Can We Know?
This is an old question, and millions are still asking it. Many preachers and religious leaders step forward boldly with their opinions. But eternity is too serious a matter to trust to opinions.
A long time ago, a man asked this same question. “How can we know the way?” he asked. The answer God gave was spoken by Jesus Christ: “I am the way… no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.” John 14:6.
Although there are many theories and opinions, there are really only two ways – man’s way and God’s way. Christ is God’s way, and no one can come unto the Father any other way. In John 10:1 He says that if anyone tries to climb up some other way, “the same is a thief and a robber.’’
In man’s way, you trust in your own merits, or in your religious and moral standing. There are variations of this way, but always it is some kind of trust in human works of righteousness. But God refuses to accept anyone who has nothing more than that. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us.” Titus 3:5.
In God’s way, you trust wholly in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ for you on the cross, knowing that you have no merit of your own, but that the precious Blood of Christ covers your sins and pays the ransom for your soul. Eternal life is available for you as a free gift from God. In God’s way we learn that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23. “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8. “For He hath made Him to be sin for us… that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” II Corinthians 5:21. “All we like sheep have gone astray: we have turned every one to his own way: and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6.
Two men once came into the temple to pray. One came in man’s way, and the other in God’s way. This account is found in Luke 18. The man who came man’s way was likely a good man according to human standards. He was very religious. He fasted twice a week. gave tithes, and was thankful that he “was not as other men are.” He was better than the average. It all sounded reasonable, but it was the human way, and God will not receive a sinner on such a basis.
The other man came God’s way, as an unworthy sinner. crying: “God be merciful to me a sinner.” The Lord Jesus said this man went home justified, or saved. The man who came his own way will spend eternity with the lost.
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction. and many there be which go in thereat.” Matthew 7:13. “Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:14.
Friend, are you in the right way? Have you entered the right gate? Are you trusting the right Man? Or are you trusting yourself? Remember, new life is God’s gift to sinners. “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” I John 5:12. “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.” Acts 2:38. “Then they that gladly received His Word were baptized… And the Lord added to the Church daily such as should be saved.” Acts 2:38,47.