And, therefore, there is some process required to mark our circumstances, both upon God's part and upon ours. 1. But it is particularly because He gives life to souls dead in sins, and makes it possible for them to live forever, that Jesus is called "the Life." Certain facts are truths of history. Tell me how I can be ready. The late Dr. Corrie, bishop of Madras, in India, was a chaplain there for some time before he was made bishop. A paved street or a turnpike road, is a plain way. Read More. But the substance of anything is "the truth" of anything. your personal freedom; but this affects your soul, your conscience, your character, your eternity. If you saw a rill running down a mountain side, you might wonder if that stream would not soon cease to run; but if you found out that a fountain fed it, then you could readily believe that it would keep on running, and that, whatever obstacles might cross its course, it would go on and on toward the ocean. And yet, God has announced, that "every soul that sins shall perish." "Our citizenship is in heaven." It protests against certain religious teachings which contravene it. The Word. That is the only idea we can form of creation.2. And the singularity of this arises from our guilt. But, if you only know what the Bible teaches about Jesus, you will be able to answer this question in a moment. And so in her dream she had learned the lesson which she had failed to learn in her waking hours. Well, if that is the end towards which Christ would lead me, what need have I to argue further? The thought of her sins made her feel very unhappy. But when we go on by Christ as the Way, He introduces us to the Father, and we have the truth. The Princess Elizabeth, daughter of Charles I, lies buried in Newport Church, in the Isle of Wight. Her masts are broken, her sails are rent. "My soul was dead towards God. God gives to the world by Christ's hands His Holy Spirit, by whom assurance of pardon is given, and new birth to righteousness.3. January 7th, 2011. He asks from His followers concentrated thought and attachment and expectation. Whatever knowledge men may have of the truth, if it do not lead to the establishing of Christ's kingdom in their hearts, it is lifeless, unprofitable, condemning knowledge.IV. As Witness. It is not enough to die, and be happy, as some people seem to imagine; you may die and be damned — the Bible says so.VI. Christ does not deal with us as machines, but as reasonable beings. "I'll do the best I can." In confirming the Word of God, Christ shows how impossible it is for God to lie. He had said in Eden that He would punish the breach of His law, at the same time that He promised to spare the offender. What can be plainer than this promise, "He that believeth, shall be saved;" or than this invitation, "Come unto Me, all ye that labour," etc. "I am better, doctor. It is the truth the Bible teaches us about Jesus, which makes us Christians in the beginning. And do you not perceive that the child would increase his offence, and that the subjects would add something like ingratitude and contempt to their rebellion? In the joy of feeling herself safe, she awoke. Then he was in great distress. I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. And, when we go outside of the homes, in the fields, on the hills, in the ponds, and rivers, and. No error can be harmless; every truth must have its use; yet it is equally evident that all truth is not of the same importance; but this is the central, all-pervading truth. He is like a great mountain that can support everything that rests upon it, whether an army or a fly. Jesus can do both. I was respectably brought up by Christian parents. A paved street or a turnpike road, is a plain way. There is no absurdity in the doctrine. He saves us from death —(1)By His atonement, which satisfies the law. Parsons. Will you come unto the Father?(J. In opposition to this Christ taught that man was estranged from God through sin. I got a Bible, and began to read it. They are the thread that runs through everything I will say to you. And why is this? A sigh of relief came from her little heart. Every undertaking of God to His people owes its strength to Christ, when it says that "all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him amen."(J. THE ONLY WAY. And He is like the ocean, too. She wrote very carefully, but the letters straggled here, were crowded there, and some of them seemed to look every way. Men are heard proclaiming that the prayer of a disembodied saint, the magic of a Christian rite, etc., have the stupendous power to join heaven and earth together. And so Jesus can support all His people.III. As His people's Righteousness. These all pointed to Him. He is "the chief among ten thousand, and altogether lovely." Whatever may be the case in regard to the physical life, that is absolutely true in the case of spiritual life. He reached out and took her tiny little hand, clasping it firmly in his own. To confirm the threatenings. But if Christ brings life to nations, it is by imparting it to souls individually. Amidst the many expedients which man vainly devises, the Saviour interposes and becomes the "one Mediator between God and man.". I was at the lowest point of sin and misery when you stopped and offered that prayer. God everything, and everything God. Feeling never will be excited by a mere determination to raise it. Then I prayed to Him, and He heard me, and ever since He has made me feel so happy!"II. A BROAD WAY (Matthew 9:28; Revelation 22:17). God is the Father of