No sincere Christian doubts the truthfulness of God. All believing Christians
know that, though humans may not be totally trusted, their Father in Heaven will
never lie, and that His Word can be totally relied upon. God is truth; He
delights in truth, and those who follow Him must be totally trustworthy like
their Father in Heaven.
Christians base their faith not
only on the fact that God is, and that He is love, but also on the fact that God
is truth, and that His word, and promises are totally true. This is a
critical pillar on which the doctrine of God is built—on which our faith
But is there any way of knowing
-- of being totally sure? The answer is entirely affirmative, and the
evidence is plentiful and undeniable.
From the beginning through to the
end, The Bible testifies to the fact that God is Truth. When God revealed
Himself to Moses, He was introduced as “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and
gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth” (Exodus
34:6). In Deuteronomy, we are told that He is a “God of truth and without
iniquity” (Deuteronomy 32: 4). Similarly, David recognized that the Great God is
a “God of Truth” (Ps. 31:5), whose “word is right,” and whose “works are
done in truth”(Psalms 33:4).
Like His Father, Jesus Christ was
“full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Christ Himself put special
emphasis on the fact that only truth would make us free (John 8:32), and
that He was “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). The Holy
Spirit is called “The Spirit of Truth,” who would guide Christians “into
all truth”(John 16:13). We are also to be sanctified through truth,
and have been blessed with a special gift from God: His Word, which is “Truth”
God is a totally reliable,
truthful Being. This becomes evident in His word, from the very beginning.
He warned Adam and Eve that death would follow, if they would eat of the Tree of
Knowledge of Good end Evil -- and He kept His word. He also kept
His word about the certainty of the Great Flood and about Noah and his family
being spared. He promised Israel deliverance from the Egyptian bondage, and, at
the appointed time, He brought Israel out Egypt with powerful signs. While in
the desert, He promised that rebellious generation that they would not enter
Canaan, and that the same fate would befall Moses--and so it was
In Deuteronomy, God promised
Israel blessings, if they obeyed His commandments, and curses if they
transgressed them. Generation after generation of Israelites witnessed the
fulfillment of His promises. Consistently, God blessed them greatly when
they obeyed and consequenced them with great punishments when they transgressed.
God promised a Messiah who would
come of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), from the line of David (Isaiah 11:1), to be born
in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), whose coming would be announced by a prophet in the
wilderness (Isaiah 40:3), who would be “rejected of men” (Isaiah 53: 3), who was
to bear “our griefs” and who would carry “our sorrows” (V. 5), who “would be
brought like a lamb to the slaughter” (V. 7), and who would give his life as an
“offering for sin” (V. 10), so as to bear the sins of many (V. 11).
Amazingly, the God of truth went a
step further and declared the time of Messiah’s death (Daniel 9:25-27); He also
foretold that Christ would be buried in a rich man’s tomb, and that He would
rise out of his tomb before His body would experience decay (Psalm 16:10)--
and so it all was.
At all times, God has shown
Himself to be totally reliable and trustworthy. He has also shown Himself to be the
antithesis of the father of lies, Satan, (John
8:44), who continually deceives the whole world
Our faith, therefore,
rests on a very strong and unbreakable pillar: The great God
is truth; He is worthy of our total trust, and all his promises
for this life, and for the one to come, can
be totally relied upon.
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