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That which is eternal, ultimate, secure, steadfast. God is truth in contradistinction to all that is relative and derived (Ps 31:5; Is 65:16; Jn 17:3; 1 Jn 5:20); cannot lie (2 Ti 2:13; Heb 6:18). All that comes from God is true (Ps 33:4). Truth is manifested in Christ (Jn 1:14, 17; 14:6) The Holy Spirit imparts the truth of Christ (1 Jn 2:20–21), through whom truth is known (Jn 8:31–32) and whose word is truth (Jn 17:17–19; 2 Co 4:2; Gl 5:7; Eph 1:13; Ja 1:18). Truth is known in sanctified life (Jn 17:17–19; 1 Jn 2:4–6).

In philos. various theories of truth are held, e.g., correspondence theory (truth consists in some form of correspondence bet. belief and fact); coherence theory (the truth of statements is determined by whether they cohere or fail to cohere with a system of other statements); pragmatic theory (truth is determined by experimental handling); performative theory (truth is a performative uterance).

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