The Truth of the Gospel

Scripture: Psalm 119:9-16; John 1:1-18


Many people today think that truth is quite relative. For example, someone might be willing to argue passionately against gentrification in Harlem, but the same individual may think it inappropriate to argue for one religion over another. When asked on what grounds he or she can decide that gentrification is wrong, and on what grounds they determine that religion is neither right nor wrong but a matter of personal preference, one often encounters a world- view that depends on little else than the individual’s personal preferences. If this is the best we can do in defining truth, then we are in big trouble.

God gives quite a different definition of truth. God explains the world, its problems, and
the remedy for those problems in his word. Consider the words of the Psalmist, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.” In remembering that God is the Creator, and we are but his creatures, we are reminded that truth is defined by God. In order to understand, live by, and preserve truth we must continually be in God’s word. In addition, God’s truth is not only revealed in the word, but is also revealed in the word made flesh—Jesus Christ. As you engage the world around you (e.g., your family, friends, job, recreation, romance, etc.), consider them in the light of God’s revealed truth.


Father, I adore you because you are truth. I confess that I do not often live by your truth; please forgive me. Thank you for Jesus who is your word made flesh. Please help me to live according to your truth. May all my priorities, dreams, expectations, relationships, efforts, and hopes be shaped by your word and the word made flesh. Amen.

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