1 Corinthians 13: 4 – 13
6.Love… rejoices with the truth.
What is truth? In our world today it is very hard to tell what the truth is. In the news media we will often find that they will report the truth of an event, but when we find out the rest of the story we find that it was much different than it was reported. Many news company will give a different perspective on a story which will give us a different truth. So how can we know the truth? Or do we really want to know the truth?
There are a lot of people who are like Pilot when he asked “what is truth”. He asked the question but did not stay for the answer. Can we remember a time when someone asked you a question and then left with out an answer?
Let us look at what Jesus understood about the truth. In John 17: 17 Jesus asks the father to sanctify the disciples through the truth, and that the fathers word was truth. In John 16 Jesus calls the spirit of God truth and he will teach or guide us into all truth. Also in John Jesus tells us that he is the way, truth, and life, and to get to the father we must go through him. Let us remember that when Jesus was telling his followers about the truth he was referring to how God had spoken to those of the old testament and to to those writings.
The first verse of John goes back to Genesis to tell us that the voice of God, that created all things, is the same voice (word) that became flesh and lives among us in the person of Jesus. Jesus tells us that if we are to worship God then we must worship him in spirit and truth. We are able to do this because Jesus has sanctified us with his spirit and we can say with Paul that it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me.
A little about sanctification. Justification comes to us when we have asked for and God has forgiven us for our sins (initial sanctification). Entire sanctification is when we no longer have a desire to sin because God has removed that desire through the Holy Spirit. In sanctification we are set aside for holy service unto God.
How can we be sure that we are imitating Christ the way we should be? 2 Timothy tells us that we are to study the word of God. He was referring to the Old Testament which will give us the commandments of God. It also tells the history of his people and gives instructions on how to live a Godly life. The New Testament gives us the life of Jesus, the history of the early church. and how to deal with sin. We are also to be filled with his spirit. As we study God’s word we will find ourselves growing to be more Christ like. Studying the word of God not only means memorizing the scripture but it also means that we are to put those scriptures into practice. How we do this will depend on the will of God for our lives. There are times when we get the wrong direction thinking they are from God and when this happens God will guide us back to his will.
God bless you as you imitate Christ.