God’s Word Is Truth

Truth

God’s Word is the Truth that tells all about God, His Creation and His plan to give human beings life, life more abundantly and eternal life. Let us delve into the Truth found in the Word.

John 17:17 “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.

Emeth is the transliteration of the Hebrew word for truth. The next section comes from the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament (TWOT).

116k † tRmTa firmness, truth.

tRmTa. Truth, faithfulness, verity. (ASV and RSV usually the same.) This word carries underlying sense of certainty, dependability.

We find it used in several categories of contexts, all of which relate to God directly or indirectly.
First, it is frequently applied to God as a characteristic of his nature. In Gen 24:27,

Gen. 24:27 He said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His lovingkindness and His truth toward my master; as for me, the LORD has guided me in the way to the house of my master’s brothers.”

for example, it describes God who leads Abraham’s servant to the right wife for Isaac. In Ex 34:6,

Ex. 34:6 Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth;

it is given as one of the verbal descriptions of God which constitute God’s goodness. Other examples are Ps 25:5; 31:5 [H 6];

Psa. 25:5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day.
Psa. 31:5 Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have ransomed me, O LORD, God of truth.

Jer. 4:2 And you will swear, ‘As the LORD lives,’ In truth, in justice and in righteousness; Then the nations will bless themselves in Him, And in Him they will glory.”
Jer. 10:10 But the LORD is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the earth quakes, And the nations cannot endure His indignation.

It is a term fittingly applied to God’s words (Ps 119:142, 151, 160; Dan. 10:21).

Psa. 119:142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And Your law is truth.

Dan. 10:21 “However, I will tell you what is inscribed in the writing of truth. Yet there is no one who stands firmly with me against these forces except Michael your prince.

Thus concludes this section of the TWOT’s examination of Word.

We must note that Psalms 119:151 and 160 link the Commandments to the Truth. Those who do not keep the Commandments have made a deceived but deliberate choice to refuse to acknowledge the Truth. The most commonly disregarded Commandments are: the first which says God is a single Being, “I am the Lord your God…”; the second which condemns all forms of idolatry from tree worship to sun worship; and fourth which tells us God’s day of Rest is the Sabbath, not the Sun god’s Sunday.

Psa. 119:151 You are near, O LORD, And all Your commandments are truth.
Psa. 119:160 The sum of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.

God Cannot Lie

God does not lie; people do and demons as well. Everything God says is true. But, someone might say, did God say? That is what the serpent said because without its questioning God’s veracity, it could not make Eve distrust God’s Word. All the forces from the demon depend on the foundation of whether a person can trust God.

The sun rises every morning. The Earth is replete with the things of life: air in the perfect proportion, water in abundance, food in proliferation, clothing in the raw everywhere, shelter from caves to manmade caves. Yet, people refuse to believe God because they believe the lie that there are no real consequences for breaking laws of God or His Nature. The few who trust the Truth receive the blessings, the others, well, you know.

Num. 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

1Sam. 15:29 “Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.”

Trust the Truth

While we primarily consider God’s Word as His Laws and Commandments, everything else He said like “light” stands the test of Truth. God’s Word is honest, honorable, worthy, moral, decent, good, principled, noble and incorruptible as the Thesaurus says. By definition, God’s Word can be trusted as true and life producing.

Psa. 33:4 For the word of the LORD is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness.
Psa. 86:15 But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.
Psa. 89:14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Lovingkindness and truth go before You.
Psa. 108:4 For Your lovingkindness is great above the heavens, And Your truth reaches to the skies.

Furthermore, not are God’s Nature and Word completed and enveloped by Truth for everyone to have and assimilate, but He proclaims His loving Truth from sunrise to sunrise, from the heavens to the Earth, from sea to shining sea, from the plains to Everest, from His written Word to those living by it.

Psa. 57:3 He will send from heaven and save me; He reproaches him who tramples upon me. Selah. God will send forth His lovingkindness and His truth.

