Let us begin with this passage from John:
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
The question is what did Christ mean by this? And more to the point, why was the man Jesus born? Can God be seen? Can a man know God, as one knows other people? The Bible tells us that God is Spirit, and if He is to be worshiped, it must be in Spirit. The problem is… due to the nature of Man, being in the physical plane, the physical nature of Man is so dominant, and the Spiritual in Man so invisible, that Man cannot see God with his physical eyes… and the MIND of Man encourages Man to forget the invisible God, and instead focus on the tangible, physical and easily knowable. This is referred to in the Bible as ‘mammon,’ or of the desires of the MIND and its fondness of the physical plane.
But John says: John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
And John clearly points out to us that there is a difference between the body of Man, and the Spirit of Man. But then, James says:
James 2:24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.
As to imply that “works” [which are discernible physical acts] are equally important with faith… but “faith” is not physical. And this brings in the term “Grace”.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
So, what brings Grace to oneself? Since it is clearly from God, and is not of ones own doing? It is no small wonder that mankind is confused by the seeming contradictions of the different verses in the Bible. How can one speak of the invisible [in terms that point to the tangible] and not cause confusion? The Spirit in Man is invisible, except to one whose level of Consciousness is sufficient to warrant that person “seeing” and “hearing” the Truth that is limited to that which is Spiritual.
Christ himself told his disciples that to them it had been given to “see” and “hear” that which the multitude could neither “hear” nor “see”. This would be Grace, I believe. A Gift from God so that “no one may boast.”
Might we suggest what all the disciples said?
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
In other words, Christ was the manifested Son of God, given to a people whose love of this physical plane [the MIND] prevented them from “seeing” that to be good was very difficult to do on this physical plane of existence. So, the Christian is, I believe, that person who loves [and longs for] God more than this physical plane.
Romans 2:6-8 He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.
Each has a choice… if one has that choice? And if one can choose God over the things of this Earth, then one has both Grace and Faith. But hopefully one can hold to ones Faith without use of images of mammon [or symbols made by Man] which is the MIND’s way of subtly binding one to this physical plane.