At the risk of sounding a bit 'preachy' on a blog, I want to go on record as saying, "Jesus is the only way for man's eternal salvation." That seems so very simple and that is the point...it 'is' simple and man has complicated it. In honesty, I get very upset at man-made religions...especially those who detract from Jesus' and His salvific sacrifice on the behalf of lost humanity.
No more profound words ever came from the lips of the Savior of the World than when He said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me." It is my understanding that, contained in this solitary verse, is the plan of God for every man. In order to get into relationship, both now and in eternity with God, one must come through Jesus. So what does that mean?
In short, Jesus became the ultimate, permanent sacrifice for the sin of man. Everything we could not do within ourselves, Jesus did for us. He was perfect and therefore was accepted as the ultimate sacrifice for all time. Jesus was tempted in every facet of life and yet He was sinless. He is the only man ever to live who has had not sin!
God laid upon the man, Jesus, the punishment or wrath that sin demands. The wages of sin is death. Because Christ died He paid the debt. Because He rose again, He became the first fruits of all who trust in Him, giving hope of life eternal for all mankind. Without Him, all our good deeds would be fruitless. We cannot do a solitary thing to merit salvation. Our good works are fruits of salvation and not a requisite for it.
Jesus said, "I am the door to the sheepfold." There is no other way to get in. I believe that Christ, while in the grave, preached to spirits in the prison of death. (Eph 4:7-10, 1 Pet 3:19) This was, in my judgement, the Old Testament saints who will be saved and ultimately cleansed through Jesus' blood. Further, those who overcome in the Tribulation will do so by washing their robes white in the blood of the Lamb (Christ). All men throughout time will have to enter through the life, death and burial of Jesus Christ. Salvation is by faith. It was for the thief on the cross, the Ethiopian Eunuch, the Philippian Jailor and all who come to God. There is joy in heaven when a sinner repents!
For those who are lost in sin; for those who are twisted up in religions of various kinds; for those bound by legalistic ideas; for all men every where, let me remind you that one day every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. Instead of waiting to be forced to do that in eternity, why not bow today and confess Jesus as Lord of your life. Ask Him to forgive you and He will...immediately. Be baptized in His name 'because' He has forgiven you and receive the Holy Spirit to comfort and guide you.
Men are seeking to find other ways to salvation. Check out Oprah's message, denying that Jesus is the only way. I wonder how many will be lost because of her? Be careful not to buy into these evil seductions of the last days.
Keep Jesus as the focus of your life. Follow Him...obey Him....imitate Him...and most of all give Him your life. In the end that is all that really matters.
Be blessed on this beautiful day.
PS. Following are some great references for personal study. John 3:16, Acts 2:38, Acts 4:12, Acts 5:29-32, Acts 8:37, Acts 10:43, Acts 13:38-39, 48, Acts 16:30-31, Rom 3:21-25, Rom 10:9-10, 1 John 4:15, 1 John 5:1