Summary: To establish that Christ has made several divine declarations that establishes He is the Way; the Truth and the Life. This lesson also deals with the false notions that there are other ways, other truths and other means of obtaining eternal life.
1. I Am the Way
2. I Am the Truth
3. I Am the Life
1. In this lesson we are going to discuss the theme: “Christ’s Divine Declarations.” The Lord made three of them, they are: First, I am the Way to the Father. Second, I am the Truth. And finally, I am the Life. We shall also deal with the false notions that “all roads will lead to heaven.” We will also make it clear that “all truth resides in Christ; revealed by the Holy Spirit and preached by the apostles.” And finally, we will establish that Christ came to provide the means of “eternal life” to all those that believe and obey Him.
2. First, we will consider the declaration, “that Jesus is the way unto the Father.” John the Baptist announced that he was sent to “prepare the way of the Lord.” Isaiah prophesied that Jehovah would send a forerunner before the Messiah’s appearance to “make straight the way of the Lord.” Isaiah prophesied that He would reveal “the way of holiness and no unclean thing shall pass over it; it shall be for the wayfaring man, though fool should not stumble in it.” Jesus called this path the “straight and narrow way that leadeth unto life.”
3. Second, we will discuss the declaration, “that Jesus is the truth” that was sent to make known the Father. He also declared, that the believers would “know the truth, and that truth would make one free.” Freedom from sin is made possible to the disciples after they hear, believe and obey the truth of the gospel, which will “make them free from their sins.” Recall that the apostle Paul wrote to the Romans, “But God be thanked that ye were the servants of sin; but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you, being then made free from sins, ye became the servants of righteousness.” This is that same truth that Jesus spake about that would make one free from their sin. This is that same truth the Lord revealed unto the holy apostles and prophets by the Holy Spirit.
4. Lastly, we will investigate the declaration, “I am the life.” Jesus makes it clear after one finds the way; obey the truth, they shall obtain eternal life. Many today are supposing that they are in the way; that they believe on Christ; and they have been granted eternal life. However, their claims do not find sanction in the New Testament. As Jesus is the revealer of the way; the truth, He also has made manifest the hope of eternal life. The Lord states: “I am come that ye might have life and have it more abundantly.” Eternal life is found in the “Son of God” and it is to them He “gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” With this brief introduction, let’s consider our first thought: “I am the way.”
BODY OF LESSON
I I AM THE WAY
A. Jehovah’s promise of the way. Isaiah the prophet spoke of this way; in terms that clearly reveal its true purpose. He says: “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein,” Isaiah 35:8. Jehovah promised to provide the “Way of holiness” unto the world. Recall the Hebrew writer’s message about holiness: “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord,” Hebrews 12:13-14. The “Way of holiness” began at the preaching of John the Baptist, in a "preparatory form" of the gospel.
B. John’s preparatory preaching of the way. John the Baptist was: “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight and the rough places plain. And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it,” Isaiah 40:3-5. John’s preparatory preaching of the kingdom of God would be the message about Jesus, the Messiah’s work of salvation. It is interesting that this message was preached in unity among all sent by God. Notice:
1. First, John the Baptist was sent to present the “kingdom of God was at hand,” Matthew 3:1-3. That is, it was soon to be established.
2. Further, Jesus preached the “kingdom of God was at hand,” Matthew 4:17.
3. Next, the 12 preached the “kingdom of God was at hand,” Matthew 10:5-7.