Don’t All Roads Lead to Heaven?Written by 9th Avenue Church of Christ on Sep 04, 2016 in - No Comments
“Fall Back into First Principles” – Lesson #1
A. You can take any number of roads to get from one location to another, but many people feel the same is true in our path to heaven.
B. “You have your faith and I have mine, but we’re all going to the same place.” C. “It’s just a different path to the same place.” We hear these often.
D. The Bible, however, makes it clear that not all roads lead to heaven. Using three statements of Jesus Himself, we hope to prove that in this lesson.
A. The One Road Warning (Matthew 7:13-14)
1. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus preached against religious hypocrisy and arrogance. Too many, though, swing to the other extreme and say that anyone who is “sincere” is going to heaven.
2. But Jesus, in this same sermon, made it clear that the “gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life.” One gate. One way.
3. The context within the sermon also makes this clear. For example, verses 15-20 speak of false teachers, which implies there is a false way and a true way.
4. The warning is to enter by the one gate.
B. The One Church Promise (Matthew 16:17-19)
1. “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Everything about this church in that verse is singular.
2. Ephesians 1:22-23 echoed that same teaching after the establishment of the church.
3. Either Jesus was right about this promise, or He failed. Acts 20:28 makes it clear that He did not fail!
4. “The church of your choice” goes against clear teaching and against the very heart of Jesus Himself (John 17:20-21).
C. The One Way Statement (John 14:1-6)
1. When Thomas asked about the way, Jesus did not correct him by saying there were several ways. Instead, He clearly stated, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
2. Many think that is narrow. But if Jesus had said He was one of 12 ways, we would want a 13th way!
3. However, this is not narrow. It is exactly what we need. After all, was God obligated to provide a way for us to be saved from our sin? Of course not! In His grace, though, He gave us Jesus, the Way!
A. All roads do not lead to heaven, and we should be grateful, as was the early Church, to know the Way (Acts 9:2; 19:9; 19:23; 22:4).
B. “There is just one way to the pearly gate.” Are you on that way?