There Is A Way
Sam Binkley, Jr.MANYA PERSON HAS BECOME frustrated, confused and discouraged trying to solve a puzzle such as a Rubic's cube, only to have someone who knows how it works show him the way to solve it. Learning certain basic rules enables one to recognize the key to understanding how it works. In a much more important sense there are many who have given up trying to learn what to do to be saved. In some cases they have tried to understand the way, but were either ignorant of or were not applying the right rules.
The thought expressed in the words: "There is a way" is found several times in the Bible. Solomon said, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Proverbs 14:12). The fact that a way seems right unto a man does not mean that it will lead to the desired destination. Many lose their way, at least temporarily, when they trust their "intuition" rather than the compass or the road map. Many lose their way to eternal life by trusting what seems right to them rather than what is found in the word of God.
Jesus said there is a way that leads to destruction. He was making a contrast between two ways when He made that statement (Matthew 7:1`3-14). The way that leads to destruction is a broad way. All who do things contrary to the will of God or fail to do what He requires, are traveling that way. The drunkard, the idolater, the adulterer, the talebearer, all liars, etc. are traveling the broad way; so are the slothful, lazy, indifferent who do not actively do the Lord's will. It doesn't take any effort to travel the broad way. It is not necessary to believe or do anything. One can simply "go along with the crowd." The infidel who makes the effort to formulate and/or use arguments in support of his belief is traveling that way. So is the agnostic who thinks it is impossible to know whether there is a God or not, and therefore does not bother to even consider the evidence for or against. The one who enters the strait gate and travels the narrow way, however, must consider the evidence, recognize its credibility, believe it, and follow Him who is "the way, the truth, and the life" to the Father and an everlasting home in heaven.
In this same passage of Scripture (Matthew 7:13-14), Jesus mentioned another way. It is a narrow way, but it is a way. This way leads to everlasting life. The fact that it is narrow suggests that we must use caution while traveling it. It also suggests, and other scriptures teach, that we cannot take any excess baggage while traveling it. There is not room for our prejudices, jealousies, hatred, ill will, or any other sins. They must be left at the strait gate when we enter this way. Of course, the only way we can get rid of them is to obey the gospel of Christ and obtain forgiveness, and then walk the new life in Christ.
Isaiah prophesied of a way that would be called "The way of holiness" (Isaiah 35:8). The kind of people who were to travel this way were not the unclean, but the redeemed. The redeemed are those who have been bought back from their evil ways by the blood of Christ. God offers redemption to man in Christ Jesus. Speaking of Christ, Paul wrote, "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace" (Ephesians 1:7; see also Colossians 1:14; Revelation 5:9; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
"How can we know the way?" Thomas asked this question when Jesus told His disciples He was going to prepare a place for them, and come again and receive them; He then said, "And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know" (John 14:1-5). Jesus said "I am the way" (John 14:6). Yes, there is a way, and you can travel that way that leads to everlasting life by coming to Jesus and following His footsteps.