We’ve been looking at how knowing facts does not necessarily mean we know the truth. As I said last time, truth, in the deepest sense, is when we not only know the facts but understand their meaning and significance.
One definition from the Oxford Dictionary says that truth is “That which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.” The truth I’m talking about is how we know reality. This truth transcends human thoughts and reveals divine intentionality. And how we know divine intentionality is found in a Person—Jesus Christ.
6Jesus explained, “I am the Way, I am the Truth, and I am the Life. No one comes next to the Father except through union with me. To know me is to know my Father too.” (John 14:6 TPT *)
How is Jesus the truth? I believe this is so in two main ways:
- Jesus is the truth about God.
- Jesus is the truth about us.
Let’s look at these briefly.
Jesus Christ is the truth about God
Whatever is like Jesus is like God; whatever is not like Jesus is not like God. Jesus is the interpretative lens by which we understand God. He is our guide when we read Scripture. (see Matt.11:27; John 1:1-2, 18; 14:7; Heb.1:3).
Here’s how the Mirror Translation describes Him:
1:18 Until this moment God remained invisible to man; now the authentic begotten son, the blueprint of man’s design who represents the innermost being of God, the son who is in the bosom of the father, brings him into full view! He is the official authority qualified to announce God! He is our guide who accurately declares and interprets the invisible God within us. (John 1:18 MIRROR *)
And this verse leads us to the second way we know truth.
Jesus Christ is the truth about YOU
We also see in the verse above that Jesus is “the blueprint of man’s design….” What does this mean for us? It means that Jesus is what we were meant to be as human beings. The problem is, while we were born in the image of God (Gen.1:26), that image was marred and so God had to do something to restore us to our original design. This is the ultimate purpose for our redemption.
As I shared in “Incarnation is about Restoration,” using early church father Athanasius’s analogy, God doesn’t throw away the canvas (humankind). He becomes one of us and sits for a new painting. This is the glorious news of the cross: Jesus came to restore us to the truth about who we really are!
1:15 In Him the image and likeness of God is made visible in human life in order that every one may recognize their true origin in Him. He is the first-born of every creature. (Col.1:15 MIRROR *)
There’s a lot more I could say about this, but will leave it here. Jesus Christ is our “blueprint design;we understand God and ourselves through Him and in Him.
9 For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].
10 And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power]. (Col.2:9-10 AMP *)
“…as He is, so are we in this world.” (1 John 4:17b NKJV *)
The bottom line is this: we can know facts but Jesus said it’s this truth—this reality—that will make us free. When we enter into a cooperative process with Jesus through His Spirit we’re progressively being restored to our original design and divine intent (2 Cor.3:18).
“If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.” (John 8:32 MESSAGE *)