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WHI-1144 | I Am The Way, The Truth, & The Life

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What does Jesus mean when he says, "Already you are clean because of the word I have spoken to you"? How does his word make us clean? What are the implications of Jesus' claim not merely to be a teacher who shows us the way, the truth, and the life, but rather, one who claims to actually be "the way, the truth, and the life"? We will interact with these questions and more as we unpack John 13 through 16.What does Jesus mean when he says, "Already you are clean because of the word I have spoken to you"? How does his word make us clean? What are the implications of Jesus' claim not merely to be a teacher who shows us the way, the truth, and the life, but rather, one who claims to actually be "the way, the truth, and the life"? We will interact with these questions and more as we unpack John 13 through 16.


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  • Jesus looks you straight in the eye and says "I AM the truth." Not "I bring you the truth," or "I speak the truth," or "I reveal the truth," but that he IS truth. That's a pretty immense and important statement which reveals oceans about the meaning of truth its self, not to mention how important the truth is to God.

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  • Guest - Teresa

    In the discussion about what it means to abide in christ, i wish i hosts would have spent some time unpacking the part about branches being cutt off from the vine if they are unfruitful...what does it mean, mike?

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  • Guest - Bill

    Teresa, actually the hosts of the White Horse Inn explained it perfectly, your question was answered clearly in the program. The unbeliever is cut off. The one that bears no fruit is the one that does not abide in Christ, abiding in Christ is believing in Christ. That simple is what the hosts of the White Horse Inn explained. John 15:6 is plain, those that don't abide (believe) in Christ are cut off. Faith alone, God will not and can not cut you off from the covenant of grace because you don't have good works, only if you don't believe you will be cut off. Otherwise salvation would be of works and not grace.

    John 15 verses 5 to 6:
    5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
    6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

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  • Guest - Bill

    further to my last posts the hosts of the WHI went at length to say that abide in Christ means believe in Christ. And John 15:6 explicitly teaches that the branches that are cut off are those that don't abide (believe) in Christ, the unbelievers are the branches that are cut off. John 15:6 "If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned."

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  • Guest - teresa

    thanks bill, but the text says "any branch IN ME that does not bear fruit is cutt off"... the branches were "in christ" before they were cast away. so it refers to believers who are not fruitful

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  • I think the best explanation I've read about the vine and branches is in the covenant. You can be a member of the covenant without being saved; all of the children of Israel were in the covenant with God, but as Paul rightly notes in Galatians, not all of those in Israel were saved.

    Similarly, people can be church going members and in the covenant through the sacraments but not be saved. They are "grafted onto the branch" through the covenant but will be cut away.

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  • Guest - Bill

    Teresa, I just checked online both Matthew Henry and John Calvin's commentary with regard to John 15:2. Both say that "any branch in me that doesn't bear good fruit" refers to false professors, those that make a false profession of faith for Christ but they are not really converted. The have not trusted in Christ for salvation. Christopher kind of says something similar. John 15:5 is clear that every believer bears good fruit. It's impossible for a believer bear bad fruit and it's impossible for an unbeliever to bear good fruit. This Luther explained wonderfully in his writing on christian freedom.

    The most important thing though is to keep in perspective that belief in Christ is what matters. The good fruit comes from this belief. If we invert the order and focus on the fruit we are headed for serious theological trouble. Here Martin Luther warns us of the danger of inverting the order and make the fruit our focus, when it is the abiding in Christ that comes first. http://confessionalgadfly.blogspot.ca/2012/03/luther-on-john-155.html

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  • Guest - Bill

    And here's a sermon from a lutheran pastor http://lcrwtvl.org/2009/05/sermon-easter-5-you-will-bear-fruit-john-151-8/

    The risk of focusing on the fruit is to confuse law and gospel, thus denying grace. The fruit flows from faith, as christians our focus has to be on Christ and his grace through the forgiveness of sins. This is what christians need to believe. If instead christians are asked to bear fruit, we immediately fall into salvation by works. Read the sermon, even if you don't agree with everything, you will understand that christianity is not about moral improvement, bearing more fruit.

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  • Guest - Bill

    You see christianity can be summarized in the parable of the pharisee and the tax collector. Luke 18:13 "But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!". this is christianity, which is different from every other religion in the world which are religions of works concerned with bearing fruit, the pharisee said in Luke 18:11 and Luke 18:12 "God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get".

    The pharisee was focusing on his own goodness (bearing fruit) while the tax collector was focusing on the forgiveness of sin (abiding in Christ). The pharisee focused on man's righteousness, the tax collector on Christ's righteousness.

    Here's Martin Luther explaining how from conversion to our last days christianity is believing that God is merciful to us (abiding in Christ). http://quiacreeds.blogspot.ca/2009/05/luther-on-john-154.html

    Now that I have explained that we need to focus on abiding in Christ and not on bearing fruit, the reason is that the only fruit God accepts is the one that flows from somebody calling out to him God have mercy on me a sinner. We christians are like the tax collector from conversion till death.

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