What is Truth?

October 7, 2018

Summary

Sermon: What is Truth?  Ephesians 6:14
(1)  What is truth? (2)  Do we have truth?  (3)  Do we love truth?
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 By: Bryan Walker Given on: 10/7/2018  Sermon plays on KWHW 93.5 FM on: 10/21/2018
 
Sermon Notes
 
SERMON
 
Ephesians 6:10-20 ESV  
 
Gurnall, William. The Christian in Complete Armour
 
This week
    1. What is truth?
    2. Do we have truth?
    3. Do we love truth?
 
WHAT IS TRUTH
    • How can we put on truth if we don’t know it, have it and love it?
    • What is truth?  Pilot asked this question?  What is it?
    • Truth Definition – The quality or state of being true?
        • Can a word be used to define itself???
    • True Definition- In accordance with fact or reality
    • We say there are essential truths
        • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith, RC Sproul
            • Will we ever know all truth?
                • There are certain essential truths all Christians MUST know
                • We can’t even know Christ without knowing truth
            • The salvation truths of the gospel lies plain for all to understand
            • Sanctification is a process of learning and doing the truth
 
John 17:17 ESV  Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
 
    • Have we arrived at a full understanding of the truth?
            • We have essential truths so are there degrees of truth?  Yes
            • Josh King, from essential to un-essential or irrelevant?
                • How can a truth of God become unimportant?
                • Ignoring God’s truth is the road to a lie.
        • The long term impact of only focusing on essential truths and ignoring lesser truths
 
    • So… What is truth?  Truth is pure
        • It will never be corrupted
        • It does not have impurities in it or even a hint of falseness
        • It is objective and does not cause doubt, nor shadow of turning
 
Psalms 19:8 ESV  
 
Psalms 119:140-142 ESV  
 
    • What is truth?  Truth is timeless
        • What is true today will be true tomorrow
        • What is true today is also true in eternity past
        • There is no time it wasn’t true or won’t be true
 
Psalms 119:160 ESV  …every one of your righteous rules endures forever.
Matthew 24:35 ESV  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
 
    • What is truth?  Truth is perfect and sure
        • You can count on truth
        • It is surer than a granite foundation
 
Psalms 19:7 ESV  The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
 
    • Truth is all of the Word of God, every word
 
Psalms 119:160 ESV  The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.
John 17:17 ESV  Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
 
    • If all this is true about the Word of God, then what about God himself?
        • God is truth!
        • God is truth – truth is divine – Meaning God is the source of all truth
 
So… Truth is God AND truth is the Word of God
 
John 1:1-2 ESV  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.
 
You could say, in the beginning was the TRUTH, and the TRUTH was with God, and the TRUTH was God. Jesus Christ was in the beginning with God.
 
    • Is Christ pure? Is he timeless? Is he sure
        • He is without sin and true
        • He is our sure rock
        • He is also truth
 
John 14:6 ESV  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
 
    • You must know the truth to even come to Christ
    • Truth is loved and prized by only those who know it!
 
    • Can we separate Christ from the Word of God (truth)?
    • Can we love Christ and not his Word (truth)?
    • Can we love Christ and not his laws (truth) ?
    • Can we love Christ and not his commands (truth)?
    • Can we love Christ and not his precepts (truth)?
 
Psalms 19:7
 
    • Many kiss Christ but few love him, William Gurnall
    • Reformed – Do we love truth or love being right?
    • In order to love Christ and the Truth of Christ, we must love his Word
        • We must be ordered by his Word
        • Someone at the conference, came from north of Tulsa
            • How did you become reformed, we found a church where the people not only know the Word of God but they live it.
    • There are those who always learn and never come to love what they know
 
2 Timothy 3:7 ESV  always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
 
    • Do we love Christ do we love truth???
        • If we love Christ, if we love truth, we will keep his Words
 
John 14:15 ESV  “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
 
    • Not only keep them but LOVE them, to the point they bring us JOY
 
Psalms 119:97 ESV  Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.
 
    • Satan will tell you his commands are burdensome
    • Satan wants you to think the law is OPPRESSIVE
        • It’s an invasion of your time and your will
        • Can we love Christ and not the law?
 
1 John 4:20-21 ESV  
 
    • Loving God is loving the truth,
        • loving the truth is submitting to God’s commands
        • We can have knowledge, but are we doing?
 
1 Corinthians 13:3-6 ESV  
 
    • Do you see the circle?
    • Truth is the Word of God
    • God is truth
    • Christ is truth
    • If we fail to love God’s word, which contain his Commands, we don’t love God
    • If we don’t keep His commands we don’t love Christ
 
1 John 4:7-8 ESV  
 
    • God is described as both LOVE and TRUTH
        • Both come from God
        • Love is a sign of being born again
        • If we can’t love each other we can’t love God
        • These are essential truths
            • No one can come to Christ who doesn’t know the truth
                • The truth is essential to salvation
        • Many people may hear the truth but ONLY his sheep truly hear
                • The sheep not only hear but also FOLLOW
                • He is our Lord
                    • Lordship means submission to the truth
    • BUT all of God’s Word is true
        • Then we must submit to all of it
            • Not just the parts we like
            • We must submit with joy, not grudgingly
    • If truth is pure, timeless perfect and sure
        • A church following the truth is pure, timeless, perfect and sure
        • A church not following the truth can be removed, read Revelation
    • The conference topics
        • Church Discipline, Church Structure, and Leadership –
            • All based on scripture
    • I am responsible for those in my care
    • I will be held accountable for my actions or inactions
    • I am responsible for guarding the truth
    • Just as the ultimate responsibility rests with the husband
 
James 3:1-2 ESV  
 
    • How can anyone take this lightly?
        • Do you see how strong the enemy position is?
            • Our weakness is his strength
                • My weakness is his strength
        • This is a daunting task, AND I alone cannot complete it
            • We ALL MUST put on the belt of truth
                • MOST IMPORTANTLY – The power of Christ is our only hope
            • we cannot shrink back even though we have many shortcomings
                • Christ will not forsake His TRUE church
                • We are in a battle for the truth
    • The Devil cares about a church founded on TRUTH
        • The truth includes ALL of the Word of God
            • Is any truth, non-essential or unimportant
    • There are degrees of importance just as there are degrees of lies and sin
    • However, sin is still a sin, a lie is still a lie, and truth is still truth
        • No matter how small a truth is we are commanded to obey it
    • We may be called a Reformed church but the day we stop reforming is the day we lost the battle for truth our enemy does not stop!
    • We MUST to continue striving for the truth
        • This means all of the truth
        • Continuing to evaluate what we believe based on the Word of God
 
1 Corinthians 11:31-32 ESV  
 
    • We will stand or fall based on the truth
    • Will we judge ourselves or be judged
    • We are called to judge the members within the church but judgement starts with ourselves.
        • Take this time to judge yourself
 
Am I patient and kind; do I boast; am I arrogant; am I rude. Do I insist on my way; am I irritable or resentful; Do I rejoice at wrongdoing, OR do I rejoice in the truth.
 
    • There is forgiveness in repentance to God and faith in Christ
        • The Word also commands us to repent to each other
        • His sheep hear his word and actually follow Him
 
Ephesians 4:27 ESV  and give no opportunity to the devil.
 
Follow and obey ALL of the truth

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