Salutations. I’m reading through most of the New Testament, chapter by chapter, and logging some of my thoughts here in my journal. I continue this study, looking at the message of Salvation and John the Baptist’s Testamony. I highly encourage you to read God’s Word for yourself and share your thoughts!
In verse six, Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This verse (as well as many others in this chapters) are so important. Here, Jesus establishes an exclusive claim. He makes it very clear that one cannot get to heaven by believing in another deity, no matter how much they do.
He then answer Philip, who asks them to show them the Father. Jesus explains that He is in the Father, and the Father is in Him. We see God when we see the life and work of Jesus Christ in the words of the Bible, and to a lesser degree, I believe, when we see others do good deeds in His name. Jesus makes it clear that those who believe in Him will do the works He did, and greater things. To assist with that, He promises the Holy Spirit. He mentions that God will make His home with those who love Him… that would be the pouring of the Holy Spirit into the hearts and lives of the believers.
In this chapter, Jesus tells the disciples several times to obey Him and His commands. Many Christians do not live much differently than their worldly counterparts, and that causes me to scratch my head. If one loves Jesus, they will follow His commands. And while none of us have attained perfection on Earth, when we are in the Spirit, Jesus said that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Therefore, those who love Him should be following His commands the vast majority of the time. Jesus himself emphasizes that He, Himself, does exactly what God commands.
I love this chapter of John. In it Jesus reveals so much, encourages us, and promises the Holy Spirit.