Humans demonstrate our fallenness by our never-ending insistence on being autonomous, that is, being free from any and all standard—including God. People don’t naturally want accountability nor a standard to live up to. But that’s what God gave us in the Ten Commandments. That is His righteous standard, so to speak. And for humans, it’s an impossible standard. So what do we do? In steps Jesus. The one way to God, who lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15) and died a sinner’s death. And He did this for all who believe in Him (John 3:16).
One of the most despised doctrines of the Christian faith is the doctrine of the exclusivity of Jesus Christ. Western culture hates it. Even some within the church shy away from it because they don’t want to offend or cause conflict. It’s not popular.
However, the lack of popularity doesn’t mean we should back down from believing it. The exclusivity of Christ is an essential tenet of Christianity. Jesus is the only way to God. If we disregard, ignore, or even deny it, we are calling Jesus a liar, since in many places He explicitly said He’s the only way, no more clear than in John 14:6.
The Way, Truth, and Life
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life,” Jesus said in John 14:6. “No one comes to the Father except through me” (ESV). From the mouth of the Son of God: “I’m your only hope.” Indeed, He is our only hope. Or take another example: “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 ESV).
The only salvation you’ll get outside of Christ is a phony salvation. It’s made up. It doesn’t exist. Salvation only is through Jesus, for “there is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Only the Son of God can save you.
For us to deny or shy away from this would be a proverbial slap in the face to Jesus. Do we trust Him? Then we must trust what He says. According to Jesus, you’re not getting to Heaven unless it’s by His blood. We should echo that truth. We should shout it from the rooftops! We should tell everybody of this beautiful fact! This isn’t news to be kept to ourselves even if it offends.