What is Truth and Who Gets the Last Word?

Truth is a thing that is immortal and eternal.

Flavius Josephus

It is probably fair to say that most people like to have the last word and that many an argument has been given its momentum because of it.

Recently my attention was drawn to some verses in Ecclesiastes that describe the purpose of one who speaks truth and who gets to have the last word.

Over the years I can recall some interesting experiences sharing truth with people. Truth—I’m talking about God’s version of it—can make some people MAD as hell—especially if it messes with their world view. Why is that? The Bible does talk about the state of unbelieving hearts and of eyes that are blind to truth (Acts 28:27 / 2 Cor. 4:4).

To an unbelieving world, truth is a very relative term because it cannot agree on the author of truth. When the ultimate source of truth is denied, what is left is only opinion—yours, mine and theirs—and opinions are all relative if not anchored in TRUTH. Relative to what? Well that there is the issue!

Clearly some things in life are meant to be relative. For example, our taste in food. I like dark chocolate but you might like white chocolate. So who is right? Neither! Because taste is relative to each individual person’s taste buds. Social etiquette across cultures is relative to the culture, for example what is considered socially acceptable or simply benign in one culture might be considered impolite or downright offensive in another. It is relative to the culture and is neither “right” or “wrong”.

But when “good and evil” and “right and wrong” are reduced to arguments of “moral relativity”, then fallible opinion becomes the adjudicator instead of infallible truth. If there is no ultimate standard of truth, truth becomes the version of it that wins out on the day.

Truth is not relative. It does not bend to popular opinion. It is not swayed by emotion or “moral” argument. It does not alter depending on changed conditions. It is FIXED and it is ETERNAL.

Standing firm in the heavens and fastened to eternity is the Word of God.

Psalm 119:89 (TPT)

The ultimate source of truth is God—

The sum of Your Word is truth [the full meaning of all Your precepts], And every one of Your righteous ordinances endures forever.

Psalm 119:160 (AMP)

For the Word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does.

Psalm 33:4 (NIV)

There are not different versions of the truth—only different beliefs and opinions.

Facts on the other hand are a different kettle of fish. Facts are not necessarily fixed—they can be changed or altered. It might be a fact that I spilled the milk on the floor, but the milk is not still on the floor because I did something to change it—after the fact.

Over millennia, speaking the truth—even when spoken in love—has divided families and separated friends. But Jesus said this would happen—that truth would divide (Matt. 10:35). Jesus doesn’t only speak truth, He is Truth (John 14:6). To know Him—to experience who He is and to walk with Him is to walk with Truth (3 John 1:4). This is why hypocrisy in religion is so repellent—turning many away. It is a living relationship with the living God that testifies of Christ and points to the Truth.

There is pressure in this world to conform to a humanistic (instead of a God-centred) world view of truth and right. It is evident everywhere you look. But it should be no surprise at all because truth has never been the diet of popular opinion (Rom. 3:4). Strange as it may sound, Jesus was unpopular (despite the many miracles He performed and the wisdom with which He spoke). Imagine that—God was unpopular (John 15:18).

The Last and Final Word

Getting back to the start of this message and the verses in Ecclesiastes about the purpose of one who speaks truth and who it is who gets to have the last word—

“Besides being wise, the Preacher also taught others knowledge. He weighed, examined, and arranged many proverbs. The Preacher did his best to find the right words and write the plain TRUTH. The words of the wise prod us to live well. They’re like nails hammered home, holding life together. They are given BY GOD, the one Shepherd. But regarding anything beyond this, dear friend, go easy. There’s no end to the publishing of books, and constant study wears you out so you’re no good for anything else. THE LAST AND FINAL WORD IS THIS: FEAR GOD AND DO WHAT HE SAYS.”

Ecclesiastes 12:9-13 (AMP)

It is no surprise that ultimately God gets the last word. So for anyone who believes in God and in the power of His Wordand speaks it—you get to have the last word too!

So will My word be which goes out of My mouth; It will not return to Me void (useless, without result), Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55:11 AMP

But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”—that is, the word of faith which we preach.

Romans 10:8

Begin experiencing your personal walk with Truth today—

Jesus explained, “I am the Way, I am the TRUTH, and I am the Life. No one comes next to the Father except through union with me. To know Me is to know My Father too.

John 14:6 TPT

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.

Romans 10:9-10 CSB

A Prayer for you to say

If you have never asked Jesus into your life, there is no time like now. Simply pray this prayer out loud from your heart:

Lord Jesus,

For too long I’ve kept you out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking. By faith I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior.

Amen.

Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], they are a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].

2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMP)

If you have prayed this prayer of salvation, congratulations! Today is the start of your new beginning in Christ Jesus and in the discovery of Truth. If you would like me to send you some materials (including a Bible if you don’t already have one), please leave a comment below or send me a private message on one of my social media sites.

Tracey Pekkanen


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