all spirits, of all beings, to whom He has given an intelligent nature, on whom He has conferred moral capacities. Beecher. What could we have known of God, of His mercy, His faithfulness, His truth, His justice, but for the revelation of them that is made in Christ?2. The Word. "Do you not remember some months since praying over a woman who lay drunk on the floor?" I was surprised to find that he was not only a Christian, but a Christian with a very clear knowledge of Jesus, and of the way in which he saves the souls of His people. And why is this? Immediately our Lord adds, "I am the Truth." Mortal man could not go up to God where He is. If one iota or any word of His should ever fail, what would become of the whole gospel, of which He was the Author?4. IV. The Word. In consecration Christ is revealed.IV. The purport of these words is, that they must seek their all in Christ. Aldis. She wrote half a page. 1. And the peculiarity of the thing as revealed in Scripture is, that we are to come to God, through a Mediator, and to plead the work and sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to ask the forgiveness of sin, in the consideration of that reason. When we think of heaven, Jesus is the way in both these senses. There are many who just treat God in this way.IV. Because "it hath pleased the Father that in Him should be hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.". And yet, if two attributes of God cannot be reconciled, where is God's "truth?" A sigh of relief came from her little heart. This, then, is the mystery of godliness: the Christ, who is the sinless one, became the representative and the surety of the sinful, obeyed the law we had broken, endured the penalty we had deserved, is gone to heaven to shed down on our hearts the influence which alone can renew and sanctify. Here is a ship at sea. Whatever may be the case in regard to the physical life, that is absolutely true in the case of spiritual life. And this is what the monument in Newport is intended to show. The Word. And then it is only by knowing more of this truth that we "grow in grace," or become better Christians.II. She heard the voice of Jesus saying: "Let go that branch, and I will save you." And it is Jesus who gives life to all these things (Acts 3:15). The means of access and acceptance with God, under the Levitical dispensation, were restricted to a small nation; but under that dispensation of grace and truth, which came by Jesus Christ, it announced that the party walls were to be broken down, and the distinction of Jew and Gentile known no more; and that whomsoever, of any age, nation, rank, or character, would come unto the Father through the work of the Son, should find in the work of the Son a ready plenitude of Almighty energy and grace. In other words, Jesus is the way to heaven. It's real nice to be alive, especially when you are all alive and have no part of you dead." Life alone can bring forth life. So he turned to Jesus and trusted in Him. She trembled when she heard the step of the teacher. We cannot go anywhere without finding living things. Other voices indeed proclaim the contrary; but they are the voices of false prophets. Under the New Testament we are referred for all truth to Jesus Christ, let who will be the teacher. This daughter loved and honoured both her parents; but as her father told her of one way and her mother of another way, she could not make up her mind which of these two ways was the right one. Newton, D. D.He is —I. Don’t all four of these embody the ultimates of your human existence. The heathen knew something of it; it is in the Old Testament, while it is the very substance of the New. As Judge.II. "Neither is there salvation in any other," etc. Make it so plain that I can get hold of it." LIFE FOR CHRIST. But when we read about Jesus and learn how holy, and good, and perfect He was, we must not be discouraged if we do not become like Him at once. Adopting the most general assumption that God is the Governor, and that man is a subject, and that the sanction by which the government of God is vindicated, over the retribution of eternity, then it must follow that nothing can be of importance at all compared to the attainment of a state by which the infliction of the Divine anger may be avoided, and by which the enjoyment of the Divine favour may be secured.II. Some by the word mean literal accuracy of speech, some a restricted class of theological truths; others some philosophical theories. They are most anxious to have Christ for salvation; but they do not go on to establish themselves in the truth. And then to have a proper idea of our responsibility, and our being constantly under His eye — and yet it is our primary duty to delight in this, and to do it.II. THAT IN COMING IN THE WAY THAT HAS BEEN POINTED OUT WE HAVE EVERY ENCOURAGEMENT; AND WE SHALL FIND IT TO BE SUFFICIENT. "Yes, perfectly happy, and since that time I have loved you better than ever before." To be the object of the love of God.3. "There is no other name," etc.