A Sanctuary for Saints and Sinners in Need of a Saviour. Luke 18:9-14
A Sanctuary for Saints and Sinners in Need of a Saviour. Luke 18:9-14
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Before reading the following overview of this Letter, we suggest that you click on the link above to read the short Letter 16 for today’s Illustrated Message, which will help you understand the following message.
Screwtape says to Wormwood; “You mentioned casually in your last letter that the patient has continued to attend one church, and one only, since he was converted, and that he is not wholly pleased with it. May I ask what you are about? Why have I no report on the causes of his fidelity to the parish church? Do you realise that unless it is due to indifference it is a very bad thing? Surely you know that if a man can't be cured of churchgoing, the next best thing is to send him all over the neighbourhood looking for the church that "suits" him until he becomes a taster or connoisseur of churches.”
As Christians, we are to follow what Hebrews 10:23-25 says. If a Christian isn’t following this clear direction that is laid out, I question if they are really a true Christian today. It says; “23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Many are not in church today because of the pandemic. Could it be that the pandemic was a good excuse to not go to church? Reality is, it shows truly where their heart is at and the pandemic gave them a way out. If you’re on that route today, you need to repent and get back into fellowship with the local church.
The Christian, named the Patient in this Letter 16, is not totally pleased with the Church he is in, which is the only one he’s ever attended, so Screwtape’s advice to Wormwood in essence, is to get him to attend other Churches and not limit himself to being firmly grounded in one fellowship only.
Most times when Christians are not pleased with the Church they are in, is because they are having to deal with those old fashioned words, like sin and repentance.
When a new Christian is searching for a Church to attend and be a part of, it should never be about choosing a Church based on where you fit in the best and feel most comfortable. Church is never about fitting in and comfort, but rather it is about Christians coming together and conforming to what Church is to be and being a part of the Body of Christ, where a Christian can operate in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit that God has given him or her to contribute to church fellowship for the building up and edifying those attending.
This is why so many Christians are not in a Church today, and it’s because of their unrealistic expectations of Church fellowship to be a place of comfort that is to accommodate sinful lifestyles that require little or no repentance.
It’s easy to attend seeker sensitive Churches, simply because the term repentance has been removed from Church sermons, and the Churches are built to accommodate the sinner’s lifestyle so that they are comfortable and can fit in, and come and go as they please with no requirements to repent of sin.
In the Christianese Dictionary, there’s an article that defines what the term Christian lite is. This is what a portion of it says; “All the salvation with half the guilt! It’s what some people call “Christianity lite.” Sometimes you want all the benefits of Christianity, such as forgiveness of sins and getting into heaven, but you don’t want some of the weighty obligations, such as having to change your lifestyle and love your neighbor. The solution is to get a “diet” version of Christianity that has all the great benefits you desire, but without all the unwanted responsibilities to go along with them. Christians refer to this kind of theological attitude as Christian lite, Christianity lite, diet Christianity, and other similar combinations.”
Screwtape says; “In the first place the parochial organisation should always be attacked, because, being a unity of place and not of likings, it brings people of different classes and psychology together in the kind of unity the Enemy desires. The congregational principle, on the other hand, makes each church into a kind of club, and finally, if all goes well, into a coterie or faction. In the second place, the search for a "suitable" church makes the man a critic where the Enemy wants him to be a pupil.”
The devil can’t handle the unity of Christian fellowship. Again, it’s not about ‘liking’ Church, it’s never been about your comfort, rather it’s about the unity in the body of Christ.
The Apostle Paul talks about the unity and diversity in the body of Christ in 1 Corinthians 12:12-25; “12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink [a]into one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no [b]schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.”
This is the Church fellowship that the devil would rather a Christian not attend so that they don’t grow in their gifts and callings on their lives, but would rather have them attend seeker sensitive Churches. The devil wants Christians to attend Churches that teach Christian lite sermons, to appease their critical attitude towards sound Biblical Church doctrine that does not conform itself to their unrepentant lifestyle of sin.
