walking in the truth

2 John 4 (ESV)

4 I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father.

What does it mean to be found walking in the truth?

Is it related to Psalm 1 where it says “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked”?

I dare say it is.

Interestingly, Jesus himself said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).

A bold statement excluding all other faiths and beliefs.

Therefore, to seek God through other religions is blasphemy. For to do so denies the significance and indeed requirement of Jesus’ death on the cross.

If Jesus is not the only way then it makes a mockery of His sacrifice. His crucifixion becomes little more than an interesting, albeit altruistic, footnote in history.

To me then, this is the truth: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

And to walk in this truth is to practice it daily like the psalmist (above). Listening to and meditating on and obeying God’s word.

An active, energetic, forward moving expression of faith in God’s gracious love for us.

Kim+

prayer : help me to walk in the truth day-by-day

action : continue daily quiet times

I am the resurrection and the life

John 11:25-26 (ESV)

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

Resurrection. It’s a difficult concept to get your head around.

It defies all logic and understanding. It seems too good to be true.

To “die” yet then to “live”.

To “never die”. If we “believe in [Him]”.

It’s much easier to accept that oblivion awaits us when we “die”. Not life.

Yet Jesus is telling Martha that He is the resurrection. He is the source of life.

And when you consider all that He did: healing the sick, the lame, and the blind; raising the dead to life. You have to wonder. Could He truly have this power over death?

Could He be the one who was foretold in the “Scriptures” (John 5:39ff).

His own resurrection cemented the deal. Displaying “once for all” that “death no longer has dominion over him” (Romans 6:9f).

This “believing” involves a leap of faith. A trust in the unknown. A “full acceptance” that Jesus Christ is Lord and “Saviour” (1 Timothy 4:9ff).

But He, just like these words, is “trustworthy” (2 Timothy 2:11).

The actions of God in the past show that He has always kept His word.

That His grace back then points to the fulfilment of His promise of future grace.

The “grace of life” (1 Peter 3:7).

Kim+

prayer : thank you Jesus for your death in my place

action : “present [my body] as a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1)