(H. You told me you never saw a missionary in your life, and never had anyone to speak to you about the way of salvation?' We have no power to make ourselves alive, and when life is given we have no power to keep or preserve it, and therefore we need such a one as Jesus. The most obvious answer to this inquiry is, that our Lord's recorded words are the embodiment of religious truth both speculative and practical. God be praised, our Jesus is not only Counsellor, but mighty as well; and not mighty only, but Mighty God! Utterly unable to find the right path, they sat down, and cried bitterly. The one seeks and regards Christ as his life only, as He delivers from death; the other as the object of his life.2. "Other foundation can no man lay," etc. There are few or no sinners so dead that they do not wish at times to have life. LIFE ON CHRIST Some plants grow on that on which they lean. THE SUPPORTER OF LIFE. I took my carpet bag in my hand, and ran, but was in trouble lest I might be running directly from the cars, instead of towards them. Will you come unto the Father?(J. In a moment, my attention was arrested. They went away. However great the difficulty may be in fulfilling a promise in our estimation, it is impossible for God to lie; and while the infallibility of God's promises should afford strong consolation to all that trust them, it should be a terror to them that will not obey; for the threatenings will as infallibly he fulfilled as the promises.III. I married; but after awhile my husband died, and left me with three children in utter poverty. said Billy: "I thought so. Christ is in them. There are many who just treat God in this way.IV. How many are content with the knowledge of individual facts and unimportant generalizations, just because the skeptical spirit of the time indisposes them to believe in the possibility of grasping the truth upon the greatest subjects of all! Appealing to Christ's credentials as a Teacher sent from God, it proclaims to the world that God hath given unto us eternal life, and that this life is by a Mediator whom He hath ordained. But it is particularly because He gives life to souls dead in sins, and makes it possible for them to live forever, that Jesus is called "the Life." He heard my prayer. The saints in glory overcame through the blood of the Lamb, and there is no other way of overcoming. How do men come to the Father through Christ? No one can ever get to heaven who does not go there through Jesus Christ. It was myself. A little girl was very ill. She asked: "Papa, does the doctor think I shall die?" Christianity challenges them. Sociological truths puts us into intelligent relation with the facts that have moulded the social life of mankind. What a sermon in stone that monument preaches! "What is it, my darling?" Then they made another attempt, and discovered a moorland road which led them safely home. There is no place for skepticism for that superficial and often unreflecting denial of the possibility of attaining truth, which leads some men to despair, but more to indolence of mind or to sensuality of life. He had told his daughter that we could get to heaven without the help of Jesus. The Sacred Writings distinctly and solemnly declare that the work of Christ, as the Medium of access to the Father, stands exclusive and alone. "Great is the truth, and shall prevail." "Truly, our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. The New Testament pronounces all this to be falsehood. However great the difficulty may be in fulfilling a promise in our estimation, it is impossible for God to lie; and while the infallibility of God's promises should afford strong consolation to all that trust them, it should be a terror to them that will not obey; for the threatenings will as infallibly he fulfilled as the promises.III. "And what did you do next?" She took courage. (3)Let no man despise or neglect the Mediator, "How shall we escape," etc.(J. Inferences —. The entire life of the Saviour, from Bethlehem to Calvary, is, I may say, an allegory, a mould in which the Christian's life is cast. The difficulty was just here. She took courage. THAT THOSE WHO COME TO GOD BY THE MEDIATOR, AND THEY ONLY, ARE PREPARED FOR DWELLING WITH GOD HEREAFTER. By William H. Willimon. You may know all about arithmetic, geography, history, etc., and this knowledge may be very useful to you in the business of this life, but it will not be of the least use to you in trying to get to heaven. He is "the chief among ten thousand, and altogether lovely." I know of nothing which men are so reluctant to honour. And the Saviour affirmed, "I am the Light of the World." But they will find it was Jesus alone who brought them there. If some poor soul, distressed about his sins, should come to you and ask the question: "What must I do to be saved?" Tell me how I can be ready. "Do you remember what I said? "No man cometh unto the Father but by Me." Have you come to the Father?2. "No part of you dead!" Emphatically may it be said that it is a way of peace. It is, therefore, desired for men that they may have the spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of God and His Son. Exclusiveness. The truth in Jesus is the best of all truth, because it —I. In order to keep the way your own, all you do is to continue in it. None but God Himself, taking our nature upon Him, and doing all that the holy law required, could have procured pardon for me, a sinner. They kneeled down and prayed that God would have mercy on this poor woman. The Sacred Writings distinctly and solemnly declare that the work of Christ, as the Medium of access to the Father, stands exclusive and alone. So the life of Christ is to the Christian a support and a supply. He answered this question by putting his hand under his pillow, and drawing out a parcel of well-worn ragged bits of paper, and saying: 'From these bits of paper, which Sahib Corrie used to distribute by a servant at his door every day, I have learned all I know about the religion of Jesus. Remember —1. But she took up her pen, and put it