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The truth that is in Jesus

Ephesians 4:21

Pilate asked: ‘What is truth?’ (John 18:38). He was a judge as well as a ruler, and he did not know the answer to his own question. People claim to speak the truth even when they are speaking lies. Some people even deny that anything can really be true. We constantly struggle to know what is true.

In that way, truth is similar to such qualities as love, goodness and wisdom. Everyone praises these qualities, although they (these qualities) seem so hard to find in this world. Many people doubt that these things truly exist.

The Bible teaches that such qualities as truth, love, goodness and wisdom belong to God. God, who created all things, is perfect in every way. His words are always true and wise (Psalm 19:7-11). His actions are always right and good (James 1:17; Revelation 15:3). His love is perfect (1 John 3:1 and 4:16).

God has shown us all these things by means of Jesus Christ. Christ brought truth to this world (John 1:17); he alone is the true and living way to God the Father (John 14:6). Christ shows God the Father to us; so when we learn the truth in Jesus, we know God (Hebrews 8:11). We discover God’s wonderful character and his perfect kindness (Exodus 34:6-7).

The knowledge of the truth, in Jesus, brings about a complete change in our lives (2 Corinthians 5:17). As Christians, we love the truth, and we should always speak the truth (4:25). Christians are God’s children; so they desire to have a character that is like God, their Father in heaven (Matthew 5:43-48).

Next part: Christians must not continue their former, wrong behaviour (Ephesians 4:22)

 

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