The Way

John 14:6-7

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Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

John 14:6–7, ESV

There is only one way to salvation. This is declared by Jesus Christ. If you say this to some modern Seminary professors and progressive or emergent Christians they will press back on you saying that to believe that is exclusionary. “What about those that never have a chance to hear the Gospel?” is one of the most common responses. This is why it is important for us to share the Gospel. Yes, Christianity is exclusionary. God rejects those who reject Him and follow other gods. There is no wide path. All roads do not lead to God. There are aspects of God’s laws that echo throughout nature and are within the moral fabric of religions that do not believe in Jesus Christ. Even God’s chosen people of Israel will fall outside of the eternal kingdom because no one can keep the Law perfectly and unless they have offered the proper sacrifices and atonement prescribed by the Law they will find little hope outside of Jesus Christ. In the verses surrounding this, we find Jesus giving the formula of the Trinity and the Triune nature of our God. At no point does our Lord declare Himself “A WAY” but “THE WAY.” It is no wonder that the early Christian Church was called The Way. Of course, we like to introduce our little idols where we can, that is human nature. A quick reading of the Old Testament will show this trend early after the Fall. Cain’s jealousy of his brother, Abel, reveals how quickly our idolatrous pride entered into our spirits and how far it can drive us. Yet, God had already developed a plan for our restoration. His voice carries throughout all of Scripture and His calling is always clear, but sadly many hearts are hardened and ears are closed. For those who hear and those who see, we are called to remain fixed on Him so we will always follow the paths He has prepared before us.

Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.

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