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Summary: What is truth: John 17:17 “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” Jesus is talking about His teachings, instructions and commands which are taught in the whole Bible. The Bible is the Word of God and all of the scriptures are truth. The Scrip

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What is truth:

John 17:17 “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.”

Jesus is talking about His teachings, instructions and commands which are taught in the whole Bible. The Bible is the Word of God and all of the scriptures are truth. The Scriptures will determine deception in one’s life. The Word of the Living God is what the believer uses in order expose a false teacher. It is the only tool that the Believer is to use to discern good and evil.

The Bible says:

Matthew 7:15-23 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are starving wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Not everyone who says to Me, ’Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ’Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ’I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”

What are fruits?

Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

Eph. 5:9 “for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth.”

Love is the greatest fruit according to 1 Cor. 13.

The 2nd half of the passage is works. You cannot know a Christian by his works because works are deceiving.

False teachers: 2 Cor. 11:13-15 “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.”

The Spirit of Truth: John 16:13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

Uses a sword called the Word of God: Eph. 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;”

The Word of God is powerful sword of discernment:

Heb. 4:12 “ For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

The main attribute of love is obedience.

John 21:17 “He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You. Jesus said to him, Feed My sheep."


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