The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth, 2 because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever…
Three times in the first two verses of John’s second letter he makes mention of the word “truth.” It is in fact central to the whole letter. In many, if not most, churches today truth, doctrinal truth, has become secondary or even non-existent. And yet the Bible is constantly pointing us to the centrality of knowing, understanding and believing the truth. Here’s a summary of what the Bible says about truth:
God is the God of truth, according to Deuteronomy 32:4, meaning He is the source of it. Christ is the truth and full of truth, John 14:6, John 1:14. The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of truth in John 14:17. The Bible is called, in Daniel 10:21, the Scripture of truth. We are saved by the truth. We are sanctified by the truth. We love the truth. We are judged by the truth. We are set free by the truth. We worship in the truth. We serve God in the truth. We rejoice in the truth. We speak the truth. We think on the truth. We desire the truth. We manifest the truth. We hear the truth. We obey the truth. Most comprehensively, we walk in the truth. That is to say we conduct our lives in the realm of the truth. It determines how we think and how we speak and how we act. We walk in the truth. (John MacArthur)
My friends, desire the truth, seek the truth, learn the truth, know the truth, and meditate on the truth. In so doing you will find that you will see more of God’s glory which will make your joy in him more full.