"Bear witness unto the truth"

In the middle of trial that was a mockery of justice, Christ Jesus said very little. But he did make this important declaration in response to a question from Pilate: "To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth" (John 18:37). In his healing works and in his life example, our Master left us a waymark as we seek to follow him in showing forth the power of God. But what does it mean for us to "bear witness unto the truth"?

In our day-to-day experience, we are continuously presented with evidence arguing that the world is torn between two powers, good and evil, and that evil is personified in individuals in our experience. Sometimes it even seems that the preponderance of power is on the side of evil. The Bible affirms, however, that "power belongeth unto God" (Ps. 62:11). It teaches the perfection of God's creation. The Bible also gives us this view of man's nature as spiritual, as God's expression: "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God" (Rom. 8:16). The omnipotence of God, good, and the perfection of His man is the truth to which Jesus consistently bore witness. We can also bear witness to this fact by acknowledging and obeying only what God knows and is causing to exist as the real and eternal. The more we give evidence of divine good in our lives, the more we see good as the only truth.

"To be perfectly honest ..."
May 20, 1996

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