The Bible teaches that there is no other way to salvation than through Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself says in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” We need to understand that He is the way, as in the ONE AND ONLY WAY.
He said His words are life (John 6:63). He promised that those who believe in Him will have eternal life (John 3:14–15). He is the gate of the sheep (John 10:7); the bread of life (John 6:35); and the resurrection (John 11:25). No one else can truly claim those titles. And He warns, those who teach a false gospel, of their fate in Matthew 7:21-23.
Jesus is the only way to heaven for several reasons. Jesus was “chosen by God” to be our Savior (1 Peter 2:4). Jesus is the only One to have come down from heaven and returned there (John 3:13). He is the only person to have lived a perfect sinless human life (Hebrews 4:15). He is the propitiation for our sins (1 John 2:2). He came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 5:17). He is the only man to have conquered death forever (Revelation 1:18). He is the only man whom God has “exalted . . . to the highest place… that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).
“There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,” (1 Timothy 2:5). In fact, it is the unified testimony of the New Testament that no one can know God the Father except through the person of Jesus Christ.
To understand why this is so, we must go back to the beginning. God created the heavens and the earth. . . And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters (Genesis 1:1-2). And God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness . . . (Genesis 1:26). In these first verses we see the Trinity revealed in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – the Spirit of God was hovering and let Us (plural) make man in Our image. And when He had finished creating, everything was good (Genesis 1:31).
Man and woman were placed in a perfect environment, with all their needs taken care of. They were given only one prohibition: they were not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, lest they die (Genesis 2:17). Yet they did eat of the tree, and the result was a fall, and the relationship was broken between God and man (Genesis 3).
However, God promised to restore all of these things and gave His word that He would send a Savior, a Messiah, who would deliver the entire creation from the bondage of sin (Genesis 3:15).
This promise that some day Messiah would come into the world to set mankind free is repeated throughout the Old Testament.
God’s word came true and God came to earth the person of Jesus Christ (John 1:14, 29). Jesus eventually died in our place so that we could again enjoy an unbroken relationship with God. The Bible says, “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself” (2 Corinthians 5:19) and “He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
If mankind could have reached God any other way, then Jesus would not have had to die. His death illustrates the fact that there is no other way.
But the story doesn’t end at the cross and with Jesus’ death. Jesus came back from the dead, demonstrating that He was and is the one whom He claimed to be (Romans 1:4), the unique Son of God and the only way by which a person can have a personal relationship with God.
The apostles’ preaching focused on the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Peter, speaking to the Sanhedrin, clearly proclaimed Jesus as the only way to heaven: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
Paul, speaking to the synagogue in Antioch, declared Jesus as the Savior: “I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through Him everyone who believes is set free from every sin” (Acts 13:38–39).
John, writing to the church at large, specifies the name of Christ as the basis of our forgiveness: “I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of His name” (1 John 2:12). No one but Jesus can forgive sin.
Eternal life in heaven is made possible only through Christ. Jesus prayed, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3). To receive God’s free gift of salvation, we must look to Jesus and Jesus alone. We must trust in Jesus’ death on the cross as our payment for sin, and in His resurrection. “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe” (Romans 3:22).
At one point in Jesus’ ministry, many of the crowd were turning their backs on Him and Jesus asked the Twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” (John 6:67). And Peter replied: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:68–69). We should all share Peter’s faith that eternal life resides only in Jesus Christ.
Jesus is exactly who He says He is. He is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11, 14). He is the Bread of Life (John 6:35). He’s the way, the truth, and the very life itself. Therefore, in order for us to have eternal life, we must receive Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.
There is only one way to heaven and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)