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Jesus, The Way, The Truth, The Life
Jesus said, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6
He either lied or he told the truth.
Those of us who have dedicated our lives to the Lord and to his God know he told the truth, we know he brought power to do good works, the works of God.
Thus we will approach this verse from the perspective of those who have a real relationship with a Lord who leads them and who is preparing for them a place, and with a God Who loves them and cares for them.
I Am the Way
"...No man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
People want to get to God their own way. They want to sacrifice crops, carve idols, give charitably, live a good life, embrace enlightening philosophies or deny themselves.
It is true that "the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead..." Is it any wonder that those without a real knowledge of God try to make ways to please Him?
Nevertheless, the very fact that He exists is a real reason to do things His way. The very evidence of His existence points to the fact that we do not have to fabricate, "...so that they are without excuse."
They are without excuse who try to pave their own path.
They are without excuse who make lies about spiritual realities and "worship the creation rather than the Creator."
God made a true way to get to know Him.
He made His son.
He also made His son the Way into His heart.
John 1:18: "No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him."
How can you make an idol of He of Whom you have not seen?
But the only begotten son, he has declared God.
Did Jesus see God? No, no man has seen God, including the man Jesus Christ. This does not say Jesus saw God, it says he declared him, for Jesus is the Way.
John 10:27: "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:"
John 8:31-32: "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
Jesus said that those who believe on him, who continue in his word, would know the truth, and the truth would free them from their bonds.
Because Jesus is the Way, and there is no other way to know God as the Father.
Philosophy won't hack it. Theology? Only what truly uncovers the truth. Buddha? Confucius? Mohammed? Idols of wood? Never. Science, if it is true, may uncover "facts," but it can not but hint at the greatness of spiritual realities.
People might guess right as to God's goodness, they might speculate of His power, they might even get close as to many of His characteristics. But their is only one way to know of Him as Father, and that is through Jesus Christ. There is only one way to "get it right."
Jesus is the Way.
Acts 2:29-31: "Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
"Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
You see? In this first sermon of the brand new Christian Church, on this first day the holy spirit we have was poured out, Peter preached Jesus as resurrected, Jesus as Lord, sitting on his throne.
Acts 2:31-34, 36: "He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
"This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
"Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear...
"...Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ."
Both Lord and Christ. The king, the anointed one.
Jesus, the resurrected Jesus, is the Lord, he is the Way.
Rom. 10:8-10: "But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
"For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
Recognize the resurrected Jesus as Lord, Lord of your life and Lord of creation.
That is the simplicity.
Then, continue in his word to you, and you shall know...
Psalm 33:3-5: "Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.
"For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.
"He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD."
Sing to the Lord (of Israel, Who as we know is God Himself,) bring out the band!
For His word, His message is right, and all He does is done in truth.
It is this foundation of truth that allows us to trust in His righteousness and judgment. And look, the earth is filled with His goodness!
Why? Because His works are founded on truth, and that truth is founded on His word being right.
God's word, whenever given to Man, is not founded on guesswork, or approximations, or Man's desire to simply try to record what he saw.
2 Pet 1:20-21: "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
The words "private interpretation in the Greek texts mean "no personal letting loose," meaning no one just decided to start writing them done and letting them "loose" into the world. They did not simply decide by their will to start writing, they wrote what they were told by God, Who is the "Holy Ghost," or more properly, "The Holy Spirit."
(After all, God our Father is Holy, He is Spirit, and He is often referred to as "The Holy Spirit" in the texts. Of course, Scripture also mention holy spirit that is a gift. The gift, something made in God's image, is also spirit that is holy but of course is not God.)
These Scriptures, this Word, may have suffered changes by men over the centuries, changes we seek to uncover and make right, but when it was given, it was as "moved by the Holy Ghost," and was right.
John 1:14-18: "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
"John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
"And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
"No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him."
Jesus was born after John, but was "preferred above" John, for he was "before" John.
1 Pet. 1:19-21: But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
"Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
"Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God."
See? Jesus himself was the purpose of the ages, foreordained before John, before the very foundations of the world, but is manifest to us today through the outpouring of the gift of holy spirit.
By Jesus today we believe in God, for Jesus was "the word made flesh," the reality of the blueprint that was foreordained before the foundations of the earth.
This Jesus is our Way to the truth, and to...
John 20:31: "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."
When you confess Jesus, you are saved. Jesus did not say, "I am the way, then the truth, then the life."
He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life.' It is the trifecta, the complete package.
He is the way to salvation as we confess him as Lord and believe on his resurrection.
He is the truth because he is the Word made flesh, and is right, and is the work of his Father, and the works of his Father are done in truth.
