Learning About The Way

Text: Acts 24:22

When Paul stood before rulers on trial, some knew nothing of the background of his teaching or the church. However, Felix had “a more exact knowledge about the Way” (Acts 24:22). In order for “the way” to benefit us, we must know of it.

The Way That Is Narrow

  • Jesus contrasted two different “ways” we could go (Matthew 7:13-14) – broad or narrow; these are the only two options; they lead to two very different destinations; but we do have the option to choose which way we will take
  • What did Jesus mean when He said, “The way that is narrow”? – there will be difficulties and obstacles along the way; there will be few who will follow, even though it may be open to all (cf. John 3:16; Titus 2:11)

The Way of Truth

  • In warning of false teachers, Peter said they would cause “the way of truth [to] be maligned” (2 Peter 2:2) – truth is not a vague concept, it is a way that can be identified (even by those who would speak evil of it)
  • Pilate famously asked, “What is truth?” (John 18:38) – found in the message of Christ (John 18:37; 14:6); has been revealed to us (1 Corinthians 2:10-16); the word of God is truth (John 17:17; Psalm 119:160)
  • The fact that Peter contrasted “the way of truth” with “false words” (2 Peter 2:2-3) shows that truth is objective – we do not get to determine truth for ourselves; God’s word is forever settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89)

The Way of Righteousness

  • After speaking of “the way of truth,” Peter talked about “the way of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:21) – also called “the holy commandment”; God’s rules that were given to them
  • This is related to the first two points – the way is narrow and is based on truth; there is a difference between right and wrong; we do not get to choose which is which (Isaiah 5:20)
  • The way of righteousness is found in God’s word (Romans 1:16-17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17) – but we must practice righteousness (1 John 3:7; cf. 2 Timothy 3:17)
  • We can also turn away from the way of righteousness (2 Peter 2:20) – we must continue on the path

The Way of Salvation

  • In Philippi, a slave-girl possessed by a spirit said Paul proclaimed “the way of salvation” (Acts 16:17) – despite the source of the testimony, the statement was accurate (cf. Acts 13:47)
  • We have salvation from something – all have sinned (Romans 3:23); the punishment is death (Romans 6:23); “the way of salvation” allows us to escape this fate
  • We have salvation for something – that we might do the Lord’s will (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 2:14); so that we can be with the Lord for eternity (2 Peter 1:3-5)

Conclusion

  • As we noticed in the previous lesson, Jesus is the way (John 14:6)
  • But why must we follow Him? – He leads us in the way of truth, righteousness, and salvation
  • But we must remember that “few” will follow this path (Matthew 7:14) – let us determine to be among the few

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