A devotional thought from Juan Sanchez for “Jesus: The Faithful Son”
Most people hope in a life after this one. Religion, regardless of what name it goes by, teaches that you must do something in order to become acceptable to enter into the next life. But how do you know what to do and when you’ve done enough of it?
In the early 1900s, many churches opened wide the gates into the kingdom of God by teaching the “Fatherhood of God and the universal brotherhood of man” regardless of whether or not one trusts in Christ for salvation. This broad path to heaven would be nice if it were true, but does the Bible actually teach that anyone can enter into the kingdom of God without trusting in Christ?
When speaking of salvation, the Bible makes a clear distinction between those who are God’s children and those who are children of the Devil (1 John 3:8-10). But how does one become a child of God and inherit eternal life?
According to the Bible, the way to eternal life is through the narrow gate and only a few find it (Matt. 7:13-14). That’s a scary thought! In fact, Jesus goes on to say that it is possible to be mistaken about being a genuine follower of Christ (vv. 21-23). That’s an even scarier thought!
In this session, we will see that Jesus came to obey God’s Word in our place, living up to the righteous standard that God requires of us and providing a way by which we may be acceptable to God.
Pause and Reflect
• What are some examples of people working to inherit eternal life?
• What does God say is the requirement for receiving eternal life?
• How would you encourage someone who struggles with assurance of salvation?