Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Exclusive Message for the Whole World

Why are Christians so narrow minded? Why are they so adamant that Jesus is the only way? Why do they think they have the truth? These are questions I am sure we have all heard from the world as a response to proclaiming the gospel. If you haven't heard these words then I would encourage you to speak up about Jesus. What the world is really asking us to do is not believe the Bible. Therefore they want us to reject God. The Bible is our authority therefore we need to listen to God speak from his Word and obey his will. This is our desire and we love to listen to our Father.

Are we narrow minded?

Jesus says, "Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few" (Matthew 5:13-14).

Should we be so adamant that Jesus is the only way?

Jesus says, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).

Do we really have the truth?

Jesus praying in John 17 says, "Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth" (17).

There are many verses on all three of these offenses of Christianity. Christians must affirm Jesus is the only way to the Father and the Bible is the infallible Word of God. But while this message is exclusive in its nature it is also inclusive. As a matter of fact the gospel is the inclusive message for the human race. The message of salvation through Jesus Christ alone is for everyone.

"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all" (1 Timothy 2:1-6)

The message of the Bible is clear: Declare to all people, every nation, tribe and tongue, the salvation found in Jesus Christ alone. Repent and believe in Christ.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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