The Uniqueness of Jesus as the Only Saviour
There are clear statements about this in the New Testament.
But why is Jesus the only Saviour?
God is love
1 John 4:8
God is the judge of all mankind
The standard of judgment is God’s perfect law
God’s law must be obeyed
Perfect justice demands that sin must be punished
Perfect holiness will repel sin as light repels darkness. But, since God is the source of life, this repulsion of the sinner means death (physical and spiritual). This is the required and inevitable result of sin.
This verse summarises the whole message of Hebrews and shows that a penal death (death as a judicial punishment) is required for human sin. So the whole of humanity deserves a penal death. It is evident therefore that:
Because of the perfect justice of God, human sin demands the death (physical and spiritual) of all humanity, unless there is some way of transferring the guilt and its punishment.
It is clear that God alone can save humanity from sin, because he alone is free from sin and its condemnation
But God cannot die – he is immortal
1 Tim 1:17
1 Tim 6:15-16
So God must become man (without ceasing to be God) in order to suffer a penal death
1 Tim 2:5
2 Cor 5:14
God is love and love desires a free response from the person loved, so God lays down repentance and faith in Jesus as a condition of receiving salvation
1 John 5:12
See also John 3:15-16; 5:24; 647; 17:3.
1 John 2:22-23
Cf John 8:19
2 John 7, 9
Cf 1 John 4:2-3
So the only way to “have” or “know” God is to trust in Jesus as the Christ and the Son of God incarnate.
WHAT ABOUT OTHER RELIGIONS? [See also “Jesus the Only Saviour”]
Other religions don’t save in themselves because they do not trust in Jesus as the Christ and the Son of God incarnate.
However some awareness of the eternal power and divine nature of Yahweh is possible to any human being through the created order (Rom 1:20). This awareness underlies the various religions. However Romans 1 (especially verses 18, 21-13) speaks of how man has suppressed the truth of the general revelation through creation and created gods of his own. Paul specifies idols.
But what about the monotheistic world religions who also condemn idols? The problem is that they specifically deny the Trinitarian nature of god as revealed through the New Testament and they also deny the concept of God requiring and providing atonement through the cross of Christ. Thus their concept of God is very seriously inadequate. Having rejected the revelation of God in Christ they create their own image of God.
The wages of sin is death.
Therefore the God-Man died for all.
But only those who accept him receive salvation.
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