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What the Bible says about you is what is true about you. Josh McDowell
One of the great discoveries of my life has been adopting a Biblical identity.
Many people who have grown up in this American post modern generation have developed
an identity that incorporates a combination of secular and Biblical ideology, relative truth. For example many accept parts of the Bible as truth but also rely on personal experience, emotions and the opinion of others to determine truth about themselves. This philosophy has produced a generation of relative thinkers and has led to confusion, frustration and defeat for many in and outside of the church.
Personal experience can be truthful but it is not a completely reliable source of truth. Many of us have had experiences where we thought we were making a decision, based on our emotional understanding of truth, only to discover we were wrong. Friends and counselors have offered opinions that were well meaning but inaccurate.
The Bible, on the other hand, can be depended upon as the completely reliable, absolute, infallible, source of truth.
Your identity is determined by your source of truth.
The Secular View:
Intellect: Some people rely upon their ability to learn (education) as a basis for personal
Some rely upon their feelings as a determining factor in discovering
Some utilize past experience or the experience of other people as a basis for
determining personal truth.
The bottom line is that absolute truth cannot be found in self education expressed
through your intellect, emotions or experience. Each of these expressions is riddled
with limitations and imperfection.
Some may say, “I cannot believe anything as truth until I fully understand it.” This is a form of idolatry, making your finite understanding the only rational basis for truth.
The Biblical View:
The Bible offers an incongruous statement that sums up this dilemma: “Faith is the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 *
Real, absolute, truth is found in faith in the person of Jesus Christ and the integrity of His Word, the Bible. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life…John 14:6
Truth found in the Bible can be “taken to the bank”. It is absolute and does not require
dependence upon your finite, limited knowledge, emotions or experience.
What is absolutely true about you is what God’s Word says is true; although potential
contributing elements, absolute truth is not determined by your circumstances, past experience, the opinion of others or even how you “feel”.
For example, if you are a Christian you may make a serious mistake and find yourself
feeling condemned, discouraged, defeated and down on yourself; you may be condemning yourself by buying into the notion that you are a miserable failure; when the truth, according to God’s Word is “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”. Romans 8:1
Your identity ends up becoming what you believe: opinions, circumstances and feelings as
expressed in the world’s system or trust (faith) that you are “in Christ Jesus”, not condemned but forgiven, as expressed in God’s Word. (Romans 8:1, I John 1:9)
Evidence that your identity may be based in a secular world view or combined world view
is found in negative self talk; that is, defining yourself by some perceived failure or imperfection or boasting about a particular success.
After over 60 years of “testing” the reliability of Biblical truth I can say without hesitation that every word, phrase, thought and teaching I have been exposed to in the Bible has proven to be one hundred per cent truthful, even though many times I could not “see” the truth initially.
How do you define truth?
Your ultimate source of truth will define your identity!
What is true about you is what God’s Word, the Bible, says is true. Take it to the bank.
If you allow your personal truth (identity) to be determined by your experience and performance rather than upon God’s Word, you may end up defining your life upon one or two major successful or negative life experiences. Many people go through their entire life allowing themselves to be defined by a single successful or negative life altering experience. How sad, when the truth about you is what God says about you.
What does God say about you? What is your true identity?
If you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, the truth about you is that you are forgiven, chosen, royalty, holy, His possession, a person of God, and a recipient of His mercy. (1 John 1:9, 1 Peter 2:9, 10) You are not those things because of your performance or self effort but, rather, because you have trusted in and received His performance on the cross on your behalf. When God looks at a true believer in Christ, He sees you as free from the power of sin and empowered for every good work.
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1:3)
Your identity is determined by your source of truth.
If you want to determine your true identity, believe the truth about you.
What is true about you is what God says about you.
Question: What experiences in life have contributed to how you view yourself?
Question: Has a particular life altering experience affected how your define yourself?
How has it affected your self perception?
Question: How has this cultures’ value of “relative truth” i.e. truth is determined by your own personal experience, impacted your view of yourself?
Answer: It has led me to sometimes evaluate myself on potentially unreliable sources like limited educational knowledge, feelings and emotions, others opinion, circumstances and past experiences.
Question: Why does how you define truth really matter?
Answer: Your basis of truth must be absolute and reliable, otherwise you are making life decisions that affect your identity based on uncertain and untrustworthy sources.
Robert Tamasy, The Pulse; Pen and Sword,
Volume XIII, Number 3, May/June 2005
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