THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 4-20-14

LESSON TITLE: “THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE.”

WELCOME

WELCOME TO THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM ON THIS WONDROUS LORD’S DAY. WHAT A PRIVILEGE IT IS TO HAVE YOU WITH US TODAY, AS WE TOGETHER GIVE THIS TIME TO GOD. I KNOW THAT WE WILL ALL BE ENCOURAGED AND UPLIFTED BY OUR TIME TOGETHER THIS MORNING. SO, LET’S GIVE OUR BEST TO GOD SO THAT HE MAY BE PLEASED WITH OUR OFFERING. FURTHERMORE, LETÕS DO ALL THINGS ACCORDING TO HIS WILL - SO THAT OUR WORSHIP WILL BE RECEIVED BY HIM IN A GOOD AND PERFECT WAY. NOW, LET’S APPROACH HIS THRONE IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY BLESSINGS OF LIFE AND THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO SERVE YOU AND TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN. HELP US THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY TO SHINE AS LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD AND TO DO THOSE THINGS THAT ARE PROPER AND PLEASING IN YOUR SIGHT AS WE FIND IN YOUR WORD. FATHER, WHEN THIS LIFE IS OVER, GIVE US A GREAT REWARD OF ETERNAL LIFE IN HEAVEN WITH YOU. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN. ONE OF THE GREAT PROMISES AND BLESSINGS WE HAVE FROM OUR GOD IS THE HOPE OF SALVATION THROUGH HIS SON JESUS CHRIST. THIS MORNING WE WANT TO BEGIN BY SINGING A SONG WHICH REMINDS US OF OUR NEED TO SHARE THIS SAVING MESSAGE WITH ALL OF MANKIND. SO, WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER THE SONG, “SEEKING THE LOST!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

AS CHRISTIANS IN THIS LIFE GOD SURELY WANTS US TO BE CONFIDENT IN HIS PROMISES AND IN WHAT WE BELIEVE. HOWEVER WE MUST BE CAREFUL NOT TO ALLOW OUR CONFIDENCE AND SECURITY IN GOD TO BECOME SOMETHING THAT GOD REALLY DOESN’T WANT AT ALL.

YOU SEE THE PROBLEMS WE CAN OFTEN GET INTO WITH OVER CONFIDENCE ARE PRIDE AND THE SPIRIT OF BEING PUFF UP! WE MIGHT SEEM TO OTHERS AS THOSE WHO STICK OUR CHEST OUT AS IF WE ARE SOMETHING OR AS IF WE ARE THE ICING ON THE CAKE, WHEN REALLY WE HAVE STARTED TO FORGET THAT ALL WE ARE IN CHRISTIANITY IS ABOUT GOD AND CHRIST - NOT US.

ANOTHER FEAR WITH OVER CONFIDENCE IS THAT WE OFTEN FEEL WE ARE INVINCIBLE! WE MIGHT THINK, I LOVE GOD SO MUCH AND AM SUCH A GOOD CHRISTIAN, SATAN DOESNÕT HAVE A CHANCE WITH ME. YOU KNOW I THINK THIS IS EXACTLY THE ATTITUDE SATAN IS HOPING FOR FROM US. BECAUSE ONE HE CAN GET US TO BE SELF ABSORBED AND PUFFED UP, HE HAS ALREADY WON PART OF THE BATTLE.

I AM REMINDED OF A VERSE IN MATTHEW 24:24, WHERE JESUS HIMSELF SAID, ÒFOR FALSE CHRISTS AND FALSE PROPHETS WILL RISE AND SHOW GREAT SIGNS AND WONDERS TO DECEIVE, IF POSSIBLE, EVEN THE ELECT.Ó DID YOU CATCH THAT? FALSE TEACHERS WOULD COME TO DECEIVE ALL OF THOSE OF THIS EARTH. HOWEVER, NOTICE THAT AMONG THOSE WHO WOULD BE DECEIVED ARE INCLUDED THE ELECT, OF GOD. SO EVEN THE MOST FAITHFUL BEFORE GOD, WHO ARE CONSIDER GOOD AND RIGHTEOUS IN HIS SIGHT - EVEN THEY CAN BE TEMPTED AND FALL AWAY.

