Is Salvation Exclusive?
In defining the gospel, the Scripture clearly states that Jesus Christ is exclusively the way, the truth, and the life, and that His work alone accomplishes our redemption. However, our culture states that all religions are inclusive for salvation and through accumulating good deeds, salvation is rewarded. In fact, the culture goes so far as to claim that anyone holding to an exclusive definition of the gospel is absolutely arrogant. They believe no-one has the right to take away an individual’s choice for truth. So, what is it – inclusive or exclusive?
Truly, the moment God created man and woman, He provided them the reason and the means to worship, obey, and serve the Creator. During that time, humanity enjoyed an intimate relationship with God resulting in harmony with one another. However, the moment Adam and Eve chose to go against God’s Word and become their own authority, self-determined and self-centered choices became the norm. Now, the way of salvation becomes whatever each deems is right. But did God change the means of salvation and surrender His authority to humanity? Or did humanity assume this change to their own peril?
Thankfully, God determined the means and then provided the way of salvation. Exclusive, yes, but arrogant, no. The fact that God provided any means of redemption is purely by His act of grace and all who trust in Jesus exclusively will receive salvation.
I. The profound question –
II. The powerful answer –
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.