Question 7: God’s two incarnations bore witness that Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. How should we understand Christ being the truth, the way, and life?
If people who believe in God can truly understand that Christ is the truth, the way, and the life, then this is valuable and shows that people have a true understanding of Christ’s essence. Only such people can be said to truly know God. Christ is the practical God incarnate. All those who know Christ and can obey Christ truly know God. Because all the truth, the way, and the life come from God and come from the expression of Christ incarnate. No one besides Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. This truth can be understood by very few. The standard by which God inspects all those who believe in God is based on whether or not people can know the incarnation of God. This is the only standard by which people can get God’s approval for believing in God. All those who can receive and obey the incarnation of God are overcomers who have been brought before God and first perfected, whereas those who do not receive and obey Christ will be placed in disasters to be refined because they do not know the incarnation of God and are all classed as foolish virgins. Just as when the Lord Jesus came and brought those people who loved the truth, could accept His words and truly followed Him to the mountain and personally taught and trained them and ignored those religious people and those people who just believed in the Lord for bread because they just believed in a vague God and did not accept God incarnate. They were all blind people who did not believe in God. So only those who believe in God and can accept and obey Christ incarnate are approved and perfected by God. Why say that only Christ is the truth, the way, and the life? Let’s look at the word of Almighty God. Almighty God said: “The way of life is not something that can be possessed by just anyone, nor is it easily obtainable by all. That is because life can only come from God, which is to say, only God Himself possesses the substance of life, there is no way of life without God Himself, and so only God is the source of life, and the ever-flowing wellspring of living water of life. From when He created the world, God has done much work involving the vitality of life, has done much work that brings life to man, and has paid a great price so that man might gain life, for God Himself is eternal life, and God Himself is the way by which man is resurrected. …
… only God possesses the way of life. Since His life is immutable, so it is eternal; since only God is the way of life, so God Himself is the way of eternal life” (“Only Christ of the Last Days Can Give Man the Way of Eternal Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). From the word of Almighty God, we can see that the truth, the way, and the life all come from God and that only God Himself has the way of life. In the Bible it says: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (Jhn 1:1). The “Word” is God, the “Word” is words and the “Word” is the truth, the way, and the life. The “Word” becoming the “flesh” is the incarnation of God’s spirit into the flesh, that is also the truth, the way, and the life all coming into the flesh, just as Almighty God said: “The Word has become flesh and the Spirit of truth has been realized in the flesh—that all the truth, the life, and the way has come in the flesh, and the Spirit has really arrived on earth and in the flesh” (“Practice (4)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). The testimony of God’s two incarnations is that He is the truth, the way, and the life. This has given mankind a great revelation, that is that only Christ is the truth, the way, and the life and that Christ’s work and words and all that He has and is is the truth, the way, and the life. This is the essence of Christ. Christ’s expression of the word of God is doing God’s own work through God’s identity; it is to start an age and conclude an age; it is the work of the entire age and it is toward the whole of mankind. The words of God expressed by Christ are the complete words of a stage of God’s work and can completely express God’s disposition, all that God has and is, the mysteries of God’s management plan and God’s demands and intentions for mankind. These words are all the truth and can not only act as people’s life but can supply people’s life. Like when the Lord Jesus came and expressed all the truth that people needed in the Age of Grace and made mankind able to confess and repent and return to God, be entitled to pray to God, come before God and enjoy God’s grace and see God’s mercy and love. This is the outcome of redemption work. The work of the Lord Jesus forgave people of their sin and redeemed people from their sin. The Lord Jesus did a stage of work of redeeming mankind, opened the Age of Grace and ended the Age of Law. Almighty God, God incarnate of the last days came and expressed all the truth to cleanse and save people, did the work of judgment beginning with God’s family, let people see God’s righteous disposition and His almightiness and wisdom, cleansed and changed people’s life disposition and enabled people to fear God and shun evil, thoroughly break free from Satan’s influence and truly return to God and be gained by God. The work of Almighty God opened up the Age of Kingdom and ended the Age of Grace. This lets us see that what was revealed from all that Christ said, did and expressed is the truth and that the path Christ pointed out to mankind, the life supply and grace that He brought is not possessed nor can it be expressed by any mankind. Christ is the origin of mankind’s life, the appearance of God, the truth, the way, and the life, and mankind’s only redemption and salvation, and besides Christ, no one can possess the truth, the way, and the life. This is a fact perfectly obvious to all!
from Classic Questions and Answers on the Gospel of the Kingdom