Some Christians are teaching that “the truth is a person,” Jesus Christ. They say this because of John 14:6 which says, 6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
That term “the truth is a person” translating it like that from the verse above is very bizarre because you will have a lot of inconsistencies using that logic and method when trying to exegete a passage. For an example: Jesus also said in John 10:7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. Now, let’s use the same logic and method to interpret that verse, “the gate is a person.” As we can see, that type of logic will keep someone from learning the meaning of scripture. When Jesus in John 14:6 says that He is the truth, He does not say that the truth is a person because when interpreting other passages as you can see, it won’t make any sense using that method. We must let scripture interpret scripture.
26 “I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is trustworthy, and what I have heard from him I tell the world.”
27 They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father. 28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. 29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” 30 Even as he spoke, many believed in him.
31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
39 “Abraham is our father,” they answered.
“If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do what Abraham did. 40 As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. 41 You are doing the works of your own father.”
The Truth is associated with the message which is the good news about Jesus Christ.
37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
Jesus came to testify to The Truth about Himself through His message which is contained in the New Testament and the Old Testament pointed to.
Jesus came to reveal God the Father to the world and His relationship to the Father as God the Son and how a person can get to the Father. Truth also means reality, what is and what will be. Jesus is The Truth and there is no lie found in Him according to John 8:46 which says, Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me?
Jesus is The Truth meaning that His nature, character, and message is The Truth. That He alone is the originator and standard of The Truth and it cannot be obtained anywhere else but through Jesus Christ alone.
The danger in the phrase “the truth is a person” can come about that they will say, “all you need to do is follow Jesus, not the Bible” (since the truth is a person). In a subtle way, the enemy wants to make people drift away from scripture. Once a person drifts away from holy scripture then they start to follow a different Jesus. People naturally speaking don’t like following rules like the Bible because it tells you what to do and what not to do.
All of these phrases are synonyms: Jesus is the Word, the truth, the light, the way and the life. All these words describe the person of Jesus, who really is the only way to heaven who alone can give you eternal life through faith in Him.
The Truth is found in Jesus Christ through His Word. Jesus and the Word of God are two sides of the same coin. You can’t have one without the other as seen in John 15:7-8 which says, 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
To remain in Jesus is by obeying the Word of God.
The words that Jesus spoke are the very words of God. Satan is trying to make you separate Jesus from the written Word by making them think, “as long as you have Jesus you don’t need to read or rely on the Bible.”
49 For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”
The message of the gospel leads to Jesus Christ who gives eternal life.