Summary: This is a topical sermon on biblical truth from "The Exchanged Life" perspective which is both evangelistic and discipleship in approach.
Sometimes I wonder whether there is really a search for the truth today. Circumstances and situations cause me to ask, “Do people really want to know the truth? As far back as Biblical times there is the indication of a search for truth. There were people called the Gnostics who thought that all knowledge led to the truth, they were known as “know all’s” and even espoused special knowledge for the elite. Then around the 15th century there were some people called Greek Skeptics who believed that all knowledge was uncertain. Today one major worldview of truth is that all truth is relative. So What is Truth?
Pilate suggests in the midst of Jesus interrogation that there is a search for the truth. With a sense of stress and frustration, in dilemma and disgust, Pilate asked in final exasperation, “What is Truth?” Did he really want to know what the truth was? I’m not sure he did. However, Pilate’s question suggests that there is a search for what is truth. So, “What is truth?”
According to Webster truth is that which is reliable, trustworthy, faithful, sure, genuine and sincere. Spiritually speaking, truth is that which is reality or real. It’s God’s revelation of Himself to us. Truth is the reality that God has chosen to reveal to us. I think there’s a lot of confusion concerning what is truth today and it’s my purpose to clear it up biblically. So, I suggest first of all that:
I. THE SAVIOR IS TRUTH
An English minister describing his inner city outreach in Bristol, England once commented, “I minister to the lost, the least, the lonely and the last.” Maybe you feel like you fall into one or all of these categories today: lost, least, lonely, or last. Well be encouraged, Jesus Christ came just for you! And he said, “It’s not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick” (Lk 5.31). Then, He said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord”(Lk 4.18-19).
For those who are poor, captive, blind, and downtrodden this is good news. However, there is more. You see it’s not God’s intention to leave you in a place of loss or defeat either. He has come to enrich your life more than you could ever imagine. Jesus has come to share with you truth that will set you free. He said, “The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life & might have it abundantly.” He also said, “and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Now, if God says that His truth will set you free then why, do you find yourself struggling. Could it be you’ve believed a lie? If your world has fallen apart, then it’s rather obvious that your “house” doesn’t have a proper foundation – your life isn’t built on the truth and Jesus claims on the truth were pretty exclusive John 1:1; 14. . . He even says, blatantly, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. . .” Jesus claimed to be THE truth, not just another great prophet or humanitarian, but the SAVIOR.
There’s no middle ground where God’s truth is concerned. So there are some life impacting question’s that you need to ask yourself - that only you can answer: Is your life working for you? Is it possible you have believed a lie. Have you been building your “house” on the wrong foundation? Are you willing to admit that you need help and that you want it? If you answered yes to any one of these question’s it’s possible that you’ve never received Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord so the foundation of your life is being built on your own self-sufficiency. And the life of self-sufficiency is what God calls SIN. And you don’t have to keep on living that kind of life. God wants to extend to you His forgiveness. He wants to give you eternal life - His life and it’s yours through trusting in God’s Son, Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.
II. THE SCRIPTURE IS TRUTH
Now, some of you may be asking, “What about me?” You may be saying “I’ve ben a Christian for quite some time now and my life is still a mess. What’s wrong with the foundation of my house?” It may be true that you’ve accepted Jesus into your life. However, the truth is you brought with you into this new life in Christ some old patterns of self-sufficient behavior, biblically called flesh. And you may never have been exposed to the bigger picture of Christ and His cross, the complete message of the gospel.