John 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
1 John 5:11-12 “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”
There is only ONE way of and one hope of salvation and that is through faith in Jesus Christ. This should come as no surprise. From the beginning of the Bible to its end, Christ is seen. He is the Creator (Gen. 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Jesus is the Redeemer, Who will one day come and redeem His creation. (Rev. 22:20 “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly.”)
It is arrogance on the part of man to assume there is any other way of salvation. Not only did God create us in His image (Gen. 1:26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”), He also created us for His good pleasure (Phil. 2:13 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”) Not only that, but after we are saved, we are no longer our own. (1 Cor. 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.)
Some might find this right of possession stifling and/or frustration. But in Christ there is great freedom and liberty (John 8:36 “If the Son therefore shall make youfree, ye shall be free indeed.” John 10:10 “…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”)
It’s similar to a child playing inside a fenced back yard. As long as he stays within the perimeter set forth by the fence line, he is happy and safe. He may play and do as he wills. It’s what is on the outside of the fence that can harm the child.
For our consideration, we will call anything on the outside of the fence—sin. God declares that all men are sinners. (Rom. 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.”) Because we are sinners, we fail to measure up to God’s holy standards. (Rom. 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”) And because our sin will not allow us to meet God’s standards, we cannot be with Him in heaven. (Rev. 21:27 “And there shall in no wise enter into it (the new Jerusalem or heaven) any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie.”)
So, if we are standing on the outside of the fence, how do we get inside? We must come through the gate (Or as the Bible says, “the door,” which is Christ. John 10:9 “I (Christ) am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”) The only way to spend eternity in heaven with God is through His Son, Jesus Christ. (John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”) This means that man can do nothing within or without of himself to get saved. No amount of good works can buy his salvation. (Eph. 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”)
Romans 10:9, 10, 13 gives the answer of how we might be saved. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Salvation cost God His Son (John 3:16a “For God so loved the world, that hegave his only begotten Son...”), but salvation is freely given to all who believe (John 3:16b. “…that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”). Won’t you accept this free gift today?
Right where you are, you can call upon God to forgive you of your sins and save you. He longs to do that. (2 Pet. 3:9 “…not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”) Just talk to Him as you would a friend. Tell Him what’s on your heart. Then rest upon the promise that He will do what He has promised. (1 John 2:25 “And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.)