The 21 most important things about God’s truthfulness every pastor and parent should teach every man, woman and child.
Anyone remotely acquainted with society at large knows this: the idea of truth is all over the map.
Who’s to blame? I’ve got two hunches: Postmodernism and relativism.
Postmoderns say we can’t know objective truth. Relativists assert all truth claims are valid.
Interesting enough, some people will unintentionally claim to be postmoderns and relativist…
Despite the fact the postmodern manifesto IS an objective statement.
Despite the fact relativism IS the antithesis of postmodern AND a contradiction since two competing truths can’t be true.
No wonder anxiety, angst and apprehension abound in America. As you’ll see, a healthy mankind demands objective truth. Something that can be found in God’s nature.
But before we talk about God’s truthfulness, let’s first define truth.
What Is Truth?
Truth is that which is real and reliable. It’s something that you can verify by experience. That corresponds to reality.
Used of words, truth is telling it like it is. But where experience, pretense or assertion contradict truth, truth always prevails.
In the Bible God’s truthfulness means faithfulness and reliability. And it’s a fundamental moral quality of God. In other words, God is the standard for truth.
Aquinas said, “Whence it follows not only that truth is in Him, but that He is truth itself, and the sovereign truth.”
So, what are the most important things about God’s truthfulness that pastors and parents should teach every man, woman and child? I’m glad you asked.
21 Important Things About God’s Truthfulness
1. Isaiah calls God the “God of truth.”
2. God is simple by nature, meaning he is simple completely and fully. Thus, God must be truthful fully and completely.
3. Since God is both infinite and truthful, then he must be infinitely truthful.
6. God cannot lie. So, his commands are true.
7. God will never change. He will always remain truthful. He’s immutable.
8. To be all truthful and never fail, God must be all-powerful. “The true is that which can be depended upon,” Charles Hodges said, “which does not fail, or change, or disappoint. In this sense also God is true as He is immutable and faithful.”
9. God’s truthfulness isn’t dependent upon creation. God would still be truthful if there wasn’t any creation.
10. God reveals his truth progressively. That means the Old Testament teaching was never false, but shadowy and incomplete compared to the revealed truth of the New Testament.
11. God made our souls to live on the practice of worship, law-keeping, truthfulness, honesty, discipline, self-control and service to God and our fellows. He made us in his image. Abandon these practices and we slowly destroy our souls.
12. God’s truth is something we should diligently study so we can be sanctified in the truth and handle it correctly.
13. Jesus promised to send the “spirit of Truth”. In John 15:26 Jesus said, “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me.”
14. God promises that the Holy Spirit will lead believers into the knowledge of all that is true of Christ.
15. God’s truth is the weapon against the father of lies. Martin Luther said, “Truly, in this case, we must not only be well armed with God’s Word and versed therein, but must have also certainty of the doctrine, or we shall not endure the combat.”
16. God has a deep resistance to telling lies. “The divine veracity is more than truthfulness of expression from absolute knowledge.” said John Miley. “It is truthfulness from holy feeling.”
17. God permits and uses deceit to accomplish his will. In 1 Kings 22, God allowed the deceiving spirits of Satan to lead Ahab into battle and his death.
18. Figures of speech where God is compared to a man are appropriate forms of divine communication because they convey a literal truth.
19. Jesus is the Word of God who became flesh. The life of Christ epitomized truthfulness and utter reliability.
20. Everything Jesus said was true. He told the truth He heard from God. And if God cannot speak anything but the truth, what Jesus heard and spoke was truth.
21. Born again Christians are followers of this truth–they hear his voice.
In the end, God’s truthfulness means there IS one objective truth in the midst of multiple and competing truth claims. And God’s personal, immanent nature means we CAN know this objective truth.
Thus, knowing God is faithful and reliable is like putting ballast in the belly of your boat so that you can survive the wicked storm surge of the sea.
**Part of The Nature of God series.**