The Truth and the Life

John 14:1-7 Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go you know, and the way you know. Thomas said unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man come unto the Father, but by me. If you had known me, you should have known my Father also: and from henceforth you know him, and have seen him. 

 ‘You believe in God, believe also in me’ Believing in God is no proof that you are justified by faith alone, for even devils believe without justification. (Jas. 2:19) This trust is to have confidence that God will do all that He says and we must live in obedience to all that He commands.

The 32nd New Testament prophecy in John that is unfulfilled: ‘In my Father’s house are many mansions … I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also.’ This will be fulfilled at the rapture (1Thes. 4:16; 1Cor. 15:23, 51-58; Php. 3:21; Col. 3:4; Eph. 5:27). At this time He will receive to Himself all the dead and living in Christ who will come back to earth with Him 7 years later at the second coming for the Battle of Armageddon (Zec. 14:5; Jud. 1:14; Rev. 19:11-21). Since Christ is in heaven, that is where we are to go at the rapture (Acts 1:11; Eph. 1:20; Heb. 8:1; 9:24).

‘House’ Greek word oikia: dwelling place. The Father’s dwelling place is Heaven (2Cor. 12:1-4; Rev. 4-5; Eph. 1:20; Heb. 8:1; 9:24; Acts1:11).

‘I am the way’ Christ Is a Sevenfold Way: The only way to God (Matt. 7:14; John 10:1, 7, 9; 14:6); the way of escape (1Cor. 10:13); the way into the holiest (Heb. 9:8-15; 10:19-23); the new and living way (Heb. 5:9; 10:20); the way of truth (2Pet. 2:2); the right way (2Pet. 2:15); the way of righteousness (2Pet. 2:21; 1Cor. 1:30).

‘Truth’ This word is used by Jesus in John 22 times. He is the truth of God that sets free (John 8:32-36). He is the teacher and source of truth (Matt. 22:16; Mark 12:14; John 1:14, 17). The word is often quoted: “the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32) by the world, but without knowing the Truth [having a relationship with Jesus] there shall be no freedom.

‘Life’ This word is used 44 times in John. Christ is the only source of eternal life.

‘No man come unto the Father, but by me’ There is no other way to salvation, but through Christ Jesus. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” (Eph. 2:18) If you know Christ, you also know the Father; and if you are known by Christ, the Father knows you!

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