Summary: To focus on the liberating action of truth vis-a-vis three Christian doctrines of Justification, Sanctification and Glorification!!!
TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”-John 8:31-32
Nothing quite like a dose of truth at the onset of a New Year! There is no substitute for truth. Honestly, where would World Economy go, if truth doesn’t undergird all of its transactions? Truth is so important in this World that paradoxically even in the Crime World of “LIES”, people have paid for their lives for not speaking the truth! Even in an as mundane an act as hiring an auto-rickshaw in the Indian context, imagine the reaction of the commuters, if they learn that meter designed to calculate the fare has been tampered with. Continuing to blow the trumpet about the importance of truth…ever wondered how the lie-detector machine works? Oh boy…on the principle that normally all of us speak the truth. Normal heart-beat and pulse-rate of a person speaking a lie would go awry, immediately registering on the “lie-detector” facilitating the authorities to nail the truth, as it were, straightaway. Amongst others’, one ennobling action of truth is that of liberation. Where truth is, fetters’ of a lie are bound to lie unshackled.
In this New Year’s message, I intend to focus on the truth in each of the three Christian doctrines of …Justification (a sinner is forgiven on accepting Christ as his/her Saviour), Sanctification (a forgiven sinner is transformed into a Christ-like image) and Glorification (Christians get raptured or on their departure from the Earthly realm reach the Heavenly shores whichever were to occur first).
To be justified, is to have a right standing with God. Those of us born with an innate, Adamic rebellious nature can never get a right standing with God of infinite holiness by way of our finite human effort or reasoning. If the degree of human effort or intelligence were the criterion to get a right relationship with the Holy Creator, then where and how would one fix the limits for them? If limits are then set by finite human reasoning which tends to glorify the best, the beautiful, the intelligent and the mighty, then the rich or the strong or the most intelligent ones’ would apparently race ahead of “a common man in the street” in reaching the “target” of finding God’s favour (can it ever be measured?). Now viewing this paramount subject of getting the right relationship with Him, from the Almighty’s angle itself, remember first and foremost that God is fair. Would He not give equal opportunities to all in the most important subject of meriting the right relationship with Him? Yes, He would never allow the principle of fairness (which is at the core of His character) to get grossly violated by fixing “standards” which only the strong, rich or the intelligent can hope to attain. Oh yes, He loves the strong, the rich and the intelligent lot for it is not their fault that they were born that way. By the same token, He loves the poor, weak and simple ones’ too for it is not their fault either that they were born that way. Whatever be our social status or physical stature or IQ level, all of us born with an inborn, rebellious Adamic nature (Romans 3:23) need to get into a right relationship with the Most High One.