Wednesday, 16th February, 2022
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all" (Ephesians 4:4-6 KJV)
Christianity is the life of Christ in a man; it’s not a religion. But it’s been classified as a religion by those who never understood it. The only religion in Christianity, according to the Bible, is visiting the fatherless, helping the widow and the poor in their affliction (James 1:27). But everything else has nothing to do with religion.
Jesus Christ is the only One sent to save man. Religious leaders went to war; they killed; they forced people to accept their beliefs. They gave other people’s lives to save themselves. But Jesus gave His own life for all. Think about that!
Who would you think loves you? The one who punished and killed others for not listening to him, or the one who gave His life for them so they could live? Jesus gave His life in your place for you to know that you’re valuable to God. Maybe you’re reading this and you’ve never been born again; you must understand this: Salvation comes through no other name or means except by Jesus Christ: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
Since there’s no salvation in any other, there couldn’t be “other faiths,” like some people think. We read it in our theme verse; there’s “One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all….” And 1 Corinthians 8:6 says, “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.”
In John 14:6, Jesus was unequivocal when He said, “...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” He used the definite article “the”; He didn’t say, “I’m a way” or “one of the ways.” This is why we preach the Gospel; it’s so that men may know that Jesus gave His life for them; mankind is no longer lost. Now they can hear and be saved, and be prepared for the soon return of the Lord, Jesus Christ. And we must keep at it until He comes!
"Dear Father, thank you for the access through Jesus Christ. As we prevail in the spirit over the hearts of men, may they be receptive to salvation today all around the world; the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ shines in their hearts, resulting in salvation and fruits and works of righteousness, in Jesus’ Name. Amen."
Acts 4:12 NIV; Acts 13:38-39; John 15:13
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Mark 2:1-22 & Leviticus 9-10
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 18:24-19:1-7 & Psalm 23-24