God is true.* So are his ways and judgment (Romans 2:2, Revelation 15:3, 16:7). Jesus Christ is the living Word of God (John 1:1-3). His Word and laws are true (17:17, Psalm 119:160, Nehemiah 9:13, Malachi 2:6, 2 Corinthians 6:7, 2 Timothy 2:15). Heaven and earth shall pass away, but the Word of truth is eternal (Matthew 24:35).
God desires truth on the inside (Psalm 51:6). His Word tells us to buy truth (Proverbs 23:23), speak truth in our hearts (Psalm 15:2), keep our minds on what is true (Philippians 4:8), worship him in truth (John 4:24), and be “valiant for the truth” (Jeremiah 9:3). So where is our loyalty? When we see truth “fallen in the streets,” why don’t we stand and speak (Isaiah 59:14)? If we really love Jesus, then we will love, obey, and defend his Word of truth at all costs.
I don’t see such love on display anymore. Few people are valiant for the truth. They’ve wandered away from it instead (James 5:19). The church should be “the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15), yet most so-called Christians prefer unity. When truth demands division from sin, self, and this world, they offend Jesus rather than a family member or friend. They keep their sins and human ties and let Jesus go. They let his Word of truth fall by the wayside (Matthew 13:4, 18). Such seed is unfruitful. It never produces salvation unto eternal life.
In Gethsemane, Jesus prayed that the Father would make his children one through the Holy Spirit (John 17:21-23). He doesn’t produce superficial unity, though. The Spirit of truth abides in believers, guides them into truth, and leads them to hear truth (16:13, 1 John 4:6). Unbelievers reject truth (4:6). So, real unity is the fruit of loyalty to Christ and his Word of truth. This is the mark of authentic believers.
If we want to be one with Jesus, then we must cling to truth. Saying “yes” to one thing requires saying “no” to something else. We can have Jesus, heaven, life, and truth or we can have Satan, hell, death, and lies – but not both. Saying yes to sin, self, and this world always produces eternal death. So we must make a choice. Our lives depend on it.
Everywhere we look today, truth has “fallen in the streets” (Isaiah 59:14). Life, gender, marriage, and even Christianity are being unlawfully redefined. Therefore, let us repent of the spirit of falsehood and acknowledge truth, clinging to Christ and his Word (2 Timothy 2:25). In these final days, we must stand up for Jesus and be “valiant for the truth” (Jeremiah 9:3).
* See Exodus 34:6, Deuteronomy 32:4, 2 Chronicles 15:3, Psalm 31:5, 86:15; Isaiah 25:1, 65:16; Jeremiah 10:10, Matthew 22:16, John 3:33, 14:6, 17:3; Romans 1:25, 3:4-7, 15:8; 2 Corinthians 1:18, 1 Thessalonians 1:9, 1 John 5:20.