04 Sep Knowledge of the Truth – 9/4/20
2 Timothy 25-26 – “…correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will”
Pilate said to Jesus, “What is truth?” (John 18:38). In philosophy, truth is defined as that which corresponds to reality. Psychology adapts this definition to understand a state of psychosis as a break from reality. In our postmodern world, reality is often reduced to individual preference and the concept of objective truth has become offensive.
We all interpret the world through our unique experiences, thoughts and perceptions. However, by living in a fallen world, our interpretations are not only limited but typically distorted. Sin blinds us from seeing God, ourselves and the world accurately.
Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life, is the ultimate source of reality. He is never biased, partial or subjective in His judgment. Knowledge of God and repentance of sin brings humanity “to their senses” and captures us to do His will.
Because we are all prone to error, let us approach conversations with humility, gently offering correction and pointing people to seek Jesus and the truth in His Word for themselves.
Jesus, we ask that you shape our thinking so that we may see God and the world around us as you do. We pray for humility in our conversations with those both in and outside of the church. Unify your people by aligning our beliefs and thoughts with yours. In Jesus name, amen.