Thursday, February 2, 2017

Beautiful, Part Ten

Is there really only one way?

If you haven't accepted Jesus as your Savior and Lord, just know that He is the only way to be saved. "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 7:13-14 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.” John 6:47-50

No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. 1 John 2:23 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:11-13 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12

Now you know. Let’s none of us try to “outsmart” God on this by choosing our own way over His (which is utterly offensive) or putting off learning about our Creator and His plan for us. It's way too important. There is a road that seems right to a man to travel, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 16:25

God is longsuffering, patient and loves us all. He has given us an unspeakable gift in His precious, Holy Son. Not only would it be unwise to reject that gift, but it is also unthinkable to accept it and then go on living the same as before—in sin, selfishly. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. Psalm 2:12

How do people receive salvation?

The thief on the cross next to Jesus gave us a really good example. Even though it was last minute (not recommended), he did understand and receive salvation. He first declared his belief in God and admitted that he was a sinner, deserving of the punishment of death. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 Next, he recognized that Jesus was the Son of God, sinless and dying on the cross. (Jesus’ “crime” was claiming to be the Son of God, so when the thief proclaimed the innocence of Jesus, he recognized His deity.) Then he showed that he understood Jesus is Lord and that he will rise from the dead by asking Him to remember him when He comes into His kingdom. Only a lord has a kingdom, and needless to say, he must be alive. The thief believed in his heart and confessed with his mouth. Jesus responded by assuring him that he was saved.

...But the other [thief] rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong." And he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." And he said to him,"Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." Luke 23:39b-43

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, "Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame." Romans 10:9-11

This is Part Ten of a series.  You may download the entire devotional in a "pretty" format here or in a basic, small file size format with highlighting here.