Are You On The Highway Of Holiness

John 14:6 is probably one of the best-known verses in the Word of God, even those who have trouble remembering scriptures usually know the famous words of Jesus, “I am the way, the Truth and the life…”

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.” John 14:6

The "way" of Jesus is the “way” we should live our lives, by His “ways”, not ours. And why, because His “ways” are "higher".

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9

Perhaps we should ask then what this “high-way” is.

“The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.” Proverbs 16:17

Isaiah also prophesied this “Way” of Christ, this “Highway” when he said the following,

“And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. 9No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: 10And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” Isaiah 35:8

The following also tells us of this “highway”,

“And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.” Isaiah 11:16

In Isaiah 11:16, we read that this “highway” of Christ, the true “way of holiness”, will be for the remnant that is to be saved. Just as the remnant of the Jews were saved from their bondage in Assyria and before them, the Jews, who were likewise enslaved in Egypt.

As the Lord never changes, and He used this pattern with His chosen people twice already, it is consistent He will again do this with all His chosen, being all those saved through the Blood of Christ and the Truth of His Word.

However, not all follow the “way” of Christ, the “way of holiness”, some preach the name of Christ drawing others closer to the “highway” of God, but do so in “pretense”.

“What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.” Philippians 1:18

This may seem a bad thing, but we must rejoice in it, not in their "pretense", but in that this brings many beside the “highway”, perhaps not quite on it, but close enough that Christ can reach out and heal them of their blindness and they can see the “way of holiness”.

One example was the blind man Bartimaeus, of whom the scriptures say sat by the “highway side.”

“And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.” Mark 10:46

When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was there, he cried out to the Lord for mercy. When this man was called, he cast away his garment, displaying his humility and nakedness before his God where Jesus said, “What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?” (Mark 10:51). Bartimaeus asked that he be given his sight,

“And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.” Mark 10:52

Christ had said, “Go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole”, but we do not read Christ saying “go my way”, thus this indicates the man had already entered Christ’s holy “highway” and that through his faith he had been made "whole".

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13

Bartimaeus had entered the “straight” gate onto the “narrow way” through faith alone, as he could not see the holy “highway” before him.

A similar example is the apostle Paul when he was Saul the Pharisee.

Saul had been on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians, rather than accept Jesus as Lord and follow Christ’s "way", which would be to join with them. While on his journey the Lord struck him blind and spoke to him,

“And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.” Acts 9:4

Saul, struck with fear, acknowledged the Lord and obeyed Him, as did another of God’s servants by the name of Ananias, who was also fearful because he had heard of this man that persecuted the followers of Jesus, did as he was instructed and went to meet with Saul,

“And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. 18And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. 19And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. 20And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.” Acts 9:17

After this, Saul began to preach the “straightway”, as he too was now following the “highway” that is Christ’s “way of holiness”.

Both Bartimaeus and Saul were beside the “highway” and both were “blind”. Bartimaeus had faith in Christ, but lacked humility and had to confess before the Lord his need for mercy, Saul on the other hand had these things, yet had to confess that Christ is his God, Lord and Savior. Through these flaws, both were spiritually blind and had failed to see or follow the spiritual “highway of holiness”.

Today many sit beside this holy “highway”, some have faith in the name of Christ, while others live by many of His teachings but lack faith in Jesus Christ Himself and so neither ever enters onto it, because they are blind to the fact it is even there.

“When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.” Matthew 13:19

When those on the “wayside” hear the Truth of this “highway of holiness”, these seeds are stolen from them by Satan who perverts their meaning to entrap the person in their blindness as he disguises himself as an angel of light, ministering to them his corrupt interpretations of the Word of God.

However, the Lord, in His great mercy and compassion, had His servants set up “waymarks” in certain “cities”, that we could identify His “highway”.

“Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps: set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest: turn again, O virgin of Israel, turn again to these thy cities.” Jeremiah 31:21

Satan, of cause, in his desperation to destroy the plans of God for our salvation also set up his counterfeit “waymarks” to confuse us and keep us from ever entering the “straight” gate that leads us onto the “narrow” and holy “highway” of Christ.

“That thou hast also built unto thee an eminent place, and hast made thee an high place in every street. 25Thou hast built thy high place at every head of the way, and hast made thy beauty to be abhorred, and hast opened thy feet to every one that passed by, and multiplied thy whoredoms.” Ezekiel 16:24

“In that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head of every way, and makest thine high place in every street; and hast not been as an harlot, in that thou scornest hire; 32But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband! 33They give gifts to all whores: but thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest them, that they may come unto thee on every side for thy whoredom.” Ezekiel 16:31

Just as the Lord instructed His Children to set up “waymarks’ in the form of “high heaps” or altars to Him, Satan had his children do the same. They also built theirs beside the holy “highway” to deceive those who seek after Christ into believing they have already entered the “way” of Jesus Christ.

However, the Lord also gave us many methods to distinguish His “highway” and His true "waymarks",

“The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Isaiah 40:3

The Lord’s “highway” is “straight”; it does not change direction with the whims of society or fashion. What was once holy is holy still, what was once unholy is still unholy. It does not bend to what our carnal conditioning says is acceptable, it follows the Lord's "way" as He first instituted it.

The Lord’s “highway” is in a “desert”, it runs through a dry and arid land, destitute of the luxuries of the world. It does not have trees of the world dropping their corruptive seeds on it, sprouting up later with new ways, doctrines or beliefs.

“Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people. 11Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. 12And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.” Isaiah 62:10

We enter the “highway” through a “gate” where we see lifted up the “standard for the people” which the Lord has “proclaimed unto the end of the world”. This “gate” is His “holy people” and a “city not forsaken”.

We know that it is by this “highway’ that “salvation cometh” and “his reward” and also “His work”. Together, these verses tell us that once we have entered Christ’s “highway of holiness” we find the Lord’s “standard”, His “holy people”, his “works’ and His “reward”.

If we return to the earlier verse Jeremiah 31:21, we find this is the “way” that Christ tells the “virgin of Israel” being His bride, the Church to “turn” to. We also know that the “waymarks” that identify the “highway of holiness” are referred to as “thy cities”.

“Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps: set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest: turn again, O virgin of Israel, turn again to these thy cities.” Jeremiah 31:21

If we know refer back to Isaiah 11:16 we learn that the Lord’s “highway of holiness” and the “cities” that are our “waymarks” will be “like” the “way” the Lord brought His chosen being Israel out of captivity in “Assyria” and “Egypt”.

“And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.” Isaiah 11:16

After Christ’s death, resurrection and ascension, His apostles founded many Churches gathering thousands to the Body of Christ. Each of these Churches, or “altars” to God, were known by the name of the respective city in or near where they were established, e.g. Church of Ephesus etc.

In 451 AD, at the Council of Chalcedon, the Body of Christ split in two when the Church of Rome, today known as the “Roman Catholics”, and all those under her, introduced a number of changes to the original faith. There was however three Churches that stood firm in the apostolic faith against the Roman corruption being the Churches of Jerusalem, Antioch and Alexandria, all of which were founded before the Church of Rome.

Today we see the fruit of what occurred at Chalcedon, Roman heresies grew to such an extent that the Greek Churches broke from her in 1054 AD to return to the majority of the original doctrines of faith. Later the Protestants were born, out of their rebellion against their mother Church in an attempt to serve the Lord rather than the man made doctrines and traditions of the Roman Catholics.

Throughout this period, the three original Churches that stood against Rome, and those that stand with them in unity of faith and apostolic doctrine have been the victims of persecution, false witness and the whole range of demonic attacks to destroy the original apostolic faith, which they maintain.

These three, Jerusalem in Israel, Antioch in Assyria and Alexandria in Egypt, today known as the Church of Jerusalem in “Israel” who serves with the Syrian Orthodox Church, the original Church of Antioch in “Assyria” and the Coptic Orthodox Church, the original Church of Alexandria in “Egypt”.

“In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. 24In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: 25Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.” Isaiah 19:23

To those that seek to follow Christ’s “highway of holiness”, and follow the “waymarks”

“Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” Psalm 2:10

To those that are content to stay “blind” on the “wayside”, and serve at their counterfeit “waymarks”,

“And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:” Matthew 13:4

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