The Greek word for truth is “aletheia.” This word also means “reality.” In Greek usage, “aletheia” takes on more and more the sense of true and genuine reality. In the book of John “aletheia,” or truth, denotes divine reality. In Ephesians 6:14, truth is described as a belt in the armor of God. The belt is the article of clothing that held the entire armor in place. It was vital to keep each part of the armor in the important spot it needed to be in order to protect the soldier. The meaning in Ephesians conveys the vital concept of “the agreement of our convictions with God’s revelation.” This is the truth that holds our faith in place.
The Holy Spirit reveals Truth. Truth is a person. Jesus did not say, “I will teach you the truth.” He said, “I am…the Truth.” (John 14:6) The Holy Spirit is called the “Spirit of Truth.” (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13). Only God can reveal spiritual truths: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him-but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit. (1 Cor. 2:9). The role of the Spirit is not to communicate new information; rather, it is to make clear what has already been taught. What believers today need is not new truth but clearer insight into what has already been revealed in the Scriptures. All the great truths we need are already in the Bible. The Holy Spirit shows them to us and helps us apply them to our lives.
Every generation can discover the truth for itself. Each one can continue to deepen his or her understanding of God’s Word as people pray and ask for understanding. We can never exhaust the meaning found in teaching of Jesus and the apostles or of the prophets of old. The more we believe and study, the more truth is revealed to us. Individually, believers need to determine what is true and how to apply God’s truth to all of life.
Sometimes we can’t see the truth in our circumstances because we are looking around us instead of focusing on God. As Henry Blackaby wrote in Experiencing God, “The disciples were in a boat in a storm. Jesus was asleep in the back of the boat. If you were to have gone to those disciples in the middle of that storm and asked, ‘What is the truth of this situation?’ What would they have answered?” “They would certainly have shouted, ‘We perish!’ because that is exactly what they thought.” “Was that the truth?” “No.” “Truth was asleep at the back of the boat. Truth is a Person. In just a moment Truth, Himself, would stand up and still the storm. Then they would know their circumstances.”
Like those disciples learned, only Jesus is the real Truth. And we can know Him.
Holy Bible, New International Version, International Bible Society.
Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby