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Jesus said ‘I am the Truth’

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In John’s Gospel Jesus tells us ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life and no one comes to the Father except by Me.’  John 14.6.  He is doing more than saying that He is telling us the truth, He is saying that He personally is the truth.  When He speaks, everything He tells us is true because He is speaking according to His nature.  He has come from heaven to reveal the truth to us about where we come from and where we are going.  He has also come to provide the one and only way in which we can know eternal salvation.  

 

John uses the word ‘truth’ of Jesus many times in his Gospel.  ‘And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. … No one has seen God at any time.  The only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.’  John 1.14-18.  John has told us that Jesus / the Word was in the beginning with God, that all things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made.  (John 1.1-3).  This means that the Lord Jesus has always existed, that Creation came through Him.  He Himself was not made, therefore He is God.  He became flesh, was incarnated in order to reveal God to us.  

 

He is full of grace (God’s mercy, undeserved favour) and truth, both of which we need in order to be saved.  If He just showed us the truth about God without His grace we would be consumed because in our sinful state we could not come into God’s presence and receive salvation.  But He also shows us God’s grace as we receive salvation only because of His righteousness and sacrifice for us at the cross. ‘For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast.’  Ephesians 2.8-9.

 

The truth that Jesus bears witness is quite simple.  He has come from God / eternity so He knows what is in eternity.  ‘Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands and that He had come from God and was going to God…’  John 13.3. He is able to tell us the truth about eternity, that we need to be born again to get there.  ‘Jesus answered (Nicodemus), ‘Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not marvel that I said unto you, ‘You must be born again.’’ John 3.7-8.  

 

Our first birth is not enough because of sin.  Jesus’ words convict us of sin, that we all fall short of the glory of God.  Our righteousness is as filthy rags in his sight.  We are to measure ourselves by Him as the perfect Man, not by other people who are all sinners.  As we do this we recognise that we need redemption through repentance and faith in Him.  His truth reveals our lack of truth.  But by His grace He also provides for us.  Through His once and for all final sacrifice for sin we are able to receive forgiveness and know that on the day of judgement we will have a place in heaven not hell.  ‘For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.’  2 Corinthians 5.21.  ‘And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgement, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.  To those who eagerly await Him He will appear a second time apart from sin for salvation.’  Hebrews 9.28.

By definition no one else could do this.  In order to accomplish this Jesus had to be God and to come from God in the first place.  He had to be without sin.  He had to shed His blood as a sacrifice for sin and rise again from the dead.  He has to live eternally and judge the world righteously.  By His grace and truth, the undeserved kindness, mercy of God through the once and for all sacrifice of the Messiah on the cross for the sins of the world, we are saved.  The only way of salvation is through Jesus the Messiah.  ‘Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.’  Acts 4.12.

 

As Jesus is the truth, so the Devil is the opposite. He speaks according to his nature which is that of a liar as Jesus tells us in John 8.44, ‘He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him.  When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources for he is a liar and the father of it.’  His purpose is always to resist and corrupt the truth God has given us.

As we come into the last days of this age a battle is taking place between the truth in Jesus the Messiah and the forces of antichrist which have gone out into the world from the very beginning of this age.  John wrote, ‘Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know it is the last hour.  They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us they would have continued with us, but they went out that they might be made manifest that none of them were of us.  … Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah)?  He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.  Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.’  1 John 2.18-23.

 

Because Jesus is the truth and has brought us the message of truth which gives us eternal salvation, Satan will do everything He can to make people disbelieve in the real Jesus, or believe in a false Jesus.  He has thousands of different arguments to put people off even considering His truth.  Everything I have written above is fiercely contested by the world, other religions and even by much of the professing church.  Actually the attack on this message from so many sources is a testimony to the truth of it.  Satan does not bother to attack what he knows is a lie, but he is furiously active in attacking the true message of Jesus the Messiah.   We have a continual attack on the faith from atheistic and evolutionary sources.  We have an attack on the authority of the Bible as the Word of God and the life of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels.  (We have previous articles on these subjects which are available on request).  We have also the attack on the true person of the Lord Jesus with a number of false christs, believed on by millions in the world today.  Here are just some examples of this.

 

Roman Catholicism.  While Roman Catholicism does profess a belief that Jesus died for our sins and rose again from the dead, the number of additions to the biblical truths mean that the Catholic Church ends up with a false Jesus.  Catholic traditions and the uninspired books of the Apocrypha are believed to be as much the Word of God as the Bible itself.  According to Vatican II only the Catholic Church can interpret the Bible properly and infallibly.  

 

In reality the Catholic Church has misinterpreted the Bible, adding things that are not there and leaving out things that are there.  As a result it is left with a false Jesus.  Major examples of this are the teaching on the Mass whereby the wafer taken by the people becomes the body of Christ (transubstantiation).  This means that Jesus needs to be sacrificed continually through the Mass as the bread and the wine are changed literally into his body and blood.  The Catechism teaches that Christ ‘continues to offer himself in an un-bloody manner on the altar through the ministry of his priests.’  

 

But the Bible teaches that Christ's sacrifice was complete and final and can never be repeated.  Communion or the Lord's Supper is the remembrance of that sacrifice.  On the cross Jesus said ‘It is finished’ and then ‘gave up his spirit’ (John 20.30).  By this He meant the work of redemption was finished and there was no further offering that needs to be made.  The verse from Hebrews 9.28 quoted above says that He was offered once to bear the sins of many. The means He cannot be offered over and over again through the Mass.  

