When Jesus told His disciples, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6), He was stating a reality that has focused and sustained Christians for centuries. As Christ lives in us through the power of the Holy Spirit, His character is reflected in our words and acts.
As we walk the narrow way, His promise is sure: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me. . . . For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-30).
Following is a selection of statements on His love and transcendence, interspersed with testimonies from individuals whom His grace has conquered.—Editors.
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”
Apostle John, 1 John 3:1.
“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is sovereign of all, does not cry, Mine!”
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.”
Apostle Paul, Ephesians 1:7-10.
“For to me, to live is Christ.”
Apostle Paul, philippians 1:21.
“Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.”
Apostle Paul, Hebrews 5:8, 9.
“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Apostle Paul, Romans 5:8.
“For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
Apostle Paul, Romans 8:3, 4.
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Apostle Peter, Acts 4:12.
“Christ is not valued at all, unless He is valued above all.”
Augustine of Hippo.
“The dearest friend on earth is a mere shadow compared to Jesus Christ.”
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.”
DAVID, PSALM 23:1.
“Jesus Christ, our Savior, has suffered and paid for our sins and those of all the people we will ever meet. He has perfect understanding of the feelings, the suffering, the trials, and the needs of every individual.”
Henry B. Eyring.
“[Christ] is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
“My evidence that I am saved does not lie in the fact that I preach, or that I do this or that. All my hope lies in this: that Jesus Christ came to save sinners. I am a sinner, I trust Him, then He came to save me, and I am saved.”
“As [Christ’s followers] make known the gospel of salvation, many will be convicted and converted by the power of God. The human instrumentality is hid with Christ in God, and Christ appears as the chiefest among ten thousand, the One altogether lovely.”
Ellen G. White, The Acts of the Apostles, p. 275.
“The theme of redemption is one that the angels desire to look into; it will be the science and the song of the redeemed throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity. . . . We should dwell upon the character of our dear Redeemer and Intercessor. . . . As we thus contemplate heavenly themes, our faith and love will grow stronger. . . . There will be more constant confidence in Jesus, and a daily, living experience in His power to save to the utmost all that come unto God by Him.”
—Ellen G. White, Christian Education, p. 57.
“The Word through whom all things were made is now the Word through which all things are remade.”
N. T. Wright.