Posts Tagged ‘The way the truth and the life’

To follow the way of truth is a choice

July 22, 2022

In Psalm 119:30 (New King James Version) we find the Verse of the Day for July 21, 2022:

I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me.

The Voice Translation renders the verse this way:

I have decided to take the path of faith; I have focused my eyes on Your regulations.

The reference to “the way of truth” brings to mind an earlier blog entry in which I discussed “The Will of God,” using the analogy of the will of God as a road, a path, or a way, looking at the Hebrew word derek, translated “way, road, path, distance, journey, manner.” The word also refers to a direction, manner, habit, way of life, a course of life or mode of action, and a lifestyle.  

In “Why Don’t Somebody Help Me Praise the Lord?” a poetic expression of my personal testimony, I refer to “the path of truth”:  

Stumbling down the road of life,
I was wasting all my youth,
Then took a right turn to Jesus Christ;
Now I’m walking the path of truth.  

Why Don’t Somebody Help Me Praise the Lord?  

In a previous post on the Will of God, I spoke of the will of God as the road less traveled, referring to the often-quoted poem by Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken.” Most remarkably, I first committed that poem to memory as a junior in high school, back in the middle of the Twentieth Century. I still know the poem by heart and recognize now more clearly than ever its application to my life at this time:  

The Will of God: the Road Less Travelled by

I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.  

The Road Not Taken
—Robert Frost    

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world,
but let God transform you into a new person
by changing the way you think. Then you will learn
to know God’s will for you, which is good and   
pleasing and perfect.

Romans 12:2 (New Living Translation)  

I begin again, this year of my jubilee.
Reflecting on life’s journey, I cannot deny
That the will of God is the road less traveled by:
To choose to serve, even though having been set free.
The straight and narrow way I once again select.
I press on, still striving toward the highest good.
In this place, we renew our covenant of blood,
Reassured that “As for God His way is perfect.”
I see clearly with new eyes where our paths have led.
In the midst of turbulent times, I remain still,
Proving that good and acceptable and perfect will.
I look back, waiting in the now, then look ahead.
Each day God offers another chance to commence:
The choice to do God’s will makes all the difference.  

To follow the Will of God is to decide which path we are going to take. Many times it is easier to follow our own path and seek our own way rather than God’s way or God’s will. Like the Psalmist, we should choose to follow the path of truth, taking the “road less traveled by.” As believers we choose to follow that path, “the way, the truth, and the life,” revealed through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, expressed in this musical composition by Pat Barrett:

The Way, the Truth, and the Life

December 8, 2014

John 14--6

Another metaphor used by Jesus involves three different aspects of the Son of God, as revealed in John 14:6 (NLT):

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

As the author of an article “Who is Jesus?: Seven facets of his life,” I discuss the seven metaphors found in John from which the following comment is taken:

In the opening verse of John 14 the disciples find themselves in a state of shock upon hearing Jesus saying that he is going away and that they could not follow him to place where he is going. They were troubled because Jesus was talking about His death. They were agitated like water in a pot on a hot stove. Jesus told them that He is preparing a place in heaven. He is the means of bringing them to heaven to be with His Father. He is going ahead of them and will prepare a place for them and that he will return again. Thomas, one of the disciples, asked,” “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”

In responding to Thomas, Jesus uses another metaphor with three features: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

The way refers to a path or road or “way.” Jesus declares that he is not only the way; He is the only way to the Father, as he elaborates that “no man comes to the Father but by me.”

Jesus Christ is the full, final and complete revelation of God. Jesus is the truth. “I myself am the truth.” “I and I alone, and no one else am the truth.” Jesus is the actual embodiment of the truth. He is the authoritative representative and revealer of God. He hears what the Father says and does what the Father tells Him to do (5:19; 8:29The essence of truth in its purest form is embodied in Jesus Christ, who is “full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14), and he is the source of grace and truth to men, for “grace and truth came by means of or by way Jesus Christ. Earlier in the Gospel of John, Jesus exhorted his disciples that if would continue in his words that they would know the truth and the truth would make them free. To have the Truth is to have eternal life which brings to mind the last part of the metaphor. (17:3).  You can paraphrase John 14:6, “I am the way that reveals the truth (about God) and gives life (to people).”

Jesus is the way:

Jesus Christ is the giver of life, life more abundant in the present and eternal life to come. Jesus promised “eternal life” to all who believe on Him: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:27-28).

Not only does Jesus Christ give life, correspondingly he also delivers from death. Christ conquered death—physical, spiritual and eternal. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

The website comments: Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” Jesus is not only the way to God; He is the truth of God because He is the embodiment of God’s self-revelation. He is the life of God. He is “the true God and eternal life.”You can paraphrase John 14:6, “I am the way that reveals the truth (about God) and gives life (to people).”

The photo of a poster that displays the tri-fold metaphor of John 14:6—“I am the way, the truth, and the life.” This metaphor is brought to life with the Christian Praise and Worship song: “Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life”: