Jesus Christ is the Truth
Jesus the Christ is the truth that never fluctuates, it is an absolute, Jesus is the epitome of God’s truth. According to the book of Hebrews we see Jesus is the express image of God the Father. With very little thought we know that being the express image of God does not mean that God has a human body. Rather we are being told of the dimensions of God in the sense of what He is in righteousness, truth, power, holiness and things which we cannot yet even imagine.
In the beginning when God said let us make man in our image He obviously was not speaking to a 6 foot tall human being. The essence of our salvation is based upon the fact that Jesus visited this planet and was on a rescue mission. Jesus makes a very revealing statement in John 8:42 when he says “if God were your father you would love me”. The Christ also states that He came forth from God, that He did not come of Himself, but God the father sent Him to us. The WILL of God in sending Jesus on this rescue mission is made clear in Hebrews 10:10. Note that He came to the Jew first and when rejected as their King the door was opened to us who are Gentiles as revealed in Isaiah 60:3.
A most remarkable and wondrous thing happens when we are saved, for without teaching or training by man we cry out “Father” as Christ’s Spirit moves into our being and joins to our spirit. Romans 8:15-16 is the text describing this event. We cry out “Abba” or “Father” and this word Abba is a term of endearment. In this we find the reason that those on the narrow path will show evidence because as John 14:23 states, if any man loves Christ that man will keep His words.
Concerning the professing believers in John 8:31 we see something very noteworthy. Look at their response to the instruction from Jesus as they object to continuing in his word. Jesus makes the assertion that their self-effort and ancestry is not enough to set them free from the bondage in which they are entangled. We live in a culture that has some similar roots of the same kind of thinking. Things like “my parents are Christians” or “I was baptized when I was a child.” In fact, there is a whole list of reasons that people ascribe to themselves the name of “Christian.” As these men in this account continue their discourse with Jesus they deny their very need of deliverance from sin. Because of their unwillingness to confess their need to accept and continue in the truth of Jesus, He then tells them that they are the children of the devil. The reason I bring this up again is because of the importance to recognize the components involved in true salvation which relies only on the finished work of Christ. It is only as we are grafted into the Christ and into that finished work fully recognizing our desperate need that we are then truly saved. In Ephesians 1:13 we see the result of trusting in Christ if when we heard the word of truth – the gospel of our salvation – we believe it. Note the sequence that follows after that – you believed you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise. So we hear the word of truth, we believe the word of truth, and we are sealed with the spirit of truth. That could be considered a progressive event, requiring all three components.
It would seem, judging from the Scripture, that the “many” believe the claims of Jesus about Himself but it has no bearing on their thoughts concerning the acknowledging of their own sin. These temporary followers believed Christ’s claims about Himself but were clearly unwilling to believe what he had said about them concerning a need to be set free from sin and its mastery over them. This sin that they needed deliverance from is that with which every man is born. This is the very sin that is unacceptable for entrance into heaven and it is also that which makes men compulsory slaves to wrongdoing. it can never be emphasized too much that men are not sinners because they sin. It is correct to say we sin because we are a sinner!
As we look at Scripture there are statements made as to the outward appearance of a believer which gives clues to help us examine ourselves so we can know whether or not we are in the faith. Scripture in simple terms says that a good tree brings forth good fruit and in the same way a bad tree brings forth corrupt fruit. Keep in mind that the only good fruit is that which is the fruit of the Holy Spirit working in this sinful world. So it is the case that from God’s viewpoint every work originating in the flesh is corrupt. Good or bad fruit originates from the source to which our spirit is connected. If our spirit is regenerated, we have the possibility or option to let the Spirit of God bring His fruit to the forefront of our life and reveal the risen Christ in us.