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Adonai says: “… I will bless those who bless [Israel], And the one who curses [Israel] I will curse.” — Gen. 12:3
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33 So Pilate went back into the headquarters, called Yeshua and said to him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
34 Yeshua answered, “Are you asking this on your own, or have other people told you about me?”
35 Pilate replied, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and head cohanim have handed you over to me; what have you done?”
36 Yeshua answered, “My kingship does not derive its authority from this world's order of things. If it did, my men would have fought to keep me from being arrested by the Judeans. But my kingship does not come from here.”
37 “So then,” Pilate said to him, “You are a king, after all.” Yeshua answered, “You say I am a king. The reason I have been born, the reason I have come into the world, is to bear witness to the truth. Every one who belongs to the truth listens to me.”
38 Pilate asked him, “What is truth?” …
What is “truth”?
Without a doubt it is a gross understatement to say that we live in uncertain times. It’s getting harder and harder to know who to believe about almost any subject.
I remember once upon a time if we wanted to know the truth about what was happening in the world, all we had to do was turn on the radio or television and tune in Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, or any one of a dozen other reporters. And if they said a thing, we could be pretty sure that it was at least close to the truth.
Now, it’s not a secret that so-called “news” programs are driven more by ratings than by the truth, and many have gone so far as to actually go out and create events so that they would have something sensational to “report at six” or show “film at eleven.” Now they interrupt the eight o’clock program, the nine o’clock program, and the ten o’clock program with a shot of the “reporter” sitting in front of a bank of television monitors, saying in his or her most conspiratorial voice: “Twenty years after the king’s death, Phyllis Diller is having his baby! Stay tuned for details following tonight’s movie of the week!”
Then after sitting though 57 minutes of editorials and political commentaries, they finally give the details on “tonight’s big story:” “Last night, twenty years after the death of Elvis Presley, the late king of rock and roll, Phyllis Diller had his daughter, Lisa Marie, and her new husband, Michael Jackson, over to her Bell Air estate for a belated wedding reception. Barry Manalow provided the entertainment for the gala event! And goodnight from Babylon!”
Oh, yes … by the way, we don’t have news reporters any more. We have commentators. News reporters used to tell us what happened. Now commentators tell us what they think about what may or may not have happened; and if it did happen, it may or may not have happened the way they said it did.
You might be able to guess that I don’t watch much TV news any more, but I do listen to Paul Harvey once in a while!
Newspapers aren’t much better any more. The motto of the New York Times used to be “All the news that’s fit to print.” Now their motto is “all the views that fit, we print.” If you wanted to read the editorials, you used to have to turn to the editorial page. Now virtually every page consists of editorials rather than news … including the comics page.
Remember the Saturday Evening Post? Now there was a family magazine! I remember every Thursday when it arrived in the mail (I never did understand why they didn’t call it the Thursday Afternoon Post) I would grab it away from my younger brother—that was my right; I was the oldest; and besides, he couldn’t even read yet—I would grab the Post and turn to the jokes and cartoons on the very last page.
Tabloids used to be an oddity to pass the time in the checkout line at the super market. Now it’s hard to tell the difference between the National Inquirer, People Magazine, and US. News and World Report!
Not only can you not trust the press any more, you can’t trust many of the folks in our state and national capitals. The Pentagon told us last January that they have finally gotten a satisfactory reckoning from Hanoi concerning all of our MIA’s and POW’s, and now in June they tell us that before they will establish formal relations with the government of Viet Nam they will require Hanoi to provide us with a satisfactory reckoning of our 4,000-some remaining MIA’s and POW’s. Mark my words, the White House is going to establish full diplomatic relations with Hanoi, and the remaining POW’s can just rot in their jungle prisons and slave labor camps! And the White House will then make it official policy that “there are no more unaccounted-for POW or MIAs.” That may not affect many of you, but if you were over there “in the bush”—as we used to say—I guarantee that makes your blood boil!
And while I’m on the subject of “Who do you trust?” … how about that Supreme Court?!? This august group of men and women are appointed for life for the specific purpose of protecting us from a government that tends to overstep its authority from time to time. Their job is to make sure that all the players follow the rules as defined by our Constitution. But instead of making sure that our leaders stay within the limits imposed upon them by our wise Founding Fathers, the Court has taken up the occupation of writing their own laws and imposing them upon us, while at the same time maintaining that they themselves are not subject to the limits that the Constitution places on them in the performance of their duties.