Screwtape goes on to say; “The two churches nearest to him, I have looked up in the office. Both have certain claims. At the first of these the Vicar is a man who has been so long engaged in watering down the faith to make it easier for supposedly incredulous and hard-headed congregation that it is now he who shocks his parishioners with his unbelief, not vice versa. He has undermined many a soul's Christianity. His conduct of the services is also admirable. In order to spare the laity all "difficulties" he has deserted both the lectionary and the appointed psalms and now, without noticing it, revolves endlessly round the little treadmill of his fifteen favourite psalms and twenty favourite lessons. We are thus safe from the danger that any truth not already familiar to him and to his flock should over reach them through Scripture.”
One can see clearly that the schemes of the devil is to remove the reading and study of the whole Bible and only default to a handful of verses to be rehearsed repetitively. There is life in the whole council of God’s Word.
The Apostle Paul reveals what type of people these are in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 where it says; “13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.”
2 Timothy 4:3-4 also says; “3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”
Let’s look at some Scripture examples of true Church Fellowship for a Christian.
Ephesians 2:19-22 says; “19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”
Ephesians 4:11-16 says; “11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the [a]edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
Acts 2:42-47 says; “42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ [a]doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and [b]sold their possessions and goods, and divided[c] them among all, as anyone had need. 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added [d]to the church daily those who were being saved.”
It’s interesting to observe that that’s why there are so few Holy Spirit filled Churches in our province and throughout Canada. The devil has worked hard at diminishing the book of Acts churches because they’re the ones that walk in power to bind him and cast him out.
The Book of Acts Church is the fellowship that the devil wants to keep you from growing in as a Christian. He wants to replace it with religion, that is void of God’s power that can be found in the Biblical examples of the early Church which are a demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit. Religion (religious Christianity), prepares a feast but serves the scraps, and withholds what is needed for a Christian to grow in the gifts that the Holy Spirit has given to them.
Screwtape says; “At the other church we have Fr. Spike. The humans are often puzzled to understand the range of his opinions--why he is one day almost a Communist and the next not far from some kind of theocratic Fascism—one day a scholastic, and the next prepared to deny human reason altogether--one day immersed in politics, and, the day after, declaring that all states of this world are equally "under judgment". We, of course, see the connecting link, which is Hatred. The man cannot bring himself to teach anything which is not calculated to shock, grieve, puzzle, or humiliate his parents and their friends.”
This Fr. Spike sounds like a very confused preacher and false teacher. It would seem that he is “Father Spike” from a Catholic church, and we sure see a lot of this confusion and false teaching in the present papal teachings and leadership, don’t we?
The Apostle Paul says to Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:3-5 the following; “3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the [a]doctrine which accords with godliness, 4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 [b]useless wrangling’s of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. [c]From such withdraw yourself.”
You’re to withdraw yourself from Churches that teach false doctrines such as these. You’re to find a Church like the Book of Acts Church, whether it is two or three gathered together or a larger congregation, you need to find a place where you not only receive the full council of the full Bible, but where you can grow in the gifts and call on your life.
Romans 12:3-8 talks about serving God with your Spiritual gifts in Church; “3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”
This is why it’s so important to remain in a Church body that teaches the doctrines of the Apostles of the Church found in the Book of Acts, so that you may utilise the gifts that God has given you to operate in the Body of Christ, the Church, and that you are not deceived by seeker sensitive false teachers that teach eternal security that is based on cheap grace.
As a reminder, eternal security teaching means once saved, always saved. There are these seeker sensitive Churches that have been built only to accommodate the sinners desires and are not built on Bible doctrine. Again, church is not about ‘feeling good’ or being ‘comfortable’, but about obeying God to come together in His name, and not forsake it, plus to operate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit that have been given to you.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer describes cheap grace as the following; “Cheap grace means grace sold on the market like cheapjacks' wares. The sacraments, the forgiveness of sin, and the consolations of religion are thrown away at cut prices. Grace is represented as the Church's inexhaustible treasury, from which she showers blessings with generous hands, without asking questions or fixing limits. Grace without price; grace without cost! The essence of grace, we suppose, is that the account has been paid in advance; and, because it has been paid, everything can be had for nothing. Since the cost was infinite, the possibilities of using and spending it are infinite. What would grace be if it were not cheap?
What a lie that the devil has sown into the seeker friendly or seeker sensitive Churches, that everything is covered by grace and nothing more needs to be done. So hip, so cool, so entertaining, but teach cheap grace and taken the words ‘repentance’ and ‘sin’ out of their sermons. They only want the sinner to ‘feel good’ and ‘fit in’.
