‘Jesus said to Him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me (John 14:6).”’
Jesus describes Himself as ‘the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).’ We know that God is Spirit (John 4:24), and Jesus is God (John 10:30). God is also One God (Galatians 3:20), but at the same time He is three Persons (Matthew 28:19). He is the tripartite God, who, in theological jargon, is the Trinity.
All of this seems confusing – almost incomprehensible, and yet if we are to know God we must understand the relationship of the three Persons of the Godhead, i.e., the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Regarding the apparent conundrum of the three Persons, God does not leave us in the dark; for His Son is the Light of the world (John 8:12; 9:5), and He sent Him to reveal Himself (2 Corinthians 4:4; Hebrews 1:3) and to bring us salvation (1 John 4:14).
The Father chose Mary to bear and give birth to His only begotten Son Jesus (1 John 4:9). Mary was a virgin (Matthew 1:18), and she was not without sin (Romans 3:23); but through the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35) Jesus was conceived and He grew within Mary’s womb. At the right time of God’s choosing and the right place, Bethlehem (Luke 2:4-7), Mary gave birth to her first Son. As such He was and is unique – both truly Man (Romans 5:15) and truly God (1 Timothy 2:5). Having been born through the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit He was without sin (Hebrews 4:15).
The conception and birth of Jesus was perhaps the most important miracle of God; for without Jesus there could be no salvation (cf. Galatians 2:21). The whole of mankind would be condemned to everlasting hell.
Jesus the Way
‘Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water (Hebrews 10:19-23).’
In addition to being the Truth Jesus tells us He is the Way. Of course, He is the Way to the Father. We cannot enter into the Holy of Holies, the very Presence of the Father, except through the mediation of Jesus who died and made a way through the veil of His body (Hebrews 10:19, 20). Jesus cleanses us and takes away our sin (1 John 1:7) and He makes atonement for us. In His righteousness and perfection through the shedding of His blood we can enter into the presence of His Father (Acts 2:28).
Jesus the Truth
‘“However, when He, the Spirit of *truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come (John 16:13).”’
Jesus is who He says He is. He cannot lie; for He tells us He is the Truth (John 14:6). This informs us that He is the absolute Truth. Every truth is based on the fact that Jesus is the Truth (1 John 5:20). You cannot have variable or different kinds of truths, nor can truth be relative to situations or circumstances. Truth cannot be based on something that is not fixed and sure, and that is Jesus who is the Truth; He’s the same today as He was yesterday and will be forevermore (Hebrews 13:8).
Built into each one of us we have a knowledge of what is right and wrong (Romans 2:15; 1 John 3:18-20). We all know that if we tell a lie it is wrong to do so (cf. Exodus 20:16). If we are sons of God our desire is not to lie; indeed, in obedience to Him we will not lie. The Holy Spirit dwells in us (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19); therefore we cannot willingly lie. Jesus lives in us, and we in Him (John 17:21); therefore how can we deliberately lie? Our desire is always to tell the truth. The Spirit testifies ‘of the truth (John 15:26)’ and He gives the glory to Jesus (Ephesians 1:13, 14).
Jesus the Life
“I am the resurrection and the **life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this (John 11:25, 26)?”’
Not only is Jesus the Way (John 14:6) to the Father, but He is the One who calls His disciples (John 15:16) and teaches them to walk in His ways (John 8:12). He is our Exemplar (1 Peter 2:21). Without Him there would be no life. He is Life itself (John 1:4; 1 John 1:1, 2; 5:11). Jesus said He is ‘the resurrection and the life (John 11:25).’ Jesus is eternal life (1 John 1:2) and He is the Resurrection and the Life. He is the One who gives life (John 5:21; 6:27). Amazingly He gives physical life to both the good and the bad; and He gives His Holy Spirit to those of His choosing (John 3:3-8). In Him they have eternal life; for He is eternal. He has always existed and He will always exist (1 John 5:20). Our [believers] eternal life is in Him.
*Believing the Truth
**The Meaning of Life