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Truth In The Writings Of John

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In the Gospel of John the word truth is mentioned 27 times in 22 verses.

 

In the three Epistles of John the word truth is mentioned 21 times in 18 verses.

 

In the Revelation which the LORD told John to write the word truth is not mentioned at all, not even once. 

 

In the entire New Testament the word truth is mentioned 119 times in 109 verses.

 

In total the writings of John contain 48 mentions of the word truth which is approximately 40.336% of New Testament mentions.

 

It transpires that the Epistles of John, in which approximately 17.647% of New Testament mentions of the word truth are found, were written to counteract error that was being taught where previously the Gospel had been preached.

 

The source of error is identified in 1John 2:18-19
(18)  Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
(19)  They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

 

These apostates sowed their false doctrines well enough for them to become entrenched in what in later years became known as Docetism, from the Greek dokein, meaning to seem, and appear as an apparition or phantom called a dokesis.

 

As a branch of the Gnostics that claimed all sorts of fanciful knowledge about Christ and all things supernatural, these Docetists taught that Christ had no bodily human form and that it was merely the illusion of a bodily form that was observed.

 

Little wonder then that John, who intimately knew and purely loved the LORD in His human physicality as well as His Divine spirituality, is inspired by the Holy Spirit to empasise truth and light in his writings in opposition to the error and darkness that these apostates were walking in, and leading others into.  

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Bull of the Woods

I think also John used "light" as a synonym for "truth"?

 

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8 hours ago, Bull of the Woods said:

I think also John used "light" as a synonym for "truth"?

 

Quite so, Bull. We do not abide in one without the other.

 

1John 1:5-6
(5)  This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
(6)  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

 

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