There is nothing in this world that can save you, but Jesus. If anyone tells you otherwise, it is a lie.
Jesus is the only way to salvation. Good works can’t save us. Social status or fame can’t save us. Money or material possessions can’t save us. Heck, our pastors can’t save us. There is only one way– Jesus.
Scripture tells us that the only way to God is through Jesus. To know Jesus means to know God. He is the only way to salvation.
“Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.”
Mistakenly, people think that good works save. That it’s the ticket to heaven and it’s not. I am not saying that it isn’t good to work for the Lord. The truth is that if we rely on good works to save us, we’re in trouble. Why? Because we are placing our faith on our works and not on God. Grace saves us.
“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. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:6-8
Just as good works can’t save us, fame and social status can’t either. We live in a world where popularity, money and fame influence many people, but these don’t influence God. He doesn’t play favorites. He looks at your heart! How is your heart doing today? Time for a check up?
If we play favorites, we sin. Sadly, this happens a lot in society. If we have nothing of “value” (according to worldly standards) to offer, people don’t notice us. But God doesn’t work that way. He loves us. We are worthy in his eyes. Every single one of us.
“If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.” James 2:8-9
Just as good works, fame, and social status can’t save us, money can’t either. Money is necessary to conduct an exchange, but it won’t buy our salvation.
In the book of Acts, chapter 8, Simon saw many people receive the power of the Holy Spirit after the disciples laid hands on them. Simon’s excitement go the best of him and he desired that particular gift. He offered money to buy that gift.
Peter was angry when he heard Simon’s offer. He told him that we cannot buy God’s gifts. Just as we cannot buy any of the gifts that God gives to us, we cannot buy our salvation.
“Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.” Acts 8:19-21
It is clear. Jesus is the only way.
To avoid deception and false teachings, it is imperative that we understand the Word. This is why our pastors encourage us to read our Bibles daily.
We should delve into the Word. It’s not just about familiarizing ourselves with the most popular characters or stories in the Bible. We need to understand what the Holy Spirit speaks to us through scripture. We need to meditate on the Word.
“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2 Timothy 3: 14-16
Let’s stay vigilant.
God bless you & yours,