And ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free. John 8:32
Truth is not a concept with etymological value; its use does not lie in the meaning of the root of the word, or in the definition that the dictionary can present.
The concept of Truth arose along with the evolution of humankind to be used as an element of comparison, to bring to light those things that people did in the occult, or to bring to light something that people were not aware of their existence.
The first uses of the word “Truth” in the Bible are related to the action of “verifying” the reality or state of a situation. Something is Truth, or True, when it has been properly verified by witnesses who attest to the state of its existence. The expression, I understand in Truth, attached to a conclusive phrase about something, or someone, represents the assertion of the personal or collective Truth of the communities that verified it; and in many of the cases it was constituted as law within the communities themselves.
This is the basis of where eventually formed the criterion to assess the veracity of a prophet.
Another use of the word Truth is to measure the accuracy of events to come, mainly when someone’s word was in the middle. In the particular case of when someone compromised his word to do this or that thing; Truth was measured in the precise fulfillment of the fact as it had been proposed. Speaking Truth applies to the commitment to fulfill that which has been uttered, and to do it without delay, and without ambiguities. Joseph’s brothers present themselves as men of Truth which indicates the character of commitment that characterized them.
In many cases, Truth is related to the integrity of the person. To do something in Truth means to do it in integrity of heart.
Truth does not necessarily refer to something real, or something existing; a way of Truth, for example, is that process by which someone walks in righteousness guided by divine principles.
Truth does not necessarily have to do with lies, although he who does not act in Truth obviously builds a path of lies in his path. But, the absence of Truth does not necessarily represent the presence of a lie. The Truth in the Bible emphasizes rather the diligence to comply with something, the righteousness of honoring others, and above all, the ability not to be susceptible to bribery.
The conception of Truth has nothing to do with human morality; that is the great difference between the biblical conception of Truth and the moral conceptualization of which feeds Western society, and among it also the contemporary church. Moral truth is philosophical, and subordinates reality to the relativity of facts, and indirectly highlights the lie. Something conceived as a lie today can be a truth tomorrow, and vice versa. The same is not true of Biblical Truth, which, as we have already noted, emphasizes more the diligence to comply with what has been proposed.
And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies: … 33And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your brethren here with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone: 34And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men: so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffic in the land. Genesis 42:31-34
Modern societies are moral societies, and therefore the conception of truth proclaimed from them is a relative and philosophical truth. The contemporary church is nourished by this conception, pitifully, which is why, although from the pulpits proclaimed the Gospel Truth, many men and women of faith are not really men and women of Truth, tolerate and even cultivate the lie, and reach the height of classify and even justify it.
It is associated with knowledge mostly among academic societies, and many ministerial training institutions echo it; however, Truth has nothing to do with knowledge, it does not need knowledge to establish itself or to operate.
When Jesus proposed: you shall know Truth, it was not the value of knowledge that stood out at any time, but the value of recognizing Truth.
This is demonstrated by the use of the word in Greek to refer to the act of knowing. The term you shall know (γνωσεσθε: gnōsesthe) of John 8:32, is the same conjugated term of I know (γινωσκω: ginóskó) of Acts 19:15, and the same term of knew (εγινωσκεν: eginosken) of Matthew 1:25. The reader will notice in the referred readings that the intention is not directed to the acquisition of knowledge but to the recognition of a value or of a person, being understood as an assent of the treated subject. Thus, for example, in John 8:32, Jesus exhorts to recognize the Truth of His Words, because as is discovered in the dialogue, on four occasions He reproaches them for not recognizing the Truth He speaks to them.
… But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, (vers.40),
… He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (vers.44),
… And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. (vers.45),
… And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? (vers.46).
It is not a matter of knowing in the sense of acquiring cumulus of knowledge, but of identifying that which accompanies the verb, in this case, identifying the Truth and joining it.
Operationally speaking, the knowledge of something is constituted in bond on the person, and motive of fall. This is the teaching that the apostle Paul shared with the community of faith in Rome.
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. 8But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. 9For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 10And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 11For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. Romans 7:7-11
Knowing about something discovers the ignorance that the person possesses about related matters, and makes him vulnerable and susceptible to the need to feed on more knowledge in order to remain in a position of supremacy.
