the way to the Father now

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John 14:4-7

Joh 14:4 You also know the way where I am departing for.”

Joh 14:5 Thomas said, “Lord, we don’t know where you’re departing for. How can we know the way?”

Joh 14:6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father if not through me.

Joh 14:7 If you have come to know me, you will come to know my Father as well. From now on you have come to know him and have seen him.”

the way to the Father now

Many people read Jesus’ conversation with his disciples here as if he is promising to bring them to heaven after they die. That is not at all what he is promising. He is promising access to a relationship with the Father starting now. He did promise to return to take them to be where he is, but that is not heaven either. When he returns, he will take his place as the rightful king on earth.

So, when Jesus told his disciples that they knew (οἶδα) the way, it was because they had come to know (γινώσκω) the Son. What they had not realized was that by coming to know Jesus, they had come to know the Father as well.

Thank you, Lord, for showing us the Way to the Father.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary who now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. If your church or small group would like to hear Jeff speak, you can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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