Pontius Pilate asked Jesus Christ a question that is still quite common today: “What is truth?” This is a question I’ve heard posed by far too many, and all looking just about anywhere but to the Truth Himself, apparently not even considering Him as a possibility. God as He reveals Himself in the Bible is widely, and probably most often unconsciously, discounted in the search for the definition of truth. Truth is not a what, but a Who.
“Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault [at all].” (John 18:38)
Jesus answered Pilate’s question before he asked it.
“Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” (John 18:37)
Why is it that he who is of the truth hears the voice of Jesus? Simple: Jesus is Truth. In fact, True is one of His many names.
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.” (Revelation 19:11)
His name is True and He is the Truth.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
Remembering what Jesus said to Pilate, His definition–nay, identification–of truth, helps to follow God’s advice given through Paul.
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5)
God is effectively telling us that we should be asking ourselves not, “What is truth,” but “Am I of the truth, i.e., “Am I of Jesus Christ?” Does the voice of Jesus ring clearly in my ears? Are we confusing reality with our belief that we have the truth, or are we searching the Scriptures to be sure that our beliefs are true.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.” (John 10:1-5)
The strangers are those who come in Christ’s name and look like the true Christ. These need not be actual people, but only someone’s false idea of who Christ is and what His Word says.
“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” (Matthew 24:4-5)
Those whom the Father has given to Jesus will hear his voice and not the voice of a stranger, but those who hear the voice of strangers don’t realize it at the time.
“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore [it is] no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15)
This is where great care must be taken, hence the warning from God to examine ourselves.
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24:24)