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What is Truth?

What is truth? The question of all questions! Pilate put the same question to Jesus. It is recorded in John 18:37-40,19:1:

Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all. But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?

Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber. Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.

Pilate had the truth looking him straight in the eye. Did he wait for an answer to that question? No, his concern was his position as the Roman prefect. Seeing that Jesus was not a threat to Roman government, he had done his job. That was it. All that was left for him to do was to court public opinion. He played to the crowd. He found no fault yet scourged him.

Pilate let something else do his thinking for him. It was his position, his perception of himself, his lazy attitude toward truth and just basically his own fear that motivated him. That is not freedom.

Today in any category of life we have the same choice. We can make decisions based on truth or we can look in other directions. There certainly are plenty of options. We say we are the ones to decide our own life, but in reality are we just turning our life’s decisions over to something else or way of thinking. It is evident that this type of thinking leads only to entanglement and self-deception.

We have the same opportunity in life of looking into the same eyes that Pilate looked into and believe his life is the way, the truth and life. The God of truth never controls, he sent His son to show us freedom and if we chose him we are free (link) indeed!


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Strength, Assurance

In Luke 22:32 Jesus Christ spoke to Peter some great words:

Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted (strepho), strengthen (link-sterizo) thy brethren.

Even though Peter in the whirlwind of the crucifixion times, denied Christ several times, he stood up strengthened on the day of Pentecost after receiving the gift from God of holy spirit and delivered one of the boldest sermons in the history of mankind.  Peter delivered that sermon. No one coerced him. He boldly stood up with assurance of what had happened and he was to impart it to his brethren.

Paul, later in the book of Romans, Paul displays this same calling.

Romans 1:11 For I long (epipitheo- earnestly desire) to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift (charisma), to the end ye may be established ;

To strengthen people, means laying out the truth before people.  It is helping them see the same reassurance God provides to all who believe, that of holy spirit. In each of our lives, the risen Christ rests within our spirit with great potential. It becomes dynamic when the individual realizes his strength to accomplish his own unique great things for God.

Romans 16:25-27 Now to Him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery (Colossians 1:27), which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.

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Faithful in Christ

It is exhilarating reading Ephesians Chapters 1-3. They are the heart of the New Testament. It is all about what we are in Christ, that we have the eyes of our understanding enlightened and we are seated in the heavenlies as we live it together with other faithful in Christ believers here on earth. Ephesians is addressed to the faithful in Christ Jesus. This means people who are steadfast in believing in all the implications of Christ, the risen Jesus, son of God. This is the first step in walking powerfully in the grace administration.

Have great day!

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