IN John 14: 6 Jesus tells us ” Iam the Way…”
For through Him we have access in one Spirit to the Father [Ephesians 2:18] We have obtained access by Faith into this Grace which we stand and we rejoice in hope of Glory of God. [Romans 5:2]
Christ is the way to His Father and needfull to say He is the only way, such that by this very statement every other imagined way to God is useless, needless, null and void. Many people agree to this great fact but soon they begin to engage in contardictory behaviour, by consulting ancestral spirits, by praying to dead ” saints”
yet we stand reminded of the seriousness of this issue that Jesus is the only way to the Father. How can this be some may ask? God is so Holy that the only one who can qualify anybody an audience and an ertenal bliss in the presence of God is Christ Alone.
Why is Christ the only way? Christ is the only one who ever satisfied God’s wrath, for He died in place of the elect who by Adam having broken the Covenant of works in Eden, death was sure to be a penalty for foolishness. And this wasnt just supposed to be physical death but death forever, ertenally in torment of hellfire.
Only Christ lived in perfect obedience to God the Father while on earth to the point of death. Christ was born of heavenly Seed not the contaminated seed of Adam thus could never have inherited the sinfull nature that all of us humans carry.
Christ also rose again from the dead thus conquerd death.
Thus we can only access the father, if we are counted as righteous on account of God given belief in the merits of Jesus active obidience and sacrifice on the cross by which our sins where fully paid for.
Before the world began God had already decreed that all this would happen, thus this didnt come as a surprise for God is an All Knowing God, who knows what He knows because He has decreed that By His power it must happen.
Before the world began God also dertemined it that among the people of the world, He would save some unto life forever and some unto ertenal death. Wait a minute that sounds unfair right? Not a bit for they is no unrighteousness with God My friends. In fact God decided to Glorify himself by this particular way, of letting His own people fall into sin only so to save them!
He shows mercy to who He wants to show mercy to. In fact the real definition of Grace is God chose those He wanted to give grace to and decided not to give those that He did not want to give it to. God did not base this decision on race, gender, nationality or works, but solely chose out of His own discretion.
However those chosen unto ertenal life where descendants of Adam. Thus they where sinners for they have sin in ther inside inherited from Adam. If they had no sin then salvation would be unecessary. But sin makes salvation a necessity.God cannot live with a sinner in spite of the love He may have for those that He chose unto Himself.
Those He chose where all sinners, Those that He did not choose where sinners, all where sinners. Now those chosen of God must still satisfy God’s righteous standard.
In order to communicate His great requirement that the elect must be righteous, we see God instituting a system by which the elect of God where to offer sacrifces with the help of the priesthood.
The sacrifices where essentially communicating that instead of the sinner dying in payment of sin committed, an animal was to die instead, but this was a symbolic gesture for in reality an animal cannot die for the sins of man thus necessacitating the death of Jesus whose sacrifice satisfied God the Father.
Hebrews 10:4-7 explains this well how the blood of bulls and goats could never have taken away sins, thus making the sinless and perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ necessary.
[ For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.Hebrews 10:4-]
The priesthood acted as go between God and man, It acted as a mediator between OT believers [ Israel] and God. yet the priesthood itself was made up of people descended from Adam thus it was once more a symbolic gesture for in reality no descendant of sinfull Adam can be a mediator between man and God. This is why the claim of the papacy as the bridge between God and the believer is outright false and should be condemned for no man born of Adam can ever be a way to the father.
Even the law that God instituted in Israel so that they may adhere to it, could have never have caused righteousness, for Israel dismally failed to adhre to it. God did not give this Law by accident He already knew and this whole system was a prophecy and pointer to the real way.
The Law of Moses was never a way it was a guardian, a pointer to the real way, Christ! The Sacrifices, the law, The priesthood where systems, that as we can clearly see where temporary and therefore cannot be the way, They where a shadow of something more excellent.Christ!
Now we have seen the sad state of all human systems, Now Jesus amidst all failure and inadequate systems says ” Iam the Way”
This is by no means a simple claim. Jesus was a man, and a special man for that matter for He was born not of Adam’s seed but the Holy Spirit came upon Mary in order that she may conceive.
“That there has been a supreme manifestation of God in the person of Jesus Christ is a fundamental conviction of Christianity and it is part of the task of theology to interpret this belief to the understanding . The fact to the incarnation is witnessed to by the records of the New Testament , by the impression made by Jesus in the minds of the desciples, and by the religious experience of the church. The doctrine of the incarnation was formulated under the stress of controversy. The orthodox doctrine is that Christ is of one Substance with the Father, and that He is two natures, divine and human, in one person. This statement was adopted in the council of Nicea, 325, and Chalcedon, 451”- W.R Matthew, Theology in Morden Thought, New Universal Encyclopedia
This divine, human aspect of Jesus is unequaled by no other man who has ever lived, Periodically in the OT this nature of Jesus was communicated in the types and Shadows of Jesus Christ.
Joseph, Enoch, and Elijah where commended as having been good men, but none of them could ever have been holy enough to save elect sinners from hell, All these men where born of Adam’s seed and thus could never have been the way but pointers to the way.
The Divinity of Jesus Christ is best communicated by the very mysterious charecter called Melchiezedek, who according to scripture had neither mother, father, beggining nor end.
The truth is every man descended from Adam is a sinner derseving of death, thus the truth is, every man has an endless number of sins even at birth and by that token cannot pay for the sins of another man.
This is why Bhuddha, Mary, Ancestral Spirits have nothing to do with any man’s salvation. Here is how: Mary was born of Adam’s seed, she was not divine thus was a sinner. Some by this token might argue that if Mary was a sinner then Jesus too was a sinner but thats not true, Jesus was supernaturally conceived such that He would never be contaminated by any sin. Joseph Smith, Muhammad & Bhuddha like Mary where descended from Adam, hence could never have been able to offer salvation on any account for unlike Christ who was sinless they where all sinful men descended from Adam in need of salvation for themselves.
Ancestral Spirits, [ Amadlozi, Vadzimu] are spirits claiming to be of dead men and cannot therefore save man since the dead people they supposedly represent where sinful descendants of Adam.
No system divised by any other man other than Christ can be a way to the Father. Judaism, Catholiscm, Islam and Ancestral Worship contain nothing of a road to God the father.They are mere delusions. Here is why: Judaism makes mockery of Christ by rejecting is Messianic Qualities.
It rejects Christ as the fulfillment to the promises made to David and Abraham despite the fact that the New testament clearly explains how Old Testament prophecy pertaining the person and role of Christ has been fullfilled by Him. Islam demotes Christ to something less than a saviour who is merely human and not divine, ancestral worship like Catholiscm hopes to evoke dead man to act as mediators between God and men. Catholicsm claims that the Pope is the Bridge between man and God hence his title Pontiff.
Brethren, therefore rekoice in the knowledge that we have set our hope on the Only Way that surpasses all and every vain thing ever divised by mere men. let us Rejoice in the Hope of an excellent way, Jesus Christ!