Living into the Truth
We usually think of “truth” in terms of how closely a statement accords with the facts, but there are other definitions of the word. While constructing shelving for a craft room, I discovered our home was not “true.” Walls did not meet squarely with each other, and the bubble in my old fashioned, non-digital “spirit level” indicated that the floor was uneven. In the terminology of construction, a structure is “true” if it is correctly aligned and level—if it accurately manifests the architect’s design.
The Gospel of John presents Jesus as the embodiment of God’s truth. Christ is God’s design for a new humanity that lives in righ-teous relationship with God and each other. The essence of being a Christian is the imitation of Jesus Christ.
In this morning’s text, the Spirit is presented as our guide and gauge in modeling our lives after Jesus’ example, rather than as a distributer of new factual knowledge. Just as my level helped me determine what I needed to do to make true a floor, so too the Holy Spirit reveals those changes needed to make our lives true to Jesus.
[Jesus said,] “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:13–15)
Together with the Holy Spirit, we bear witness to Jesus Christ when our words, actions, and values accord with those of our Lord.
Derek French, pastor
East Hills Moravian Church, Bethlehem, PA