THERE IS ANOTHER GOOD VERSE WHICH DEALS WITH THIS FOUND IN GALATIANS 6:1. THERE PAUL SAID, “BRETHREN, IF A MAN IS OVERTAKEN IN ANY TRESPASS, YOU WHO ARE SPIRITUAL RESTORE SUCH A ONE IN A SPIRIT OF GENTLENESS, CONSIDERING YOURSELF LEST YOU ALSO BE TEMPTED.” NOTICE HOW PAUL ADDRESSES THESE BRETHREN. HE TALKED ABOUT THE “SPIRITUAL,” BRETHREN AND THOSE WHO ARE LESS SPIRITUAL. OBVIOUSLY HERE HE IS TALKING ABOUT THE MORE MATURE IN CHRIST AND THE LESS MATURE IN CHRIST. NOW LISTEN TO PAUL’S FINAL COMMENT IN THE SAME VERSE, “CONSIDER YOURSELF LEST YOU ALSO BE TEMPTED.” HE SAYS, YOU SPIRITUAL, HELP THE WEAKER, BUT BE CAREFUL BECAUSE YOU ALSO CAN FALL.

BRETHREN THE THING THAT WE MUST BE AWARE OF IS THAT NONE OF US ARE PERFECT AND NO ONE IS INVINCIBLE. WE NEED TO BE CONFIDENT IN THE THINGS OF GOD, BUT NOT SO MUCH SO THAT WE DROP OUR GUARD, OR BEGIN TO THINK WE CAN NEVER FALL. BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING THAT SATAN WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE THAN US TURNING TOWARDS HIM IN OUR WORDS, ATTITUDES AND ACTIONS.

TODAY, IT’S GREAT TO HAVE BRENT GREEN WITH US ONCE AGAIN AS OUR GUEST SPEAKER. BROTHER BRENT IS THE MINISTER FOR THE HWY 13 CHURCH OF CHRIST IN BOLIVAR AND HE IS ALSO A FULL TIME INSTRUCTOR AT THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI. I MIGHT ENCOURAGE YOU TO KEEP THIS GREAT WORK OF GOD IN YOUR PRAYERS.

SO, IN JUST A FEW MINUTES BROTHER BRENT WILL RETURN AND LEAD OUR LESSON THOUGHTS OF THE DAY, AS WE CONSIDER THE NEXT LESSON IN OUR SERIES ENTITLED, “ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE DAY WILL CHALLENGE US ALL TO KNOW, “THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE!” SO, PLEASE STAY WITH US FOR THIS IMPORTANT STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. NOW IT’S TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING. WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AS WE SING THE HYMN, “SEND THE LIGHT.”

LESSON

BY BRENT GREEN

WHAT A GREAT PRIVILEGE, AS IT ALWAYS IS, TO OPEN GOD'S WORD AND STUDY FROM IT. AS THE SERIES CONTINUES I WANT TO REMIND US AGAIN OF THE PASSAGE FROM JEREMIAH 6:16 WHERE AGAIN GOD SAYS TO HIS PEOPLE THROUGH JEREMIAH, “THUS SAITH THE LORD, STAND IN THE WAYS AND SEE AND ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS, WHERE THE GOOD WAY IS, AND WALK IN IT. THEN YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.” WALK IN THE OLD PATHS. SOMETIMES I THINK PEOPLE HAVE THE IDEA THAT EVERYTHING OLD IS JUST NO GOOD ANYMORE. IT'S ANTIQUATED, IT'S RUSTY AND IT'S WORN OUT. YOU CAN JUST THROW IT AWAY, BECAUSE IF IT'S OLD, WE SIMPLY DON'T WANT IT ANYMORE. IS THAT TRUE? IS EVERYTHING THAT IS OLD JUST OLD AND OF NO VALUE? MANY TIMES PEOPLE HAVE THAT IDEA.

