As I find myself searching New Testament Scripture while making ready for a new GrowthGroup class in just a few weeks, my study has consistently been about truth for the believer. The reality is that God and truth are synonymous. Since this is a fact, and since the born again believer is positioned in Christ, truth should take on greater significance for those positioned in His body.
Paul speaks of truth often in his letters to the believers. In Colossians, chapter 1, he speaks of the "... word of the truth ..." (verse 5) and the "... grace of God in truth: ..." (verse 6). In his second letter to believers in Thessalonica, Paul speaks of the "... love of the truth, ..." (2 Thessalonians 2:10) and "... belief of the truth: ..." (2 Thessalonians 2:13). In 1 Timothy, Paul speaks of the "... knowledge of the truth." (chapter 2, verse 4) and the "... pillar and ground of the truth." (chapter 3, verse 15).
John Zebedee may provide the born again believer with the most important aspect of truth in 3 John, verses 3 and 4: "For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth."
Ultimately, the goal for the believer must be to "walk in truth." Truth is the ultimate benchmark; the only true reference point for believers.
Consider this example. We have all seen a painting or photograph hung on a wall that is not level. Is your inclination to straighten the painting so that it is level? The problem is that some people see "level" more clearly than others. The only way to be truly sure about the position of the painting is to use a level. If you don't use a level, you cannot be positively sure that the painting is hung absolutely level. That's the thing about truth; it is absolute. Truth is indisputable, complete, and is the independent reference point for believers.
I am convicted about truth. I am convicted about walking in truth, regulating my life and behavior so as to be guided by an absolute reference point.
The thing about a level is that it is of no use hanging on a nail in the garage.
Written by David Williamson