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“I am the Truth…”[1]  Pontius Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” when Jesus said, “You are right in saying I am a King.  In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.  Everyone on the side of truth listens to Me.”[2]

When Pontius Pilate asked that question, he asked a very valid philosophical question, for truth as man knows it can be variable.  For one man’s truth is not necessarily another man’s truth, because truth is affected by experience.  For us, it is what we know to be true for us.  Truth is never about what we believe, but rather what we know, which forms our testimony and our right to be witnesses.  A person who does not have a testimony is not a witness; he is merely a person with a theory, or worse, he is an accuser.  Thus, our preaching at all times, as well as our teaching, must be based on the word of God AND our testimony.  There are many who purport to be teachers and preachers who have no testimony, and if they do, they will not share it.  The ineffectiveness of their ministry to prove that Jesus Christ is Truth, and the ineffectiveness of their teaching to help their people to come to know Jesus Christ whom God sent, is the evidence that without testimonies, there is no truth.  Of course, a person can appear to testify, but is in fact lying and is a false witness.

Jesus’ commands to the disciples after His resurrection were to go to preach,[3] to be His witnesses,[4] and to make disciples by teaching them everything He had taught.[5]  However, by and large, we only have preachers and very few witnesses and disciple makers who teach what Jesus commanded.  Since Jesus is the Truth, then to testify of anyone else is not testifying to the Truth.  And since Jesus is the Truth, to teach anything else other than what Jesus taught is not teaching the Truth.

However, Jesus did not come to give us the universal truth of all things, no, He came to testify concerning the Father, and to show us the Father.  In fact, the truth that Jesus meant when He said, “I am the Truth…” is that He also said, “No one comes to the Father except through Me.”[6]  This is the primary truth of Jesus.  He alone can show us the Father who is God.  Others can show you truths about God and the truths of God, like Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Ishmael, Moses, David, Solomon and so on, for these are men who had personal encounters with God, conversations with God, and whose lives were touched and changed by God.  They are men who were greatly used by God, and whose workmanship fashioned our present world and continues to contribute to its daily existence, culture and traditions.

Each of them knew the truth about God that He is the Lord God Almighty in whose hands lays the fate of mankind, and whose words are trustworthy, for each of these men lived what was promised to them and have a legacy to this day that testifies to that truth.  But not one of them could testify to the truth about the Father.  Jesus alone said, “I am the Truth…  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Therefore, the application of the truth that we must do is not to apply truth to reveal God, but rather, to apply the truth to reveal the Father.  The truth that we must learn to speak about is the truth that God is the Father of Jesus Christ.

As an example, we tend to show that Jesus loves God, and is a Servant of God, or that He was sent from God.  That is fine, except it does not hit the true mark.  Jesus said, “The world must learn that I love the Father… and that I do exactly what My Father has commanded Me,”[7] which means we must learn to practise the words of Jesus, which allows us to develop our testimony about Jesus so that we can testify to the Truth that is Jesus:  He is the Son of God who loves the Father and has done exactly what the Father has commanded.

He is not a Man of God who loves God or did exactly what God commanded, no, David and Moses are such men.  And herein lays the superiority of Jesus Christ above all men even if they are men of God, and also His superiority above all sons of God including the angels.  He alone loves the Father and has done exactly what the Father commanded Him, even death on a cross.

Yes, men of God have loved God and died for God as they were commanded, but their truth does not allow us to come unto the Father.  Only the Truth that is Jesus allows us to come to the Father.  Yes, there were sons of God, angelic ones who did what God sent them to do and they loved God, but none of them testified that they were angels of the Father, but rather, they were angels of the Lord or of God.  Even if you belong to that group who are misguided enough to believe that Jesus is only an angel, then know and understand this:  Jesus is the only Angel of the Father.  All the others, be they loyal angels or rebellious angels are merely angels of the Lord or of God.  Even the testimonies of those angels can only reveal to us God, but not one of them can tell us the truth about the Father.

Jesus said, “Everyone on the side of truth listens to Me.”  That is true, but not everyone who listens to Jesus holds onto His teachings.  That is why there are many who love the truth and seek the truth to live the truth, and will listen to Jesus, but yet in their listening to Jesus, they become complete prisoners of life, prisoners who are bound by the laws of nature and by man made laws of worship of God.  They are by and large people of what you call decent character who do not lie as a habit, but yet their very lives are evidenced by the constant presence of fear and powerlessness, as if they are imprisoned in a religious cocoon until they die.  Some of them may be Christians, others may merely be men of goodwill who are God seekers in and through their religion, all with this one thing in common — a lack of freedom — freedom of fear, the fear of lack, of men, of sin, of death and even of God.

