back in elementary school, i took algebra and i loved it. solving problems, working with variables and using the quadratic equation was so exciting to me. i know, i know, i’m a first-class nerd… i can remember learning the transitive property of equality, which states that if A = B, and B = C, then A = C. it makes perfect sense. it can be proved. it is rational. it is truth.
i’m in a bible study where i recently was reminded that part of God’s character is truth. He speaks truth. His Word is truth. but to take that one step further, He IS truth.
to put this into algebraic terms:
God = Truth (A = B)
Jesus said so: “I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life.” – John 14:6
Jesus calls the Spirit “Truth”: “But when He, the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all truth.” -John 16:13
John makes reference to Jesus coming from the Father, “full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14
Jesus also says that the truth will set us free (John 8:32):
Truth = Freedom (B = C)
thus, using the transitive property of equality:
God = Freedom (A = C)
this fact dawned on me this morning while i was reading outside. the weight of it fell on my spirit like a ton of bricks and warmed me inside more than the hot Florida sun warmed me outside. this is the message of the Gospel. Jesus proclaims time and again that He came to set the captives, broken, and hurting free (Luke 4:14-19, Luke 13:12, John 8:36). He is Truth. Truth sets us free. He sets us free. we are all captive, broken and hurting to one degree or another, but in Him, there is freedom. if you don’t know this freedom, ask me about it!
in honor of veterans day, i am thankful for the men and women who sacrificed and served and who are sacrificing and serving to maintain our country’s freedom. but, i am more thankful for the One in whom there is true freedom.
“now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom” – 2 Corinthians 3:17