Thus, Jesus’ recommendation should not be interpreted as a suggestion to acquire knowledge, because such a conception comes from the moral idealization that has been secularly attributed to the concept. Jesus was simply admitting the need for people to recognize the Truth of God, otherwise He would not have said He is the Truth,
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
So how can the knowledge of the Truth set someone free?
It is not the knowledge of Truth that sets a person free. If Jesus is the Truth, and not everyone can recognize Jesus as the envoy of the Father, it means that knowledge per se does not make anyone free, but enslaves them, as we pointed out earlier.
It is the revelation of Truth that makes a person free. We all know the teaching. To the answer of the apostle Peter to the question of Jesus: Who do people say the Son of Man, followed the statement of Jesus that such a discovery is the result of the direct revelation of the Father.
A person may have knowledge of a Truth, but if it is not revealed to his spirit, with all the knowledge he may possess, the person remains a slave to the ignorance of living far from God, even though he is part of a church.
It is clearly established in the teaching of the apostle Paul;
Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Ephesians 4:18
Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 1st. Timothy 1:13
It is also present in the teaching of the apostle Peter;
As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 1st. Peter 1:14
For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 1st. Peter 2:15
Thus, we arrive at the medullar point of the freedom that comes as a result of recognizing the Truth. Truth is not Truth by itself, it is necessary to establish it as such, it is not enough to nod to it, nor is nodding to it the way to establish it. A person may be before the Truth but if he does not establish it for himself, and in his environment, the person continues to live in the lie of ignorance of God.
An unestablished Truth is equivalent to a lie. This is the real risk we run of not working properly with the Truth. The apostle James had already established it when he said,
Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. James 4:17
The process of formation, growth and perfection of the person of faith is subordinate to the ability that the person has developed to establish the Truth for himself.
To help us recognize the Truth, and how we must establish it properly, it is necessary to understand the types of Truth to which we present ourselves daily.
THE TRUTH OF THE FACTS
This is the sphere of the natural world in which humankind moves. The Truth of facts means the reality of things that are true for all.
In this sphere the ideas predominate; the truths are established with ideas, but for a truth to be legitimate it requires two certain ideas for it to be established as such, otherwise it is a false establishment. This principle of operation is satanic and was introduced in Eden by the serpent. Let us observe it in the dialogue between the serpent and the woman:
And the serpent said unto the woman, (1)Ye shall not surely die: 5For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, (2)then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. Genesis 3:4-5
The serpent put forward two ideas, one false: You shall not die; and one certain: your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods knowing good and evil. The result of the serpent’s approach was an establishment of lies and death, the lie under which humankind lives without Jesus.
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. John 8.44
This is the reason why it was introduced into the Law that the trial witness of one person would not be accepted as true, but by the saying of two or more.
Another example is in the case of Abraham when he introduced his wife to Pharaoh:
And yet indeed (1)she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and (2)she became my wife. Genesis 20:12
Abraham made a false establishment that followed him for many years. It cannot be said that it is a half-truth, because such a thing does not exist. His approach was ambiguous, which is why God confronted him and demanded veracity of his deeds.
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. Genesis 17:1
Precisely because of the requirement of the presence of two ideas to establish a truth, this sphere is always open to a false door of establishing interpersonal communications with the use of puns, excuses, and justifications for the facts performed. Humankind is accustomed to establishing two ideas, one certain and the other false, precisely because the foundation of life is the same principle that was established in Eden by the serpent.
Unfortunately, many men and women of faith have not been able to recognize this principle of satanic life, and continue to act in the same way as they did before recognizing Jesus as Lord and Christ.
This is the most dangerous sphere, and the most stumbling block for many, because we do not see the spiritual transcendence of mixing truth with lie.
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. Luke 16:10
THE TRUTH OF ONE’S CONVICTIONS
Convictions are a person’s faith in a matter of life that was revealed to him by the Word in the divine interaction of the Holy Spirit. Convictions are constituted in Truths by virtue of the person’s willingness to live by them. They are Truths only for the person, they are the foundation of operation by faith, and they are their bulwark of spiritual growth.
