One of the most disliked doctrines of Christianity is the uniqueness of Christ. Most people can accept the idea that Jesus is A way to God and salvation. They are fine with saying that Jesus is one way among many. What they are not okay with is saying that Jesus is THE one and only TRUE way to God and salvation. Yet, if we are going to take Scripture seriously, we have to recognize that this is what Scripture teaches.
Jesus said, “…I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 (NKJV)
Jesus is most definitely making the claim that He is the only way to God. He is stating under no uncertain terms that He and He alone gives us access to God and all God offers. According to Jesus, there is no salvation, no forgiveness of sins and no eternal life for anyone apart from Him.
Did those that followed Jesus understand that this was the claim He was making? Let’s see what they had to say about Jesus.
Peter said, “let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:10-12 (NKJV)
It is important for us to recognize that this statement by Peter came very shortly after the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. It is very popular in our day to say that the idea of Jesus being the only way to salvation came about much later and was never understood or taught by those who knew Jesus. Yet here we see Peter explaining that there is no salvation apart from Jesus Christ mere weeks or months after Jesus ascended into heaven.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,” 1 Timothy 2:3-5 (NKJV)
Paul writes two truths in this passage that are important for us to see. First, he writes that God wants all people to be saved. Secondly, he writes that salvation only comes through Jesus. He explains this by saying that there is only one God and only one mediator between God and men, Jesus Christ. The obvious point here is that while God wants everyone to be saved, the only way anyone will be saved will be saved is through Jesus. They won’t be saved through baptism, church membership, good morals or kindness. The only way anyone is saved is through faith in Jesus.
The Apostle John wrote, “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” 1 John 5:11-12 (NKJV)
The Apostle John states in very clear language that everything about salvation and eternal life rises and falls on Jesus. The person that believes in Jesus has salvation and eternal life, while the person that does not believe in Jesus does not have salvation or eternal life.
There are many more passages of Scripture that could be used to show this one important truth. Jesus Christ alone can give us eternal life, salvation and the hope of heaven as our home. This is the overwhelming testimony of Scripture. There is no way to take Scripture seriously and come to any other conclusion.
The question is why? Why is Jesus the only way? I plan to spend the rest of the week explaining the answer to this very important question.