You Can’t Handle The Truth!


In the post Come into the Light, it was asked will you Come into the Light? We can answer that question in the affirmative all day long; however, Jesus provides the criteria to discern whether we have actually come into the light. For that, I want to borrow a famous line from the 1992 movie A Few Good Men. Let’s go to that courtroom scene:

Judge Randolph: *Consider yourself in Contempt!*
Kaffee: *Colonel Jessep, did you order the Code Red?*
Judge Randolph: You *don’t* have to answer that question!
Col. Jessep: I’ll answer the question![to Kaffee]
Col. Jessep: You want answers?
Kaffee: I think I’m entitled to.
Col. Jessep: *You want answers?*
Kaffee: *I want the truth!*
Col. Jessep: *You can’t handle the truth!*

Like Colonel Jessep, Jesus says to those who do evil You can’t handle the truth!

Let’s hear in John 3

20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

First, Jesus states that those who do evil hate the light. Since we can’t see hate for Himself, the light, Jesus outlines that how He determines who hates Him. Those who do evil. The people who live in a way that is contrary to His ways outlined in His Word. Notice the contrast in the text. “But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done…” The one who has come into the light is the one who lives by the truth. Both he who does evil and he who lives by the truth are judged by what they do. One hides from the light in fear that his evil deeds will be exposed while another ensures that what he does is plainly seen in the sight of God.

Ligonier Ministries states that Jesus speaks of “doing” the truth. This indicates that “truth” is a matter of both thought and practice. Living by the truth is contrasted with doing what is evil. This is just affirmation of what Jesus said in verse 19 – “19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” How does man hate the light of God’s truth? Man demonstrates his hatred of The Truth by refusing to live by the truth. They either defiantly show their hate by fighting against the truth or the seemingly benign act of ignoring the truth yields the same reality.

I want to remind us of what God said in Romans 1:

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

I also want to remind us that “31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8 31-32 When Thomas unsure of the way, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 When you stand in God’s courtroom, will Jesus say that You can’t handle the truth! Look at what you do. Do you live by the truth or hide from the truth? If not, repent and live by the truth.

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