The Exclusivity Of Salvation Through Christ Alone

The Exclusivity Of Salvation Through Christ Alone January 14, 2019

Clearly, trusting in Jesus Christ is the one and only way that God can save us, and to establish that truth, read these 7 Bible verses.

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

Jesus makes it abundantly clear that there is no other possible way to the Father than through Him. He is the one and only way. He alone is the truth, and not one of many truths. He is the one and only way to be saved, and not one of many ways. If there is more than one path to God, it is to the Great White Throne judgment seat where Christ will judge all who have rejected Him (Rev 20:12-15), but that’s a path no one should take, and they need not take it. Put your trust in Him.

John 6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.

This verse gives no room for a human interpretation or rationalization. It is what it says. No man and no woman can come to the Father unless it is through Jesus Christ our Lord, and that person must be being drawn to Him. Only then will the Lord “raise him up on the last day.” If you choose to reject the one and only way to the Father (through Jesus Christ), then you will be forever separated from God by your sins, and instead of having Christ atone for your sins, you will have to pay for them yourselves (Rev 21:8).

Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

No other name is given to us whereby we can be or must be saved. Choose any religious leader you can think of. They’re not the way. Their name can’t save you. It is only in Christ that we can be saved, for truly, “there is salvation in no one else.” This conflicts with most of the world’s religions because most are works-based. This view of salvation looks like; our works + Jesus = salvation, when nothing could be further from the truth (Eph 2:8-9). God alone saves and it is only through the name of Jesus Christ. There is absolutely no other way. So says me? No, so say Scripture! The jailer asked the right question: “Sirs, what must I do to be saved” (Acts 16:30)? The answer of course is, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household” (Acts 16:31).

First Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

There are no humans on earth that can mediate between us and God. It takes a High Priest, and Jesus Christ Himself is our High Priest and Mediator because only He can enter into heavenly sanctuary and into the presence of God the Father. Only He and the Spirit have access to the Father, so that’s why we pray through Jesus’ name, so “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:16). Jesus’ open access to the Father gives us access to the Father. Not just any mediator will do. It must necessarily be Jesus Christ.

John 10:7-9 Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.

When you’re invited to a wedding, you’re normally given an invitation, so without the invitation, you can’t attend. In a similar fashion, Jesus is the one and only way into the kingdom. He is not only our access to the Father; He is the door by which we must pass through to enter into the kingdom. You must enter the kingdom through the King of that Kingdom. If you hear His voice and He knows you by name, then you are in the sheepfold. Many say they know Christ, but your eternity depends upon whether Jesus knows you! His knowing you is more critical than you knowing Him, because a lot of people will claim to know Him, but Jesus will say to those “many” (Matt 7:21), “Depart from Me, for I never knew you” (Mat 7:23).

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

God gave His Son so that we might receive eternal life, and all will receive it if they have repented and put their trust in Christ. Jesus’ atonement is efficient for all to be saved and sufficient for all the world to be saved, but they must believe in Him. To believe in Him doesn’t simply mean having head knowledge about Him, but having a personal relationship with Christ…being in His Word and in prayer through His name. Eternal life comes to all who believe. The Scriptures say, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8), and that was necessary because “the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 6:23).

Acts 2:38 And Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

A person who repents and trusts in Christ will be saved, but it is actually God Who grants repentance (Acts 5:31, 11:18; 2 Tim 2:24-26). Once a person has been granted repentance by God, then they “receive the gift of the Holy Spirit,” and with that, “the forgiveness of…sins.” That’s when the believer should be baptized. All who believe are told to be baptized. If you’ve trusted in Christ, and repented of your sins, but haven’t been baptized, why not? It is a command of Christ!

Conclusion

The Bible is clear: None but God can save, and that means whoever believes in Jesus Christ will be saved, so please share these Bible verses with someone that conclusively prove that only God can save, and rather than see Christianity as being a narrow path to God (which it is), be thankful that there is even a path at all.  If there was only one way out of a burning building, you’d not be worried about the narrowness of the way, so rather than bemoaning the fact that Jesus is the only way to be saved, be thankful that God has provided any way for us to be saved.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is a Pastor and Prison Minister in the State of Kansas. Jack is also a writer at Christian Quotes and Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon..

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  • DocReits

    Another great article by Pastor Jack. Thank you Pastor for pointing us all to our only hope. You have been faithfully doing so over many years.

    • Jack Wellman

      You are so encouraging Doc. It is a joy to read your words.

  • Carlos Santiago

    Thank you Mr Wellman. All roads lead to Jesus in the end. Not all have the best of conclusions. We share today so that others also may have the blessing of an abundant life today.

  • Theodore A. Jones

    “For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.” Rom. 2:13

    • NorrinRadd

      I hope you realize that the rest of Romans goes on to show that righteousness is based on faith, not works. As the venerable saying goes, “A text without a context is nothing more than pretext.”

      • Theodore A. Jones

        No person will be declared righteous by God who does not have the faith to obey the law Paul is referencing in Rom. 2:13. The fact you are not comprehending is that the law referenced in Rom. 2:13 is not a part of the OT code of law.

      • Theodore A. Jones

        Rom. 2: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 ,13? Well bright boy? Where would put it?

      • Theodore A. Jones

        Paul does not pen soteriological mistakes.

  • Dennis

    I agree with Pastor Jack about Jesus providing the only way to God as the one and only mediator paying the price for our sin. I also agree with him that explicit faith in Jesus will save. But have you ever thought about those who lived before Jesus lived or who lived during the time of Jeus but in another part of the world? It wasn’t possible for these people to have explicit faith in Jesus. I investigated and published a paper on this topic. See http://www.academia.edu/32666177/Does_Salvation_Require_Knowledge_of_Jesus
    I hope this is of some help to you.

  • Angelo Giovas

    Pastor Jack is correct in what he says – in so far as it goes.
    And it may work in Mulvane Kansas in 2019.
    As Dennis points out however there is the obvious issue of what of all those who have not heard of Jesus now and since Adam.
    Here’s where I’ve come to in dot points:

    Everyone everywhere at every time has some sense of right and wrong. Mission experience abundantly confirms this. It is also amply demonstrated by the fact that everyone at some point judges someone else. As soon as someone does that they are proposing the existence of right and wrong in some form.

    Rom 2:1 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

    Everyone/every culture has a sense of falling short of some mark.
    Hence everyone can pray the core ‘sinners prayer’ “God have mercy on me a sinner”
    Everyone who truly prays that prayer is confessing their sin(fulness), and is as Jesus says, justified by God. 1John 1:9

    Romans 2:12 ff clearly tells us that people who have not heard of Jesus or the Law, who will be judged by their thoughts/intentions (Rom 2:16) and will be either condemned by those thoughts or accepted (Rom 2:15)

    Just like those pre Christ who trusted and obeyed (eg Abraham) they will be saved through Christ for there is no other way to be saved. Acts 4:12, John 14:6

    So there are a thousand ways to God and they are all through Christ.
    The person who recognises that they fall short of even their understanding of right and wrong and throws him/herself on their Creator’s mercy will receive mercy because of and through Christ even when they dont know how it all works and have never heard of Christ.

    Blessings

  • Pilgrim

    Pastor Wellman,

    As the angel of the LORD told Joseph, “thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matt. 1:21) “He shall save his people from their sins”.

    My question to you is: did He or didn’t He?

    • Jack Wellman

      Yes, Jesus came to give His life as a ranson for many (Mark 10:45).

      • Pilgrim

        Amen!