Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
Select a thought to read by choosing a collection, the month, and then the day:
“Enter in at the strait gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there be who go in thereat. Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way
that leads unto life, and few there be who find it.”
Jesus, in Matthew 7:13-14
From a sermon by Preacher Clark, December 21, 1969.
Gary’s Reel #9, CD-30b, Track 3
Everyone who believes the Bible agrees with Jesus that God has but one way to salvation. Peter indicated this in Acts 4, when he preached concerning the name of Jesus, “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.”
But if everyone who believes the words found in the Bible can agree that there is but one way to salvation, why are there so many different ways being taught by Bible-believers? The root cause is that referred to by Preacher Clark when he said, “There’s only one way. And you don’t know the one way until you know how to get in the one way.”
The greatest cause for the different doctrines taught about Jesus is that men do not know how to get into the one way that they all agree must exist. If one does not even know how to get into the one way, then they certainly cannot teach the one faith that reveals that one way to others.
The New Birth is the critical issue. Questions about it can be phrased in many different ways: When is a person born again? When is a person forgiven? When is a person’s sins washed away by the blood of Christ? When does a person become a member of the body of Christ? How does a person get into the one way of Christ Jesus? All of those questions are the same question asked differently. But no matter how it is asked, that is the first issue a man must resolve before he can grow rightly in the knowledge of God. If he does not understand the New Birth, his understanding of everything else is skewed, and he will eventually invent for himself doctrines out of his own imagination, just like everybody else who does not know how to get into the one way of salvation.