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Applications XIV – The Way

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“I am the Way … No one comes to the Father except through Me.  If you really knew Me, you would know My Father as well.  From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.”[1]

Jesus did not say that He would show us the way to the Father or to God, nor did He ever say, “I will show you a way, even the best way.”  Paul said that when he wrote:  And now I will show you the most excellent way.[2]  And through his famous 1 Corinthians 13 discourse on love, the church and even the world have idolised love as the best way and ignored Jesus as THE Way.  And that is what happens whenever anyone listens to the law, the prophets, the psalms, and now the apostles, without first listening to Jesus.  If you want to get an idea of what the Christless Bible or gospel is like, just have a religion based on the law, the prophets, the psalms and the apostles, but leave out what Jesus said completely.

You see, when God said to Peter, James and John in front of Moses and Elijah that Jesus is His beloved Son, listen to Him, on the Mount of Transfiguration,[3] He really meant it.  Because Jesus wasn’t just going to show us a way to the Father, but that He is THE WAY, the ONLY WAY to the Father.

Now, once and for all, put this on record:  Jesus, as many claim, is NOT the only way to God.  Many claim, and correctly so, there are many ways to God, and that all religions speak of and lead a person to God eventually.  Listen:  They are absolutely perfectly correct.  Realise forever that Jesus never ever said, “No one comes unto God except through Me.”  No, the exact words are:  “No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  You do not need Jesus Christ to meet God.  No!  You just have to die, and you will meet God.  You can be an atheist and you will come unto God when you die.  If there is a sure way for all men to meet with God, it is death, and every religion only shows a person to prepare for death with their lives by all their man inspired and man made rules of do’s and don’ts.

Jesus Christ is the only One who shows His disciples to use their lives to prepare for Life, which is why He also said, “I am …the Life.”[4]  He also said, “Whoever lives and believes in Me, will never die.”[5]  He who said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will… do even greater things… because I am going to the Father,”[6] yet Himself lived and died to be raised by the Holy Spirit, must have included a life that is lived, lived and lived without death to be one of those greater things.  Guess what!  Can you see it?  It is only possible for those who have faith in Jesus to do greater things as well, if their faith in Him encompasses the truth that He has gone to the Father.  So, many who claim to have faith in Him, yet do not hold to this truth that He has gone to the Father where we can see Him no longer,[7] are those who cannot do these greater things.  If those who have faith to believe that Jesus is at the Father’s side now can do greater things, then what things can those who have faith that Jesus is coming back from the Father do?  It is not faith that Jesus is coming back from Heaven —it is faith that He is coming back from His Father.  It is not faith that Jesus is coming back from God —no, it is faith He is coming back from His Father, who is God.

You see, when Jesus said, “I am the Way,” and you prefix that with these four words, “But I tell you… I am the Way,” you can hear what is unsaid, as if Jesus is saying, “You have heard it was said such and such is the way to God, and such and such is the true religion of God,” and then you hear the door slam shut, “But I tell you… I am the Way… No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Those who are not interested in getting to know God as the Father do not need Jesus Christ at all.  They merely have to live, and regardless of whether they lived religiously or irreligiously, they will come to know God, as it is written:  “No longer will a man teach his neighbour, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord.[8]  At least 69 times in Ezekiel, the Lord said, “They/you/My people will know that I am the Lord.”  But not once did He ever say, “They will know I am the Father.” 

