Make Sure Your on the Right Path

Most paths have signs that give you an idea of where you’re going. Many years ago my wife and I lived in Colorado and I loved to go hiking in the mountains and there are a lot of paths in the mountains, my goal in hiking most of the time were to climb to the top of a mountain; at the trail head there were signs showing you which path lead to the top of the mountain, it would be color coded and you would follow that sign all the way to the top if you took the wrong path you would find yourself somewhere else miles away from your goal. There is but one way that leads to heaven and all other ways lead you away from your goaled of heaven, all other paths lead to destruction. “He who has the Son of God has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” ~1 John 5:12. Jesus said: “I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by Me” ~John 14:6. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” ~John 3:18. “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” ~Revelations 20:15. Is the path your on the way to life or is it the way to destruction. There is only one way!

You might say well what about all these religions in the world don’t they lead to heaven, if you look at each of them closely you will find a common thread through out them and that thread is self righteousness. They all have you earning your way to heaven. We can’t earn what we don’t deserve. God has given us a moral law, it is the standard by which God will judge the world and Judge us He will; “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” ~Hebrews 9:27. And it is the moral law that God will judge us by. If I asked you if you have ever told a lie, what would you say? The moral law of God says “You shall not lie” ~20:16. Now each of us will at some point die and after death we will be judged by God according to our deeds done in this life. If the law says “You shall not lie” but you have lied and cannot say to God I am good I deserve heaven when His standard is moral perfection, you have either followed His commands or you haven’t. You have either broken the law or you haven’t. How many lies does a person have to tell to be a liar, isn’t it true you tell one lie you are a liar. The Bible says: “all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” ~Revelations 21:8. Once a person has broken the law (committed a crime) there is nothing you can do to undo it, there is no amount of good deeds you can do to outweigh it, on the day of judgment and you stand before God to give an account of your life and He asks you have you kept my commands (have you lied?) you have no leg to stand on, it is a yes or no question. The penalty for breaking God’s moral law is death in Hell forever.

There is a way to escape this death and to have life and that way is Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. He is the only one that has ever lived a morally perfect life. The Bible says that He was fully God (conceived of the Holy Spirit) and fully man (born of a woman). Being fully man He was subject to the same moral law that we are subject to. He faced the same temptations that we are faced with every day but didn’t once break God’s law. So He did something only He could do, He allowed Himself to be killed in our place, instead of us getting the punishment that we deserve He stood in our place and took the punishment we deserve, then being fully God He did something we couldn’t do, when He was ready He took His life up again (rose from the dead). Now He is the way to life, no one goes to heaven but by Him because He is the propitiation for our sins (the payment for our sins). Eternal life is yours for the taking; it is a completely free gift. All we have to do is except it. Except the fact we are not good, we have broken God’s moral law and what we deserve is Hell. Except the fact that Jesus is good and He took the punishment in our place. The Bible calls this Repentance and faith. Repent turn away from trusting in your own goodness trust in the goodness of Jesus to save you on the Day of Judgment. If you will do that you will be saved. “Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” `1John 5:5.

Repent and trust alone in Jesus Christ,

Mike Peek