What is truth?

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 NIV)

What is truth? In the modern world this question has become less absolute and more subjective than ever before. Truth has been under assault as most grapple with their personal choices and not wanting anything (or anyone) to challenge them. Absolute truth has now been replaced with a scale of truth or the thought that what is true for you might not be true for me… but, is this way of thinking… true? Is it Biblical? Can we know truth? Does the Scripture have anything to say about this important topic? More than we might imagine.

If you are struggling with the concept of truth, you aren’t the first (and won’t be the last). In one insightful exchange the Roman governor of Judaea, Pilate, has a conversation with Jesus about this exact topic. “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. (Romans 18:38 NIV) Pilate did what so many others before him and after him do… he didn’t stick around long enough to get the answer. 

Sunday we explored Preparing for the Battle and putting on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17). If you missed the message you can catch up on our YouTube channel here. Today we are going to explore just one component of the full armor of God, the “belt of truth” (Ephesians 6:14). The Scripture challenges us to “stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist”. Before we can suit up… we have to answer the question: what is truth?

In the context of Pilate’s question, we can look back to the Scriptures to begin understanding “what” (or better yet, who) truth is: “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” (John 18:37 NIV) In this exchange Jesus begins to make a profound statement… truth is an indication of those who are “on the side of truth”. For those who reject truth, they also reject Jesus Christ.

Our focal verse for today is the simplest answer to the question. What is truth? Jesus is truth. Jesus Himself said it this way: Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 NIV) Jesus Himself is the perfect manifestation of perfect truth. Apart from Him it is impossible for us to know, see, understand, or accept real truth. When we reject the Truth, we will never be able to live life the way God intended for us to.

Today this devotion is for those who have surrendered their life to Jesus. To you I remind you: truth is paramount. Truth is unchanging. What is true is always true or it was never true. The truth that we need to live, grow, and fight in the daily battles of life is God’s Word. Within the 66 God-breathed books of the Bible we see God’s perfect revelation for mankind. How we should live, work, interact with others, serve God, and everything we need to be “thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). 

Trying to live life as a follower of Jesus with “subjective truth” will leave us cold, hanging firmly in midair, with no foundation to fight from or grown from. We need truth. We need Jesus. What is true is always true for all people. Its time to get back to the Scriptures, to firmly buckle the belt of truth around our waists, and to filter every thought through the unchanging, unyielding, beautiful truth of our God.