No Other

Read: 1Kings 1:1-53, Acts 4:1-37, Psalm 124:1-8, Proverbs 16:24

There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)

mountain

Relate: In the book Radical, David Platt writes:

I remember sitting outside a Buddhist temple in Indonesia. Men and women filled the elaborate, colorful temple grounds, where they daily performed their religious rituals. Meanwhile, I was engaged in a conversation with a Buddhist leader and a Muslim leader in this particular community. They were discussing how all religions are fundamentally the same and only superficially different. “We may have different views about small issues,” one of them said, “but when it comes down to essential issues, each of our religions is the same,”
I listened for a while, and then they asked me what I thought. I said, “It sounds as though you both pictured God (or whatever you call God) at the top of a mountain. It seems as if you believe that we are all at the of the mountain, and I may take one route up the mountain, you may take another, and in the end we will all end up in the same place.”
They smiled as I spoke. Happily they replied, “Exactly! You understand!”
Then I leaned in and said, “Now let me ask you a question. What would you think if I told you that the God at the top of the mountain actually came down to where we are? What would you think if I told you that God doesn’t wait for people to find their way to him, but instead he comes to us”

React: God came down the mountain. Do you realize how liberating this truth is? There is nothing I have to do. Nothing I can do. He’s already done it all. Some might say that the truth of the uniqueness of Christ makes Christianity an exclusive religion. On the contrary, the uniqueness of Christ makes salvation equally accessible to everyone. It isn’t hard. Nobody can say, “I can’t get to God.” He’s come to us. His blood paid my price. Its done. So why am I not sharing this wonderful news with everybody I know?

Respond: 

Thank You. God, thank You for the cross. Thank You for making a way, and then walking it. In a thousand lifetimes I could never say it enough. Thank You.

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19 thoughts on “No Other

  1. God came down. Wow. Perhaps because He knows how lazy I am. That the steep climb would wear me out both mentally and physically – and He gives us every chance (even the lazy). Thank you

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  4. I agree that salvation is a gift from God –and I love your image of God coming down the mountain! So true. However, if we really love Christ, there is still more to do: to follow Christ. It doesn’t mean we earn our salvation, but if we really want to respond to God’s love for us, then there is stuff “to do.” To truly become a Christian is to be a Christ-follower, and that means to allow God to transform our lives, to make us more like Jesus. What do you think about how we live? Just curious.

  5. I’ve seen over and over again on WordPress how posts seem to be in sync, a similar message coming through at exactly the same time, I just read another post that was spot on topic. You really get the sense of God wanting to get our attention!
    This message isn’t just about those who don’t know Christ at all, it for some of us who follow Him.
    Although I started my Christian journey knowing that He came to me, I very soon forgot that,got drawn into believing something else and before I knew it, I was trying to climb the mountain to get to Him. This last week, I’ve been set free from that and have had the joy of my salvation restored to me, If you get a chance, have a read: http://asinfulwomanforgiven.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/perfect-love-4ever-2/

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