SALV-2 - Jesus is the Only Way to Salvation

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SALVATION

Introduction by narrator accompanied by a cappella singing:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. Spreading the soul-saving message of Jesus. And now,
Ben Bailey.

The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said, "I am the way, the truth, and
the life. No man comes to the Father except by me."
We welcome you today to our study of Jesus as the way of salvation.
You know, in the world we live in today there seem to be in a lot of
peoples' minds a variety of different ways that you can be saved. Some
would say that you can be saved under the Hindu religion or by being a
Buddhist. Others would say that you could be saved by Allah or
Muhammed under Islam. Whether it be Judaism, whether it be some kind
of spiritual "-ism" today or something like that, there's just a whole host of
different religions and people claim that all these and all the followers of
and leaders of can save you. Well friend, is that true?
Not according to Jesus. Jesus clearly taught us, we think today on
the subject of salvation; Jesus was emphatic that He is the only way. Listen
to it again, Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, I am the truth, and I am
the life. No man comes to the Father except by Me.” Jesus did not
propagate this idea that you can be saved under the variety of religions that
exist. He clearly taught unless you come through Him, you cannot be
saved. He was very single-minded. He was very restricted in that view
because that's the only plan God has made.

Let's think about these three things Jesus said: ‘I'm the way, I am the
truth, and I am the life.’ Let's consider the importance of each of those
statements.
Today, as we think about salvation, let's realize, Jesus Christ is the
only way to be saved. There are not a multitude of paths; there are not a
multitude of religions that can save you. Buddhism and Hindu cannot save
you. Muhammed cannot save you. Confucius cannot save you. What will
save you? Jesus is the only way to be saved.
Listen to Acts 4:12. The Apostle Peter said: “Nor is there salvation in
any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by
which you must be saved.” Only the person in the power of Jesus can save
man from sin. Remember, ‘you'll call His name Jesus,’ why? ‘He'll save His
people from their sins,’ Luke 19:10. Jesus came to seek and to save that
which is lost. I remember the words of 1 John 2:1-2, “He is the propitiation
for our sins, not for ours alone, but for the sins of the whole world.” Now
there's no doubt that people are going to claim that you can be saved by
Muhammed and Islam. They're going to say that you can be saved by
Gandhi and living a life of purity or by Confucius, or by going back to
Judaism and living under the old law, but friend, you don't find that to be
true and you sure don't find that in the Scriptures.
If I'm going to go to Heaven, if I'm going to one day live with the
Father, the Creator of all people, the only path that I can get to God on is
Jesus Christ. It is restricted. It is narrow, and Jesus clearly taught that
Himself.
When we think about Jesus as ‘the Way,’ not only is He the way to
the Father, but Jesus is also the way to a life that has real meaning and
purpose. Do you want to live a life that has meaning? There are so many
people who are going through life without any real purpose, that don't know
why they're here, don't know where they're going, don't know what to do
while they're here, and their life just has no real meaning or purpose.
Jesus gives you the way to a life that is fulfilling and has a real purpose in
this life.

Think about the questions of Jesus. In Mark 8:36-37 Jesus said: “For
what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?
Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” What's more important
than your soul? Absolutely nothing. What could you give one day that
would be equal to your soul? Your soul's the most important thing you
have. Friend, if that's the case then that clues me in to my purpose in this
life. If my soul is my most important possession, then I need to make sure
that I spend my life preparing my soul to live with God forever. The flesh is
not what's important, this body, its desires, its passions, its lust- all that one
day is going to cease to exist. The world's not the most important thing. It's
one day going to be burned up with a fervent heat, 2 Peter 3:9-12.
Whatever is most important should be my meaning and purpose in life.
That's my soul and that's your soul. That's the reason that I'm here is to get
my soul, to prepare my soul to live with God for eternity.
When you think about a life that has real meaning and purpose, look
at people in the Bible who may be tried for purposes in other things, to find
meaning in other ways. Solomon rises to the top in that venture. He tried
projects. He tried building things. He tried passion, lust, and desire. He had
multiple wives and projects going. He was always busy and had his hand in
various things. In the book of Ecclesiastes that's what he tried to do. He
tried to search meaning in life. Is it in art? Is it in music? Is it in projects? Is
it in the fulfillment of pleasure? What did Solomon figure out in the end of
that book?
Let's hear the conclusion of the whole matter. What's the whole
purpose of life? “Fear God and keep His commandments. This is the whole
duty of man.” Why? “God will bring every work into judgment, including
every secret thing, whether good or evil.”
My purpose and yours in this life is to realize Jesus is the way.
Obeying God, living for God, and making sure my soul is right with God is
the way to a life that has real meaning. In fact did you know that's why we
were created? Isaiah 43:7 God says ‘Everyone who's called by My name,
Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made
him.’ The life that has real meaning is a life that glorifies God. Matthew

5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good
works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.” If I'm living for Christ, if I'm
trying to follow God's teaching and be a good example to the world, then
my life does have a lasting meaning and purpose that transcends this
world. Paul said it this way, in 1 Corinthians 10:13, ‘Whether we eat or
whether we drink, or whatever we do, we do all to the glory of God.’ That's
our purpose in life and that's the meaning in life, and Jesus gives us that
meaning. This is why Paul could say in Philippians 1:21, “For to me to live
is Christ, and to die is gain.” Now friend, you think about that for a moment.
What life, what type of life, what ideology of life, what way of life, can give
you a view of the end that says dying is a good thing? Not many. There are
a lot of people that all they focus on is the here and now. Paul could say,
"For me, to live is Christ "and to die is gain." That's living a life that has a
meaning and purpose beyond the here and now. This is why Jesus said,
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things
shall be added unto you.”
As you think about Jesus as the way, not only is He the way to the
Father- the only way- Jesus is the way to a life that has forgiveness and
peace at the center of it.
Listen to the words of Philippians 4:6-7. Paul said, ‘Be anxious for
nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let
your request be made know to God and the peace of God, which
surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through
Christ Jesus.’
What type of life can give you forgiveness and peace? Christianity
can. The peace of God which surpasses all understanding, Paul said, will
guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
If I have God's peace in my life and I know I'm at peace with God,
friend, I can live my life in such a way that I know I'm forgiven, and that I
don't have to go around worrying and be anxious about all the things of this
life. Forgiveness is something that God promises to His children. ‘The Lord
has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to

our iniquities,’ Psalm 103:10. God has forgiven our misdeeds, Psalm 130:4-
5. He has cast all those away from us, Micah 7:18-19.God has forgiven
each one of us- if we've obeyed the Gospel our sins have been forgiven.
This is what God told the Apostle Paul, Saul at the time, Acts 22:16,
Ananias came to Saul and said ‘Why are you waiting? Arise and be
baptized and wash away your sins.’ Can you imagine the peace that must
have come into Saul of Tarsus's life?
He held the coats of those who stoned the great martyr Stephen. He
was wreaking havoc on the Lord's church at one time. He actually was
dragging men and women to be put into prison. Imagine the guilt that he
must have carried around! But then, when Paul obeyed the Gospel, all that
was forgiven. Peace and forgiveness became a part of the Apostle Paul's
life. And friend, that can be true for you as well.
Not only is Jesus the way to salvation, He's also the way to peace
and forgiveness. You want a life that has real peace?
Peace is a big thing in the world today. People think about peace in a
world setting and a government setting, and we pray for peace, and all
that's good and well- but the only way true peace can be had is through our
Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Why? He's the Prince of peace, Isaiah 9:6.
‘Peace on earth and goodwill toward men, when Jesus came into the
world,’ Luke 2:15. If peace is going to be secured, it'll only come through
the Prince of peace, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
As you think about Jesus as that way, let's also realize He's the only
way to defeat Satan. Think about all the havoc that Satan has wreaked on
humanity and all the havoc he's wreaked in your life and mine. Go back to
the Garden. Look at that beautiful state of euphoria that Adam and Eve
were living in: No sin, no problems- until Satan entered the picture. He
tempted them to eat that forbidden fruit. They ate of it, and sin and death,
and consequences occurred. Look what he did to Adam and Eve. Then
look at your life and look at mine: things we've said, the things we've done,
the things we've participated in that weren't right. He's wreaked havoc in
our lives very likely as well.