God’s lovingkindness is strong and mighty emanating and radiating from on high to us. Moreover, His love within His Truth existed before the beginning and extends far into eternity.

Psa. 117:2 For His lovingkindness is great toward us, And the truth of the LORD is everlasting. Praise the LORD!
Psa. 100:5 For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.

[Psa. 132:11 The LORD has sworn to David A truth from which He will not turn back: “Of the fruit of your body I will set upon your throne.

Psa. 146:6 Who made heaven and earth, The sea and all that is in them; Who keeps faith forever; ]

Jesus emphatically emphasized the fact of God’s faithful adherence to the Truth of His Word and promises. Being the Creator and Ruler of the heavens and the Earth, His Word is true for we see it in that creation.

John 8:26 “I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and the things which I heard from Him, these I speak to the world.”

Paul tells us that all the evidence proves God’s Truth. Furthermore, all who deny God’s Truth will be found as those who violate, transgress and flout the law –- a liar in word and deed.

Rom. 3:4 May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written, “THAT YOU MAY BE JUSTIFIED IN YOUR WORDS, AND PREVAIL WHEN YOU ARE JUDGED.”

Just as God’s Truth is forever, so, too, is eternal life given to those who believe God and hope for His promises.

Titus 1:2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago,

Sometimes, God’s longsuffering and patience seems to give voice to human impatience and frustration.

Rev. 6:10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

Our Obligation to the Truth

TWOT:

As a characteristic of God revealed to men, it therefore becomes the means by which men know and serve God as their savior (Josh 24:14; 1 Kgs 2:4; Ps 26:3; 86:11; 91:4; Isa 38:3),

Josh. 24:14 ¶ “Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.
1Kings 2:4 so that the LORD may carry out His promise which He spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons are careful of their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’
Psa. 26:3 For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, And I have walked in Your truth.
Psa. 86:11 ¶ Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.
Psa. 91:4 He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.
Is. 38:3 and said, “Remember now, O LORD, I beseech You, how I have walked before You in truth and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

and then, as a characteristic to be found in those who have indeed come to God (Ex 18:21; Neh 7:2; Ps 15:2; Zech 8:16).

Ex. 18:21 “Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.
Neh. 7:2 then I put Hanani my brother, and Hananiah the commander of the fortress, in charge of Jerusalem, for he was a faithful man and feared God more than many.
Psa. 15:2 He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart.
Zech. 8:16 ‘These are the things which you should do: speak the truth to one another; judge with truth and judgment for peace in your gates.

Because it is an attribute of God which is manifest in man’s salvation and life of service as God’s child, the word is often coupled with another attribute of God related to our salvation, “mercy” or “love” (dRsRj, Gen 24:27; Ps 61:7 [H 8]; 85:10 [H 11]; 115:1; Prov 14:22; 16:6; 20:28).

Gen. 24:27 He said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His lovingkindness and His truth toward my master; as for me, the LORD has guided me in the way to the house of my master’s brothers.”
Psa. 61:7 He will abide before God forever; Appoint lovingkindness and truth that they may preserve him.
Psa. 85:10 Lovingkindness and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Psa. 115:1 ¶ Not to us, O LORD, not to us, But to Your name give glory Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth.
Prov. 14:22 Will they not go astray who devise evil? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.
Prov. 16:6 By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.
Prov. 20:28 Loyalty and truth preserve the king, And he upholds his throne by righteousness.
And because these attributes of God’s truth and mercy lead to God’s peace toward sinful men, saved by God’s grace, the word is also often coupled with peace (Isa 39:8; Jer 33:6).

Is. 39:8 Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the LORD which you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “For there will be peace and truth in my days.”
Jer. 33:6 ‘Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them; and I will reveal to them an abundance of peace and truth.

As we study its various contexts, it becomes manifestly clear that there is no truth in the biblical sense, i.e. valid truth, outside God. All truth comes from God and is truth because it is related to God. – This concludes this section of the TWOT.

