In practically everything, save Christianity, there is a great variety. Christianity is unique in every respect. There is but one Christianity and it stands alone and apart from all the religions of the world. It cannot be compared with these religions, because it has nothing in common with them. It is the only and it is supreme, just as Jesus Christ is the only and is supreme.
Only one class of people can ever be saved, namely sinners, or those who are lost. The supreme purpose for which Jesus Christ came into the world is that He might save sinners. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” I Timothy 7:75. Jesus Himself declared, “I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” Matthew 9:13. All men by nature are sinners, but multitudes do not own nor confess that they are. For such there is no hope of salvation. Only those who own and confess themselves sinners before God can be saved.
Only one Being in all the universe has the right and power to sake the lost: Jesus Christ alone can save sinners. He came into the world to save sinners; He died on the Cross to save sinners; He was raised from the dead and exalted at God’s right hand to save sinners; He is appointed to save sinners; He is proclaimed in Scripture as the Saviour of sinners; and He does save all who receive Him by faith as their own personal Saviour.
Only one way has been provided whereby sinners may be saved. That way is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” Acts 16:31. “To him that worketh not but believeth… his faith is counted for righteousness” Romans 4:5. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” Ephesians 2:8. It is alone by faith in the Lord Jesus that sinners are saved. Good works, rectitude of character, morality, baptism, joining church, observing the Lord’s Supper and any kindred things do not save. These things are all good and right in their place but they are not a means to salvation. Salvation is not something the sinner must work out or merit, but it is provided by Christ’s redeeming work and the free gift of God to all who believers the Lord Jesus Christ. The sinner cannot earn or merit salvation, he must receive it as a free gift from God.
Only one thing remains for the sinner to do in ordered be saved. He must come to Christ and believe on Him and receive Him to be saved. And he may freely come to Christ, since he is invited to come.
The invitation of the Gospel is the sinner’s warrant. Here is an illustration that will show you what I mean. In the courts of law if a man be called as a witness, no sooner is his name mentioned, than he rises to his feet and begins to walk up to the witness stand. Suppose someone would say, “Why is this man making his way up front?” or someone should interrupt him, asking, “Who are you that you are so boldly moving up front?” He might be asked, “Are you a friend of the judge, a person of rank, or a man of repute and special privilege?” To all these questions it would be sufficient for him to reply, “My name was called.” His only warrant for coming to the witness stand was the call he heard. But that is enough. Sinner friend, come to Jesus, for though you have nothing to commend you to God, yet you are called, and it is written, “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out” John 6:37. Therefore, come as you are, and do not delay.