7th September 2017

The Whole Truth

I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth.…”
John 16:12-13 (NKJV UK)

Recently I dreamed that I came into £150,000. I couldn’t determine whether it was a Lottery win, or a gift, or a reward for some action I’d taken. Either way, actually I haven’t done anything to warrant such a windfall, and, no, this isn’t some kind of subtle hint for gifts or donations.

I know what prompted it. My company’s pension increase had just come through, and there was an advert on tv for a charity I have connections with, for their monthly lottery. When I saw it I remember being shocked, even though I knew they had run one for years. And then again I’d been writing a short story about someone who comes into an inheritance out of the blue via one of those will-hunter companies. It’s funny how the mind works. How it can put things together which don’t really belong together; often put things into a wholly inappropriate context.

But then Christianity can do the same thing. We’d like to think that much of what we do in the name of Christ is authorised or at least permitted by him. But the reality is that many times Jesus simply wouldn’t recognise what we do today with the practices observed in the first century. Does that matter? Many might think so. But I think that this dismisses time passing. God may be unchangeable, but we’re not. We do change; generations come and go. The church soldiers on, but it does change as time passes.

Many dismiss such change as slackening or loosing constraints. I think Christians must acknowledge that revelation does occur and it is progressive. Jesus told his disciples before he died that when the Holy Spirit would come to them, that He, the Holy Spirit, would guide them into all truth. That, surely, is a strong indication that the ‘truth’ as we understand it or that any individual then knew might be subject to change, to deepen it, or round it off; even to change wholesale. The ‘truth’ that they then understood might even have been less than truth, because he added: “You can’t bear them now” (John 16:12).

So we should take care. First, that someone might trick us out of the truth; but also that we might stubbornly stick to what we believe to be the truth, when revelation and time moving on reveals that, although maybe not untruth, it is not the fullness of truth that Jesus spoke about. It’s all about a willingness to change, to listen, to act in faith.

Gracious Father, we acknowledge that Truth is a Godly quality that we lack. Help us to come into all truth as you reveal it to us; help us to eschew past error and embrace now truth. This we pray in Jesus’ name.

Study by John Stettaford


About the Author:
John Stettaford is an Elder in the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School,
Room A1 (Main Building)
Honey End Lane

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone: 01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk

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