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SOURCE OF TRUTH

The Truth is true because of its source—it is from God (it has been revealed),
and
the Truth is true because of its unique nature—it is God’s words (God has spoken).

At issue is the character of God. Would he allow His Revelation to partake of falsehood? Do the Scriptures teach the Truth that God intended to teach or is the finding of Truth impossible because the Scriptures are flawed? Would God impart a Word that is mixed with error and then leave it for man to separate the Truth from the error? What are we to think of God if His Word is found to be inconsistent in the Truth it affirms?

God’s integrity and veracity are constantly affirmed by Scripture: “God is not a man, that He should lie” (Num. 23:19); “The Strength of Israel will not lie” (I Sam. 15:29); “My covenant I will not break, nor altar the word that has gone out of My lips” (Ps. 89:35); They “exchanged the truth of God for the lie” (Rom. 1:25); “God, who cannot not lie, promised . . . ” (Tit. 1:2); and “It is impossible for God to lie” (Heb. 6:18). The result is that “no lie is of the truth” (I Jo. 2:21). To the Father Jesus said: “Your word is truth” (Jo. 17:17). In both Testaments the witness is the same.

If His revelation partakes of error then God Himself partakes of error, for God and His Word cannot be separated. The honor and veracity of God are at stake. To argue otherwise is moral foolishness.

At issue is the character of Jesus. He accepted to the fullest extent that the Scriptures were authoritative and must be accomplished (Matt. 5:18). Did Jesus believe something wrong? Did Jesus teach something wrong? Constantly Jesus stated: “Assuredly I say to you” (Matt. 5:18 [over 25 times in Matt.]; Mk. 3:28 [over 20 times in Mk.]; Lu. 4:24 [over 7 times in Lu.]; Jo. 1:51 [over 25 times in Jo.]). Jesus is affirming that His statements are true.

 If Jesus believed something or taught something wrong, how does it impact His character? Can the One who says repeatedly, “Assuredly I say to you,” tell an untruth concerning Scripture? Can He speak error? Are His words a mixture of Truth and error?

One of the reasons for accepting the fact that the Revelation in the Scriptures is Truth is because of who Jesus was and is. We trust the Truth of the Book because we trust Jesus. To argue otherwise is moral foolishness.

At issue also is the character of the Scriptures. As has been shown they claim to be from God (to be the very words of God) and to be true. The Bible claims to be the product of God, not man. The Bible claims to be Truth. (See: Revelation was Supernatural and Revelation was Verbal.)

If the Bible’s most basic claim as to its essential character is not true, then the Book is a deceiving and lying Book on the most vital point. If the Bible cannot be trusted in what it basically claims to be, how can it be trusted in other areas?

Revelation and Redemption rise or fall upon the same Book. To argue otherwise is moral foolishness.

Sanctify them by Your truth.
Your word is truth.
Jo. 17:17


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