Summary: An exposition on truth , the power, and place of truth in the our relationship with men and with God; and the scriptural way to deal with hypocrisy and afflictions of unknown origin.
Theme: Back to the Constitution
Topic: The Efficacy of Truth
Text: 2 Corinthians: 13 : 5-8 " Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. 7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. 8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth."
This is a statement that has been tested in heaven, on earth and beneath the earth. If you wish, bury the truth seven times, it will rise again. You can do nothing against the truth but for the truth. All that you will do to profit must be in line with the truth. In the Orthodox world, there is what is called The Passion Week. Passion Week is the period that the Lord Jesus began to undergo trials, judgment and all manner of preparations for the eventual crucifixion on the cross. It includes all the persecutions, the abandonment, betrayal and various forms of sorrow that he went through until he was finally laid on the cross; these all got pumped up through the Passion Week. If you will look at John chapter 18, there is something significant that will help us as we discuss the efficacy of truth.
34 Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?
35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done?
36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered; Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all."
Jesus was born to bear witness unto the truth. He says everyone that is of the truth hears my voice.
John 19:6 says "When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.
That is another way of saying what Apostle Paul said, that you can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. Now if the reason the Lord Jesus Christ came into the world, the cause for which he was born, is for him to bear witness unto the truth, and Pilate was asking "what is truth?" It means therefore that there is more to it because the purpose of our Christianity must be tied or connected to the reason why Jesus came into this world. If your life is not in line with the reason Jesus came into this world, it means you are wasting your life. I hope you know what it means for Jesus to be at the judgment hall? We are talking about going "Back to the Constitution."
When you are taken to the law court, the only thing that matters at that point in time is what the Constitution says; I believe you all know that. If you have ever been to the Law court, you will notice that for lawyer, the court is not a place you tell stories and weep up sentiments because these won’t help. What obtains in the Law court is "it is written; it is written." Whatever they want to defend, they will say it is written. Written where? That’s in the constitution.
If you are going to win any case, you are not going to win it by telling stories and shedding tears; you are going to win it by appealing to the constitution to defend you. If your case would be properly handled and in line with the constitution, no matter how far you are from liberty, that constitution will deliver you.
Brethren, we have come a long way and soon, very soon, the Lord will appear, but a lot of things working against us must be brought face to face with the constitution. For every case that has been proffered against us, we have the right, by the constitution of heaven, to appeal to the Supreme Court of the universe and that Supreme Court is the foundation upon which the church is built. All the lower courts may have one case or the other against you, but you have a right to appeal to the Supreme Court where the constitution, which is the Word of God, is the only thing that matters and that is the foundation upon which the church is resting.