It is they who have rewritten the laws of our land to make it unlawful for us to have prayer in our children’s school classrooms or at their graduations, and to make it unlawful for the American citizens to tell their elected representatives that they can serve in office for only half of their life rather than for their whole life.
This same elite group of men and women tell us that is
But we must not, under any circumstances, allow
On the radio recently I heard a discussion between Dr. James Dobson, the Christian psychologist, and one of the best-known Christian youth workers in the United States. They were discussing the moral state of American adolescents, and the guest made the point that among the thousands of young people that he has worked with in recent years, one of the major concerns of the young people — remember, this is their concern for themselves — is that “they do not know the difference between right and wrong,” and that concerns them greatly. Most young people want to do what is right, but without proper guidance, they simply do not know what to do.
So this youth worker started a program of work with these young people to help them learn and apply basic moral values, and he enlisted the aid of their parents. But the parents told him that they were powerless to help, because they themselves simply do not know the difference between right and wrong. In fact, most of them (the parents) had been taught that there are no such things as moral absolutes.
I submit to you that this generation that honestly does not know right from wrong is the product of a political system which removes from our public schools, our courts, and from our nation’s history books the basic Biblical values upon which this nation was founded.
It’s no wonder that you cannot trust our media or their representatives, it’s no wonder that you cannot trust our courts, it’s no wonder that you cannot trust our military or our President, it’s no wonder that you cannot trust our legislative bodies.
They have been converted in large numbers to the only State-authorized and State-sponsored religion in the United States, Secular Humanism. And one of the main tenets of the Humanistic faith is that there is no such thing as objective truth.
But I have some good news for you. They are terribly, horribly wrong! The message that I have to share with you this morning is that:
I. There is a Truth
A. What is Truth?
For 6,000 years of man’s history, that we know of; men have been trying, like Pilate, to answer the question: “What is truth?”
To my ears, the question, “What is truth?” sounds much like the word games that philosophers play, like “Why is there air?“ and “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” It seemed appropriate to seek the answer to a philosophical question by asking a philosopher, so I consulted the Dictionary of Philosophy and Religion in hopes of finding a concise definition of “truth.”
Instead of finding an acceptable answer to my question, “What is truth?” I found a two-page article with a total of thirty-six definitions of truth — all different! But my book told me that there are five basic philosophies of truth:
First: The coherence theory states that that which is true is the coherent system of ideas. If I understand that theory rightly, it means that the entire collection of our humanity’s ideas, at least those ideas that have not yet been abandoned, constitute truth.
Second: The pragmatic theory says that whatever is a “workable” or satisfactory solution of a problematic situation is true — that is, whatever makes sense to me and solves my immediate problem is my “truth” for that occasion. “Hey, whatever works!”
Third: The semantic theory states that “assertions about truth are in a meta-language and apply to statements of the base language” — that is, truth is such a metaphysical concept that it cannot even be intelligently expressed in real language.
Fourth: The performative theory states that truth occurs whenever I agree with a given statement — that is, whatever I agree with at a given moment in time is truth for me in that particular time and place.
And Finally: The correspondence theory states that that which corresponds to reality is true.
According to the philosopher who wrote this book, “Although in its initial stage, as through most of history, philosophy had proceeded on the basis that there is an objective truth to be found, this assumption was challenged by the Greek Sophists.” In other words, there have been, and still are, many philosophers who hold that there is no such thing as objective truth, no absolute standard by which everything else is to be measured.
This is one of the principal tenets of the religion of
Secular Humanism. Nothing exists or can exist outside of man and his known
and knowable universe. In order for there to be a
Additionally, according to Secular Humanism, since we know that everything within our universe is relative, then all of reality is relative. Since all of reality is relative, there can be no absolutes within reality. And since nothing can exist outside of our real universe then neither can there be any absolutes outside our reality.