BUT AS WE THINK ABOUT THE WORDS HERE AND GOD'S WORD THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT ARE VERY OLD THAT ACTUALLY ARE VERY VALUABLE. MANY TIMES AS YOU MIGHT WATCH ON TELEVISION THERE ARE SHOWS WHERE THEY WILL BRING IN DIFFERENT ANTIQUES AND BEGIN TO GIVE THE VALUE OF THOSE. SOMEBODY WILL BRING IN SOMETHING AND SAY I FOUND THIS IN MY GRANDMOTHER'S ATTIC. THEY PUT IT THERE ON THE TABLE AND THEN BEGAN TO TALK ABOUT IT AND YOU THINK THAT'S JUST JUNK. HOW COULD THAT HAVE ANY VALUE AT ALL. THEN THE APPRAISER BEGINS TO TALK ABOUT IT AND GIVE THE HISTORY OF WHAT IT IS AND WHERE IT CAME FROM AND HOW UNIQUE IT IS. SOMETHING VERY OLD AND SOMETHING THAT IS ANTIQUE TURNS OUT TO HAVE A VERY GREAT VALUE. SOMETIMES, EVEN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, MAYBE $80,000 TO $100,000 AND IT'S AMAZING TO THINK THAT LOOKS OLD AND SURELY IT IS OF NO VALUE BUT IT TURNS OUT TO HAVE GREAT VALUE. AS YOU THINK ABOUT THAT, THINK ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE HERE BEFORE US. THE IDEA THAT SOMEONE SAYS THINGS THAT ARE OLD AND ANTIQUATED ARE NO GOOD ANYMORE. JUST THROW THEM OUT. GOD SAYS THROUGH JEREMIAH HERE IN CHAPTER 6:16 TO SEEK THE OLD PATHS. SOME TRANSLATIONS EVEN SAY THE ANCIENT PATHS. WELL, WHY SEEK THAT WHICH IS OLD? BECAUSE HERE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THAT WHICH IS FROM GOD. THE BIBLE ITSELF IS VERY OLD AND EVEN, AS WE MIGHT THINK MORE SPECIFICALLY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT ABOUT A PATHWAY THERE THAT WE ARE TO FOLLOW, JESUS SAID IN JOHN 14:6, “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE.” SO THE OLD PATHWAYS OF THE PROPHET JEREMIAH SPOKE OF, OR AS JESUS HIMSELF SAID I AM THAT WAY THAT YOU NEED TO FOLLOW EVEN TODAY THE WAY OF JESUS CHRIST COULD BE CONSIDERED OLD BY MANY. IT WAS 2000 YEARS AGO THAT JESUS CHRIST WALKED ON THIS EARTH AND SAID HE WAS THE WAY. ISN'T THAT OLD? ISN'T THAT ANTIQUATED? ISN'T THAT RUSTY AND NO GOOD? WHY DON'T WE JUST THROW IT OUT? NO, IT IS OF TREMENDOUS VALUE. WHY IS IT IS OF TREMENDOUS VALUE? BECAUSE IT IS GOD'S WAY. JUST AS GOD SPOKE THROUGH JEREMIAH AND SAID, YOU NEED TO GET BACK TO MY WAY. YOU NEED TO GET BACK TO THE OLD PATHS. YOU NEED TO FOLLOW WHAT I HAVE GIVEN YOU TO FOLLOW AND IT'S THE SAME CASE TODAY. WE NEED TO GET BACK TO FOLLOWING THE WAY OF JESUS CHRIST. WHY? BECAUSE THE OLD PATHWAYS, THE ANCIENT PATHS OF GOD, ARE VALUABLE PATHWAYS. THEY ARE THE PATHWAYS WE NEED TO BE WALKING IN.

THE ONE PATHWAY THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US TO FOLLOW NOW AND EVEN IN NEW TESTAMENT TIMES IS JESUS CHRIST. I WANT US TO THINK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT EVEN AS WE GO BACK TO JEREMIAH. THINK ABOUT THOSE OLD PATHWAYS THAT JEREMIAH SPOKE OF. IN JEREMIAH 6:16, HE SAYS TO ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS. MANY TIMES YOU HEAR PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THE GOOD OLD DAYS, THE WAY THINGS USED TO BE. MAYBE YOU MIGHT FILL THE BLANK IN WITH SOMETHING YOU'RE THINKING OF LIKE IF I COULD HAVE ONE OF THOSE OLD TIMEY ROOT BEER FLOATS OR IF I COULD HAVE SOME OF THAT OLD TIMEY THING THAT GRANDMA USED TO MAKE LIKE APPLE PIE OR THE HAMBURGERS GRANDPA USED TO FIX. YOU MIGHT SAY THEY JUST DON'T MAKE CARS LIKE THEY USED TO MAKE THEM. I WISH WE COULD GO BACK TO THE WAY THINGS USED TO BE. I WISH WE COULD GO BACK TO THE OLD WAYS. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU SAID SOMETHING LIKE THAT OR THOUGHT SOMETHING LIKE THAT? WELL, WHY WOULD YOU SEEK OR ASK FOR SOMETHING TO BE HOW IT USED TO BE? BECAUSE MANY TIMES THE OLD WAYS WERE BETTER WAYS OR THE OLD RECIPES WERE THE BETTER RECIPES.

