“Only One Way? Really?”

Posted: May 12, 2020 in Christian Life, Dispensations, God's Glory, Promises

We firmly believe that while there are many ways for someone to die physically, there is only one way for someone to enter heaven. Jesus said, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). This is not a “politically correct” statement and it raises some people’s ire (anger, wrath, fury) when we say this. But it is still a true statement.

The Apostle Peter. He got himself into “hot water” with the religious, Jewish leaders when he said, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name [i.e. Jesus’] under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). They threatened him and told the disciples not to speak to any man in Jesus’ name (Acts 4:18). “But Peter and John answered and said to them, ‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard’” (Acts 4:19, 20). The persecution of Christians has been going on since the early days of the Church. Jesus told His disciples to expect it (John 16:2; See 2 Timothy 3:12). It’s happening in may places around the world and it’s intensifying in our country. We should pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering for the cause of Christ.

The Apostle Paul. When he went to the city of Philippi to point people to Christ and to start a local church, there was a young girl who was possessed with a spirit of divination. She followed Paul and Silas around and said, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation” (Acts 16:17). From the Greek text, in which the New Testament was written, she actually was saying that “these men…proclaim to us ‘a’ way of salvation.” This greatly annoyed Paul. So he commanded the demon spirit to come out of her. This kept her from making money for her masters which led to Paul and Silas’ being beaten unjustly and thrown in jail. This eventually led to the salvation of the jailor and his family when they put their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for their sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31-33). Yes, good can come out of bad situations.

Suffering. Has your personal suffering for Christ been responsible for someone’s being saved? Do others even know that you are a Christian? Maybe you’re not truly saved yet. Are you ashamed of Jesus as Peter was? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you are depending on any of your “good works” for your salvation, you’re not saved (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Be honest with yourself! If you have doubts, we’re here to help you gain assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13).

Abundant Life. Not only did Jesus come to show us the only way to God in heaven and how to secure “eternal life” (God’s quality of life), He also wanted us to enjoy this kind of life “more abundantly” (John 10:10). Every person has everlasting life (existence) and will spend it either in God’s presence or he/she will be separated forever from God in the lake of fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels/demons (John 14:1-3; Matthew 25:41, 46). The wicked dead are NOT annihilated or reincarnated as some cults and religions teach. Our living “abundantly” involves –

Walking By Faith. “The [justified ones] shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17). We need to know the promises that God has given to Christians and mix them with faith so we can enjoy “Divine rest” and the “peace of God” that surpasses all understanding (Hebrews 4:2 ff; Philippians 4:6, 7). Not every promise in the Bible is ours to claim. Some of them were addressed to the Jews alone. Some were conditional (Example: The “Ten Commandments” Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 28). Others were unconditional. (Examples: Genesis 12:1-3; 15:18-21; 17:1-8; 2 Samuel 7:4-17; Jeremiah 31:31-33). Some promises were given to specific individuals like Abraham regarding his having a son in his old age (Genesis 15:1-6).

Living By The Right Rules. When we interpret the Scriptures normally, historically, grammatically, and contextually, as we should, we soon discover that God has different rules for different people in different times. They’re called “Dispensations.” Three main ones include “Law,” “Grace,” and “Kingdom.” Sadly, many Christians try to live by the wrong set of rules – “Mosaic Law,” or “Kingdom” instead of by “Grace” principles. The seven “Dispensations” are designed to test mankind’s obedience to God which most people fail. They are not different ways of salvation as some have suggested. They are designed to demonstrate to us that no matter what a person does independently of God, he/she can’t please God in his/her own strength (John 15:5). (Download a FREE copy of our “Understanding the Times Dispensations Chart” on our website.)

Doing Good Works. These are not the things a person must do to be saved, but they are the things that God planned for believers to do once they have been saved (Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Peter 4:10). Jesus said,“You [disciples] did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you” (John 15:16). In his book entitled, “So Great Salvation” Dr. Charles Ryrie points out this fruit of which Jesus spoke can be (1) a Christlike character, (2) a life characterized by good works, (3) a faithful witness, (4) a pair of lips that praise God, and (5) a generous giving of one’s money. [1] Question – If you claim to be a Christian, do others see any of these things in your life? James, Jesus’ half brother, wrote, “…Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:18-20).

Giving Thanks. Christians are instructed to give thanks for all things apart from sin (Ephesians 5:20), in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18), and for all men (1 Timothy 2:1) whom God may use for His glory and for our good. Christians who are “filled with the Holy Spirit” will have singing hearts, thankful hearts, and submissive hearts (Ephesians 5:18-21). What kind of heart do you have? What comes forth from it? A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45).

Having The Right Purpose. Our primary purpose in life is/should be to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. We glorify God when we make Him known to others through our words and deeds (1 Corinthians 10:31). God is also glorified when believers grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), serve Him by serving others with love (Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 4:10), and when we share the Gospel clearly with those who are lost as we are led by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14) and as He gives us opportunities and opens doors for us (Revelation 3:8).

Summary. There’s only one way to be saved. There is a distinct set of rules to govern Christian’s lives. There is a specific purpose for our being here on earth.

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2,15; 3:16, 17) and who want to SHARE what they learn with others. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, we’d like to know how it has. To receive future articles as they come out, click on FOLLOW.

[1] Dr. Charles Ryrie, Christian Fruit https://bible.org/illustration/christian-fruit

[2] Promises For Christians – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/promises-for-christians-to-claim-2/

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