Many   perceive   Jesus   Christ   as   some   meek   guy   with   long   hair   and   a   beard   who   lived   about   2,000   years   ago;   wore   a simple   white   robe   and   sandals;   spoke   about   peace   and   love   and   did   some   miracles.      While   this   may   be   somewhat   true, this perception completely falls short of who He truly was, is, and whom He shall reveal.  Jesus   spoke   many   words.      However,   one   of   the   most   important,   powerful   and   thought-provoking   declarations   He   made is   when   He   said   “I   am   the   way,   the   truth,   and   the   life.”      But   what’s   more,   He   drew   a   spiritual   and   eternal   “line   in   the sand”   that   separated   Himself   from   all   other   attempts   by   man   to   reach   God   when   He   added   “No   one   comes   to   the Father except through Me.”   John 14:6 This writing explores His proclamation because it defines His spiritual role between each of us and our Holy God. The Divine Purpose of Jesus Christ Some   have   attempted   to   degrade   and   weaken   the   divine   purpose   of   Jesus   by   pointing   to   specific   aspects   of   His ministry   by   saying   He   was   only   a   good   teacher,   He   was   just   a   messenger,   or   He   was   simply   a   prophet.      By   doing   so they fail to recognize His purpose and His relationship to God throughout time.  Prior to His birth, an angel informed Mary she would give birth to the Holy One. “And   the   angel   answered   and   said   to   her,   ‘The   Holy   Spirit   will   come   upon   you,   and   the   power   of   the   Highest   will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.’”  Luke 1:35 When Jesus was baptized, God verbally expressed His pleasure in His Son. “When   He   had   been   baptized,   Jesus   came   up   immediately   from   the   water;   and   behold,   the   heavens   were   opened   to Him,   and   He   saw   the   Spirit   of   God   descending   like   a   dove   and   alighting   upon   Him.      And   suddenly   a   voice   came   from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’”  Matthew 3:16-17 When Jews sought a means to condemn Him, Jesus revealed His eternal existence prior to His ministry on earth. “Jesus   answered,   ‘If   I   honor   Myself,   My   honor   is   nothing.      It   is   My   Father   who   honors   Me,   of   whom   you   say   that   He   is your   God.     Yet   you   have   not   known   Him,   but   I   know   Him.     And   if   I   say,   ‘I   do   not   know   Him,’   I   shall   be   a   liar   like   you;   but   I do   know   Him   and   keep   His   word.      Your   father Abraham   rejoiced   to   see   My   day,   and   he   saw   it   and   was   glad.’      Then   the Jews   said   to   Him,   ‘You   are   not   yet   fifty   years   old,   and   have You   seen Abraham?’      Jesus   said   to   them,   ‘Most   assuredly,   I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.’”  John 8:54-58 Jesus unequivocally declared who He was when He was on trial prior to His death. “Again,   the   high   priest   asked   Him,   saying   to   Him,   ‘Are   You   the   Christ,   the   Son   of   the   Blessed?’      Jesus   said,   ‘I   am.     And you   will   see   the   Son   of   Man   sitting   at   the   right   hand   of   the   Power,   and   coming   with   the   clouds   of   heaven.’”      Mark   14:61- 62 John the Apostle understood—and accurately proclaimed—the truth about Jesus Christ. “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.”  John 1:14 “And   of   His   fullness   we   have   all   received,   and   grace   for   grace.      For   the   law   was   given   through   Moses,   but   grace   and truth   came   through   Jesus   Christ.      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 1:16-18  Jesus Provided Proof of His Divine Purpose Our   human   nature   often   responds   with   skepticism   to   anyone   who   makes   verbal   declarations   about   themselves.      To move   beyond   disbelief,   we   need   verifiable   proof   before   we   begin   to   extend   our   trust.      His   miracles   not   only   validated His words, it also proved His divine power and authority. What’s   revealing   about   Jesus,   each   time   He   performed   a   miracle   He   did   not   seek   personal   recognition   nor   praise—but sought   the   opposite—because   everything   He   did   was   to   glorify   the   Father   and   not   Himself.      This   truth   speaks   volumes to the motivation of our hearts. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except though me.”  John 14:6 Jesus Said “I AM THE WAY” The   word   “way”   is   defined   as   a   means,   method   or   manner   of   doing   something.      Way   is   also   defined   as   a   road   or   path.     Jesus   Christ,   the   Son   of   God,   came   to   earth,   dwelt   among   us   and   demonstrated   to   us   the   “way”   by   being   a   perfect reflection and personification of God. “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.”  John 1:14 Jesus said “I and My Father are one.”  John 10:30 Jesus   also   said   “He   who   has   seen   Me   has   seen   the   Father;   so   how   can   you   say,   ‘Show   us   the   Father’?      Do   you   not believe   that   I   am   in   the   Father,   and   the   Father   in   Me?      The   words   that   I   speak   to   you   I   do   not   speak   on   My   own authority;   but   the   Father   who   dwells   in   Me   does   the   works.      Believe   Me   that   I   am   in   the   Father   and   the   Father   in   Me,   or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.”  John 14:9-11 As   Christians—although   we   will   never   be   perfect   like   Jesus   while   we   are   living   in   these   earthly   bodies—we   desire   to   be a   reflection   of   Jesus   Christ,   as   Jesus   was   a   reflection   of   the   Father.      This   desire   means   we   must   deny   the   sinful demands   of   our   flesh.      The   source   and   power   of   this   denial   is   found   in   God’s   grace   and   love—in   that   we   are forgiven—even   when   we   fail—because   we   believe   in   our   Savior   and   what   He   did   for   us   on   the   cross.      In   other   words, His   grace   and   love   motivate   and   draw   us   into   righteousness—as   opposed   to   obeying   dictatorial   demands   of   acceptable behavior—which will never win the heart.  God’s grace and forgiveness changes us from within. “But   God,   who   is   rich   in   mercy,   because   of   His   great   love   with   which   He   loved   us,   even   when   we   were   dead   in trespasses,   made   us   alive   together   with   Christ   (by   grace   you   have   been   saved),   and   raised   us   up   together,   and   made us   sit   together   in   the   heavenly   places   in   Christ   Jesus,   that   in   the   ages   to   come   He   might   show   the   exceeding   riches   of His   grace   in   His   kindness   toward   us   in   Christ   Jesus.      