SO WE HAVE THAT IN MIND, BUT JEREMIAH IS NOT TALKING ABOUT THINGS OF THIS WORLD. HE IS TALKING ABOUT GOD'S WAYS. LET'S GET BACK TO DOING THINGS GOD'S WAY. WHY? BECAUSE GOD'S WAY INDEED, WAS THE BEST WAY. THERE WAS NO OTHER WAY OR ANY NEED TO CHANGE IT OR FOLLOW ANOTHER WAY. GOD'S WAY WAS THE BEST WAY AND HERE THE ONLY WAY, EVEN THOUGH IT IS CALLED THE OLD PATH. AS YOU MIGHT THINK ABOUT THE OLD PATHWAYS OR THE OLD PATHS AND WHAT THOSE MEAN, IN THE BOOK OF DANIEL CHAPTER 7 EVEN GOD IS DESCRIBED AS THE ANCIENT OF DAYS. THIS SIGNIFIES THAT GOD IS ETERNAL AND THAT HE HAS NO BEGINNING AND HE'LL HAVE NO END. HE IS THE ANCIENT OF DAYS. AS YOU THINK ABOUT HIS WAYS, AREN'T THEY ALSO THE ANCIENT PATHWAYS? AREN'T THEY ALSO THE OLD PATHS? THAT DOESN'T MAKE THEM OF ANY LESS VALUE BUT IT ACTUALLY MAKES THEM MORE VALUABLE IN THIS CASE.

I WANT YOU TO ALSO THINK ABOUT WHAT GOD SAID TO SOLOMON. IF YOU GO BACK TO 1KINGS 3, SPECIFICALLY IN VERSE 14, SOLOMON IS ABOUT TO BECOME KING AND REPLACE HIS FATHER DAVID. AS HE IS KING, GOD COMES TO SOLOMON AND SAYS I WILL GIVE YOU WHATEVER YOU ASK. SOLOMON SAYS GOD, I NEED WISDOM TO BE ABLE TO JUDGE YOUR PEOPLE. GOD SAYS TO SOLOMON I WILL GIVE YOU NOT ONLY THE WISDOM YOU ASK FOR, BUT I'LL GIVE YOU WHAT YOU DIDN'T ASK FOR. I WILL GIVE YOU THE RICHES AND THE HONOR TO GO ALONG WITH IT. WHAT A GREAT BLESSING FOR SOLOMON TO RECEIVE ALL THOSE THINGS. BUT SOLOMON IS GIVEN A REMINDER FROM GOD. I WANT YOU TO SEE THE WORDS THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY IN 1KINGS CHAPTER 3. THIS IS GOD SPEAKING DIRECTLY TO SOLOMON AND REMINDING HIM WHAT HE NEEDED TO ASK FOR AND FOLLOW, EVEN THOUGH GOD SAID I WILL GIVE YOU THE WISDOM, RICHES, AND HONOR. 1KINGS 3:14, GOD SAYS, “IF YOU WALK IN MY WAYS TO KEEP MY STATUTES AND MY COMMANDMENTS, AS YOUR FATHER DAVID WALKED, THEN I WILL LENGTHEN YOUR DAYS.” GOD TELLS SOLOMON WALK IN MY WAYS. THAT WAS HUNDREDS OF YEARS BEFORE GOD, THROUGH JEREMIAH, TOLD HIS PEOPLE THAT YOU NEED TO SEEK THE OLD PATHS. IT'S GOD'S WAY THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE. IT'S GOD'S PATHWAY, SO WE NEED TO SEEK THAT AND WE NEED ASK FOR THAT. BUT AS JEREMIAH WENT ON TO SAY IN JEREMIAH CHAPTER 6:16, NOT ONLY DO WE NEED TO ASK FOR THE OLD PATHWAY BUT TO WALK IN IT. YOU SEE, IT'S ABOUT A LIFESTYLE. THE NEW TESTAMENT TALKS ABOUT THIS OFTEN, THIS LIFESTYLE OF FOLLOWING GOD'S WAY AND WALKING IN HIS PATHWAY. 1JOHN CHAPTER 1:7 SAYS TO WALK IN THE LIGHT, AS HE IS IN THE LIGHT. THE WORD IN THE NEW TESTAMENT ( THE GREEK ) ACTUALLY DOES SIGNIFY A LIFESTYLE TO WALK AROUND IN THE LIGHT. THAT ENCOMPASSES YOUR SPEECH AND YOUR ACTIONS AND YOUR WAY OF LIFE, DAY IN AND DAY OUT. WHAT DID GOD WANT FOR KING SOLOMON? WHAT DID GOD WANT FOR HIS PEOPLE IN THE DAYS OF JEREMIAH? WHAT DOES GOD WANT FROM HIS PEOPLE TODAY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT? THAT THEY WOULD MAKE IT THEIR LIFESTYLE TO WALK IN THE PATHWAY OF GOD, TO WALK IN THE OLD PATHS. WE NEED TO GET BACK TO LIVING THAT WAY. WE NEED TO GET BACK TO THAT MENTALITY AND THAT MINDSET IN HOW WE LIVE AND HOW WE ACT. IT'S NOT OLD. IS NOT ANTIQUATED. IT'S NOT OUT OF DATE IF YOU WANT TO USE THAT LANGUAGE. IT IS STILL JUST AS RELEVANT AND STILL JUST AS VIABLE TODAY AS IT WAS IN JEREMIAH'S DAY....AS IT WAS IN KING SOLOMON'S DAY.

