I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. . . . I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free. (Ps. 119:30, 32)
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)
Truth and freedom are inextricably linked throughout Scripture. God’s truth sets us free because:
Truth is Pure. It’s unsullied by biases, motives or distortions. Like pure water, it is life-giving when taken in, and can make us clean when we continue to immerse ourselves in it.
Truth is Absolute. It’s revelation may unfold gradually, but it’s nature is eternal. It never vacillates.
Truth is Just. On the witness stand, telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is vital to reaching a just verdict. The truth is no less essential to God’s justice. The difference is that with God’s truth, there are no legal loopholes through which to escape.
Truth is Light. It opens our eyes to see clearly: ourselves, others, and the world around us. It allows us to see with God’s eyes, to walk with Jesus, and to light the way for others. “In God there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5)
Truth is Love. A loving relationship is one based on truth, and flourishes because it continues in truth. Love responds to hard truths with mercy. It risks being genuine. Love for God enables us to be truthful with ourselves and frees us from rationalizing our sins and thus keeping on being enslaved by them.
Truth is Available. God’s Word has never been more accessible in more translations and with more knowledgeable study guides to help us to understand its background and put it into practice. Our calling is to search the Word, but we don’t have to search for it.
Truth is Wholeness. We live in a fragmented world, riddled with broken trust, broken systems, broken relationships and broken people. Everything and everyone can become suspect — until we find the One who has kept every promise, loved us through everything, and whose deepest desire is to welcome us into wholeness that can never be shattered. It’s through God’s truth that we piece reality together, and understand the greatest reality of all: that we can be held in God’s love, sustained by His power, walk in His peace, and grow in His grace. We can be made whole as we worship Him in the splendor of His holiness.
Truth is Freedom. It’s the freedom Jesus came to bring us. Lies keep us in bondage; truth is the key that unlocks that door. Truth lived out brings the freedom to walk with Jesus in thankful and complete trust. Truth gives us the freedom to know who we are in Christ, and to look forward to our inheritance in the assurance of His unalterable promise.
Outside of Scripture, Keats may have said it best: “Beauty is truth and truth beauty — that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”
The truth of God, about God and in God is, in truth, all we need to know.