Some biblical examples that illustrate this are the cases of faith in Abraham, when he decided to walk in direct dependence on God,
And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, 23That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich: Genesis 14:22-23
And, when he arranged to offer Isaac in sacrifice believing that God was able to return him from the dead,
And Abraham said, my son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. … 14And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah Jireh: as it is said to this day, in the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. Genesis 22:8-14
Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. Hebrews 11:19
If a person is not able to live by their convictions, such convictions are not Truths, they are only knowledge on the subject, but not a Truth. This is the main characteristic of a Truth of conviction.
The gravity of doing things without having the proper conviction of why they should be done, is exposed in the case of Ananias and Sapphira,
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Acts 5:1-3
The person builds Truths when he disposes to live by convictions. The case of David when he decides to buy the land where the Temple was eventually built, established the Truth that offering to God requires effort, commitment, dedication;
And King David said to Ornan, Nay; but I will verily buy it for the full price: for I will not take that which is thine for the LORD, nor offer burnt offerings without cost. 1 Chronicles 21:24
Esther’s decision to enter the king’s presence to denounce Haman’s plot, even though it means her death, established the Truth that whoever would save her life will lose it; and whoever loses his life because of the Lord’s work will save it.
… and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish. Esther 4.16
When God promulgated the Law, He intended people to live for them, out of conviction, not out of burden or fear of the imposition of punishment.
Convictions are nourished by faith, mainly by acts of faith. Not all people who confess themselves as men and women of faith live by it, and it is mainly because in their life choice they have preferred to take advantage of the opportunities presented to them, rather than live awaiting the instructions of the Spirit.
To act out of conviction demands fidelity in what has been believed, even if this means rejecting the opportunity for development that an external source proposes.
Every day there are situations and opportunities that prove convictions. When a conviction has become a Truth, it determines the way we act, and liberates us.
Absolute Truths are the spiritual Truths predetermined by God as an expression of His Will, and pre-established in the Word as an instruction of life pleasing to God.
Absolute Truths are not subject to interpretation, do not fall into disuse, never cease to be, and always have the vigor of God’s backing. The New Testament has many absolute Truths.
He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, … 1st. John 2:10
If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1st. John 2:15
… whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. 1st. John 3:10
… He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. 1st. John 3:14
He that loveth not knoweth not God; … 1st. John 4:8
If a man says, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: … 1st. John 4:20
The Old Testament also has many Absolute Truths, which are ignored by the belief that the Old Testament lost its validity.
A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight. Proverbs 11:1 (see also Proverbs 20:23; Hosea 12:8; Amos 8:5; Micah 6:11)
… lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. Jeremiah 9:24 (see also Micah 6:8)
… for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few. 1 Samuel 14:6
… Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: Isaiah 59:1
… truly in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel. Jeremiah 3:23
… But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble. Psalm 37:39
Absolute Truths teach us to know God, to know His character, to know His Will; they help us to understand how He operates, but above all, to understand what He demands of our lives.
What is the task?
The task of a man of faith, of a woman of faith, is to establish Truth in the environment where each one lives. It is the Truth to be established that will enable that region to be delivered from the satanic oppression that has plunged it into the curse. The process to do so is,
- First, to demolish by land all those false establishments that have been established as pseudo truths through music, through customs, through community events, etc. Examples of them are the pseudo date of Jesus’ birth, the pagan customs of celebrating birthdays, the cult of the dead, etc.
None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. Isaiah 59:4
- Second, establishing the Word that opposes the establishment of falsehood that has prevailed in the region;
He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: … Proverbs 12:17
- Third, establishing the corresponding Truth of conviction according to the Word that opposes the establishment of falsehood.
And they will deceive everyone his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity. Jeremiah 9:5
The task of establishing Truth is a task of liberation, a task of spiritual warfare. Only those who learn to establish Truth are the only ones who will be prepared to denounce and combat apostasy. They have the authority to do so.
There is a danger that we want to warn and that eventually we will be presenting the respective study, is a danger that is rising very strong and has already taken lives of many people, mostly young people. We refer to the danger of virtual reality, present in many forms, in video games, in electronic games, in viral challenges, etc., and in recent years, the use of artificial intelligence, very incisive through Internet searches.
All biblical quotations are taken from the King James Version.
Pastor Pedro Montoya
 Deuteronomy 18:22
 Genesis 24:49
 Idem 42:11
 Exodus 18:21
 Deuteronomy 17:6