“I tell you the truth” – Jesus

“I tell you the truth” – Jesus

In scripture, Jesus says’ “I tell you the truth” a whopping 78 times.  I once heard a preacher say that “the truth” is Jesus’ native language.   That’s a cool way of thinking about whatever it is that Jesus has to say.

Here’s a few of my favorites:

I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.  – Matthew 5:18

So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. – Matthew 6:2

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. – Matthew 6:5

When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. – Matthew 6:16

I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. – Matthew 11:11

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. ” – Matthew 17:20

And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 18:3

I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. – Matthew 18:13

I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. – Matthew 18:18

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 19:23

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. – Matthew 21:21

I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me. – Matthew 25:40

I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her. – Matthew 26:13

I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. – Mark 3:28

I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. – Mark 12:43

I tell you the truth, no prophet is accepted in his hometown. – Luke 4:24

I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise. – Luke 23:43

I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man. – John 1:51

I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdomof God unless he is born again. – John 3:3

I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdomof God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. – John 3:5

I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. – John 5:19

I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. – John 5:24

I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. – John 5:25

I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. – John 6:47

Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. – John 6:53

I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. – John 8:34

I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death. – John 8:51

I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I am! – John 8:58

I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. – John 10:1

I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. – John 10:7

I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. – John 13:16

I tell you the truth, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me. – John 13:20

I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. – John 14:12

But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. – John 16:7

In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. – John 16:23

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society

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