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3.     Truthfulness


a)    Intro

(1)   The truthfulness of God, which is also related to the veracity (fidelity) and the faithfulness (reliability) of God.

b)    Definitions

(1)   This is that perfection of God in virtue of which He is true in His inner being, in His revelation, and in His relation to His people. (Berkhof, Summary of Christian Doctrine)

(2)   That God is truth means He is absolutely dependable, without falseness of any kind. God’s plan, principles, and promises are completely reliable, accurate, real, and factual. (Keathly)

(3)   To say that God is true is to say, in the most comprehensive sense that He is consistent with Himself, that He is all that He should be, that He has revealed Himself as He really is, and that He and His revelation are completely reliable. (Ryrie, Basic Theology, pg. 49)

(4)   The Greek word truth is alātheia and literally means “to not escape notice,” or “non-concealment,” or “real state of affairs.” Truth is that which is true or real as opposed to that which is false and not real. Only an omniscient God knows the real state of affairs.

c)     God is the true God in a metaphysical sense.

(1)   God is true in a metaphysical sense, in that God is everything conceived in the absolute idea of God. Anselm wrote, “we believe that thou art a being than which nothing greater can be conceived” (cf. Ex 3:14).

(2)   He alone is God, the true God (Jer 10:10; Jn 17:3), as opposed to idols and false gods (Psa 96:4-5; Jer 10:8-10; 1Th 1:9).

d)    God is truthful in everything He reveals about Himself.

(1)   God is a God of truth in His veracity. Everything He has revealed about Himself is absolutely true, including that He is a God of eternal truth (Ex 34:6; Ps 31:5; 117:2).

(2)   For God to do otherwise would make Him a deceiver and cease to be God (Num 23:19; Rom 3:4; Heb 6:18).

e)     God is a God of truth in a logical sense.

(1)   Every statement God makes is true and contains no falsehoods, contradictions, or deceptions (1Jn 2:21). This includes God’s true statements concerning someone else’s lies (ex. Satan, Ananias etc.).

(2)   Though many truths in the Scriptures are difficult to comprehend, there is nothing that God says or does that is illogical. The God of truth is a God of logic (cf. Jn 1:1 - logos - Eng. “logic”).

(3)   If God contradicted Himself, communication from God would be impossible and nonsensical. When He gave the command to Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, it did not mean that they could also eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Ge 2:17). However, God is unable to contradict Himself.

(4)   “It is blasphemous to think that God would be guilty of equivocation and deception, that He would say one thing and mean another, that He would earnestly plead with the sinner to repent and believe unto salvation, and at the same time not desire it in any sense of the word” (Systematic Theology, Berkhof)

f)     God is a God of truth and therefore the Scriptures are truth.

(1)   The totality and summary of the Scriptures is truth. It is the sole guide for man who pursues truth (Ps 119:160).

(2)   Each individual verse, principle, law, or commandment is truth (Ps 119:142, 151), therefore the sum of God’s Word is truth (2Ti 2:15).

(3)   Jesus stated that God’s Word is truth and that it is the means of morality, ethics, and sanctification (Jn 17:17; 2Ti 2:15).

g)     Jesus Himself is the truth.

(1)   Jesus Christ claimed to be the truth (Jn 14:6 cf. Re 19:11) and by doing so, declared Himself to be God.

(2)   Jesus spoke truthfully (Mt 5:18 - Hb. amān, Gk. “truly;” Mk 12:14) and taught truth (Jn 8:31-32, 44-46).

(3)   The Holy Spirit, the third member of the Godhead, is called the “Spirit of Truth” (Jn 14:17; 15:26; 16:13).

h)    Being a God of truth, He is a God of faithfulness.

(1)   God’s faithfulness is the basis for His promises and covenants (Ge 24:27; Heb 10:23; 2Ti 2:13).

(2)   God’s faithfulness is a timeless security for His children (Psa 119:90).

(3)   God’s faithfulness is the believer’s assurance of God’s mercy (Lam 3:22-23; 1Jo 1:9).

(4)   God’s faithfulness provides escape for His children from temptation (1Co 10:13).

(5)   God’s faithfulness is the basis for the believer’s perseverance (1Co 1:8-9; 1Th 5:23-24).

i)      Conclusion - By understanding the truthfulness and faithfulness of God, the believer knows reality because He knows God, is able to live morally because he knows God’s truth in the Scriptures, and walks securely because God cannot be anything other than faithful concerning His promises.




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