You see, Pontius Pilate did listen to Jesus, for Pontius saw the truth and said, “I find no basis for a charge against Him,”[8] and listened to Jesus in a way, for he had a sign made that was hung on the cross with these words written: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS,[9] as Jesus did tell him, “You are right in saying I am a King.”  However, Pontius Pilate was never set free from the fear of men, for the proceeds of the trial made him, as it is written, even more afraid.[10]

Because the truth does not set free, some times the truth will imprison you.  We forget in our idolatry of truth, that 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.”[11]  You see, Christians are badly mistaken when they think they have a monopoly on truths, just as they have always been badly mistaken when they still think they are the only way to God, giving rise to such embarrassing claims by many churches, teachers and denominations that they are the only true church, the only true denomination, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.  And when all their claims to supreme monopolisation of the blessings of God are ignored, they do not understand that those who are of the world also know the truth, some truths, especially the truth that those who claim supremacy and monopoly as the one true religion are fooling no one except themselves.

No, you do not need Jesus Christ to know the truth, even the truth about God.  For without Jesus Christ, Adam came to know the truth about God that He does not lie —eat the fruit and you die, for Adam died.  Noah came to know the truth about God without Jesus —He can destroy the world with a flood of forty days.  The same happened to all of them —Abraham, Moses, Isaac, Jacob and David.  To Moses, God even introduced Himself, so that through Moses men know that He is “the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.”[12] 

Judaism is not the only religion that knows God as God the gracious, the compassionate and the merciful.  Even the Ishmaelites know that.  But if you are to be set free, if you are to experience freedom when you know the truth, then only when a person holds onto the teachings of Jesus is he really His disciple, and he will then experience the truth setting him free.  Free from fear —fear of all things, even freedom from the fear of God.  I repeat —Free from ALL fear, even freedom from the fear of God.

John told us, God is Love, and perfect love drives out fear,[13] but Jesus alone said to His disciples, “Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is Perfect.”[14]  Perfection comes from loving your enemies in the light of knowing who your Heavenly Father is, not from knowing who God is.

Anyone who listens to Jesus AND holds onto His teachings is really His disciple; then the truth he knows will set him free.  But anyone who does not listen to Jesus, or even if he listens to Jesus but DOES NOT HOLD ONTO HIS TEACHINGS, will know the truth, can know the truth, does know the truth, but that truth will not set him free.  They may be ‘good’ men of decent character and even very zealous in their religion to the point that their fellow men may consider them ‘holy’ or saintly, but their lives, speech, and action before God and men testify to their lack of freedom.  They may claim to have the power of God, but yet require an entourage of body guards to shield them.  They may claim to be the bishop of God and yet need bullet proof glass to protect them.  They may claim to have the victory, but they are always being attacked by Satan.  Watch, listen and pray and you will soon see them for what they are —men who know the truth, and it has imprisoned them because they do not hold onto the teachings of Jesus.

When you learn to apply the teachings of Jesus, which you hold onto as the truth that allows you to come to the Father, not to God, but to the Father, as Jesus said to Mary, “My Father and your Father,”[15] then through Jesus Christ, you will come to know the truth about the Father, not just about God, but about the Father.  A Father who is so good that you can understand why Jesus loves Him so much and obeyed everything that was commanded of Him.  And when you realise the teachings of Jesus reveal to you beyond the superficial trappings of religion, ministry, miracles, signs and wonders, the depth of the Father’s love for Jesus and for you, for you too are His child, that is when you experience the freedom that Jesus spoke of—freedom from fear of sin, of death, of lack, of men and of God. 

For that is the Life of Jesus, He lived His entire life before men without any fear of sin, lack, death, men and God.  And if you do not fear God, what need do you have of fear of angels, demons or devils?  Boldly, Jesus changed the teachings of the Mosaic Law saying, “But I tell you…” and openly He taught His disciples to drink His blood and eat His flesh,[16] knowing that the Jews considered that a sin in obedience to the command not to drink blood.  He did not sin, but had no fear of sin.  He had such a total lack of the fear of sin that He transferred the guilt of sin unto Himself and became our sin offering when He kept His silence about the false witness brought against Him in contradiction to the requirements of Leviticus 5:1.

