Truth Is A Substance

One truth discovered is immortal, and entitles its author to be so; for, like a new substance in nature, it cannot be destroyed.
~William Hazlitt

Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ!—assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

~ paul, The Least of The Apostles, in Ephesians 4

Oh beloved, it is true. There is reality around us. The problem we have is that we are often lulled into the sense that what we see and touch and feel are all that there is. And even though we hope there is more, our senses scream it can’t be true. They are too proud to think there is something beyond them.

There is more. Him.

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him. Yet He is actually not far from each one of us, for “‘In Him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’

~ paul, quoting truth from the Greek poets, Aratus, and Epimenides of Crete, in Acts 17

Being stuck in a body that is wedged into four dimensions does have its drawbacks. And while the physical is a beautiful anvil upon which faith can be hammered smooth, it still makes things difficult. Comprehending the reality of the spiritual realm is most definitely beyond the capability of the human brain, and even the soulish mind within us. And in finding it impossible to see with our eyes, we ever more definitely make the mistake of seeing the spiritual as fuzzy and amorphous.

But can we slow down for a moment? Just rest beloved, and allow the truth to emerge.

We believe that God made us. But why do we believe that He made us into something that is more real than He really is? We are the created. We are the image of who He is. And in seeing this truth, we come upon something astoundingly obvious. As a painting really is a representation of four-dimensional reality, the universe is a representation of something bigger and much more profound.

In Physics, many of the leading theories of matter, include the findings that what exists is the miniscule remainder of particles AFTER an astoundingly enormous clash and annihilation of matter and antimatter. So, even in the physical, we are given insight into the reality that there is a whole bunch more to the story. The energies involved in creation, and the resultant catastrophe in the beginning of it, point to a reality that is much more real than what we now see.  And this is just the physical universe.

And G_d spoke all of this into being with a few words. 

We are the mist on His breath beloved. Him. The Word who was, and is, and is to come, simply breathed some of Who He Is out, and this truth formed everything. It is vital that we see this. Existence itself was made by Him. Existence is a subset of the reality of the spiritual.

So, we are real. But we are not whole. Yet.

What’s the big deal? Everything about this. 

Can we see it? The created is needy. We depend on Him for everything. It is a profound act of astoundingly powerful Providence that this fool of a writer is even writing this. The universe, the world, the conditions for life, my life, and the truth He is working in it – are not an end in themselves. They have not come from some jaw-droppingly lucky roll of some dice. Neither does my reality preclude something more. In fact, all of this put together points us to a truth that is more foundational than bedrock.

G_d is Truth (and the Way and the Life), and truth is more substantial than physical reality. And as He is Spirit, the reality of the spiritual realm is more real than what we exist in now. To know this gives us a deep sense of hope and permanence and totality in our relationship with Him. The great lie of the world that heaven is some faraway cloud upon which we will float, is replaced with the Truth that our Home is a real, deeply dimensional place which will never pass away.

Further, the truth that heaven is more real than here, helps us see behind the facades foisted on us by the world. For, when we see with the spiritual eyes He gives us. The things of the world begin to look for and more like the dregs of reality they are.

So beloved, are you feeling tenuous in this world? Feeling like everything is fleeting and falling apart? Good. You are on track to the Truth. Stay in Him, and watch things firm up quite nicely.

Tonight is your night. Believe the Truth.

The Bible is a vein of pure gold, unalloyed by quartz or any earthly substance. This is a star without a speck; a sun without a blot; a light without darkness; a moon without its paleness; a glory without a dimness. O Bible! It cannot be said of any other book that it is perfect and pure; but of thee we can declare all wisdom is gathered up in thee, without a particle of folly. This is the judge that ends the strife, where wit and reason fail. This is the book untainted by any error; but is pure, unalloyed, perfect truth.
~Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)