Bonhoeffer’s statement continues; “Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”
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February 14th, 2021 - Letter 15
Before reading the following overview of this Letter, we suggest that you click on the link above to read the short Letter 15 for today’s Illustrated Message, which will help you understand the following message.
Screwtape says; “The humans live in time but our Enemy destines them to eternity. He therefore, I believe, wants them to attend chiefly to two things, to eternity itself, and to that point of time which they call the Present. For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity.”
The devil would rather have a Christian live in the past or the future but not in the present which leads to eternity in heaven. How often do we reflect on the past experiences where the work of Holy Spirit was demonstrated in signs, wonders and miracles, and the present work of the Holy Spirit in our lives is meanwhile grieved? No matter how good they were, we need to see and know what the Holy Spirit is wanting to do today in our lives and churches.
Let’s read what the Prophet Isaiah says about the past in Isaiah 43:18-19; “18 Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
How about past failures that keep a Christian from living in the present move of the Holy Spirit, simply because of not truly receiving the forgiveness of past sins? So long as the devil can keep a Christian believing the lies about past failures, condemnation is guaranteed to follow and keep them walking in the flesh and not in the Spirit while living in the present.
The Apostle Paul says in Romans 8:1-2; “8 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who[a] do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”
The reason why a Christian would feel condemned, is that they are walking according to the flesh and not according to the Spirit. When a Christian walks in the Spirit there is no condemnation for past sins, because they believe that when confession and repentance are made about past sins, they are not only cleansed but it is never to remembered against them by God again. This is why it’s very important to not grieve the present work of the Holy Spirit in your life by believing the lies of the devil about your past sins.
All the ‘could ofs’, ‘would ofs’ and ‘should ofs’ about the past, simply keep a Christian living under condemnation, believing in lies that not only keep them from the Holy Spirits present work in their lives but leads to fear, doubt and unbelief about the future. Fear, which is of the devil, paralyzes people because he has them living in the past and afraid about the future. When you can’t enjoy and walk in the Spirit in the present, it makes it difficult to have joy looking to eternity.
1 John 1:8-10 says; “8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”
Isn’t it wonderful to know that Jesus cleanses us from our sins? It’s not just a covering of sins like it was under the Old Testament with the blood of slain animal sacrifices. Jesus allowed His blood to be spilt to cleanse us from our sins and remove them from us as far as the east is from the west when we confess them to Him. If you continue in sin, that’s a different story, unless you repent of the sin and then He’ll forgive you of them also. He won’t leave you or forsake you. I’m not preaching that you have eternal security, because although He’ll never leave you, you can leave Him by your choice.
We know that pretty well every day some temptation comes across our path and we sin. We’re still in this world where we do fall into sin, where the Screwtape’s or Wormwood’s are sent to trip the Christian up to get them to fall, but if we confess those sins, Jesus is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 says; “17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not [a]imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
The devil wants the Christian to worry about the future with all its uncertainty’s, but this is not what Jesus wants, for He wants us to live in the present and give no thought to the future cares but rather focus on eternity. To live in a present relationship with Him through the power of the Holy Spirit, to obey Him, to do His will, to evangelize, and look forward to spending eternity with Him.
Jesus says in Matthew 6:25-34, and is so comforting for us in what we’re living in right now; “25 Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one [a]cubit to his [b]stature? 28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not [c]arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Jesus isn’t moved by the economy nor the virus that is raging around the world. He wants you to not worry and to trust Him to heal you. This should bring the Christian great comfort and peace, even if troubles come during the day, the Holy Spirit is there to help you and deliver you from the snares that the enemy would want to set.
Satan has people in terror and fear about the present pandemic, fear about future wars, the global agenda and communism, which are all meant to kill, steal and destroy. But Jesus’ words bring comfort that He’s looking after you and if need be, He’ll multiply your bread like He did the loaves and fishes and He’ll multiply the oil in your vats as He did in the Old Testament. Remember….nothing is impossible for God!
Philippians 4:6-7 says; “6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
It’s crazy how the world wants you to believe that being anxious is just a normal part of life. But it isn’t! Anxiety and fear go hand in hand and are of the devil. The peace of God is what the born again Christian who has been water baptized is to walk in.