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.      For   we   are   His   workmanship,   created   in   Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:4-10 “Then   Jesus   said   to   His   disciples,   ‘If   anyone   desires   to   come   after   Me,   let   him   deny   himself,   and   take   up   his   cross,   and follow   Me.      For   whoever   desires   to   save   his   life   will   lose   it,   but   whoever   loses   his   life   for   My   sake   will   find   it.’”      Matthew 16:24-25 “But   we   have   this   treasure   in   earthen   vessels,   that   the   excellence   of   the   power   may   be   of   God   and   not   of   us.      We   are hard-pressed   on   every   side,   yet   not   crushed;   we   are   perplexed,   but   not   in   despair;   persecuted,   but   not   forsaken;   struck down,   but   not   destroyed—always   carrying   about   in   the   body   the   dying   of   the   Lord   Jesus,   that   the   life   of   Jesus   also   may be   manifested   in   our   body.      For   we   who   live   are   always   delivered   to   death   for   Jesus’   sake,   that   the   life   of   Jesus   also may   be   manifested   in   our   mortal   flesh.      So   then   death   is   working   in   us,   but   life   in   you.      And   since   we   have   the   same spirit   of   faith,   according   to   what   is   written,   ‘I   believed   and   therefore   I   spoke,’   we   also   believe   and   therefore   speak, knowing   that   He   who   raised   up   the   Lord   Jesus   will   also   raise   us   up   with   Jesus,   and   will   present   us   with   you.      For   all things   are   for   your   sakes,   that   grace,   having   spread   through   the   many,   may   cause   thanksgiving   to   abound   to   the   glory of   God.      Therefore,   we   do   not   lose   heart.      Even   though   our   outward   man   is   perishing,   yet   the   inward   man   is   being renewed   day   by   day.      For   our   light   affliction,   which   is   but   for   a   moment,   is   working   for   us   a   far   more   exceeding   and eternal   weight   of   glory,   while   we   do   not   look   at   the   things   which   are   seen,   but   at   the   things   which   are   not   seen.      For   the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”   2 Corinthians 4:7-18 Jesus Said “I AM THE TRUTH” When   Jesus   declared   “I   am   the   truth,”   He   delineated   the   difference   between   what   is   truth   and   what   is   a   lie.      Think about the following…based upon what Jesus said, He declared that anything that attempts to: Degrade His position to the Father…is a lie. Dilute the accuracy and authority of His words…is a lie. Describe any aspect of His life as imperfect…is a lie. Define His death on the cross as less than a perfect and complete sacrifice for our sin…is a lie. Dissuade people from believing in Jesus…is a lie. Declare someone or something else is the “way” or a source of life…is a lie. Now   take   a   moment,   disengage   from   other   thoughts,   position   your   mind   to   look   at   things   from   a   broader   perspective, and contemplate the following two questions.  Do you think the number of lies we hear or see have been steadily increasing during the past years? Is it becoming more difficult to tell what is true and what is a lie? If   you   perceive   an   increase   in   lies   and   a   decrease   in   clarity   between   what   is   true   and   what   is   a   lie…it   is   because   of   the source.      Jesus   Christ   defined   the   persona   of   Satan   when   He   declared:   “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.”  John 8:44 The   only   power   Satan   has   is   to   deceive,   dissuade,   divide,   disrupt,   destruct,   darken—and   cause   spiritual   delusion   and death   of   those   who   reject   the Truth.     Yes,   there’s   a   lot   of   “d”   words   (a   coincidence),   but   each   one   is   accurate.      Here   are some additional truths about lies.  Take time to think about each of the above “d” words and truths below. Every time we sin…it is prompted by a lie. If you experience hatred, or anger, or bitterness…its source is a lie. When people argue…a lie provokes their words. Each time a person is murdered…it is motivated by a lie. The rationale behind all wars…is based upon a lie. Every time one of the “d” words occurs…it is driven by a lie. The   persona   of   Satan   is   comprised   of   lies   and   darkness.      In   contrast,   Jesus   embodies Truth   and   light.     Those   who   seek Jesus and abide in Him are set free by Him.  “Then   Jesus   said   to   those   Jews   who   believed   Him,   ‘If   you   abide   in   My   word,   you   are   My   disciples   indeed.      And   you shall   know   the   truth,   and   the   truth   shall   make   you   free.’      They   answered   Him,   ‘We   are   Abraham’s   descendants,   and have   never   been   in   bondage   to   anyone.   How   can   You   say,   ‘You   will   be   made   free?’      Jesus   answered   them,   ‘Most assuredly,   I   say   to   you,   whoever   commits   sin   is   a   slave   of   sin.     And   a   slave   does   not   abide   in   the   house   forever,   but   a son abides forever.  Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.’”  John 8:31-36 “Beloved,   I   pray   that   you   may   prosper   in   all   things   and   be   in   health,   just   as   your   soul   prospers.      For   I   rejoiced   greatly when   brethren   came   and   testified   of   the   truth   that   is   in   you,   just   as   you   walk   in   the   truth.      I   have   no   greater   joy   than   to hear that my children walk in truth.”  3 John 2-4 However, those who reject the Truth are blinded by Satan. “But   even   if   our   gospel   is   veiled,   it   is   veiled   to   those   who   are   perishing,   whose   minds   the   god   of   this   age   has   blinded, who   do   not   believe,   lest   the   light   of   the   gospel   of   the   glory   of   Christ,   who   is   the   image   of   God,   should   shine   on   them.”      2 Corinthians 4:3-4 Jesus Said “I AM THE LIFE” Although   Jesus   lived   in   the   physical   realm,   He   continually   spoke   from   a   spiritual   perspective.      His   miracles,   teachings, parables   and   the   Bible   are   intended   to   enlighten   our   understanding   of   spiritual   realities   and   heavenly   truths.      The   “life” Jesus referred to encompasses life while we are living, and life after we die.  