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The Truth (TiS version)

  1. 1. Absolute and Unchanging. Infinite and Incarnate.
  2. 2. Absolute Unchanging Infinite Incarnate
  3. 3. • Truth is relative
  4. 4. • Truth is relative
  5. 5. • Truth is relative
  6. 6. • Truth is relative
  7. 7. • Truth is relative • Some things are true only… 1. for some people but not for all people. 2. for some times but not for all times 3. in some places but not in all places.
  8. 8. • “The truth of the matter is that all truth is absolute—there are no relative truths. If something really is true, then it really is true everywhere and for everyone.” Geisler, Norman L. Systematic Theology, Volume One: Introduction, Bible. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2002. p 120.
  9. 9. A B A B A B Option 1 Option 2  A (or the reverse)   B A  B
  10. 10. • “‘For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.’” - Malachi 3:6 • “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. ” - Hebrews 13:8 • “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. ” - James 1:17
  11. 11. Psalm 119 • 89Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. • 152Long have I known from your testimonies that you have founded them forever. • 160The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.
  12. 12. Unchanging God Unchanging Truth Unchanging Word
  13. 13. Unchanging God Unchanging Truth Unchanging Word
  14. 14. Unchanging God Unchanging Truth Unchanging Word
  15. 15. • “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” - John 14:16–17 • “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” - Matthew 24:35 (also see 1 Peter 1:25)
  16. 16. • “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”” - John 8:31–32 • “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. ” - John 15:7 • “assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus,” - Ephesians 4:21
  17. 17. • Logos in Greek and memra in Aramaic • Targums referenced the memra in 6 ways: 1. mediating factor between God and the world 2. memra - agent of creation (John 1:3) 3. agent of salvation (John 1:12) 4. agent of revelation (John 1:18) 5. God became visible - theophanies (John 1:14) 6. means by which He made His covenants (John 1:17) Source: Jesus: God's wisdom
  18. 18. “In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,” - Ephesians 1:13 Applying the Truth… 1.Live it 2.Defend it without fear 3.Proclaim it
  19. 19. Absolute Unchanging Infinite Incarnate
  20. 20. “The word of His truth and wisdom is more ardent and more light- giving than the rays of the sun, and sinks down into the depths of heart and mind. Hence also the Scripture said, “His name shall rise up above the sun” - Justin Martyr “Truly, in this case, we must not only be well armed with God’s Word and versed therein, but must have also certainty of the doctrine, or we shall not endure the combat. A man must be able to affirm, I know for certain, that what I teach is the only Word of the high Majesty of God in heaven, his final conclusion and everlasting, unchangeable truth, and whatsoever concurs and agrees not with this doctrine, is altogether false, and spun by the devil. I have before me God’s Word, which cannot fail, nor can the gates of hell prevail against it; thereby will I remain, though the whole world be against me.” - Martin Luther