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John 14.6 and Acts 4.12 – Christ, the only means of salvation
Posted: 24 February 2011 in Acts, John

“Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

I think I have commented on both of these verses before, but John 14.6, in particular, is probably famous enough, to bear being commented upon again.

It is very easy to empathise with people of other faiths, and feel that they too must be capable of salvation, if they remain faithful followers of their religions. That is, perhaps, especially true of those who belong to the Jewish faith, because we share three fourths of our scriptures with them. Nevertheless, we are bound by what we find in the God inspired scriptures, and there it is said, unequivocally, that salvation is through Christ alone.

We must respect God’s sovereignty, and submit to his word, without necessarily expecting to understand his motives. Even so, on this occasion the reason for what may (superficially) appear arbtitrary, may not be that hard to find. The Incarnation was only necessary in the first place because sinful man is incapable of reaching up to God. Instead, if we are to be saved, God must reach down to us. That he did, once for all, in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. Consequently, anybody who would come to the Father must now do so through Jesus Christ.

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