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What is Truth? It depends upon who you ask. Truth has become a moving target in the world in which we live. The only absolute truth that seems to be agreed upon by a wide swath of society today: that there are no absolutes! occasionally I have heard or overhead someone state, that what is true for you may not be true for me. Truth is not foundational for many people as in these are true statements that not only guide my life but should, in fact, guide everyone’s life. The truth seems to be one truth among many and you can go through the line at the “truth” cafeteria and pick out the truth that suits you and leave the rest for others. 
All of this got me to thinking as I read from the gospel of John, a quick exchange between Pontius Pilate and Jesus. Here is the exchange: “Then You are a king!” Pilate said. “You say I am a king,” Jesus answered. “I was born and have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice.” “What is the truth?”
Those of us who have had an encounter with Christ believe that He is what all things are measured by to see if they are indeed true! Jesus has several things to say about truth. I refer to three:
1 Truth is about a way of life and life itself!
 John 14:6: Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus described Himself as not one of many ways, He said He is the Way as in the one and only way. He said He is the Truth, not one of many truths, He is the truth. Jesus said that He is life, not just one way among many ways to live life, but He is life! So, you see if I take the Jesus of the Bible seriously, I must take His words seriously, and He must be Lord of my life, not just my spiritual life but each and every area of my life.
2 Truth is free, and it sets us free!
John 8:32: “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” When Jesus said you will know the truth, we need to understand what He meant and how the word “know” is intended. Know here is not limited to knowing something or learning a truth, but includes knowing as in an intimate and personal knowledge. I learn more about Jesus as I spend time with Him. Not only do I grow in my knowledge of Him, but I become known by Him!
3 In Jesus Truth and grace are both found!
John 1:14: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Too many today fall into the trap of overemphasizing one or the other, grace or truth. Grace is God’s great unmerited gift that no one could ever earn. It is by His grace that we are saved. It is only through His grace that we are able to live every day. Some people who only focus on grace forget that this same Jesus who is filled with grace is also filled with truth. Grace is important and necessary and must be offered to everyone regardless of where they are or what they think or believe. It is not gracious to attempt to hide or gloss over the truth. It is in fact very unkind! Jesus according to John’s gospel, was filled with both grace and truth. Truth. Jesus was filled with truth. That means the words of Jesus are true even the words that make me uncomfortable are true. The overextension of truth leads to legalism and judgmentalism. What we are told is simply this:  He is the One who brings us the truth and He also brings us grace. To live a biblically balanced life we must accept the truth and grace that come to us from Jesus.
I want to be a believer who is filled both with His grace and His truth!

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