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In Truth
-- What is Truth?
In the proceeding lesson we introduced the account of Jesus’ conversation
with the woman at Jacob’s Well in Samaria, and noted that He plainly stated:
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in
truth. (John 4:24 KJV)

We noted that to worship “in spirit” one must have: 1) a singular allegiance; 2)
a pure allegiance; 3) a practical allegiance; and 4) understanding. However,
Jesus not only stated that worship must come from the spirit or heart of man,
but also be done “in truth.”

What is truth?

When Jesus was being tried before Pontius Pilate, Pilate, after hearing Jesus
say he was born to

… bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? … (John 18:37-38 KJV)

However, the governor did not wait for an answer.

As we contemplate the words of Jesus to the woman of Samaria that worship
must be “in truth,” the question of Pilate comes before us – “What is truth?”
The phrase, “in truth,” is used also in Philippians 1:18 and 1 John 3:18.

What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth,
Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. (Philippians 1:
18 KJV)

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

In both of these passages, the prase, “in truth,” is used meaning “in actuality.”
In both of these passages, it is used in opposition to the idea of pretence.
Had Pilate waited for an answer for his question, “What is truth?” he might
have been told the same thing which Jesus said

… to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye
my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you
free. (John 8:31-32 KJV)

Or, perhaps he would have been referred to the prayer Jesus had prayed
earlier in the garden to His Father in heaven:

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (John 17:17 KJV)

In either case, it would be “the word of the truth of the gospel” to which Pilate
would have his attention directed. (Colossians 1:5) The Bible, and in particular
the New Testament, is the truth.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, …(2 Timothy 3:16 KJV)

One cannot worship in actuality, or genuinely, who does not come to God in
worship according to the truth. One cannot worship God genuinely, yet ignore
the manner in which He has commanded that He be worshipped.

What is Worship: In Truth -- In the Name of Jesus
What is Worship: In Truth -- Two Attitudes
What is Worship: In Truth -- The Law of Exclusion (Silence)
What is Worship: In Truth -- Correctly Deriving Authority
What is Worship: In Truth -- Conclusion