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Truth (Knowing the Truth)

“If you abide in My word,” the Lord Jesus tells them, “you shall know the Truth” (John8:31-32). The verb “to know,” when used in the context of Scripture, expresses a relationship, as in knowing a person rather than simply acquiring information about him. Because the Lord calls Himself “the Truth” (John 14:6), to know the Truth means to know Christ Jesus through our relationship with Him.” (Dynamis 5/16/2020) “Now we come to the one additional matter of truth which is of special concern for all Christians. Jesus claimed to be the truth (see John 14:6 above). Into our educational efforts comes an idea that truth is not limited by facts, but truth is a person, namely Jesus of Nazareth. Not only is the truth a person, but that person is also the Son of God, one of the Holy Trinity. For us to understand truth is to actively engage in a relationship with Jesus Christ. To deal with truth is to have a direct encounter with God. Knowing the truth is not a static memorization of some facts. Knowing the truth means being actively engaged in a living relationship with God the Holy Trinity through the Lord Jesus. The truth becomes a living being who engages us to think, who challenges the way we see the world, who raises our viewpoint to that of God’s.” (Father Ted Bobosh) “God did not send His only begotten Son to us for us to crucify Him, so that we could fast, do good, and have a new worldview or religion. God took on flesh to join Himself to us and allow us to join ourselves to Him. Fasting, worship, and almsgiving are the process of our union with God, not our goal. Knowing the truth about God, man and the world is not the goal, but part of the process of learning to commune with the living God. He gave us a way through the Church to receive Him and share in His life.” (Bishop John) “The supreme and revered Father is the Father of truth itself, namely the only-begotten Son. And the Holy Spirit has the Spirit of truth…Therefore, those who worship the Father in spirit and truth hold to this manner of belief also receive the energies through these.…how do we know Christ, as well as God the Father and the Holy Spirit?  We know them not in essence, but we know them through their energies.  This was the main contribution of St. Gregory Palamas to the Christian world (St. Gregory Palamas, Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis) “...he who does not know God does not know the truth and the nature of things in general..." (St. Nectarios of Pentapolis) #Dynamis #FatherTedBobosh #BishopJohn #StGregoryPalamas #FrStavrosNAkrotirianakis #StNectariosofPentapolis

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