What Did Jesus Mean When He Said: “I Am The Way, The Truth And The Life!”

If you are a believer, this post may be more difficult for you than it will be for those who are still seeking God; or even those who do not believe in God at all.  I say this because many believers may take what I am about to say the wrong way.  Therefore, I pray that those believers who happen upon this post will read it in its entirety and give my case careful consideration before drawing any conclusions.  If believers will do me this one favor, I suspect they will find that nothing I am about to say diminishes Jesus in any way. In fact, they may find that what I am about to say will actually explain some of the more difficult challenges non-believers have with our faith.  As for those who may not believe… Well, please, just read this post and see what you get out of it. It might surprise you 🙂

For many years, I had heard Christians quote Jesus: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life!”  I even parroted this passage, but I never actually understood what Jesus meant.  Like many other believers, I just accepted that Jesus was the only way to salvation, but I did not know or understand how or why Jesus was the only way to the Father — until I learned that Jesus is ‘The Logos.’  Once I discovered this fact, I suddenly understood this passage in Scripture in a totally different light:

John 14:6   New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Before I explain how I now understand this passage, let me point out that many people who reject God do so because they do not believe there is only one way to find the Father.  In their eyes, if Jesus is the only way to the Father, then all those who have never heard about Jesus or His Gospel are condemned to hell, and that means God is unjust.  Not only that, but it would also put Scripture in conflict with itself because Scripture says that those who sincerely seek the Lord will find him.  Speaking for myself — me, B3A, personally — I never had an answer to these challenges.  Well, that is not a problem for me anymore.  Now I can say that Scripture is correct when it declares that Jesus is the only way to salvation, and the passage cited above actually explains why it is true.  But it will only make sense once one understands that Jesus is ‘The Logos,’ and understands what that means.  Once we understand what it means to call Jesus ‘The Logos,’ this passage suddenly expands to cover all people on earth, at all times, everywhere — whether they ever hear about Jesus and His Gospel or not.

Now, at this point, I suspect a great many believers may be ready to stop reading.  If this is you, DON’T LEAVE ME YET!  Hear me out — please.

As I said, in John 1:1, John says Jesus is ‘The Logos.’  If you have not already done so, stop and read my post on Jesus and ‘The Logos.’

Now, let’s look at the passage where Jesus says He is the Way, the Truth and the Life:

John 14:6   New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Let’s focus on the original Greek behind our English translation.  You can find it here.  Specifically, let’s look at the meaning of the three Greek words behind:

‘way’ —  a way, road, journey, path.

‘truth’ —  truth, but not merely truth as spoken; truth of idea, reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness.

‘life’ — life, both of physical (present) and of spiritual (particularly future) existence.

Now let us put Jesus’ words in a slightly different way:

I am the path or journey, that leads to the Logos, which leads to eternal life.

If one seeks to live according to righteousness, they will find eternal life.  But notice that this means God’s righteousness, not that of man or a false god.  And, as Paul tells us in Romans 1 and 2, and as Job explains in Job, it is possible to find God’s laws of righteousness with nothing more than the sky above us and the Natural World around us.  In fact, this is the philosophical foundation of the entire Western world.  And this is why Jesus is the only way to God and eternal life.

If you are a believer, please, I beg you, do not be quick to label me a blasphemer or heretic.  Notice that nothing I have said in this post changes a single thing about Jesus.  If anything, it expands on Who believers think He is: it makes Jesus bigger.  He is still the Savior (this is inherent in the notion of Logos).  He is also the path (early believers were initially called ‘people of the way’).  This means He is still the only gate through which we can come to the Father or achieve eternal life.  What’s more, salvation still has to be based in faith and grace (though this is a point for another post).  So you see, nothing is changed in regard to Jesus by the way I have presented Christ’s claim about Himself — nothing!  All I have done is provide an explanation of what John said in John 1:1 (that Jesus is ‘The Logos’); and explanation that harmonizes Scripture; and an explanation that explains how God can be found and salvation obtained by those who have never heard of Jesus or His Gospel message.  Finally, in the process of doing all of this, I have provided an answer to skeptics that silences their accusations of God being unjust and there being more than one way to the Father and salvation.

If you are still with me, thank you.  At least you have stayed with me long enough to hear my full argument.  I do not expect that you will agree.  In fact, I expect many, if not most to disagree with me.  All I can ask is that the reader accept that I love God, the Father, and His Son, Jesus, Christ!  I seek to be a good, faithful and obedient servant.  And I do not wish to lead anyone astray — not in the slightest ways.  At the same time, the Lord made me in a way that I must understand why I believe the things I believe.  This means I have to be true to this nature to be obedient.  Otherwise, I would be rejecting the way the Lord made me.  So I seek an understanding of God’s Word that does not conflict with any other part of His Word.  In other words, I try to find an understanding of Scripture that is coherent and consistent, and the way I understand Jesus now does this perfectly.  So, for me — personally — this is how I am supposed to see and understand Christ.  All I am doing is sharing this understanding and leaving the Lord’s Spirit to guide whomever He wills to find it and use it however He wishes them to do so.

 

Advertisements

One thought on “What Did Jesus Mean When He Said: “I Am The Way, The Truth And The Life!”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s