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This message looks at how closely Truth and Love are tied together. It looks at how both Jesus Christ and the Apostle John talked about these two subjects.

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Truth and Love

NOTE: All scriptures for from the New King James Bible

Two of the most widely known verses in the Bible were written by the Apostle John both speak of love.

The first is one that everyone knows, many can quote it even if they know nothing else from the Bible. It is frequently used on the signs that are put out in front of church buildings. Particularly the first part of the verse.

John 3:16 John 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
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John 3:16 John 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
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For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

The second while not quite as well known is still widely quoted. We have a hymn based on this verse in our hymnal, I can hardly read it without starting to sing the hymn,

John 13:34-35 John 13:34-35 [34] A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. [35] By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.
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John 13:34 John 13:34A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
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A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

John 13:35 John 13:35By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.
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By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

And rightfully so does love take such a center stage in our understanding of God because God's own Word says that God is Love. We can see that in:

I John 4:8 John 4:8(For his disciples were gone away to the city to buy meat.)
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1 John 4:8 1 John 4:8He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.
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He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

1 John 4:16 1 John 4:16And we have known and believed the love that God has to us. God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him.
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And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

We all know the numerous other verses where the importance of love is talked about.

But today I want to talk about something else just as important as love.

How does Christ know His disciples?

We know that men will know Christ disciples by love because we read that in John 13:35 John 13:35By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.
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John 8:31-32 John 8:31-32 [31] Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; [32] And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
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John 8:31 John 8:31Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed;
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Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.

John 8:32 John 8:32And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
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And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

Here Christ says plainly that he will know his disciples if they abide (or continue, remain, persist) in His word then they are his disciples and that the result of abiding in His word is that his disciples will know the truth.

So this is what Christ looks for us to do: remain in His word and know the truth.

And we can see other places in John's gospel that Christ links truth to himself.

John 14:6 John 14:6Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.
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John 14:6 John 14:6Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.
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Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John18:37

John 18:37 John 18:37Pilate therefore said to him, Are you a king then? Jesus answered, You say 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 to the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears my voice.
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Pilate therefore said to Him, "Are You a king then?" Jesus answered, "You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."

John 16:13 John 16:13However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.
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John 16:13 John 16:13However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.
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However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

So here we have in the gospel written by John having Christ link himself to truth.

And the words that Christ uses makes it plain that truth is as core as Love to understanding God's Way and in becoming like Christ himself that we are all striving to do

Just an interesting point on John since all the verses I am looking at today come from the books written by John.

We all know that John is commonly referred to as the Apostle of Love because so much of what he wrote about was love which is very true but looking at the four books that he wrote while he uses the word love 68 times, he uses truth 46 times.

And he actually talks about truth more in every book except I John.

Obviously word counts are just a measure but truth was a very important topic to John.

Now that we have looked at the Gospel of John about some of the things that Christ said about how foundational Truth is to him.

Let's look at the letters of John to gain more understanding on the fundamental nature of truth through the words that Christ inspired John to write.

Beginning in I John

I John 3:18 John 3:18He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
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, 19, 21, 22

1 John 3:18 1 John 3:18My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
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My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

1 John 3:19 1 John 3:19And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
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And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.

1 John 3:20 1 John 3:20For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.
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For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.

1 John 3:21 1 John 3:21Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
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Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.

1 John 3:22 1 John 3:22And whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
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And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.

So John says that Love, Godly love, must be in the frame of truth. He repeats this in the beginning of each of his other letters:

2 John verse 1 and 3 John verse 1

2John 1:1 John 1:1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
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The Elder, To the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth,

3 John: The Elder, To the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth:

Continuing on in 2 John

2John 1:2 John 1:2The same was in the beginning with God.
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because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever:

2John 1:3 John 1:3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
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Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

2John 1:4 John 1:4In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
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I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father.

2John 1:5 John 1:5And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
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And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another.

2John 1:6 John 1:6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
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This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.

2John 1:7 John 1:7The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
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For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

2John 1:8 John 1:8He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
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Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.

2John 1:9 John 1:9That was the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world.
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Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.

2John 1:10 John 1:10He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
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If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him;

2John 1:11 John 1:11He came to his own, and his own received him not.
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for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.

2John 1:12 John 1:12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
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Having many things to write to you, I did not wish to do so with paper and ink; but I hope to come to you and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.

2John 1:13 John 1:13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
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The children of your elect sister greet you. Amen.

3John 1:1 John 1:1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
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The Elder, To the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth:

3John 1:2 John 1:2The same was in the beginning with God.
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Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

3John 1:3 John 1:3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
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For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth.

3John 1:4 John 1:4In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
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I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

3John 1:5 John 1:5And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
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Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren and for strangers,

3John 1:6 John 1:6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
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who have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well,

3John 1:7 John 1:7The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
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because they went forth for His name's sake, taking nothing from the Gentiles.

3John 1:8 John 1:8He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
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We therefore ought to receive such, that we may become fellow workers for the truth.

3John 1:9 John 1:9That was the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world.
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I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us.

3John 1:10 John 1:10He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
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Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church.

3John 1:11 John 1:11He came to his own, and his own received him not.
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Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God.

3John 1:12 John 1:12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
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Demetrius has a good testimony from all, and from the truth itself. And we also bear witness, and you know that our testimony is true.

3John 1:13 John 1:13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
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I had many things to write, but I do not wish to write to you with pen and ink;

3John 1:14 John 1:14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
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but I hope to see you shortly, and we shall speak face to face. Peace to you. Our friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.

Brethren, this is nothing new to us. We have been taught (many of us for our entire lives) that knowing and following God's Word is important. That it is key for us if we are to be true disciples of Christ. The truth of God, the Word of God is why we are here today. You could argue that abiding in his Word following the His ways, His commandments is the only reason we are here today. If not we would all be gathering tomorrow like the rest of Christianity and worshipping God on Sunday not His Holy Sabbath day. But we are not, we are here today.

So, this afternoon I simply wanted to remind us of the importance that the Apostle John and that Christ himself put on truth and how foundational knowing the truth of God by abiding in His Word, is for us in our daily walk of being disciples of Christ.

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Comments

  • ohthatdude
    I've shared this out :) Unfortunately it seems the Scriptures are given out a bit too quickly for some to copy them down. Is there a transcript available?
  • Williacj
    Thanks for sharing this message out and I am trying to slow down when I give out the scriptures:). You can find the notes by clicking on the "sermon notes" link below the video. It is not an exact transcript but it is close and definitely has all the scriptures.
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