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Becoming Truth

November 14th, 2011 Categories: enjoying..., pondering... 3 comments

I had such an awesome day yesterday. In the morning I really enjoyed the prophesying meeting and the Lord’s table. And thank You Lord, I shared something during the prophesying meeting! It is good to practice to speak and to flow out. This is normal for Christians. Our God is a speaking God, and we are His speaking people!

And after that, I went into central London to meet up with a couple of sisters to help with the painting of the soon-to-be-opened Amana Trust Bookshop & Cafe. We went to the bookshop for the first time just over a week ago, and have been going whenever we have some time. It has been so much fun and it is great to participate by serving in this way. And I am so happy to be with the saints. Even when the journey time was extra long yesterday (because of engineering works)… it was worth it! (I’ve also been getting to catch up on my Life-study reading whilst on the Tube!)

I do intend to make a post about painting and the bookshop another time. But in this post, I wanted to share my enjoyment from last week’s Holy Word for Morning Revival. Did you know we are becoming truth?

Short Preface: The Bible is so precious to us!

I am so thankful that we have the Bible, and that we can read it! The Bible is a great blessing given to us by God. If we did not have the Bible, how could anything be solid? This is why the Lord Jesus said that the words that He spoke were spirit and life:

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words which I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.

A little while ago I did a research project about church history and Cambridge. I was impressed that there were so many dear brothers over the years who really had a heart to seek the Lord. These brothers were instrumental in preparing the environment for the translation of the Bible and its release to the public. Before that, the Bible was a closed book, locked up both physically and by language. These brothers stood against tradition, religion, and “the way things were”, and some were persecuted and even burned at the stake. They were young, with their whole lives ahead of them, and yet they were willing to give up everything because they saw something in the Bible.

We are now standing on the shoulders of many brothers and sisters who have gone before us and according to their measure have opened up the truth.

And that brings us to the matter of truth. Truth is extremely important. In the Lord’s recovery, the first great pillar is the truth.

What is truth?

Truth is absolute. It is the truth, because, it is.

Truth is not subject to feeling or opinion; it is not subject to our background or culture; it is not subject to the time period we were born in. This means that truth is not dependant on our condition. It is truth, no matter what.

For example, the Bible tells us that God is Spirit, and that we have a human spirit with which to contact God and worship Him:

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truthfulness.

This is truth.

Whether or not I acknowledge God is Spirit, and whether or not I exercise my spirit and use it to contact God:

God is Spirit
I have a spirit
My spirit was made to contact and worship God

Whether or not I was born in China during the Shang Dynasty (3500+ years ago), or in England during the time of the Tudors (400+ years ago), or in America in the last 20 years:

God is Spirit
I have a spirit
My spirit was made to contact and worship God

And whether or not I am still in secondary school, or about to graduate from university, or have three PhDs and am working towards my fourth:

God is Spirit
I have a spirit
My spirit was made to contact and worship God

I could go on and on, but you get the point right? You can’t change the truth. Because it is truth.

Furthermore, truth is a wonderful Person, Christ! Truth is what He is, reality.

Jesus said to him, I am the way and the reality and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.

A brother shared that when he reads biographies, he likes to go to the end of the biography because there he can find a good summary of the significance of that person. This is what Jesus said towards the end of His earthly ministry:

For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, that I would testify to the truth.

Ok, this was supposed to be a brief post, and this wasn’t even my main point, so I’d better move on. You can also read more about Christ as the reality in What Is Truth? from the Truth Questions website.

Moving on…

How can we “become truth”? (And what does this even mean?)

A few bullet points:

  • We become truth by first receiving the truth. We have to read the Bible!
  • Truth is a Person, so when we come to the Bible, we need to contact the living Christ in the Word by exercising our spirit (2 Corinthians 3:6).
  • In order for the truth to become more than inspiration (which we appreciate but quickly forget) the truth has to also get into our mentality, our understanding. For this we need to pray (in spirit!), we need to study (with our exercised spirit and our being-renewed mind!), and we need to fellowship with our fellow believers (with whom we are one in spirit!).
  • Then when we understand the truth and it gets into our memory, it is worked into our being, constituted into our being, becoming part of our being. (Just like what we eat and drink physically is digested and assimilated into our physical body.) Then this truth becomes a constant and long-term supply to us, and this nourishment remains forever.

This really has been my experience. I really treasure the time I spent in the Full-Time Training in London. It was such a great environment to dive into the truth and get the truth into me. Now when I go through different things in my daily life, the Lord is able to remind me of the truths that are now within me. Maybe I am having a tough day and feel stressed out with work. But then I am reminded: God is Spirit, and I have a human spirit. I can turn to my spirit and immediately contact God. I don’t need to wait till the end of the day. I can enjoy God right now. What a supply!

And this is why I can be so bold as to say that not only am I continuing to learn the truth, but also I am becoming truth. Because the truth is (slowly, but surely) becoming part of my very being. And because the truth is not a doctrine or teaching in black and white letters remaining outside of me only. The truth is a Person. The truth is Christ!

So what I am really saying is that I am becoming Christ (and this is just God’s eternal economy) in life and nature but not in the Godhead. The more Christ, who is truth, is wrought into me, the more Christ, who is truth, is becoming my constituent. So, I am becoming truth. And I hope you are too!

More and more, may we come to the full knowledge of the truth, be filled with truth, become truth, and bring truth to others.

Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the full knowledge of the truth.

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  1. mavis
    November 14th, 2011 at 18:57 | #1

    i entered email add incorrectly. it wiped out all i’ve written. is there another way for correcting address without comments written being totally wiped out?

    • semyl
      November 14th, 2011 at 23:00 | #2

      Not that I am currently aware of. You could try to go “Back” a page and what you entered previously may appear in the input boxes.

  2. mavis
    November 14th, 2011 at 19:03 | #3

    Amen, sister. we need to be saturated with the Truth so we can dispense Him into others. many hungry people in this wide, wide world need feeding. God intends that all men be saved and come to the full knowledge of Him. to know as in phil 3:10, we need to eat Him, the Truth. we do become what we eat. we’ll become Truth when we eat the Truth. most enjoyable when we eat with others. increases your appetite too. enjoy, sister.

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