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Only one way, truth, life

Sometimes people are maddening when describing how to get somewhere.

They say, “Well, you can go down this road, and turn left to another road, or you could go back about a mile, turn on another road and use that road for five miles and use another road to get to yet some other road.”

There are people who say, “There are many ways to God.” Even our own president has said that. Jesus disagreed.

In John 14, Jesus told his disciples that he was going away to prepare a place for them so that all his disciples would be together with him. Then he said, “And you know the way where I am going” (John 14:4 NASB). This time it was Thomas who spoke up. “Lord, we do not know where you are going, how do we know the way?” (John 14:5).

In answer to Thomas, Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me” (John 14:6).

Anyone who wishes to have and maintain a relationship with God must come to him through Christ. The apostle Paul wrote Timothy that there was one mediator between God and man and that is Christ (1 Timothy 2:5).

F.F. Bruce, who authored an outstanding commentary on this passage in John wrote, “He (i.e., Christ) is the only way by which men and women may come to the Father; there is no other way.”

Does this offend you? Then, your argument is with Jesus, because he himself said that he is “the way, and the truth, and the life.” He is the only way to God. He himself is the only truth that exists. He himself is the only life man can hope to have when this life is over. There is no other way, no other truth, no other life, and all of the wishing all of the religions of man together notwithstanding can make it otherwise.

Only Jesus provides the way you seek. Only Jesus provides the truth you need. Only Jesus provides eternal life. There is no other way, no other truth, no other life.

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John Henson

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, John Henson has been a husband for 40 years and a preacher for about half that. He currently serves as the preacher for the Dibrell Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee..

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2 thoughts on “Only one way, truth, life

  1. Good points, brother! Sad to say, man has always wanted to complicate things to show his intellectual prowess. The phrase, “There are many ways to God” indicates such a complication. Jesus believes in the KISS formula: “Keep it simple, son.” There is only “one way” to God, and that way is through Him.

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