“This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:11-12).
The world abounds with notions about the nature, purpose and existence of humanity, and it is almost true to say that there are as many philosophies as there are people. The fact is that the name of Jesus Christ is rarely promoted as the remedy for man’s ills and problems. Even if He is mentioned, it is usually only to ridicule Christianity as a redundant religion. The truths of the Bible are hardly ever explored when people discuss eternal life, yet the Lord is the “Judge of the quick and the dead” (2 Timothy 4:1) and His way is the exclusive path to Heaven.
This wilful ignorance is not new, instead it is as ancient as the earth itself. Ever since Satan tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden, mankind has endeavoured to find alternative pathways to God or eternal truth. In doing so, and since they are seeking for answers outside of God’s will, they are lost in spiritual blindness and sin. Adam and Eve knew the right way, but chose to go in another direction. Cain knew it too, yet being bothered by its exclusivity, he tried to silence the truth by killing his brother, the preacher of righteousness in his day. Throughout their wilderness wanderings the Israelites continued to rebel against God, and things did not improve much after they inherited the Promised Land. In Jesus’ day the Hebrews, Greeks and Romans had their own versions of what they believed was the road to God. The vast array of religions and philosophies today is evidence that the rebellion against the true way still exists. Their answers will only lead them to destruction and damnation. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Rather than making the path mysterious, God plainly points man in the right direction.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). How can man find the way if he does not even know the condition of his own heart? “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 16:25). The fact is, the majority of mankind are not really into holiness and godliness. It needed God to step into our lives to personally redirect us towards Heaven. He did not use an earthly priest, prophet or king to call us to redemption, instead He sent someone who was perfectly all three, He sent His Son to show us the way. “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” (Galatians 4:4-5).
The “way” was then clearly reestablished and signposted on the cross. The law demanded the correct sacrifice for sin, something fallen man was unable to provide. The sacrifice both signified man’s inability and God’s ability. It was not meant to be an means to an end, but instead pointed to the Redeemer who would come to save all who accepted Him by faith alone. As the lamb took the place of the sinner, so Christ took upon Himself the sin of all humanity. There was no other way to eternally save man from sin. The “way” is not a list of religious requirements which console the wicked heart of man, instead it is a glorious encounter with the thrice holy God. He made the “way” possible and simply says, “This is the way, walk ye in it” (Isaiah 30:21).
Oh, the love so full and free
That the Lord bestowed on me,
When He bade me come to my Heavenly home
By the way of redeeming love.
The raw value of the elements and chemicals which make up our body is estimated to be no more than £3.50. What worthwhile thing can you buy today for such a sum? That pitiful amount does not even cover the price of a decent lunch. Therefore it is not material the body or possessions that are of the highest value in life. Think about it, that priceless masterpiece is worth more than the cost of the canvas and paint. As we examine our place before God, we have to recognise His greatness and our own worthlessness. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7). It is at this point, if we are willing to submit to His sovereignty, that we begin to understand that we are not what we think ourselves to be. Only when we appreciate this truth will we grasp the wonder of God’s mercy and love.
This is the beginning of the way of godliness, humility and faith. The apostle John understood this concept very well. “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God” (1 John 3:1). Bildad the Shuite was correct when he asked, “How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman? Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight. How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?” (Job 25:4-6). It does not matter what philosophers and religionists say, mankind does not have a leg to stand on before God. No matter how persistently he tries, he will not find another truth that leads to eternal life. The people at the Tower of Babel thought that they had found the way to experience the highest revelation, but God stepped down from Heaven and dashed their dreams to pieces. Only the truth which is in Christ Jesus can set the sinner free. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free … If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:32, 36).
Jesus, the Truth and Power divine,
Send forth these messengers of Thine;
Their hands confirm, their hearts inspire,
And touch their lips with hallowed fire.
The reality is that man is in a desperate need of a Saviour, something, that with all his ingenuity, he cannot provide for himself. This is where Jesus makes all the difference. Only His own lifeblood can redeem us and give us eternal life. A sinner who dies takes his sin beyond the grave, but Jesus forever buried the sins of His own people. This abundant life which we have inherited is gained not through our own effort but by His grace. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5). No wonder therefore Peter could boldly say to the multitudes, each having their own hopes and dreams, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). It is in dying to the flesh and self that we can truly experience the life-changing power of salvation. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). Christ Himself “is our life” (Colossians 3:4).
Look upon Jesus, sinless is He;
Father, impute His life unto me.
My life of scarlet, my sin and woe,
Cover with His life, whiter than snow.
Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life”, therefore we ought to daily cling to Him alone. It is of Him we tell the world lost in sin. We point sinners to none other but He. Not to a church, a preacher or some organisation, but to Christ. We teach them that He is not a ticket to Heaven, but the Way that leads there, the very Truth that sets them free, and the Life that thoroughly transforms their daily lives. We have nothing else to talk about, for there is “none other” way to be saved.
There was no other good enough
To pay the price of sin;
He only could unlock the gate
Of Heaven and let us in.