said will happen, but one of those things is very disturbing to me.

I see the division of brethren from one another as organized church groups vie for supremacy as The TRUE Church of God, as THE ONE and ONLY group that God is REALLY working with!! I see leaders of these groups proclaiming THEY have the FULL truth of God and in their magazine articles implying that God is dealing ONLY with them directly. And I see the VANITY of those leading.

Some top leaders are even involved in SPLITTING UP FAMILIES because of doctrinal beliefs, commanding members of that church to have nothing to do with another family member if that person had once been a member of that church!How blasphemous is that?

God is busy trying to establish families, and here is a MAN trying to split them up in the name of religion. God forbid!!

How I wish brethren would look to God for ALL truth, the FULL truth, and prove all things by God's Holy Bible!!

How I wish brethren would accept, and realize, that ANYONE in whom the Holy Spirit resides is part of the BODY of CHRIST, and that all who have God's Holy Spirit are brethren to be loved and cared for!

Nowhere in all of scripture can we find God dealing only with church GROUPS. Everywhere in scripture we can find that God deals with EACH individual person who has His Holy Spirit, and He deals with them as HIS CHILDREN!!

Brethren, can't you see that this EXCLUSIVITY creates idolatry? Exclusivity puts ONE minister between people and God. It puts ONE church group between people and God!

THAT IS NOT WHAT GOD IS DOING, DON'T YOU SEE?

As I visit various church web pages on the Internet, I can see that each of them has some special spiritual gift, or gifts! They are as diverse as people, it seems, with their gifts of explaining prophecy, or Christian living, or unrighteousness, or whatever.

It seems that EACH has a special job which God has given them to do, but I want to tell you right here and right now ... THEY ARE NOT DOING GOD'S WORK!!!

For you see, God's Work is a work OF the SPIRIT!! (John. 6:29) It is a changing of the mind of MANKIND! NO MAN can do THAT work, don't you see? God has reserved THAT for Himself!!

I pray that God will bless you all as you seek to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.

BUT... JUST WHAT IS TRUTH?...

During Jesus' trial before Pontius Pilate, Governor of Judea, Jesus answered a previous statement of Pilate by agreeing that He (Jesus) was a king. He said He had been born for that purpose and that He had come into the world to bear witness to the truth.

At this point, Pilate interjected the question, "What IS truth?" With most people, at that time as well as today, truth is something relative.

It seems to me most people believe that the truth of some particular subject is relative to many other things. This gives people the excuse to determine for themselves what truth might be in each individual case.

Of course, this was what Satan told Eve during their encounter in the Garden of Eden. He told her that by eating of the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, she (and Adam) would be able to determine for themselves what truth really is. They could determine for themselves what was truly good or truly evil and would not have to ask God because they would be AS God, knowing good and evil.

So is truth relative?

Can people determine for themselves what the truth is about some particular subject or happening?

What do YOU think?

Scripture tells us what truth really is! It tells us that truth is ALWAYS TRUTH! It is NOT variable nor does any human being have an exclusive knowledge of the "full" truth!

There are some ministers in God's Church who claim to know the FULL truth. They preach that THEY are the only purveyors of the full truth, while intimating that all others may have 'some' of the truth.

This claim of knowing the full truth falls into the same system that holds the belief that their church group is the ONLY true church of God, while all others are Laodicean. (What they don't tell you is that Laodiceans were also a part of God's Church! Rev. 3:14)

It is EXCLUSIVITY to the 'nth' degree!

All this, of course, is an attempt to get everyone to follow some particular man because HE claims to be the God-appointed head of the church of God on earth, and as such is the closest human to God and therefore all truth comes through him.

The Apostle Paul tells us in the book of Corinthians that JESUS is the HEAD OF THE CHURCH!! He does not tell us that the Body of Christ has TWO heads, does he?

Does God ONLY send His truth through ONE man here on earth?

Again I ask, "Just What IS Truth?" We are told in the book of John exactly what truth really is!

John 17:17 "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth."

YES!! God's Word IS Truth!!! Thus saith the Lord!! God's Word IS our Holy Bible!!

However, it is SOMETHING ELSE also. What IS it?

