In the last post we discussed who we are and where we come from using only the KJV Bible with expanded meanings and quite a few revealing Scriptures to support these facts. Jesus Christ said in John chapter 10, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
As we covered John 10:34 previously, Jesus said when quoting Psalm 82, “Is it not written in your Law, I said ye are gods.” He stated that all of us, every last one, from the beginning to the very end are all angels. If you didn’t read the last blog post you can SEE it here. One of the mistakes that I previously made when reading the Bible was attempting to interpret what is being said. Such as, “I think it says this,” or “I believe it says that.” The best advice that I can give, would be to begin to look at the Word as literal before anything else. If Jesus says we are gods, He means exactly that. If Jesus says we are of our father the devil, He is quite literally telling us the truth. Christ doesn’t lie and the Bible doesn’t either. Let’s briefly look at Psalm 82 again as a review.
We are told that they know not, neither will they understand. Who is it speaking about, what will not be understood? The fact that it plainly and in a literal sense, states that all of us are angels, that were cast down, and cast out of Heaven that are all going to die like men and be judged. The Gospel is simple. The simplicity that is Christ. We have a tendency to overcomplicate things when trying to figure things out. Let’s now go back into John 10 where Jesus is speaking about being the Door, us being the sheep, and look to see if in these verses, it tells us who we are. We will also expand even further with the Greek and look at one of the root words.
In John 10:4 Jesus says, “And when he putteth forth his own sheep…” The Greek translation means to eject, to cast out, to send away, to throw down in a more or less violent or intense manner. Once again, we are being told what happened to us all. Now let’s take this understanding of the Truth and expand further, so that we can also understand what Jesus means when He says, “I am the WAY, the Truth, and the Life.” Below is the same verse with an another word highlighted.
Jesus tells us that His sheep follow Him and they know His voice. The word for follow means, a road. Think of it as a journey with the Lord, properly to be in the same WAY with, that is, to accompany Him specifically as a disciple. Now let’s learn what the WAY actually is and what it means to follow the Messiah wherever He goes.
As we have partook from the Word by comparing Spiritual with Spiritual, let’s make a few more connections from within the video. “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” – Luke 9:23. As we take a closer look at the below slides and the original Greek we can see what Jesus means when He says these words.
We are told by the Messiah to deny ourselves through abstinence and by literally disowning ourselves. Daily, we are to self deny our flesh with it’s lusts, passions, and desires. He finally says that we are to be in the same WAY with Him, to follow Him down a road, and to specifically accompany Him as a Disciple. The Greek word for follow is akoloutheō or Strong’s Concordance number G190. It is the same word as noted above in the video, when used elsewhere in the Bible, as well previous slides in this post. So to be in the Way with the Lord Jesus Christ is to follow Him by His example. Now let’s finalize this with something even more profound. Had it not been for my dear brother Jamie Black and the discoveries in the Bible that we find together, as we are walking this walk of faith, this connection may not have been made by us.
“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” – 1 John 2:3-6. Let’s look at the meaning of the word walk.
The word walk means to deport oneself, to live, and to follow as if His companion. So to walk as Jesus walked is quite literally to be in the same Way with Him. In essence, to live by His example. By denying ourselves through abstinence, deporting ourselves through letting go of the lusts of the flesh and the pride of life. By following Jesus, and accompanying Him down the road that He paved for us while He was here in the flesh. Let’s look at this word G4043 being used in Galatians chapter 5.
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”
Once again it is the same word and the same meaning. So to walk in the Spirit is as exact as Jesus saying, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Brethren, when Jesus tells us that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, He is saying much more. Loosely speaking as translated the Way means, “I am the WALK, the Path, The Road, the Journey, a means to an end, and the example that you are all to follow. You are to turn from yourselves and turn back to me by abstinence, no more sex, and leave it all behind just as Lot. Don’t look back even once, for anything. Accompany me as my disciple, and I will give unto thee Living waters which ye know not of. Come to me daily through self denial and taste and see that I am good. For my very words are Spirit and in them is life and that life is the light of men. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your better, more beautiful works, and by them behold the very Glory of God. The very will of God, even your sanctification is to abstain from sex. All the Law and the Prophets are fulfilled in me. I have given you a better way, a more glorious path to follow. Walk in me and you will have life. Repent, turn from yourselves and I will set you free.” “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” – John 8:36.
May you be blessed by the Fountain of Living Waters, the Word of God, even Jesus Christ Brethren.
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