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THE WAY, THE TRUTH, THE LIFE.pdf

THE WAY, THE TRUTH, THE LIFE.pdf

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BY George Dana Boardman

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the
life : no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

—John 14 : 6.
BY George Dana Boardman

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the
life : no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

—John 14 : 6.

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THE WAY, THE TRUTH, THE LIFE BY George Dana BoardmanWe faintly hear, we dimly see, In differing phrase we pray ; But, dim or clear, we own in Thee, The Light, the Truth, the Way !  —J. G. Whittier. Without the Way there is no going ; Without the Truth there is no knowing ; Without the Life there is no living.  —Thomas a Kempis. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life : no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  —John 14 : 6. MISTAKES have often been the occa- sion of the profoundest utterances of truth. Christ had just been saying: " I go away to prepare a place for you ; and when I have gone away and prepared a place for you, I will come again, and will take you to myself; that where I am, ye also may be. And ye know the way whither I go." Thomas, char- acteristically judging by material tests, construes literally : " Lord, we know not whither thou goest: how
 
then do we know the way?" Jesus saith to him : " I am the way, and the truth, and the life ; no man cometh to the Father but through me." Thus the stupidity of Thomas was the occasion of one of the most magnificent deliverances of the eternal Word. 57 58 LIFE AD LIGHT 1. "I am the Way." In what sense? In every sense. i. In the sense of beginning. He is the door of entrance into his own kingdom ; the gate of the soul's access to God. " Through him we have our access" — introduc- tion (Eph. 2 : 1 8). " Boldness to enter into the holy place," etc. (Heb. io : 19). Jesus is the true ladder between earth and heaven, the true Scala Sancta of our devotions, The great world's altar stairs That slope through darkness up to God. By his incarnation, life, teachings, and death, he reveals the mystery of existence, awakens the sense of God's loving Fatherhood, gives the impulse of obedience to the divine will, and the hope of higher life, of knowledge, and com- munion with the Father. 2. In the sense of continuing. He is not only the beginning ; he not only shows the way ; he is the Way itself.
 
He is the conditioning element of all things, the sphere and medium of all existence. " In him were created all things, those in the heavens, those on the earth, the visible and the invisible, THE WAY, THE TRUTH, THE LIFE 59 whether thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers ; all things have been created through him, and for him, and he is before all things, and in him all things subsist." ature is not alongside him : ature is in him as its sphere and vehicle — constituted, systemed, kept in everlasting equipoise in him. He is the medium not less than the source and the end of all existence. How significant are those frequent scriptural expressions which represent the Christian life as a way or walk ! As then we receive the Lord Jesus, so let us walk in him ! He is the true line of direction — the king's highway of holi- ness ; the saint's promenade — the sacred, majestic aisle along which the church catholic and im- mortal are marching up to perfectness. The emphasis Jesus put on himself as the Way, made the word a synonym for Christianity. o wonder the early Christians loved to talk of "the Way." For example : " If he [Saul] found any that were of the Way " (Acts 9:2). " Speak- ing evil of the Way" (19 : 9). " Arose no small stir concerning the Way" (19 : 23). "I persecuted those of the Way unto death" (22 : 4). "After the Way which they call a sect" (24 : 14). "Felix,

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