SALVATION IN CHRIST
by Kevin Rutherford
When the apostle Paul visited the
Peter and John were arrested for preaching at the temple (Acts 4). They were taken as prisoners before the Jewish Sanhedrin where they would be warned not to teach in the name of Jesus (Acts ). Prior to the warning Peter spoke about Jesus and said, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).” In other words, salvation is only in Christ (2 Timothy ). This is the truth! This is the saving gospel message! Fail to preach it for fear of offending people and you will loose your soul!
Now let us make application of this fundamental fact of salvation. Because salvation is only in Christ, then no one else can save you. One cannot be a part of any religion founded by men and be saved. Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Islam, etc. are man made religions that cannot save. They have their origins with Satan and with men. The destiny of any in these faiths is the same for that of the one with whom the religion originates. Satan will one day be cast into hell (Revelation ).
Because salvation is only in Christ we must understand that even those denominational churches which claim to follow Christ are lost. They are outside of Christ because they do not obey Christ (Matthew ). They are outside of Christ because they are in churches founded by men and not Jesus (Matthew , 19). While many (though not all) denominations have had their origin with sincere people they are sincerely wrong. They are completely lost because they are outside of Christ.
What does it mean to be in
Christ? Consider the fact that the Bible
teaches us that that Christ is the head of the church which is His body (Ephesians , 23).
The body is the church. The body
of Christ is the