Life while we are living Jesus said “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  John 10:10 “And   you   He   made   alive,   who   were   dead   in   trespasses   and   sins,   in   which   you   once   walked   according   to   the   course   of this   world,   according   to   the   prince   of   the   power   of   the   air,   the   spirit   who   now   works   in   the   sons   of   disobedience,   among whom   also   we   all   once   conducted   ourselves   in   the   lusts   of   our   flesh,   fulfilling   the   desires   of   the   flesh   and   of   the   mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.”  Ephesians 2:1-3 “For   God   so   loved   the   world   that   He   gave   His   only   begotten   Son,   that   whoever   believes   in   Him   should   not   perish   but have   everlasting   life.      For   God   did   not   send   His   Son   into   the   world   to   condemn   the   world,   but   that   the   world   through Him   might   be   saved.      He   who   believes   in   Him   is   not   condemned;   but   he   who   does   not   believe   is   condemned   already, because   he   has   not   believed   in   the   name   of   the   only   begotten   Son   of   God.     And   this   is   the   condemnation,   that   the   light has   come   into   the   world,   and   men   loved   darkness   rather   than   light,   because   their   deeds   were   evil.      For   everyone practicing   evil   hates   the   light   and   does   not   come   to   the   light,   lest   his   deeds   should   be   exposed.      But   he   who   does   the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”  John 3:16-21 Life after we die Jesus   said   “I   am   the   resurrection   and   the   life.      He   who   believes   in   Me,   though   he   may   die,   he   shall   live.     And   whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.”  John 11:25-26 Jesus   said   “Most   assuredly,   I   say   to   you,   he   who   hears   My   word   and   believes   in   Him   who   sent   Me   has   everlasting   life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”  John 5:24 “And   this   is   the   testimony:   that   God   has   given   us   eternal   life,   and   this   life   is   in   His   Son.      He   who   has   the   Son   has   life; he   who   does   not   have   the   Son   of   God   does   not   have   life.      These   things   I   have   written   to   you   who   believe   in   the   name of   the   Son   of   God,   that   you   may   know   that   you   have   eternal   life,   and   that   you   may   continue   to   believe   in   the   name   of the Son of God.”  1 John 5:11-13 Now   imagine   for   a   moment   what   it   will   be   like   when   we   are   on   the   other   side.      Consider   the   overwhelming   heartfelt thankfulness   that   will   be   experienced   by   every   believer   who   has   been   saved   from   eternal   death.      Imagine   what   it   will   be like   as   we   all   lift   our   voices   in   thundering   praise   and   worship   of   Jesus—the   Son   of   God   and   the   sacrificial   Lamb   who gave His life for our sins—so that our relationship with God could be restored—for eternity. “After   these   things   I   looked,   and   behold,   a   great   multitude   which   no   one   could   number,   of   all   nations,   tribes,   peoples, and   tongues,   standing   before   the   throne   and   before   the   Lamb,   clothed   with   white   robes,   with   palm   branches   in   their hands,   and   crying   out   with   a   loud   voice,   saying,   ‘Salvation   belongs   to   our   God   who   sits   on   the   throne,   and   to   the   Lamb!’     All   the   angels   stood   around   the   throne   and   the   elders   and   the   four   living   creatures,   and   fell   on   their   faces   before   the throne   and   worshiped   God,   saying:   ‘Amen!   Blessing   and   glory   and   wisdom,   thanksgiving   and   honor   and   power   and might, be to our God forever and ever.  Amen.’”  Revelation 7:9-12 Jesus Said “NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME” These   defining   words   by   Jesus   “double   down”   and   encapsulates   His   declaration   that   He   is   the   way,   the   truth   and   the life.      These   words   also   state   that   all   attempts   to   reach   the   Father   by   any   other   means   will   fail   and   result   in   eternal death.  These are strong words…especially for those who believe there is more than one way to Heaven. “But   this   Man,   after   He   had   offered   one   sacrifice   for   sins   forever,   sat   down   at   the   right   hand   of   God,   from   that   time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.”  Hebrews 10:12-13 “To   Him   who   loved   us   and   washed   us   from   our   sins   in   His   own   blood,   and   has   made   us   kings   and   priests   to   His   God and   Father,   to   Him   be   glory   and   dominion   forever   and   ever.   Amen.      Behold,   He   is   coming   with   clouds,   and   every   eye will   see   Him,   even   they   who   pierced   Him.     And   all   the   tribes   of   the   earth   will   mourn   because   of   Him.      Even   so, Amen.      ‘I am   the Alpha   and   the   Omega,   the   Beginning   and   the   End,’   says   the   Lord,   ‘who   is   and   who   was   and   who   is   to   come,   the Almighty.’”  Revelation 1:5-8 Jesus Will Return Jesus   Christ   was   the   most   powerful   person   to   ever   walk   on   earth.      What’s   more,   His   absolute   and   complete   power   will be   fully   demonstrated   in   the   near   future—unlike   any   time   in   history—when   the   King   of   kings   and   Lord   of   lords   returns   to defeat those who will be gathered together to make war against Him (Battle of Armageddon). “Now   I   saw   heaven   opened,   and   behold,   a   white   horse.      And   He   who   sat   on   him   was   called   Faithful   and   True,   and   in righteousness   He   judges   and   makes   war.      His   eyes   were   like   a   flame   of   fire,   and   on   His   head   were   many   crowns.      He had   a   name   written   that   no   one   knew   except   Himself.      He   was   clothed   with   a   robe   dipped   in   blood,   and   His   name   is called   The   Word   of   God.      And   the   armies   in   heaven,   clothed   in   fine   linen,   white   and   clean,   followed   Him   on   white horses.      Now   out   of   His   mouth   goes   a   sharp   sword,   that   with   it   He   should   strike   the   nations.     And   He   Himself   will   rule them   with   a   rod   of   iron.      He   Himself   treads   the   winepress   of   the   fierceness   and   wrath   of Almighty   God.     And   He   has   on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”  Revelation 19:11-16 Now is the Time to Prepare Our Hearts Everyone   has   the   ability   to   make   choices   in   life.      It’s   how   God   designed   us.      