The Spirit of God is our guide to “All Truth”! Christ told the disciples in John 16:13, “…when [it], the Spirit of truth, has come, [it] will guide you into all truth…” Without God’s Spirit, we cannot come to “All Truth.”
God revealed to Timothy, through Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, that “…the house of God, which is the church of the living God…” is “…the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15).
God uses His ministry within the Church of God to teach and instruct His “called out ones” in the Way of His truth! And yet, we know that none of us possesses “All Truth” at this time. Each of us has been called to grow in God’s Way, but we understand that this growth will continue only as long as we are faithful to the teachings God reveals to us. Only Jesus Christ has attained “perfection” in this life; and though that is our objective, we will attain such perfection only if we remain faithful to the calling we have received.
As a youth, I was taught that once I accepted Christ and was baptized, I was “saved.” The teaching was even more assuring, in that “once saved, always saved.” Thus, at the age of ten, I knew I would go to heaven when I died, rather than being tormented forever in “hell fire”! There was much comfort in that teaching. But it had nothing to do with “All Truth.”
I have been in the “Way of Truth” now for over 40 years of my life. Yet I find myself at times being diverted from “the Way” in my thinking and in my actions as I live in this world of sin, which is under the influence of Satan the devil. It is comforting for me to understand, however, that I am not by myself in this dilemma; that Jesus Christ, alone, has been successful in living His life totally and completely according to God’s Way; and that when I go to the Father through our Advocate, Jesus Christ, He is faithful to forgive me my sins.
I observe, from time to time, some who seem to think they have already achieved “All Truth,” and who assume that they are living their lives in perfect accordance with that Way.
And yet, I have come to understand that God is continuing, through His Spirit, to lead us into even more of His Truth; and even now, after these forty years in the Way, I am astonished to see more of His Truth revealed to His “called out ones” on a regular basis.
How long will this continue, brethren?
As long as we remain faithful to those things He has revealed to us, and as long as we continue to seek Him, asking for more of His Spirit and His Truth in our lives, God will reveal greater knowledge and understanding to us who love His Way!