Truth is vitally important in every human endeavor. All lies matter because lies obscure the truth, making it more difficult to find it’s treasure. When truth no longer matters, darkness prevails and light is diminished. When it comes to the spiritual realm, we must pursue firm, consistent, and unswerving devotion to the truth.

As it relates to Jesus, He is the truth (Jn. 14:6) and truth is in Him (Eph. 4:21). God’s word is truth (Jn. 17:17) and Jesus is the incarnate Word (Jn. 1:14). Among other things, the truth is comprised of commandments which must be obeyed. Jesus says, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (Jn. 14:15). These imperatives provide moral and spiritual guidance. When faithfully practiced, they provide freedom from sin and evidence of Christ living within (Jn. 8:32; Col. 1:27).

But, sadly, many are not tuned in to the truth. Like Pilate, they would hardly recognize truth if it hit them in the face. Yet, standing before him was Jesus, the embodiment of truth (Jn. 14:6), identifying His kingdom as a spiritual kingdom and His followers as those who listen to the truth (Jn. 18:36-37). Confused, the Roman governor manages only to ask, “What is truth?” (vs. 38). He left the room and, so far as we know, never made the connection between truth and Jesus.

Disconnect from truth leads many to accept only a convenient version of the truth—truth that has been twisted so as to fit in with their preconceived ideas. Thinking themselves to be wise, they become foolish (Rm. 1:22). Blinded by the god of this world, they cannot see the glory of Christ (2 Cor. 4:4). When the light of truth shines upon their evil deeds, it is utterly rejected; for they prefer to abide in darkness rather than be exposed by the light (Jn. 3:19-21). Rather than humbly receiving the truth (Jas. 1:21), they choose to believe a lie and “accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires”—teachers who will compromise the truth and tell them what they want to hear (2 Tim. 4:3-4). But this has no bearing on the truth. The truth is the truth. It cannot be changed (Mt. 24:35). We walk in truth when we serve God in harmony with His inspired word.

All lies matter because lies can lead us away from Christ, our only way to the Father (Jn. 14:6). All lies matter because we will give an account for every careless word on the day of judgment (Mt. 12:36). All lies matter because all liars will have “their part in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Rev. 21:8).

We cannot walk in lockstep march with the enemies of truth and purveyors of deception. We are responsible for where we stand in relation to truth. We must study God’s word diligently (2 Tim. 2:15). We must study God’s word with an open heart (Acts 16:14). And, we must study God’s word with a view toward obedience (Jas. 2:21-25). Do not be among those who “receive not the love of the truth so as to be saved” (2 Th. 2:10).

–Glen Elliott–