Preventing Truth Decay

Kevin DeYoung

READ : John 16:12-15

He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. (v. 14 ESV)

Yesterday we looked at the importance of following Jesus with more than words. Today we look at how our words about Jesus still matter. The work of the Holy Spirit is to take “what is mine“—who Jesus is and what he has done—and “declare it” to us.

In other words, good theology (literally, “talk about God”) glorifies God. Sometimes people say, “I’m into the person of Jesus, not propositions about Jesus.” This sounds pious, but how can you have one without the other? Is your wife honored when you profess undying love for her but can’t describe what she’s like? How can you make much of God if you cannot tell me who he is? How can you magnify his character if you can’t define it? How can you honor his worth if you don’t know why he’s worthy?

Don’t buy the “deeds not creeds” mantra. Truth matters. God does not get glory by our being uncertain and ambiguous about what he is like, what he has done, and why he is supremely valuable. God gets glory when we lovingly and carefully declare the truth about his character and nature, his saving work, and the weight of his glory.


Lead us into all truth, Holy Spirit, that Jesus may be exalted. Amen.