As   such,   you   can   either   believe   or disbelieve   in   Jesus   and   His   words—it’s   your   decision.      The   following   prayer   and   scripture   are   for   those   who   decide   to believe and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Jesus,   I   believe   you   died   for   the   sins   of   those   who   believe   in You.      I   am   a   sinner;   I   believe   in   what   you   did   for   me   on   the cross;   and   I   ask   for   your   forgiveness.      I   invite   You   to   come   into   my   heart   and   change   me   from   within…as   I   trust   and follow You as my Savior and Lord. “Therefore   gird   up   the   loins   of   your   mind,   be   sober,   and   rest   your   hope   fully   upon   the   grace   that   is   to   be   brought   to   you at   the   revelation   of   Jesus   Christ;   as   obedient   children,   not   conforming   yourselves   to   the   former   lusts,   as   in   your ignorance;   but   as   He   who   called   you   is   holy,   you   also   be   holy   in   all   your   conduct,   because   it   is   written,   ‘Be   holy,   for   I   am holy.’      And   if   you   call   on   the   Father,   who   without   partiality   judges   according   to   each   one’s   work,   conduct   yourselves throughout   the   time   of   your   stay   here   in   fear;   knowing   that   you   were   not   redeemed   with   corruptible   things,   like   silver   or gold,   from   your   aimless   conduct   received   by   tradition   from   your   fathers,   but   with   the   precious   blood   of   Christ,   as   of   a lamb   without   blemish   and   without   spot.      He   indeed   was   foreordained   before   the   foundation   of   the   world,   but   was manifest   in   these   last   times   for   you   who   through   Him   believe   in   God,   who   raised   Him   from   the   dead   and   gave   Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.” 1 Peter 1:13-21 Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except though me.”  John 14:6 As   the   world   becomes   darker   and   increasingly   difficult   to   see—it   comforting   to   know   we   have   a   spiritual   light   in Jesus—who   illuminates   our   path;   segments   truth   from   lies;   and   gives   us   life   that   exists   deep   within   our   heart   and   soul.     Plus, regardless of our present situation, we have hope in the future! “Eye   has   not   seen,   nor   ear   heard,   nor   have   entered   into   the   heart   of   man   the   things   which   God   has   prepared   for   those who love Him.”  1 Corinthians 2:9 I   pray   you   continually   gain   a   greater   understanding   of   Jesus   Christ:   what   He   did   for   us,   who   He   is,   and   what   He   will   do in the future.  I also pray that as each day passes, we become less like ourselves and more like Him. Glory to God, Harold D. Thomas Thought-Provoking Questions The   purpose   of   the   questions   is   to   facilitate   a   deeper   understanding   of   the   Bible,   this   Bible   study   topic   and   ourselves.     The   questions   may   be   answered   by   each   reader,   or   used   by   a   Bible   study   group   leader   or   church   pastor.     The   following questions should be answered or discussed after reading “I am the way, the truth and the life.” Each   question   is   designed   to   enhance   learning   via   personal   reflection   and   opinions.      As   such,   no   answers   are provided.  However, reviewing the content of the writing may assist in determining some answers. O Jesus said “I am the way.” What is “the way.” Explain? How does this relate to you? O Jesus said “I am the truth.”  What is the relevance and importance of truth? Has it become increasingly difficult to tell the difference between lies and truth?  Explain. O Jesus said “I am the life.”  What is your definition of life? How does your definition of life compare to the life Jesus declared? O Jesus said “No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  Is this significant?  If yes, why? What did Jesus mean by saying “through Me”? The word “absolute” is defined as: Total and complete with no restrictions, exceptions, or qualification required. Definite and will not change if circumstances change. Something   that   is   true,   accepted   as   fact,   with   no   sustainable   arguments   against   it,   or   conditions   necessary   for it to be true. O Given the above definition of absolute, are the words spoken by Jesus in John 14:6 absolute?  Explain. O If Jesus is who He said He is, and if His words in John 14:6 are absolute: Did Jesus separate Himself from all philosophies and religions? What is the impact of His words with regards to all other philosophies and religions? O Does the following scripture reinforce and expand upon John 14:6?  If yes, how? Since   all   have   sinned   and   continually   fall   short   of   the   glory   of   God,   and   are   being   justified   [declared   free   of   the   guilt   of sin,   made   acceptable   to   God,   and   granted   eternal   life]   as   a   gift   by   His   [precious,   undeserved]   grace,   through   the redemption   [the   payment   for   our   sin]   which   is   [provided]   in   Christ   Jesus,   whom   God   displayed   publicly   [before   the   eyes of   the   world]   as   a   [life-giving]   sacrifice   of   atonement   and   reconciliation   (propitiation)   by   His   blood   [to   be   received] through   faith.      This   was   to   demonstrate   His   righteousness   [which   demands   punishment   for   sin],   because   in   His forbearance   [His   deliberate   restraint]   He   passed   over   the   sins   previously   committed   [before   Jesus’   crucifixion].      It   was to   demonstrate   His   righteousness   at   the   present   time,   so   that   He   would   be   just   and   the   One   who   justifies   those   who have faith in Jesus [and rely confidently on Him as Savior].  Romans 3:23-26 (Amplified Bible) The questions may be viewed and downloaded as a PDF file by clicking on this button.
