The Greatest Truth in the World

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve (I Corinthians 15:3-5).

There is a truth that far surpasses any other. It is like the pearl of great price, for which a man sold that he had. It is a truth that kings, prophets and holy men and women of old would have given all to posses, but they never had access to it. But this truth can be ours. It is the truth that sets us free. It is the truth about what God is really like.   I’m speaking about the Christian gospel or Good News. In our passage, the great Apostle Paul says it is “of first importance.” In the Greek text, this is the same word the teacher of the law used when he asked Jesus which command is “most important” in Mark 12:28. Read more

The Truth That Sets Us Free

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32).    
Freedom is a paradox. Jesus teaches us that only by being in a right relationship with him can we have freedom. This flies in the face of all common sense ideas about freedom. We think that freedom means being able to do whatever we want. That idea of freedom is an illusion. It is slavery waiting to happen.   The reason the common sense idea about freedom is false is that real freedom is essentially spiritual in nature. God created man to be like himself and for himself. This means that we are essentially spiritual. We are worshippers by nature. And if we don’t worship the living God who alone is worthy, we will worship some false god by default. Since Jesus Christ alone can bring us into a right relationship with the Father, knowing him and holding his teaching are indispensable for real freedom. Whether we are free or not depends upon the character of the one we worship. Read more