Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12
Driving down the road to a destination can often offer different ways to get to the desired location. Map programs will often change the route due to road construction, an accident or very congested traffic. The process of getting to the destination can be short or very long, depending upon which route the person takes.
It is commonly believed that destination to heaven is done in the same way, that there are multiple ways to get there.
After being arrested for preaching about Jesus, Peter was taken into prison. When confronted about it, he tells the leaders that there is only one name by which all mankind must be saved.
One of the common destinations of people around the world is what occurs after death. People are looking for heaven or eternal life.
All throughout the history of mankind, there have arisen many different beliefs as to how a person may get into heaven. Most rely upon what one does or does not do, being self-earned. Some rely upon pure chance and luck of the gods.
Regardless of how many different ‘ways’ there are in this world, there is in truth, only one way to get into heaven. That one way is by Jesus.
Jesus taught that He was the only way to the Father–to heaven. Either He was a fool, a liar, or else He was telling the truth. There is too much proof that Jesus spoke the truth, to believe that He is not the only way to be saved.
Every believer must be willing to tell the world that Jesus is the way to salvation. And every person must be willing to believe on Jesus in order to be saved.
You may or may not be a believer in Jesus. You may or may not be looking at the many different religions of this world.
Take time to read the Bible and see who Jesus really is. Realize that He is the only way to be saved and to gain eternal life in heaven. Choose today to believe in Him, and then proclaim that word to the rest of this world.
Without Jesus, you nor anyone else can be saved or get into heaven. He is the only way.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that God will open your eyes to falsehood of other religions; that you will proclaim Jesus as salvation to the world; and that God will strengthen you to turn away from false beliefs.
Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15
In many of the fancier, sit-down restaurants, it is common to have the requirement to have a reservation in order to eat there. The purpose of the reservation is to ensure you will have a spot to eat. For restaurants this is because they have to limit how many people are eating there.
If a person shows up with no reservation, he may or may not be allowed in at all. Some places require reservation, while others they are highly recommended.
In John’s vision, he has seen a lot of judgement and destruction occurring. Along with death and hell, any person whose name was not written in the book of life were thrown into the lake of fire.
Fire is sign of final judgement or punishment. It is over, completed, eternal destruction and death. When a fire gets hot enough, there is nothing that can survive it, everything is burned up and destroyed forever.
While alive on this earth, every person has a choice to make. It is the most important choice in their life that effects them for all eternity. That choice is to choose whether to follow Jesus, repenting of all sins and to accept His forgiveness or not. No other choice ever made has the extreme weight of importance as this choice.
All other choices a person may make from day to day, may have good or bad consequences for a short amount of time. That amount of time could be for a few moments all the way up until the time of death.
At the point a person chooses to repent of sins and believe in Jesus, his name is written in the book of life. He is on the reservation list for eternal life in heaven. If has not made that choice, then he is condemned for eternity in a lake of fire.
You, yourself, alone must make a choice as to whether you will repent of your sins and follow Jesus or not. If you refuse to follow Jesus, the consequences will be that your name is not written in the book of life, bringing on the judgement of eternal death.
Although choosing to follow Jesus may cause some problems today, in the end it means your name is in the book of life. As a result you will have eternal life some day. Is your name in the book of life?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of your sins; that you will follow Jesus; that your name will be in the book of life; that God is reserving eternal life for you; and that you live your life for God.
Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. Revelation 14:1
Having a way to identify people is very important for many businesses. They will have their own uniform and some form of identification tag.
Each business will have a slightly different way to identify their workers. This helps the employer and the customer know who are the workers. Without a mark of identification, there would only be chaos and confusion among everyone.
In a vision, John sees Jesus and 144,000 people standing on Mount Zion. These people had the name of Jesus and God marked on their foreheads.
The world likes to identify itself by what one has or what one does. Temporary physical things are what identify those who have not chosen to follow Jesus.
Believers are to be marked as belonging to God and are different from the world. They have a mark upon them that is completely different and separate from the world’s way of marking a person. The mark of a believer is one of supernatural peace, one of being different, one of striving to be holy, one of being guided by an eternal perspective, one of knowing that this world is not his final home, and more.
Every person who is marked as belonging to God, will be set apart from the world. His manner of talking and acting will be different, because he is guided by God’s Holy Spirit with God’s word as the rule book on how live. He will not look like or act like the world, but strives to be more and more like Jesus every day.
Being different will give reason for the world to ask why there is something different. It will give the chance to be a witness of who Jesus is.
Allow God to mark you with His mark. Live your life as God would have you live it, separate and different from the world, full of peace and life. You are set apart as holy and dedicated to God in this dark and fallen world.
As you live by God’s standards of love and holiness, you will be identified as different in this temporary world. God knows who are His and sees His mark upon their foreheads and hearts.
How are you identified today?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have God’s mark upon your life; that you will live your life by God’s holy standards; that the world will see that you belong to God; and that you will be a witness for Jesus in this world.