Hopefully this series has been helpful for you
We’re going to end on a BIGGIE
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
- The “Many paths, one mountain” argument says:
Statements like the above [verse] can be confusing [can it?]. This statement points not to one path, but to the one mountain, and ultimately we all ARE this same one mountain, of which Jesus was but one conscious manifestation of. It’s about recognizing your true nature AS the Way (Tao), the Truth, the Life itself, and no one can own that or the path to that for everyone already IS that. As discussed previously, enlightenment is about awakening to your true nature beyond any limited mortal sense of identity. This non-dual identity-less identity can be called Brahman, the Self, Christ Consciousness, Being, and so on. Different traditions use different words to attempt to point to the same one unnameable Presence. Yet ultimately, the I Am that I Am, is the same I Am that You Are, which is the same I Am that Everything Is. There is only one “I Am,” and you are it. Everyone who truly awakens comes to this same realization. There is only one of us arising as everyone and everything. There is only One. I Am That and so are You. Source: http://www.youaretrulyloved.com/enlightenment/many-paths-one-mountain/
- QUESTION: Do you struggle with the idea that Jesus is the only way to Heaven?
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
- Broad – chora: a region or country i.e. a tract of land, the (rural) region surrounding a city or village, the country, the region with towns and villages which surround a metropolis; land which is ploughed or cultivated, ground (broad tracts of land. Think about the interstate from here to OKC. This is not about the wide, fast-moving turnpike, but the sweeping vistas of land as far as the eye can see on both sides of that turnpike. ‘Broad’ is inviting with plenty of room for everyone, and it’s comfortable and easy)
- Narrow – thlibo: to press (as grapes), press hard upon; a compressed way (so it’s not just narrow, it’s compressing, like being funneled or squeezed. This is not just a balance beam, it’s a strainer. When you are a disciple of Jesus, you invite oppression and even persecution for what you believe. This is ok. You’re in good company: John 15:18-19 18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. )
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
- Lord – kurios: is a title of honor expressive of respect and reverence, with which servants greet their master; this title is given to: God, the Messiah (this is submissive, this is acknowledging Jesus, but it is MOSTLY a term of respect. They could say ‘Lord’ and still be unrepentant. Much like America is a “Christian” nation, but who are we kidding?)
- Will – thelema: of what God wishes to be done by us: commands, precepts (according to Matthew 28, disciples are those who “obey everything [Jesus] commanded.” Following Jesus means there is evidence of a changed life. We don’t obey to earn favor. We obey because we have already found favor in Christ. Because of Jesus we are already accepted and our lives are changed. Because of sin we want to be arrogant, but Jesus was humble so we can be humble. Because of sin we want to be first, but Jesus was last so we can be last. Because of sin we don’t ever want to slow down and rest, but Jesus rested so we can rest. Jesus is the ultimate example of God’s will obeyed)
- Never – oudepote:no…in direct questions expecting an affirmative answer; not once, one root is the question “when?” (Look at the preceding question. They expect an affirmative answer. Jesus says, “Nope. You didn’t.” Or another way to look at it is Jesus says “Where? When did you do that?” False disciples can do good things and get service hours, but if their activity is outside of the will of God, outside of love for Jesus, then at the end they will find themselves bewildered and wailing.)
11 Jesus is
“‘the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the cornerstone.’
12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
- QUESTION: What are some other names by which we try to find salvation?
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
- Nothing means you can’t save yourself.
- You can’t satisfy your deepest longings with your limited creativity. You are not the captain of your own fate. Your heart is inclined to sin. Your nature is to rebel. You’re all jacked up because you’re not jacked in to the True Vine, Jesus.
- The proof is in our toddler years…
- So how can you be saved?
1 John 5:12
12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
- life – zoe: life real and genuine, a life active and vigorous, devoted to God, blessed even in this world of those who put their trust in Christ, but after the resurrection blessed for eternity (Jesus not only gives you purpose, meaning, and value in this life; He assures you that through Him you will be saved forever!)
9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
- “Amen” means “so be it.” It is an expression of absolute trust and confidence. They are agreeing that “salvation belongs to God and to the Lamb [Jesus].” So in this prophecy we see an insane number of people from every corner of the planet AS WELL AS an insane number of angels AS WELL AS those who were killed because of their faith in Jesus AS WELL AS some very interesting creatures in Heaven ALL PROCLAIMING that SALVATION is in JESUS.
How Do We Respond To This?
This is an unpopular topic because we are claiming that Jesus is the only way to Heaven. What that does is it takes away the idea that as long as you are sincere about what you believe, then that counts.
That doesn’t count for anything.
What if you don’t do enough good works and can’t find salvation?
What if you believe the wrong thing and Christians actually did have it right all along?
What if you aren’t good enough?
What if you never do enough?
What if other gods never take notice of you?
I for one don’t want to find out the hard way when I die that my “sincerity” led me down the broad path to destruction.
I know that salvation is only through Jesus Christ. And I know that following Him is costly. But it is so worth it.