The ultimate conclusion, then, is that since there is
Beloved, we are now well into the second generation of
children who have been raised in a
Even history is being rewritten to remove all suggestion of Christian influence on our society. For example, in Christopher Columbus’ recently-published diary of the events leading up to his voyage to the New World we find that he was a devout Believer in Yeshua and he was of Jewish descent — that is, he was a Messianic Jew! Apparently when he was about 15 or 16 he came to Newfoundland as cabin boy on a Norse ship. In his diary he makes several specific references to his desire to provide the means by which the natives of that new land could be evangelized for Yeshua HaMashiach, and that evangelism was his primary goal in 1492. His diary entries make frequent references to his faith, and in his belief that he was being led by Ruach HaKodesh in his quest. His ship was apparently blown off course and landed much farther south than he had intended. But the history text books are being rewritten to instruct America’s children that Columbus’s motives were purely financial, and that his discovery of North America was simply a freak accident.
Being deprived of nearly all exposure to the concept of
As Dr. Francis Schaeffer puts it: “What is taught is that there is no final truth, no meaning, no absolutes, that it is not only that we have not found truth and meaning, but that they do not exist.”
If there is no truth, no meaning, no absolutes to our
existence, then there is no point to any of this. This was the philosophy
that eventually drove Nietzsche insane. Remember that Nietzsche was the
modem philosopher who screamed to the world that “God is dead.” But he
understood the result of his philosophy: if
It is critical for us to understand that without a
Even Charles Darwin, the father of the evolution heresy, recognized the difficulty in explaining the universe in terms of time and chance: “With my mind I cannot believe that these things come by chance,“ he wrote in his autobiography. And in other places he wrote of his own theories, “I know in my mind this can’t be true, but my mind is only a monkey’s mind, and who can trust a mind like that?”
Is it any wonder that despair is epidemic, and that suicide is one of the leading causes of death among American adolescents?
B. Truth is “what is”
But the good news is that, in spite of all of the vain philosophies, there is a truth: an objective, knowable truth.
If you were taking notes earlier and writing really fast, you may recall that the correspondence theory of truth states that that which corresponds to reality is true.
Aristotle has provided the definitive expression of the correspondence theory. He said: “To say of what is that it is not, or of what is not that it is, is false, while to say of what is that it is, and of what is not that it is not, is true.” Thus, we see that truth is defined by reality, not by what we think or feel concerning that reality.
Francis Schaeffer summarizes Aristotle’s definition quite effectively, “Truth is that which is.”
Shakespeare adds the logical corollary: “Truth is truth to the end of reckoning.”
But we must also remember to add another corollary: the corollary of antithesis. That is, “If a statement is true, its opposite is not true. If there is that which is true (and there is), then the opposite of truth is not true.”
If I were to hold up a bright, shiny, ripe apple and say that it is red, and if it is true that the apple is, in fact, red, then it must follow that if I then say that the apple is not red, then that statement must be not true, that is, it must be false.
So, then, it is abundantly clear that in spite of the incoherent babbling to the contrary by many philosophers, both ancient and modern, there in fact exists within our universe an absolute, objective truth, an absolute standard by which everything else is to be measured; and that objective truth corresponds to reality — truth is that which is! And the opposite of that truth is false.
II. THE TRUTH IS KNOWABLE
Now that we have established the fact that truth is, we next need to determine whether it is possible for us to actually know the truth, or if, as the “semantic theory” of truth would have us believe, that truth it cannot even be intelligently expressed in real language.
The Bible has much to say about truth, with nearly 3,000 direct references to truth and related terms like “to know” or “to believe” something to be true. The Greek word which is translated as “truth” in the Apostolic Scriptures (the so-called “New Testament” signifies in its primary meaning “the reality lying at the basis of an appearance.” That is, “the manifested, veritable essence of a matter.”
That manifested reality can be known is evident from
the very meaning of the words used: manifested means that which is
readily perceived by the physical senses and easily understood
or recognized by the mind. So when the Bible, particularly in the
precise language of the Greek version of the Apostolic Scriptures, speaks
of “truth,” it is referring to “the reality of a matter which can readily
perceived by the physical senses and understood by the
mind.” If language has any meaning at all then, we can be sure, on the
authority of the Word of
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|2||Forms of the word “believe”||believe||152|
|believe[d, -s, -ing]||140|
|3||Forms of the word “true”||true||87|
|4||Forms of the word “sure”||sure||22|
|“amen, amen” (“verily, verily”)||127|
For example, the literal meaning of the Hebrew word “amein” is “truth.“ “Amein” is used 28 times in the Tanakh and 31 times in the Apostolic Scriptures. On 127 different occasions Yeshua uses the phrase, “Amein, amein, I say to you…” In Hebrew and Aramaic, the languages with which Yeshua was probably most familiar, a word is repeated for emphasis. Thus, when Yeshua said, “Amein, amein I say to you …” that was about the strongest possible way of expressing that what follows is absolute truth.
