The Good Way

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.

Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. And He says that no one can come unto the Father, but by Him. Notice the definite article. He is “the Way,” “the Truth,” and “the Life.”

Jeremiah 6:16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the Good Way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

The “Good Way” is He who says, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. The Lord speaking through Jeremiah says to ask for the old paths, where the “good Way” is found, and to walk in Him. What are the “old paths” where Christ is found?

The patriarchs – Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – and the prophets of old are the old paths. Their ministry revealed Christ. The apostles of the Early Church asked for the “old paths.” They took the writings of the patriarchs and prophets of the Old Testament, and ministered Christ to their world. They were the “old paths” where the “Good Way” could be found. Christ, the Good Way, was in them. The prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. I Peter 1:10-11.

For us in this day, the writings of the Old and New Testaments are the “old paths” whereby the “Good Way” may be found. But He is not easily found. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. John 1:11. Well, He is continuing to come to His own through the Scriptures, but very few find Him. They tend to value doctrines and legalistic concepts instead of “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Like the Pharisees, many Christians prefer the “broad way” of religion. Jesus confronts the “then” and “now” Pharisees concerning this in the fifth chapter of John.

John 5:37 And the Father Himself, which hath sent Me, hath borne witness of Me. Ye have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His shape.

God had borne witness of Christ through the ministry of the patriarchs, prophets, and other men of God in the Scriptures. But the Pharisees had neither heard His voice nor seen His shape. They had received no revelation of the Christ. They did not find the “Good Way” in the Scriptures, and too many Christians are not finding Him today.

John 5:38 And ye have not His Word abiding in you: for whom He hath sent, Him ye believe not.

Though the Pharisees diligently studied the Scriptures, the Word was not abiding in them. No matter how much we say that we believe the Word, it is not abiding in us if we have not received a revelation of the Lord in it.

In a sense, the men of God in the Old Testament were the Body of Christ, for within their ministry Christ the “Good Way” was to be found. But the Pharisees did not find Him there, neither did they know Him when He stood in front of them. In like manner today, those who do not find the “good Way” in the “old paths” will also not see Him in His many-membered Body. The Lord is coming forth again in a remnant, but many Christians will not see Him because they did not find the “Good Way.”

John 5:39-40 Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me.
40 And ye will not come to Me, that ye might have life.

The Pharisees thought they had eternal life because they searched the Scriptures. They studied and memorized Scripture, formed their laws and doctrines on their interpretation of them, but they did not discern the Testimony of the Scriptures. So instead of teaching the Word, they taught doctrines of men (Mark 7:7). They were doctrines of men because they were formed by their interpretations of Scripture and not by a revelation from God.

Many churches today are based on doctrines of men. They are founded on the ways of man and not on the “Good Way.” Religion has many ways, but there is only one “Good Way” that leads to life in God.

Jesus said that no man comes unto the Father, but by Him (John 14:6). Jesus leads people to the Father through those He lives in. He did it that way in the Old and New Testament. And that is the way He does it today. The Lord is sending men of God today, and the ministry of Christ abiding in them is to lead people to the Father. For that reason, Jesus said, Ye shall not see Me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord (Matthew 23:39). So there are “old paths” and “new paths” where the “Good Way” may be found.

John 5:45-47 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuses you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.
46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed Me: for he wrote of Me.
47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?

There is a present ministry of the Lord in the earth today. But you will not be aware of it or be able to believe His words if you cannot find the “Good Way” in the Scriptures.

Copyright © 1996 by Henry DuBose