Posted by: Harry Sasnowitz | March 9, 2010

One Way

When I graduated from high school, I had a desire to go to college, and ultimately decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Communication. It didn’t take long to understand that there were certain classes and a certain amount of credit hours I needed to fulfill in order to receive that degree. I couldn’t just pick and choose any class because, in reality, there was  only “one way” to a degree in Communication and that was not determined by me, but the university.

On an entirely different note, I remember the time I first got behind the wheel of an automobile in “driver’s ed” class with the other 3 students assigned to our car. Before we were allowed to actually drive on the road, we were instructed to do “figure eights” in the school parking lot to prove we had been listening to our lectures and understood the basics on how to drive. Get in the car, put the key in the ignition, press the accelerator to move, turn the steering wheel in the direction you want to go……you get the idea. There was a way to go about it that ensured our safety.

I vividly remember a Chinese girl in our assigned car named Cindy. She had just come to America a few weeks before, and apparently her parents were adamant about Cindy learning to drive. But there was a problem with Cindy right from the get-go. When she would attempt to perform “figure eights” in the parking lot, she would turn the steering wheel one way, while turning her head to look in the exact opposite direction! It was the weirdest thing, and a little freaky. Cindy, at first, wasn’t allowed to drive on the road because there was a prescribed way to drive and she wasn’t following the way….not even close.

We can all look at life and understand that there is only “one way” to go about a lot of things.

But declare the truth of God’s word in regards to salvation….that there is only one way to God….. and the attacks and labels are relentless.

Intolerant! Arrogant! Closed minded! Narrow minded! Bigot!

The scripture leaves no room for debate:

“I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but by me.” (John 14:6, Jesus speaking)

“Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.” (Matthew 7:13, Jesus speaking)

“Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

I have personally spoken to scores of people on the subject of salvation and like to ask one particular question that tends to at least get people thinking seriously on the subject. The question is this:

“If you were to die tonight and stand before God, and He were to ask you, ‘why should I let you into heaven,’ what would you say to Him?”

A common reply is, “I think I’m a good person.”

Perhaps by man’s standard, one can claim to be a “good person.” After all, we can always find people worse than we are….the drunk at the bar, the murderer in the evening news, the wife-beater down the street.

But God’s standard of goodness is His moral law, the 10 commandments, a standard of absolute perfection. If we ask ourselves the following questions and answer them honestly before God, it is humbling:

Have I ever told a lie? That would include “big lies” down to “white lies” and everything in between.

Have I ever taken something that didn’t belong to me (regardless of the value, even if it was trivial or small)?

Have I ever used God’s name in vain?

Have I ever had sex outside of marriage or even lusted for another person?

Have I ever had an inordinate desire for something that didn’t belong to me?

Have I always honored my father & mother…the ones who brought me into this world… even though in my eyes they may not deserve it?

Have I loved God with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind and all my strength?

If God were to judge you by His perfect standard, do you think he would find you innnocent or guilty of breaking His commandments?

Would you go to heaven or hell?

All of us are in the same boat. There is not a single individual on planet earth that has not broken God’s law….

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..’ Romans 3:23.

Sin separates man from God, which puts man in a dire predicament, since all have sinned….

“It’s been appointed for man once to die, and after this the judgment, for there is coming a day in which God will judge the world in righteousness…” (Acts 17:31, Hebrews 9:27)

Have you fulfilled God’s standard of righteousness? Have you kept the commandments…..all of them? What is your eternal destination?

“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking it all.” (James 2:10)

But there is good news! God did something incredible for all of mankind so that we wouldn’t have to receive the punishment we deserve for breaking His law. He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to be our Savior. You see, Jesus fulfilled the righteous requirements of God’s law by living a perfect, sinless life. Then he satisfied the justice-side of God by voluntarily dying on a cross, receiving the punishment that the law demanded for our sins. That’s right….Jesus died for us, receiving God’s just punishment for sin, in our place, so that we wouldn’t have to receive it. Then God raised Jesus from the dead, defeating death. God offers the free gift of forgiveness of sin, right standing with God, and eternal life to all those who would turn put their faith in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone as their personal Lord and Savior.

Instead of being separated from God due to sin, man can now have a personal relationship with God through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, which not only changes our eternal destiny, but also results in our hearts being transformed by His amazing grace. Yes, the grace of God will produce the fruit of life characterized by love.

Salvation does not come by earning it through good works, or through attempting to live a moral life. It can only be received by God’s grace (His undeserved, unmerited favor) through faith in Jesus Christ, the only one who perfectly satisfied the righteous requirements and just demands of God’s law on our behalf:

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith; and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

“But now the righteousness of God has been revealed, being witnessed by the law and the prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all who believe, for their is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being declared righteous freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3: 21-23)

Buddha did not die for our sin. Neither did Mohamed. God’s plan of salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ, the only one who died for our sin and was raised from the dead.

This salvation is available to all men, regardless of race, color, religion, or anything else…… for God desires all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4)

Intolerant? Narrow-minded? Closed minded?

Hardly.

This salvation is the greatest objective expression of love that the world can ever know.

“No greater love has anyone than this; than to lay down one’s life for his friends….” (John 15:13)

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Only one way to God…

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  1. Harry: Once again…. clear and eloquent presentation of truth. Thanks for the outlining the basics of the gospel and salvation by grace through faith.

    Randy

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