Previously, I began a short series exploring what Yeshua/Jesus meant when He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life…” We have explored ‘the way‘ as well as ‘the truth,’ now we will look at ‘the life’ as well as ‘no one comes to the Father except by Me.’
In each of the previous studies, we found that Scripture unabashedly equates Torah with ‘the way’ and ‘truth.’ We also found that Yeshua, being the ‘living Word’ or ‘Word made flesh’ is the embodiment of Torah, the perfect revelation of and the One who perfectly walks/reveals Torah.
We’ll not rehash what we have already learned, instead we’ll jump right in and consider a few verses that help reveal what it means to be ‘life.’ If you missed the first two studies, I do recommend them to better understand the tenor of this one.
There are definitely fewer verses making the connection between Torah and ‘life’ than the previous two, however, when viewed in the context of the statement, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life,’ and having made solidly the case for the first two, we don’t need much at this point.
Proverbs 6:23 says,
For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light;
And reproofs for discipline are the way of life
How do we find life? The commandment.
This is substantiated a number of places in Torah itself. Consider Deuteronomy 4:1,
Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I am teaching you to perform, so that you may live and go in and take possession of the land which the Lord, the God of your fathers, is giving you.
And 5:29 & 32-33,
Oh that they had such a heart in them, that they would fear Me and keep all My commandments always, that it may be well with them and with their sons forever! ….. 32 So you shall observe to do just as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right or to the left. 33 You shall walk in all the way which the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you will possess.
All the commandments that I am commanding you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to give to your forefathers.
man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.
Which begs the question: ‘At the time of Moshe making that statement, what had proceeded out of the mouth of Yahweh?’ Torah.
In fact, for those who prefer to argue and state that the revealed Word is more than the first five books, I would agree!! The statement above says, ‘everything that proceeds out of the mouth of Yahweh.’ That would be ALL inspired Scripture, not just the verses approved by your denominational doctrine or statement… But, I digress.
We are establishing that just as ‘the way’ and ‘truth’ are/point to Torah, so does ‘life.’
Deuteronomy 4:6 tells us to ‘keep and do [the commandments] for that is your wisdom and your understanding…’ Proverbs opens with several chapters of instruction from a father to his son concerning wisdom and ‘keeping his commandments.’ [A great case can be made for the Father speaking to the Son…] Verse 3:18 says, speaking of wisdom, which, by definition, is Torah,
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
And happy are all who hold her fast.
And, one more solid connection between the Tree of Life and the commandments,
Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.
How do we ‘wash our robes?’ The KJV translation is a little clearer…
Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
So, again we see that just as Yeshua, the Living Word, the Word made flesh, points us to Torah as ‘the way’ and ‘the truth,’ He also does so as ‘the life.’
So, why does He say, ‘no one comes to the Father except through Me?’ Glad you asked!!
Rav Shaul explains Ephesians 2:12-13,
remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Through Messiah’s perfect atoning sacrifice, we receive His righteousness and can enter into the covenant and are empowered by His Spirit to the obedience of ‘walking as He walked.’ Messiah Yeshua made the way for us to enter in, by grace through faith to do good works! Shaul says,
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
I John 2:3-7 explains exactly what those ‘good works’ are and when God prepared them for us,
By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: 6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
7 Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard.
John is referring to Torah. That is the ‘old commandment’ which we have had from the beginning!! It is the standard of righteousness by which Messiah was judged perfect and the standard by which we will be judged! Remember, ‘man shall not live by bread alone but by EVERY word that proceeds from the mouth of Yahweh?’
Summing up, Yeshua is the way, the truth and the life. As the Living Word, He perfectly is and displays Torah and Torah displays Him. No one comes to the Father without the perfect atoning sacrifice of Messiah and then obedience to His Word evidences the reality of that covenantal relationship.
The serpent became angry with the woman. So it went away to fight with her other children, the ones who keep God’s commands and hold on to the testimony of Yeshua.
In this situation God’s holy people, who obey his commands and keep their faith in Yeshua, need endurance.
Much more could be written, but this is enough to chew on and study.
Yahweh will bless you and watch over you.
Yahweh will smile on you and be kind to you.
Yahweh will look on you with favor and give you peace.