Monday, February 1, 2016

What is truth

In review of Matthew 4:4 and John 1:1 it says, But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”  "In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God."

Bottom Line:
You need more than food to live on, you need the word God has spoken and given us. The Word was with God and is God.

What this means to me:
Jesus reminds me that, “People won’t be able to live on bread only, but by every word spoken by God. It provides words that sustain and refresh us. In the beginning the Word already existed. That Word was with God and was God.

At the end of a long 40-day fast, Jesus faces the devil and endures a succession of temptations. Right out of the gate, the tempter offers this insinuating challenge: “If you are the Son of God, change these stones into loaves of bread.”

He challenges the truth of Jesus’ identity, “If you are..” In this the enemy questions the very foundations of truth. Jesus replies with an answer anchored in truth and quotes from Deuteronomy 8:3, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God.’” (Matt 4:4, NLT)

If I decide for myself what truth is, I’ll be descending into confusion and hopelessness. However, when I look to God’s own words as the source of our truth, I’ll find life and hope and redemption and courage and strength. All truths are tributaries of the massive river of Truth, who is Jesus himself—this is why he is called “the Word” (John 1:1).

In summary, the Word was with and is God. In my life I need more than food to live on, I need the word God has spoken and given me.  So what is truth?  It’s the Word that God has left us.

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