Screwtape says this about God; “He would therefore have them continually concerned either with eternity (which means being concerned with Him) or with the Present--either meditating on their eternal union with, or separation from, Himself, or else obeying the present voice of conscience, bearing the present cross, receiving the present grace, giving thanks for the present pleasure.”
God wants you to give Him thanks for what’s going on presently in your life. It doesn’t matter the past failures either, but if you need to make reconciliation and ask forgiveness from someone for past sins, you need to do it. Jesus says that when we forgive others who have sinned against us, we’re forgiven of our sins. Trials, temptations and persecutions will come in your life as that’s what Jesus said, but as you depend on Him every day, He’ll cause you to overcome.
Mary and Martha are a good example of two individuals; one lived in the present with Christ that leads to eternity and one could not live and enjoy the present Christian life with Christ, but rather was concerned about so many things, both present and future.
The story is in Luke 10:38-42; “38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at [a]Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” 41 And [b]Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
This is what Jesus wants for you today. Fellowship with Him today as you read His Word. Find out what He wants you to do, what He wants you to say, find out what His will is for you today.
The devil would like to have the Christian to be like Martha, who was worried and troubled about many things and as a result, missed out on what Jesus wanted to do in her life at the present. I bet if both Mary and Martha were to sit together a Jesus’ feet and enjoy the present, Jesus would have probably supernaturally prepared a ‘skip the dishes meal’ at the snap of His fingers, just as He did when He multiplied the loaves and fishes. Jesus wants to move supernaturally in your life today as you rest in relationship with Him. The devil wants to get you out of the supernatural and into the natural, but Jesus makes it very clear to seek the Kingdom of God first (the supernatural).
Jesus says in Matthew 6:33-34; “33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
When you put Jesus first, He will give you the supernatural wisdom and understanding in the present on how to plan for the future without being anxious about it.
So long as the devil can keep a Christian operating in the natural, rational, reasoning and worry about the future, there will be no supernatural operation of the Holy Spirit in the present, but rather a lot of ‘could ofs, ‘would ofs’ and ‘should ofs’, that keep them in fear, doubt and unbelief about the past, present and the future. Not one of us is exempt from these thoughts, but today, we realize that Jesus doesn’t want us living in the past.
Screwtape says; “In a word, the Future is, of all things, the thing least like eternity. It is the most completely temporal part of time--for the Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays. Hence the encouragement we have given to all those schemes of thought such as Creative Evolution, Scientific Humanism, or Communism, which fix men's affections on the Future, on the very core of temporality. Hence nearly all vices are rooted in the future. Gratitude looks to the past and love to the present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.”
It seems like the day and age we are living in with all the biological warfare and globalist agendas to set up a one world communist government, are what the Bible clearly foretold about the signs of the times and the end of age as we know it.
Jesus talks about this in Matthew 24:4-14; “4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for [a]all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, [b]pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
It’s clear that Jesus is calling Christian’s to endure to the end. Put your hand to the plow and don’t look back. You each have a call on your life by Jesus to do His will, so you must step into it and do it. All the more reason to fix your attention on what the Holy Spirit is presently doing in your life and be prepared for eternity, because it is evident more than ever that there is a great falling away among Christians who forsake living in the present for cares about the future and have and are denying the truth in exchange for lies.
Jesus also says in Matthew 6:19-21; “19 Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
It’s good to examine your heart today and find out what treasure is in it. Is it the present relationship with Christ which leads to eternity or is it the treadmill, spinning on a wheel of past failures and/or successes and fear about what the future holds?
John 14:1-6 says; “14 Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many [a]mansions; if it were not so, [b]I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.” 5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Jesus articulates so clearly that there is eternal life in heaven with no one else but through Him. All other religions are idolatry made from the devil himself so that he can get the worship. But it ends in disaster for him for eternity.
Acts 4:12 says; “12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
The Apostle Paul says in 1 Timothy 2:5; “5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.”
Again, Jesus says in John 3:36; “36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
We came out from God’s wrath when we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, and today, He wants you to continue to abide in that life.
The following should be every true Christians confession; “I don’t live in the past days of successes or failures and I don’t worry about the future, but I’m going to live in the present and look forward to eternity with Jesus in Heaven.”
Philippians 3:12-14 in the Amplified Bible says; “12 Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on [a]so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own. 13 [b]Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”