What is truth?

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting, that I might not be delivered up to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” Pilate therefore said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no guilt in Him.” John 18:36-38a

In this passage of scripture, Pilate asks a question for the ages:  What is truth?  Jesus had just testified that He came to bear witness to the truth, so the question is rightly and justifiably begged, and it deserves much meditation and thought.  What is truth?  And how do we know what is the reliable source of truth?  A poignant question, to say the least!

For Christians, there is one source of truth, the Holy Bible.  Since God is eternal (Psalm 90:2), holy (Isaiah 6:3), all knowing (I John 3:20), unchanging (Malachi 3:6) and truthful (Numbers 23:19), and since He is the author of the Scriptures (2 Peter 1:20-21), then God’s Word would naturally reflect all the character traits that He possesses.  In addition to this, it seems no accident that Jesus Christ is identified as the Word in John 1:1-5, especially since He was later described as the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15).  As the image of the invisible God, He exemplified and identified all the gracious qualities and characteristics of God that we previously could only read about and not see, but made God visible to us.

Since Jesus is identified as the Son of God, the image of the invisible God and the Word, then we can rely on Him to be all that God is, since He is God.  This includes that He is the bread of life (John 6:35), the light of the world (John 8:35), the door (John 10:7, 9), the good shepherd (John 10 11, 14), the resurrection and the life (John 11:25) and the true vine (John 15:1).  But most of all, He is the way, the TRUTH and the life (John 14:6).

What is truth?  It would be best asked, “Who is truth?”  The answer would be, Jesus!


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