This bible study will teach you what it means when Jesus said: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” (Jn 14:6), and what is the explanation that the Lord teaches us in this Word. Read also: I am the True Vine – Reflection in the Bible.
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life – John 14:1-6
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:1-6).
Context and Reflection in John 14:1-6
In this portion of the Word, the Lord Jesus begins encouraging his disciples, because he already knew that the time for suffering on the cross was approaching and that they would be greatly affected (Jn 14:1). The disciples on the other hand, did not understand what was happening, therefore, they were in a situation of confusion and sadness when they could not understand how after walking for three years with their teacher, now he told them that he was leaving, but that then he would return (Jn 14:3).
The situation placed the disciples in uncertainty and fear. For they thought, how was it possible that his friend and spiritual guide left them alone. But the Lord Jesus Christ to confirm and guide them said: “you know the way” (Jn 14:4). Therefore, a man as skeptical as Thomas asked: “how can we know the way?” (Jn 14:5). In this way, he was expressed in the word the answer given by the Lord Jesus Christ and perhaps one of the most important passages the Bible has when he said:
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6).
This passage is one of the fundamental pillars of true Christian doctrine, where all false doctrines, lying sects and pagan religions are exposed. Here all vain arguments and philosophies fall, but it is evident that only Jesus Christ Saves and that apart from Him we can do nothing (Jn 15:5).
We must not have much knowledge to understand what this verse means, but we will study it in detail.
Jesus is the Way
When the Lord Jesus says these words, it is very clear to highlight saying “I am the Way”. He is not saying that he is a person who shows the way, or that he is one of the way, as many philosophers think in saying that there are many paths that lead to heaven, inventing that all religions lead to God. Jesus Christ said that only one is the Way, and it is He (Jn 14:6).
The Lord Jesus is the only bridge between God and Man (1 Tim 2:5), therefore it is the only path that leads to God (Jn 14:6). If you are on the path of Jesus Christ, you are on the right path. But if you find yourself in Freemasonry, in Buddhism, Greek philosophy or any other path other than Jesus Christ, the bible says “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Pr 14:12).
Something very important to highlight is that it all started when man sinned in the Garden of Eden, three things happened: “He died before God, lost his communion with God and his knowledge of God”. Jesus Christ came to reconcile man with God. Therefore, there is nothing we can do, because Christ has already done everything. Not only did he die on a cross for our sins, but by repenting of our sins and receiving him in our lives as our only Lord and Savior, through Him we receive knowledge of God through the Holy Spirit (Jn 14:26; 1 Co 2:9-12).
Jesus is the Truth
The Lord Jesus when he said he was the “Truth”. He was saying that he was the only “Adsoluta Truth”, and that any philosophy of this world is a lie.
In today’s world we can realize that what was a truth according to the philosophy of man, today is not. Therefore the investigations that are done today, tomorrow can be denied, we call this “relative truths”.
On the other hand, everything that has happened, what is happening and what is going to happen is written in the Bible. We can also find that God said through his prophets that Christ was going to be born and was born, that he was going to die and died, was going to resurrect and resurrected, finally said that he would come again and he’ll be back.
Jesus Christ is the Truth and in Him all the mysteries of God are hidden (Col 1:26-27, 2:3; 1 Cor 2:7-8). The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:11 “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God“ (1 Cor 2:11). And no one can receive the Spirit of God, if he does not know Christ first.
Jesus is the Life
This Word not only has a literal meaning, but also a spiritual one. This statement refers to Jesus Christ not only being the creator and author of life (Jn 1: 3-4, 1:10; 1 Cor 8:6; Col 1:16), but also of the “Eternal Life”.
At the moment that God created man I breathe breath of life into him (Ge 2:7), and the Bible says that “the man became a living soul” (Ge 2:7). This term refers to the fact that Man not only had the “physical life”, but also the “spiritual life” and the “eternal life” that God had placed in him. Therefore, at the time that the first man sinned, not only “physical death” entered , but also “spiritual death” and “eternal death” with that first sin.
For this reason, man by shame began to hide from God (Ge 3:8), in the same way that today he hides behind his own atheistic philosophies, because he is spiritually dead before his Creator.
With the coming of Jesus Christ, God again wants to reconcile man through Him (Is 53:5; Ro 5:10; Eph 2:13). Therefore he gave his Beloved Son, who did not commit sin and was the only one who walked in this world to fulfill God’s law that we we could not obey (2 Cor 2:21; 1 Pe 2:22, 3:18), and die for the sins that you and I committed (Is 53:6; Ro 4:25; 1 Pe 3:18).
Jesus Christ before he died said “It is finished” this means “The debt has been paid” (Jn 19:30). With his death the Lord was paying for the sins of those who were to believe in Him, but with the resurrection he was returning the “spiritual life” or “communion with God” to all believers.
Everyone who believes in Jesus Christ and receives him as their Lord and Savior, also receives the Spirit of God that is our promise from God for those who are to receive the “Eternal Life”.
No man cometh unto the Father, but by Jesus
Finally, to confirm these Biblical Truths Jesus said: “No man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (Jn 14:6), teaching that in no other way can God be reached, but only through Jesus Christ. The Bible says that “only Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and Man” (1 Tim 2:5) and that “there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).