Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Is Jesus the Only Way of Salvation?

Yes, indeed. This is based on the testimony of many witnesses. These testimonies was collected into one book the Bible. The writings of these witnesses are God's working overtime to reveal to man His plan of salvation. His plan to rescue us out of the mess we entered into willingly (this happened when we were in Adam). The Bible has nothing to hide that Jesus is the only way of Salvation as stated in the following:
"And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12.
Jesus has declared Himself to be the savior:
"Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." (Mathew 20:28)
He came to give His life a ransom for many. That means there was something that was holding us captive that we needed ransom to be paid so that we can be released. Sin was holding us captive and we needed to be related from its bondage. God is faithful He cannot break His word. Man had sinned and the punishment was eternal death. God did not just forgive man, if He did He was to break His own word, "You shall surely die." (Gen. 2:15-17). What did God do? He became man and paid man's penalty. God remained faithful to His word you shall surely die and saved us from our mess. That is the message of the while Bible. Without divulging into the Bible to give verse after verse that proves Jesus is the only way of salvation; let me ask a question. Why do people question that Jesus is the only way of salvation when it is clear from the Bible that He is. Indeed there are genuine and rational concerns even within the Christian church. One of the major concerns is: What about those who lived before Jesus Christ? How can He be their savior? The Bible gives an answer to this question. God created man. After man had sinned God introduced a way to bring man back into relationship again. Jesus Christ is their savior because every animal sacrifice was a type or symbol of His a foregoing death. Every animal scribe that was offered in faith was a lesson of what Christ Jesus did then and is doing now. The sins were forgiven. Abraham who lived before Jesus Christ and before the Old Testament, was completed understood this. The animal sacrifices he gave he gave in faith to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
That is why the Bible says that Abraham believed God and he was counted righteous (Gen. 15:6). Noah believed God and he counted righteous. Abraham understood the animal sacrifices were a type of Christ (John 8:56). Moses wrote about Christ. Jesus Christ confirmed this (John 5:46). God revealed before Jesus Christ that salvation is by faith alone. The animals were offered in faith that Jesus Christ will be offered for our sins. Noah who was born before all men understood this. All the other ways that men suggest is a perversion from the truth. It is the inventories of the evil heart. Some who challenge that salvation is not only through Christ Jesus allege that our strongest foundation for teaching salvation is the Garden of Eden and what happen there. They argue that the Garden of Eden is not real it is like the Elysian fields of classical Greek. The Bible has been proved true by History and science. All the prophecies of the Bible that have been fulfilled reveal that what the Bible says is real. So Eden is real and if Eden is real Adam sinned and we all need a savior and that savior is Jesus Christ. The argument that if the Bible is the only truth. Other worldviews could not arrive at the same conclusion as the Bible is wrong. It is argued that Buddha and Confucius taught that the greatest commandment is love as well as Jesus taught. The Bible is clear that when man left the tower of Babel knew what was right and wrong man had also an idea of atonement. When this is seen in other cultures than the Bible let us not forget that man originated from the man. Instead this should help us to trace our steps back to the Bible. It is not a proof against what the Bible teaches that salvation is through the blood of the Lamb. In concluding the problem is not with Jesus being the only way of salvation. The problem is with man. Man doubts what has been clearly revealed in scripture and clings to what is not truth. The Bible says this:
"For since the creation of the world His invisible attributed His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks but they become futile in their speculations and their foolish heart was darkened. (Romans 1:20-21).
God has not hidden knowledge about Himself. It is clearly seen from what is made. However, instead of man glorifying God for this, they become futile in their imaginations and nobody is without excuse about God's salvation.

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