John 17:17 – “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.” NASB
Psalm 119:160 – “The sum of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.” NASB
Several years ago, I had a dear child of God declare to me, “Jesus said it, I believe it, and that makes it so.” I did not challenge the individual then, but I have thought about that statement many times through the years. Is something true because Jesus said it, and we believe it?
I would contend that a word is not true because God says it but that God says it because it is True! I also maintain that because we believe something has little to do with its veracity. Many people have and do believe things that are entirely wrong, so that statement of this person may give us comfort. Still, it is erroneous in its beginning and, therefore, would end up in an erroneous destination.
The Bible informs us to be people capable of giving the reason for the Hope within us and to be able to do so with calmness, reason and grounded in truth. Jesus’ declaration to the Father that Your Word is Truth. That is the basis and foundation for our beliefs. Paul instructed Timothy to “rightly handle the Word of Truth” in his ministry and life. When we conclude that God’s Word is Truth, we have an unshakable foundation upon which to build our lives and faith. It is not just because something is in the Bible that we depend on, but we rely on the truth that it is in the Bible because it is Truth that we anchor our hope and faith upon.
I have complete confidence in God and His Word. I believe that God only speaks what is True! Some will say that I am splitting hairs here, and maybe so. However, in dealing with unbelievers, atheists, and agnostics, my approach has had more impact on them than the declaration I was told years ago.
When I approach it from the point of fact that God only speaks what is Right and True, there has been a greater openness to my argument than when I simply declare It Is In The Bible. Suppose a person does not believe the Bible to begin with. In that case, that declaration has little value, but when you begin to present your argument using factual, scientific reason that what God has said is True and then rise to the point that God only speaks what Is True, there is more ground to reason with them.
When I came to this way of thinking, my faith grew more robust, and my confidence in God became more pronounced. I had found that it had helped in some incredibly challenging times and times when everything around me was designed and directed at shipwrecking my confidence in God. The foundational conviction that God Only Speaks What is True provided me with a foundational rock that life’s events could not shake.
This may help you, and if it does, fantastic. Please consider this point of view as you face the many events of life and reach out to those who do not believe.
May God be with you as you go through your day!