Wait, what? The truth changes?
He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. — John 14:17, NLT
“I just want a church that gives me the truth,” she pleaded.
Together in my office, I felt her angst and commiserated with her plight.
I have seen her once since that visit eight years ago, and that was a fly by, a quick hello. Yet, to this day, I still hold the question, “What truth?”
A postmodern deconstructionist, I tend to see the truth through a plural lens. I’m not alone. Truth these days sounds more like ‘his truth’, ‘her truth’ or perhaps ‘their truth.’ (‘Their truth’ unravels if you stick with it long enough.)
Jesus gets all of this. He may even flash the brightest smile because all of this comes to this: the Holy Spirit lives with us now. This same Holy Spirit will be in us later.
I believe the ‘truth’ my guest was (or is still) seeking isn’t a one-and-done deal. Instead, this Holy Spirit—our Holy Spirit—keeps on keeping on with every one of our turns, tragedies, and triumphs. What was our truth may morph in time. Even this may change because the third tier of our three-in-God is still and always at work with us and in us.
Said simply, the truth for us today may be something different tomorrow. You’re always welcome to stop by my office where we can thank the Holy Spirit for this.
PRAYER: Scripture says the world cannot receive this Holy Spirit because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. Lord, help us realize times when we should look for and recognize the Holy Spirit more than we do. Amen.
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