A Closer Walk
Is the Lord always truthful? "in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ago," Titus 1:2 NASB. In the midst of a four verse sentence that makes up the introduction to the New Testament book of Titus, we learn that God cannot lie. Our Lord and our God cannot lie. Would we want a god that didn't tell the truth? If a god did tell lies, how would we know what was a lie and what was the truth? If the Lord God Almighty would tell us lies, same question. How would we know what was a lie, and what was the truth. But,fortunately for us, our God cannot lie.
“in order that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie... ,” Hebrews 6:18 NASB. Beyond the fact that our God cannot lie, it is in fact impossible for Him to lie. The Lord God will never lie to us or mislead us. He will always tell us the truth, and fill us with truth from His Holy Word. It is impossible for God to lie. To do so would be completely outside of, and contrary to, His nature and character.
So when the Lord speaks to us we can have assurance that what He says is truthful. How does our God speak to us? "Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth," John 17:17 NASB. These words of Jesus inform us that the word of God, the Bible, is truth; absolute eternal truth. Our Lord speaks to us through His Holy Word. What we read in the Bible is God speaking to us; because the Bible is God's word. Reading His word sanctifies us in God's truth because His word is truth. It could not be otherwise because our God cannot lie; in fact it is impossible for Him to lie. And so the truth of God's word points out our errors and sins.
"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness," 2 Timothy 3:16 NASB. Notice please, this verse says that all Scripture is inspired by God; and it also is profitable. Profitable for what? For teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. By providing these things God's word builds our sanctification. Teaching from God's word would show us right from wrong, and direct us in the way we should go. Many years of this would help us become mature Christians. Reproof is from the word reprove which is defined as: to rebuke; find fault with; or censure. So the Bible reveals to us our sins and points us in a more Godly direction. We receive correction from reading God's word. It makes us aware of our errors and leads us in the righteous path. The Scriptures provide us with training in righteousness. “But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil,” Hebrews 5:14 NASB. All these things together produce mature believers who have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
Everything our Lord tells us in the Bible is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. How do we know that? Because our God cannot lie. In fact, it is impossible for Him to lie. Don't we want a God who will always tell us the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee,” Psalm 119:11 KJV.