UCAN sharing: God’s full spectrum
Scripture: Jn. 8:12
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Jn. 14:6
White light is made up of six colors of different wavelengths (red, yellow, orange, green, blue and violet). For white to be white it must have all these colors together. If not then it is not white light but a different shade then what we are used to. The group of colors that make white is called a spectrum and each color is unique and required if we are to have white light. Jesus made a statement that He is the light of the world. This is an extremely profound statement in that He is saying that in the person of Jesus Christ lies all the truth needed to have life. The result is that Jesus is the only source of life for mankind just as the sun is vital to life on earth so the Son is more vital for man’s spiritual wellbeing. But all too often man fails to accept all of God’s truth choosing instead to select his own, thus man creates a false spectrum that is not light and doesn’t have life in it. There is no life in man’s spectrum only darkness so Christians need to choose and walk in the way of Christ to remain in the light and life of Christ Jesus.
4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. Jn 1:4
In life we all have to decide what we believe to be truth. To do this we must have a method to select what is truth. Man by his fallen nature is a creature of limited knowledge yet most people will profess the ability to decide what truth is. This often leads to partial truth because we are unable to see the entire issue. Many times we are unable to gather the best information and must rely on other sources. This introduces more uncertainty yet we cling to our decisions firmly. Why is this? Once a person has decided that something is truth they are no longer open to receive any other ideas about that truth. They are closed and often will strongly defend their idea of truth regardless of what is presented to them. They may see other ideas as threats to their truth and defend their ideas so that change is difficult.
What makes this situation so damaging is that partial truths no matter how much they seem right are not. For by definition a truth to be a truth must be whole. All the trues that make a truth must be included just like the white light’s spectrum needs all its colors to be white. Leaving even one true out of a truth makes a partial truth which means it is a lie. But unlike a direct lie partial truths appeal to our sense of understanding. If we favor a position of an idea we are more likely to embrace a partial truth than accept the real truth. For example, if you ask people if they believe that a shark might attack them in the water many would say yes they believe sharks are aggressive killers. But statics show that shark attacks are few and research shows that they are not blood thirsty killers yet we fear them.
In our spiritual life not receiving the full truth from God leaves us vulnerable to lies we won’t see. Once we embrace a partial truth then the results won’t bring life to a person. Consider all the cults that twist truth, often intentionally omitting truth to create their own ideas. Still many join and follow cults often suffering greatly in the process by being deceived. To make matters worse, our spiritual enemy uses these partial truth as a key weapon to make us ineffective. Our enemy knows that if he can get us to believe one of his lies we will be bound up by it and unable to get ourselves free. We may not even want to be free (See Gilted Prison).
36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. Jn. 8:36
It is clear to see that many Christians pick and choose what they want to believe from what is given in the word. God’s standard is uncompromising and can appear to us to be too much. Examine Jesus’ statement to deny yourself (Lk. 9:23). If we want to follow Jesus and remain in the light we have to deny ourselves. This means we forget about ourselves and put all our emphasis on loving God and others. For many Christians this just seems too demanding so they choose to ignore it or focus on another truth rather receiving the whole truth. This seems acceptable and feels good but it is not of God. There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. prov. 14:12
We find our hope of discovering and living in truth in Christ alone. Jesus tells us He is the Light of the world because only he can save man from sin. Only He can redeem a fallen person and lead them to be changed. He can say this because Jesus is God and as God he is without sin. He came to prepare the way for man to walk that man may find the fullness of life (Jn 10:10b) but this requires that we seek Him and allow Him to teach us by the Holy Spirit the truths that set a person free (Jn 16:13). There is power to live in what God says (Isa 55:10-11) but we can’t find truth on our own He has to give us the truth through revelation. If we want to know life’s truths we must humble ourselves and ask God to show us the way.
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Jn 8:31-32
Once we have chosen to be humble and trust God we must act. Jesus tells us to follow him. This is the action part of our walk. Following means that He is the leading our lives. He has to be the one in the front not us if we are to find the way. He is the one who makes the decisions we yield to him in faith. When we try to make decisions on our own we are going to get lost. The path in life that Jesus followed was not the easiest and we too will often have to face struggles but the reward is that we are doing God’s will and we know that is the best (Matt. 7:13-14). We will grow closer to God as we see His power in our lives and know His heart and be able to hear His voice so that we can discern truth. Since God knows all things His Spirit which is in all believers can guide and convict us when we are off track. As a result we learn can learn to walk in the Light consistently. This keeps us from darkness which represents both evil and the lack of understanding of truth. When we are walking in the Light we are able to see the truth and this sets us free. Obeying through the Spirit and His word keeps from being deceived.
Life offers many blessings and failures. How do you navigate life? Do you have an ear for God truth? Do you hunger for His word in your life? In an intimate relationship with God walks with us showing us the way. But we will only receive the truth if we want it. With God leading we can’t fail to live no matter what, but if we live by our own ways then it is not truth and we will suffer the consequences. Jesus came to make truth available to man. Will you choose to seek and embrace all of God’s truth no matter how it appears to you? Do you trust and love God enough to let Him lead you? If you can’t answer these questions with a definite yes then you need to pray and ask God to reveal where you stand in His truth. Many Christians live deceived because they refuse to receive all of God’s truth. Will you open your heart today and ask God to forgive you for not believing in Him and humble yourself before so that he can fill you with His truth. This means you need to change. We all need to feed on God’s word daily and spend time with God daily so that he may guide us in all truth. Are you longing to be closer to God? Then learn to hear His voice by learning to obey out of love. It sounds difficult only because we see it through carnal eyes. But start from God loving you and dying for you and then you will know that His whole is the only truth.