In Yochanan 8:31 and 32, Yeshua said, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
In this one simple sentence Yeshua makes three important statements about truth. He tells us that:
First: The truth is knowable
Second: Those who abide in His word shall know the truth, and
Finally: The truth found in His word shall set men free
Looking at that statement a slightly different way, Yeshua said that the way we are to know the truth is by whether or not a certain statement or idea is in agreement with His word. For example:
Psalm 119:160 “The sum of Thy word is truth, and every one of Thy righteous ordinances is everlasting.”
Yochanan 17:17 “Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth.”
So, if we make sure that we stay within the boundaries that Yeshua defined as truth, then we well be set free from all falsehood. Numerous times Yeshua made statements that let us know that He accepted the entire Hebrew Scriptures as true and reliable. He also said that alter He had returned to the Father, He would send us the Spirit of Truth, one of Whose functions it would be to lead us into all truth. If we can believe what Yeshua said about Ruach HaKodesh, then we can be sure that those men who recorded the Apostolic Scriptures under the direction of Ruach HaKodesh produced a set of documents every bit as true and reliable as the Scriptures in which Yeshua placed His confidence.
And if what Yeshua said about Ruach HaKodesh is true, then the Sacred Scriptures form the absolute standard by which we are to judge, and then accept or reject, all other knowledge and teaching.
Not only does
Isaiah 43:10 “You
are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen,
in order that you may know and believe me, and
understand that I am He. Before me there was no
As used in the Scriptures, the word believe is not simply acquiescence to historical facts, but rather it means to rely on, to trust. As we will see in just a few moments, the difference between these two ideas is of eternal significance.
The word understand means to perceive with the mind, not just with the feelings. To understand is to grasp with the whole intellect.
If there still remains the slightest doubt in your mind
1 Yochanan 1, verse 1: What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we beheld and our hands handled, concerning the Word of Life …
Verse 2: and the life was manifested, and we have seen and bear witness and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us …
Verse 3: what we have seen … what we have heard …
Chapter 2, verse 1: And by this we know that we have come to know Him …
Verse 4: “I have come to know Him” …
Verse 5: By this we know that we are in Him …
Verse 13: I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him … I have written to you children, because you know the Father.
Verse 14: I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning …
Verses 20, 21: But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth …
Chapter 4, verse 1:
… test the spirits to see whether they are from
Verse 2: By this you
know the Spirit of
Verse 6: We are from
Chapter 5, verse 13:
These things I have written to you who believe in the name
of the Son of
Verse 19: We
know that we are of
Verse 20: And we
know that the Son of
I think that by now we have adequately demonstrated that:
|First:||There is an objective truth|
|Second:||It is possible for us to know that truth|
|and Third:||God wants very much for us to know that truth|
Now let’s look for just a few brief moments at Yeshua HaMashiach’s claim to be the ultimate truth.
Sha'ul (Paul), Sila (Silas), Timotheos (Timothy), and Dr. Loukas (Luke) had just crossed over from Troas into Philippi in Macedonia. Lydia and her household had just become Messianic Believers and they were in the process of establishing a new congregation centered in her home.
Acts 16 16And
it happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a certain
slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her
masters much profit by fortune telling. 17Following after
Sha'ul and us, she kept crying out, saying, “These men are bond-servants
of the Most High
We might wonder why Sha'ul became upset at this young woman telling everyone that the Apostles were proclaiming the way of salvation. After all, wasn’t she kind of doing the work of an evangelist?
We need to be very careful here. The definite article
“the” does not appear in the original Greek text. What the girl — rather
the demon speaking through the girl — was saying, in effect, was, “These
servants of the Most High
That’s the danger with most of Satan’s lies … they sound so good! But remember, if it does not agree with the truth, then it is not truth. If it is not truth it is false, or a lie.
Yeshua said, “I am the way” … the one and only way.
The eternal life that we inherit at the moment of salvation is His life that becomes part of us.
