“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Prov. 14:12)
God says there are only two ways. There are many different ways that may seem right, but only one way IS right. All other ways end in destruction.
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life and few there be that find it.” (Matt. 7:13-14)
The “life” that God is talking about here is eternal life, or entering into heaven after you pass away. So what is it that gets you to heaven?
- Is it baptism? Baptism is only a picture of salvation, it is not salvation. It does not get you to heaven. “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” (I Pet. 3:21) It is only a figure or picture of what has already happened.
- Is it good works? Good works cannot get you to heaven. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Eph. 2:8-9)
- Is it your righteousness? Unfortunately, your righteousness is meaningless in God’s eyes. Your righteousness does not get you to heaven. “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” (Isa. 64:6)
- Is it church membership? Being a member of a church of any kind, does not get you to heaven.
Jesus said, “I am the way...”. All other ways are part of the broad way. Any and all can go in the broad way. There is plenty of room for:
- the so-called good and the bad
- the moral and the immoral
- the rich and the poor
- the churched and the unchurched
- the religious and the irreligious
- the Jew and the non-Jew
- the so-called Christian and the non-Christian
- those who believe in God, and those who don’t
And we could go on and on.
You, I and everyone else in the world are sinners. To sin is to miss the mark. We may try to do everything right, but we can never meet God’s requirements on our own. None of us can keep God’s moral law from birth til death. “ As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:10-12, 23)
You can be anything and be able to fit in the wide gate. There are no restrictions. But to enter the strait gate, you must meet God’s requirements and there is only one. You must come through the Lord Jesus Christ. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
Jesus Christ did everything that is needed for your salvation. There is nothing for you to add. Christ died on the cross, shed His precious blood, was buried and rose the third day to redeem you from your sin. “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures;” (I Cor. 15:1-4)
So the bottom line is, you can only accept His way or reject it. To choose any other way is to reject His way. Salvation is free. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Eph. 2:8)
You must be willing to repent and put your trust in the finished work of Christ. Repentance is a change of mind that brings about a change of action. “Testifying both to the Jews, and to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 20:21)
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Rom. 10:9-10)
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Rom. 10:13)
Here is an example of someone trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ. “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not life up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other for: every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” (Luke 18:10-14)
So who would you rather be? The pharisee, or the publican? The pharisee rejected Christ’s way. The publican accepted His way.
Would you like to be saved?
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