Firmly Established in Truth (2 Peter 1:12-15)
12 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13 I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.
Truth. What is truth? In this day and age, the truth of God is under attack. In fact, many people no longer believe there is such a thing as absolute truth. They claim that all truths are “truths”, subjective and relative. By saying that all truths are “truths”, it demeans the power of the Gospel. This is a demonic attempt to disillusion humankind from the reality of God and Jesus Christ.
Everything that Christians claim to be truth, in terms of the nature of humanity, sin and human redemption, is established by the witness of the Holy Scripture and those that proclaim it. Most importantly, Jesus himself claimed in John 14:6 to be the Truth. However, even Jesus’ personal claim to be “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” is being contested.
Humans simply do not like to have one absolute truth because it eliminates choice and diminishes the human “free will”. So, it is according to our human nature, we renounce absolute truth and embrace the “pantheons” of truths that are made available to us. We will claim Jesus is truth but so is Buddha. Jesus is truth but so is Marxism. Jesus is truth but so is Democracy. Jesus is truth but so is Darwinism. But to claim that there are many truths implies that there is no truth – that everything is a lie. This cannot be!
Close to 2000 years ago, the Apostle Peter wrote to the believers scattered among the nations to be firmly established in the truth that they already know – that Jesus is the Christ and Son of God, and that who believes in Him will received eternal life. The apostle’s personal encounter with Jesus at the Mountain of Transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-8) gave evidence of the Truth Claim. This truth has been set in stone and should not be tampered. The believers were to remember this Gospel truth, and to disallow doubt or other “truths” to rob them from the joy of experiencing their salvation.
Friends, as you consider this, please bear in mind that not all things that seem to appeal the mind and the heart are necessarily the truth of God. The best way to attest truth is to study the Scripture and test every truth claims against the Word of God. Ask yourself, “is what presented as truth aligned to the Bible and the attitude of Christ?” If they are, we may consider them further. However, whenever there are contradictions against the Biblical claims, it is wise to resist them.
Finally, ensure that you are anchored in the Truth – Jesus Christ. Continue to daily establish yourself firmly in the truth so that nothing can shake you from the foundation that has been set for you.