Many   perceive   Jesus   Christ   as   some   meek   guy   with   long hair   and   a   beard   who   lived   about   2,000   years   ago;   wore   a simple   white   robe   and   sandals;   spoke   about   peace   and love   and   did   some   miracles.      While   this   may   be   somewhat true,   this   perception   completely   falls   short   of   who   He   truly was, is, and whom He shall reveal.  Jesus    spoke    many    words.        However,    one    of    the    most important,    powerful    and    thought-provoking    declarations He   made   is   when   He   said   “I   am   the   way,   the   truth,   and   the life.”      But   what’s   more,   He   drew   a   spiritual   and   eternal   “line in   the   sand”   that   separated   Himself   from   all   other   attempts by   man   to   reach   God   when   He   added   “No   one   comes   to the Father except through Me.”   John 14:6 This   writing   explores   His   proclamation   because   it   defines His spiritual role between each of us and our Holy God. The Divine Purpose of Jesus Christ Some   have   attempted   to   degrade   and   weaken   the   divine purpose   of   Jesus   by   pointing   to   specific   aspects   of   His ministry   by   saying   He   was   only   a   good   teacher,   He   was just   a   messenger,   or   He   was   simply   a   prophet.      By   doing so   they   fail   to   recognize   His   purpose   and   His   relationship to God throughout time.  Prior   to   His   birth,   an   angel   informed   Mary   she   would   give birth to the Holy One. “And   the   angel   answered   and   said   to   her,   ‘The   Holy   Spirit will   come   upon   you,   and   the   power   of   the   Highest   will overshadow   you;   therefore,   also,   that   Holy   One   who   is   to be born will be called the Son of God.’”  Luke 1:35 When   Jesus   was   baptized,   God   verbally   expressed   His pleasure in His Son. “When   He   had   been   baptized,   Jesus   came   up   immediately from   the   water;   and   behold,   the   heavens   were   opened   to Him,   and   He   saw   the   Spirit   of   God   descending   like   a   dove and   alighting   upon   Him.     And   suddenly   a   voice   came   from heaven,   saying,   ‘This   is   My   beloved   Son,   in   whom   I   am well pleased.’”  Matthew 3:16-17 When    Jews    sought    a    means    to    condemn    Him,    Jesus revealed    His    eternal    existence    prior    to    His    ministry    on earth. “Jesus   answered,   ‘If   I   honor   Myself,   My   honor   is   nothing.     It   is   My   Father   who   honors   Me,   of   whom   you   say   that   He is   your   God.      Yet   you   have   not   known   Him,   but   I   know Him.     And   if   I   say,   ‘I   do   not   know   Him,’   I   shall   be   a   liar   like you;   but   I   do   know   Him   and   keep   His   word.      Your   father Abraham   rejoiced   to   see   My   day,   and   he   saw   it   and   was glad.’      Then   the   Jews   said   to   Him,   ‘You   are   not   yet   fifty years   old,   and   have   You   seen   Abraham?’      Jesus   said   to them,   ‘Most   assuredly,   I   say   to   you,   before Abraham   was,   I AM.’”  John 8:54-58 Jesus   unequivocally   declared   who   He   was   when   He   was on trial prior to His death. “Again,   the   high   priest   asked   Him,   saying   to   Him,   ‘Are   You the   Christ,   the   Son   of   the   Blessed?’      Jesus   said,   ‘I   am.   And   you   will   see   the   Son   of   Man   sitting   at   the   right   hand   of the   Power,   and   coming   with   the   clouds   of   heaven.’”      Mark 14:61-62 John   the   Apostle   understood   and   accurately   proclaimed the truth about Jesus Christ. “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.”  John 1:14 “And   of   His   fullness   we   have   all   received,   and   grace   for grace.      For   the   law   was   given   through   Moses,   but   grace and   truth   came   through   Jesus   Christ.      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   1:16- 18  Jesus Provided Proof of His Divine Purpose Our    human    nature    often    responds    with    skepticism    to anyone   who   makes   verbal   declarations   about   themselves.     To   move   beyond   disbelief,   we   need   verifiable   proof   before we    begin    to    extend    our    trust.        His    miracles    not    only validated   His   words,   it   also   proved   His   divine   power   and authority. What’s   revealing   about   Jesus,   each   time   He   performed   a miracle     He     did     not     seek     personal     recognition     nor praise—but   sought   the   opposite—because   everything   He did   was   to   glorify   the   Father   and   not   Himself.      This   truth speaks volumes to the motivation of our hearts. Jesus   said   “I   am   the   way,   the   truth   and   the   life.      No   one comes to the Father except though me.”  John 14:6 Jesus Said “I AM THE WAY” The   word   “way”   is   defined   as   a   means,   method   or   manner of   doing   something.      Way   is   also   defined   as   a   road   or path.      Jesus   Christ,   the   Son   of   God,   came   to   earth,   dwelt among   us   and   demonstrated   to   us   the   “way”   by   being   a perfect reflection and personification of God. “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.”  John 1:14 Jesus said “I and My Father are one.”  John 10:30 Jesus    also    said    “He    who    has    seen    Me    has    seen    the Father;   so   how   can   you   say,   ‘Show   us   the   Father’?      Do you   not   believe   that   I   am   in   the   Father,   and   the   Father   in Me?      The   words   that   I   speak   to   you   I   do   not   speak   on   My own   authority;   but   the   Father   who   dwells   in   Me   does   the works.      Believe   Me   that   I   am   in   the   Father   and   the   Father in    Me,    or    else    believe    Me    for    the    sake    of    the    works themselves.”  John 14:9-11 As    Christians—although    we    will    never    be    perfect    like Jesus    while    we    are    living    in    these    earthly    bodies—we desire   to   be   a   reflection   of   Jesus   Christ,   as   Jesus   was   a reflection   of   the   Father.      This   desire   means   we   must   deny the   sinful   demands   of   our   flesh.      The   source   and   power   of this   denial   is   found   in   God’s   grace   and   love—in   that   we are   forgiven—even   when   we   fail—because   we   believe   in our   Savior   and   what   He   did   for   us   on   the   cross.      In   other words,    His    grace    and    love    motivate    and    draw    us    into righteousness—as      opposed      to      obeying      dictatorial demands   of   acceptable   behavior—which   will   never   win   the heart.        God’s    grace    and    forgiveness    changes    us    from within. “But   God,   who   is   rich   in   mercy,   because   of   His   great   love with    which    He    loved    us,    even    when    we    were    dead    in trespasses,   made   us   alive   together   with   Christ   (by   grace you   have   been   saved),   and   raised   us   up   together,   and made    us    sit    together    in    the    heavenly    places    in    Christ Jesus,    that    in    the    ages    to    come    He    might    show    the exceeding   riches   of   His   grace   in   His   kindness   toward   us   in Christ   Jesus.      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.        For    we    are    His workmanship,    created    in    Christ    Jesus    for    good    works, which   God   prepared   beforehand   that   we   should   walk   in them.”  