Summary: Hold on to the truth in an age where truth has become anything you want it to be.
The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God
Isa 56:1 Thus says the LORD: "Keep justice, and do righteousness, For My salvation is about to come, And My righteousness to be revealed.
2 Blessed is the man who does this, And the son of man who lays hold on it; Who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, And keeps his hand from doing any evil."
Pick up your Bible – What do you have in your hand? - TRUTH
A friend of ours who went through Bible college while we were still living in Northamptonshire came back completely mixed up to the point where he said that the Bible was no longer necessary because it wasn’t absolute truth. He didn’t trust what was written through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
He denied many fundamental truths such as Hell, Jesus being God, and Jesus being the only way to heaven.
1. In the passage we read “keep justice and do righteousness.” Where do these come from? - God
Jesus the truth
John 14:6 Jesus said “I am the way the truth and the life”
God of truth
De 32:1 "Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; And hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
2 Let my teaching drop as the rain, My speech distill as the dew, As raindrops on the tender herb, And as showers on the grass.
3 For I proclaim the name of the LORD: Ascribe greatness to our God.
4 He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.
Spirit of Truth
1Jo 5:6 This is He who came by water and blood--Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.
The Word is truth
Ps 119:160 The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.
2 - Justice and righteousness come from the truth of God’s word and character.
To be just means to be impartial in action and judgement. To be honest, correct and true. God’s word and His character are the highest standards by which anything or anyone can be judged.
In Engineering if something is true then it is straight without bends, bumps or imperfections along its length.
In archery an arrow has to be true so that it flies straight, incidentally in archery the word used to describe missing the target is “sin.”
When manufacturing something the engineer or craftsman is always given a tolerance to work within because it is impossible to get something perfectly straight.
When it comes to God’s word there is no tolerance
Dictionary says, ”the permitted variation in some characteristic of an object or workpiece.”
There is no variation in God; He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Jas 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
When the Bible says, “the wages of sin is death” it means “the wages of sin is death.” Missing the target with God means the judgement of eternity in Hell.
Rather than tolerating, God gives grace and shows mercy to completely remove us from the penalty of sin. Bible says “mercy triumphs over judgement”
In mercy another has stepped into our place and taken that punishment of death. Who was this person? It was the one who said “I am the way the truth and the life.” Nobody else would have been good enough, nobody else was without sin except for Jesus.
Let’s take a quick look at our justice system. It relies completely on the truth and the discovery of the truth. Seen any of those programs like CSI or Silent Witness where science uncovers the truth. Occasionally, some one manages to get away with a crime because the truth could not be proven and established strongly enough and others have been jailed wrongly because the truth was manipulated or science wasn’t advanced enough to reveal the truth in time.
The legal system works with something provable but the spiritual system of this nation is something else.
Truth is what you make it.
To some there is no such thing as absolute truth.
There is my truth and your truth, each one is equally valid even if they contradict each other
Spiritual truth has become very subjective.
Ho 4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, You children of Israel, For the LORD brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: "There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land.
This nation of ours is rated the second most Godless nation in the world second only to Japan. Since 9/11 27,000 people have converted to Islam