Holding Up Truth {Day 6}

READ: 1 Timothy 3:14-16, ESV

“…if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.” {1 Timothy 3:15, ESV}

Let’s focus on that last word first. TRUTH.

Truth, is almost a bad word these days. If you say you believe in absolute truth, people look at you as if you are the most ignorant and archaic person they ever met. This is because we live in a culture where nothing is viewed as absolute; everything is considered fluid and subjective. But, as followers of Christ, we must hold firm to the truth we have been given.

What is truth? Well, that is the same infamous question a skeptical Pontius Pilate asked Jesus. Prior to that, Pilate asked him if he was a king, to which Jesus responded,

“You say that I am a king. For this purpose, I was born and for this purpose, I have come into the world – to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” {John 18:37}

This truth is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It doesn’t change, nor is it changeable.

As Christ followers, we not only lay claim of the truth, but the truth lays claim of us. Click To Tweet

We believe the truth, the gospel. But not only are we to believe it, we are to uphold it. Jesus’ purpose was to ‘bear witness’ to the truth {he is the truth}; ours, as the household of God, is to “hold” it up.

Referring back to our verse above, both a pillar and a buttress hold up and support a building. Imagine the great architecture of the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, with its 127 Ionic columns that stood 60 feet high. Just as the foundation and strong, beautiful pillars held up the whole structure, so are we – the Living God’s church – to “hold up” the truth. We are not to dilute it, change it, add to it, or take away from it. We are to stand on it, as well as lift it up for all to see.

For we are the church of the LIVING God, or rather, the Living God’s church (since in the greek there is no definite article (the) in front of “church,”). He is not an idol carved of stone as the gods of the day were so long ago, nor is he like one of the many “gods” of man’s own creation today. I love how Jeremiah describes our LIVING God:

“But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God and the everlasting King.” { Jeremiah 10:10a }

So how should we handle ourselves as the household/family of God? We should lift up the truth of God, remembering, with fear, trembling, and awe, that we serve the living God. May we be a beacon of truth. May we love in truth. May we point people to our Savior, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life!

REFLECT:

  • How are you currently “holding up” the truth in your life for others to see?
  • Take some time to look up pictures of the temple of Artemis, once considered one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Having that visual in front of you, what does it inspire you to do in order to be a “pillar and buttress” of truth?
  • Our God is the Living God, he alone deserves our worship. Is there anything in your life right now that is receiving more of your “worship” (via how you spend your time, resources, thoughts, etc.) than him and his truth? If so, what does changing that need to look like for you?

PRAYER:

Living God, thank you for revealing the truth to us and not leaving us in darkness. Thank you that there is such a thing as truth, and that you are the truest of true. Help us, your church, not be ashamed of the truth, or to shrink back from holding it up in a world that so desperately needs it, yet fights so vehemently against it! Thank you for your truth. Thank you for your grace. Thank you for your love!

Cari Weber
Cari Weber
Cari Lee Weber is blessed to be a follower of Jesus Christ, a wife to Trevor, and mommy to Eliana and Rylee. Her passion is to know Christ and make Him known and to stir up and encourage those around her in their precious and powerful relationships with Jesus Christ. Colossians 2:2-3 speak her desire best—that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

1 Comment

  1. Roxanna Owen says:

    Lovely reminder, Carri, thanks for sharing!

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