Truth and Truths

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22 November, 2022




It might help us also to remember that truth occurs both in the singular and in the plural.

There are within the Holy Scriptures truth and truths, all inspired and all profitable, but certainly not all equally clear.

Great and good men have differed about the meaning of certain texts, but all served their generation by the will of God and fell on sleep. Christ said not, "I am the truths," but "I am the Truth." He gathers up in Himself all truth and truths.

To know Him is to know the Truth in living experience, but it is not to know all truths in intellectual apprehension.

Let us be careful lest we see a truth in the Word and mistake it for the Truth.

There is a mighty difference.

It has always been a source of great delight to me to discover the hymns of the Calvinists Watts, Newton and Cowper in the hymnbook edited by John Wesley, the Arminian. And not a few of the Wesleyan hymns are bound up with the hymns of Isaac Watts published as long ago as 1823.

When Wesley was dying, so we are told, he tried to sing, though his voice was all but gone from him. Someone stooped low over his bed and heard coming from his lips the whispered words of Watts' hymn,

I'll praise my Maker while I've breath, And when my voice is lost in death, Praise shall employ my nobler powers.

Fine points of theology are not important at such a time.


Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.

— Acts 20:30


Those who concentrate on the Truth find themselves in close fellowship with other believers even though they disagree on particular truths. Those who major in truths are in danger of missing the Truth and drawing others away from it.


Lord, forgive me for championing certain truths and losing focus on You, the Truth.