Discovery of Truth

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.“ John 16:13 ESV

How do we discover truth?

Our western culture has placed a great emphasis on our mind, and we‘ve come to believe the human mind will lead us into truth. However, we can easily deceive ourselves with our own mind. Much of modern advertising is built on people‘s ability to rationalize what they already want. For example, if we‘re purchasing something that we can‘t afford, we will justify it in our mind (somehow!) to set ourselves at ease. Our mind has an incredible ability to rationalize almost any action.

As Christians, we have sometimes bought into this same emphasis on the mind, thinking that somehow our mind will lead us into truth. However, if we rely on our minds to lead us into truth, we will not learn to know Jesus. We only learn things about Jesus, and we will only end up with an intellectual gospel void of relationship and life.

Now, I‘m not calling for a mindless Christianity, because our mind is a powerful checkpoint against deception. If we don‘t use our minds, we will be led astray into every wild and hectic swing of doctrine. Our minds need to find their rightful place.

There‘s one more aspect about this verse, which is what it means for me practically.

For me, it means that when I‘m facing a faith-stretcher, I will not use my mind to try to find my way out of it, because it‘s not my mind that will lead me into truth. Rather, I will wait for God to reveal the answer, because Jesus promised that the Spirit of truth would lead me into all truth. It doesn‘t mean that I discard my mind, but rather, that I throw all of my faith on the wisdom of God and not on the wisdom of my own mind.

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