by Michael Green
May 11, 2016
John 17:3: And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
John 17:17:Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
Da Truf. That was a phrase that I heard quite a bit when I taught at Northridge High School. It meant that something was legit, up to snuff. Used in a sentence, it might go something like this: “Dem shoes are da truf!” Loosely interpreted, it implied that those shoes were the real deal. They met the standard.
Without a standard, there is nothing by which to measure truth. We are just floating in a sea of nothingness. Throw out the concept of objective truth, and logic and reason go out the window, along with every historic academic discipline known to mankind. There has to be some measure by which truisms can be compared. How do you know if something is twelve inches long? How can we know if it’s really a foot? You measure it with a ruler. The ruler is the standard and tells us whether it is truly twelve inches or not. In other words, you size up truths against Da Truf.
In John 17:3, Jesus states that eternal life is to know “the only true God.” This is an exclusive truth claim. All other gods are false. They don’t meet the standard. There is one God, eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit. He is Da Truf. Any truth claims rise or fall based on their comparison to Him.
Not only is He the ultimate Truth, but all other truths flow out of who He is. He never lies, and He does not change. His promises will never let us down. He is cloaked in faithfulness, and His love never wanes. Jesus always comes through. You can firmly plant your life and eternity on the unshakable bedrock of His character.
In John 17:17, Jesus prays that his disciples be set apart by the truth of God’s word. This makes us stand out in a world that says there is no such thing as absolute truth. As followers of Christ, we reject that notion, and thus are marked as messengers of Da Truf.
In Psalm 119, the psalmist expounds the glories of God’s commands and the trustworthiness of His word. He has built his life on them.
Psalm 119:41-48: 41 Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord, your salvation according to your promise; 42 then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me, for I trust in your word. 43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in your rules. 44 I will keep your law continually, forever and ever, 45 and I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts. 46 I will also speak of your testimonies before kings and shall not be put to shame, 47 for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love. 48 I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.
Psalm 119:160: The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.
In short, the psalmist says that God’s word is Da Truf. We can measure all other truths against it; rest in it; and base our lives on it, putting our trust in Jesus who will deliver us.
Hebrews 13:8: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.