The Way, the Truth, and the Life: Part 3
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
God’s word is truth. And God’s word is alive. Truth is a living spiritual thing.
When we lie, the people around us can no longer trust us. This is a spiritual thing. Distrust separates us from others.
1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
Truth is more than not speaking lies. Our words alone are not what truth is or isn’t. Behind all words are intents of the heart. If we speak lies, what does this tell of our hearts, our spiritual state? How does this translate to our actions, and the actions of those our lies affect? If we say one thing and do another, we are hypocrites, liars, covenant breakers. How many people do you know that say the church is just a bunch of hypocrites? Are they right? Are we doing what we say? Are we living out what we say we believe?
Throughout the Bible, God’s word is spoken of as truth. We can trust it. We can poke it with a stick and it will not bite us. We can weigh it and measure it and find it worthy of its name. We can ponder it and study it and try to tear it apart, but it stands firm.
Jesus is also called the Word. And He says He is the truth.
Jesus is not a book He is a man, a God-man. His spirit has inspired our physical book that we hold in our hands. But this book is alive. We can also try to tear Jesus apart, His words, His actions, yet He stands firm. He may remain mysterious and perplexing, larger than our minds can comprehend, but the truth remains.
Truth is an action. It is spiritual and an action, much like love.
Psalms 86:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
John 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
What does it mean to walk in truth, or do truth? If Jesus is truth, wouldn’t this mean we were walking in Jesus? Is that what Jesus meant when He said, “Abide in me, and I in you.” If truth is an action, wouldn’t that mean that Jesus is an action? Then, we are called to live out Jesus as an action, to mirror his life as we live out ours.
Truth equates trust.
I love the trust that I have with my Lord. The following is an excerpt from Liberty in Christ:
Freedom is a strange creature. It comes from having total trust that something is true. When I finally believed that the Bible was all true and trustworthy, I no longer had to figure out what in my life was true or right or wrong. I no longer had any license to judge others, or care about what was thought of me. I have a basis for all truth, and according to the Bible, having my heart right with God is the issue, not my outward appearance (hence the freedom to pierce my nose). I no longer have to fit any mold. I no longer have to care how crazy someone might think I am for believing what I do. I was freed from my search of finding someone who understood me. I am no longer bound by societal rules. I am no longer bound by my family’s hang ups. I am free from self. I am free from all things. I am free to totally and completely rely on God and His wisdom. I am free from worry. I am free to make mistakes. I am free to grow and expand. I am finally free to love.
The great promise that I fully trust and know, that has given me this freedom is that God loves me, personally. He loves who I am, no matter how weird others might think I am. He has created me with specific gifts and talents that are unique to me, and he wants me to use who he created me to be to bless other people. I am at peace and free because God has made me this way for a purpose and He loves me passionately. I know this because the Bible says so, and He has experientially shown this to be true over and over again.
I was once a liar above all liars. Having tasted truth, it is sweet and beautiful.
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.