February 2014

So what?

Series: Truth on Trial – part 6

Jesus is the source of truth, but what does that mean to us in practical terms?  Well, firstly it means that we have a simplified and clearer principle of biblical interpretation. We can understand the whole of the Bible through the lens of Jesus words, works, and what he reveals of the nature and character of the Godhead. Secondly, there is a greater possibility of different believers and groups agreeing on issues of doctrine and practice. If all Christians make Jesus their focus and interpretive key then we will agree on a lot more and disagree only on peripheral issues. And thirdly, we will have a greater appreciation for the unity of the scriptures and their central purpose, which is to reveal and interpret the life of the incarnate Word of God.

I want to end this series of posts with a quote from my book Truth is The Word:
There is, however, an overriding benefit of accepting that Jesus is the source of truth. God did not just send an angel to earth to reveal his will. In Old Testament times, he commissioned prophets to speak his word but in about 3 BC God the Son himself came to earth! “The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us” (John 1:14). Jesus is the Word Incarnate. He said to Phillip: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father …” (John 14:9) and in Colossians 2:9 it has “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form …”
God the Son came to earth not just as a materialisation, but as an incarnation. He became a man and he remains eternally as a divine man. He ascended into heaven in bodily form in full view of his disciples (Acts 1:9). On the day of Pentecost, just a week later, he sent the Holy Spirit into the world. The Holy Spirit’s main tasks on earth are to point us to Jesus, illuminate his words to us, provide us with a way of relating to him, and empower us to live and minister like him. The Holy Spirit’s interface between Jesus and us is so intimate and close that the scriptures sometimes refer to him as the “Spirit of Christ” (1 Peter 1:11) and the “Spirit of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:19). Our relationship with God is not a mental interaction with a concept but a real and personal interaction with Jesus, the Living One (Revelation 1:18). Jesus is the one who has eternally existed as God (John 1:1–2), the one who incarnated on earth (John 1:14) and who lives on in heaven (Hebrews 1:3). He is the one who created life by his word (Colossians 1:16), who spoke his life-giving word whilst on earth, who caused it to be recorded in the Bible, and who illuminates it to us today through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is THE revelation of God to humankind. He is the very source of truth and he is our Saviour and Lord!

Truth is The Word – Restoring a Lost Focus has recently been revised and published in e-book format. Find out more from the author on Jesus, truth and biblical interpretation in this revised edition! 

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Jesus is The Truth

Series: Truth on Trial – part 5

If Pilate had asked a Greek philosopher or a postmodern theologian the question, “What is truth?” he would probably have got a long and confusing answer. If Pilate were here today to ask his question of the average evangelical theologian, he would most probably receive the answer, “The Bible is truth.”

Most evangelical, including myself, believe that the Bible is true, contains truth, and is truthful. However, is it the source of truth, the ultimate truth to which Jesus came to testify? When Jesus said to Pilate, “I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth” he could not possibly have had the Bible in mind. At that time only the 39 scrolls of the Old Testament existed – the books of the New Testament had not yet been written, let alone collated into what we know as the Holy Bible. So what then was this ‘truth’ that Jesus had in mind? It wasn’t the fact of his kingship and it wasn’t the Bible, it was … himself.

In the Gospel of John Jesus is introduced with these words; ‘The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth’ (John 1:14). Three verses later John states that ‘the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ’. Then, just to put the matter beyond dispute, Jesus made the definitive statement about himself when he said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6)

So, in the trial before the Roman governor Jesus, the very source of truth, stood before Pilate and judged him. “What is truth?” asked Pilate; “I am the truth” was Jesus’ implied response.

In my next and final post in this series, I will deal briefly with the practical implications of all this.
Truth is The Word – Restoring a Lost Focus has recently been revised and published in e-book format. Find out more from the author on Jesus, truth and biblical interpretation in this revised edition! 

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About Me

My name is Christopher Peppler and I was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1947. While working in the financial sector I achieved a number of business qualifications from the Institute of Bankers, Damelin Management School, and The University of the Witwatersrand Business School. After over 20 years as a banker, I followed God’s calling and joined the ministry full time. After becoming a pastor of what is now a quite considerable church, I  earned an undergraduate theological qualification from the Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa and post-graduate degrees from two United States institutions. I was also awarded the Doctor of Theology in Systematic Theology from the University of Zululand in 2000.

Four years before that I established the South African Theological Seminary (SATS), which today is represented in over 70 countries and has more than 2 500 active students enrolled with it. I presently play an role supervising Masters and Doctoral students.

I am a passionate champion of the Christocentric or Christ-centred Principle, an approach to biblical interpretation and theological construction that emphasises the centrality of Jesus

I have been happily married to Patricia since the age of 20, have two children, Lance and Karen, a daughter-in-law Tracey, and granddaughters Jessica and Kirsten. I have now retired from both church and seminary leadership and devote my time to writing, discipling, and the classical guitar.

If you would like to read my testimony to Jesus then click HERE.