Summary: what is truth? These are the famous words of Pilate, just before he gave in to the accusations of the crowds and the chief priests to have Jesus crucified. But instead of asking ‘what’ is truth, perhaps he should have asked ‘who’ is truth? Who is the trut
Truth, Love & the Word 1 Peter 1:22-25
22Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.[a] 23For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24For,
"All men are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25but the word of the Lord stands forever."[b] And this is the word that was preached to you. (NIV)
a. 1 Peter 1:22 Some early manuscripts from a pure heart
1) Purified. What does it mean to be pure? How do I purify myself? To be purified means to be cleaned up, to remove any unwanted, undesirable, or foreign material. I found a little clip to help illustrate the removal of foreign contamination…(wall-e clip. 1:36). Wall-E is dirty, at least as far as the robots in this new world seem to think, and he needs some cleaning up, well a LOT of cleaning up. And poor MO spends most of this movie cleaning up after wall-e and his messy trail throughout the ship. For us here today, we need come cleaning up too. No, we’re not robots, we have a free will and the ability to choose the way we live our lives. But we can have some ‘foreign contaminants’ in our lives. Things that the bible calls ‘sin’. And just like the contaminants stick to the probes in that movie, sin sticks to us until we deal with it, or clean it up. In order for us to be acceptable to God, who is, as we discussed last week, the impartial judge of our lives, we must be clean, holy, purified. God cannot have any impurity in His presence, and so we must be clean. And we are cleaned, not by some robotic process, but by the blood of Christ, and by, as Peter states here, our OBEDIENCE of the truth.
2) OBEY. Some people don’t like that word. It makes us think of being under someone’s authority that perhaps we don’t want to be under. To obey someone means to surrender to their authority. We send dogs to obedience school so that they will obey our commands when we say, ‘heel, sit, stay, don’t jump on the couch, don’t jump on the couch, DON’T JUMP ON THE COUCH!’. We teach our children to obey, at least we try to, so that when there is danger they will listen and obey our instructions. I’ve said to our kids things like, ‘you need to obey me. If I were to say jump out of this moving car, I need to know that you would do it, in case your life depended on it.’ How silly is that, jump out of a moving car??? But hey, if it was a life or death situation, and jumping out of the car meant life, I hope that’s the choice we’d make! We may have even used the word ‘obey’ in our wedding vows. How’s that going? God asks us to obey, even when it seems crazy, or odd, or different than we would do something. He asks us to obey Him, His Word, His truth. And since He is God, our Father, shouldn’t we obey Him? My simple mind has to figure that He knows a lot more about what is right for me to do than I do, so I should listen to what He says is right, right? And by obeying the truth, we are purified. Obedience leads us to purity. Obedience makes us clean before God. So, are we going to obey Him and his truth?