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Loyalty to Truth

Loyalty to Truth

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY SAMUEL PENNIMAN LEEDS


Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king, then ?
Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king ! [That is, thy
words describe me.] To this end was I born, and for this cause
came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the
truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. —
John xviii. 37,
BY SAMUEL PENNIMAN LEEDS


Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king, then ?
Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king ! [That is, thy
words describe me.] To this end was I born, and for this cause
came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the
truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. —
John xviii. 37,

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LOYALTY TO TRUTH BY SAMUEL PEIMA LEEDS Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king, then ? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king ! [That is, thy words describe me.] To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. — John xviii. 37, Was ever utterance more majestic, more royal ? ' Yes, I am a king, for I bear the sceptre of truth.' I only allude to the cir- cumstances, — Jesus before the represent- ative of human authority and power, the representative of an empire which em- braced almost the entire world. There is a very familiar passage of Scripture which is more tender than this, " God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son " to it and for it. And it is vastly majestic, too. But this is as majestic as that, and, rightly weighed, is there not tenderness in it also.? It is in very great part by Christ's witness to truth that the world's redemption is to be won. 70 CHRISTIA PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE There is yet another passage which is to be ranked, methinks, with these. I do not say that it is either more loving or more impressive than still others when regarded from certain personal points of view, such, for instance, as " ow are we the sons of
 
God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him." But as with the two first named, the passage to which I refer stands as a column full of majesty and grace. It is found in St. Peter's first Epistle, " Let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well-doing as unto a faithful Creator." Let your mind rest upon those words, and they are indeed meaning- full. We need not press them heavily or press them at all ; let them stand just as they are, not a faithful Friend, a faithful Saviour or Redeemer, but a faithful Creator. They can mean nothing less than that our Maker in bringing us into the world put Himself under obligation, to ^Himself, at least, in our behalf, — an obligation which of course He will fully meet. We, on our part, are to " do well " and to trust Him, " commit our- LOYALTY TO TRUTH 71 selves to Him," and at length — and that will be before lono^, hereafter if not here — things shall go well with us. I confess that these words fill me with joy, none the less, certainly, that the Lord's mouthpiece here is not Paul or John, but the lowly Peter, matured by long years of patient experi- ence. Consider the poor child of the slums, to whom our thoughts turn so often, fore- doomed too likely, as we are wont to think and say, to crime itself and utter loss, and conceive of him as perhaps struggling, however faintly, towards the light which his Maker accords him. Does not hope
 
kindle in our hearts ? That sad soul has a faithful Creator. But our subject now is Truth, and we must not keep from it long, even though it should yet appear that the line of thought which we have just taken has a close con- nection with truth, which, you know, is conformity to the reality of things. We have noted our Lord's words, not only to Pilate, but in some real sense to the world, and the world throughout the ages. The claims of truth as such are most plainly 72 CHRISTIA PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE and most emphatically brought out in them. And be it observed, also, that the noun Truth occurs as often in Scripture as the noun Love. There is no verb for the one as there is for the other, so that no comparison can be made on that point ; yet we have the expression forcing itself forward, — " truthing it in love," that is, speaking truth, or dealing truly, in love: so closely, by the way, are genuine Love and genuine Truth related. It is most worthy of our earnest thought, besides, ■ that our Lord calls the Holy Spirit "the Spirit of Truth." Let that fact rest in our minds; let us not fail to get its full impli- cation and significance. Recall again, my friends, Jesus' words to Pilate : " I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the Truth." Most full of meaning, this, to His

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