How are you going to defeat such a great enemy that is described
like a dragon in Revelation 12? He is described like a roaring lion, in 1
Peter 5:8. How can you defeat him? Only through Jesus- the Way. Listen to
Hebrews 2:14. The Bible says, ‘And as much then as the children have
become partakers of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the
same that through death He might destroy him who had the power of
death, that is the Devil, and He's going to go on to say and release those
who in all their lifetime were subject to bondage,’ Hebrews 2:14-15. Jesus
is the only way in my life and yours that we can defeat Satan. Jesus threw
death, overcame and defeated him who had the power of death. By
obedience to the Gospel and living the way Christ lived, I also can defeat
Satan. Revelation 12:11, talks about those who overcame the Devil. Here's
what it said: ‘These are they and it will go on to say who overcame those
who were obedient to the Gospel, they overcame him, Satan, by the blood
of the Lamb, by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives
unto the death.’ They had the blood of Christ in their life. They didn't love
their lives more than they love Christ, and they gave themselves to the
word of their testimony, which we have as the Bible today.
The good news is through Jesus as the way, you can get to the
Father. You can have forgiveness. You can have a life of peace. You can
overcome Satan and everything that he throws at you- but you have got to
be committed to Jesus as the way.
Let's then direct our attention to that second statement made by
Jesus. Jesus said, "I am the way." Then He said emphatically, "I am the
truth." You see, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the very embodiment of
truth. He came in human form and brought God's truth to mankind.
Do you remember Ephesians 4:21? The Bible says: ‘If indeed you
have heard Him,’ heard Christ, ‘and have been taught by Him,’ listen now,
‘as the truth is in Jesus.’ Jesus is the embodiment of God's truth in human
form. He came to bring that proof to mankind. ‘In the beginning was the
Word, the Word was with God, the Word was God,’ and the Bible goes on
to say in John 1:14: ‘That Jesus is that Word.’ The Word, the truth of God,
came through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

What makes Jesus important as the truth? Without Him, there's no
way we can know truth. Proverbs 23:23, the Proverb writer said, “Buy the
truth and sell it not.” That's how important truth is. Whatever it costs us, you
need to get ahold to the truth and never give that up. Jesus spoke about
becoming a disciple of His in John 8:31- 32. Jesus said, ‘If you continue in
My word, you are My disciples indeed.’ Now listen to this, ‘and you shall
know the truth and the truth will make you free.’ What makes Jesus as the
Embodiment of truth so important? He's the only way you can be free from
the sin problem and that which haunts man. God's word is truth. John
17:17 Jesus said, ‘Sanctify them by Your truth, Your word is truth.’ You can
know Jesus and God's word are truth. I need to know truth so that I can be
saved. The truth on salvation is available in our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ. Here's what Hebrews 7:25, ‘Therefore He is able to save to the
uttermost those that come to God through Him, since He always lives to
make intercession for them. The truth on the matter of salvation is Jesus is
able to save, completely, those who come to God through Him. If I will obey
Christ, if I will follow Him, and if I will do what He says, then friend, I
absolutely can be saved.
As you think about John 14:6, I once heard someone say something
very memorable that stuck with me about this verse. Someone said, "Jesus
is the Way. Without Him, there's no going. Jesus is the truth, without Him
there's no knowing. And Jesus is the Life, without Him there's no living."
How true that is. I cannot get to the Father, I cannot know God, and I
cannot live forever without Jesus Christ.
We think about Jesus as the Way. We've thought about Jesus as the
embodiment of God's truth. Now let's think about Jesus as the Life. What
does it mean when Jesus says, "I am the Life?"
Well friend, there are multiple ways of living life, but there's only one
abundant life and that's found in Jesus Christ. John 10:10 the Bible says,
Jesus speaking, “I come that you may have life and have it more
abundantly.” What makes Jesus the Life? He is the abundant life. You
cannot have a better life than the life of being a Christian. Why? You have

