The word truth in this verse means, “true, faithful, trustworthy”. This speaks of men who are honest and true in their lives, who speak the truth, and who would judge matters according to the truth.
To know what is true, we need a source for truth. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life…” (John 14:6). When we know The Truth – Jesus Christ – we will better know the truth! The more we come to know Jesus – Who is The Truth – the better we will understand what is right and true.
We have also been given the Word of God, the Bible, to teach us what is true and right (John 8:31,32) . Thus, the most important ministry training we can give to potential leaders is to teach them what is in the Bible!
There are many, many books in our world, but only ONE contains the eternal words of God that are living and powerful – the Bible! The Holy Scriptures must be our first source for discipling people and training new leadership who will be people of truth. Any other resources we use for training in ministry must also be based upon the truths of Scripture.
A LIVING BOOK!
The Bible is not a book of “religious information”. It is the living Word of God! (John 6:63; Heb 4:12). It is able to bring conviction, discern our thoughts and expose the intent of our heart. It teaches us Who God is, and what our place is in His eternal purposes.
Paul taught us that “knowledge puffs up [makes arrogant] but love edifies [builds up]” (1Cor 8:1). Yes, we need to know the Scriptures; but we must do more than just know in our minds what the Bible says. We must also let the Word of God penetrate our hearts and change who we are and how we live!
Jesus had the worst problems with those who had the greatest knowledge of the Scriptures – the Pharisees and Sadducees! What was the problem?
Jesus said of them: “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life” (John 5:39,40). It was not enough to just know the Scriptures. The Scriptures are intended to reveal God the Father and God the Son! The Pharisees knew about God; but they did not know God! And they refused to accept God the Son and come to know Him.
If the Pharisees had allowed the Word of God to lead them to God – to an intimate, personal relationship with Him – then they surely would have embraced Jesus, God’s beloved Son (John 8:19).
MATTERS OF THE HEART
The problem with the Pharisees was not their knowledge of the Scriptures. Their failure was in allowing that knowledge to only be “head knowledge”, and not touch them deep in their hearts. Their knowledge of the Scriptures touched only their outer man, but did not transform their inner person (Matt 23:27,28; Rom 12:1,2). They did not pursue knowing God, and receiving a heart revelation of Him (see also 2Timothy 3:1-9).