Ephesians 2:4-10 “Then   Jesus   said   to   His   disciples,   ‘If   anyone   desires   to come    after    Me,    let    him    deny    himself,    and    take    up    his cross,   and   follow   Me.      For   whoever   desires   to   save   his   life will   lose   it,   but   whoever   loses   his   life   for   My   sake   will   find it.’”  Matthew 16:24-25 “But   we   have   this   treasure   in   earthen   vessels,   that   the excellence   of   the   power   may   be   of   God   and   not   of   us.      We are   hard-pressed   on   every   side,   yet   not   crushed;   we   are perplexed,     but     not     in     despair;     persecuted,     but     not forsaken;   struck   down,   but   not   destroyed—always   carrying about   in   the   body   the   dying   of   the   Lord   Jesus,   that   the   life of   Jesus   also   may   be   manifested   in   our   body.      For   we   who live   are   always   delivered   to   death   for   Jesus’   sake,   that   the life   of   Jesus   also   may   be   manifested   in   our   mortal   flesh.   So   then   death   is   working   in   us,   but   life   in   you.      And   since we   have   the   same   spirit   of   faith,   according   to   what   is written,   ‘I   believed   and   therefore   I   spoke,’   we   also   believe and   therefore   speak,   knowing   that   He   who   raised   up   the Lord    Jesus    will    also    raise    us    up    with    Jesus,    and    will present   us   with   you.      For   all   things   are   for   your   sakes,   that grace,    having    spread    through    the    many,    may    cause thanksgiving   to   abound   to   the   glory   of   God.     Therefore,   we do    not    lose    heart.        Even    though    our    outward    man    is perishing,   yet   the   inward   man   is   being   renewed   day   by day.      For   our   light   affliction,   which   is   but   for   a   moment,   is working   for   us   a   far   more   exceeding   and   eternal   weight   of glory,   while   we   do   not   look   at   the   things   which   are   seen, but   at   the   things   which   are   not   seen.      For   the   things   which are   seen   are   temporary,   but   the   things   which   are   not   seen are eternal.”  2 Corinthians 4:7-18 Jesus Said “I AM THE TRUTH” When   Jesus   declared   “I   am   the   truth,”   He   delineated   the difference   between   what   is   truth   and   what   is   a   lie.      Think about    the    following…based    upon    what    Jesus    said,    He declared that anything that attempts to: Degrade His position to the Father…is a lie. Dilute   the   accuracy   and   authority   of   His   words…is   a lie. Describe any aspect of His life as imperfect…is a lie. Define   His   death   on   the   cross   as   less   than   a   perfect and complete sacrifice for our sin…is a lie. Dissuade people from believing in Jesus…is a lie. Declare   someone   or   something   else   is   the   “way”   or   a source of life…is a lie. Now    take    a    moment,    disengage    from    other    thoughts, position    your    mind    to    look    at    things    from    a    broader perspective, and contemplate the following two questions.  Do   you   think   the   number   of   lies   we   hear   or   see   have been steadily increasing during the past years? Is   it   becoming   more   difficult   to   tell   what   is   true   and what is a lie? If   you   perceive   an   increase   in   lies   and   a   decrease   in   clarity between   what   is   true   and   what   is   a   lie…it   is   because   of the   source.      Jesus   Christ   defined   the   persona   of   Satan when     He     declared:     “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.”   John 8:44 The   only   power   Satan   has   is   to   deceive,   dissuade,   divide, disrupt,    destruct,    darken—and    cause    spiritual    delusion and   death   of   those   who   reject   the   Truth.      Yes,   there’s   a   lot of   “d”   words   (a   coincidence),   but   each   one   is   accurate.   Here   are   some   additional   truths   about   lies.      Take   time   to think about each of the above “d” words and truths below. Every time we sin…it is prompted by a lie. If   you   experience   hatred,   or   anger,   or   bitterness…its source is a lie. When people argue…a lie provokes their words. Each   time   a   person   is   murdered…it   is   motivated   by   a lie. The rationale behind all wars…is based upon a lie. Every   time   one   of   the   “d”   words   occurs…it   is   driven by a lie. The   persona   of   Satan   is   comprised   of   lies   and   darkness.     In   contrast,   Jesus   embodies   Truth   and   light.      Those   who seek Jesus and abide in Him are set free by Him.  “Then   Jesus   said   to   those   Jews   who   believed   Him,   ‘If   you abide   in   My   word,   you   are   My   disciples   indeed.      And   you shall   know   the   truth,   and   the   truth   shall   make   you   free.’   They    answered    Him,    ‘We    are   Abraham’s    descendants, and   have   never   been   in   bondage   to   anyone.   How   can   You say,   ‘You   will   be   made   free?’      Jesus   answered   them,   ‘Most assuredly,   I   say   to   you,   whoever   commits   sin   is   a   slave   of sin.      And   a   slave   does   not   abide   in   the   house   forever,   but a   son   abides   forever.      Therefore,   if   the   Son   makes   you free, you shall be free indeed.’”  John 8:31-36 “Beloved,   I   pray   that   you   may   prosper   in   all   things   and   be in   health,   just   as   your   soul   prospers.      For   I   rejoiced   greatly when   brethren   came   and   testified   of   the   truth   that   is   in you,   just   as   you   walk   in   the   truth.      I   have   no   greater   joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”  3 John 2-4 However, those who reject the Truth are blinded by Satan. “But   even   if   our   gospel   is   veiled,   it   is   veiled   to   those   who are    perishing,    whose    minds    the    god    of    this    age    has blinded,   who   do   not   believe,   lest   the   light   of   the   gospel   of the   glory   of   Christ,   who   is   the   image   of   God,   should   shine on them.”  2 Corinthians 4:3-4 Jesus Said “I AM THE LIFE” Although   Jesus   lived   in   the   physical   realm,   He   continually spoke     from     a     spiritual     perspective.          His     miracles, teachings,     parables     and     the     Bible     are     intended     to enlighten    our    understanding    of    spiritual    realities    and heavenly   truths.      The   “life”   Jesus   referred   to   encompasses life while we are living, and life after we die.  Life while we are living Jesus   said   “I   have   come   that   they   may   have   life,   and   that they may have it more abundantly.”  