Do all faiths lead to heaven? Do we all worship the same God? When asked that question, our 43rd President George W. Bush said, â€œYes, I think so.â€ Beloved, that is not a Christian belief, it is a universalist belief. It may be politically correct for the President of the United States to make that statement, but it is theologically incorrect.
Do I have to rely on a human mediator to get me into Heaven? Questions such as the ones Iâ€™m posing are tough ones to answer because we do not want to appear intolerant for fear of being ridiculed. Let me help you out. Always, as in all the time, turn to the Bible for the answers to these question. In his first letter to his beloved spiritual son Timothy, the Apostle Paul wrote:
â€œFor there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostleâ€”I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lyingâ€”a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.â€ (1 Timothy 2:5-7)
Any preacher who preaches anything other than what is written above is a preacher you need to put the largest of distance between the two of you. Why? Because Paul makes it abundantly clear that only Jesus Christ can act as our mediator between us and God because of His work on the cross. No man on earth can mediate for us. No last rites, no works of salvation will get any soul into heaven. Only belief in Christ. Solo Christo! means by Christâ€™s work alone are we saved.
Jesus made this abundantly clear that it was He alone who brought salvation:
â€œFor God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.â€ (John 3:16)
John the Baptist also testified to this truth:
â€œHe who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.â€ (John 3:36)
The Apostle John reminds us that we can confess our sins to Christ and be forgiven:
â€œIf we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.â€ (1 John 1:9)
No man can save another man. You cannot confess your sins to another man and receive forgiveness much less salvation. Your dead relatives who died without receiving Jesus Christ cannot be venerated by the baptism or works of you. Jesus makes this very clear:
â€œMost assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.â€ (John 5:24)
Let me switch gears and drive right up to you.
Have you confessed your sins and given your life to Jesus Christ? If not, you need to do so right this moment. Donâ€™t wait, do it now. If youâ€™re sitting at your desk at work, just bow your head, and donâ€™t worry about your co-worker. If he or she asks what youâ€™re doing tell them youâ€™re getting saved and ask them if theyâ€™re saved.
Bow your head and believing your need for salvation from Jesus Christ alone, pray:
â€œJesus, I know that I am a sinner and that You came to earth and lived a sinless life as a man and that you were crucified and killed on the cross for my sins. I know that the wages of sin are death, but you defeated death when you rose from the grave. I confess my sins to you and I turn from my sins. Dear Jesus, I ask you to forgive my sins and save me today. In your name I pray, amen.â€
Did you pray that prayer? If so, please let me or another Christian know so we can help you on your new journey on earth as a Christian. You are a new creation in Christ by the authority of Godâ€™s Word.
I know that may have seemed too easy to do because you didnâ€™t have to do any ritual or works to be saved.
Thatâ€™s because we are saved by grace alone.
More on that tomorrow…
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