Jesus is the only way to God, and Jesus is God. All knowledge belongs to God. If we want to know what is true, then Jesus is the way to that truth – and even more than that – Jesus is Truth. We are told that the word of God is true, and Jesus is the word. It is by him all things were created and all things seen and unseen hang in the balance. It is only by Jesus that we can stop leaning on our own understanding about how this all works, why we are here, and what the “meaning of life” is. It is only by Jesus that we can find a most precious Truth that leads to an abundant life now and the everlasting life of eternity!
Jesus and The Spirit of Truth
You can read about the Spirit of Truth in John Chapter 16. This is also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, and the Holy Spirit.
“When the Spirit of Truth is come, he will reprove the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment.” He will also “guide us to all truths.”
Though Jesus is not the Holy Spirit, he was born of the Spirit, and through his death the Holy Spirit was given to us so that we can learn to rebuke sin, approve what is right, and learn to judge the difference. If we do not believe in Jesus, then we are bound to the punishment for sin which is death. We do no want to continue in a life of sin, but without the knowledge of the Lord in our hearts, we will. Since we do not have Jesus walking with us in the flesh, it is by the Spirit we are able to learn and thrive according to the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
Jesus is Truth, but he is distinct from the Spirit of Truth. How does this work? This is the same as how Jesus is God, yet he is also distinct from God. This is amazing to think about, and difficult to really wrap our minds around. Though there is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Jesus is the image and completion of all three, sent to this earth so that we can begin to know what is true. Jesus is the way of salvation as the Son. Jesus is Truth. Jesus is God. Yet, he is an entity all his own. It’s incredible and mind-blowing!
Jesus the Truth vs Satan the Deceiver
Jesus is the opposite of Satan. Whereas Satan is Darkness, Jesus is Light. Whereas Satan is the father of lies, Jesus is Truth. When we follow the lies of this world, we are being destroyed in mind, spirit, and body. Whether we are following false gods or false Christs, or following after the world in general, if we are following the prince of this world, we are wallowing in deceit and destruction. Satan kills, steals, and destroys.
Is it true that you are worthless? Is it true that you just have to have this or that material possession in order to feel valued or complete? Is it true that your body needs to fuel it’s addictions? Is it true that you will only be happy once you find that “special someone”? Is it true that you will always be the sinful person you are now? Is it true that if you do not adhere to this legalistic view of God or the other you will burn in hell forever? No.
In Jesus Christ, the truth is that you are a child of God, to whom you are more precious than you could ever imagine. The truth is that Jesus is all you need to be satisfied. The truth is that you don’t have to be bound to any chemical or other substance, and you are not bound to the pain these substances once masked before they turned on you and ruled you life. The truth is that Jesus makes a way out of all things that kill, steal, and destroy our peace, happiness, love, faith, and life. In Jesus, we have an abundant life of truth. When we follow after this world, we are ruled by hate and lies.
How much of our daily thoughts are even true? When we think something hateful about someone, is that even the real picture, or are we jumping to conclusions or projecting our own weaknesses onto others? When we think hateful things about ourselves, are these things true, or are we looking at ourselves through the lens of abusive people around us or the lies portrayed in media? When we focus on financial troubles instead of believing that Jesus will provide for us, are we living in what is true?
How often do we remember, “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Philippians 4:8)?”
Jesus and the True Path of Righteousness
In Jesus is the Way, you will read about how Jesus brings us the perfected law of the kingdom of God. Unlike the old covenant law, this law cannot be tainted by the hypocrisies and loopholes of mankind, and it provides us knowledge of the true will of God in all things.
More importantly, through the Holy Spirit of Truth, we are given a change of nature, writing the laws of the kingdom in our inward parts (in our hearts), so that we can live according to the kingdom of God instead of being bound to the kingdom of this world.
As we seek the truth of righteousness according to this perfect law, we see the truth of our state and our sin, so that we can approach God for forgiveness and repentance, and through Jesus who is the final lamb of sacrifice and the holiest of priests, we have a means by which we can be forgiven and even freed from all bonds of sin.
Without this, we will continue making excuses for our sins and attempt to hide them from God, and we will continue serving darkness and death instead of living in the kingdom of Light and Life.
What is Truth?
Is the truth merely what can be detected with our senses or proven tangibly? Or, is the real truth something hidden from us in a realm of reality we cannot access? As Christians, we know that the wisdom of God is foolishness to mankind. Why is that? Could that be because what mankind deems wise are things that work according to what we can detect within the confounds of the flesh, and God is a spirit? We are told that those who worship Him must do so in Spirit and in Truth.
Truth is more than just a set of facts. Real Truth is something far greater, and Jesus is the only way to this truth. I think we often fail to really grasp just how real God is and the fact that we can walk with Him in the kingdom even now. I think we often forget the spirit of things, and instead look at God through the lens of legalism, thereby “straining out the gnat and swallowing the camel.” I think we often lean way too much on our own understanding and on the illusion that the Christian systems have managed to peg God down by studying the bible and passing along man-made traditions over the last 2000 years.
If we want the truth, we need to stop looking to man and our own worldly wisdom and instead go to the source – Truth Himself!
Through Jesus, we see things for what they really are. We see the purpose of the creation and God’s glory shown throughout it. We see that there is only One True God, and all things are created by Him and for His pleasure. We see that everything we have is given to us so that we can grow spiritually as we live after the real and true kingdom of God and die to the kingdom of this world. We see the kingdom more clearly and we walk after things unseen and live by a standard of truth that only God can give.
And though we cannot judge the hearts of mankind, we begin to see people for who they are better and gain understanding that encourages us to be loving and patient towards them. We see the pain behind every harsh word spoken to us. We see the suffering of those in bonds to sin rather than looking down our noses at them. We see people who are bound by heavy chains, needing deliverance that only Jesus can give.
We also see things that can be hard to see, like corruption and deceit, false images of Christ being worshiped everyday, lies about our God being spread as truth, and the overwhelming hate that consumes this world. However, we also see that God has ordained this, so we rest in the peace only He can provide and await His return and the promise of a kingdom in which all will have access to the Truth!
This is part 2 of the series, “Why is Jesus the Only Way to God?”
Part 1: Jesus is The Way.
Part 3: Jesus is The Life.