John 10:10 “And   you   He   made   alive,   who   were   dead   in   trespasses and    sins,    in    which    you    once    walked    according    to    the course   of   this   world,   according   to   the   prince   of   the   power of    the    air,    the    spirit    who    now    works    in    the    sons    of disobedience,   among   whom   also   we   all   once   conducted ourselves   in   the   lusts   of   our   flesh,   fulfilling   the   desires   of the   flesh   and   of   the   mind,   and   were   by   nature   children   of wrath, just as the others.”  Ephesians 2:1-3 “For    God    so    loved    the    world    that    He    gave    His    only begotten   Son,   that   whoever   believes   in   Him   should   not perish   but   have   everlasting   life.      For   God   did   not   send   His Son   into   the   world   to   condemn   the   world,   but   that   the world   through   Him   might   be   saved.      He   who   believes   in Him   is   not   condemned;   but   he   who   does   not   believe   is condemned   already,   because   he   has   not   believed   in   the name   of   the   only   begotten   Son   of   God.      And   this   is   the condemnation,   that   the   light   has   come   into   the   world,   and men   loved   darkness   rather   than   light,   because   their   deeds were   evil.      For   everyone   practicing   evil   hates   the   light   and does    not    come    to    the    light,    lest    his    deeds    should    be exposed.      But   he   who   does   the   truth   comes   to   the   light, that   his   deeds   may   be   clearly   seen,   that   they   have   been done in God.”  John 3:16-21 Life after we die Jesus   said   “I   am   the   resurrection   and   the   life.      He   who believes   in   Me,   though   he   may   die,   he   shall   live.      And whoever   lives   and   believes   in   Me   shall   never   die.”      John 11:25-26 Jesus   said   “Most   assuredly,   I   say   to   you,   he   who   hears   My word   and   believes   in   Him   who   sent   Me   has   everlasting life,   and   shall   not   come   into   judgment,   but   has   passed from death into life.”  John 5:24 “And   this   is   the   testimony:   that   God   has   given   us   eternal life,   and   this   life   is   in   His   Son.      He   who   has   the   Son   has life;   he   who   does   not   have   the   Son   of   God   does   not   have life.      These   things   I   have   written   to   you   who   believe   in   the name   of   the   Son   of   God,   that   you   may   know   that   you   have eternal   life,   and   that   you   may   continue   to   believe   in   the name of the Son of God.”  1 John 5:11-13 Now   imagine   for   a   moment   what   it   will   be   like   when   we   are on   the   other   side.      Consider   the   overwhelming   heartfelt thankfulness   that   will   be   experienced   by   every   believer who   has   been   saved   from   eternal   death.      Imagine   what   it will   be   like   as   we   all   lift   our   voices   in   thundering   praise   and worship    of    Jesus—the    Son    of    God    and    the    sacrificial Lamb    who    gave    His    life    for    our    sins—so    that    our relationship with God could be restored—for eternity. “After   these   things   I   looked,   and   behold,   a   great   multitude which   no   one   could   number,   of   all   nations,   tribes,   peoples, and   tongues,   standing   before   the   throne   and   before   the Lamb,   clothed   with   white   robes,   with   palm   branches   in their    hands,    and    crying    out    with    a    loud    voice,    saying, ‘Salvation   belongs   to   our   God   who   sits   on   the   throne,   and to   the   Lamb!’      All   the   angels   stood   around   the   throne   and the   elders   and   the   four   living   creatures,   and   fell   on   their faces    before    the    throne    and    worshiped    God,    saying: ‘Amen!   Blessing   and   glory   and   wisdom,   thanksgiving   and honor   and   power   and   might,   be   to   our   God   forever   and ever.  Amen.’”  Revelation 7:9-12 Jesus     Said     “NO     ONE     COMES     TO     THE     FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME” These    defining    words    by    Jesus    “double    down”    and encapsulates   His   declaration   that   He   is   the   way,   the   truth and   the   life.      These   words   also   state   that   all   attempts   to reach   the   Father   by   any   other   means   will   fail   and   result   in eternal    death.       These    are    strong    words…especially    for those who believe there is more than one way to Heaven. “But   this   Man,   after   He   had   offered   one   sacrifice   for   sins forever,   sat   down   at   the   right   hand   of   God,   from   that   time waiting   till   His   enemies   are   made   His   footstool.”      Hebrews 10:12-13 “To   Him   who   loved   us   and   washed   us   from   our   sins   in   His own   blood,   and   has   made   us   kings   and   priests   to   His   God and   Father,   to   Him   be   glory   and   dominion   forever   and ever. Amen.      Behold,   He   is   coming   with   clouds,   and   every eye   will   see   Him,   even   they   who   pierced   Him.     And   all   the tribes   of   the   earth   will   mourn   because   of   Him.      Even   so, Amen.      ‘I   am   the Alpha   and   the   Omega,   the   Beginning   and the   End,’   says   the   Lord,   ‘who   is   and   who   was   and   who   is to come, the Almighty.’”  Revelation 1:5-8 Jesus Will Return Jesus   Christ   was   the   most   powerful   person   to   ever   walk on   earth.      What’s   more,   His   absolute   and   complete   power will   be   fully   demonstrated   in   the   near   future—unlike   any time   in   history—when   the   King   of   kings   and   Lord   of   lords returns   to   defeat   those   who   will   be   gathered   together   to make war against Him (Battle of Armageddon). “Now   I   saw   heaven   opened,   and   behold,   a   white   horse.   And   He   who   sat   on   him   was   called   Faithful   and   True,   and in   righteousness   He   judges   and   makes   war.      His   eyes were   like   a   flame   of   fire,   and   on   His   head   were   many crowns.      He   had   a   name   written   that   no   one   knew   except Himself.      He   was   clothed   with   a   robe   dipped   in   blood,   and His   name   is   called   The   Word   of   God.      And   the   armies   in heaven,   clothed   in   fine   linen,   white   and   clean,   followed Him   on   white   horses.      Now   out   of   His   mouth   goes   a   sharp sword,   that   with   it   He   should   strike   the   nations.      And   He Himself   will   rule   them   with   a   rod   of   iron.      