Christ is truth (Jn 14:6). Scripture is truth (Jn 17:17). The Holy Spirit is our guide to truth (Jn 16:13). It seems that truth is pretty important to God to say the least. Satan however is a liar–the father of lies (Jn 8:44). So, if there is anything we can say is outside of the realm of God it would be the world of deceit, the realm of lies.
John brings all of this to our attention because it is his purpose for his readers to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the very Son of God and that believing, we might have life. It is not a jump to conclude that someone who would live in faith in Jesus be a person who lives for what is true and pursues it. Just how easy is this, though? So much in life today operates out of our feelings, emotions, whims, self-serving and self-satisfying dreams. We live everyday as if this day is all about us, what we are doing, what makes us happy and diligently dodging that which would bring us discomfort. So, we erect great make-believe walls around us in hopes that the truth of our inner insecurities won’t ever have to be exposed and no one will ever have to know our struggles within. What do we do and how then should we live?
1. Run to Christ! Let your battles of insecurities, searching for significance, and passion for inner peace be resolutely satisfied with Christ alone. That means we “cease striving and know that He is God (Psa 46:10).”
2. Drink of the Word! Let your soul be filled with the Word. From Genesis to Revelation, the scope of Scripture is a person–our Savior, Jesus Christ. Too often we look to Scripture like a “User’s Manual.” We look for what to do, some principle to anchor our self rather then the person of Jesus.
3. Build a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. As an unfortunate often overlooked Person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit’s job is to help us understand truth. Sin can make us calloused to His great work and we are apt then to miss His guidance to the truth in life.
Live the truth and pursue what is true. Pursuing Christ and living Christ is the path to truth. That’s John’s point.