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There's Only One Way Home

By Lee Roberson


      ". . . No man cometh to the Father but by Me"(John 14:6)

            More than messages on temperance, more than
      messages on church discipline, is the need for the
      message of God's way of salvation.

            Thank God, there is a way of salvation, there is a
      way home, but there is only one way home to God. I
      remember C.O. Johnson telling about a man who drove
      into a town and stopped to ask a local boy the way to
      the Post Office. The boy seemed quite confused, but he
      began, "Mister, you go down this way three blocks and
      turn to the right and go one block and turn left. . .No
      sir, you can't get there that way. "He tried again, "Go
      down this street four blocks and turn right, and go two
      blocks and then turn left . . .No sir, you can't get
      there that way." A third time he began, "Go down here
      six blocks and turn right and go about four blocks and
      then turn left . . . No sir, I'm sorry, but you just
      can't get to the Post Office from here."

            The world's greatest ignorance is on this subject:
      How to get home to God, how to be saved and be sure you
      are saved.

            God has tried to make it simple in His Word, but
      because of man's sin and depravity, he refuses to
      receive the simple way. Therefore, we have a multitude
      of confusing man-made ways of salvation. But, still,
      there is only "one way home."

            There are three reasons why men are so confused..

            The devil wants you to be confused and works to that
      end. Don't forget that the devil is the author of
      confusion and doubt. He is the "father of lies." The
      devil wants you to believe a lie and be dammed.

            False ways are advertised and publicized more than the
      true way. The writer of A Sunday School quarterly makes
      the statement, "There are many ways to God." The writer
      of a column in the Louisville Times says, "Nothing is
      free, not even salvation, for one must be good to be
      saved." Even in a child's Bible picture book the false
      ways are advertised; commenting on the story of Lazarus
      and Dives, it is said, "By and by the rich man died,
      too. But the angels did not come to carry him to heaven
      They paid no attention to him at all because he had not
      been kind to others while he lived."

            Now, let us see the evidence of the Word.

      I
      By Picture and Type The Old Testament Says, "There Is One Way Home To God."

            I will give you three or four illustrations.

            There was one door to the ark. "And the door of the
      ark shalt thou set in the side thereof" (Gen.6:16).
      This one door was a symbol of the one way of salvation.

            The ark was approximately 547 feet long, 91 feet
      broad, 54 feet high. It had over two acres of floor
      space. By conservative estimate the ark cold carry
      5.600 men and provisions. There were only "eight souls"
      aboard, and the rest of the space was for animals. But
      with all of its size and space, there was but one door.

            The ark was a place of salvation and there was one
      door in. When they were all in, God shut the door.
      There is a picture of salvation and security.

            There was one way of escape from the death angel
      when he passed over Egypt (Ex.12). That was by putting
      the blood upon the lintel and on the two side posts of
      the door. The first born of the Egyptians were slain.
      The Jewish first born lived. "When I see the blood, I
      will pass over you."

            When the tabernacle was built at God's direction,
      there was one gate to the tabernacle. Again   God speaks
      of the "one way home." This one gate gave the
      Israelites a means of approach to God. There was no
      other way.

            There was one "altar of sacrifice in the tabernacle.
      There was no approach to God save by this altar. There
      is now but one altar of sacrifice. It is the place
      where He Himself purged our sins. And in these few
      examples we are merely touching the evidence of the Old
      Testament.

      II
      By Pungent Statements The New Testament Writers Declare, "There Is One Way Home"

            Call the roll of the inspired writers; hear Paul in
      Romans 10:9 ". . . if thou shalt confess with thy mouth
      the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that
      God hath raised Him form the dead, thou shalt be
      saved."

            "For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that
      not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works,
      lest any man should boast" (Eph.2:8,9).

            "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all
      acceptation, that Christ Jesus come onto the world to
      save sinners; of whom I am chief"(1 Tim.1:15).