Indeed, buried in those 69 odd, “they will know that I am the Lord,” is this one:  “They will know My vengeance.”[9]  And on the day they meet with the Lord, they will know His vengeance, just like Saul of Tarsus, a devout Jew, a Pharisee of Pharisees whose righteousness in observance of his religious practices exceeded those of his days, practising it with murderous zeal, imprisoning and killing those, as he confessed openly, who belonged to this Way:  “I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison.”[10]

To Saul the Pharisee, the way of worship through Jesus was a way of worship that did not agree with what he knew, so that when he was persecuting them, he was persecuting the followers of this Way, a way.  Saul did not accept Jesus for who He said He is —and like all men, religious or irreligious, he came to meet Him as the Lord in the fullness of His vengeance on the road to Damascus when the light of the Lord blinded him and Saul cried out, “Who are You, Lord?” and Jesus replied, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”[11]

Saul was spared from death, but when he first came face to face with the Lord Almighty, he experienced the power of God in vengeance and was blinded, all because he rejected the message of the other disciples about Jesus.  If a religious, zealous man like Saul would meet the Lord God in such a way, how would anyone else who practised their professed religion less righteously receive from the Lord God on the day of His vengeance?  That is why it is not for nothing that we must preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that some may repent and believe and be saved from the vengeance of the Lord on their appointed day of reconciliation.

Now look at how Paul, formerly Saul, professed before Felix, “However, I admit that I worship the God of our fathers as a follower of the Way…”[12]  You see, if you truly believe in Jesus and His words, then you are not a Christian, as much as you are a follower of the Way, the Truth and the Life.  You are not a ‘little Christ’ and not even a follower of Christ, but rather, a follower of the Way, the Truth and the Life to come unto the Father of Jesus Christ, who is God.

Before you begin to think that anyone who wants to come to know the One true God as many religions tout that they can help their believers do, will have eternal life also; think again.  Yes, you can live forever by coming to know the One true God, that is, you can be an immortal by coming to know the One true God, just like Satan.  He knows the One true God.  In fact, Satan had conversations with the One true God as it is recorded in Job 2-3, which demonstrates that Satan knows God.  In fact, Satan knew God so well that it was or is his expressed desire, as he thought of himself, “I will ascend to Heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.  I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”[13]

Now, how could you make yourself like someone else unless you know them?  No, Satan knows the One true God and yet he is an immortal who will live forever, but he has no eternal life, only eternal torment awaiting him in the Lake of Burning Sulphur.  So, just because you know the One true God does not mean you have eternal life, although it can mean you will be immortal.  Remember, every word of Jesus, not one will disappear even when Heaven and Earth disappear.[14]  Jesus said, “Father… Now this is eternal life; that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.”[15]

Knowing the One true God only can give you immortality, but it is only that we may know the One true God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent that we have eternal life.  Faith in Jesus Christ saves you for eternal life, as He said, “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.”[16]  In what way must we look at the Son of Man when He is lifted up to have eternal life?  In the way the Jews looked at the bronze snake Moses lifted up, to look upon Him as the only way to be saved and live, just as the Jews looked at that bronze snake as the only way to survive the bite of the poisonous snakes.  Only those who look at Jesus as the only way to survive the bite of Satan the serpent may have, not will have, may have eternal life.

In order to secure that eternal life, they must then spend the time after they have believed and looked, following Him to get to know Him.  You see, Philip said to the Lord, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us,” after Jesus said, “I am the Way…” And Jesus answered, “Don’t you know Me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time?  Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father.”[17]  Fine for Jesus to say that to Philip who did see Him, but what about us who have never seen Him and yet believed?  You reply, “We are blessed more than Thomas;” that is true.   But how do we see the Father when we have not seen Jesus?  When we put into practice the words of Jesus that we have heard; it is the beginning, but not the complete picture.

Many people, in fact, everyone puts into practice the words of Jesus they have heard according to their understanding and knowledge from the beginning.  So that, for instance, some pray this way, others pray that way in secret in accordance to the Lord’s instructions to pray in secret.[18]  Some drive out demons this way and others that way, and so on.  That is all fine and good, provided they do not institutionalise the way they practise the words of Jesus as the Way.  It is their way and a way, but as the Lord said, “Wisdom is proved by her actions.”[19]  The way you practise the Lord’s words will be proved by your actions, that is, by your results, not by your faith or excuses, but by the results.