1 Yochanan 1: 1What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we beheld and our hands handled, concerning the Word of Life — 2and the life was manifested, and we have seen and bear witness and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us …
we know that the Son of
Yochanan 1:14 And the Word [Logos] became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The Greek word Logos (lovgoß),
literally means “word,” and is so translated here. However; the meaning of
the word goes much deeper, in that Logos is not only the name by which a
thing is called, but is also the very essence, or truth of
that thing. In this case, the Logos Who became flesh is the embodiment of
the Truth of
Yochanan 1:17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Yeshua HaMashiach.
Ruach HaKodesh is often referred to in the Apostolic Scriptures as The Spirit of Truth. He is also referred to as the Spirit of Messiah. For the sake of time I’m not going to read these scriptures to you, but jot them down and be sure to look them up on your own:
Yochanan 14:16,17; Yochanan 15:26,27; Yochanan 16:13; 1 Yochanan 5:7
As we noted a few minutes ago, one of the things that
the Bible claims for itself is that is the inerrant and true word of
He has also sent us the written word, the Scriptures,
which are also called His revealed, propositional truth. They are revealed
because they were not written by men, but recorded by men as
God has called his Scriptures “Truth.” Therefore, we
must be diligent to remember that whatever is in agreement with
God has given us the test by which to measure that which we hear in the world:
1 Yochanan 4 1Beloved,
do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are
Friends, as I demonstrated to you at the beginning of this message, we are being bombarded from all sides by lies: Lies from the secular press, radio, and television; Lies from a corrupt and morally bankrupt government; Lies from a Secular Humanistic educational system.
And the Body of Messiah is by no means immune from the
lies. In fact, there is an entire television network that calls itself
Christian; but if you carefully compare what is being taught on most of
that network’s programming against what
But you know what?
2 Timotheos 3 1But realize this, that in the last
days difficult times will come. 2For men will be lovers of
self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to
parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3unloving, irreconcilable,
malicious gossips, without self control, brutal, haters of good, 4treacherous,
reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of
8And just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected as regards the faith. 9But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, as also that of those two came to be....
13But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. …
4 3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; 4and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.
But here is what Sha'ul says we are to do to preserve the truth:
3 14You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them; 15and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Messiah Yeshua.
16All Scripture is inspired by
4 1I solemnly charge you in the presence of
Yes, my friends, there is an objective, absolute truth
at work in our universe. It is possible for us to know that truth; and
That Truth is Yeshua HaMashiach, the eternal Son of
The lie of the devil is that there is no truth, no
objective standard by which the world will be judged. Satan would have you
to believe that there are many ways to approach
Who are you going to believe, Satan or Yeshua? Remember
that the opposite of the truth cannot also be truth. Yeshua said that
unless you believe that He is
And what is the criteria by which we will all be judged
when we stand before Messiah? We will not be judged by whether or not we
led a good life. We will not be judged by how well we obeyed the Ten
Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Golden Rule, or even
whether we kept the whole Torah. There is only one criteria by which we
will be judged concerning our eternal destiny, and that is whether or not
we believe in truth that Yeshua is the Messiah, the Son of the
It is not enough for us to acknowledge the fact of
history that 2,000 years ago there lived a man named Yeshua of Nazareth.
It is not enough for us to acknowledge that He was crucified, died, arose
from the tomb, and ascended into heaven. It is not even enough to
acknowledge that He is the Son of
Simply acknowledging the mere historical facts about Yeshua HaMashiach accomplishes nothing.
The Letter to the Messianic Community at Rome tells us
that “if you confess with your mouth Yeshua as Adonai [Lord], and believe
in your heart that
What does it mean to “confess with your mouth Yeshua as Adonai?” The word “Adonai”, or Lord, means master, and ruler; but more than that, Adonai means the benevolent slave owner who has total control and authority over the life of the slave, and who abundantly provides for every need in that slave’s life, including life itself.
What does it mean to “believe in your heart?” It means to put your full and absolute trust and confidence in Yeshua HaMashiach and in Him alone to ensure that He has gone to prepare a place for you, and that He will come, just as he promised, to take you to be with Him in that place for all eternity.
You cannot receive Yeshua HaMashiach as Savior unless you first receive Him as Lord of your life. Yeshua is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and there is no other Name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.
And that, my friends, is The Truth! Will you receive it and believe it today? “Behold today is the day of salvation.”
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