by Dr. Foster H. Shannon
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has
eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”
What a wonderful promise from our Savior! As we hear his word, and believe in him we have eternal life, and do not come into judgment! We are assured again and again that the word of God is absolutely reliable. We know that we can depend upon our Savior; that his words are true. God does not deceive us. How frightening and terrible it would be if we could not depend upon the word of God! Reliability and truth are the very essence of our Savior. The word of God is always fulfilled; sometimes immediately; certainly in the future.
If we cannot trust God, in whom and in what would we trust? He is the one who has all power and authority; the future is in his hands. We are strengthened when we read: Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; and I heard a great voice from the throne saying, Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more. (Revelation 21:1-4)
When we think of these promises and the assurance accompanying them—we recognize that we are to be Christ’s witnesses; we are to be his representatives. How appropriate that we speak the truth as we bear witness of our Savior—and indeed that we seek to be like our Savior speaking the truth in all things. It has always been that many people will speak the truth when it pleases them, and resort to falsehoods when they think it not convenient. We are servants of our Lord—let us honor him.
Our Savior said, “and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:32) He also spoke of the opposite when he disputed with the Jews: “[The devil] was a murderer from the beginning and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him.” (John 8:44) Surely we do not want to be in the company of the evil one.
“So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (II Corinthians 5:19) An ambassador is one who represents his nation to another. How he goes about that representation has a great deal to do with his effectiveness. May we grow in the grace of our Lord. May we gladly bear witness of him. May our witness always be couched in the truth that honors him. We live in a day when many choose to lie so that you will buy from them or vote for them. How freeing and refreshing it is to speak the truth!
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (II Timothy 2:15)