Apr
2012

The Greek word aletheia

Found in every New Testament book except First Thessalonians, Philemon, Jude, and Revelation, the Greek noun “aletheia” described “truth.” Jesus was described as someone who taught the “true” ways of God (Mt. 22:16Mt. 22:16
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16 And they send to him their disciples, with the Herodians, saying, Teacher, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, and carest not for any one: for thou regardest not the person of men.

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) because He was “full of truth” (Jn. 1:14Jn. 1:14
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14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us , full of grace and truth.

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). Jesus said those who want to offer acceptable worship to God must worship in “truth” (Jn. 4:24Jn. 4:24
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24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

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).

The devil offers lies instead of “truth” (Jn. 8:44Jn. 8:44
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44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father it is your will to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and standeth not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father thereof.

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), but it is only the “truth” that “frees” people (Jn. 8:32Jn. 8:32
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32 and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

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; 1 Tim. 2:41 Tim. 2:4
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4 who would have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth.

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). Now people are “sanctified by the truth (Jn. 17:17Jn. 17:17
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17 Sanctify them in the truth: thy word is truth.

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; 1 Pet. 1:221 Pet. 1:22
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22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth unto unfeigned love of the brethren, love one another from the heart fervently:

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), but some who are told the “truth” refuse to believe it (Jn. 8:45Jn. 8:45
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45 But because I say the truth, ye believe me not.

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). Jesus said the Holy Spirit would guide the apostles into “all the truth” (Jn. 16:13Jn. 16:13
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13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he shall guide you into all the truth: for he shall not speak from himself; but what things soever he shall hear, these shall he speak: and he shall declare unto you the things that are to come.

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) and this body of truth now exists (compare Jude 3).

Some seek to “change the truth of God into a lie” (Rom. 1:25Rom. 1:25
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25 for that they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

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) while others refuse to “obey the truth” (Rom. 2:8Rom. 2:8
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8 but unto them that are factious, and obey not the truth, but obey unrighteousness, shall be wrath and indignation,

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) and thus receive “condemnation” (2 Thess. 2:122 Thess. 2:12
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12 that they all might be judged who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

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). Those who do not keep God’s commandments are classified as a “liar” and said to not have the “truth” (1 Jn. 2:41 Jn. 2:4
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4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;

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). The saved “walk in truth” (2 Jn. 4), “love in truth” (3 Jn. 1), and “rejoice” (1 Cor. 13:61 Cor. 13:6
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6 rejoiceth not in unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth;

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) with the “truth.”