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I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
We must realize as we approach God that His ultimate, gracious purpose with regard to man has been revealed to us, and it is a purpose of love and mercy and of kindness and compassion. This is something that is only known fully and finally in and through the Lord Jesus Christ. That is why this statement must be put like this: “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). This truth is an absolute necessity. That is why our Lord said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). He is the way to God. He is the truth about God, and apart from the life He gives, we will never share or know the life of God. So there is no knowledge of God apart from Him; through Him comes this ultimate true and saving knowledge, the saving relationship.
Notice what John 17:3 tells us about our Lord Jesus Christ: “That they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ.” The name Jesus reminds us of the truth of the Incarnation: This eternal Son of God was made man—the man Jesus. But the man Jesus is One who is God and who is co-equal with Him and whom, therefore, you think of in terms of being God and being with God—“and Jesus.”
But He is also Jesus Christ, and “Christ” means “Messiah,” the One who has been anointed to do this special work of bringing men and women to God and of giving God’s life to humankind. You see how all this mighty doctrine is put here as it were in a nutshell for us—“and Jesus Christ.” It is all there—the ultimate object is to know this “only true God”; yes, and the way to know Him is to know Jesus Christ.
A Thought to Ponder
Christ is the way to God; He is the truth about God.
From Saved in Eternity, pp. 143-144.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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