"In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began" (Titus 1:2)
Truth is an essential attribute of God's person. He cannot lie. Like all theological truth this is an anchor for our faith.
The wise will build their lives and eternal hopes on the solid bedrock of God's revelation of Himself.
The first consequence of God's truthfulness is its corresponding obligation for us. God's perfections are to be honoured by His creatures. For this reason we have the ninth commandment which warns us that we are not to bear false witness. Like all of God's law, this convicts us of how far we fall short of God's perfect standard of righteousness. Who hasn't lied? We need forgiveness.
Secondly, since God is true, His words are absolute truth. We are privileged to have them recorded in the Holy Scriptures. The Bible is true not only in what it says about God, but also concerning mankind, sin, future events, and every other thing it speaks on. The warnings of the Bible are true. The promises of the Bible are true. God's offer of salvation is genuine. We live in a world filled with lies and cynicism. It is refreshing to know there is one resource we can have complete confidence in, God's Word.
The third consequence of God's truthfulness is simply that He expects to be believed. When people honour God by faith, God honours them. Believing brings security. "Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper" (II Chronicles 20:20c). Faith brings answered prayer. "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them" (Mark 11:24).
Eternal life itself comes by believing God's offer of salvation through the sacrifice of His Son. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
There are many voices today that directly contradict what God has said: popular opinion; political correctness; humanistic philosophies, and even religious dogma. The Bible also warned us that that an anti-Christian spirit would prevail in time that would cause people to "turn away their ears from the truth" (cf. II Timothy 4:3-4). It remains for each of us to decide what we will do with God's truth and bear the eternal consequences.
Ian Kuryluk is pastor at Summerside Fundamental Baptist Church. His column appears in the Journal Pioneer on Fridays.