Pilate asked; Jesus answered.
Brought before Pontius Pilate, Jesus spoke of His spiritual kingdom and bore witness to the truth (John 18:28-37).
"What is truth?" Pilate scoffed (v. 38).
This question sounds a note of deep skepticism. That note is echoed by the "wise men" of our day who conclude that no such thing as absolute truth exists — all persons have a right to their own truth.
Jesus, on the other hand, was full of truth, a word that fell often from His lips as recorded in John's Gospel. According to Jesus, truth is connected to God the Father, to Christ the Son, to the Holy Spirit, and to the written Word in the closest possible way.
What is truth, according to Jesus in John?
• I AM. "I am the ... truth ..." (14:6). By this we understand that truth is not mere statements of reality, not just provable facts nor accurate principles, although it encompasses these. All the above have been embodied in the Son of God — truth personified! No human brain or super-computer comprehends a tenth of all God knows. But heaven's truth and way to eternal life become clear to those who trust and obey ... simply Jesus. Truth is incarnate and personal!
• The Spirit. The Holy Spirit is "the Spirit of truth" (14:17; 15:26; 16:13). From His dwelling place within God's people, the Helper-Comforter reminds us of the truth taught by Christ, glorifies the Son by giving us what belongs to Christ, and guides us onward into all the truth of Christ. Though its applications are down-to-earth, truth revealed by the Spirit of truth is heavenly and spiritual indeed.
• Your word. Jesus said to the Father, "Your word is truth"(17:17). This statement may refer directly to the words He spoke to the Twelve (vv. 8, 14), but
its wider implication is to every word that proceeds from God's mouth. Truth has been revealed and is now recorded in Scripture for our learning.
• Father God. Just as the Devil is the father of lies (8:44), so God in heaven is the Father of truth. Scripture introduces us to the God who reveals Himself as true Father in heaven, as Son who spoke truly and declared Himself to be the truth on earth, and as the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth.
Comparing other verses in John, truth is what Jesus said and told, which, when known and done (practiced), brings people to the light, sanctifies them, and sets them free in Christ (3:21; 8:32, 36, 45, 46; 16:7; 17:1 7, 19; 18:37). Nowhere is the gospel truth about Jesus codified and enumerated like Old Testament law; it lives in creative tension with the law and the prophets (5:45-47; 6:32-34; 8:6-8, 11; 8:56-58; 15:10).
An earnest attempt to paraphrase what the Gospel of John says about truth is compressed in the five paragraphs just above. The sure way to get at this truth is to come to Jesus for ourselves — He who was full of truth and the truth personified. Love Him, learn from Him, and continue in His light!
Or we can return to Pilate's doubtful "What is truth?" and stumble on in darkness.
From "The Bible Advocate" - Jan/Feb - 2015, a publication of the Church of God, Seventh Day, Denver, CO. USA.
AS JESUS CLEARLY TOLD US [John 17:17] GOD'S WORD IS TRUTH; THAT WORD HAS BEEN PRESERVED FOR US IN THE CHRISTIAN HOLY BIBLE. YES THE SPIRIT WILL, AS JESUS SAID, LEAD US INTO ALL TRUTH. BUT WE HAVE OUR PART TO DO: WE MUST SEEK FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS - HUNGER AND THIRST FOR IT [MAT. 5:6]; WE MUST LOVE THE TRUTH [2 THES. 2:10-12]; WE MUST BE HUMBLE AND RESPECTFULLY FEARING GOD [ISA. 66:2]; WE MUST HAVE THE ATTITUDE OF DAVID AS IN PSALM 51; WE MUST BE WILLING TO BE CORRECTED [JER. 10:23, 24]; WE MUST BE WILLING TO SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES, SPENDING TIME, GOING BACK AND FORTH, FINDING ALL VERSES ON ANY PARTICULAR SUBJECT, PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER LIKE A JIG-SAW PUZZLE [2 TIM. 2:15].
YES, IT TAKES EFFORT AND TIME AND MEDITATION TO COME TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTHS OF GOD.
ANOTHER IMPORTANT ATTRIBUTE FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD, IS TO BE AS JESUS SAID, UNLESS YOU BECOME AS LITTLE CHILDREN, YOU SHALL NOT ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD [LUKE 18: 16-17].
A CHILD READS THE SIMPLE CLEAR WORDS OF THE BIBLE AND BELIEVES THEM. I WILL GIVE YOU MYSELF AS AN EXAMPLE. AS A YOUNG LAD MY LOCAL CHURCH I ATTENDED DID NOT TEACH THE LITERAL SECOND COMING OF CHRIST. I WAS ABOUT 10 YEARS OLD AND READ ACTS 1: 9-11. IT WAS SIMPLE TO READ; IT SAID WHAT IT MEANT AND MEANT WHAT IT SAID. I BELIEVED IT. I ONCE SAID TO MY SUNDAY-SCHOOL TEACHER, "JESUS WILL LITERALLY COME AGAIN, IT SAYS SO IN THE BOOK OF ACTS, CHAPTER ONE." I WELL REMEMBER HIS ASTONISHED LOOK ON HIS FACE, THAT I WOULD BELIEVE SUCH A THING.
UNLESS YOU BECOME AS A CHILD IN SIMPLE FAITH BELIEF YOU SHALL NOT ENTER GOD'S KINGDOM, SO SAID JESUS.
IT TAKES ALL OF THE ABOVE TO COME TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTHS OF GOD; AND THAT KNOWLEDGE GOD DOES NOT GIVE IN ALL ONE SWOOP. GOD WILL FIRST GIVE THE BASICS OF THE TRUTHS OF SALVATION, WHICH CAN TAKE DAYS OR WEEKS OR MONTHS TO ATTAIN, DEPENDING ON YOUR ATTITUDE OF MIND. THEN FROM THERE IT IS AS PETER WAS INSPIRED TO SAY, "GROW IN GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS CHRIST" - WE SHOULD BE EVER, TILL THE DAY WE DIE, LEARNING THE DEEPER THINGS OF GOD, THAT WHICH HE HAS REVEALED TO US IN HIS WORD; KNOWING SOME THINGS WE LOOK THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY, AS PAUL SAID, BUT ONE DAY WE SHALL KNOW EVEN AS WE ARE KNOWN.