Scripture: Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (St. John 14:6)
Scripture Context: St. John 14
In a biblical context the verity and/or historicity of the scriptures is not predicated or defined by one’s perceptions, beliefs, or understanding. In other words the Word of God is what it is. Be it the existence of God to the return of Jesus Christ. It is not a matter of debate but an acceptance of an unseen reality that has unfolded and will continue to unfold.
I am confident many will ask what is truth and how do you know truth when you see it. That question is neither unique nor deep as Pilate asked the same. Many not all Westerners are absolute thinkers and surprisingly one would think the concept of truth to be concrete and absolute; however, factor in America’s multiculturalism (early settlers to ongoing immigration) and there are multiple philosophies, worldviews, belief systems and such the like interpreting truth as subjective and relative. So let us define the word truth.
The Oxford Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus
Truth- (n.) Quality or state of being true; what is true. Veracity, truthfulness, verity, correctness, accuracy, authenticity, fact. Reality, truism, rule, law, principle or gospel.
Biblical Definition (Greek)
Truth (Aletheia) The unveiled reality lying at the basis of and agreeing with an appearance; the manifested, or the veritable essence of matter. The reality pertaining to an appearance.
There is a difference between the two definitions. The Oxford explanation focuses on things that are circumstantial and visibly evident. The biblical meaning concentrates on the realness of reality and the very essence of it made visible. When Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life” he wasn’t saying he is a symbol of truth but the very spirit of it. In other words, Jesus is the unseen reality come in the flesh (1) and to accept him is to receive truth. This is the result of redemption Christians are afforded in Christ Jesus.
When God tells the prophet Malachi “I am the Lord I change not” (Malachi 3:6) that means his word is immutable. What God says will not change and it is not subject to changing world views, fleeting impressions, and short lived successes.
Rest assured when the truth of God’s word comes into question, it is never our responsibility as Christians to provide signs, wonders, and scriptural amendments. That is a form of temptation to test God and prove him evil. Our job is to direct the skeptical to the scriptures and the burden of proof will always rest upon the Lord.
1. I Timothy 3:16