The Path of the Just

“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” (Prov 4:18)

The Path of the Just is the Way in which the children of God must go. It isn’t just a good way; it isn’t just the right way; it isn’t just the direction in which we travel as a result of good moral decisions. Rather, the “Path of the Just” is Jesus Christ, Himself. We read in the New Testament, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) The Path of the Just is the Way into Heaven – and this Way is Jesus Christ. The Path of the Just is the pursuit of Truth – for Jesus Christ is Truth. The Path of the Just is the only means of Eternal Life – our Lord and Saviour is Life Everlasting.

This Path of the Just isn’t just the way that redeemed sinners travel, in the pursuit of Truth and Life. But, this Path of the Just is itself Just and True – Holy and Righteous – because of Jesus Christ. Only the just shall travel in this way, because the Just One has made the Way for us. Christians should be honored and privileged to travel in such a Way. Christians should be willing and eager to proceed along this Path of the Just. However, it seems that many Christians would rather travel a different way, and are so enamored by the pleasures of this world, that the Path of the Just seems not so inviting. Indeed, many so-called Christians today are only fooling themselves – they do not know the One and Only God and Saviour of men, or else they would love Him, follow Him, and rejoice to be included amongst the pilgrims who sojourn in the Path of the Just. “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: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matt 7:13-14)

As God’s people travel in this Path of the Just, the effects upon us are wonderful, transforming, and of enormous potential. To walk in this way, is to walk with and in Jesus Christ. To be close to Him. To be near Him. And, as we move along this way to be more like Him. The farther we go with and in Jesus Christ, the more clearly we behold the Shining Light of the Way. The farther we go towards God and Heaven, that Light shineth more and more unto the perfect day. In this life we can see God and His Son, Jesus Christ, through the eye of faith. In this life we can see somewhat of What and Who He is. And as we travel in this Path of the Just, our eyes are fixed; our minds are enlightened; our hearts are full; and our desires are focused on Him. More and more, as we travel this way, as men behold us in this life, we will become more and more like Him, and better able to tell others of Him, and better able to please Him and obey Him and exalt Him. Then, one day, we will come into His Presence – and we will see Him as He is. “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (1Cor 13:12)