I Am The Way and The Truth and The Life

i am the way truth life

In the book of John, Jesus Christ says the phrase “I am the…” sixteen times with 10 of them different:

  1. Bread, bread of life, living bread
  2. Light of the world (2)
  3. Door, door of the sheep
  4. Good shepherd (2)
  5. Son of god
  6. Resurrection
  7. Vine, true vine
  8. Way
  9. Truth (reality)
  10. Life

This article will focus on the last three: Way, Truth, and Life.

“I am the” is a powerful phrase. The “I” is Jesus Christ speaking about himself. He is expressing ownership for his claims.  The “am” means present tense. He doesn’t say “I was” or “I will be” but “I am” meaning at this moment the following trait applies to him. The word “the” is the definite article. He could have said “I am a” which means one of many. Instead, he marked himself by the word “the” which means distinct from all others. “I am the” are three very common and simple words but significant.  Now let’s look at

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.

In the Greek, this phrase is “I am the way and the truth and the life”. The additional “and” changes the emphasis from the end of the sentence to each item in the list. We will consider the meaning of all three: the way and the truth and the life.

The Way

Jesus said, “I am the way”.  The way is the path, avenue, or road leading to a destination. Jesus is the only path to the ultimate destination, eternal life.  This is accomplished by the new birth which is Christ in you, the hope of glory ( Colossians 3:15).

John 7:14(NASV)

For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

This verse adds to our understanding that the way is narrow. This means that Jesus Christ is the only way. All other ways are ways but not “the way”. This requires us to learn and obey God’s thoughts and ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). Staying on the Way improves our lives and the lives of others as we align our thoughts and ways with God’s thoughts and ways.

The Way is narrow and leads to a gate. This gate represents the entrance to the kingdom. Also, he said that few find it. Why do few find it? First of all you find something when you are looking for it. Most of the world is not looking for the gate because of the belief that there are many gates and that the road is wide. This is a lie of Satan. Let’s look at John 14 again.

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.

No man comes unto the Father but by Jesus. It’s interesting that he did not say “no man comes unto God, but by me.” That’s because it’s a family relationship. It’s the born from above son’s of God that call him father. We not only call him father but Abba which means Daddy. It’s an intimate term used by children. It supersedes our God relationship. President Obama has two daughters, Sasha, and Malia. He is their president, but they do not address him as Mr. President when he says goodnight. Instead, they say, “Goodnight Daddy”. He is still their President, but the Daddy relationship supersedes the Presidential title.

The Truth

There are a lot of reality shows on TV today. There are eating shows (Anthony Bourdain), makeup shows(Face Off), cooking shows(Hell’s Kitchen, Chopped, America’s Test Kitchen, Top Chef), family shows(Keeping up with the Kardashians,  19 Kids and Counting), singing completions (The Voice), supernatural experiences (Paranormal Witness), fishing shows (Deadliest catch), dancing competitions(Dance Moms, Dancing with the  Stars), Courtroom cases (Judge Judy), Police(Cops), Real estate (Million dollar listing NY), Pawn shop (Pawn stars), dating(Parental Control), Amazon.com list over 1000 different reality shows.  Most of them are not “reality” shows (with the exception of sporting events) because the shows are scripted and manipulated. These shows appeal to us due to a desire to see something odd, exotic, extravagant, competitive, or weird. There is another reality.

Jesus said that he’s “the Truth”. One of the translations for truth is reality. Jesus is the Reality! Since Jesus is the Word then the Word of God is Reality. You can trust the rightly divided Word of God to align with biology, geology, astronomy, history, and any other subject.  The world knows facts and theories, some of which change over time, but the Word of God is always true.

The Life

There are many words for life in the Greek. Bios is the word for physical life. We derive the English word biology from it. Psuche is the word for soul life where the intellect, emotions, and will exist. We derive the English word psychology from it. The last word, zoe, applies to Jesus Christ and represents spiritual life which results in eternal life. All three of the life forms are mentioned In the following verse.

1 Thessalonians 5:23(NIV)

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Adam was a three part being as God intended: body, soul, and spirit. When Adam committed treason in Genesis 3 then he lost the spirit of God and became a body and soul man.  Man was incomplete until the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was made available so that man could be complete again by adding spirit to his body and soul. Now man had the ability to communicate with God via the spirit and operate all nine of the manifestations of the spirit: word of knowledge, word of wisdom, discerning of spirits, faith, miracles, gifts of healings, speaking in tongues, speaking in tongues with interpretation, and prophecy.

Jesus is the Way and the Truth and the Life. Therefore, we can live Life as we walk by the Spirit being Real as we are on the Way to eternal life.

Jesus said In John 16:7(NAS)

7 “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you, but if I go, I will send Him to you.

This must have baffled his disciples to think that it would be better for Jesus to leave than to stay. But he told then that he was speaking the truth, the real deal. Instead of only one Jesus present on the earth then the sons of God with Christ in them would have the life of God, the love of God, and the Word of God in their nature. We do not have to find Jesus because we carry Jesus with us. Rejoice in the privilege to be a Son of God and walk as worthy ambassadors representing our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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