 

The Roman Catholic church also denies the Lord Jesus as the sole mediator between God and man.  The ‘Hail Mary’ prayer repeated continually by millions of Catholics says, ‘Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.’ Popes have spoken of Mary as a co redeemer with Christ.

Mary was the earthly mother of the Lord Jesus and was faithful in the task God gave her to do.  But she was by no means the ‘mother of God’.  She was neither ‘immaculately’ conceived, nor assumed into heaven, but she was saved, as you and I may be, through her faith.  In her prayer recorded in Luke 2 she says, ‘My spirit has rejoiced in God my Saviour.’  Luke 2.47.  Nowhere in the Gospels is there any suggestions that Mary is the ‘Mother of God’, ‘Queen of Heaven’ or has any kind of mediating role in our salvation.   This takes away from the unique role of the Lord Jesus in saving us from sin.  

 

Apparently neither the mediation of Jesus nor Mary is sufficient for Catholicism because even devout Catholics have to suffer for a time in purgatory, ‘a place where souls suffer for a time after death on account of their sins’ (Catechism, Article 106).  But the real Jesus was able to say to the thief on the cross ‘Today you will be with Me in Paradise.’  Luke 23.43. This man was saved by his faith in Jesus and, although he had no doubt committed many sins, he did not have to spend any time in purgatory, a place which is never mentioned once in the Bible.  

 

Today the differences in beliefs between Rome and the Bible are being downplayed as ‘evangelical’ programmes like Alpha embrace the Catholic Church and welcome Catholic leaders to teach at their conferences. This is another sign of the apostasy that will come in the last days of this age.  

 

Islam.  Muslims say that they believe in Jesus and honour him as a prophet, along with Adam, Moses and Mohammed. Mohammed is by far the most important prophet.  Islam teaches that Jesus is a created being (Quran 3:59), ‘no more than a Messenger before whom many Messengers have passed away.’  (Quran 5:75). The Quran denies that Jesus died on the cross and rose again from the dead. ‘They did not kill him, nor did they crucify him, but they thought they did.’ (Quran 4:156)

 

In saying these things Islam denies the central message of the Gospel. It conforms exactly to the ‘many antichrists’ whom John warned would ‘come out from among us but not remain with us.’  1 John 1.18-19 quoted above.  In fact there are many points of connection between the Muslim Jesus and the heretical Gnostic teachers whom John was warning about in this epistle.

 

Jehovah’s Witnesses. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Jesus Christ was a perfect man, and that He is a person distinct from God the Father.  They teach that before His earthly life, Jesus was a spirit creature, Michael the archangel, who was created by God and became the Messiah at His baptism. According to Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jesus is a mighty one, although not almighty as Jehovah God is. According to John 1:1 in their Bible, The New World Translation, Christ is “a god,” but not “the God.” They teach that Jesus “was and is and always will be beneath Jehovah” and that “Christ and God are not coequal”. Jehovah’s Witnesses have recycled the Arian heresy of the 3rd century, which said of Jesus  ‘There was, when he was not’ (i.e. Jesus was a created being).  

 

New Age Movement.  Many New Age teachers esteem Jesus as a spiritually attuned being who is equal to religious leaders such as Buddha, Krishna, Confucius, and Lao Tze.   Jesus was a great teacher, who may have been a Messiah for his time, but not the Messiah for all time. Helen Shuchman summed up this view in her Course in Miracles, a New Age programme which is profoundly anti-Christian. She says: 'Jesus was an historical person, but the Christ is an eternal transpersonal condition.'   By this she means that 'Christ' as a condition came upon Jesus at his baptism and left him when his mission ended. That same 'Christ condition' had previously come upon other great religious teachers of other faiths and will come upon the New Age 'messiah' who is believed to be coming for our time. This is actually the Hindu idea of the 'avatar', the divine mediator who comes at different times of world history to bring in new revelations for that period or age.  New Age teachers believe that we can all become little ‘christs’ by discovering the ‘god within’ us by meditation or yoga.

 

 

By separating the historical person of Jesus from his title Christ/Messiah the spirit of antichrist is revealed as 1 John 4:2-3 teaches. 'This is how you can recognise the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the-spirit of the antichrist.'  Far from discovering ‘god’ within us, we find a fallen human nature which Satan is able to deceive into believing the big lie, that we are gods (see Genesis 3.5) Much of the New Age view of Jesus is based on ‘channelled’ material which comes through occult practices.

 

Conclusion.

 

Jesus and the Apostles warned of false christs coming to lead many astray.  In answer to the question ‘What will be the sign of your coming and the end of the age?’ Jesus replied, ‘Take heed that no one deceives you.  For many will come in my name saying, ‘I am the Christ’ and will deceive many.  …  Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it.  For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive if possible even the elect.’  Matthew 24.3-4, 23-24.  

 

Paul warned about the coming of those who preach ‘another Jesus whom we have not preached’.  Another Jesus leads to the receiving of ‘a different spirit’ by a ‘different gospel’.  2 Corinthians 11.4.   ‘Another Jesus’  is actually an imaginary Jesus.  If you follow an imaginary Jesus you will have an imaginary salvation and when you encounter the real Jesus on the day of judgement He will say ‘I never knew you’.  That is why we need to come to the real Jesus who is the truth.  

 

We have booklets on the beliefs of Roman Catholicism, Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses and New Age available for £4 each including postage.

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