YOU GO BACK THROUGHOUT THE SCRIPTURES, AND WHAT DOES GOD DESIRE FOR ALL OF HIS PEOPLE? THAT THEY ASK FOR HIS PATHWAY. THAT THEY SEEK THE OLD PATHS AND THAT THEY WALK IN THOSE PATHS. ONE MORE THOUGHT HERE FROM JEREMIAH CHAPTER 6:16. HE SAYS THE OLD PATHS ARE GOOD AND IF YOU WALK IN THEM, WHAT IS THE RESULT? HE TELLS US VERY CLEARLY IN VERSE 16 THAT YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. YOU DO THAT AND GOD SAYS THERE WILL BE A BLESSING. WELL, YOU TAKE THE FOUNDATION THAT JEREMIAH GIVES US IN JEREMIAH 6:16 AND THEN YOU APPLY IT TO THE PATHWAY THAT WE HAVE TO WALK IN TODAY IF WE WANT TO BE FOUND PLEASING TO GOD. AGAIN, WE CONNECT IT TO THE WORDS OF JESUS CHRIST. IN JOHN 14:6, JESUS SAID, “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO MAN COMES TO MY FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.” JESUS SAID HE IS THE WAY JUST AS THE SCRIPTURE TALKS ABOUT THERE BEING A WAY...GOD'S WAY. IT IS THE WAY IF WE WANT TO HAVE BLESSING. JESUS SAID OF HIMSELF THAT HE IS THAT WAY. HE IS THAT TRUTH. HE IS THAT LIFE.

THINK ABOUT THE PIECES OF THE GREAT STATEMENT. SOME MIGHT SAY WELL, JESUS MADE THAT STATEMENT HUNDREDS OF YEARS AGO OR THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO. 2000 YEARS AGO JESUS WALKED ON THIS EARTH AND MADE THAT STATEMENT. THAT IS OLD. WE DON'T NEED THAT ANYMORE. WE'LL FOLLOW OUR OWN WAY. THAT WAS A GOOD RULEBOOK BACK THEN, BUT WHAT ABOUT TODAY? WE NEED SOMETHING NEW. WE NEED SOMETHING MEN HAVE CONJURED UP BUT THAT'S JUST OLD AND ANTIQUATED. IS IT? QUITE FRANKLY, IT'S THE OPPOSITE. IT IS OF TREMENDOUS VALUE, AS IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THROUGHOUT THE SCRIPTURE TO FOLLOW THE WAY OF GOD. HERE JESUS SAYS IF YOU WANT TO FOLLOW IN THE RIGHT PATH, FOLLOW ME. FOLLOW ME BECAUSE I AM THE WAY TO TRUTH AND LIFE. THINK ABOUT THE PIECES OF JESUS' STATEMENT AND THE VALUE FOUND IN THEM. JESUS IS THE WAY. HE IS THE WAY OF SALVATION. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY.

