The Gospel literally means, the good news. The good news didn’t come until Jesus, the fullness of grace and truth, came and made it fully evident. He alone has perfectly revealed God’s grace and truth. While some things may be true, they are not the gospel unless they offer you freedom.
If You Don’t Live Truth, You Don’t Know Truth
First of all, it’s important to briefly address deception. Your current perception of truth is only accurate to the degree that you actively surrender to God in your own heart. In other words, the degree of your potential deception is inversely related to the degree of your actual surrender to God.
The problem with deception is that it’s so deceiving. The more a person actively deceives others, the more they open themselves to be deceived. The more they live a lie to others and themselves, the further they tend to drift from accountability, integrity, and reasonability. Worst of all, the longer a person actively works to deceive others, the more distorted their own view of truth becomes.
A deceptive person tends to consistently scream about truth issues in the lives of others. Perhaps this is an attempt to silence their own conscience or justify their own actions, which in comparison, seem inconsequential to them. But everything is consequential.
Facts Are Not Necessarily Truth
Truth is greater than fact and not influenced by it. This is the essence of the Gospel. The facts of your life are overshadowed by the greater truth of Christ. The facts may indicate you are sick, but the truth is that by His stripes you were healed. You have missed the mark, but by grace through faith you believe with your heart and confess with your mouth, and you become the righteousness of God in Christ.
Don’t confuse the two: facts are inferior — truth is superior. Facts are pliable and easily twisted to represent whatever you expect them to portray. Truth is fixed, eternal, active, living, and flowing from Christ Himself. Since Jesus is the fullness of grace and truth, grace should be the constant companion of truth (Joh 1:14, 17). Truth without grace is never complete.
Truth Overshadows Facts
Jesus doesn’t burden us with facts; He rescues us with good news. He doesn’t call us to complain about evil; He commissions us to reconcile people to God. He doesn’t tell us to make demands on the world; He demonstrates how to love by giving our lives. Jesus calls us to live truth in such a way that it delivers others from the facts of their lives.
Jesus was not intimidated by the facts of the world around Him; He shined through them. He was not hindered by the cares of this life, He provided for them. He was never restricted by the evils of the culture surrounding Him; He overcame them. Because Jesus lived His life from the inside-out, He turned the world upside-down. Are you following Him, doing things His way?
Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for twenty years, and is the proud father of two boys.