“And the Spirit, who is truth, confirms it with his testimony.:
– 1 John 5:6c
While growing in my faith in Jesus Christ, I have always heard that God is love (1 John 4:8), but never that God is truth.
As a society of believers, we put so much emphasis and weight on the loving nature of God. I’m not saying that this is wrong to do. In fact, it is essential to recognize how much God loves us because that very love is what wipes away our sins. It is that perfect example of love that compelled our God to humble himself into the form of his creation. He came to us in the most vulnerable form of human kind, a baby. And that love is what had him die a death that wasn’t fitting to his honor.
God’s love is powerful and I recognize the magnitude it posses. I just want to urge everyone to realize that God is so much more than his love.
It can be so easy to contain God in a box and label it “God’s Love.” We can start to attribute everything God does solely as a result of his loving nature, even though God has other reasons for saving us. But don’t you think it would be equally important to recognize God’s other characteristics?
As Christians, the core of our faith is the belief that God, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus are one being with three different but specific purposes.
If the Spirit is truth, then by default both God and Jesus are truth and are a testimony to their very existence.
The importance of recognizing the truthful nature of God is in fact in the definition of the word “truth.”
- a verified and indisputable fact
- actual existence
- honesty, integrity
Through the creation of all things God as verified exactly who he is (Romans 1: 19-20). God has given us free will to choose whether or not we want to see him in all these things.
Whether we choose to see the truth of God or not, it can never change the fact that God is God. He is indisputable. Nothing anybody can say is evidence enough to falsify the existence of God.
I remember a few years ago I watched the first episode of Discovery Channels’ show Curiosity where Stephen Hawking was “disproving” the existence of God. The essence of his argument was that there wasn’t an existence of time before the Big Bang thus there wasn’t a construct of time for God to create in.
But the thing that people fail to realize is that God is not constrained to the physical laws of the universe he created. God operates independently of the universe, but all creation must yield to the authority of God in some fashion.
If God could only work as a result of the actions of his creation, then God could never be truth. God would be limited by humans; conforming to our will and then truth would be subjective.
But God’s truth is not subjective. God’s truth is honest and full of integrity. When God tells us who we are and what we are capable of, it is absolute.
There is no need for us to fear or question our identity and purpose in life. God’s promises are perfect. They are pure like silver refined to the point of complete pureness (Psalm 12:6).
God is not a liar so we shouldn’t treat him as though he is.
If God says we are beautiful, we need to realize that we are.
If God says we are worthy and competent enough to go out and disciple others in his name, then why are we still sitting in doubt?
If God says that he promises us richness of eternity, why are we living like the forgotten poor. Turning from one person to the next begging for them to show us kindness.
Walk in boldness declaring the characteristics of God. Repeat to yourself that GOD IS TRUTH until your thoughts start to reflect that belief.
Listen to Forever Reign by Shane & Shane. Compare the song with the word of God. Who is God telling you he is; what are his characteristics? Identify the areas of your life that may be hindering you from seeing the true and multifaceted nature of God.