The apostle John wrote these words to the Christians of a first century church to underscore the great bond between them because of their shared commitment to the truth. Truth is both objective (as stated in the words and teachings of Scripture) and personal (in the one who claimed to be “the Truth,” Jesus Christ).
“For the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.” (II John 2)
When God’s truth in Jesus Christ is believed it lives within forever, and is an enduring foundation of wellbeing and mutual sharing by Christians.
Lies, as we all know, ultimately bring about the collapse of everything built upon them. The personification and father of lies is Satan.
Jesus warned, “... there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44)
Believing lies instead of truth is not just about a personal preference of what seems like fun or a comfortable self image, it is dancing to Satan’s fiddle – until the time comes to pay up. Most frightening of all in this great age-conflict between truth and lies is that the heart that rejects truth becomes calloused and increasingly blinded in its ability to tell the difference between truth and lies.
The capitulation of trusted news sources to somebody’s agenda, rather than telling the truth, is an obvious example and illustration of the state of the battle for truth today. It has given rise to a world of media-bedlam, like a carnival where the barkers all promise that everyone who plays their game will win.
Sadly, most people have compromised so much truth in their personal lives that they have lost the sense of its importance. They, like Pilate the Roman governor who questioned Jesus, say “What is truth?” and simply make their choices according to what they prefer.
Over against all this confusion remains God’s timeless Word, the Bible and its offer of truth through Jesus Christ.
Those who turn from this world’s road of lies to follow the Lord and trust His sure promise of eternal life beat the devil and his enticing lies. They become part of that company John spoke of who love God’s truth and all others they see that truth in.