1 Samuel 27:1-28:2 — “A Complicated Relationship with Truth”
As I mentioned last Sunday, we will be doing things a bit differently during this service, so it’s imperative to be there from beginning to end!
The following are some quotations from an article called “What is Truth?” by Steven Lawson over at Ligonier.org. If you’ve got time, take a moment and let this article encourage you to hold fast to objective truth, even in a world that can’t abide it: What is Truth?
Fourth, truth is objective. This means that truth is not subjective. It is not discovered by personal feelings nor determined by private intuitions. Instead, truth is propositional. It is conveyed in narrowly defined words that have rational definitions and is stated in precise terms that communicate real meaning. Words mean something in regard to truth. Therefore, truth is black and white. It is definite, definitive, and conclusive. Truth is not abstract, vague, or nebulous. It is accurately stated by the fixed meaning of words and can be observed, discussed, studied, analyzed, believed, proclaimed, and defended.
Because truth is objective, it is impartial, unbiased, unprejudiced, and non-partisan. It speaks to all people in all places the same. Truth never speaks out of both sides of its mouth. It never caters to the crowd. It never says one thing to one person and something else to another. Truth addresses all people alike as it finds them…
Likewise, truth possesses supernatural power. Jesus said, “You will know the truth and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32). When received by faith, the truth delivers our souls from the tyranny of sin. Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth” (17:17). The truth cleanses and purifies. It penetrates into the deepest level of the human heart, cuts to the bone, and works from the inside out (Heb. 4:12). It has life-changing power. It converts, sanctifies, and strengthens. It conforms, transforms, and reforms. Truth renews our minds, revives our hearts, and redirects our steps.
Truth has the final word in all matters, telling us how to worship and how to walk. It tells us how to follow Christ. It is the final arbitrator on any subject. It is the final judge of every life. All people are measured by the truth. Every life is weighed in the balances by the truth. Every destiny is marked by the truth. And so the truth will have the final say in every life.
The whole article is very good and well worth your time.
See y’all Sunday!