How Do We Know What Truth Is?

You have given your life to Christ, and your life is no longer yours as you left your old life to find your new one in Christ. Therefore, you know He has set you free from lies. He has given you the truth because Jesus is truth.

Rebecca Mashburn
How Do We Know What Truth Is?

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6)

There are many voices speaking out in the news, social media, and our communities. We see that if we want the truth, we need the facts to confirm what is truth and what is false.

The Bible says that God’s Word is truth (John 17:17), and to unbelievers, there are very few to no facts that validate what is written in the Bible.

Many believe that the Bible is just merely stories that were inscribed by their own imagination. Fiction rather than fact. But as believers, we know the truth.

The truth is Jesus because in John 1:14 the Bible states that “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Yet, the disciples still struggled to believe that Jesus was the Son of God for a while. So, even though you are a believer, the enemy will try to distort the truth in every way that he can. Therefore, it is our job to stay in God’s Word so that the enemy does not sway us from the truth.

Versions of Truth

The Bible says that “you’ll know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). The world has truth, you have your truth, and the people around you have truth also. We live in a society that is persistent in finding the truth.

But we also live in a society that does not persevere in truth. Jesus spoke truth, but many did not believe. It is disheartening that the world, society, and ourselves have blinded us from the real Truth. But we cannot dwell on those facts as much because the importance is in God’s Word.

In John 16:5-15, Jesus speaks to the disciples about how He needs to go away so that the Holy Spirit, Spirit of truth, comes to guide them into all truth.

“But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’  But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”

Truth has been distorted and disguised as a lie to everyone that has lived and is living now. The Holy Spirit within us, as believers of Jesus Christ, guides us to what is true and what is false.

In Ephesians 6, the Bible states that you should fasten, hold close to the truth. The whole armor of God has been given to you so that the enemies’ lies cannot keep your footing off of the truth. False truth, as stated in 1 John 4, is everywhere.

Whether it is teachings, prophecy, or advice from those close to you. You cannot escape it, but you can test and know by abiding in God’s Word.

A life example of false truth is when I thought I was ugly because of many years of bullying. But the truth is that I am not ugly because God has made me as I am. God created me beautiful.

I did not need anyone to tell me whether I was pretty or ugly because as I was abiding in His Word, I realized how precious and blessed I am to be created by God.

This was a massive truth bomb for me as a new believer. God knitted me in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139). He created me for a purpose as well as all of you. “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him” (Proverbs 30:5).

Jesus Is Truth

So, how do we know what is true? How do we know if the truth is in us? John 14:17 states that “Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”

Jesus promised the disciples another Helper, which is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit speaks truth. You know this because you are saved. You have given your life to Christ, and your life is no longer yours as you left your old life to find your new one in Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:25).

Therefore, if your life now belongs in Jesus Christ, then you know He has set you free from lies. He has given you the truth because Jesus is truth.

A Closing Prayer

Father, I thank you for blessing us with life. I thank you for your Word as it lights our way when we are in the dark. I pray that all who know you and will know you will come into all truth. I pray for lies to be revealed and truth to be in their minds. Father, you are worthy of all praise and glory forever in Jesus’ name, Amen.

For further reading:

Why Do False Teachings Stand Out More Than the Truth?

Is the Bible a Fairy Tale?

What Are All of the ‘I AM’ Statements of Jesus?

What Does it Mean That the Bible Is Divinely Inspired?

How Do We Take Our Thoughts Captive?

Did God Really Know Me Before I Was Born?

What Does it Mean to be Filled with the Spirit?

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Rebecca Mashburn (Gordon) has a wonderful husband named Joseph. She has a blog, Trust. Lean, Seek and is working on becoming what God is calling her to. She has a bachelor's in psychology and hopes to one day pursue a degree in biblical counseling. Rebecca loves to be in nature, especially in springtime, and she loves to travel. She has a loving family and hopes one day to have children of her own.


Originally published February 22, 2021.