The Belt of Truth is another piece of spiritual armour that helps us to stand. In [John 14:6], Jesus says,
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Truth forms the core of our beliefs because if there is no truth, there is no point to faith, and everything is for nothing. If we are to declare the truth, and live in the truth, we need to first know the truth and what its consequences are.
1. Truth is determined by God, who is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Truth is truth. It is not relative, but absolute. In order for truth to be absolute, it needs to be based on something or someone that is absolute. That is, the truth must be founded in God.
[Numbers 23:19] – “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfil?”
[Hebrews 13:8] – “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
God is the only one with the credentials to determine what truth is. He was there before the beginning, will be there for eternity, and it is by Him that all things have their form and purpose. How can I, as a human being, even fathom the reasons for truth and morality when I did not make this world. The Creator God made the world, and He is the one who has determined truth.
2. Truth is found in the Word of God.
We know the truth when we know God, when we know His word (the Bible), and when we hear His voice (revelation). It is important to test all things against the word of God because God will never contradict Himself.
[1 Thessalonians 5:19-21] – “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good.”
[Acts 17:10-11] commends the Berean Jews for doing this. They were noted to be “… more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.”
In John 5, Jesus gives us some insight into how we might receive and search the word for truth.
[John 5:24] – “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death into life.”
John 1 also tells us that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and The Word was God.” So Jesus, is the Word of God, and He is God. Therefore, His words are true and when we believe Him, we receive His truth. His truth is found both in the word of God as the Bible, and in the word of God as we hear His voice when we have relationship with Jesus. When we search out the word to find truth, we look to see if it is consistent with who God says He is. A revelation from God will always be also confirmed in His written word.
3. Truth sets us free.
How can we tell something is the truth? We know we can check it against God’s character and we know we can check it against God’s word. Further to this, we can know what is truth by the consequences it brings. [John 8:31-36] gives us a clear insight into how God’s truth looks like.
“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, “You will be made free?” Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.””
Abide in the word, and we will be disciples and followers of Jesus. As disciples, we will know the truth and the truth gives freedom. It gives freedom because the Son, Jesus, has given His word that we will be free and His word always comes to pass. The truth sets us free because ultimately, it is the knowledge of God’s supremacy. When we know God’s truth, we know He has a good plan that cannot be thwarted, that He is in control of everything, that He loves us unconditionally, and that He has given us eternal life through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ on the cross. This knowledge is astounding and it gives us freedom from anxiety, stress, fear and every other chain that might bind us. It fills us up instead with the truth of God’s love – extravagant and freely given to us.
The truth is God’s, it is His word, and it sets us free. So search it out, receive it and believe.
[Psalm 86:11] – “Teach me Your way, O Lord;
I will walk in Your truth;
Unite my heart to fear Your name.”