THE SPIRIT GUIDES US INTO "ALL TRUTH"
The perimeter of “all truth”
The guidance of the Spirit is operated in a way that both God and man have to work together. In Paul’s second epistle, he urged Timothy to consider what he had said, so that God might give him understanding in all things (2 Tim 2:7). God was always there to give understanding, as long as Timothy responded by pondering over the advice from Paul. Similarly, the Spirit guides, when we are keen, with a single purpose in mind to submit to Him, to know what “all truth” is all about.
“All truth” may first appear to be anything that God wants us to know. It seems limitless. In the light of the Bible, the truth is the law (Ps. 119:142), commandments (Ps. 119:151) and the word (Ps. 119:160; 1Jn. 4-5). Since the Bible is the ultimate standard of Christian belief, the definition of “all truth” has to fall within its perimeter.
“These are the words that I spoke to you while I am still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me” (cf. Lk. 24:44). They are the words that proceeded from the mouth of Jesus, the OT Scriptures and the apostolic teachings. They form the canonised Bible.
There are three constituent parts within the boundary. And there is an apparent way to explain their connection – they revolve around Jesus, who is the source of “all truth” (Eph. 4:21; cf. 1 Cor. 3:11; Eph. 2:20-22). Since Jesus is the embodiment of the truth (Eph. 4:21), and the church is the body of Christ, in certainty, she possesses the complete truth of God (1 Tim. 3:15).
[To be continued...]