I think about the Word of God and about God Himself most hours of every day! I think of how incredibly good He is, how amazing His deeds are, how perfect He is in every way and how He shares that perfection with us, His children. These blogs, bringing revelation from the Word of God, have garnered several comments from people (flagged as spam) saying “Sounds good but I would like to know what others think” or “Sounds good but I’m not sure if it is true”. I appreciate these comments because they exemplify “how” Christians read and/or believe the Word of God. One recent statistic taken from a Gallop poll reveals Christians only read their Bible an average of 52 minutes a week. That would be only a little over seven minutes a day. It is difficult to ponder and meditate on the great things of God if we only eat His Word 52 out of 10,080 minutes in any given week. This means the average Christian today spends 0.005% of time per week “reading” the life-giving Word of God, when we should be soaking ourselves in it. With these kind of numbers it is not difficult to understand why Christians have the attitude “Sounds good but too good to be true” when hearing the Word of God proclaimed boldly.
So I want to brag and boast about God and declare: God is “too good not to be true!” One of the most amazing things about His “trueness” is “Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life!” Here in John 14:6 Jesus is revealing to us He is the One in whom truth is observed and comprehended. We look to Jesus in order to grasp the sum total of truth. We grasp the depth of truth through the revelation of Jesus as He brings it to light through His manifestation. When we see Jesus, we see Truth. When we behold the Author and Finisher of our faith we no longer hear the Word of God with the thought of it being too good to be true, but we joyfully stand IN the Truth, IN Jesus, and proclaim He is too good not to be true!
“Truth” is anything that embodies what is true whether it be a fact, reality, quality, statement, or belief. In order for something to be “true” it must be real, correct, accurate, genuine, not pretend, insincere, or artificial. In order for a person to be true there must be faithfulness and commitment. Revelation 19:11 says “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.” In the original language “True” is not only the name and resemblance of Jesus but His real nature inhabits this name. In every respect Jesus corresponds to the idea of truth. To know Jesus is to know truth and know what is true. We never need to wonder or experience confusion as to what is true in this world when we know Jesus.
In Scripture Jesus gives confirmation of Who He is using “true” to describe Himself and His Father, thus revealing the nature of God in every respect, displaying and speaking truth because He loves it. The Word of God gives a convincing argument He IS the embodiment of all that is true.
John 7:18 “He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.”
John 7:28 “Then Jesus cried out, as He taught in the temple, saying, “You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know.”
John 8:14 “Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from and where I am going.”
John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.”
John 17:3 “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
1 John 5:20 “And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.”
Revelation 3:7 “… ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens.”
Revelation 3:14 “… ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God.”
Establishing this truth, that He is true, now allows us to embrace His goodness. If we read the Word of God from the perspective “It sounds good but is too good to be true” our focus is on the goodness or simply the sound of goodness. But when we establish what and Who is true, God Himself, we look at the “good” things gleaned from Scripture and declare “AHA! This is so True! This is good!”
Very often we “miss” something amazing in Scripture because we approach it from the wrong direction or perspective. When we read about a miracle in the Bible and think “Sounds good – in fact too good to be true – I know it happened but I have never seen it happen in my world” we are approaching it from the goodness standpoint, knowing it would be amazing if these good things happened in our world but… That my friends, means we are not looking at the Word of God in faith.
However, when we approach a miracle in the Bible from the perspective that “He who is faithful and true performed this miracle and calls us to do the same”, we find ourselves in a place of faith thinking “This is SO true, it must be very GOOD! Suddenly we are transformed and we hear and read the Word of God believing the good things of God are not only good, they are possible and available for us today!
In Genesis One as God creates – six times it says “And God saw that it was good” and the seventh time God saw everything He had made, and behold, “It was very good!” VERY GOOD! What is being revealed by adding that one adjective? God is telling us what He beheld was EXCEEDINGLY good! God is telling us He emphatically doubled the goodness of His creation! Now that deserves a WHOOHOO!!!!
He Who is True created and then beheld the goodness of His creation! This gives us the “order” we are to read His Word and behold His glory – Believe in the One who is True then we will see and hear all that is good. It will no longer simply sound good! It IS good! We will experience His goodness in supernatural and surprising ways, outside our limited realm of reality where we have found ourselves boxed in for so much of our lives. We will experience life in the Spirit with “no box” exploring the goodness of God fully as we revel in Him who is faithful and true!
The next time you read the Word of God (increasing your soaking time in the Truth) read it in Spirit and in Truth! Read it knowing Jesus is True and therefore everything you read is too good not to be true!
Father God, thank you for being true and representing truth! Thank you that we need never fear knowing truth, for when we know You and Your Son, we know Truth! Thank you for Your precious Word which is SO GOOD! And thank You that when we know the Truth, we are set free! Free to experience Your goodness in ways that will lift us up and out of our limited earthly perspectives and soar with the wings of eagles. Take us now Lord to higher heights! You are so good! Too good Lord, not to be True! In Jesus’ faithful and true Name, Amen!