Our Father in Heaven commands us to walk in truth.
I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father. 2 John 4
We are to walk in the truth because He is truth.
Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth. Psalm 31:5
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6
“And I will pray the Father and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever-the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. John 14:16-17
“Sanctify them by Your truth, Your word is truth. John 17:17
Truth is directly connected to God; to knowing Him, to knowing Him through His Son Jesus Christ and the redemption that we have through Him, to knowing Him by the indwelling Holy Spirit, and to knowing Him as we know His Word. To walk in truth we must know God.
There are stipulations to knowing God as given by John, through the Holy Spirit, in 1 John. The first stipulation is that we must know and understand that we are sinners and therefore are separated from God by our sin.
This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. 1 John 1:5-2:2
Light here is equated with truth, and one of the first precepts of the truth we must embrace is we are sinners and the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, is the only means for cleansing us of our sins. Any teaching that rejects our sinfulness and the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ is a lie and has absolutely nothing to do with the truth of the Word of God. When we confess our sins, our sins are forgiven, we are cleansed of all unrighteousness by the blood of the Lamb of God and we have fellowship with the Father and the Son. As we walk in His truth, confessing and forsaking sin, and receiving the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ, who is the propitiation for our sins, we know God and have fellowship with God.
The next stipulation given to us by God through John for knowing Him and so walking in the truth, is that we keep His commandments.
Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 1 John 2:3-6
Read what John says in another passage of his first epistle.
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith. 1 John 5:3
Faith in Jesus Christ gives us the victory over the flesh, the world and the devil and empowers us to obey God. We walk in the truth as we obey the Word of God and we know God and have fellowship with Him.
Another stipulation given to us by God through His apostle John for knowing Him and walking in truth is that we love our brothers.
He who says he is in the light and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is not cause for stumbling in him. 1 John 2:10-11
For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. 1 John 3:11-18
God has a great deal to say about loving our brethren in John’s first epistle. Evidences for loving our brothers are rejecting the lies of the world and holding fast to the truth, promoting and contending for the truth of the gospel, having our affections warm towards our brothers and giving to our brothers as we see their need. Loving our brothers reassures our hearts that we are of the truth and cements our resolve to walk with God in truth.
Finally, God Almighty exhorts us to reject love of the world and to hold to the truth.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 4:1-6 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He Who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 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 2:15-17
If we love the world we do not love God. The error that assaults and attempts to subvert the truth emanates from the world which is commanded by the evil one 1 John 5:19. This error rejects the truth of the Bible and substitutes the vile, venomous, vapid, vain opinions of man as the teaching we are to follow. Take care! Many deceivers are leading the children of God astray!
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15.
We cannot walk in truth while simultaneously walking in darkness.
This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 1 John 1:5-6
We must compare all teaching to the standard of God’s Word and reject the lie and hold fast the truth. As we walk in truth we have fellowship with God our Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
In the second epistle of John, the apostle uses the word truth five times when talking about the faith once for all delivered to the saints. Truth he says abides in us and will be with us forever. He then connects the grace, mercy, and peace of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ with truth and love. We cannot hold to one and reject the other. Love without truth is at best a delusion and at worst damnation. Truth without love is not truth. Truth is secured in the doctrine of Jesus Christ found only in the Holy Scriptures. Anyone who takes away from or adds to this sure testimony is not walking in the truth and must be rejected and avoided so as not to further that one’s evil activity.
Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds. 2 John 9-11
We walk in truth as we hold fast the doctrine of Jesus Christ found only in the Holy Scriptures, (that He is God the Son of God Who died on the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead so that we have eternal life as we believe in Him) confess and forsake our sins, obey God’s commands, love our brethren, and reject the world with its lies.
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” John 17:3
Walking in truth as God our Father has commanded us demonstrates that we know God and His Son Jesus Christ and have eternal life. How is your walk this day?