The Gospel of John: What Happens When We Believe

John 18: Access to Heavenly Truth

Jesus said,” My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

John 18: 36–37 (NIV)

After I became a Christian, I continued to live in my fraternity while in college. This decision to stay led me to have many conversations about my new found faith. And in several ongoing conversations with a very philosophy minded individual, we would discuss truth.

When I believed, it was as if my eyes were opened to a heavenly truth I had never understood before. And my entire being, spirit, soul, and body, conformed to that truth with little issue.

However, when talking with my intellectual and philosophical friend, I had a hard time explaining why I believed what I believed as truth. Which of course, leaves barriers for others.

However, I came to this passage of scripture over and over again. Jesus came to testify about the truth from his kingdom. A kingdom not of this world. But I never quite understood what it meant until later in life.

A Kingdom of Heavenly Truth

Jesus had been arrested. He was brought before the High Priest of the Jews. And then, after the High Priest who would not listen to Jesus said, he went to Pilate. Pilate was clearly skeptical as to why Jesus was sent to him. They have a brief conversation per the gospel.

Pilate replied, “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”

And then Jesus answers with our scripture for today. And Pilate seems to find no wrong for Jesus to have done. He goes out to the Jews and tells them he finds no fault, but they want to move forward with executing Jesus.

Jesus knows this will happen. He knows there is a heavenly kingdom filled with truth beyond our comprehension. And it would seem that Pilate, while not a Jew, is able to experience some of this heavenly truth.

However, the crowd moves forward with wanting Jesus crucified.

The Heavenly Truth is Available Today

The idea of heavenly truth is not as popular as you might think. Because we receive that truth in several ways. God makes heavenly truth known to his people. But we must listen to it, and confirm it.

First, it comes from the Bible. The scriptures we read are filled with the things God wants us to know about his kingdom. And he has plenty of truth for us today. If you want to hear from God, or hear his will for your life. Read the Bible.

Second, it comes from the Holy Spirit. When you ask God what he thinks about something in your life, the Holy Spirit will respond. Sometimes it is in a thought or an idea which is not of your own. Other times, he finds ways to open our eyes to the heavenly truth. But we need to be available and listening to hear it.

Third, it comes through his people. The church is filled with prophets, teachers, and wisdom-filled people. We can hear what God has to say about his truth through the church. And we must start listening so we don’t miss what God has to say to us.

Heavenly truth can come from these three sources as well as others. However, when we start hearing from God, he wants us to look for confirmation too.

Tap into this confirmation by cross-checking what you hear with other ways God speaks. And you will find answers and truth.

Heavenly truth is available to all who believe. Start listening and prepare to have your life changed.

Next Steps:

Read through the entire chapter of John 18. Remember to circle the words “believe, believed, belief, believing.” And underline anything which sticks out to you.

If there is anything you don’t understand, ask God to help you learn what it means and prepare you for his timing in your understanding.

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