The Way, the Truth, the Life

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6). Despite the prevalence and acceptance of interfaithism and ecumenism in our world today, the fact remains that the only way anyone can find God is through Jesus Christ. There is but one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. For any person anywhere to come into contact with the Father, he or she must go through Jesus. And, to do that, one must come to know Him, not only as the way, but also as the truth – and not only as the truth, but also as the life.

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Jesus is not just one truth among many. He is the only truth! Any so-called truth outside of Him is a sham. No purported truth has the power to set men free. Only real truth can do that. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32).

We are rightly called Apostolic because we preach and teach the Apostle’s doctrine. We know their doctrine is truth because it was given to them by Jesus Himself. We wholeheartedly agree with what Jesus said when He declared, “I am the truth.” There is no Plan B. To get to God we must go by means of the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Jesus is His name.

But to really get to know God, we must also come to experience Jesus as the way – not just the truth. There is no other means to accomplish what God has in mind for us but through Jesus. He is the only way we can get done what needs to be done spiritually. Do you need a prayer answered? Jesus said, “If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:14). Do you need healing or deliverance? Jesus said, “These signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils…they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:17, 18). Do you need your sins remitted? Jesus is the only way to achieve that! (Acts 2:38). Do you need to be saved? “Neither is there salvation in any other…” (Acts 4:12). Yes, Jesus is both the truth and the way!

And yet Jesus said there’s another way in which we need to know Him. “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven…Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in they name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:21-23). Here Jesus said that while some people may have done a few things in His name, the fact remained that He never really knew them. They and Jesus were never really close. Apparently it is possible to believe truth and to believe in the power of prayer and worship and to know what it is to experience a move of the Spirit – without really unreservedly committing our lives to the Lord. (See John 2:23-25 for an example).

To really get to know God in an intimate way, we must come to know Jesus, not only as the way and the truth – but also as the life. “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” Jesus is not just our truth – as important as that is. He is not just the One whose name we use in water baptism. Neither is He just our way to accomplish powerful things in the spirit realm. (i.e.- “in your name we have cast out devils…”). Jesus is more than just a way to get things done. His desire is to literally become our very lives! Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me…” (Gal. 2:20).

The Apostle Paul told the saints at Colosse, “Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (Col. 3:17). Jesus’ name is something more than the right baptismal formula. It is more than a key word we use to get our prayers answered. The One who bears this name is the One we are to yield every area of our lives to. We are to live in His name! “Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands,” in Jesus name. “Husbands, love your wives,” in Jesus name. “Children, obey your parents,” in Jesus name. “Servants, obey…your masters,” in Jesus name. “Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” (Col. 3:23).

When we came to know Jesus as the truth – we learned to baptize in His name. When we came to know Him as the way – we learned to pray in His name. When we come to know Him as the life – we will learn to live in His name. When we reach this point in our spiritual development the Lord can then trust us and bless us with the great revival He has promised us in His word. It is called “the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Eph. 4:13).

Everything we need can be found in Jesus! He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life!

Rev. Robert Stroup is the District Superintendent of the Indiana District, United Pentecostal Church International. He is Pastor of Pentecostals of South Lake in Merrillville, Indiana.

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