We live in a fast pace society where knowledge abounds. Now, more than in any other time throughout history, information is readily available. The fact that you are reading this right now proves it. A simple click of a button helped you arrive here.
With that being said, the more information that is available often leads to more questions and more misunderstandings. People are looking for answers to all of life’s situations and problems. Many people often ask questions relating to religion and the afterlife. You’ve probably heard it said that there are many ways to God. Unfortunately, many books and websites today will tell you this, but here at John Collins Ministries we want to urge you to consider what the Bible says.
You may be asking, “Why the Bible, isn’t that just an antiquated book of stories?” It may surprise you to know that the Bible is actually a collection of 66 books, written over 16 centuries by over 40 different human authors, under the inspiration of God. In other words, God directed people to write his words in order to help guide us in his ways. There is all kind of historical proof for the Bible being God’s Word, too much to cover here. However, consider one interesting fact, the Bible is still the greatest selling book of all time. It’s words of truth continue to compel people to read it.
John, Jesus’ disciple, was one of the authors who was inspired by God to write things down. In fact he recorded many of Jesus’ sayings during their time together. This is one of the many things that Jesus said, but perhaps the most important to the issue at hand:“
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6, NKJV)
Did you catch that? Jesus was saying that he was and is the only way for people to get to God. Further study of John’s gospel tells us that Jesus went to the cross to die for man’s sin in order to make a way for man to God the Father through repentance of his sin. It is important to understand here that the only way to God the Father is through Jesus’ death on the cross and repentance of your sin.
Today many people argue that this concept is narrow minded, judgmental, and too exclusive. The reality however is that God’s Word says that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). This is why it is so important that Christian men and women seek to help bring others to the truth of the cross.
Matthew, another one of Jesus’ disciples, wrote what is largely known as the Great Commission:
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:18-20)
Unfortunately, for many Christians this has become a great omission. Due to fear of rejection or even persecution and ridicule, many Christians have stopped taking this seriously. If you claim to be a Christian then Jesus has commanded you to go and make disciples, baptize them, and teach them to obey what He commanded. Essentially this means that we are to bring others to the cross.
This however is not just limited to bringing people to the cross who have never been there. James, another one of Jesus’ disciples talked about people who had accepted the truth and then wandered away from it and the responsibility of other Christians to turn them from the error of their ways in order to save them from death and to cover a multitude of sins.
Dear friend it is extremely important that you read this message and believe its truth. The way to spend eternal life with God the Father is only through Jesus the Son, who went to the cross to pay the penalty for any and all your wrongdoings, and by confessing him as your savior. We are reminded of this in the book of Romans.
“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10, NKJV)