Embraced  by  Truth . . .
                                    reflections on theology and life


EMBRACED BY TRUTH


Reflections on Theology
from the perspective of TRUTH

Affirming that TRUTH is not discovered and then embraced,
but rather that TRUTH embraces the individual,
who then acknowledges the Transformation

The work of Theology
is an ongoing attempt
to comprehend, organize, and proclaim the TRUTH,
and thereby,
to be obedient to the commission given by the Lord
to the Church


Embraced by Truth
is  devoted to the "Truth."

This website is an ongoing attempt to comprehend the Truth, to organize the Truth, and to set forth the Truth so that those who are prompted to visit this site may consider that which is of incomparable significance. This endeavor constitutes the work of theology.

Embraced by Truth deals with "Life."

The focus is the life of the believer, the one who has been embraced by the Truth and who is seeking to live the Truth he has come to know. Life is the struggle to embody the theology that one professes.

Embraced by Truth is characterized by "Reflections."

There is no assertion of infallibility in the content, though there is every intent to be orthodox and not innovative in the presentation. Every human composition is flawed and must be constantly critiqued and continually brought into conformity to the Truth. No human writing is ever normative.


TRUTH

David affirms that he has been redeemed by the One he addresses as the "Lord God of truth" (Ps. 31:5). Isaiah  simply speaks of "the God of truth" (Isa. 65:16), while Moses states that God is the One "abounding in truth" (Ex. 34:6) and refers to Him as "a God of truth" (Deut. 32:3-4). Thus, God and Truth are equated.

Jesus asserts: "Your word is truth" (Jo. 17:17), true because it is revealed by Him who is true. The One “abounding in truth” (Ex. 34;6) cannot communicate error. Earlier the Old Testament writer had declared: "The entirety of Your word is truth" (Ps. 119:160); additionally, it is "a truth that endures forever" (Ps. 119:30). Thus, God's Word and Truth are equated, meaning the Word is reliable and normative.

The psalmist pleads "Oh, send out . . . Your truth" (43:3) and also beseeches God to "lead me in Your truth and teach me" (25:5). Truth is a necessity for discernment and proper living, and the Truth of God can be known by man and can set the recipient of it free (Jo. 8:32). Without Truth, man dwells in intellectual darkness and has no definitive guide. The psalmist commits himself: “Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth (Ps. 86:11).

God is the God of Truth,
and His Word is Truth.


EMBRACED

To be embraced by Truth is to be the object of Divine favor; it is to be blessed by the invasion of Truth into the mind. One is transferred from darkness into Light, from ignorance to understanding, from death to life, from self to God. Embraced speaks of God's initiative; regeneration takes place, and conversion is experienced. Because of grace man is embraced by the God of Truth and His Word of Truth.

To be embraced is to be chosen by God from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and "belief in the truth" (II Thess. 2:13). Paul speaks of "the truth of the gospel" (Gal. 2:5), and to the Ephesians he affirms that they heard "the word of truth" (Eph. 1:13), the gospel of their salvation.

Belief in the Truth and practice of the Truth are the inevitable responses to being embraced by the Truth. After being taught the Truth by the Lord, the psalmist affirms: "I will walk in Your truth" (Ps. 86:11), and "I have chosen the way of truth" (Ps. 119:30).

Truth transforms
and requires emulation.


FIRST TIME VISITORS SHOULD BEGIN WITH:  Foundations


For Scriptures related to Truth, see: Scriptures-Truth

For overview of THEOLOGY, see: Site Map - Theology and An Overview

For overview of LIFE, see: Site Map - Life

For overview of EXEGESIS, see: Site Map - Exegesis

For Books, see: Bibliography
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