LUKE 12:4-5

Verses 4-5 “4And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
5But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.”

These verses contain several important doctrinal teachings.  First, these verses teach that men ought to have a healthy fear of God. Second, these verses teach that God is all powerful and able to do what men are not able to do.  Third, these verses teach that man is more than a body; for he has an immaterial part (the soul and the spirit) which live on after the body is destroyed.  And fourth, these verses teach that there is a hell, a place of everlasting punishment to be feared by all unsaved people.  Two little verses can teach us a lot!  Additionally, these verses teach us that we should not fear men because the worst that they can do is kill us.  If they kill us, we will land in heaven.  And that is nothing to fear.

 

MATTHEW 25:41

Verse 41 “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”

Hell, the place of eternal punishment, was not prepared for men. Originally, hell was prepared for the Devil and his wicked, fallen angels. However, people who reject Christ and His saving grace will end up in hell for eternity. The punishment of hell will be everlasting (see verse 46, “everlasting punishment”). The modern day delusion of universal salvation, even though taught by some who claim to be evangelicals, simply does not comport with the Bible’s very clear teachings. Unsaved people can not go to heaven, and they would not be happy in heaven if they did go there.

MATTHEW 19:23-26

Verses 23-26 “23Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
24And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
25When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
26But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”

When Jesus spoke of a camel and the eye of a needle He was not referring to a gate that had in it a small door that a man could get through and that a camel could get through only with great difficulty and with its load removed. There was no such gate at Jerusalem. Jesus was referring to a literal camel and a literal needle such as one would use to sew cloth or leather. In other words, Jesus was talking about something that was an utter impossibility, not just something that was difficult. Jesus means that even a rich man can not save himself. He can be saved only by the grace of God. And furthermore, no one is rich in material things when he leaves this world, and no one goes to heaven as a rich person, rich in money or material things. This is what Paul meant when he wrote to Timothy, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” (I Tim. 6:7). Paul went on to admonish Timothy, “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life” (I Timothy 6:17-19). “That they may lay hold on eternal life” means “that you will have something in heaven to hold on to.”

MATTHEW 19:16-22

Verses 16-22 “16And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
21Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
22But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
Here are some truths that most lost people do not know. (1) Jesus is good and He is God. (2) Unsaved people can not get saved by keeping the Ten Commandments. (3) A lost person can not get saved by selling all that he has and giving it to the poor. (4) A sinner can get as “perfect” as it is possible for him to get and he still will not be as perfect as Jesus is and not perfect enough to go to heaven. These are truths that the unsaved do not know, but Jesus challenges their thinking so that they will learn the facts.

ONLY ONE WAY

A newspaper article by Lloyd Streeter

An unsaved man said to me recently, “Well, I think all religions are pretty much alike. All of them lead to Heaven if the followers are sincere.”

The ideas expressed by my unsaved friend are commonly accepted. Many individuals think that there are many roads to Heaven. Unfortunately, those ideas do not agree with what Jesus said.

In John, chapter 10, verse 9, Jesus said, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved.”

The words of Jesus will sound intolerant to some people, but His words are absolutely true. The fact is, there is only one door to Heaven.

In John, chapter 14, verse 6, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Please note, dear reader, that the words of our Lord do not allow for more than one way to Heaven. He said “I am the way.” He did not say, “I am a way,” but rather, “I am the way.” There is only one way to Heaven; God has only one plan of salvation.

The Bible says, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12). Some people think that church membership is a right way to Heaven, but that is the way to eternal death. Some people think that being a good person is a right way to be saved, but that is the way of eternal death. The same can be said of man’s hopes to be saved by baptism, by keeping the Ten Commandments, and by living by the Golden Rule. All of them are the way to eternal death.

Jesus is our substitute. He shed His precious Blood on Calvary’s cross to pay the penalty for our sins. All who place their faith in Him will be saved. This is God’s way to Heaven. Jesus said, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Paul and Silas were asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). Their answer was consistent with all of the rest of the Bible when they replied, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).

Yes, it may fly in the face of what many think, and it may go against common logic, but the fact is that Jesus is the only way that anyone can be saved. God has made provision for sinners to be saved, and His provision is absolutely the only plan that He will accept.

“But,” some will say, “that is too exclusive. That is too narrow. God should accept more than one way to be saved.”

My friends, may I remind you that Jesus Christ is the Sovereign of the Universe, the Creator of Heaven and Earth and all that is in them. And He can make entrance into His Heaven on His own basis. Only He can say who shall enter into salvation. We must be saved God’s way or not at all.

Peter said in Acts, chapter 4, verse 12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” That verse means that only Jesus can save us. The Baptist name will not save you. The Presbyterian name will not save you. The Methodist name will not save you; nor the Catholic name, nor the Seventh Day Adventist name, nor any other name. Only Jesus saves! The Bible says, “Thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

Noah’s ark was a type of Christ in His saving ability. Noah was a saved man (Genesis 6:9) who was instructed by the Lord to build an ark to save them that would believe (Gen. 6:13-16). God instructed Noah to put only one door in the ark (v. 16). Those who believed the Word of God could come into the ark when judgment came. God sent His judgment upon all unbelievers in the form of a great world-wide flood, and the ungodly drowned and went down to Hell (Gen. 7:23). But Noah and his believing family were safe because they entered in by the one door, “and the Lord shut him in” (Gen. 7:16).

There is a gospel chorus which the children sing in Sunday school and which expresses the truth of the Bible. It says, “There’s one door; and only one; And, yet, its sides are two, inside and outside. On which side are you?”

A man was fighting a forest fire. All around him, seemingly, the fire burned. He looked for a way to escape the flames, but saw none. Soon he would be destroyed in the fast-approaching inferno. A pilot flying above the flames could also see that the man was becoming trapped, but he could see that there was yet one way out. The pilot flew low over the firefighter and dropped an object with a note attached. The note said, “Only one way out, come this way.” By going in the same direction as the plane, the firefighter got out, and was safe.

God looked down and saw our awful condemnation for sin. He sent His Son down to pay our sin debt. Now, He says to you, “There is only one way out, only one way to be saved; come this way.”

If you have never received God’s Son as your Savior, do it today. He is the only way to Heaven.