The Church, Pillar and Foundation of the Truth

Standing accused before Pontius Pilate, the Lord Jesus places the Roman governor on trial with the words “I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice”. By the words of his own mouth “What is truth?”, Pilate the unjust judge is judged. Knowing the truth and living by the truth is the central role of the church. She is called to confess the truth about King Jesus into this world of lies, where the very existence of universal true truth is absolutely denied. As we come in our morning preaching series through 1 Timothy to the text of chapter 3 verses 14-16 we arrive at the heart of this pastoral epistle, the reason why the letter was written and a definition of the church in all her foundational glory. This afternoon we see from John 14:16-19 that whilst Jesus has bodily departed from his first disciples, he has not left the church alone. She remains fully equipped with the power of the Spirit, thereby enabling the faithful church to be the pillar and foundation of the truth.