I am the way and the truth and the life

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John 14:16 is filled with great information about Jesus as Savior. "I am the way and the truth and the life."

I am - I'm told that in the Greek language this is a very intense way of saying I myself and only I. It's very solid and also reflects the Hebrew for God of Yaweh.

the way - there is only one path and we take that path to follow Jesus. The disciples had asked Where are you going? Jesus said Follow Me and they did.

the truth - Jesus is the incarnate Word of God which is complete truth.

the Life - only through Jesus can we get to the Father. It is because of Jesus' death and resurrection that we by grace through faith can have eternal life.
 

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Before coming into the world as a human being, God's son was a divine
being known as the Word (John 1:1a)

The Word is translated from the Greek word logos (log'-os) which basically
refers to something spoken as opposed to something written, viz; logos
basically refers to one's voice, i.e. their speech.

God's spoken words first appear in the Bible at Gen 1:3 where it says:

"Let there be light"

So we could legitimately paraphrase John 1:2 to read like this:

"All things were made by God's voice; and apart from His voice was not
any thing made that was made."

Thus it's seen that God preferred to command the cosmos into existence
instead of cogitating it into existence.

"By the voice of God the heavens were of old" (2Pet 3:5)

God's speech is more than sound and syllables; it is an extension of Himself,
i.e. His speech is charged with an energy so powerful that it can make inert
objects become alert with consciousness; e.g. John 1:4

"In God's voice was life;"

Seeing as how the words that come out of God's mouth are no less divine
than Himself, then I think it's valid to concur that His speech is a sentient being.

Please don't ask me how God's voice is a sentient being because it is just too
far beyond the capability of my below-average IQ to comprehend.

So then, when Jesus said "I am the life" I think it safe to paraphrase him as:
"I am that life", i.e. the life in God's voice; and seeing as how the life in God's
voice is an extension of Himself, then we certainly cannot refuse to recognize
The Word as more than just a divine being, instead, as the supreme being.
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Continuing from post No.2

1John 1:1-2 . .That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which
we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have
handled, of the Word of life-- for the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and
bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and
was manifested unto us.

So the life that's in God's voice is a sentient being who always was, always is, and
always shall be. That (almost) makes perfect sense because if God always was,
always is, and always shall be; then of course His voice would be no different in
that respect.

The part that's difficult to grasp is how God's voice is a sentient being when the
human voice is just noise; and the moment it speaks words, they fade away to
nothing and can't be recalled with any more ease than recalling the ring of a bell or
the toot of a horn, i.e. spoken human words are DOA (dead on arrival) and that's
because the human voice isn't a sentient being.

Now, this sentient eternal being we've been examining isn't merely academic
doctrine; it's a supernatural presence.


1John 5:11-12 . .God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His son. He who
has the Son has the life; he who does not have God's son does not have the life.

The eternal life spoken of in that verse, and in 1John 1:1-2, is of course the self
same life that Jesus spoke of when he said: "I am the life". (John 11:25 and John
14:6)

If I could take some liberties here, I might paraphrase 1John 5:11-12 to read like
this:

"God has given us His voice, and this voice is in His son. He who has the Son has
this voice; he who does not have God's son does not have this voice."

God's voice, a.k.a. His son, a.k.a. eternal life, isn't aboard Jesus' followers by
means of a physical presence, rather, a spirit presence.

Rom 8:9-10 . .You are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God
dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong
to him.
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Continuing from post No.3

John 14:6 . . I am the way

The Greek word translated "way" is somewhat ambiguous. It can not only indicate a
route-- a path, a road, or a trail --but also progress.

For example, it takes roughly five months for people afoot to complete the entire
route of the Pacific Coast Trail from Campo California to Washington State's border
with Canada.

Resourceful hiker trash report their daily progress on social media platforms like
FaceBook and YouTube. Successful thru hikers-- those who complete the journey
--publish one final progress report when they reach their ultimate destination: the
border.

That's the sort of progress report that Jesus announced on the cross when he said
"It is finished." His crucifixion was trail's end, and he capped the journey by
crossing the border, viz: by rising from the dead.

People who have come to faith in Christ, do not need to retrace his steps because
they already did. God-- by means of some strange procedure that I do not
understand at all --reckons them crucified, died, buried, and resurrected along with,
and in, His son. (Rom 6:3-11, Gal 2:20, and Col 3:2-3)
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