Jesus Christ The Way
Do we remember how we first found the Lord? We repented in
response to the conviction of the Holy Spirit. We yielded
to His wooing and took that initial step of obedience. We
opened the door of our heart and let the Lord Jesus come into
our life. He amazed us with His grace. “For by grace
are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it
is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”
What makes us think that the process of our growing in Christ
will ever be any different? “Having begun in the Spirit”
are we made perfect by some other way? In other words, do
we view God’s working in our lives at salvation as one
thing and our progression onward with God as something else?
Paul says it cannot be.
“O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that
ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ
hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only
would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works
of the law or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish?
Having begun in the Spirit are ye now made perfect by the
flesh?” (Gal. 3:1-3)
The implication of what Paul begins to set forth here in
Galatians is that having begun in the Spirit; we need to continue
in the Spirit. Paul was saying that their beginnings in the
Spirit were founded on their receiving the vivid proclamation
of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. To continue in the Spirit,
the Galatians needed to realize that the preaching of the
Cross was not only the starting point but the Way, the fullness
of all the wisdom and power of God. We need to realize the
Our first taste of the Lord told us that He is gracious.
As we continue to eat and drink of Him it can only be as this
advocate of “going on” described it? “For
we are made partakers of Christ if we hold fast the beginning
of our confidence steadfast unto the end” (Heb.3:14).
What does it mean to partake of Christ? The Lord Jesus Himself
said: “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me
shall never hunger, and he that believeth in me shall never
thirst” (John 6:35).
If we come to Him our hunger is satisfied. If we trust in
Him our thirst is quenched. Therefore, coming to Jesus is
like eating. Trusting in Him is like drinking. This is what
we did when we first were saved. It is precisely what we must
continue to do if we desire to live. We will starve if we
don’t. We live by coming to and believing in Jesus.
There is no need for anything other than Him. We began with
Him. We need more of the same. Whatever the need is for the
filling of the Spirit, healing, personal righteousness and
holiness, freedom from sin and bondages or initial salvation,
the answer, the gift is the same. At the Cross the Father
prepared a table for us and He invited us to partake of the
most precious gift He could possibly give us, His Son, Jesus
Christ. “Come; for all things are now ready” (Luke
Are we mooning over some future spiritual plateau? Or are
we discovering that the Lord Jesus is not only the goal but
the way to get there? Our understanding of this will bring
us from a position of continually struggling to reach a plane
where our struggling can cease, to a place where we can abide
at peace with God because we have found that the way we first
made peace with Him, is the same way we grow in fellowship
with Him. When we begin to see this truth we will stop our
running from teaching to teaching in our effort to “go
on” and we will begin to rest in a basic, abiding wisdom
that will keep us through all life’s changes, and enable
us to commune with God not only in the end but also along
How did we first change? We put our trust in the Lord Jesus.
We surrendered to Him. He gave us the gift of His Life. This
is the “obedience of faith” (Romans 1:5).
Because the Lord never changes, we must change. Repentance
and faith toward God are not just stages we pass through at
the beginning of our Christian walk; they are our Christian
walk. The man who has ceased to repent is the man who has
ceased to grow. Christians reach a plateau when they feel
there is no need to trust the Lord anymore than they have
already. The obedience of faith becomes history rather than
an ongoing adventure. Let us allow God to unify our fragmented
view of His purpose and see when we first came to the Lord
Jesus we were being introduced not only to the means to an
end, but to the One in whom the means and the end merge, Someone
who is the Way.
We became acquainted with this Way when we first turned to
the Lord. We responded to the dealing of the Holy Spirit.
We believed in God’s awesome love for us. We yielded
to Him. He gave us His life. It shall ever be so. The way
we were saved is the same way we take any step in God.
“Thomas saith unto Him, Lord, we know not whiter thou
goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him,
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life: no man cometh unto the
Father but by Me” (John 14:5-6).