The Word Of Truth
By Arthur W. Pink
One of the many titles given to the Holy Scriptures is “the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). They are such because they are a communication from “the God of truth” (Isa. 65:16), a revelation from Him “that cannot lie” (Titus 1:2). O the privilege of possessing such a blessing! Do we definitely and thankfully realize when we take up the Bible to read that it is nothing less than a message from heaven, reliably translated into our mother tongue? What a priceless treasure! The Word of Truth – no errors or fables in it, nothing to mislead or deceive; but inerrant and absolutely trustworthy.
The Word of Truth – what a peerless and priceless treasure is this! Not a production of the church nor even the composition of the holy angels, but the Word of God Himself! It is a “light that shineth in a dark place” (2 Pet. 1:19). It is a life-giving stream for parched pilgrims as they journey through this wilderness of sin. It is the Word of Truth in pointed contrast from all “science falsely so called” (1 Tim. 6:20) and “philosophy and vain deceit” (Col. 2:8).
Living as we are in a world of shams and make-believes, of exaggeration and prevarication, of fiction and falsity – how inestimably valuable is this “Thus says the Lord!” Well may we say of the Scriptures, “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold...” (Psa. 19:10). In the midst of so much conflicting opinion, speculation and uncertainty, where would we be if the Word of Truth had not been given to us? We would be mariners upon the sea of life without chart or compass. We would be ignorant alike of our origin, our duty, and our destiny.
What a blessing it is, when all doubt as to their Divine authorship is removed, and we are favored with a definite assurance that the Holy Scriptures are the Word of Truth! One of the chief elements in “the faith of God’s elect” (Titus 1:1) is a deep conviction, an unshakable confidence, that the Bible is a Divine revelation. Neither the arguments of men, nor the assaults of Satan, can move its possessor from what has been rightly termed this “impregnable rock.” The Christian knows it is the Word of God for it has spoken to his heart in a way nothing else has or can. It would make no difference to him if everyone else on earth was a skeptic or infidel, for his faith stands not in the wisdom of men but in the power of God, and neither human sophistry nor satanic malice can destroy it. How could they, when God has given him to “know the certainty of the words of truth” (Prov. 22:21). Hence it is, that he can exclaim with one of old, “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart...” (Jer. 15:16).
What an unspeakable mercy it is when we are given a love of the truth! By nature both writer and reader are liars. “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies” (Psa. 58:3). No child has to be taught to lie – it comes naturally to him; nor does he have to be corrupted by contact with others – he is born corrupt at the core of his being. This the just entail of the Fall. Our first parents preferred the devil’s lie to God’s truth, and all of their descendants inherit the poisonous virus which then entered into them. In consequence, the whole world lies in the wicked one (1 John 5:19) and he is “a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44). Thus by nature we have no love for the truth, but instead a strong antipathy and resistance against it. The unregenerate do not want to know the truth about themselves – no, they wish to be flattered and encouraged to entertain a good opinion of themselves. Hence, the Lord Jesus declared, “…Because I tell you the truth, ye believe Me not” (John 8:45). Had He told them pleasant lies, they would have welcomed Him. Since the whole world lies in the wicked one and he is the arch-liar, we should not be surprised at the world being so full of pretense and deceit, and that the truth of God is so bitterly hated. The fact is that “truth is fallen in the street” (Isa. 59:14) and is now being ruthlessly trampled on, on every side.
How thankful we should be if we can honestly say, “I have chosen the way of truth...” (Psa. 119:30). Many are at their wit’s end and the “unlearned and unstable” are in despair. But not so for the one who is resolved to be directed by the Word of God and who brings all he hears and reads to the touchstone of the truth, proving all things and holding fast that which is good (1 Thes. 5:21).
Even though I have chosen the way of truth I shall still need to pray, “Remove from me the way of lying” (Psa. 119:29), to which the flesh is ever prone. “Lead me in Thy truth” (Psa. 25:5), must be my daily cry.
Best of all is it when we are found “walking in the truth” (2 John 4), for it is then God is most glorified. His Word is given to us for this very purpose – to be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path – to direct our conduct and regulate our deportment. In proportion as our daily life is ordered by the Word do we evince the sincerity and reality of our profession. The extent to which we actually walk in the truth will determine the measure of our enjoyment of the Lord’s approbation, “If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him” (John 14:23). “His truth shall be thy shield and buckler” (Psa. 91:4), our defense and protection – panoplied in “the whole armor of God” the Christian is safe in the day of battle. By walking in the truth we find rest unto our souls (Jer. 6:16).