Last Sunday we tackled a subject of utmost importance, namely, how to be saved. If you missed it I encourage you to take 40 minutes and give it a listen. There is widespread confusion on how many paths there are to heaven, and this is a topic that one simply cannot afford to be unclear on. We’ve got to get this one right!
Because the Bible’s teaching is radically counter-cultural on the topic of how to get right with God, it is easy to get our feather’s ruffled when the topic of exclusivity comes up. I used to have a very, very difficult time with the topic. Everything in our culture teaches us that there are no absolutes, truth is relative, and any belief about spirituality is equally valid. It’s no wonder this is confusing! Thankfully God is clear and the Bible is trustworthy.
The great news for humanity is that there is a way to be saved! Despite our sin it is possible to become right with a holy and just God. We can move from being enemies of God to friends of God. The way – the only way – that happens is through Jesus Christ. Here’s how Jesus put it:
Jn 14:1-7 ESV “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
In a post later this week we’ll consider the importance of obedience to the mission of the church. This is a vital implication of the fact that salvation is found in Christ alone.