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“The Way, the Truth, and the life”

June 21, 2016

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worksbyJ.J.

 

[Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version “NIV” copyright ã 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible society. Used by permission of International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.    NIV and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States patent and trademark office by International Bible Society.]

 

When I ask a preacher or pastor, “What is the Way?” and clarifying that it is the Doctrine of God; I get answers of – Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life; we need to follow his commandments, repent and be baptized.

All true but all wrong! They are wrong because they omit the instructions of How we fulfill them.

Repentance is to change ones mind, but to what do we change it to? Baptism is still widely believed to be of water, though it is to be in spirit. And even if many believe the baptism of spirit comes later, the fact is, spiritual baptism is spontaneous with being saved and not with water baptisms.

Finally, yes Jesus is the way the truth and the life, but how do we come to God through Jesus?

You say we accept him as our Lord and savior, but how do we do that? What’s that you say- we follow his commandments… Which are? What?

And here it is that the many, many different “Christian” doctrine teaching churches proliferate.

Why is it that most every pastor doesn’t know of the instruction found in God’s Doctrine called the Way? Have you ever heard tell of it? I haven’t and yet there are several verses that refer to it.

Let’s look in the book of Acts. First off, acts 16:17 we read of the girl that is demon possessed and able to “predict” events, she shouts: “These men are servants of the most high God, who are telling you the way to be saved.”niv

Granted the emphasis on the way is not capitalized and it can easily be thought of as the way is what they teach. Not in itself a title word with a capital W.  yet think, if I was to say I can teach y6ou the way of the alphabet, you would know I had to teach you 26 letters A thru Z; and when I was done you would know the alphabet, and so would everyone else.

Yet for the sake of argument, I will allow this mention of the way to be a referral to the teachings of what the apostles taught, and not be thought of as a title of a set of instructions. I will do the same for the way (not capitalized) of the next verse found in 18:25-26 where a Jew named Apollos “taught about Jesus accurately with a thorough knowledge of the scriptures.”niv but only knew the baptism of John, which was of water, not the baptism of Jesus which is by spirit.

But in verse 19:9 we read that Paul taught about the kingdom of God and about the baptism of Jesus, but was rejected. Where, “those who refused to believe, publicly maligned the Way.” (capital W.) No longer a representation of a scriptural knowledge about Jesus, but clearly a title of the knowledge it takes to believe in Jesus.

Look to verse 20:21 and see that Paul’s teaching was: “to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.”niv

Where the Way, (capital W), shows how to “turn to god in repentance and How to “have faith in our Lord Jesus.”

Then verse 22:4 shows Paul referring to Gods teaching as “this Way”, (capital W.) and in 24:14 Paul says to Governor Felix, “…I admit that I worship the God of our fathers as a follower of the Way, (capital W.), which they call a sect.”niv

Interestingly he clarifies that he, “strive(s) always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.”niv  another indicator of the Way of God’s Doctrine…first: turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus…second: to strive to keep a clear conscience. To which governor Felix who was well acquainted with the Way, closed the preceedings. Verse 24:22

In conclusion, every preacher should have an understanding in the Way. This understanding should reveal God our heavenly Father through repentance and establish our faith in Jesus and allow us to a know a clear conscience. So you see, all those responses given by the pastors…Jesus is the way the truth and the life; or repent and be baptized ; or follow the commandments,  are all lacking the instruction and understanding of how to accomplish them and know God, have faith in Jesus and have a clear conscience; all in a teaching that every church is to follow.

Not a clear conscience based on a stubborn belief in Jesus atonement but a clear conscience based on living in the Way. A knowledgeable and assured faith that believes rightly.

A Way supported by verse and spiritual growth. Understand…Faithfulness to believe in Jesus is a fruit of the spirit and not an inclination of our will when we first accepted Jesus as taught to us. Many Christians are led to think that all they need to do is believe by faith before they ever substantiate their faith or prove the evidence thereof.

You, if I have my way, you will learn to support your faith with the substance and evidence of the Love of God that comes through the Truth in Jesus. (see Heb. 11:1 and Gal. 5:6)

In Him,

J.J.

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