timidly on the paper. (4) But more, Christ is the way to escape from the power of sin. During the time of her father's troubles, she was a prisoner in Carisbrook Castle. She heard the voice of Jesus saying: "Let go that branch, and I will save you." POLEMICALLY. As the life of the mother is imparted to the child, so Christ's life is imparted to the Christian. And the air is full of life. And there they lay, until His willing it gave those ideas their form, and they took the material substances with which we are conversant. In like manner, "the Truth" of Christ is the cardinal point of all the strength of Scripture. INCOMPARABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL TRUTH. Parsons.I. The exercises in which the Spiritual life consists terminate in Him.2. If some poor soul, distressed about his sins, should come to you and ask the question: "What must I do to be saved?" Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Test of character. If you saw a rill running down a mountain side, you might wonder if that stream would not soon cease to run; but if you found out that a fountain fed it, then you could readily believe that it would keep on running, and that, whatever obstacles might cross its course, it would go on and on toward the ocean. What a sermon in stone that monument preaches! Christ is Truth substantially in relation to the types and shadows of the Old Testament. "But what part of you was dead, Charlie?" None whatever. There was a poor sailor who had lived a very wicked life. If the king could not cross over a dyke, and were to say to one of you, 'Lay thyself in this dyke to make a bridge that I may cross over upon thee,' where is the meanest subject in the land who would consent to do it? Presently she began to move about uneasily. And we, as sinners, are just in the position of such a storm-tossed wreck at sea. "Yes," said his friend; "Everyone that asketh receiveth." )Christ, the Christian's lifeJ. Is not science itself in search of the Father? Make it so plain that I can get hold of it." Some by the word mean literal accuracy of speech, some a restricted class of theological truths; others some philosophical theories. Jesus only can satisfy the soul."III. According to Scripture —1. This distinctly Christian doctrine is declared in our text —I. Deeper still is the desire in the heart of the Church. And just imagine that either the child, or the subject should dare to come into the presence of the parent or of the sovereign, unconcerned about the matter wherein they had offended. (2) The enjoyment of reconciliation with Him. And does not superstition unite its sighs with those of science? Then, again, some men reject the idea of the Divinity and sacrifice of Christ, and think it is enough to come to God, as professing to receive the truth of Christ. She poured out her little heart to Him with a child's full faith, and found comfort in Him. As soon as the meeting was over, I hurried away to a distant part of the city, where no one knew me. )Christ, the Christian's lifeJ. The first temptation was a lie; and ever after that time men were deceived. Let them echo through this day and carry you into the next. ESTABLISH THE TRUTH, and to set up a kingdom in which truth reigns, and the subjects of which have truth in their inward parts. Simpson. But what no man would like to do for another, that Jesus does for us all."(R. It is hard to find the way, and at every step, we are liable to get off the right track. The true way to grow in grace, and in vigorous spiritual life, is to get more of Christ. She heard the voice of Jesus saying: "Let go that branch, and I will save you." Because truth is of God; the man who knowingly goes against it feels he is struggling with Omnipotence. Newton, D. D.He is —I. "What is it, my darling?" And, when we go outside of the homes, in the fields, on the hills, in the ponds, and rivers, and. "Papa, papa!" But this is what no other kind of knowledge will or can do. W. Beecher.When I was at Fall River, I was obliged to rise at four o'clock in the morning to take the train. And yet, God has announced, that "every soul that sins shall perish." And how? But Jesus is the only one who can do this (Psalm 23:4). — these bridge the gulf between us and God I What does a man think of himself, what does he think of God, who takes up with such a hypothesis?II. USE THE TRUTH?1. It is very certain that in proportion as nations have departed from Christ, they have wandered out of the orbit of "truth." GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point
Had it not been mighty, it would never have awakened that hostility; had it not been right-hearted, it would never have dared it; had it not been immortal, it would never have survived it; but having awakened, dared, and survived it, in the person of Christ, and in His truth we see it, as if it came direct from heaven, bearing this testimony before all unequivocally and unshakingly, "I am the Truth. I rang the bell, and asked information as to my way. Men are heard proclaiming that the prayer of a disembodied saint, the magic of a Christian rite, etc., have the stupendous power to join heaven and earth together. In distinction from what is phenomenal. And the peculiarity of the thing as revealed in Scripture is, that we are to come to God, through a Mediator, and to plead the work and sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to ask the forgiveness of sin, in the consideration of that reason. --------------------