He is life because his Father gave him life at birth, gave him life at the resurrection, and gave him power to lead men unto He Who gives life to men.
1 Cor. 15:45: "And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit."
The first Adam, the one recorded in the book of Genesis, was made a living soul. Adam had been a spirit being, made in the image of God who is spirit, and was given a body and its breath life, its soul. On the day Adam sinned, his spirit died. On that very day he ate of the fruit he was ordered not to partake Adam died, and only vestiges of life remained for another 900 years in the breath, in the soul life.
Then he was gone.
The last Adam, Jesus, was a soul man, a man of breath life, who was made a quickening spirit. Just as he was "the word made flesh," Jesus also was made a "quickening spirit."
"To quicken" is Old English meaning "to make alive." The Greek text say the last Adam was a man who had been created a natural body, but was made a spiritual and a quickening body. When Jesus was resurrected, he was made into something more than the natural body he had been born with.
Not just a quickened body, but a quickening body, one that makes alive just as it had been made alive.
This is the power in our Lord Jesus, that he can spread the life.
Eph. 4:2-6: "But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
"Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
"And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:"
See? When God quickened Christ, He made us alive as well. Are we not the Body of Christ? When Christ ascended, we ascended with him. When Christ was foreordained before he was even made, we were foreordained.
Eph. 1:3-5: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
"According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
"Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,"
We too were chosen in God when Jesus was, before the foundation of the world.
We were predestinated to be children, being quickened in Christ by God, according to the will of God.
1 Cor. 15:44-53: "It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
"And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
"Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
"The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.
"As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
"And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
"Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
"In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
"For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality."
Life and immortality.
That is our life that we have through Jesus.
When our work is done, we too shall be raised or changed, as Christ was. We too were sown corruptible, but shall be lifted in spiritual bodies. As it is written in 1 Thes. 4:17, "Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
But Christianity is not just pie in the sky. God is as much our Father today as He will be then.
Through Christ, we come to God not just as Creator God, but as Father. It is as real today as it was when Peter preached the first sermon. We also can be quickened as we walk in newness of life.
Gal. 2:20 "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."
Rom 8:11: "But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you."
We have life in Jesus.
But if we walk in the spirit, if we walk in newness of life, bringing forth those aspects of the spirit it is our choice and led by the spirit in obedience to our Lord Jesus, our very bodies are quickened as well.
Putting the Word in our heads and the spirit in our hearts, we raise the quality of our lives as we are quickened, made alive by the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead.
The Truth Shall Make You Free
Eph. 1:15-17: "Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
"Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:"
As we walk in faith (remember, continuing in Jesus' word") and in love, we should be walking in the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God.
God should be telling us stuff.
How else are we going to know?
Our walk with God should be as a Father with a son.
Does an earthly father walk with his children? A good one does, and who is a better Father than God?
Remember, we will know the truth.
Not guess, not "be pretty sure," not "feel right about it," but shall know by the experience of our walk with God through obedience to His firstborn, our Lord Jesus.
Eph. 1:18-20: "The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
"And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
"Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,"
The standard of the power we should see today should be the power it took God to raise Christ from the dead and seat him at His own right hand.
"Well I prayed and things seemed to work out right" is nice.
"Well I prayed and the lame walked, the sick were healed, miracles were undeniable" is "ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free."
"Well I read the Bible and I felt good" is nice.
"Well I read the Bible and through the day, God was showing me how it all fit together and correcting my misunderstanding and telling me exactly where to go for right answers" is "ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
"I had faith and was able to keep it as everything went wrong. Somehow I trust it will work out to His glory" is nice.
"I prayed in tongues, the dog tried to bite me but there was an invisible barrier just before it's teeth snapped, the glass the unbeliever tried to heave at my head was deflected, and man when that explosion went off, I walked out without a hair singed" is the power of God.
"I trust there is someone bigger than me so I try to do well" is nice.
"God so loved He gave His only son, so I will live my life so that the captives are indeed set free with the mighty hand of Jehovah Elohim, and they too shall know the love of Gad as a Father" is "ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
Eph. 1:21-23: "Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
"And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
"Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all."
You see, Jesus is Lord, God set him in that position, whether we accept it or not.
And once we've accepted that, and believed that God indeed raised Jesus from the death of crucifixion, we are saved, whether we remember or not.
But we are the Body of Christ.
We have the choice whether to walk in the ministry we are called, and know the truth, and be made free, or we can like dogs return to the vomit, we can choose darkness for our days.
I say, choose life.
Follow the Way, Jesus, follow the truth that is in him, embrace life.
Continue in his word, obey Jesus head of the body, and know what it means to be free indeed.
Scripture was pasted from The Bible Gateway, KJV.)
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