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The Way, the Truth, and the Life

The Way, the Truth, and the LifeJohn 14:6 Excerpt [The word]hodós itself refers to both way and goal. Hence the function of “truth” and “life” is more likely one of elucidation: Jesus is the way as he is the truth and the life. While “life” has an eschatological flavor in John (11:25), these terms serve to effect the redirection to the present that one finds in v. 7, although they do not involve any conflict with what precedes. No direct models have been found for linking the three terms. At most, we read of the way(s) of truth or life in the OT, and the law is separately called way, truth, and life in rabbinic works, though this does not warrant any antithesis of Jesus and the law in this or other passages. The Gnostic idea of the heavenly journey of the soul can hardly have had much influence, for elsewhere in Johnhodós occurs only in 1:23, there is no reference to the heavenly origin of souls or to their return, the orientation is to the coming again of Jesus rather than the death an…

Restoring Sinners, Examining Yourself

Restoring Sinners, Examining YourselfExcerpt Paul appeals to those who are spiritual to help the one who is caught in a sin. The spiritual are not some elite leadership group of spiritual giants. All the way through the letter Paul has been emphasizing that all of his converts in Galatia have received the Spirit (3:2–5144:6295:516–1822–2325). All of those whom he addresses in 6:1 as brothers (by which Paul also means to include sisters, according to 3:28) are spiritual, since all who are the children of God have received the Spirit of God, according to 4:6. In other words, Paul is calling on all who have believed the true gospel and received the Spirit to be actively engaged in the ministry of restoration. One way to “keep in step with the Spirit” (5:25) is to restore one who has been trapped in sin. More Hansen, G. Walter. Galatians. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1994. Print. The IVP New Testament Commentary Series.

God’s Words to Moses

God’s Words to MosesExodus 3:1–10 Excerpt The angel of Yahweh appeared to Moses in flames of fire from within a bush. This is not a visionary or inner experience.3 What happened there cannot be explained on any naturalistic basis.4 This was a genuine theophany, a manifestation of God. Moses observed that while the bush was on fire it was not consumed. He moved closer to investigate and when he did he heard the voice of God speak six words: 1. A word of address.God called Moses’ name two times. Thus did God arrest the attention of the shepherd and at the same time indicate a personal acquaintance with him. 2. A word of warning. Moses must come no closer. He was standing on holy ground in the presence of God. He must show respect for the spot by removing his sandals. Sandals pick up dirt during a journey, and man must be clean when he approaches God! 3. A word of identity. The deity identified himself as the God of your father (singular), and the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Hearing this…

Unbelief

UnbeliefNumbers 20:12 Excerpt

Of this in particular God accuses them; “Ye believed me not, to sanctify me.” Whether they doubted the efficacy of a word, and therefore smote the rock; or whether they acted in their own strength, expecting the effect to be produced by their own act of striking the rock, instead of regarding God alone as the author of the mercy, we cannot say: we rather incline to the latter opinion, because of the emphatic manner in which they addressed the Israelites; “Ye rebels, must we fetch you water out of this rock?” In either case they were under the influence of unbelief: for, distrust of God, or creature-confidence, are equally the effects of unbelief: the one characterized the conduct of those Israelites who were afraid to go up to take possession of the promised land; and the other, those who went up in their own strength, when God had refused to go before them. This was the offence which excluded the whole nation from the promised land: “they could not enter i…

Connect the Testaments

April 6: A Letter of Recommendation Deuteronomy 9:1–10:22; 2 Corinthians 3:1–8; Psalm 35:1–11 We file letters of recommendation from pastors, past supervisors, and teachers that highlight our skills, attitude, and work ethic. They present us as ideal candidates, glossing over the things we lack and the ways in which we’ve failed. But Paul’s letter of recommendation tells another story: “You are our letter, inscribed on our hearts, known and read by all people, revealing that you are a letter of Christ, delivered by us, inscribed not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on stone tablets but on tablets of human hearts” (2 Cor 3:2–3). Paul saw the work God was doing in the lives of the Corinthians. Through the work of the Spirit, they were drawn together as a community. Their response to the gospel testified that Paul was fulfilling the task that he was called to do. But Paul doesn’t stay focused on himself in this passage. He switches the focus to the Spirit: “Now we possess s…

Morning and Evening

Morning, April 6Go To Evening Reading
“Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp.” —Hebrews 13:13
Jesus, bearing his cross, went forth to suffer without the gate. The Christian’s reason for leaving the camp of the world’s sin and religion is not because he loves to be singular, but because Jesus did so, and the disciple must follow his Master. Christ was “not of the world:” his life and his testimony were a constant protest against conformity with the world. Never was such overflowing affection for men as you find in him, but still, he was separate from sinners. In like manner, Christ’s people must “go forth unto him.” They must take their position “without the camp,” as witness-bearers for the truth. They must be prepared to tread the straight and narrow path. They must have bold, unflinching, lion-like hearts, loving Christ first, and his truth next, and Christ and his truth beyond all the world. Jesus would have his people “go forth without the camp”for their own sanctificat…

My Utmost for His Highest

April 6th The collision of God and sin Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree.1 Peter 2:24. The Cross of Jesus is the revelation of God’s judgment on sin. Never tolerate the idea of martyrdom about the Cross of Jesus Christ. The Cross was a superb triumph in which the foundations of hell were shaken. There is nothing more certain in Time or Eternity than what Jesus Christ did on the Cross: He switched the whole of the human race back into a right relationship with God. He made Redemption the basis of human life, that is, He made a way for every son of man to get into communion with God. The Cross did not happen to Jesus: He came on purpose for it. He is “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” The whole meaning of the Incarnation is the Cross. Beware of separating Godmanifest in the flesh from the Son becoming sin. The Incarnation was for the purpose of Redemption. God became incarnate for the purpose of putting away sin; not for the purpose of Self-realizati…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 6 They made me keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept Song of Sol. 1:6 Our attention is here drawn to a danger which is preeminently one of this day: the intense activity of our times may lead to zeal in service to the neglect of personal communion; but such neglect will not only lessen the value of the service but tend to incapacitate us for the highest service. J. Hudson Taylor

 Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.