One Way

John 14:6 (ESV)
"Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Is there any other way to interpret “I am the way”? If one is lost, they seek direction. For those spiritually lost, only Jesus can provide the direction needed to show the way to heaven and an eternal presence with the Almighty.

There is much delight for the Christian in this intolerance. To know that there is “no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved” and that those that believe in Him shall not perish, is of immeasurable comfort and peace. We read over and over in Scripture of the righteous condemnation of those who chose not to believe, or feel their works would earn their way to glory, and it simply reaffirms that He is the Truth and the Way. No other doctrine except that which Jesus taught will bring eternal salvation.

Yet to hold to this narrow belief is thought to be harsh and lacking of compassion among those who believe in other paths. To speak out against the sincere teachings of men is considered bigotry; yet sincerity in believing a lie that naturally leads to ruination does not change the lie into a truth. There is but one way to Heaven and the Son of God has masterfully articulated this in the 6th verse of John’s 14th chapter. Unfortunately, many in the pulpit and in the congregations across this country are preaching a watered-down version of this simple truth.

Justification by faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9) is as true today as it was when Paul wrote his letter to the church in Ephesus in or around the year A.D. 62. The finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross needs to be preached and reaffirmed by every believer so that there can be no doubt that only through His doing and His dying are we saved and not by anything we do or own; that aside from being cloaked in His righteousness, we are but empty vessels of sin.

We must affirm that the way of salvation is all of grace. No human, alive or dead, can assist Christ in this matter. Nowhere in Scripture is it taught that the work of Christ is simply to “make up the difference” between our feeble works and the price of salvation. Only God created the heavens and the earth and all that is in it, and only He is responsible for providing for our salvation and redemption.

Can man become a shareholder in grace and salvation? Absolutely not. Look to Calvary’s cross, and you see only the blood of Jesus. Do you really believe the Omnipotent One needs man to help Him fulfill His plan? Can we be that conceited? For those who hold that works help bring about salvation, this is the company they keep.

The way of salvation Christ speaks of eliminates the ordinances of man as a trusted method towards eternal glory. No human ceremony, ritual observance, confirmation, cross necklace, stained glass image of Christ, fasting, communion, and so on will earn salvation—and in fact putting these in front of Christ is the very definition of idolatry. As Moody famously stated, “the church never saved anyone”.

Additionally, it must be stated that no human priest is any closer to God than you are. We are all on equal footing—all sinners. We need only look at the fate of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram for confirmation (Numbers 16:1-35). Any man who talks about conferring salvation on others, should consider the dreadful condemnation which awaits his own soul, unless he repents of his great sin. God will bring His judgments to bear, and utterly destroy those who would dare assume a similar role of our Great High Priest, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Only Christ can confer salvation to sinners, not man.

Further, our salvation is not tied to our feelings any more than it is our works. Only the blood of Christ saves, not my sense of guilt, or the awareness of my depraved soul. Salvation is fully and only in Christ; He covers it all and we therefore must surrender our all to Him. Only Christ can save us, not a picture of Him, or a statue of Him in the church. Just Christ Himself.

Trust in Him now, and you will be saved. Come, bow before him offering nothing of your own but a broken and contrite heart and He will receive you unto Himself. This is all you can offer, and all that is required.