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GOD'S GREATEST BLESSING

SEVEN STEPS TO GLORY

WHY I LOVE JESUS
THE BIBLE TELLS US….. 

There is only one way to heaven 

Peter and John, two of Christ's disciples were going up to the temple to pray.  As they were about to enter, a man who had been crippled from birth asked them for money. Peter told him that he had no money but would give him something far better. He said to the man: 'In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.' 

Taking the cripple by the hand, Peter helped him to his feet and as he did so the man's feet and ankles became strong. He jumped up and started to walk. So thankful was he that he began to praise God. The religious leaders didn't like it so they arrested Peter and John and put them in prison.

The next morning they were summoned by the authorities who wanted to know how they were able to heal a man who had been a cripple all his life.  Peter, filled with the Spirit of God told them that the man was healed in the name of Jesus Christ.  Then Peter said these words: 'Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.'

We now live in what is called a pluralist society. This does not just mean that there are many religions. It means that there is really no such thing as truth. We all believe what we like and each of us decides what truth is and have no right to tell others that they are wrong. So we have this ridiculous situation that we all believe truth but your truth is not my truth and my truth is not your truth.

Peter's words should help us break free from this absurdity. Believing the truth brings salvation and salvation is found in Jesus Christ and no-one else. If my friend believes that by committing murder he will go to heaven I have a duty to tell him that he is wrong. If I love him I will not shrink from this. God saves only those who trust in Christ. No-one else lived a perfect life as he did. So no-one else was qualified to die in our place. No-one else gives new life. No-one else loves us as he does.

Not only that, but Jesus also admits us into the fellowship of his family. That is to say, we enjoy a loving and permanent relationship with other members of Christ’s church, whatever their origin or nationality, although we shall meet only a small number in this life. And by 'Christ's church' I do not mean a religious organisation. I speak of those who belong to Christ. I speak of the vast company of people, living or dead, from every nation on earth, who belong to Christ.  God knows who they are. (It is possible to belong to a religious organisation and yet be a stranger to Christ) 

Now please listen carefully to this: The Bible tells us  that God is both just and loving. Because he is just, sin must be punished; he cannot turn a blind eye to it. Because he is loving, he gave his only Son to take the punishment for our sins, so that we may have everlasting life. Christ came from heaven to save sinners. He lived a sinless life and died a sacrificial death in my place. This means that God's righteous demands, which I have miserably failed to meet, have been fully satisfied. It is just as if I had never sinned.

The stark truth then is this, that those who do not believe the truth are already condemned even though they may think they have the truth. God's severe judgment awaits all who do not put their trust in Christ. Why? Because every one of us has failed to keep his commands. The truth about judgment is rejected by many today simply because they don't like the idea. The question is: is it true? If those who do not keep God's commandments are not to be judged then why did Christ have to die?