God as your father. Jesus is our Savior. Every sin and misdeed has been
forgiven. We have the peace of God, and we have the love of God. We
have the blessings of God in our life. You just can't find a more abundant
life than the life the Christian lives.
As you think about Jesus as the Life, let's also realize Jesus gives us
eternal life. Jesus said to His disciples in John 14:1 “Let not your heart be
troubled.” Now, He'd previously told them, ‘I'm about to die. I'm about to be
buried. I'm about to be raised the third day. I'm about to go back to the
Father.’ That would discourage His disciples in the immediate context
knowing that the Savior, who they've been with for these years, is now
going to leave them. And so Jesus wanted to offer them comfort. “Let not
your heart be troubled,” why? “You believe in God, believe also in Me. In
My Father's house are many mansions; were not so I would have told you.”
And then He said, “I go to prepare a place for you. If I go to prepare a place
for you, I will come again, receive you to Myself that where I am, there you
may be also.” Thomas goes on to say, ‘Lord, we don't know where you're
going, how can we know the way?’ And then Jesus said, “I am the Way, the
Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father except by Me.”
As you think about Jesus, the Life, it ought to bring every Christian,
every follower of God, comfort to know that Jesus is the life in the sense
that this is not all there is to life. The here and now is the temporary-the
here and now, the tangible, the touchable, the feel-able, one day that will
be done away with. The Bible says the earth and all that's in it will be burnt
up with a fervent heat. Matthew 24:34-36, Jesus promised that Heaven and
Earth will one day be destroyed. The word of God, it'll endure forever, and
so Jesus gives us life in the sense that this is not all I'm looking for. There
is so much more and there's so much greater than what we see in this life.
Jesus promises us we can have eternal life. Matthew 25:46, “The righteous
will go away into eternal life.”
Friend, as you think about living forever, it isn't the length of it,
necessarily, that we want to focus on- while eternity is eternity and we
understand that- there's a lot more than that to eternal life. Jesus defined
eternal life in this way, in John 17:3 Jesus prayed to the Father, ‘This is

eternal life.” What? “That they may know you, the only true and living God.”
Eternal life is knowing God and being with the true and living God forever.
Being in the presence of God, can you imagine that? When you think about
Heaven, what makes it great? Being with God forever. Being around the
throne of God. Being in the presence of the God who spoke and the world
came into existence. The God who exhibited His love by not even holding
back His own Son, who gave us the Bible. Who sent Jesus to die as a
sacrifice and who has taken care, always taken care of His own. Can you
imagine, living in a place of wonder like that, forever?
As we think about Jesus as the Way to the Father, the Way of
salvation, we want to encourage you today to think seriously about
salvation. Have you thought about your soul? Remember, it's the most
important thing you have. Have you thought seriously about, why am I
here? What's my life all about? How long am I going to be here? Where will
I spend eternity with God? Let's think about some of those questions today.
The sad fact is, or the reality is, none of us are going to be here very
long. “What is your life, but a vapor? It appears for a little while, then it
vanishes away,” James 4:14. I've got, if lucky, 70 maybe 80 years, Psalm
90:10-12. Life is short, but friend, with the time we have, we need to make
sure that we focus on the right things.
Remember the questions of Jesus. “What will it prophet a man if he
gains the whole world and loses His own soul? Or what will a man give in
exchange for his soul?” If I spend my life in worldly, pleasure-filled
ventures, and then in the end, I didn't think about my soul- I would have
wasted my life.
Your life and mine is about making sure that our soul is in the right
shape with God to live for all eternity.
We ask you today, have you become a Christian? Have you looked to
Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, to find salvation? How do you do
that? Well friend, the Bible is very clear.

You must realize Jesus is the Son of God. ‘You will call His name
Jesus, you'll save His people from their sins,’ Matthew 1:21. Jesus said,
“Unless you believe that I am He, you'll surely die in your sins,” John 8:24.
Do you really believe? Are you committed to the fact that you live your life
in view of, the fact that Jesus is God? He is the Son of God and the Savior
of the world. Would you be so committed to that truth that you would
change your life? Acts 3:19 Peter preached, “Repent and turn again that
your sins may be blotted out.” Would you repent and turn from sin, and turn
to God? Would you confess the name of Jesus before men? Jesus said in
Matthew 10:32-33, “If you won't confess Me before men, neither will I
confess you before the Father who is in Heaven.” And friend would you, to
be saved, be baptized? Peter said in 1 Peter 3:21, “Baptism does now also
save us.”
Have you realized and have you put your trust in Jesus as the Way,
the Truth, and the Life?
Friend, if not, we want you to know today that God loves you and that
we love you. More than anything, our prayer for you today is that you will
obey the Gospel and look to Jesus, the Author of eternal salvation.

Study Questions for:
“Salvation: Lesson 2”

1. According to John 14:6, how do we get to God?
2. How many can save you according to Acts 4:12?
3. In Ecclesiastes, what does Solomon say is the whole duty of man? Why?
4. According to Matthew 5:16, why should we let our light shine?
5. According to 1 Corinthians 10:13, how should we do all things?
6. According to Philippians 1:21 how did Paul view life?
7. According to Psalm 103:10, how does God deal with us?
8. How is Satan described in 1 Peter 5:8?
9. According to Proverbs 23:23, what should we buy and never sell?
10. According to John 17:17, what is truth?

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