It sounds intelligent when someone says the word truths and the deception floats right by until one turns to Christ. It must be clear that the human heart cannot be split into compartments for God and anyone or anything else. There are no degrees to which the mind can be dedicated to God. The idea that the whole heart and being can contain the fulness of the godhead makes little sense until one has the temple/tabernacle and the Son of Man in the same frame. If we had a narrative that establishes our way to the Father as having its root in something present or happening in heaven, we would listen to people who specialize in many truths and countless ways.
God is Father of those who come to Him through his Son.
The sole stole
There are not many versions of Christ’s righteousness: one for people who have their act together to some extent, another for those who are far from the kingdom, and another for whom one has undertake long journeys. The graphic of the priests clothed with salvation (Psalm 132:9, 16) helps to pin the clothing to Messiah. Everyone in the assembly of saints wears a white robe.
One robe is all we get and its laundering is certain
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands;
Revelation of John 7:9
Believers are capable of soiling this robe and need to wash (this is not being saved again, but rather akin to one washing his or her feet after one has had a bath John 13:10)
Testimony like the following are fabulous and revealing. The first shows that knowing God’s ways is different from knowing him. The others are manifestly problematic as factual experience.
- Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight. Consider too, that this nation is Your people.” Exodus 33:13
- The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7
- For I have kept the ways of the Lord, And have not wickedly departed from my God. Psalms 18:21
There are so many ways to understand the many paths in the Bible. They all run headlong into our Lord calling himself the Way. Could our Lord be mistaken with this saying? Not likely. What the ways accomplish when compared to Christ the Way, makes the case. Those ways – not a single one – brings life to the dead. Christ’s robe furthermore is not related to the law (precepts, statutes and judgments). The law is not for just people and “way” must take its cue from the person and work of the Son of Man. “Truths” are second class badges. Avoid discussing them. Christ Crucified is the lifegiving truth.