pilate therefore said unto Him, Are You a King then? Jesus answered, You say 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. Everyone who is of the Truth hears My voice. Pilate said unto Him, What is Truth? (Jn. 18:37–38).
In the jaded world of Pilate’s day, the governor had grown cynical. So he asks Christ, “What is Truth?” He really did not expect an answer, but the answer had already been given.
Some have claimed that “All truth is God’s truth.” They are trying to justify the foray of the Church into humanistic psychology, claiming that God gave this “truth” to Sigmund Freud. Nothing could be further from the truth!
In the first place, truth is not a philosophy or a culture. Truth is a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. Of Himself, He said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (Jn. 14:6). So, when one knows Christ, one know Truth; and until one knows Christ, one cannot know Truth.
There is what are commonly referred to as “subjective” and “objective” truth. The word “subjective” means that truth, at least as it is claimed, is subject to circumstances, surroundings, happenings, culture, etc. As such, it changes by the hour, because there are no absolutes in subjective truth, so-called! Therefore, such cannot honestly be called “truth,” even to the slightest degree.
“Objective” truth doesn’t change, because truth cannot change. While the label of “true” might change, and does, in fact, change, “truth,” within itself, cannot change, because it is impossible for it to change. If it is truth, not only can it not change, it doesn’t need to change.
Whatever truth was 3,000 years ago, truth is presently! That’s the reason the Holy Spirit could say of our Lord, “Jesus Christ, the same, yesterday, and today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8). That’s the reason it can be said of God the Father, “For I am the LORD, I change not” (Mal. 3:6).
The idea that God would give “truth” to unconverted men is palpably untrue. Concerning this, the Holy Spirit through Paul said, “But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (I Cor. 2:14).
Read Isaiah 24:1 through 27:13
Isaiah 25 and 26 are reminiscent of the Psalms and provide a refreshing break from the doom pronounced in previous chapters. Amid all the upheaval and unrest, we find God’s “formula” for peace.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you (Isaiah 26:3).
An older translation expands the meaning of the word “steadfast”: “whose mind is stayed on thee.” All thoughts and actions of this kind of person come from a mind wholly devoted to trusting in God—a stark contrast to the people in previous chapters who forgot God.
So many search for peace in all the wrong places—money, relationships, reputation. But the picture of perfect peace that Isaiah painted in these chapters focuses on an attitude of gratefulness to God: “You have done wonderful things, things planned long ago” (25:1) and “all that we have accomplished you have done for us” (26:12). Giving credit where credit is due is the key. We find peace in our relationship with God and not in things this world deems important.
Prayer Suggestion: Lord, show me today how to keep my thoughts fixed on You.
Quicklook: Isaiah 26:1–9
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