One Way

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April 27, 2020 by directorfsm

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Unlike the Song One Way or Another (Blondie, Sept 1978) there is only one way to eternal life.

 

The bible is very clear you can not earn your way into Heaven it is a free gift of God Ephesians 2:8-10  otherwise man would revert to his natural state and brag upon his accomplishment. The Reformers and Puritans called it Sola Gratia or Grace Alone. 

Equally important of Grace Alone our understanding of by Christ Alone or Sola Christus. No other means (person) except Christ can offer a way of salvation and eternal life. Paul writes to Timothy and says 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is [only] one God, and [only] one Mediator between God and mankind, the Man Christ Jesus. 

Today I want to point out another often misconstrued or better misinterpreted and misapplied biblical principle when it comes to Christ Alone. 

John 10:28-30

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one. JOHN 10:28-30
y yo les doy vida eterna; y no perecerán jamás, ni nadie las arrebatará de mi mano. 29 Mi Padre que me las dio, es mayor que todos, y nadie las puede arrebatar de la mano de mi Padre. 30 Yo y el Padre uno somos. (RVR 1960) 

CONTEXT:

Jesus began His discourse on the Father and He being ONE in verse 22. He gets to v.27 and says:

The sheep that are My own hear My voice and listen to Me; I know them, and they follow Me. 

How is it He knows them, note He says that are My own, before He has even spoken. Also note the use of Sheep, an animal that surrenders itself to the commands of it’s Shepherd. 

v.28 Is without (at least as far as I know) much controversy. The only issue that arises occasionally is the Once Saved Always Saved argument. Some, a real minority among evangelicals believing that you can loose your salvation, but this is wholly unbiblical. Christ’s work at Calvary was a finished work. For those who “turn away” or deny the faith later one MUST question if their faith was ever real.

V.29 My Father, which gave them me.

So now Let me mention what is this misconception I am talking about? Look at verse 29, how is it we come to Christ? Did you listen to a sermon, read a book and just decide on you own to go and ASK Jesus into your life? 

The answer of course is an emphatic NO! We cannot come to Christ on our own accord. Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14: Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad and easy to travel is the path that leads the way to destruction and eternal loss, and there are many who enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow and difficult to travel is the path that leads the way to [everlasting] life, and there are few who find it. 

How is it we get to the entrance of the Narrow Gate? Do we really think man in his natural sinful nature who always choose the dark side (John 3:17-21), is going to find it one his own? In the middle of His Bread of Life discourse Jesus acknowledges that God the Father sends the Sheep. John 6:37 All that My Father gives Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will never, never reject anyone who follows Me].

v.30 I and my Father are one. 

There is no conflict between the Godhead (Father and Son specifically here but we can add the Holy Spirit also). They are clearly distinct persons but the nature and essence of their beings is one. We must remember here that Jesus (Son of Man) was speaking here and referring to Himself as The Christ (Son of God) so there is no conflict with verses such as Mark 13:32  But of that [exact] day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son [in His humanity], but the Father alone.

CONCLUSION 

The bible clearly teaches that Salvation is by Grace Alone through Faith Alone in Christ Alone. It further teaches that no man, in his natural unrepentant state comes to Christ on his own accord.

“In the same way, God does not desire anyone to perish. He desires all to come to repentance. At the same time, God recognizes that not everyone will come to repentance. It is undeniable that many will perish (Matthew 7:13–14). Rather than being a contradiction to 2 Peter 3:9, God’s electing and drawing of some to salvation is evidence that He truly does not desire people to perish. Were it not for election and the effectual calling of God, everyone would perish (John 6:44Romans 8:29–30).” (From GotQuestions.Org)


Further Reading:

Effectual Calling

Sermon 73 – Effectual Calling By C.H. Spurgeon

What does the Bible say about predestination vs. free will?

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