The Lord is not only the way, He also speaks of Himself as the truth. The truth does not refer to the words spoken about Christ; it is Christ Himself who is the truth. How often Christians take the teaching and the interpretations of Christ as truths, though in actuality is not the relating of a thing but is the person of Christ. “ye shall know the truth and the truth will set you free”’ says the Lord (John 8:32). Brothers and Sisters, just consider how many truths have actually made us free? The word of God states that the truth shall make us free, but how many times is truth is merely a doctrine to us. Our eyes have not been opened to see Christ. We may have talked about doctrines for years, still we have not seen. We may have listened to them for an equal amount of time, and yet again we have not seen. People may be able to speak on the doctrine of co-death without knowing the power of this death. Or to the converse on resurrection life without experiencing its power. If all we talk about is doctrine, we are handling something dead.
Once a person wrote to a person as follows: “A brother has sinned against me, and I am not clear whether I should forgive him. I therefore ask you to instruct me. My heart is quite composed before God. If you say I should forgive, I will forgive him. If you think I should not, then I will not forgive him.” Brethren, what is your opinion about such a Christian? Suppose the one dearest to me is dead and so I write a letter to another person inquiring thus: “He who is dearest to me is dead; should I therefore mourn? IF you say I should cry, I will cry; but if you say no, then I will not cry.” Most certainly you will laugh at such an inquiry, for it is absurd. If a person cries or doesn’t cry according to what he is told, neither him mourning or lack of mourning is real. Both are false, and are therefore dead works and not life. With your brother, you ether forgive or do not forgive. Whenever you act on dead doctrine it is pretension.
Friends, whatever in not Christ living in us is not Christ as our truth—that is, whatever is done on the basis of doctrine—is dead work. It has no life, it is not living. Do you see the difference here? It is a difference to vast to go unnoticed. Work requires our memory, but life acts spontaneously. A word spoken out of life in not propelled by our memory, rather it is motivated by the power within us. The Lord, not doctrine or teaching, is in control over us. There must be a day when Christ opens our eyes to perceive that spiritual reality is in Christ. We do not try to remember certain doctrines and act accordingly; it is Christ who lives in us. He is our truth; therefore, it is living.