Jesus-the Way-the Truth-the Life??Posted: September 16, 2013
New Life Version (NLV)
6 Jesus said, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one can go to the Father except by Me. 7 If you had known Me, you would know My Father also. From now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
Jesus and His Father Are One
8 Philip said to Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father. That is all we ask.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time and you do not know Me yet? Whoever has seen Me, has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
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Some things are just hard to grasp… like water, air, light or spirit. Oh, we say we understand them, or we have a handle on it, but do we really? ..We are living in an information age and in a society which believes we must have all the answers to all the questions… But is that the truth??? …Can we really have all the answers?? ..I don’t think so… do you?
I am not going into a teaching on the Trinity, although I would like to, ..it would take much too much time! and I believe the picture and the verses above give enough information for you to know my position on that mystery… not that my position is important. ..Yours is much more important to you..
No, I have no problem with things that are difficult to grasp.. I have no problem with mysteries or parables, metaphors and analogies. I think they are in the scriptures for a purpose and God intends them to be there for our pleasure as well as for His purpose…
I have a problem when we use religion, theology, doctrine and dogma to try to answer these secrets and solve these mysteries, metaphors and parables for everyone on a denominational and even global level at times, instead of encouraging folks to dive into these mysterious difficulties and ambiguous teachings and discover for themselves the meanings… if there are meanings?
You see, I do not believe God intended for, or will allow His Word to be defined doctrinally, dogmatically or theologically… and this is where, we today have made our mistake.
God’s Word is intended to speak to humanity on every level, in every generation, in any and all circumstances… and stories and parables, metaphors and such are marvelous means of delivering “truth” and instruction in any ..and every situation or circumstance and on any level, individual, local, national and yes, even Global…
Example: I could use many words…definitions, formulas or theories to describe what I am trying to communicate to you… and whoever you are, wherever you live, the way you view life …and whatever problems or concerns you are facing at the time you read those words, would determine how and what you understand on a personal level from my many words and how you could apply them?… OR, I could tell a story about someone who faced similar challenges long ago and how they looked to God for the answers.. and how God was already working to help them solve their dilemma, whatever it was ….and you could relate or identify with the Person… and see how God worked on their behalf and you could trust Him to do the same for you in your personal
…Which would be more useful to you…?
In the first example, I am giving you information and formulas for you to attempt to use to come up with the answer to your own individual problem… In the second example, I am giving you the answer to your problem… no matter the circumstances you might find yourself in… Do you agree?
So let me stop, before I start doing the former… My point is: ..Don’t look for your answers in God’s Word… Look for God in His Word and you will have the Answer… Am I making sense to anyone? ….. Jesus is the answer, He is the way you need to go, He is the truth you need to know, His is the life of faith, trust, obedience and confidence, that is the answer to your problems, to my problems and to the world’s problems.
I know this sounds too simple to be true… but it is true …Stuff don’t have to be complicated to be useful..!! Mysteries do not have to be explained to provide answers… all the answers are in the mysteries… God’s Word will never be solved… but God’s Word will solve all the questions you have in Life… Jesus is God’s Word come to Life… and He defies definition… However He does NOT defy understanding!!!
He is to be understood by faith, trusting in Him…following His example, not by application of bible facts and figures, principles and methods… but by trusting Jesus and hearing Him in all of Life’s experiences and circumstances.. Jesus is SO MUCH more than our Savior… He is our answer to everything.!!
Now I will close… and I hope I have not upset you too bad… by not offering sound theological advice and proven, methodical ways of biblical application techniques for deducing answers to your particular problem today… All I can tell you is to trust God and ask Jesus, He already has your answers ready… before you ever know the questions to ask…
Love in Him!
25 “I have spoken of these matters in figures of speech, but soon I will stop speaking figuratively and will tell you plainly all about the Father. 26 Then you will ask in my name. I’m not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf, 27 for the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God.[b] 28 Yes, I came from the Father into the world, and now I will leave the world and return to the Father.”
29 Then his disciples said, “At last you are speaking plainly and not figuratively. 30 Now we understand that you know everything, and there’s no need to question you. From this we believe that you came from God.”
31 Jesus asked, “Do you finally believe?
John 16:25-31 (New Living Translation)