What Is Truth?

The question is often asked: "Just what is truth?" Although the answer is very fundamental, sometimes we get confused in finding the answer because of popular opinion. The answer is not found in popular opinion, in the culture of the day, or the doctrines and commandments of men (Matthew 15:9).
Pilate asked the question: "What is truth?" (John 18:38a). Jesus had already answered the question when He stated, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth" (John 17:17). What is truth? GOD'S WORD IS TRUTH. John said, "He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him" (I John 2:4). Truth is found in keeping the commandments of the Lord. All truth as it relates to Biblical matters is found in the pages of God's Word, the Bible. Peter said concerning this matter that God: "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue" (2 Peter 1:3). God has not left us in doubt as to what is truth. He has revealed the truth to us in His inspired Word, the Bible and it is our responsibility to study God's Word, the Bible which is the truth.
When trying to ascertain what is truth, remember these basic concepts. (1) Truth never contradicts truth. Truth will always agree with itself (2) Truth does not depend upon my agreeing with it or not agreeing. (3) Whatever the truth says to one person, it says the same to all persons. (4) Truth is truth whether you like it or whether you do not like it. (5) Your feelings do not determine what is truth. (6) Truth is everlasting (I Peter 1:25). (7) It is the truth that will judge each and every person on the day of judgment (John 12:48, Romans 2:16).
Truth is not some obscure thing. We can know the truth (John 8:32). We can understand the truth (Ephesians 3:4). We can obey the truth (I Peter 1:22-23). And, we can live by the truth (I John 1:7). That is why we are told to study the Word. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15).
Dear Reader, please give heed to the following scriptures:
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 7:21).
"He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." (John 12:48).

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