When deciding what the title my blog, I quickly settled on the name being in Latin, the historic language of the (Western) Church. There is a great wealth of theological truth grounded in Latin, such as various phrases like sola gratia, sola fide, sola scriptura (grace alone, faith alone, Scripture alone) or simul iustus et peccator (simultaneously saint and sinner).
I eventually decided on veritas manet. The phrase translates to “truth remains.” The word “truth” in this case is a reference to the Truth found in the Bible – Jesus Christ, the very Word of God, fully God and fully man.
He is “the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through [him].“ (Jn 14:6)
“All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (Jn 1:3)
“… There is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.” (1 Cor 8:6)
The Bible contains truths about the greatest and most difficult questions in life – where we come from, where we are headed, and why we are here. I firmly believe that these kinds of existential questions cannot be answered by mere human thought and philosophy. They require divine knowledge revealed in the Truth of Scripture.
The entire message of all of Scripture reaches its culmination in the work and person of Jesus Christ of Nazareth (Jn 5:39): that he, being God himself (Jn 1:1), came down to earth from heaven to walk among us (Jn 1:14). He was and is God in the flesh (Col 2:9). He obeyed the commandments of God perfectly in our place (Mt 5:17-18). He suffered and died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sin (1 Jn 2:2, Gal 3:13). He rose from the grave on the third day so that we too would rise and not suffer eternal death (Rom 4:24-25). He ascended into heaven, and now reigns at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19), ruling over his Church and the nations (Eph 1:22-23, Rev 19:15-16) . He will come once again in glory and splendor to judge all people, living and dead (2 Cor 5:10). He will then reign over all things for eternity (Rev 11:15).
All of the truths found in the Bible – which find their fullness in Christ – will remain eternally (thus the name “truth remains.”) Even in an age where society convinces itself that truth corresponds only to whatever idea the individual chooses to believe, Scripture is still the true and objective source of legitimate meaning, whether or not society recognizes it as such.
Jesus, while standing before Pontius Pilate in John 18 said, “‘You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.'” Pilate, in a manner much analogous to our world today, responded, “‘What is truth?'” And he seemingly did not actually want an answer: “After he had said this, he went back outside…“
Those who have been regenerated and reborn in baptism by the “washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit” have become a new creation, one that has been enabled by grace to desire to know more about God. If you do not yet believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and the Savior of the entire world, I pray that the Holy Spirit would work faith in you through the Word (Rom 10:17).
Jesus himself stated “heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Mk 13:31). My prayer is that God would bless you through His Word as it is proclaimed here (albeit imperfectly) by me. As Jesus so beautifully prayed to the Father in John 17:17 –
“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is Truth.”