Neither did He have a fear of lack as exemplified by the feeding of the 5000 and 4000, nor fear of death or men as He boldly went to Jerusalem when some Pharisees came to Him and said to Him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else.  Herod wants to kill You.”[17]  And because He knew God is His Father, He had no fear of God, but rather, He had a fear, an overwhelming love of Him —a fear of the Father.  The fear of God produces in a man the fear of punishment, judgement and retribution from God to him, but the fear of the Father produced in the Son the fear of disappointing and hurting the One He loves and the One who loves Him.  The angels, demons and Satan need not be mentioned here.

The Truth that is Jesus when revealed through the holding onto His teachings is the Truth of who our Father is and who His Father is, as He said to Mary, “I am returning to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God.”  See that He mentioned the Father before He mentioned God, for Jesus the Father comes before God, for Jesus Himself is also God, yet He is not the Father but the Son.

Through Jesus, the love of God for God is revealed as the love of a Father for an only obedient Son, and the love of a Son for a good and perfect Father.  And the Holy Spirit is here to make that known to us, He who is the Father of our spirits.  And what we can learn from holding onto the teachings of Jesus is how to be sons of the Holy Spirit who loves Him, as Jesus the Son loves the Father who is in Heaven.  Jesus and the Father are in Heaven right now, but the Holy Spirit and we are on Earth.  We would truly bring Them honour and glory as well as justice if we hold onto the teachings and apply them until we learn the truth that sets us free —God is our Father, and we do not have to wait until we die to go to Heaven before we love Him as our Father.  We can do that right now, right here on Earth, by loving the Holy Spirit as we would love the perfect and good Father, and by learning to become sons just like Jesus.

The truth that is Jesus, including all His teachings, held onto and applied by disciples for the purpose of knowing what He knows of the Father, so that we may become sons just like Him, is what the Holy Spirit is trying to help us with as the Spirit of Sonship.

Then when you know the truth from holding onto Jesus’ teachings, the freedom you experience is the Freedom that is the Son of God.  And from that freedom, you learn to grow in love for the Holy Spirit as the Father of your spirit; then you will be one whose very attitude is the attitude and spirit of Jesus.  From that moment on, your yoke is easy and your burden is light, but your responsibility heavy and urgent, and your zeal all consuming, for you have become a son, a son who is working with his Father to prepare the inheritance for the Firstborn who gave His life for you so that you may live a life knowing your Father.

From that moment on, it is not God’s will, but the Father’s will, it is not God’s work, but the Father’s work.  And you will obey and do the work not for pay or reward like a servant, but you will work harder and more willingly than any servant, because you are working for the glory, honour and justice of your Family whom you love.  Your eyes no longer see as a servant sees, or even as a friend, but as a son, and going the extra mile is not a burden that should be rewarded with overtime pay, but a privilege that must be performed.  Having a share of the inheritance no longer becomes your motive, but sharing the Father’s joy at the glory, honour and justice that the Firstborn is receiving becomes the all consuming reason for your every breath, thought, word and action.

Though your humanity may cause you to stumble and fall, you may hesitate, doubt and even fail and sin, but the Light of the Life before you extinguished by that Roman cross will make you pick yourself up again and again, because your Brother and your Father are depending on you to bring Them the justice, the glory and the honour that is due to Them.  Your weaknesses and failures will become your inspiration and determination to innovate your applications, so that through you, the words of Jesus and God are fulfilled, when They said, “See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  Anyone who has faith in Me… will do even greater things than these the Father …will show the Son even greater things than these.”[18]

What a privilege that we may know the Father, even as we are known!  Thankyou Jesus for the truth You came to show us.

[1] John 14:6

[2] John 18:38,37

[3] Mark 16:15

[4] Luke 24:48; Acts 1:8

[5] Matthew 28:19-20

[6] John 14:6

[7] John 14:31

[8] John 18:38

[9] John 19:19

[10] John 19:8

[11] John 8:31-32

[12] Exodus 34:6-7

[13] 1 John 4:8,18

[14] Matthew 5:48

[15] John 20:17

[16] John 6:53-56

[17] Luke 13:31

[18] Isaiah 43:19; John 14:12; 5:20


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