There is only ONE WAY to God….
Jesus Christ said: “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes unto the Father but by Me” John 14:6
The Apostle Peter concurred ‘Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved ‘ Acts 4:12
Paul the Apostled echoed ‘There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus’ 1 Timothy 2:5. In fact we see united testimony of the New Testament that NO ONE can know God except through the person of Jesus Christ.
To help us understand why this is so, we must go back to the very beginning.
You need to know thay there is only one true God, and He revealed Himself to men in the pages of the Holy Bible. Isaiah 44:8 tells us “. . . .Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no god; I know not any.” and in Isaiah 45:5 we read “I am the LORD, and there is none else, besides me there is no God”
In Genesis 1:27 we read. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
God had a very special reason for creating man. This reason is given in Isaiah 43:7: and “Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” Why did God create man? He did it to bring GLORY to Himself!
So God created man and placed him in a perfect environment. Would man be obedient and fulfill God’s will, or would he become disobedient? God had to put man to the test. He had to give man a choice.
Adam and Eve chose to disobey God by eating of the forbidden fruit.” Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat” . Gen. 3:1-6.
Satan’s way seemed more pleasant at that moment, so man fell into sin by disobeying God.
At this point, God could have chosen to destroy His creation and start with a new one, or He could REDEEM the fallen creation. He chose to redeem fallen man. He chose to set forth a master plan that would allow man to become RIGHTEOUS once again.
Being the merciful God that He is, God chose to work out a wonderful redemption plan for fallen man. This will be no easy plan, because Adam and his wife aren’t the only sinners. Every child born after Genesis chapter three has been born in Adam’s SINFUL image. “And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: Gen. 5:3). All men are natural sinners upon being born into the world:
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Romans 5:12.
“Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” Psalm 51:5.
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” Romans 3:10.
Men are no longer made in God’s image. In fact, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself said “Ye are of your father, the devil…” in John 8:44. God is not a sinner, so sinners are not God’s children. Sinners are natural-born children of the Devil. Paul writes in Ephesians 2:2 that lost sinners are “children of disobedience.” Why? Because we naturally receive a SIN NATURE at birth.
Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3:3, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
God tells us in the book of Romans, (and throughout the Bible) that there are four things a person needs to know to be saved.
All have sinned, and are separated from God. That means if you consider yourself a “good” person before God, you are deluded. Every one of us has broken at least one of God’s ten commandments. Therefore, we are all sinners.
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” Romans 3:10
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags” Isaiah 64:6
The price for sin is death and hell. The consequence of our sin is eternal separation from a RIGHTEOUS and HOLY God.
“For the wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8
The good news is: Jesus paid the sin debt for all who will place the trust in Him as Savior. “ Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”.Acts 4:12.
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:5-6
God came to this earth and fulfilled the law for us. Jesus Christ was God manifested in the flesh. ” And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” 1 Tim. 3:16.
and He came to FULFILL the law “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” Matthew 5:17.
The law demanded a payment for sin. Either man could spend eternity in Hell, paying for his sins, or God could make the payment Himself. God, because of His love for lost man, chose to make the necessary payment Himself. He gave His only begotten Son as a payment for our sins:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree.” Galatians 3:13.
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” II Corinthians 5:21.
All men are born under “the law of sin and death. ” For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Rom. 8:2.
We are under a curse. But the Lord Jesus Christ came to our rescue by dying and paying for our sins. Hebrews 10:14 says, “For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.” It took only one offering to pay for our sins. Now that the payment has been made, all men can be “perfected” through Jesus Christ! Through Christ we can be set FREE from the law of sin and death! Through Christ, and Him alone, we can escape the curse! Through Christ, we can be saved!
After Jesus pays for the sins of the world and returns to Heaven, a very special Gospel (Good News) message is preached by the Apostles and early Christians:
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:31.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth, the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9.
As lost and doomed sinners, we must take God at His word and believe that Jesus Christ is our only hope for Salvation. We must trust that His payment for our sins is sufficient. We must STOP trying to “do good” that we might go to Heaven. Our good works cannot save us, as the above verses reveal. Only the good work of the Lord Jesus can save us. We are hopeless without Him. As a criminal sits upon death row awaiting the electric chair, we sit upon the death row of eternity awaiting Hell Fire.
The greatest sin of all is rejecting Christ, the blameless, Lamb of God Who suffered on a cross to pay our sin debt that we could not pay.
My prayer is that you will meditate upon the things you have read and ask the Lord to show you the truth. He promised that if we seek Him with all our heart we will find Him. ‘and ye shall seek me and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” Jeremiah 29:13.