Summary: Do you know the Truth?
IF THE TRUTH BE KNOWN
Many of us have some serious secrets. We have things in our history, and background that we want to just keep hidden. We don’t want no one to know about the time we did this or did that or when we acted like this or like that. Or the time we went somewhere we were not supposed to or with the wrong person at the wrong time. We have many things that we just want to keep in the closet. Everyone has at least one skeleton in the closet - some of our skeletons still have meat on them. And I submit to someone there are some things that we should keep in the closet - It’s your business and you and God know things about ourselves that should remain there. We need to confess the wrong and the sin in our lives with a repentant heart and allow God to cleanse us as is recorded in 1 John 1:9. Our Testimonies don’t need to be going so deep. To much information. Because we often hear them going into test-te-lying and not testifying. BUT there are some things that shouldn’t be hidden. AND….. IF THE TRUTH BE KNOWN…..
We understand truth to mean consistency and sincere in action, character and utterance. The facts or the real things. Old English placed the word ’faithful’ to truth. Truth is described in the Greek as AL-AT-THI-A (aletheia); from the Greek word AL-AYTH-YOO-O (aletheuo) meaning to be true in doctrine and profession.
John the beloved of Jesus this gospel writer was right with Jesus for some 3-1/2 years. He was often called the closest disciple. John the apostle works hard to prove Who Jesus is: John records in John 1:1 that Jesus was is and will be God. And in John 1:14 the Apostle says Jesus is the Word of God who became flesh, "the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." John goes on further to say in John 8:40, All Jesus said was true, because He told the truth which Jesus heard from God Himself. Jesus promised His disciples that He would send "the Spirit of truth" in John 14:17, John 15:26 and John 16:13. Then you find in these holy writings the Apostle recording that dynamic statement Jesus makes in John 14:6 - I am the way THE TRUTH and the life no one come to the Father but by me! The Apostle John further reports Jesus promising to be a Helper who would abide in Christians forever in John 14:16. Then in John 16:13 Jesus promises to guide Christians into all truth. IF THE TRUTH BE KNOWN!
When we get to this passage here in John 8:31 Jesus was talking to Jews in the temple near the treasury and people were gathered around, disciples of His and the other folks. He speaks now to those who believe in Him.
A. Jesus states; "If you abide in my words" which
would point us to
i. Staying faithful to Jesus Christ and
ii. Standing on the truth of His word. Being
a defending of the truth of Who Jesus is.
-All cults start out with mess with Who
Jesus really is.
iii. We are His disciples and Followers so we
should act more like Him
B. The Jesus says: "You shall know the truth."
Truth is a fundamental moral and personal quality of God.