Shelby G. Floyd

Jesus Christ said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). How can we know the truth through contemplation?

The Bible teaches us through contemplation in two ways. The Bible teaches us implicitly and explicitly. What does that mean? The Bible teaches truth by explicit statements that are true. That means that the Bible implies certain things. We all know and learn certain things by implication.

For instance, I could take a dollar bill out of my billfold and put that dollar bill in an envelope. You could see me do that. Then I could seal up the envelope and put the envelope in the trunk of an automobile. How do you know that the dollar is in the trunk of an automobile? You could not see the dollar bill when the envelope was put in the trunk. But by the process of contemplation, reflection, perception, precise reasoning, and drawing conclusions, you would know obviously that if you put a dollar bill in the envelope, and then you put the envelope in the truck of the car, the dollar bill is in the trunk of the automobile. And so we can know a lot of things in the realm of contemplation.

Now, if it be the case that the Bible teaches certain things and we can know certain things implicitly, then it is the case that we can know implicitly certain things that God has taught us. Continue reading “YOU CAN KNOW THE TRUTH NO. 3”



Shelby G. Floyd


The central issue in every court trial is, “what is truth?” Jesus faced such a crisis when he was brought before the judgment hall of Pontius Pilate. Pilate asked him if he was a king, since the Jews had charged that Jesus claimed to be a king, and, rival of Caesar. Pilate asked in these words, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered,

“You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all” (John 18:37-38). Pilate made a true judgment in regard to the accusations brought against Christ, when he stated to the Jews, that he found no fault at all in Jesus Christ. But Pilate would not stay around long enough for Christ to tell him about the truth of God which everyone must hear to be of the truth. Continue reading “BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO. 11”