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Seeking the Family of God

  1. Am I In Christ?
    7  Digging Deeper
  2. What is the Kingdom of God?
    3  Digging Deeper
  3. What is the Church?
    5  Digging Deeper
  4. Why Are There So Many Different Christian Religions?
    6  Digging Deeper
  5. How Can I Know the Will of God?
    4  Digging Deeper
  6. How Do I Pray?
    5  Digging Deeper
  7. What is Worship?
    6  Digging Deeper
  8. What is the Significance of the Lord’s Supper?
    5  Digging Deeper
  9. How Do I Become Like Christ?
    6  Digging Deeper
  10. What if there is no New Testament Church Near Me?
    5  Digging Deeper
Lesson 5, Digging Deeper 2
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In John 1:1, Jesus is referred to as the Word. John 14:5-6 confirms truth is in Christ Jesus. How does this prove we can definitively know truth and God’s will? How do we gain access to it?

According to the first chapter of the Gospel of John, Jesus is uniquely qualified to be the source of all truth and grace. Absolutely no one else in heaven or on earth, in time or eternity, has the divine nature and relationship with God that Jesus has. Jesus alone has the power and authority to establish truth.

He is the Word that has existed from all eternity. He had intimate fellowship with God the Father. He is God the Son. Through him all things were created. In him is life, and that life is the light of men (1:1-4). He is the “true light which gives light to everyone coming into the world” (1:9). To all who believed in him, “he gave the right to become children of God” and these were born according to the will of God (1:12-13). This “Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” He showed “the glory of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (1:14). He gives “grace upon grace” and “grace and truth” come through him (1:16-17). He is “the only God, who is at the Father’s side” who “has made him known” (1:18). He is “the Son of God” (1:32, 49), the Messiah (1:41) and the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (1:29). He rightfully calls us to follow him” (1:43).

When we know Jesus, we know the truth of God. He said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (14:6). Jesus did not say, “I know the truth,” or, “I teach the truth,” or “I am part of the truth.” He said, “I am the truth.” In Jesus, we “see God the Father” because he is God the Son in the flesh (14:9). He said of his teachings, “The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.  Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves “(14:10-11). Jesus is the one and only truth and the one and only way to know the Father.

Jesus said that truth is knowable and is in him. How do we come to know Jesus and the truth? Jesus said that we come to know him through his authoritative word: “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,  and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. . . .If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (8:31-32, 36). When we listen to and obey the words of Jesus, then we know the truth. In John 14:25, Jesus tells his specially chosen apostles that God the Father will send the Holy Spirit to teach the apostles “all things” and bring to their “remembrance all that I (Jesus) have said to you.” The New Testament preserves accurately the words of Jesus and the words entrusted to his apostles’ ministry.