If you clicked the tab titled “truth” you probably want to know more about what I believe as a Christian.
Have you ever heard of the common faith? ( 2 Tim 3:16, 1 Tim 2:5, Matt 28:19, John 1:1, John 1:14, 1 Cor 15:3, 1 Cor 15:4, Acts 1:9, Acts 20:21, John 3:3, 1 Thess 2:19) I believe all of those things.
If you asked me on the street, I would tell you I am “non-denominational.” That is because my viewpoint regarding denominations comes from 1 Corinthians 3:3-6. In my past experience, it always put a damper on my ability to fellowship with another Christian if I suddenly knew they believed all these different things than me. It’s convenient to have a one-word title that quickly lets me categorize your beliefs, but after reading 1 Corinthians 13, I hope these titles do not make us forget that by our birth in the Spirit (John 3:6) we are all a members of the same body (Romans 12:5).
What about the Truth?
The truth comes from God. We all presume ourselves to know the truth; “everyone is orthodox to himself” (John Locke). But we don’t always believe the exact same thing. This creates an obvious problem.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. – 1 Corinthians 2:10b
Knowledge of the truth is not a feat of the human the mind alone. It is a revelation of the Spirit to those who love Him. We become divided when we stop relying on the Lord and begin creating our own reasonings.
One day we will all know the truth fully, even as we are fully known (1 Corinthians 13:12). Jesus prayed that we would all be of one accord, even as the father and the son are one (John 17:21-23). And you bet if Jesus prayed it, It’ll come to pass. The Bible encourages us to strive toward this (Philippians 2:2). It will happen, it is written (Ephesians 4:13 & Hebrews 8:11/Jeremiah 31:34). Maybe not until after the Second Coming or during the millennial kingdom, but for now… For those who have accepted the free gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23), they will have plenty of time to ask God questions about doctrine to His face, as they dwell with Him for eternity and with each other (Revelation 21:3). For now, let us try to get a foretaste.
“that Spirit being a pledge and foretaste of our inheritance, in anticipation of its full redemption–the inheritance which He has purchased to be specially His for the extolling of His glory.” Ephesians 1:14