What are Truths that Transform
Truths that Transform are truth statements written as proverbs. They are direct statements from propositional passages in the Bible or applications from narratives.
Those who trust Christ alone for eternal life may read these truths directly. Others need to see them as the riches available to those who do trust Christ alone for their soul’s salvation.
My wording of these truths that transform is not perfect. I trust they give you a place to begin. There are many duplicates or near duplicates since God’s word teaches the same thing in many places and in many ways.
This is a live ongoing project started October 2012. It will take years to complete. I have skipped over many possible points either for not seeing them or not being sure how to word them succinctly. Or simply to keep the list to a reasonable size and allow the user to discover them independently.
I most often read the NASB (95 update) when writing these truths that transform. Other helps included the USB Translators Handbooks, the SLI Exegetical Summaries, HALOT, TWOT, BDAG, TDNT, various grammars. Bible background commentaries were helpful. LOGOS Bible software greatly added handling these resources.
Using these truths that transform
Be sure to read the entire context of the passage that has or illustrates the truth . This will help prevent misunderstanding the truth statement. The context will often define the words used in the truth statement.
We need to spend a block of time each day with all our attention focused on one truth from Scripture. You can use the truths that transform on this site. We need to do this free from distractions, both internal and external. See the grounded Bible theology study on mediation (forth coming but for now see Josh. 1:8-9; Rom. 12:1-2; 2Cor. 3:18; Gal. 4:19; ). Typical times to focus on a single truth range from 10 to 20 minutes. It takes time for a person to free themselves from the concerns of the present moment, relax and really let the truth sink deeply in the soul. The goal is to have one truth from God’s word permanently integrated into our character.
This is very different from the practice of meditation in some religions which seek to empty the mind. And maybe allow other spirits to enter the person. Sometimes they even focus on some spirit and invite it into their soul. As believers we have Holy Spirit dwelling within us; He will not share His dwelling with any other spirit. Biblical meditation by way of contrast always focuses on truth from the Bible. The Bible is the written record of truth collected for us by the Holy Spirit.
It seems best to concentrate on nothing but the words contained in the truth statement. Do not allow yourself to use this time to do word studies or other academic things. Also do not attack or praise others based on this truth. Just focus on the truth. Let this truth become a total part of your inner being. The Hebrew word for meditate, as in Joshua 1:8, means to whisper or speak in low tones. Doing this may help you stay focused.
As you focus on some specific truth, examples may come to mind where you saw or experienced this truth. This is good. Note the example and focus back on the truth statement. Do not dwell on the details of the example. You can do that later. Refocus on the truth statement. If another example comes to mind, note it and return your focus to the truth statement.
Each of the truths that transform give us the basis for seeing life from a biblical perspective. As you go through your day and your life you will how examples of this truth play out in life. This is the specific application of the truth in your context at this moment. When biblical truths enter our souls then we can have inner peace because we see the outside world through God’s eyes. It is His ways that will ultimately triumph even if we do not see that happen in our life time.
Application Points for Sermons
These truths that transform could be used for application points when preaching or teaching a passage. Note that they are generic therefore either the preacher will have to make them more specific. Note that often the preacher’s specific context and the hearer’s specific are very different. We all live in our own unique world because we all have different experiences.