Glad you came back! This may be a little more heavy than my usual blogs — a little more educational than inspirational — but it’s critical. And congrads to Laura, the only bold responder to the questions! And great answers they were! Here we go with Dr. Tackett’s insights:
Question #1: Why was Jesus born?
Perhaps your answer included one or more of the following: to fulfill the Law and the Prophets, to serve, to give His life as a ransom for many, to seek and to save what was lost, to save the world/sinners, to take away our sins, to preach, to bring light, to bring abundant life, to do the will of God, to destroy the devil’s work, to bring a sword and division, to bring fire/judgment upon the earth, to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins, to give understanding so that we might know God.
All these were part of Jesus’s eternal purpose and earthly work. But there is one particular passage in which Jesus specifically states the “reason I was born and came into the world.” The statement occurs in John 18:37 when Jesus stood before Pilate, giving testimony to His kingship. He said,
“In fact, for this reason I was born,
and for this I came into the world,
to testify to the truth.”
Everything Jesus said or did was based on truth — the truth — God’s truth. As a matter of fact, Jesus testified, “I am…the Truth…”
Question #2: What is the name of the One the Father sent to be with us forever?
Most probably you answered “the Holy Spirit” or “the Comforter” — and you’d be correct. But Jesus also called Him “the Spirit of truth” and said that when “the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide [us] into all truth.” Yet many, like Pilate, turn away from the truth; others may suppress it, distort it, reject it, or exchange it for a lie.
Listen, my friend, a cosmic battle rages between the Truth of God and the lies of Satan — and the battleground is inside you. You must decide on which side you’ll stand. Jesus said, “Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” Listen to the Truth and stand on His side! Lies take people captive; Truth sets them free.
Question #3: What is eternal life?
Jesus clearly defines eternal life for us: “Now this is eternal life: that they may know* you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” Eternal life is knowing by experience the one true God and Jesus His Christ!
To know truth is God’s desire for all people for he “…wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” So…
What is Truth?
It’s God’s Word!
It’s Jesus Christ!
It’s is the language of the Holy Spirit!
It’s the way to salvation!
And, to know the Truth is to have eternal life!
Now, how will you respond to the Truth?
*”know” = Greek gnosko = to know by experience
Scriptures on Truth: John14:6; 16:13; 17:3, 17; 1 Timothy 2:4
Scriptures on the cosmic battle: John 18:38; 2 Timothy 4:3-4; Romans 1:38, 2:8, 1:25; Acts 20:30; Galatians 5:16-17