TURN TO YOUR BIBLES TO THE BOOK OF ACTS CHAPTER 4, WHERE PETER AND JOHN ARE ON TRIAL. ALTHOUGH THEY THEMSELVES WERE NOT EDUCATED LIKE THE MEN OF THE SANHEDRIN AND ALTHOUGH THEY MAY NOT HAVE MATCHED UP TO THE LEVEL OF OTHERS AROUND THEM IN THE SO-CALLED RELIGIOUS WORLD, THEY MAKE A PROFOUND STATEMENT ABOUT JESUS. LOOK WHAT IS FOUND IN ACTS CHAPTER 4:12. PETER AND JOHN SAY, “NOWHERE IS THERE SALVATION FOUND IN ANY OTHER. FOR THERE IS NO OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN GIVEN AMONG MEN BY WHICH WE MUST BE SAVED.” THEY SAY THERE IS NO OTHER NAME. THERE IS NO OTHER NAME IN WHICH WE CAN FIND SALVATION. JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY ONE WE CAN FIND SALVATION IN. JESUS SAYS I AM THE WAY. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO HAVE SALVATION OTHER THAN THROUGH AND BY JESUS CHRIST AND THE BLOOD THAT HE SHED. WE LEARN BY JESUS' STATEMENT THAT NOT ONLY IS HE THE WAY, BUT H

E IS ALSO THE TRUTH. IN THE BOOK OF JOHN CHAPTER 1, JOHN IDENTIFIES CLEARLY THAT THE WORD JESUS CHRIST WAS IN THE BEGINNING WITH GOD. JESUS THE WORD. AS JESUS CAME HERE TO THIS EARTH AND REVEALED THE WILL OF THE FATHER AND GAVE TO US HIS WORD THAT WE SHOULD FOLLOW. THAT'S THE TRUTH THAT WE HAVE TO FOLLOW. JESUS ALSO SAID IN JOHN CHAPTER 8:32, YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE. JESUS SAYS HE IS THAT TRUTH. HE SAYS I AM THE TRUTH. WE DON'T NEED THE WORDS OF MEN. WE DON'T NEED THE KNOWLEDGE THAT OTHERS OUT THERE PROFESS AS BEING THE TRUTH. WE NEED THE TRUTH. THE SIMPLE TRUTH THAT JESUS CHRIST BROUGHT TO US AS HE REVEALED TO US THE WILL OF THE FATHER.

JESUS IS THE WAY AND HE IS THE TRUTH AND HE IS ALSO THE LIFE. LOOK AT AT THE WRITINGS THAT WE FIND IN FIRST JOHN 5. IT IS A SHORT EPISTLE BUT JOHN GIVES US ANOTHER IMPORTANT STATEMENT CONCERNING JESUS AND ONE THAT JESUS HIMSELF MADE. FIRST JOHN CHAPTER 5:12 SAYS, “HE WHO HAS THE SON HAS LIFE. HE WHO DOES NOT HAVE THE SON OF GOD DOES NOT HAVE LIFE. WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT PHYSICAL LIFE. INDEED, THERE ARE BLESSINGS THAT COME FROM GOD THAT WE HAVE IN THIS PHYSICAL WORLD BUT WHAT JOHN WAS TALKING ABOUT AND WHAT JESUS HIMSELF CLARIFIED FOR US IS THAT LIFE, SPIRITUAL LIFE, IS IN HIM. YOU CANNOT HAVE SPIRITUAL LIFE WITHOUT JESUS.

IS THERE STILL VALUE TODAY IN THE STATEMENT THAT JESUS MADE IN JOHN 14:6? I AM THE WAY AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. IT'S NOT AN OLD ANTIQUATED STATEMENT THAT HAS LOST IT'S VALUE WITH TIME. IT'S NOT SAY SOMETHING THAT IS TRASH AND SHOULD BE DISCARDED SIMPLY BECAUSE IT HAS AGED. FRANKLY, IT HAS JUST AS MUCH VALUE TODAY AS IT HAD THE DAY THAT JESUS MADE IT. JESUS SAID I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE. THAT'S THE OLD PATHWAY. THAT'S THE PATHWAY OF JESUS CHRIST THAT WE AS CHRISTIANS NEED TO BE FOLLOWING. IF YOU'RE NOT A CHRISTIAN, YOU NEED TO BEGIN TO FOLLOW THAT PATHWAY. WHY? BECAUSE IT'S THE PATHWAY THAT CAN BRING YOU THE BLESSINGS SPIRITUALLY THAT YOU SEEK AFTER. AGAIN, BACK IN JEREMIAH CHAPTER 6:16, THOSE WHO WOULD ASK OF THE OLD PATHWAY AND THOSE WHO WOULD WALK IN THE OLD PATHS, WHAT DID THEY FIND? THEY FOUND REST FOR THEIR SOULS.

