Pilot asked a question of Jesus which prompted in part this statement.
And this statement of truth from Jesus prompted Pilots response — what is truth? Jesus did not answer this, because it was more a statement from the world rather then a desire to know. To the world, truth is whatever man deems it to be. But to the one who is of the truth, he will hear Jesus voice, and recognize truth. In order to recognize truth one will also recognize the lie. Jesus elsewhere stated to religious people: “you are of your father the devil”. Religion does not necessarily make one to be of the truth. Truth is spiritually discerned from the Holy Spirit and Scripture. “I will send you another comforter and He will lead you into all truth.”
To make this point, I want us to dissect and analyze the following quote from a popular christian author and blogger:
“One can viscerally sense that the rage against the founding of this nation—against the principles that undergird America—is increasing, not lessening, day by day.” This first sentence certainly seems a true commentary on what is occurring here in the US. The writer continues:
“Again to keep harping on the matter, I guess, America is the chief holdup to Satan getting the platform from which to launch his man of sin, the first beast of Revelation 13.”
This statement also seems true. He continues:
“This nation is, somewhat like the Church (all born-again believers) the only thing standing between the devil and his being able to wage total war on mankind—particularly on God’s chosen people, the Jews.”
Within this last statement are either truths or untruths (lies) concerning the truths revealed in scripture.
The 1st presented truth, involves the Church being made up of “(all born-again believers)”. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3 KJV.
This 1st scriptural truth presented by this author certainly must be true. Jesus came to build His church, and in order to enter into it, and into the Kingdom of God, one must be born-again.)
The 2nd presented “truth” in this statement follows immediately after the first: “the only thing standing between the devil and his being able to wage total war on mankind”… This is only part of his continuing thought, but it is presented as a truth, and needs our analysis. Is it according to Scripture true that Satan’s purpose in bringing forth the Antichrist is to wage war on mankind, or on someone else? Does he (satan) not already already control mankind who are outside of God’s chosen? Satan’s purpose we are told in Revelation 12, will be to destroy God’s people, and yes the end is to include Israel in the battle of Armageddon.
The 3rd presented truth is a continuation of the second: “to wage total war on mankind—particularly on God’s chosen people, the Jews.”
So to understand truth surrounding this, here are the questions one must ask?
Can these Jews spoken of above enter God’s kingdom without being born-again?
If the 1st truth presented above is in fact true to scripture as he said and we agreed; then is Israel when saved not included in the “(all born-again believers)” who are stated to make up the church? Did Jesus not say that one must be born again to enter the kingdom? If this is not the case then can the first statement of truth really be true? Can Jesus statement be true? Was Jesus not talking to a Jew not a Gentile when He states “you must be born again”? Does it then make sense that the Church would be Raptured, before Israel is born again individually and added to the Church? A church by the way that has been made one with Israel based upon Ephesians. Does the fact that Israel would be added back into Christ’s body (the bride see Isa. 54) disavow the promised millennial kingdom reign with Christ?
Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
John 18:37 KJV
John 10:16 “I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock [with] one shepherd. (NASB)
Have you heard His voice on this truth?