Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Truth with a capital T

John MacArthur has a new book coming out this Spring called The Truth War. Here's a brief excerpt:
What is truth? We began with that question, and my earnest hope is that the answer would be clear: Truth is not any individual’s opinion or imagination. Truth is what God decrees. And He has given us an infallible source of saving truth in His revealed Word.

For the true Christian, this should not be a complex issue. God’s Word is what all pastors and church leaders are commanded to proclaim, in season and out of season—when it is well received and even when it is not (2 Timothy 4:2). It is what every Christian is commanded to read, study, meditate on, and divide rightly. It is what we are called and commissioned by Christ to teach and proclaim to the uttermost parts of the earth.

Is there mystery even in the truth God has revealed? Of course. “ ‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8). In 1 Corinthians 2:16, Paul paraphrased Isaiah 40:13–14: “Who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?”

But then Paul immediately added this: “We have the mind of Christ.” Christ has graciously given us enough truth and enough understanding to equip us for every good deed—including the work of earnestly contending for the faith against deceivers who try to twist the truth of the gospel. Although we cannot know the mind of God exhaustively, we certainly can know it sufficiently to be warriors for the cause of truth against the lies of the kingdom of darkness...

And we are commanded to participate in that battle. God Himself sounded the call to battle when His Spirit moved Jude to write his short epistle and it permanently entered the canon of Scripture...

In other words, the Truth War is a good fight (1 Timothy 6:12). So let’s wage good warfare (1 Timothy 1:18)—for the honor of Christ and the glory of God.

Thanks to Brian Bill for the link.


BruceA said...

One thing that strikes me about the word truth, particularly as it is used in John's gospel, is that it is much more than a mere proposition.

John 3:21

But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God. (NRSV)

But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.(NASB)

Truth is not just something we believe, it is something we live.

Jason Woolever said...

I would say that Truth goes beyond propositional truths, but that it definitely includes propititional truth.

I would say that we live what we believe. These statements themselves are propositional truth statements:

it is much more than a mere proposition.

Truth is not just something we believe, it is something we live.

Everyone believes and lives by certain propositional truths.

The proposititional truths you believe are foundational to your entire belief system.