Summary: This sermon deals with the truth in the world, what truth is and what lies are. Can all accept the truth?
What is Truth? This sermon deals with the truth in the world, what truth is and what lies are. John 18:37-38 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. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth?
In my opinion, this is one of the most important questions in scripture. Pilate didn’t understand what he asked; he didn’t understand the importance of these 3 simple words. It took me many years to see the relevants of this verse, I was wrapped up in the words that Jesus spoke and was over looking what the Holy Spirit was trying to show me. Here are some examples of truth and lies. Lies; Iraq will become a show place for democracy in the Moslem world.
Truth; Beheadings are still taking place in Iraq; car bombings are still taking innocent lives. A little child moans and weeps for the loss of her mother, lying at her feet dead. Lies; The world economy is great, food is in abundant supply, we have a handle on A.I.D.S. Truth; Thousands are dieing in Africa of hunger and A.I.D.S., women are being raped and then sent off to die, insurgents are helping the local government to commit genocide on thousands. Lies; Gay marriage is a God given right to all; it will not harm children but strengthen the family values. There is nothing wrong with civil unions. Truth; Homosexuality and Gay Marriage is destroying this country from its basic foundation of a country that has put its trust in God for over 200 years. Politicians say that they believe in God and then vote not to ban these abominations. Lies; Family values are stronger today than they were 20 years ago; this nation is strong and vibrant. Truth; Three children, under the age of 4 years, and their mother were set on fire with gasoline and were burned to death by the father, who also died by suicide. The nation is divided over religion and marriage rights. Lies; Hell doesn’t exist and even if it does we have a thousand years to pray our way out to Heaven. Truth; Hell and the lake of Fire are eternal, there is no purgatory and there are no exit signs. A soul sent to the lake of Fire will burn for eternity, screaming and wailing and gnashing of teeth will be the punishment for not believing on the Son of God. John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth [more correctly, into all the truth, will guide you wholly into the truth.] [The Spirit does not reveal all truth to men, but He leads them to the truth as it is in Christ.]: for he shall not speak of himself [Rev., rightly, from himself.] See on John 7:17; but whatsoever he shall hear [whatsoever things he may have heard.], that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
The Holy Spirit guides us into the truth but its up to us to accept it. Many will turn a blind eye to the truth when it doesn’t suit their purposes or when it hinders them from doing those things that are pleasing to the flesh or their spirit. Many of the things that the scripture does not clearly teach are those things that the Holy Spirit will give us the power to discern on our own. [Spirit of Truth and Spirit of Error.] Many of us who are on the meat of the word, no longer need to be fed by spoon but should be able to eat when we are hungry. We should be able at this point to discern, right from wrong, good from bad, righteousness from unrighteousness, truth from lies.