Progressive revelation is about the continuing pursuit of Truth.
Truth has been under assault ever since the serpent in the Garden of Eden asked Eve,
“Did God really say . . .?”
The pursuit of God is the pursuit of Truth.
The pursuit of Truth is the pursuit of God!
“We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
(1 John 4:6)
TRUTH AND LOVE
The pursuit of Truth is an expression of love.
“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”
(1 Corinthians 13:6)
TRUTH AND HEALTH
The pursuit of Truth contributes to health.
“Thus says the Lord of hosts:
‘The fast of the fourth month,
The fast of the fifth, The fast of the seventh,
And the fast of the tenth,
Shall be joy and gladness and cheerful feasts
For the house of Judah.
Therefore love truth and peace.'” (Zechariah 8:19)
We do not readily associate words like joy, gladness, and cheerful with fasting. Fasting is a period of self-denial. The self-denied discover truth and experience peace. Abiding in truth and peace produces a healthy lifestyle. God believes the discipline of fasting is beneficial for humanity’s health and wellbeing. Many prescribed Jewish Old Covenant practices included fasts.
TRUTH AND A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW FOOTING
The first four words of the Bible are a critical footing for the foundation of a theistic worldview.
“In the beginning God . . . “
Creation is intelligent because the Creator is intelligent. Even the atheist acknowledges that the universe is intelligent. Truth can be known. Truth is verifiable. Science is possible.
Humanity best reflects the image of God by abiding in Truth.
MENTAL HEALTH AND TRUTH
Mental health is the ability to discover the truth, accept the truth, and healthily handle the truth. Mental illness causes one to struggle with one or more of these pursuits.
COUNSELING AND TRUTH
Counseling is assisting others to have a better understanding of the truth. Counseling is helping others to accept the truth. Counseling is aiding others to handle the truth healthily.
TRUTH AND RELATIONSHIPS
“but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—” (Ephesians 4:15)
Much of counseling has to do with personal relationships. One of the prevalent relational issues in counseling is creating others in our image. For example, in premarital counseling, it is essential to know that the couple is taking the necessary steps to know each other. Viewing each other through rose-colored glasses is not a wise way of establishing a foundation for a long-term relationship. Genuinely getting to know another takes time and may continue to develop over a lifetime.
Genuinely getting to know God takes time and progresses over a lifetime. The more I understand and know who God is, the better I can worship Him for who he is, rather than worship a god who is the construct of my imagination!
Truth is a worthy passionate pursuit. I have written previously about Truth in these blogs:
GOD AND TRUTH
“Into Your hand I commit my spirit;
You have redeemed me,
O Lord God of Truth.”
“For the word of the Lord is right,
And all His work is done in Truth.”
“For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His Truth endures to all generations.”
“For Your mercy is great above the heavens,
And Your truth reaches to the clouds.”
“For His merciful kindness is great toward us,
And the Truth of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord!”
“Who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that is in them;
Who keeps truth forever,”
JESUS AND TRUTH
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”
THE HOLY SPIRIT AND TRUTH
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept him because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16–17)
THE QUEST FOR TRUTH
“Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your Truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You, I wait all the day.”
“All the paths of the Lord are mercy and Truth,
To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.”
“For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes,
And I have walked in Your Truth.”
“Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord;
Let Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me.”
“Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part, You will make me know wisdom.”
“You have given a banner to those who fear You,
That it may be displayed because of the Truth. Selah”
“He shall abide before God forever.
Oh, prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him!”
“Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart,
And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.”
“The truthful lip shall be established forever,
But a lying tongue is but for a moment.”
“Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
But those who deal truthfully are His delight.”
“Do they not go astray who devise evil?
But mercy and truth belong to those who devise good.”
WISDOM SAYS, “Have I not written to you excellent things
Of counsels and knowledge,
That I may make you know the certainty of the words of Truth,
That you may answer words of Truth
To those who send to you?”
“Buy the Truth, and do not sell it,
Also wisdom and instruction and understanding.”
TRUTH AND WORSHIP
“Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle?
Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
He who walks uprightly,
And works righteousness,
And speaks the Truth in his heart;”
“Oh, send out Your light and Your Truth!
Let them lead me;
Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your tabernacle.”
“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in Truth.”
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and Truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
TRUTH AND GOVERNMENT
“Mercy and Truth preserve the king,
And by lovingkindness, he upholds his throne.”
“The king who judges the poor with Truth,
His throne will be established forever.”
A few months into Covid isolation, my pursuit of entertainment was interrupted by a nugget of Truth. I was watching a CSI-type program produced by the Brits when this statement awakened me from my TV stupor:
“The opposite of truth is not a lie; the opposite of truth is chaos that is in danger of bringing down the institutions we depend on to deliver justice.”
Source: Silent Witness (Season 22 Episode 10)
Here in the USA, we witnessed evidence of this reality in the lie-inspired chaos that invaded our nation’s capitol building on January 6, 2021.
My topic, progressive revelation, has to do with the persistent pursuit of the truth about the nature of God. Chasing after the truth about God’s character promotes a healthy relationship with Him. The quest for the truth about God’s personality is a rewarding pursuit.