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5-15-22 “Living In The Truth”

“Living in the Truth” (John 16:12-22)

David Peterson / General

Holy Spirit; Truth / John 16:12–22

Sermon type: Textual-Topical

Proposition: Truth is a precious gift. It leads to life. We are disconnected from truth in many ways. The Spirit brings us back in alignment with the truth. The truth is Jesus.

Introduction

I. The Promise of Truth

1. John the gospel of truth

A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 3rd ed. (ἀλήθεια)

the quality of being in accord with what is true, truthfulness, dependability, uprightness in thought and deed

TRUTH (אֱמֶת, emeth; ἀλήθεια, alētheia). Factuality, faithfulness, firmness, reality, reliability.

2. Truth sets you free (John 8:32)

3. Truth is NOT

a. Modern vs Post-modern

b. Perspective (Social location, identity politics), Power, Provisionality

II. Living in the Truth — Inspiration

1. The Spirit led the apostles to unpack the truth about Christ—the Spirit inspired them, lifted them above their limitations.

2. The Truth is Christ (John 16:14)

Jesus is the true light (John 1:9).

Jesus’ body is true food (John 6:32, 55).

Jesus is the true vine (John 15:1).

300 Quotations and Prayers for Christmas (Truth Came into the Womb)

Sin had spread its wings, and covered all things, so that none could discern, of himself or from above, the truth. Truth came down into the womb, came forth and rolled away error.EPHREM THE SYRIAN (306–373)*

1. In Scripture we have a trustworthy Guide

in 1815 a cartographer by the name of William Smith produced a map that changed the world. William Smith was an English orphan who grew up in poverty. He became a surveyor and during his time surveying the countryside he came to realise something very important about the earth beneath his feet. First he discovered that rocks could be dated by the fossils found in them. Find the same type of fossils in two rocks separated by distance and it’s probably they come from the same era. Second, he learned that the rock layers tend to be arranged in a consistent pattern. Armed with that knowledge Smith produced a geological map of England, Scotland and Wales. And that map changed the world.

How you might ask? Well for the first time Smith’s map allowed people to predict what lay beneath the ground. Prior to Smith’s map if you wanted to find gold or coal or gas or any other natural resource you had to scout the surface for some sign of them – a glint of gold or an outcropping of coal. But with Smith’s map you could look for particular rock types and know what likely lay beneath them and within them. His map allowed us to see below the surface and to uncover the depths. And so the electricity we gain from coal, the gas that fires our stoves, the gold we wear on chains around our necks, and much much more are possible because William Smith mad a map in 1815.

Smith’s story reminds us of the need to be cartographers of life. Before Smith we barely scratched the surface of the earth, but after Smith we could plumb the depths. Similarly, we could all do with a life map, a mental map that enables us to do more than scratch the surface of life, but to experience the depths of human possibility.

The Scriptures are a life-map God has provided for us. They point us to realities about God and life that we would otherwise not be able to see, and enable us to live life to its fullest.

Source: William Smith’s story is reported in Simon Wichester, The Map That Changed the World (HarperCollins, 2001)

III. Living in the Truth — Illumination

1. With the coming of the Spirit we participate in the reality we encounter in Scripture—we can be lifted up above our limitations

As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him. (1 Jn 2:27)

A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Johannine Epistles (2) 19

Anointing was the characteristic ceremony of consecrating to an office, and of furnishing the candidate with the power necessary for its administration. It is used of priests, Ex. 29:7, 40:13 (15); Lv. 6:22; Nu. 35:25: of kings, 1 S. 9:16, 10:1, 15:1, 16:3, 12; 1 K. 19:15, 16: of prophets, 1 K. 19:16; Is. 61:1. Those who were so consecrated were regarded as thereby endued with the Holy Spirit, and with divine gifts. Cf. 1 S. 16:13, ἔχρισεν αὐτὸν … καὶ ἐφήλατο πνεῦμα Κυρίου ἐπὶ Δαυεὶδ ἀπὸ τῆς ἡμέρας ἐκείνης: Is. 61:1, πνεῦμα κυρίου ἐπʼ ἐμέ, οὗ εἵνεκεν (יען) ἔχρισέν με. Under the new dispensation the special gift, which in old times was bestowed on the few, is the common possession of all.

Conclusion

 

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