4 ¶ And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. 8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? 10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.
Jesus states that His disciples know where He is going and they know Him, which is the way to get to that place where He is going. Thomas, who is called ‘Doubting Thomas’ in popular sayings, did not get it, as the disciples often did not get what Jesus was telling them.
Jesus then makes one of the most, if not the most, profound and important statements in the Bible that should upset all of the universalists out there who insist we are all God’s children and that everyone is on their own path to some kind of Heaven of their own imagination. He states very clearly that there is only one way to God, and that is through Him. He states that He is the way, the truth, and the life. In this context He is the way to the Father, the only real truth, and the life that is forever and ever.
Jesus took over the place the Law given to Moses had to the Jews.
Psalm 119:1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
Psalm 119:142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
Hebrews 7:16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
In verse 7 Jesus tells Thomas that he has seen the Father by seeing Christ. In verse 9 He makes it even plainer by telling Philip point-blank that to have seen Him is to have seen the Father. They are one and the same. This is a real mind-twister for these first century Jews to wrap their minds around as it is for us today. We are not that much more sophisticated although we have the complete Bible in front of us.
Jesus then explains the relationship between Himself and God the Father as being wrapped up in each other. It is a very difficult concept for people to understand so early church councils came to a conclusion that there were actually three individual persons in the Godhead with two of them submitting to the will of one. This is incorrect and a heresy as they are all the same person with one will but are able to express and project themselves independently. As I have explained previously how Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the visible image of God, God’s body, and His appearance there is no need to repeat it (Hebrews 1:3; 2Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:15). By now, you should be aware of the three parts of God, as in our three parts of a body, soul, and a spirit (1Thessalonians 5:23). There is God the Father, the Holy Ghost, and the Son of God, all called, “He,” all indwelling the believer by the vehicle of the Holy Spirit called, “It.”
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Ro 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his...16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God…26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
God the Father, Jesus Christ the Word, and the Holy Ghost are one entity.
John 10:30 I and my Father are one.
1John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
Mark 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
Jesus Christ, walking on earth, was God, the one who created all things, by whom all things are sustained, who actively controls all reality from the water vapor in Orion to every beat of your heart, and by whom all things will come to their conclusion, in human flesh.