He   Himself   treads the    winepress    of    the    fierceness    and    wrath    of   Almighty God.      And   He   has   on   His   robe   and   on   His   thigh   a   name written:    KING    OF    KINGS    AND    LORD    OF    LORDS.”    Revelation 19:11-16 Now is the Time to Prepare Our Hearts Everyone   has   the   ability   to   make   choices   in   life.      It’s   how God   designed   us.      As   such,   you   can   either   believe   or disbelieve   in   Jesus   and   His   words—it’s   your   decision.     The following   prayer   and   scripture   are   for   those   who   decide   to believe and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Jesus,   I   believe   you   died   for   the   sins   of   those   who   believe in   You.      I   am   a   sinner;   I   believe   in   what   you   did   for   me   on the   cross;   and   I   ask   for   your   forgiveness.      I   invite   You   to come   into   my   heart   and   change   me   from   within…as   I   trust and follow You as my Savior and Lord. “Therefore   gird   up   the   loins   of   your   mind,   be   sober,   and rest   your   hope   fully   upon   the   grace   that   is   to   be   brought   to you   at   the   revelation   of   Jesus   Christ;   as   obedient   children, not   conforming   yourselves   to   the   former   lusts,   as   in   your ignorance;   but   as   He   who   called   you   is   holy,   you   also   be holy   in   all   your   conduct,   because   it   is   written,   ‘Be   holy,   for   I am    holy.’       And    if    you    call    on    the    Father,    who    without partiality   judges   according   to   each   one’s   work,   conduct yourselves   throughout   the   time   of   your   stay   here   in   fear; knowing    that    you    were    not    redeemed    with    corruptible things,    like    silver    or    gold,    from    your    aimless    conduct received    by    tradition    from    your    fathers,    but    with    the precious   blood   of   Christ,   as   of   a   lamb   without   blemish   and without    spot.        He    indeed    was    foreordained    before    the foundation   of   the   world,   but   was   manifest   in   these   last times   for   you   who   through   Him   believe   in   God,   who   raised Him   from   the   dead   and   gave   Him   glory,   so   that   your   faith and hope are in God.” 1 Peter 1:13-21 Jesus   said   “I   am   the   way,   the   truth   and   the   life.      No   one comes to the Father except though me.”  John 14:6 As   the   world   becomes   darker   and   increasingly   difficult   to see—it   comforting   to   know   we   have   a   spiritual   light   in Jesus—who   illuminates   our   path;   segments   truth   from   lies; and   gives   us   life   that   exists   deep   within   our   heart   and   soul.     Plus,   regardless   of   our   present   situation,   we   have   hope   in the future! “Eye   has   not   seen,   nor   ear   heard,   nor   have   entered   into the   heart   of   man   the   things   which   God   has   prepared   for those who love Him.”  1 Corinthians 2:9 I    pray    you    continually    gain    a    greater    understanding    of Jesus   Christ:   what   He   did   for   us,   who   He   is,   and   what   He will   do   in   the   future.      I   also   pray   that   as   each   day   passes, we become less like ourselves and more like Him. Glory to God, Harold D. Thomas Thought-Provoking Questions The    purpose    of    the    questions    is    to    facilitate    a    deeper understanding    of    the    Bible,    this    Bible    study    topic    and ourselves.        The    questions    may    be    answered    by    each reader,   or   used   by   a   Bible   study   group   leader   or   church pastor.      The   following   questions   should   be   answered   or discussed   after   reading   “I   am   the   way,   the   truth   and   the life.” Each    question    is    designed    to    enhance    learning    via personal   reflection   and   opinions.     As   such,   no   answers   are provided.      However,   reviewing   the   content   of   the   writing may assist in determining some answers. O Jesus said “I am the way.” What is “the way.” Explain? How does this relate to you? O Jesus said “I am the truth.”  What is the relevance and importance of truth? Has    it    become    increasingly    difficult    to    tell    the difference between lies and truth?  Explain. O Jesus said “I am the life.”  What is your definition of life? How   does   your   definition   of   life   compare   to   the   life Jesus declared? O Jesus    said    “No    one    comes    to    the    Father    except through Me.”  Is this significant?  If yes, why? What did Jesus mean by saying “through Me”? The word “absolute” is defined as: Total   and   complete   with   no   restrictions,   exceptions, or qualification required. Definite     and     will     not     change     if     circumstances change. Something   that   is   true,   accepted   as   fact,   with   no sustainable    arguments    against    it,    or    conditions necessary for it to be true. O Given   the   above   definition   of   absolute,   are   the   words spoken by Jesus in John 14:6 absolute?  Explain. O If   Jesus   is   who   He   said   He   is,   and   if   His   words   in   John 14:6 are absolute: Did   Jesus   separate   Himself   from   all   philosophies and religions? What   is   the   impact   of   His   words   with   regards   to   all other philosophies and religions? O Does   the   following   scripture   reinforce   and   expand   upon John 14:6?  If yes, how? Since   all   have   sinned   and   continually   fall   short   of   the   glory of   God,   and   are   being   justified   [declared   free   of   the   guilt   of sin,   made   acceptable   to   God,   and   granted   eternal   life]   as a   gift   by   His   [precious,   undeserved]   grace,   through   the redemption   [the   payment   for   our   sin]   which   is   [provided]   in Christ   Jesus,   whom   God   displayed   publicly   [before   the eyes   of   the   world]   as   a   [life-giving]   sacrifice   of   atonement and    reconciliation    (propitiation)    by    His    blood    [to    be received]    through    faith.        This    was    to    demonstrate    His righteousness     [which     demands     punishment     for     sin], because   in   His   forbearance   [His   deliberate   restraint]   He passed   over   the   sins   previously   committed   [before   Jesus’ crucifixion].      It   was   to   demonstrate   His   righteousness   at the   present   time,   so   that   He   would   be   just   and   the   One who    justifies    those    who    have    faith    in    Jesus    [and    rely confidently   on   Him   as   Savior].      Romans   3:23-26   (Amplified Bible) The questions may be viewed and downloaded as a PDF file by clicking on this button.