As One Who Knows The Truth
Our Quaker forebears always spoke of their faith as “The Truth,” with a capital T. Their spiritual work wasn’t called evangelism or pastoral ministry or other terms we use today, but the “service of Truth.”
Early Quakers were fully confident that Jesus was speaking to them personally when he told his disciples “the Spirit of truth will guide you to the whole truth” (John 16:13) and “the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). In other words, truth is more than simply knowing about Jesus, it is a way, a path, a relationship bringing us into harmony with Reality—and freedom is the fruit of that. Truth then becomes more a verb than a noun, more a process than a dogma, more a relationship than an idea. When our Quaker forebears spoke of being in the “service of Truth” they understood truth not as a matter of intellectual knowledge, but as a relationship to the Spirit of a person: Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life.
In our postmodern culture, truth is a story. And not surprisingly, for the Gospel—which we call Gospel Truth—is a story, a narrative. The Gospel is the story of God becoming a human being, love enfleshed, and how we become part of God’s story. The Spirit of Truth opens the eyes of our heart so we can see in a new way and enfolds us in God’s embrace. Truth then is an unfolding process of the meaning of the Gospel taking root in our own life, through our participation in the Spirit of Truth, guiding us deeper and deeper into the divine mystery.
Query for Reflection
What does it mean that Jesus is the Truth? How has my relationship with Christ brought freedom to my life?
Develop the art of storytelling (giving testimony) in your meeting. As you share your story of the power of God
in your own life, you invite others to enter into the Truth as you have experienced it.
May Friends be open to the guidance of the Spirit to authentically engage in the service of Truth by sharing with others the power of God in their own lives so that Gospel Truth may be conveyed to a new generation.