Jesus is the Only Way to Fellowship with God the Father — John 14:6

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People would like to believe that there are many ways to God; that you can follow all different routes to get to the top of the mountain.  Jesus stated categorically that He is “the Way.”  You cannot get more exclusivistic than that.  There are a wide variety of ways that seem right to men, but those lead only to destruction (Prov 12:15; 16:2; 21:2).  Just as Pilgrim in Pilgrim’s Progress, we must enter through the right gate upon the right path and then we must persevere in our journey – staying on that right path until we reach our final destination.  If we stray off the path, we must repent and return to that straight and narrow path that leads to the Father.  Yet this is not a journey of works but salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ who alone is the Way to God the Father.

SIX INSIGHTS REGARDING JESUS AS THE ONLY WAY TO GOD

I.  THE WAY TO GOD THE FATHER IS KNOWN INTIMATELY BY JESUS BECAUSE HE CAME FROM HEAVEN AND RETURNED TO HEAVEN

The testimony of Jesus is trustworthy

John 3:13 “No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven; the Son of Man.

John 3:31-32 “He who comes from above is above all, he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth.  He who comes from heaven is above all.  What He has seen and heard, of that He testifies;”

John 6:51 “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”

John 7:28, 33 “You both know Me and know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true . . .  For a little while longer I am with you, then I go to Him who sent Me.

John 8:14 “Even if I testify about Myself, My testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going

John 13:3 “Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God

John 16:5 “But now I am going to Him who sent Me

John 16:28 “I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; I am leaving the world again and going to the Father.”

II.  THE WAY TO GOD THE FATHER IS NARROW

Genuine; exclusive; unique

Matt 7:13-14  “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

III.  THE WAY TO GOD THE FATHER IS ENTERED THROUGH ONLY ONE DOOR

We are commanded to come to the door and enter in

John 10:7-9 “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.  All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.  I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”

IV.  THE WAY TO GOD THE FATHER HAS BEEN OPENED TO US BY THE SACRIFICIAL DEATH OF JESUS ON THE CROSS

Hebrews 10:19-20 “Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh

Ephesians 2:16,18 “and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity . . . for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.

V. THE WAY TO GOD THE FATHER INVOLVES THE PATH OF DISCIPLESHIP AND HOLINESS = FOLLOWING JESUS

Mark 8:34 “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.”

Isaiah 35:8 “A highway will be there, a roadway, and it will be called the Highway of Holiness.  The unclean will not travel on it, but it will be for him who walks that way, and fools will not wander on it.  No lion will be there, nor will any vicious beast go up on it; these will not be found there.  But the redeemed will walk there

VI.  THE WAY TO GOD THE FATHER ARRIVES AT THE FINAL DESTINATION OF CONSUMMATED SALVATION

Hebrews 7:25 “Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

2 Timothy 4:18 “The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”

CONCLUSION:

Acts 4:12 “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved. ”

Acts 16:17 “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.”