Knowing Who You Trust

Have you ever trusted someone, but not known them very well?

Intimacy is deeply knowing someone you deeply trust.

This is how most relationships develop, right? We don’t start out knowing everything there is to know about a new friend. Trust is built by seeing a person’s choices and behavior over time. They prove their character. They “add up,” in a sense: their actions equal their beliefs, over and over again, always balancing out.

As we grow in intimacy with the Lord, we move from “knowing” the Truth to knowing the Truth. We move from understanding or validating the Truth, to really knowing what the Truth is like - having relationship with the Truth - because it is living inside of us.

Jesus has proven His identity as the Son of God, as the Way, the Truth, and the Life, over a long period of time, AKA, through the whole of the Scriptures, and as the fulfillment of those Scriptures, in His life here on Earth. We can trust Jesus. We can trust that He is the Truth.

Let’s go to Luke 24, which Pastor Bryon was preaching out of this Sunday. At this point, Jesus has already risen from the dead, and He encounters the disciples, but, at first, they don’t recognize Him:
“He said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?’ And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself… When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’” Luke 24:25-32
Jesus then tells the disciples “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high" (Luke 24:49).

The disciples trusted Jesus while He was with them on earth. He had certainly proven Himself to be True; there was no question. But, why didn’t they recognize the Truth, immediately, when He was near? These were, after all, the closest people to Jesus, on Earth. Why did they have such a hard time understanding the Truth, that Jesus explained to them? They knew of the Spirit of Truth, because they had been with Jesus. The Spirit of Truth was around them. But, something was still missing in their faith: they were waiting for the promise. What was the promise?

Let’s take a look at John 13-17. Jesus knows that the time is drawing near for His life to be poured out as a sacrifice for all mankind, on the cross. He is about to suffer and die, then rise again to life, and ascend back to the Father in Heaven. So, He’s going to go away from the disciples, physically. But, He makes this promise:

“... And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you…" John 14:16-17
"When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth…” John 16:13

The promise is that the Spirit of Truth would make a home inside of us. That we would become temples of the Living God. The reality is, in order to really know the Truth, we need the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit, to live inside of us and illuminate that Truth to us, from a deep and intimate place. We need a relationship with the Holy Spirit of Truth. That is what Jesus wants for us. That’s the kind of faith He wants us to have. And when we know the Truth in that way, that is when we receive power. Power to understand God’s love (Eph 3) and power to fulfill the Great Commission (Matt 28) and so bring glory to God.

How much are you trusting? How much are you knowing? Let us come before the Lord and humbly ask the Spirit of Truth to make a home inside of our hearts. Just as the disciples were, may we baptized by the Spirit of Truth and the Power of God. The power to know God and His love, and the power to do what He has called us to do.

by Kaitlyn Faraghan
Kaitlyn leads worship at our Cherry Hill location. She is passionate about writing and recording music, and has been a part of numerous recording projects; she has released one album and is now working on her second album! In her spare time, you will find her scouting out the best coffee and donuts in South Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia area.