In this world, there are sides. The right side or the wrong side. Reality or illusion. Truth or lies. The consequences of choosing a side are staggering—in this life, freedom and happiness or bondage and misery, and in the next life, heaven or hell, eternal life or eternal punishment. It really matters what we choose to believe here on earth right now because our choices have eternal consequences.
Unfortunately, on this earth, truth is on trial. It is also very difficult to discern and to know. The kingdom of darkness has obscured it. Sin has suppressed it. Evil deeds have brought truth into confusion. Truth is on trial because the devil—a murderer, a liar and the “father of lies”—has “blinded the eyes of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ…” (2 Corinthians 4:4). That is why the devil’s kingdom is called the kingdom of darkness.
Jesus came as a light to proclaim and defend the truth—to make the truth plain and clear. He said, “…for this reason I was born and for this reason I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me” (John 18:37). Jesus came into this present evil age to point the way to truth and freedom. That is why He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
All three persons of the Godhead are associated with truth. Jesus referred to the Father as “the only true God” (John 17:3), and one of the several names for the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, “who goes out from the Father” (John 15:26). His role is to teach us all things, to testify about Jesus, and to convict the world of guilt (14:26, 15:26; 16:8). He is called our Advocate, our Counselor, and our Helper and He will be with us and in us for the rest of our lives.
Since Jesus is the Truth and the only way to the Father; since Truth is what saves us and the Spirit of Truth is what guides us, we must value and love the Truth above all else. In the last days, the arrival of the “lawless one” will be accompanied by “counterfeit miracles and every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing” (2 Thessalonians 2:9). Many will perish “because they refused to love the truth and so be saved” (2:10). If we do not love the truth then we will surely be deceived; loving the truth will be our only safeguard in those terrible days.
Jesus connects Truth to His teaching and His teaching to freedom, character, hope, true worship and authentic love. “If you hold to my teaching,” He said, “you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 14:31). At another time, Jesus prayed to the Father, saying, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17). When we hold to the teaching of Jesus we will be sanctified—His word will purify us, realign us and make us holy. Through God’s word, the Holy Spirit forms Godly character in us, which is the very basis of our hope, our worship, and our love (Romans 5:5). We worship “in spirit and in truth,” and we love with “actions and in truth” (John 4:24; 1st John 3:18).
An attribute of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit and the very essence of God’s Word; the only source of our salvation, our freedom and our hope, Truth is the one immoveable cornerstone of our faith. It is, therefore, our chief core value and the first cornerstone of our school!