How Many Ways to Heaven?

by Pastor Jim Feeney, Ph.D.

Summary:  Do all roads lead to God, as some claim? If my good works just outweigh my bad ones, will I make it to heaven? Or could there possibly be only one way to God? Come see.

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John 14:6  Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Jesus is “the WAY” —

He said, “I am the way…” Contrary to an error popular in our modern world, there is only one way to God, not many roads. Sin has separated all humans from God. Only one person, the divine Son of God, Jesus, was able to reconcile sinful man to the perfectly holy God. Jesus did this through His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins and His resurrection from the dead on the third day. This, in a nutshell, is the message of “the Gospel” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). He bore our sins, so that we may be forgiven and be brought to salvation and a close relationship with God.

We are not brought into forgiveness and into this relationship with God the Father by our good works, not by church attendance, not by striving to be a “good” person. All these matter, but none of them reconciles us to God the Father. Only Jesus can do that. He stated clearly, “No one comes to the Father except through me.”

1 Timothy 2:5 tells us that “there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.” Not your church, not your pastor, not angels or deceased believers who have gone on ahead of us to heaven. There is only one mediator, Jesus! Referring lovingly to His people as “my sheep,” Jesus said, “…I am the gate for the sheep… I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved (John 10:7,9,14).

“The way,” the only way, is described clearly by the apostle Paul: “I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus” (Acts 20:21). Jesus is the way, the only way. Sincere faith in Him, coupled with heartfelt repentance for our sins, brings us out of Satan’s dominion and into the kingdom of Christ (Colossians 1:13) and into the family of fellow believers in God (1 Peter 2:17).

Jesus is “the TRUTH” —

Jesus said, “I am the truth.” Not only did Jesus speak and teach the truth, but He is the very embodiment of God’s truth.

Pontius Pilate said to Jesus, “What is truth?” (John 18:38), completely missing the fact that the One standing before him was truth itself.

In the Book of Revelation (3:14), the inspired writer John called Jesus “the faithful and true witness.” Later in the Revelation (19:11), John described Jesus as the One who “is called Faithful and True.”

Hebrews 1:3 tells us that Jesus Christ “is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being.” With 100% accuracy, Jesus exactly represents God the Father — God’s truth (John 1:17); God’s holiness, wisdom, and power (1 Corinthians 1:24,30); and more .

Jesus being the revelation and the embodiment of God’s truth should give new meaning and excitement to your reading of the Scriptures. Christ said, “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me” (John 5:39). So look for ongoing revelations of Jesus as you seek truth from God’s Word the Bible. He “is the truth.” And you will find Him revealed prophetically or historically from Genesis, the Bible's first book, to its last, The Revelation.

Jesus is “the LIFE” —

Our Lord and Savior said, “I am the life.” Jesus emphasized this to Martha when He said: “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). Then He proved this by raising her brother Lazarus from the dead (John 11:43-44).

Anticipating His upcoming crucifixion and subsequent resurrection, Jesus gave a great promise of eternal life to all who would choose to receive Him, to love Him and serve Him. He said, “Because I live, you also will live” (John 14:19). It is Christ’s resurrection from the grave unto eternal life that is the guarantee of our future resurrection from the grave unto eternal life, if we sincerely receive Jesus as Lord and Savior in our lifetimes on earth (John 1:12).

John 10:27-28  [Jesus said] "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand." Jesus is the author of life (Acts 3:15). And He is willing and pleased to “give [His “sheep,” His followers] eternal life.” You don’t need to earn it; in fact, you can’t earn it! It is a gift from heaven: “The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

1 John 5:11  And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. Eternal life for us from God rests in our relationship to His Son Jesus: “This life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life.” You can make the greatest decision of your life today by choosing to “have” the Son of God in your life as Lord and Savior. Believe that He died on the cross for your sins. Believe that He rose from the dead and now sits at the Father’s right hand in heaven, giving eternal life to all who repent of sin and receive Him sincerely as Lord and Savior.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Let Him be all of that to you personally. If you need some help and encouragement in your decision, please allow evangelist Billy Graham to share a few brief truths that will help you make this greatest decision of your entire life. I refer you to his helpful four steps to peace with God. God bless all who have taken the time to read these biblical thoughts about our great Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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