Truth has always had a prominent place in the scriptures. Jesus presented Himself as “the way, the truth and the life.” The apostle John is called “the elder” in this instance, which may signify an officer in a New Testament church or signify a mature experience in the ministry. The focus in his message is his personal joy over what he discovered in this house church: “I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.” (II John 1:4)
We have the keys to understanding what John meant when he talked of “walking in truth” from two sources in his letter: (1) The idea of walking in the truth is similar to the phrase walk in the light from I John. Walking in truth leads to both joy and love, because the way of truth is the way of Jesus Christ, which is the way of discipleship. (2) Walking in truth is the essence of obeying “a commandment from the Father.” To fail to walk in truth is a disappointment to ourselves as well as others. “Walking in truth” is equal to “walking in the light.”
The truth of this joy is what inspired my brother-in-law with reference to his three daughters, to mention it on his tombstone: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”
John had experienced this joy because of His love for the truth which he shared with everybody that loved the truth. It is this love for the truth that motivates us to continually search the Scriptures. God’s plan for us is revealed in His Word which always contains the pursuit of truth. This is what we want to do when we have received Him who was the personification of truth. It is the love of the truth that inspires us to holy living.
To walk in truth involves a pursuit of truth. There is one place we should not go in our pursuit, and that is to anyone who denies that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. To do this it requires spiritual discernment which enables us by “testing the spirits,” because there are truly false prophets in every age.
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” I John 4