As we are considering the “attributes” of God, we come now to the concept of “truthfulness”. Put simply, the Bible is abundantly clear that God is truth and that God speaks truth. There is never a moment in which God is false or incorrect, and because of that, He stands as the ultimate source and standard of all truth.
The Apostle John actually describes God as “him who is true” (1 John 5:20). In the middle of a world in which so many people – including Satan himself – lie and deceive in order to get their way, God stands alone as the One who never does such things. It is, in fact, contrary to His very nature to go against the truth – that is, it is contrary to His very nature to go against the objective fact and reality of something. There is nothing in Him that is “false”. He does not believe wrong about anything or think wrong about anything. He is never mistaken or deceived. Whatever God knows, He knows perfectly and factually – truly and rightly.
This means – obviously – that everything He says is “truthful”. Jesus Himself acknowledged that God’s word is “truth” (John 17:16-17). This does not simply mean that God’s word contains the truth, but that God’s word actually constitutes the truth. Whatever He declares is true, and the only way we can determine if something we hear or say is true is by comparing it to what God has said. God is the standard of truth because He is Himself truth (John 14:6). This is the reason God cannot lie (Tit. 1:1-2; Heb. 6:18) – it is not simply because He simply chooses not to do so but because it is contrary to His very nature. It is not simply that God will not lie but that He cannot.
Like all the knowledge God gives, this is a tremendously important truth. It reminds us that we can always trust everything God says. Every promise and threat and declaration can be accepted and believed without any sifting or testing. If God says it, it is true. As we read His word, we should receive it as it is – as absolute, undeniable fact. We cannot trust anyone or anything else like this, but we can trust the Word of God. If God says it, it is true.
Moreover, this means we should test everything against the standard of God’s word. Not only should we go to God to get our truth, but we should take the “truth” we get from others to God so that it can be tested. Like the Bereans (Acts 17:11), we should test what we hear against the only perfect standard we have – the Word of God.
Brothers and sisters, consider again the perfection of our God. He always speaks the truth, because He is truth. This means you can trust Him and His Word. It means you can depend on Him and His Word. It means you have a sure foundation in the midst of the shifting sands and storms of life. God is true, and God is truthful. He is the ultimate source of truth, and as such, He is also the ultimate standard of truth.