All Truth

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Contributed by Russ Perkins, Elder Overseer of Communities at Image Church

Genesis 41:32 – And the doubling of Pharaoh’s dream means that the thing is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it about.

In the Old Testament, a man named Joseph lived, and all who are familiar with the story of his life understand he faced more than his fair share of crushing adversity.  Joseph trusted in the living God of all truth.  Joseph was given the task of providing answers.  No one else at the time was able to furnish this information.  Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams.  In His wisdom, God chose to speak to an Egyptian King via the King’s dreams, and then the living God of all truth used His servant Joseph to deliver the correct interpretations regarding the meaning of those dreams.

The living God of all truth still speaks today, and His eternal, inerrant Word in the hands and on the tongues of his chosen people are perhaps the primary instruments at His disposal.  The Apostle John captures for us all in his gospel the words of Jesus.

John 8:51 – Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.

Jesus’ words are definitive and unambiguous.  To those who obey His word – death will have no dominion.  This profoundly important, life-altering truth spoken by the Lord Jesus Himself is similarly “fixed and shortly to be brought about”.  It is true for all who believe and trust in the Word who became flesh and for a short while dwelled among us some 2000 years ago. 

The believer’s responsibility today is similar to the one Joseph was given in the days he lived.  We who also trust in the living God of all truth (when given the opportunity) must be prepared to provide answers/interpretations based primarily upon the eternal truths contained in the scriptures that He has so graciously provided for us all.  This is a great privilege and sobering responsibility granted to all who, by His grace through their faith, have received so great a salvation.

Are we students of the living Word?  Do we know and understand it/Him well enough to communicate eternal truths to those who surround us?  If in our personal analysis we determine we are deficient, perhaps it has become time we take the necessary steps to correct these shortcomings by spending the requisite time with Him in the Word and in so doing give the scriptures and the person of Jesus the priority they both deserve – even demand.

Truth – absolute truth. Does such a thing even really exist?  Many answers swirl all about in the culture in which we live.  Opinions abound and are often given by intelligent and thoughtful people, but which is correct? Who is right, and who is wrong?  What answers can be counted upon?  I contend (and I am not alone in this) only those answers rooted in the Word of God are of any enduring value.  Here is the real deal – the truth is a person, and His name is Jesus.  I understand many will reject this supposition – I once did also, but I do no longer.  I was blind but now I see…

Lastly – one need not be a theologian in order to effectively testify to the reality and greatness of our God.  The decision to advance in the direction of an ever-increasing knowledge and understanding of the God we love and follow is, for certain, movement in the correct direction.  That decision is ours to make.  We each can be as intimate with our creator as we chose to be.  So then – it stands to reason that we should elect to follow/obey/trust as well as we are able with His help that is working in us — the Son of Man, who is our Savior and King – our living God of all truth.

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