Jesus made this statement:

John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

In order to put this together we must understand some scriptures in the Book of John:

John 1:1-3 "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 any thing made that was made."

 Here is a Spirit Being referred to as The Word.

This Being was WITH God and WAS God.

 He created everything that was ever created. The reference to "the Word" is from the Greek word 'Logos'.

In Charles Strong's Exhaustive Concordance it says this about the word 'logos' in section three.

3) In John, denotes the essential Word of God, Jesus Christ, the personal wisdom and power in union with God, his minister in creation and government of the universe, the cause of all the world’s life both physical and ethical, which for the procurement of man’s salvation put on human nature in the person of Jesus the Messiah, the second person in the Godhead, and shone forth conspicuously from His words and deeds.

The rest of the definition talks about what 'word' means. Some people have come to the conclusion that The Word was just God's thoughts or speech and that Jesus was just the physical creation of God's thoughts.

However, the word WITH shows that this was ANOTHER spirit being who was WITH God and WAS God.

As I have explained in other articles, the God-Head is made up of TWO beings but are referenced in a singular way sometimes, much as the word 'family' is used in the singular. Of course a family can be more than two but will always be AT LEAST two!

If a person studies the Bible in a prayerful and humble attitude, that person should see that from beginning to end God is FAMILY oriented.

 From the very creation of mankind (man and woman), God created the family unit. Of course, numerically speaking, a unit is ONE.

As one reads through God's Holy Bible (His Word - which John says is TRUTH), one can see the marriage and family ideas with which God has filled the Bible.

When God had created Adam He said that it wasn't good for man to be alone so He created a woman. Then God made them "one".

This creating of "one" was done through the very first MARRIAGE CEREMONY presided over by God, Himself!

Adam and Eve became A FAMILY! God had made them A UNIT. That, of course, is what 'united' means! They were 'united' in marriage.

Considering all this, along with John 14:6, we can come to the conclusion that not only is God's 'spoken' word the Truth, Jesus is also, since He is literally The Word!

And since He and God Almighty are ONE (John 17:21-22), The God-Head is also TRUTH!

When we read God's Holy Word (our Bible) we are reading the very inspired words of the God-Head which IS the truth!

However, being able to read the Bible doesn't mean we can know the FULL truth because the full truth is God's complete mind, and WE DON'T KNOW GOD'S COMPLETE MIND!!

The Apostle Paul tells us in the book of Corinthians.

1Co 13:9 "For we know in part, and we prophesy (preach) in part."
1Co 13:12 "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."

Paul is telling us that, as humans, we can only know PART of God's Mind (that is, with the help of God's Holy Spirit), but when we become spirit beings at the resurrection (when we are truly Born Again), we will be children of God, who are AT ONE with Him (see John 17 above), and we will, at that time, know the TRUTH fully!!

Brethren, at this time, we are STILL human beings with all the shortcomings, sins, disbeliefs, and problems in the thinking that all humans have. Only through God's INFINITE mercy will we be able to overcome those things and become Children of God in His Kingdom!

Those ministers who preach that they know the 'full truth' are deceived! That is if they really believe what they are preaching or if they mean something else when they say 'full truth'.

As I've stated in the article "Can You Be Deceived ...Even if You Have God's Holy Spirit?", every human being is deceived by Satan the Devil in one way or another.

The Apostle Paul calls it a 'battle' with our old man who we are supposed to have left in that watery grave of baptism! Of course, none of us can completely get rid of that 'old man' until we are resurrected to spirit beings in God's Kingdom. We must fight that battle continuously in order to OVERCOME the temptations and trials that beset all human beings!

I have told you the truth! I have told you what truth is, and WHO it is!

I have shown you that NO MAN has the FULL TRUTH OF GOD!

It is up to all of us to do as the Bereans did, and "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." (1 Thes. 5:21)

God COMMANDS THAT WE DO THAT!! We are not to believe something said by any man just because he says it. We are to prove all things by checking into God's Holy Bible to SEE if it is TRUTH or NOT!!

We are to LOOK TO JESUS as the Head of the Church (The Body of Christ) and to the truth which He provides for each of us in His Holy Bible!!

Please!!! DON'T BE DECEIVED!! Look to God and not man!!!

Your friend,

ken

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