Jesus said He was the Way, the Truth, and the Life; NO ONE, comes to the Father, but by ME; John 14:6. He is IN us, those that believe, Know. He is the Word of God; Revelations 19:13. In Him is life, and the life is the light of men; John 1:4.
If you believe, it is because you have received the spiritually discerned, distinguished testimony that God has freely given to all men, concerning his Son. You had “ears to hear”, you received a “word” from God, through the Holy Spirit, you heard the Word, that which endures forever, that which will prosper in the thing, whereto I sent it, It shall not come back void.
This “way”, is very specific, if you are indeed born again, it is not because you simply chose to believe, it is because you believe the Word of the gospel, something spiritually understood, not just reasoned upon words from the mouth of men. If someone has shared the gospel with you, and you were able to receive, had ears to hear, the testimony/corroboration/assurance from the Holy Spirit, that comes along with the “witness of men”, then the witness of God (testimony of the Spirit) is greater, and THAT is why you believe! Not because you are intelligent enough; My words, they are spirit and they are life, it is the spirit that quickens, YOUR FLESH PROFITS YOU NOTHING.
John 15:26, But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeds from the Father, he shall testify of me:
In his letter to the Galatians Paul said this, Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? This is why there is NO strength in the Body, God cannot move through the Body because we are trying to make our selves perfect through the understanding that comes through our intelligence. This is why John 14:12 is NOT being accomplished. It is why “signs” do not follow them that believe, because we are listening to the theology of men, rather than EVERY Word from the mouth of God, Matthew 4:4.
Jesus didn’t mean that we should study every verse in scripture, He literally meant that we should Ask, Seek, and Knock, for every piece of guidance and truth from Him. HE, would write his laws in our inward parts, on our hearts, this is His promise, the New covenant, to ALL believers.
1st Corinthians 1:4-7,
Co 1:4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
1Co 1:5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
1Co 1:6 Even as (in the same way) the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: (1st John 5:6-10) the testimony was “revealed”, unto you.
1Co 1:7 So that we come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
1st John 5:6-10, This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that bears witness (here, the Greek Word for witness, martureo, means to be a witness) because the Spirit is truth.
1Jn 5:7 For there are three that bear record (martureo) in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
1Jn 5:8 And there are three that bear witness (martureo) in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
1Jn 5:9 If we receive the witness (here, the Greek word is marturia, meaning, evidence given) of men, the witness (marturia) of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.
1Jn 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness (marturia) in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record (marturia) that God gave of his Son. This is “why”, you believe, God gave the Holy Spirit to testify of his Son, the testimony IS of/by/from God, therefore it is his Word/s, from his mouth.
The testimony is from the eye witness, the testimony is evidence, of things not seen, sound familiar? F A I T H! This is what faith really is, this is what faith really does, if you have ears to hear. Romans 10:17, So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. The definition that most of, if not ALL believers have of faith, is that faith is just trusting in God, and that is detrimental to the body of Christ. It puts ALL the action back on God, and we are told to Ask, Seek, and Knock on the door of faith, and it shall be opened; (Acts 14:27).
When the Holy Spirit reveals, Ephesians 1:17-20, That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
Eph 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know: what is the hope of his calling, and (that you may Know, hear it from his mouth) what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Eph 1:19 And (hear it from his mouth) what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Eph 1:20 Which he wrought (made active) in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Why did God make these things active IN Christ; AFTER God had raised him from the grave and seated Him in heaven? Because Christ is IN us, He is the Word, He is the life that was breathed into the nostrils of Adam, He has been restored unto us that have been redeemed. The reason we don’t hear is NOT because God has changed his Way/s, Not because it was only for the Apostolic age, but because there is too many things, ways of this world, traditions (transmissions) of men, derived of his understanding of what is written, we are NOT, losing our lives for the sake of Christ and the Word of the gospel, therefore we are NOT finding it.
What about the time between when that moment when we are born again, and when our bodies cease to go on, is there no power, miracles, signs or wonders to show the ones who would hear and understand, see and perceive? We, the Christ followers, are to Know what is available, because we have heard it from the mouth of God. We are supposed to be a body that is of ONE spiritual mind, ALL speaking the same things. Christ meant that we were supposed to live, walk, obey, by every Word that came from the mouth of God, this IS the ability that Christ has restored, and it started by hearing the faith, evidence, that was ministered to you by the one that had the evidence given, in them.
1st John 2:20, But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.
1st John 2:27, But the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that any man teach you (Jeremiah 31:33-34). But as His anointing has taught you, concerning all things, and is true and no lie, and as He has taught you, you WILL abide in Him;
because that is what the true Word does, is, WHEN, it comes from God’s mouth.
It is the proclivity of man, when he reads, to lean on his own intelligence, reasoning, prudence, to understand what he is reading.
This is called the “Natural Man”. to be continued.
Seek God, place all of your ways, understandings, your entire life, before Him, and ask Him to show you what stands in the way of you hearing Him, thus Knowing what His will is for your life, His wisdom is first pure, peaceable, then gentle, easy to be intreated (which means, good for persuasion);… The Greek word for faith, in 240+ verses in the KJV, is pistis, and it means persuasion. Think about these things as they pertain to hearing the Word/s of God, Faith, evidence, comes by hearing
PERSUASION: The act of persuading; the act of influencing the mind by arguments or reasons offered, or by any thing that moves the mind or passions, or inclines the will to a determination.
TESTIMONY: A solemn declaration or affirmation made for the purpose of establishing or proving some fact. (This is what the Holy Spirit has been given to us for, to declare the truth to us of ALL that has been freely given to us by God.) Such affirmation in judicial proceedings, may be verbal or written, but must be under oath. Testimony differs from evidence; testimony is the declaration of a witness (what the Holy Spirit is declaring), and evidence (faith) is the effect of that declaration on the mind, or the degree of light which it affords (this is what the Word does).
The Holy Spirit is our go between, Father, Word, Holy Ghost, the three that bear witness in heaven, they are ONE, and the Holy Spirit is the one that bears witness on the earth, in true believers. BUT, we are not listening, because we are going our OWN way, not the Way, God has ordained.
Scripture came from the Word being heard, then written down. Everything that is written, Holy Scripture, came from the mouth of God, first, then written. The Word of God is alive and powerful, what comes from His mouth endures forever, what comes from His mouth is evidence of things, even though you have never seen Him.