Newton, D. D.)Christ, our LifeC. (2)He not only merits, but sends that Spirit.II. "And then did you feel happy again?" They do not come to the Father by the Son.3. They delight in constant intercourse with God. )Make sure that you are in the right wayH. They are the thread that runs through everything I will say to you. But Christ's ministry did battle even more keenly with those who held that God was their Father through mediatorship. He reached out and took her tiny little hand, clasping it firmly in his own. A. M. This, then, is the mystery of godliness: the Christ, who is the sinless one, became the representative and the surety of the sinful, obeyed the law we had broken, endured the penalty we had deserved, is gone to heaven to shed down on our hearts the influence which alone can renew and sanctify. If any of us have wandered from the right way, and lost sight of our Father's House, and fallen among the dangers of a sinful world, what can we do better than shed tears of sorrowful repentance; what can we do better than cry to Our Father and Gentle Jesus?(H. From the Fall until now the human mind has been in matters of religion avaricious of error. The same voice said: "I cannot help you while you cling there." They went away. Make it so plain that I can get hold of it." Now did you tell us as how Jesus Christ saves every feller that axes Him?" A. M. Chapman.I. A few simple facts and doctrines constitute the main features of our religion. Certain facts are truths of history. But how can we know the way? Oh, it is a broad way of salvation that can take in such poor wretched creatures as this! Throughout His ministry Christ was in conflict with men who held a false doctrine of the Fatherhood of God.1. TO COME UNTO THE FATHER, EXCEPT THROUGH THE WORK OF JESUS, IS PERFECTLY AND ETERNALLY IMPOSSIBLE. In no other nature could He convey a complete conception of His character to the mind.II. Jesus answered, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. What a sermon in stone that monument preaches! J. W. Buxton, M. A.Not long ago, two little children rambling from home over a wild and dangerous part of Dartmoor, lost their way. The happiness and duty of thus making Christ our life.(C. "I have, Willie. The minister said to his friend: "Let us pray for her." It was the anniversary of the Bible Society. One object of His incarnation was to remove those awful shades of ignorance which had overshadowed the nations of the earth; and to inculcate all those principles of spiritual truth which were necessary for man to know and believe. If there is anything that overcomes and sees us through death it is love, a love stron… In the middle of the room a miserable looking woman lay on the floor drunk. This, then, is the mystery of godliness: the Christ, who is the sinless one, became the representative and the surety of the sinful, obeyed the law we had broken, endured the penalty we had deserved, is gone to heaven to shed down on our hearts the influence which alone can renew and sanctify. "I am the Truth." Many will go to heaven without knowing how they get there. You said: 'I forgive you with all my heart,' and you kissed me." And this is the way we are to try to be like Jesus. With respect to us who have fallen, if we come to God we must come in a particular manner. Under the reign of Christ believers are protected from the evil that is in the world; subjected to providential discipline, and furnished with strength to do the will of God and make their way to everlasting life.III. Well, if you are so earnest, know that Christ is the Way; and if you are desirous to cast away all that shall hinder your race, I think that you need not doubt that you are already in it.(H. There was a poor sailor who had lived a very wicked life. But the hunger of the soul is harder to bear than the hunger of the body. Reconciliation was the grand theme which Christ preached, as well as the grand work which He came to accomplish.2. Newton, D. D.It is a truth in arithmetic that two and two make four. Purity. For the same reason, in the figurative dress, both of Christ (Isaiah 11), and of the Christian (Ephesians 6), "Truth" is the girdle — that which binds up and knits the power of the man. His little daughter was sleeping in her crib beside his bed. DOCTRINALLY. It is the integrity of a man which gathers up the man, and gives a unity to his character. She trembled when she heard the step of the teacher. "My son," said the father, "do you remember one day, years ago, I had occasion to rebuke you for something you had done? I got a Bible, and began to read it. "My soul was dead towards God. And the same Holy Spirit who reproves of sin also goes on to display the perfect righteous. And that was the only way in which He could be manifested personally to the eye of flesh. The happiness and duty of thus making Christ our life.(C. As the life of the mother is imparted to the child, so Christ's life is imparted to the Christian. It was given. 2. None whatever. Her masts are broken, her sails are rent. The entire life of the Saviour, from Bethlehem to Calvary, is, I may say, an allegory, a mould in which the Christian's life is cast. And the singularity of this arises from our guilt. fulness, and all his virtues, if he have any, fall to the ground. God graciously sustained the faith of the Old Testament saints by a succession of prophecies, and the truth of them was confirmed by the life, and death, and resurrection of Christ.2. 1. Only let me be sure that I was in the right way, and I was willing to run. W. Reeve, M. 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