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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1 thought on “Jesus is The Truth”

  1. It’s amazing how simple this message really is. I recently read an article by a self proclaimed “evangelist against the evils of theism”. He used some of the most convoluted arguments to demonstrate how perverse it is to even contemplate belief in something that can’t be seen. What was more interesting (and to an extent, disturbing) was the counter argument by a Christian apologist. It was just as convoluted and complex as he attempted to address the flaws in the original proposal. I suppose that presenting this simple message of Jesus is truth is too simple for some, but for me it works. Thank you for making it easier to try and grasp this complex and profound mystery.

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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.