Mk 22:5-18 (NAS) Then the Pharisees went and counseled together how they might trap Him in what He said. 16 And they sent their disciples to Him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any. 17 “Tell us therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to give a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus perceived their malice, and said, “Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites?
They (the un-integral, duplicitous, trying to trap him in his integrity) came to Jesus and said they knew that he was a man of integrity: the word here is “truth” or “true” (ἀληθὴς alāthās). What was the reason Jesus said he came into the world? To “bear witness to the truth” (Jn 18:37 Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice”). This is the importance that Jesus places on this aspect of his person and mission. He also said he is “the way, the truth, and the life” (Jn 14:6). There are many nuances to this aspect of his person and mission: he in himself is the TRUTH, he is holy true, and wholly true, there is no falsehood or inconsistency in him at all; everything that he is, says, and does has integrity. He can therefore be trusted at all times, in all circumstances, and in regards to all things seen and unseen. And since he is the one who created all that is, he knows all there is to know about all that is; and therefore what he made must have integrity (or soundness) since the foundation is true. The truth as defined in this way is intrinsically related to his holy and glorious Person and character; it is ontologically, epistemologically, metaphysically integral in absolutely every sense. Therefore, we deduce that the truth of Christ is entirely “true to what is”; the truth perfectly correlates with and corresponds to reality, both seen and unseen. This is why we can have confidence in the truth, since wherever we know the truth, we can have certitude.