While still in college I was visiting one of the local lighthouses and happened to get into a conversation with someone walking along the beach. During the course of the conversation I tried to share the gospel with her. After explaining to her the gospel and the need to call on Christ for salvation she declared that Jesus’ words in John 10, “Other sheep I have which are not of this fold” means people can be saved without calling on Christ by being sincere in their own religion or careful in doing good things. In John 14:6 Jesus makes very clear that the way to salvation is very exclusive. No man comes to the Father except via Christ. Acts 4:12 makes this point with the same clarity, “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” The only way any any one can receive eternal life is through Christ. No personal effort will ever earn eternal life. No amount of religious devotion will earn eternal life. No goodness or decency will gain eternal life. Only through Christ is eternal life acquired. This truth is restrictive, blocking out all other means, paths or attempts to gain heaven. This truth is also wonderful, revealing the one certain, promised way to eternal life. All other attempted means of salvation leave doubt, never able to give certainty that one’s efforts have been enough. The only way of salvation is also the certain way of salvation. The promise of the Bible is, “Who ever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” This is the great promise of God. God’s promises are all certain and eternal. This promise is certain and eternal, any one will ask Jesus to save them will be saved. Some may call this single way restrictive, unreasonable or mean, but the truth is, this one way is God’s promise, available to everyone, regardless of race, heritage, religion or sin. No man comes to the Father but by Christ, any man is able to come to the Father through Christ.
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