Truth

TRUTH—A LIVING EXPRESSION OF GOD

 

John 1:1-10 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.  3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.  4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. 9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. (ESV)       

            The authority John had to write these words had to have come from God. No one would have the nerve to prophesy such things without a clear directive from heaven. These are great scriptures and hidden in them is a secret that reveals truth is in everyone who comes into the world. Verse 4 is stating that the Christ has life in Himself and that life is the light of men. That light means enlightenment which means to instruct or be made aware. With that in mind, everyone who enters the world, comes equipped with the information that is central to life itself. This would likely be called “human instinct.”

            In the Passion translation of John 1:1 it reads, “In the very beginning the living expression was already there. And the “Living Expression” was with God, yet fully God.”

            I love the idea that Jesus is the Living Expression of God and that would lead me to believe  those who follow and put their trust in Him can become living expressions of God. Though it seems like that is a great endeavor for any life’s work, I can’t help believing the human being was supposed to be born into this world as a living expression of God as He made all things to be. We blame Adam’s fall for the corruption of that idea and have lived with the consequences ever since. Upon the appearance of Jesus on earth, that Living Expression of God re-entered the earth and offered a way to return to God. This means Jesus came equipped with the truth, the way and the life it takes to return to God. How then did so many people lose their way concerning this and is there a way back?

            In the Ancient Roots Translinear Bible, (a direct translation from Hebrew to English) some of these verses are slightly different.

John 1:3 reads; All things by his hand and apart from him not even one thing has happened. 4 In Him is life, and this exists the light of the children of men. 5 The Light himself enlightened the darkness, and the Darkness has never overtaken it. ARTB

            Everything that has happened and exists is by the hand of God, and that means truth is included. This means that all who come into the world must have the life/light of Christ in them in order to enter the world. “The Light himself enlightened” in the ARTB, means Christ has educated the darkness. In the English Standard Version verse 5 says, “The Light shines in the darkness.” The light means the light that shines in men enlightens or educates the darkness. The ARTB goes on to say in John 1:9 For the Light of the True Prince himself has been brought to enlighten everyone that comes into the world.

John 1:9 Passion Translation; “For the Light of Truth was about to come into the world and shine upon everyone.”

            Jesus is the way the truth and the life, (See John 14:6) so if that information is in everyone who comes into the world, then everyone has the truth in them when they are born. I’m sure that truth is complete and that would include the knowledge that He is Lord and His Father the God of all. This also means that in order to deny this truth one must consciously be aware of it to reject that built-in knowledge. This explains some of the frustration Jesus exhibited to His disciples when He struggled with how little faith they had. (See Matt. 8:26; 61:8) In Matthew 14:31 Jesus is reaching out to Peter who stepped out of the boat and walked for a few seconds on water to meet the call Jesus made to him. When Peter began to see the waves he took his eyes off the Lord for one second and began to sink until Jesus touched his hand. Then Jesus said, “Oh you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

In human reality, it would be crazy to even imagine walking on water, but for a few seconds Peter was doing just that. In our thinking, that is supernatural. It is natural thinking in the mind of Jesus, so what happened to us? For Jesus to show disappointment to Peter by saying “why did you doubt,” instead of, “nice try; try again,” means Jesus was not trying to teach Peter how to walk on water but to remember what he was born to understand. It must have been possible to not doubt this and that could lead to so much more. Did Peter take his first steps based on faith in Christ, or was he experiencing a moment of being a living expression of God? Why is the supernatural so hard for humans to grasp? What has made us all believe that what we now see is all there is to see?

Sometime after an enlightened child has been born, the process of doubt and unbelief creeps into their minds. Their eyes and ears encounter generations of unbelief that has plagued human beings for millennia. Then Jesus appears on earth to break this cycle and to His frustration not even His disciples were ready for this. “Oh you of little faith,” was said more than once by the Lord. (See Matt. 6:30; 8:26; 14:31; 16:8; 17:20; Luke 12:28) In addition to this little faith, Jesus tells His disciples if you do not doubt, you will see amazing things. (See Matt. 21:21; Mark 11:23

            Once someone chooses to deny a truth, they will often spread their belief system to their children and on through the generations. Pilate said it best when questioning Jesus, “What is truth?” (See John 18:38) That question is still ringing down through the ages because of the distance man drifted from that original enlightenment—the living expression of God.

For someone to find his or her way through the maze of religious denominations and the wickedness in the world, to get back to real truth is all but impossible. However, what is impossible for man is possible with God. (See Mark 10:27) And what answer might there be to all of this?

FEEL AND FIND YOUR WAY BACK

Acts 17:26-27 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place,

27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, (ESV)

            There is a way to “feel” or grope our way back to a life filled with Christ and the hope of Truth leading us all through the horrors of unbelief and the arrogance that says, “I already know that.” So much of what we think we already know has been systematically fed to the child that has more real truth at birth than it does as an adult. There must be a reason why every youth believes they know it all. It isn’t because they do but because they once did. Sometimes the adult parent of a precocious child, decides to take them down a peg or two, not realizing that forcing our unbelieving reality on a child has devastating effects on them. To teach another what you have learned “the hard way” means you are not preparing them for anything “supernatural” or “super-spiritual”, but training them to fear the past until it controls their future. Breaking this cycle of doubt and unbelief is at the forefront of all evangelism. Yet there is a crippling of the lame even more when faced with the disparagement of the church. There is no wonder why Jesus said, “You must be born again to see the kingdom of God.” (See John 3:3)


Truth: To walk in truth is to conduct oneself according to God’s holy standards. Truth was the barometer for measuring both one’s word and actions. (Hebrew; Old Testament)

What is true in any matter under consideration. The true notions of God which are open to human reason without his supernatural intervention. (Greek; New Testament)

The body of real things events and facts. (Webster’s dictionary.)

            It is obvious that the meaning and thought behind truth has changed over the centuries. The reasons man changed the meanings of truth from, conducting oneself according to God’s holy standards to, the true notions of God which are open to human reason without His supernatural intervention, is a lesson itself. This means man is unable to know or walk in truth as he understands it but God must intervene supernaturally for us to get it right. The present day concept of information we are flooded with daily seldom contains the whole truth. Only prejudice sensationalism to gain attention. I heard a radio journalist once say, “Our job is to form the opinions of the public so they can make a good choice.” Though that sounds noble, why does my opinion have to be formed by obvious prejudice and untruths?

            Now “truth” simply means, the body of real things events and facts. (Webster’s) Real things are very easily faked, and events are shows, while facts are what we see on the internet. We are a long ways away from God’s supernatural intervention and even farther from conducting ourselves according to God’s holy standards. Yet finding hope in becoming the Living Expression of God is not lost. It must be Christ in me the hope of glory that opens the human heart to His supernatural truth that only He can provide. 

Christine Potter