Dear Fellow Believers in Christ, (Truth flows from the Holy Spirit through Christ to the Father)
What is an important facet of abiding in Christ? How does the truth in Christ liberate us? Who is the Spirit of Truth and what is His primary role? Who is the Person of Truth and what is His primary role? Why is it important to know the truth of the finished work of Christ on the cross? Who is the ultimate source of all truth? Holy Spirit renew our mind to see and know Christ in us as us. Christ reveal and show us the Father for divine love fellowship with Him.
"I am ever the way to the Father, I am ever the truth of the Father, I am ever the life in the Father" (John 14:6, author's translation). "You shall hereafter know the truth, and the truth shall hereafter make you free" (John 8:32, author's translation).
First, We Need to Abide in Truth and Rightly Divide the Word of Truth
Jesus declared that we need to abide in His Word (John 8:31b). If we abide in His Word, we will then know the truth, and that truth will set us free or at liberty (John 8:31b, 32). There are several different facets of the diamond of truth. Let us see how these facets fit and flow together. Paul said, "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (II Tim. 2:15). We are very fortunate to have God's Word, the Word of Truth, given today in written form – the Bible. However, one of the biggest tragedies is that believers mix the entire Word of God together, as in a blender. They get a blended concoction, but it is not the rightly divided Word of truth. Some mix law and grace together. Others mix Israel and the Church together. Others mix the kingdom message to Israel together with the in Christ message, which is to the Church. We must learn to rightly divide Jesus of Nazareth, who was to be revealed to Israel (John 1:31), from the truth that Christ is in us today (Gal. 2:20; Col. 1:27; II Cor. 5:16).
Second, We Must Have the Helper or the Spirit of Truth to Teach Us Truth
Jesus said, "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, who the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you" (John 14:26). Also, Jesus said, "But when the Helper comes whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me" (John 15:26). Again, Jesus said, "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth: for whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine, Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you" (John 16:13-15). Jesus plainly tells us that The Holy Spirit is our Helper – the Spirit of Truth, Who is the declarer of Jesus – the Person of truth. We also need the Spirit of Truth (the Holy Spirit) to help us rightly divide the Word of Truth, to guide us into all truth, and to fully understand the message of truth.
Third, We Should Know the Message of Truth of Christ and Him Crucified
John declares to us the message of truth, "that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all" (I John 1:5). Along with this, John declares unto us that "truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ" (I John 1:3). Paul expresses a greater depth of the revelation of the message of truth, when he says, "I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified" (I Cor. 2:2). Paul knew anything else would be of man's wisdom and not be in the Spirit and out of the power of God (I Cor. 2:4,5).
Fourth, Christ's Resurrection Life is the Life in Truth in Us as Our Life
For the message of truth is centered on Christ and the cross, both of which are defined as the power of God in the Word of truth (I Cor. 1:24,18). The message of truth is that we are "in Christ" (Eph. 1:4), and Christ is "in us" (Col. 1:27). Since "it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me" (Gal. 2:20), and since Christ has dealt with the old man and sin by paying for it in full with His shed blood on the cross, the power of God has set me free in liberty by this message of truth and grace (Gal. 5:1). Every facet of this message of truth is of Christ living His resurrected Life in us as us. Christ is our life (I John 5:11-12). As a born again son of God, we don't have a life of our own apart from the resurrection of us in Christ (Rom. 6:4,5). We are "saved by His life" (Rom. 5:10). Christ now lives His life in us as us. His resurrection is the life in truth in us.
Fifth, Christ Crucified is the Way to Truth of the Old Man's Death
We were put together into Christ in His death, so that the old man, his sin nature, and all sin could be put to death and paid for by the shed blood of Jesus on the cross (Rom. 6:3,4; 5:9,10). This is the way to truth – the old man's death. In this facet of truth, everything of the old man – Adam and that old nature was put to 100% death on the cross in Christ, for our total justification with our Father.
Sixth, We Must See and Know Christ as the Person of Truth
Certainly, "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). John also tells us Jesus Christ is "the true Light" (John 1:9), and that grace and truth came through Jesus Christ" (John 1:17). Every time God the Father has come in flesh, it is through Jesus Christ (John 1:18), even now in and through the Body of Christ (Gal. 2:20). Remember the word of truth that Jesus told His disciples, "I am the way, the truth and the life. . ." (John 14:6a). If we take this just at face value alone, – Jesus surely is the way to truth. Christ is also the Person of truth, as well as the life in truth. This is certainly true. In context with this passage and considering the remaining part of this verse, there is a deeper truth concerning the Father for us to view.
Seventh, We Ultimately Need to See that the Father IS TRUTH!
Jesus clearly focused on the Father and He Himself being the source and the ONLY way to the Father (John 14:6). Jesus said, If you have known Me or seen Me, then you have known or seen the Father (John 14:7,9). Also, Jesus said, it was the Father in Him doing the works (John 14:10). Jesus clearly spoke to them of His union with the Father – that He was in the Father, and the Father was in Him (John 14:10). The Jews took up stones again to stone Jesus (John 10:31), when He declared His union with the Father and said to them, "I and My Father ever are one" (John 10:30, author's translation). So Jesus was really saying, "I am ever the way to the Father, I am ever the truth of the Father, I am ever the life in the Father" (John 14:6, author's translation). Christ is the express image of the essence and nature of the Father (Hebr. 1:3). We can not see Father God. However, Christ has declared Him and revealed Him to us (John 1:18; Matt. 11:27). We ultimately need to see that the Father Himself IS the truth! All truth emanates from the Father, who alone has immortality, dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see (I Tim. 6:16).