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Eternal in His Truth

Saturday, 24 October 2015

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Q. What is God?
A. God is a Spirit…eternal…in his truth

“I see dead people.” It has been sixteen years since actor Haley Joel Osment spoke these words on screen, yet they have remained a cultural icon. In “The Sixth Sense,” Osment played a young boy who had the alarming ability to see dead people, each of whom had been unjustly murdered, but did not realize that they themselves were dead. Osment’s character seeks the help of a melancholy child psychologist, played by Bruce Willis. At first, Willis is concerned that the boy is hallucinating, but he comes to realize that only Osment sees the truth. As the film progresses, the two work together to bring justice to the dead so they may rest in peace. Along the way, Willis grapples with confusion and sadness over his estranged relationship with his wife. Near the end, the film reveals a startling truth: Willis discovers that his wife is in mourning, not because they had conflict, but because he has been dead the whole time and didn’t even realize it!

What comes to mind when you think of “truth?” The contrast between truth and lies? truth and fiction? When the Bible speaks of truth, it is always God’s truth:

“The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.”
(Psalm 119:160)

This is truth with a capital “T.” Scripture teaches that God’s truth is revealed to us through his Word, and through the Word made flesh, Jesus (John 1:14). The Word tells us that the gospel is the word of truth (Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:6; James 1:18), and we are called to walk in truth (2 John 4-6). God’s truth will always endure:

“…because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever”
(2 John 1:2)

Sometimes, life really does imitate art. We were dead in our sins and trespasses, but we wouldn’t even have known it if God hadn’t graciously revealed the truth.

Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.
(From Psalm 86:11-12)

Grace and Peace,

Christopher Bryan


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