If you are truly serious about getting to know Jesus, you will soon realise He is THE Way to practise His words you have heard.  It is when you practise Jesus’ words in His way as THE WAY that you come unto the Father in the fullness of the Truth and the Life of the Father.

This should not offend you if you are humble and gentle of heart, because the very action of practice means that everything you do and have done is purposed so that you will modify your next action so that there is an improvement in such a way, the desired result is achieved more and more predictably.  The very word “practice” means that the way we do things cannot be set in stone dogmatically, but be open to continuous adjustment and modification until we succeed, and not just once, but again and again with a measure of certainty.

However, when you learn to apply yourself to practising the words of Jesus, to learn to do it His way as the Way, that is when not only do you experience the success as He is successful, but that very success will lead you to the Father’s side just as He is at the Father’s side.

Therefore, be mature now and leave your childish ways and see the need for practice, not for the sake of practice in your way, but the need for practice so that your failures will allow the Holy Spirit to remind you of what Jesus said and teach you all things about Jesus, including the way He did what He did. 

·       Jesus healed the sick a certain way – the Way – His way. 

·       Jesus multiplied food a certain way – the Way – His way. 

·       Jesus walked on water a certain way – the Way – His way; and so on and so on.

The Spirit who searches all things,[20] even our minds and hearts, is searching for those who earnestly are practising the words of Jesus they have heard with a desire to come to know Him and to glorify Him.  And the Spirit knows those who are practising that they may glorify themselves, and they will receive their reward in due time when they come to meet the Lord they have come to know, as they call out, “Lord, Lord…”[21]

When our practice is continuously applied and corrected in order that we do His words His way, then the success will be as continuous and as instantaneous as He enjoyed.  However, before then, yes, even before you enjoy that success, the fact that you are seeking to practise the application of His word to learn to do it His way as the Way, you will come unto the Father, for it was after all the Father who showed Jesus what to do and how to do it.

As Jesus said, “I do nothing on My own but speak just what the Father has taught Me.”[22]  And again, “Do not believe Me unless I do what My Father does.”[23]  “For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all He does.  Yes, to your amazement He will show Him even greater things than these.”[24]  And it will be the Father showing Jesus even greater things than these, but my friends, if you hold on to Jesus as the Way, it will be you who will be doing the greater things that the Father is showing Jesus.  And if you come to know the Father of Jesus Christ, then you might be able to become like the Father of Jesus Christ, so that as surely as Jesus is the beloved Son of God Almighty, the Son of God, He becomes to you like your own beloved Son, the Son of Man.  And you will see and treasure what the mother saw and treasured.  In this light will you be able to see yourself as preparing this Earth for His inheritance as a brother or sister prepares for their Brother and as a mother prepares for her Son.

As Jesus said, “Here are My mother and My brothers.  For whoever does the will of My Father in Heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”[25]  And what does every will of every father have for his first born whom he loves?  Is it not an inheritance well prepared?  But if we have a Father who cannot die, then we receive the inheritance only to give it back.  That is why it is written of Jesus:  Then the end will come, when He hands over the Kingdom to God the Father after He has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.  For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.[26]  –HIS WAY!

[1] John 14:6-7

[2] 1 Corinthians 12:31

[3] Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35

[4] John 14:6; 11:25

[5] John 11:26

[6] John 14:12

[7] John 16:10

[8] Jeremiah 31:34

[9] Ezekiel 25:14

[10] Acts 22:4

[11] Acts 9:5

[12] Acts 24:14

[13] Isaiah 14:13-14

[14] Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33

[15] John 17:1,3

[16] John 3:14-15

[17] John 14:8-9

[18] Matthew 6:6

[19] Matthew 11:19

[20] 1 Corinthians 2:10

[21] Matthew 7:22

[22] John 8:28

[23] John 10:37

[24] John 5:20

[25] Matthew 12:49-50

[26] 1 Corinthians 15:24-25


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