            The writer of Hebrews declares, "Neither by the
      blood of goats and calves, but by the His own blood He
      entered in once into the holy place, having obtained
      eternal redemption for us"(9:12).

            Hear John as he says, "He that hath the Son hath
      life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not
      life"(1 John 5:12).

            Hear Jude: "Now unto Him that is able to keep you
      from falling, and to present you faultless before the
      presence of His glory with exceeding joy"(v.24).

            Hear the   apostle Peter: "Who His own self bare our
      sins in His own body on the tree, that we, bring dead
      to sins, should live unto righteousness; by whose
      stripes ye were healed"(1 Peter 2:24).

            Our whole Bible shouts with a voice of thunder, "One
      way home." And that is the way of salvation by grace
      through faith in Christ.

            Every other so-called sacred books of the world has
      one refrain, salvation by works, whether it be the Veda
      of he Brahmans of the Koran of the Mohammedans. Our
      Bible is a protest against this from beginning to end.

            We believe in good works, but they are the outcome
      of a grateful heart. Good works are the fruits of our
      faith.

            Other books may have some good teachings and
      philosophies, but God's Book declares that the way home
      to God is by Christ Jesus who came into the world to
      save sinners!

      III
      By Positive Declaration Jesus Says, "One Way Home" To The Father

            "No man cometh unto the Father but by Me."

            By Jesus we come to our eternal home. We come by
      Christ, who said, "I am the door; by Me if any man
      enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out,
      and find pasture"(John 10:9).

            We come by Christ, who said, "I am the good
      shepherd; the good shepherd giveth His life for the
      sheep"(John 10:11).

            We come b Christ, who said, "I am the resurrection
      and the life, he that believeth in Me, though he were
      dead, yet shall he live" (John 11:25).

            We come by Christ, who said, "I am come a light into
      the world, that whosoever believeth on Me should not
      abide in darkness" (John 12:46).

            If will avail you nothing to stand and knock at
      Heaven's door if Jesus is not with you. He alone has
      the key to admit you to the presence of the Heavenly
      Father.

            Whether rich or poor, educated or ignorant, cultured
      or crude, Jesus must be your Saviour if you are to come
      home. Whether you are a drunkard or a total abstainer,
      whether moral or immoral, whether church member or
      non-church member, there is only one way home, Jesus.
      In His first coming He came to prepare us for the
      place; in His present work in Heaven, He is preparing
      the place for us; when He comes again, He will take us
      to the place prepared.

            Do you remember the story of John Howard Payne?
      "Overtaken by misfortune, poverty, and sickness, John
      Howard Payne went staggering down the streets of Paris
      toward the garret where he slept. Darkness had fallen.
      The sleet drove against his face and the cold pierced
      his thin cloak. Suddenly, a door opened, and the light
      streamed forth upon the street, the flow and warmth
      perfuming all the air. Into the arms of the man who
      stood upon the threshold, happy children leaped, while
      the beaming mother held forth her babe. In a moment the
      door closed, the light faded into darkness, and the
      youth stood again in the sleet and cold, little
      dreaming that what he was learning in suffering, he was
      to teach in song. That night, shivering beside his
      table, the youth lighted his candle, and though the
      tears fell upon the paper within, like the rain upon
      the street without, his heart went bounding across the
      seas, for he knew there was no place like home. He saw
      the old home stead again, crossed its sacred threshold,
      saw again the warm smile of the mother long since dead,
      heard his revered father's voice, heard the voices of
      dear companions ringing across the green and felt the
      home that once was behind him was now before him in
      that Heaven where he should meet again those whom he
      had loved and lost. And so, with streaming eyes and
      leaping heart and shining face, he saw the vision
      splendid and exclaimed, "There is no place like home,'
      and sang of home
      and Heaven.

            "Mid pleasures and palaces tho we may roam,
      Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home;
      A charm from the skies seems to hallow us there,
      Which seek thro' the world, is ne'er met with
      elsewhere.."

            Receive Jesus now as your Saviour! He is the way home.

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