words or Word

(Today is a guest post from Rich Dixon, a new and frequent commenter here. )

How do you get to know the truth?

A friend once told me that it doesn’t do much good to talk about truth. He said that if you really want to know truth you need to hang out with it, live with it, be a part of it. And if you’re willing to do that over a period of time you might just get to know it, but the knowing is slow and gradual and grows over time and it’s not easy.

He claimed that real truth can’t be talked about — it can only be experienced.

My friend wasn’t a follower of Jesus — neither was I at that point. But I think he would have appreciated the notion of the Word putting skin on and walking around with us.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. [John 1:14]

The culture’s overwhelmed with words. Television, talk radio, preachers, writers — all eager to write and talk and argue about their version of truth. This blog dispenses wisdom in precisely measured 300 word doses.

Depending on translation, the Bible contains about 775,000 words. We could read them all, study and meditate and discuss for a lifetime, and never really get a handle on the truth.

God knew that words could only get us so far, that something about the essence of real truth can’t be captured with sounds and symbols. So He sent Truth as a person and invites us into relationship with Him.

In Jesus, God spoke His Word into the world. Hang out with Him, let Him be part of your everyday life, get to know Him.

That’s how you get to know the truth.

2 thoughts on “words or Word

  1. paul merrill

    Rich, I like how you emphasized the experience side of truth – that makes a huge difference in how we understand John 8:32 – “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”


  2. Deb

    Rich –
    I am drawn to the image your create “the notion of the Word putting skin on and walking around with us.”

    sometimes there are too many words – and we just need to hang out with the Word.


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