Word of the Month

To do the Truth

March 2000

As the Lord Jesus stood before Pilate and testified that he had come into the world to bear witness unto the truth, the Roman governer asked "What is truth?" (cf. John 18:38). This distinguished Roman had already experienced many intrigues and conspiracies in the course of his life, which is why he probably doubted whether an objective truth even existed. In our natural life it may often appear difficult to determine the degree of truth of a statement or the exact sequence of events of an incident. The godly truth, however, is unassailable.

What is godly truth?

First of all, the natural order of the earth, the law of seed and harvest. Let us never forget: what a man sows, that he must reap. If one always kept these inevitable consequences in mind, one would often sow much more carefully.

God also ordained that the seventh day is holy and should be kept holy, and that one should rest from all one's work. Today, this commandment is disregarded as never before. As children of the most high, we want to keep the counsel that Jesus gave to Nicodemus during their conversation: "But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God" (John 3:21).

The Lord Jesus testified of himself: "I am the way, the truth, and the life" (cf. John 14:6). Thus, the commandments and counsel of Jesus are also truth. What, for example, did the Son fof God command? "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind", and: "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" (cf. Matthew 22:37 & 39).

The all-encompassing activity of the Holy Spirit - not only at the altar, but within all of us brings forth the truth again and anew. This comforter sent from God awakens thoughts, evokes feelings and provides stimulation, so that we can be led and guided in a wonderful manner. Godly truth is also contained in the promises of the Father and the Son. We wait upon the return of the Lord Jesus, to take his own unto himself. Therefore we walk in the truth and come unto the light, to God, the source of light. And there the works that were done in God will be revealed: works of faith, of love, of sacrifice, of faithfulness, of oneness!

With heartfelt greetings,<br/> Yours,

Richard Fehr