“Demetrius has a good testimony from all, and from the truth itself. And we also bear witness, and you know that our testimony is true.”
and from the truth itself.
The second witness to Demetrius is the truth itself. Truth witnessed that his belief, conduct and character conformed to reality itself.
The definite article in the Greek points to the corpus of truth in the Word. Demetrius practiced the body of God’s truth in his life.
If we apply God’s Word to our lives consistently, we will have credibility before God and others.
Is your life in harmony with God’s truth? If it is, you will enjoy the trust of many people. What a wonder your life will be to many who come into contact with you! A rare bird indeed! You will be a person with a testimony.
Jn 21: 24 “This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true.”
The Word of God shapes our character. The truth of the Word of God will mold our lives and shape our character into the image of Christ. After God forms His character in us, people will not say, “That person believes the Bible but undermines others. That Christian believes the Bible but is full of anger, resentment, hostility and bitterness.” They will say, “God uses the Bible powerfully to change lives.”
Jn 17: 17 “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.”
Ti 2: 5 “…to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed…. 10 not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.”