Verse 15 Speaking the truth in love we will in every respect grow up into him who is the head, the Messiah.
Verse 17 So don’t be foolish, but try to understand what the will of the Lord is.
3 Jn. 1-6, 9
Verse 6 Whosoever abides in him sins not;
But we are citizens of heaven, and it is from there that we expect a deliverer, the
Lord Jesus Christ. He will change the bodies we have in this humble state and
make them like his glorious body, using the power which enables him to bring
everything under his control. Ps. 39:12-14 1 Chr. 29:15-19
Great power and authority are given of the Lord Jesus Christ with real joy.
For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Ro. 10:10 Righteousness--salvation.
1 Pe. 1:22-23
Purified yourselves by obeying the truth. Jn. 15:3 Jn. 17:17 Ep. 5:26
Verse 13 acknowledging that they were aliens, and temporary residents on the earth.
The Spirit of Truth needs to be proclaimed daily not because the Word of truth (God’s written Word) is unimportant, but precisely because it is so very important. We are living epistles read of men. We live in an age that increasingly despises and denigrates prepositional truth. Even within the Church it is becoming a source of embarrassment to contend for the doctrines of the faith, as if all contending was of necessity contentious, and who wants to be labeled divisive in our increasingly ecumenical age?
1 Kings 17:24 The Word of the Lord in your mouth is truth. How did she know? So many churches seek to possess truth; God seeks to make us true. The difference is vast and the kinds of men produced by each pursuit are vastly different and will have a different effect. Jn. 14:6 “I am the truth and no one comes to the Father but by me.”
Truth is more than the sum of the right answers. It is not something to have at all, but something first and above all else, to be. Truth is a Spirit, a life to live and this spirit, this life is the way, and only way to the Father. Suddenly it draws upon us that it is not having truths, but by becoming true that we are saved. God’s desire is not too merely inform us, but to transfigure us, not to fill us with truths, but to make us truth, “His Truth”.
That is the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of adoption which sheds God’s love abroad in our hearts, it is the Spirit of Truth that’s living in you, alive quickening the mortal flesh. It’s impossible to touch God’s Truth and not be changed; Jesus garment he wore when touched by the woman in faith brought healing.
How much greater the Spirit of Truth in the knowledge of Gods manifold wisdom and grace is released in the blood covered saint sojourning on this earth onto to his heavenly home. Pilot asked Jesus what is truth? Jesus said nothing he was truth standing right before him. May Gods Truth fill you and His grace be unto the power this day to overcome giving peace.
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