Those who accept God’s Truth validate His Word by legally endorsing the covenant agreeing to the fact that God is true. The result of entering the covenant is the resplendent adherence to the Truth in word and deed.

John 3:33 “He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true.

Psa. 119:43 And do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, For I wait for Your ordinances.

Psa. 40:10 I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great congregation.
Psa. 71:22 ¶ I will also praise You with a harp, Even Your truth, O my God; To You I will sing praises with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.

Psa. 138:2 I will bow down toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.

Is. 25:1 ¶ O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; For You have worked wonders, Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.

When people commit their lives to God and agree to His covenant, His light shine on the way of love and righteousness. When people walk in the ways of God, lovingkindness and truth emanating from Him fill a person with the peace and security and make life more abundant.


Psa. 25:10 All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.

Nonetheless, we need to beware of those who continue to say, did God say? These who align themselves with the adversary will use an obscure scripture to turn God’s Word of Truth into something which turns His Word into confusion.

John’s enigmatic beginning of his gospel leads people to a variety of interpretations based on preconceived notions.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

As noted several times before, interpreters state emphatically that the Word is a name for Jesus, who existed from the beginning of time. Several assumption are at work here: Jesus was not a human being born of human parents; Jesus was the spokesman for God who said the words of creation and all other communication with mankind; and, Jesus, though dead, raised himself from the dead.

However, without going into tedious reexaminations God being a single person, who named Jesus as His Son, as He had with others in the past, because of his works including dying on the cross for other people’s sins, the Greek for word has no implied, denotation or connotation other than a spoken set of sounds meaning word. Where is the Truth?

If logos, word, has any other meaning a whole body of evidence about God’s Word becomes meaningless because the Word is a Person.

3056. lo/goß logos; from 3004; a word (as embodying an idea), a statement, a speech:

God’s Word embodying the idea of creating a world for His Son existed in the beginning. As linguistics shows a person’s word or language is who a person is; therefore, God’s Word is Who God is.

Note the following definitions:

3056. lo/goß logos, log´-os; from 3004; something said (including the thought); by implication, a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension, a computation

3004. le÷gw lego; a prim. vb.; to say:
3004. le÷gw lego, leg´-o; a primary verb; properly, to “lay” forth, i.e. (figuratively) relate (in words (usually of systematic or set discourse;

Hebrew def.

1697. rDb;∂d dabar, daw-baw´; from 1696; a word; by implication, a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially, a cause:
1696. rAb;∂d dabar, daw-bar´; a primitive root; perhaps properly, to arrange; but used figuratively (of words), to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue:

Nonetheless, people prefer to abide by subtle deceptions to accede to demonic lies: “Did God say?…” therefore, early on, God warned Israel not to add or reinterpret His Word.

Deut. 4:2 “You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Here the Word of God judges thoughts, His Word not Jesus because we read God’s Word which tells us whether out thoughts are of God or of demons.

Heb. 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

The next verse asks us to taste God’s Word; we can hardly taste a person called the Word. So, I guess interpreters of Word decide when the Word is a person or a lego or debar, i.e., a sound with meaning. For them, nonetheless, Jesus must never be a human being but a godlike super being, able to leap tall buildings.

Conclusion

However, we believe, know, that God is True and His Word contains the thought and energy of God, which will bring glory and eternal life to those who know the Truth.

Heb. 6:5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,

People through out the ages, however, prefer catastrophe to glory.

Dan. 9:13 “As it is written in the law of Moses, all this calamity has come on us; yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our iniquity and giving attention to Your truth.

We ought to prefer to be sanctified by the Truth and in the Truth as Jesus’ life and death demonstrate.

John 17:19 “For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.

Let us sing the praises of God as the scriptures of Truth demand.

Rev. 15:3 And they *sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations!

Amen