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November 20th, 2015

What is Truth?

“Pilate said to him, ‘What is truth?’” John 18:38a (ESV)

At some level, every single person that has ever lived on this earth has asked the question we read Pilate asking today. “What is truth?” The importance of the answer to this question cannot be overstated, both in the narrative of the passion of the Christ in John and in the narrative of our own lives. In the case of the biblical account, Pilate finds (at least initially) no fault in Jesus, as He apparently is a teacher of abstract, philosophical ideas of which no person can truly know the merit. The one deciding truth, then, tries to release Jesus on the basis of the idea that abstract truth is unknowable. Does this rationalization sound familiar?

Jesus declares that He came to “bear witness to the truth” (John 18:37 ESV, emphasis mine). Jesus’ own words, then, declare that there is an ultimate truth to which all of creation will be held accountable. This truth is accessible and knowable, although admittedly also convicting. The truth of the gospel is not an option in the pursuit of truth; it is THE truth.

We live in a culture of warring ideologies, reflective of the tension exposed in John’s gospel. Many around us today will ask how we can know that the truth of Jesus is the truth, suggesting that any religious conviction is at best probable rather than certain. The challenge for us is to remember that there are truths that are absolute. There are plenty of things about which we can be certain, and the gospel of Jesus revealed to us by the work of the Holy Spirit is such a thing. Rest in the certainty of the work of Christ and give thanks, knowing (as is of course the purpose of John’s gospel) that He is the way, the truth, and the life and that no man comes to the Father except through Him.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, November 20th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category John, Questions, Truth.
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November 15th, 2014

Ask the Right Question

“I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.” Philippians 1:12 (ESV)

God had transformed Paul from a persecutor of the church to a preacher of the gospel. Later in his journey, the Apostle Paul was instrumental in the birth of the church at Philippi. Paul was fully yielded to the Lordship of Christ and fully surrendered to God’s will. He sought to maintain the posture of living on mission with God and joining God in His redemptive activity.

Sometimes obedience to God’s will leads to imprisonment. Paul was imprisoned in Rome and chained to two Roman soldiers rotating shifts every eight hours. Can you imagine being chained to the Apostle Paul for eight hours? God used the very chains that bound Paul to unleash the gospel of grace to throughout the whole palace guard.

When you look into the rear view mirror of your life, maybe you can quickly remember a season of adversity that made no sense at the time. Now, looking back you see how God used that season in your life to build your faith and to bless others. Hindsight gives you a view of clarity that provides comfort.

Our tendency is to ask God, “Why?” We like knowing the reason behind the season of adversity. We find comfort in clarifying the unknown and resolving the mystery of our circumstances. For some reason, we just passionately want to know why God allows certain things into our lives. We convince ourselves, that if we knew why, then we would be able to accept the reality of our circumstances.

Instead of asking why, consider asking what! Start asking, “God, what would you like to accomplish in me and through me in the midst of this season of adversity?” Remember, if God allows it, He will use it to build your faith and to bless others.

Drawing Near,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, November 15th, 2014 at 1:00 am
Category Adversity, God's Will, Questions.
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November 20th, 2012

What is Truth?

“Pilate said to him, ‘What is truth?’” John 18:38a (ESV)

At some level, every single person that has ever lived on this earth has asked the question we read Pilate asking today. “What is truth?” The importance of the answer to this question cannot be overstated, both in the narrative of the passion of the Christ in John and in the narrative of our own lives. In the case of the biblical account, Pilate finds (at least initially) no fault in Jesus, as He apparently is a teacher of abstract, philosophical ideas of which no person can truly know the merit. The one deciding truth, then, tries to release Jesus on the basis of the idea that abstract truth is unknowable. Does this rationalization sound familiar?

Jesus declares that He came to “bear witness to the truth” (Jn 18:37 ESV, emphasis mine). Jesus’ own words, then, declare that there is an ultimate truth to which all of creation will be held accountable. This truth is accessible and knowable, although admittedly also convicting. The truth of the gospel is not an option in the pursuit of truth; it is THE truth.

We live in a culture of warring ideologies, reflective of the tension exposed in John’s gospel. Many around us today will ask how we can know that the truth of Jesus is the truth, suggesting that any religious conviction is at best probable rather than certain. The challenge for us is to remember that there are truths that are absolute. There are plenty of things about which we can be certain, and the gospel of Jesus revealed to us by the work of the Holy Spirit is such a thing. Rest in the certainty of the work of Christ and give thanks, knowing (as is of course the purpose of John’s gospel) that He is the way, the truth, and the life and that no man comes to the Father except through Him.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 317:  Luke 23; John 18-19)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category John, Questions, Truth.
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November 15th, 2010

Ask the Right Question

“Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.” Philippians 1:12 (NIV)

God had transformed Paul from a persecutor of the church to a preacher of the gospel. Later in his journey, the Apostle Paul was instrumental in the birth of the church at Philippi. Paul was fully yielded to the Lordship of Christ and fully surrendered to God’s will. He sought to maintain the posture of living on mission with God and joining God in His redemptive activity.

Sometimes obedience to God’s will leads to imprisonment. Paul was imprisoned in Rome and chained to two Roman soldiers rotating shifts every eight hours. Can you imagine being chained to the Apostle Paul for eight hours? God used the very chains that bound Paul to unleash the gospel of grace to throughout the whole palace guard.

When you look into the rear view mirror of your life, maybe you can quickly remember a season of adversity that made no sense at the time. Now, looking back you see how God used that season in your life to build your faith and to bless others. Hindsight gives you a view of clarity that provides comfort.

Our tendency is to ask God, “Why?” We like knowing the reason behind the season of adversity. We find comfort in clarifying the unknown and resolving the mystery of our circumstances. For some reason, we just passionately want to know why God allows certain things into our lives. We convince ourselves, that if we knew why, then we would be able to accept the reality of our circumstances.

Instead of asking why, consider asking what! Start asking, “God, what would you like to accomplish in me and through me in the midst of this season of adversity?” Remember, if God allows it, He will use it to build your faith and to bless others.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, November 15th, 2010 at 1:00 am
Category Adversity, God's Will, Questions.
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