NOW YOU CAN CONNECT THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHET AND THE WORDS SPOKEN BY GOD THROUGH HIM BY WHAT JESUS SAID IN JOHN CHAPTER 14:6. WHAT ARE THE RESULTS FOR FOLLOWING IN THIS OLD PATHWAY? THINK AGAIN ABOUT WHAT HE SAID THERE AND WHAT JESUS SAID IN THAT VERSE. IF YOU FOLLOW THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE THEN JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY UNTO THE FATHER. NO MAN CAN COME TO GOD THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. WHICH MEANS WHAT? HE IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO TO THE FATHER. WHAT RESIDES THERE? WHAT IS IN EXISTENCE THERE WITH THE FATHER? IT'S WHAT JESUS PROMISED IN THE SAME CONTEXT A FEW VERSES EARLIER PRIOR TO VERSE SIX. LOOK AT WHAT JESUS SAID IN JOHN CHAPTER 14, AS HE WOULD SPEAK ABOUT THE GREAT PROMISES THAT AWAIT US AND WHAT WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO IF INDEED WE FOLLOW THIS ONE WAY THAT JESUS SPOKE OF IN JOHN 14:1. JESUS SAYS, “LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED. YOU BELIEVE IN GOD, BELIEVE ALSO IN ME. IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE THERE 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 TO MYSELF. THAT WHERE I AM, THERE YOU MAY GO ALSO.” JESUS SAYS HE WENT BACK TO HEAVEN TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR US. MANSIONS FOR US PREPARED IN HEAVEN.

HOW DO WE GET THERE? HOW DO WE MAKE IT TO THAT HEAVENLY HOME? WHAT ROADWAY? WHAT ONE PATHWAY? WHAT ANCIENT PATHS LEADS TO THE HOME IN HEAVEN? JESUS SAYS I AM THE ONLY WAY. I AM THE WAY, I AM THE TRUTH, AND I AM THE LIFE. NO MAN COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME. YOU CANNOT MAKE IT TO THE HOME IN HEAVEN, YOU CANNOT MAKE IT TO THOSE MANSIONS PREPARED, EXCEPT YOU FOLLOW THE ONE WAY OF JESUS CHRIST. IS THAT NOT THE OLD PATHWAY SPOKEN OF IN THE OLD TESTAMENT WHEN GOD SAID TO SOLOMON FOLLOW MY PATHWAY? WHEN GOD SAID TO HIS PEOPLE IN JEREMIAH FOLLOW MY PATHWAY? THE SAME ONE THAT JESUS, THE SON OF GOD, WHEN HE SAID FOLLOW MY PATHWAY? I AM THE ONLY WAY TO THE FATHER IN HEAVEN. THERE IS TREMENDOUS VALUE IN THAT STATEMENT. WE'VE GOT TO UNDERSTAND AS PEOPLE TODAY THAT AS GOD'S PEOPLE, AS CHRISTIANS, AND THOSE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WHO ARE NOT YET CHRISTIANS, THE ONLY WAY TO RECEIVE THOSE BLESSINGS AND TO RECEIVE THAT REST FOR OUR SOULS IS TO FOLLOW THE PATHWAY OF JESUS CHRIST. THERE IS GREAT VALUE MANY TIMES IN OLD THINGS, AND THIS INDEED IS ONE OF THEM. THAT WE SEEK THE OLD PATHS, THAT WE ASK FOR THEM, THAT WE WALK IN THEM, AND THAT WE RECEIVE THE RESULTS AND THE REWARD THAT FOLLOWS BECAUSE WE SOUGHT THE OLD PATHWAY OF JESUS CHRIST.

CLOSING COMMENTS

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