Able to Hear

"33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said to him, Are you the King of the Jews? 34 Jesus answered him, "Do you say this thing yourself or did others tell you this about me? 35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you to me: what have you done? 36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then my servants would fight, that I would not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from here.37 Pilate therefore said to him, Are you a king then? Jesus answered, You say that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause I came into the world, that I would bear witness to the truth. Every one that is of the truth is able to hear my voice and listens. 38 Pilate said to him, What is truth?And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, I find in him no fault at all." John 18:33-38
What is truth? There are so many who are seeking this and without Divine intervention, it is impossible to find. Jesus said in verse 37:
 
"Everyone who is of the truth is able to hear my voice and listens.”
 
Able to hear and listens- ἀκούω:
  1. to be endowed with the faculty of hearing, not deaf
  2. to hear
  3. to attend to, consider what is or has been said
  4. to understand, perceive the sense of what is said
  5. to hear something
  6. to perceive by the ear what is announced in one's presence
  7. to get by hearing learn
  8. a thing comes to one's ears, to find out, learn
  9. to give ear to a teaching or a teacher
  10. to comprehend, to understand
 

Able To Hear and Listens

Some translations say "hear" and some say "listens." Really the Greek implies both. akouō means that someone is able to hear and listens to what they hear. So the first thing we must realize is that those who are "of the truth" have to possess the ability to hear it. This is divine providence. However you believe this occurs, it "cannot" occur without Divine intervention. Second, one who possesses this ability must "listen" to the call. Jesus said:
 
"whosoever will do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother." Matthew 12:50
The ability to listen isn't enough, the will must be employed for the branch to bear fruit (John 15:1-17). Bearing fruit not only involves following the Ten Commandments, it also involves following the way of repentance and faith. The Law cannot redeem or save. But when the Divine intervenes, there begins a transformation of the mind and will. James teaches us that "faith without works is dead" (James 2:14-26), so therefore we know that one must not only possess the ability to hear, but also they possess the will to carry it out. Transformation of the mind and soul is the business God is in. There are a lot of mysteries concerning the power of the Invisible God and how He works. The hope of every Christian is to one day see the reality of this unseen person that intervenes for us and this world He lives in.

What is Truth

Truth. Truth is an absolute term. Postmodern thinkers have tried to gut the definition of truth to where it has no bearing. Of course if you ever meet anyone who says there is no truth, you can respond by saying: "Is that true?" The statement collapses upon itself and therefore is disqualified. Truth first has to coincide with reality. Did it really happen? Has it been observed? What are some evidences of its presence? We have many evidences today apart from the Bible that witness to Christ, His death, and His resurrection. One thing people say is: "You have your truth and I have mine!" I once thought that way. The problem with that is that there are too many things that are mutually exclusive. Islam makes some very definitive claims as to what they think is true, and it is polar opposite than the claims of the Bible. Either one of them is true or none of them is true, but they both cannot be true. That being said, history, archeology, methodology, Theology, Philosophy, and so much more leans in favor of Christianity. I once sought answers in the other religions of the world. Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, New Age, etc.... and I never found a true answer. Christianity is exclusive in a way no other religion is. It is in a class on its own.  Secondly truth has to be consistent with its article. It may be true that Peter was an Apostle, but we have no evidence that Timothy was one. It may be true that one person is 6'8" and that they can wear a size 19 shoe, but that isn't true for the 5'8" man. A man who believes that he is a chicken can think it all day, but no matter what he says or how hard he tries, he will always be a man. Lastly, truth is being able to distinguish between fact and error. Martin Luther said: "Peace if possible, truth at all costs." Webster defined it this way:
TRUTHnoun
1. Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or shall be. The truth of history constitutes its whole value. We rely on the truth of the scriptural prophecies.
My mouth shall speak truth Proverbs 8:7.
Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth John 17:17.
Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or will be. Say what you will, but Webster understood "Truth." The Scriptures have only been verified as true, they haven't been disproven. Secular historians, Jewish historians, archaeological discoveries, and so much more have verified the truth of Scripture, not disproven it. Below are some links to sites that offer some verification of what I have been saying. I hope you will explore and think over these things. There are even more than these, but these are probably the top sites I refer to. Don't take my word for it, explore these things. There is one thing that stood out to me years ago when distinguishing Christianity from the other religions and cults of the world. Christ's ministry was public, His miracles were public, his death was public, His resurrection was public, He appeared to over 500 people, and He ascended publicly. Why do you think Christianity spread so quickly after His ascension? Do you really think that all of those people would have risked their lives and died for a fairytale? They went all over the known world and beyond. Europe, India, Africa, Asia. Most died for the "good news." I seriously doubt they were all that psychotic. Most other religions and cults have a witness of one man who saw an angel or a vision. He privately wrote down these things and shared them. In the case of Islam, it was by the faith of believers willing to die for the truth without violence, no, it was to be forced upon the masses. If they didn't comply they were to be executed. There is a different spirit driving this. The facts are evident and difficult to refute, and only the Holy Spirit can give one illumination to "see" and understand. I hope you will explore, and it is my prayer that your eyes will see, and that your ears will be opened if they haven't already.

Base Institute

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

Reformed Apologetics

Christian Apologetics Ministry - Cross Examined

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