The Narrow Path
Daily Bible Reading – Job 5; Psalm 108; Acts 10, 11
Today’s Key Passage – Acts 10:1-48
Recently I watched a documentary based on Lee Stobel’s book The Case for Faith. In it, the author discusses many of the common questions that people have about faith in Christ. One of the most common objections to Christianity is that the path to salvation is too narrow. In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” For many unbelievers, this sounds too exclusionary. They reason that faith in Christ cannot be the only way to salvation, because many people in this world might never hear about Him. These unbelievers often look to people living in third-world countries as examples, claiming that they might never get the opportunity to hear the Gospel. They use this logic to surmise that God’s plan for salvation would not discount such people. Sadly, because of this belief, many people never give their lives to Christ and therefore never gain eternal life.
Fortunately, the answer to this objection can be found in today’s key passage. The centurion Cornelius was a Gentile Roman officer. As such, in the earliest days of Christianity, he did not have much of a chance of hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ because it was against Jewish law for Jews to associate with Gentiles. Cornelius, though, was a God-fearing man. He gave to those in need and prayed regularly to God. (10:2) We learn in Hebrews 11:6 that God, “rewards those who earnestly seek him”, so God sent an angel to Cornelius telling him where to find Peter. Cornelius was obedient (10:7-8), found Peter (10:21-23), heard the Good News about Christ (10:39-43), and was saved (10:44-48).
The path to salvation is narrow. There is only one way to receive eternal life and that is through faith in Jesus Christ. This, however, is anything but exclusionary. Salvation is open to all people, regardless of background, race, nationality, or past indiscretions. People who think that God would allow a small thing like geography keep someone from hearing the Good News about Christ do not fully understand the sovereignty of God. He rewards those who earnestly seek Him, so anyone who is sincerely looking to find God will be given the opportunity to hear the Gospel. The next time you hear someone claiming that the path to salvation through Christ is too narrow, point them to the story of Cornelius. Then pray that they will accept God’s free gift of eternal life.
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Posted on October 19, 2014, in 05 - Acts and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Evangelism, Faith, God, God's Character, Jesus, Questioning God, Religion, Salvation. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.