The Exclusiveness of Christianity
Christianity was in the mind of God in eternity. In planning for the redemption of lost mankind, God planned the church. “To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Ephesians 3:10,11). The church and Christianity were not an afterthought of God, but they were the beautiful way that God planned to offer salvation to the human family. He did not offer many ways that greatly differed, but he offered one exclusive way of redemption. We see the exclusiveness when we make some comparisons.
The superiority of God’s new way was pointed out by Jesus when He preached the Sermon on the Mount. In the comparisons, He made it clear that Christianity ranks much higher than any other system ever advanced. Both laws were from God and served their purpose. However, God had a higher way He wanted men to follow. Jesus would say, “Ye have heard it said ...” and then follow with His higher instruction. In this way, He showed the uniqueness of Christianity. The instruction of the Law permitted “an eye for an eye,” but Jesus made it clear that good must be returned for evil. (Romans12:18-22). Several like comparisons were made in this sermon. Jesus showed us that Christianity is exclusive and far above all works of men.
Anyone is aware of the fact that many religious ways claim to be of divine origination. Many churches have sprung up claiming that they are a part of God’s eternal plan. “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain” (Psalm 127:1).
The church is of divine origin. The Bible claims that the Lord has only one church. (Ephesians 1:22, 23; Ephesians 4:4). Human churches have human heads, but the Lord’s church has a divine head. (Colossians 1:18). Human churches are governed by human creeds, but the Lord’s church is governed by the Bible. (1 Peter 4:11). Human churches use human titles, but the Lord’s church rejects all titles. (Matthew 23:9). Clearly, the Lord’s way is far above any way of man.
Christianity is the way that gives God’s offer of salvation to men. He is the way, the truth, and the life. (John14:6). All men are open to enter the way that leads to life. Christianity gives instruction that makes our worship acceptable and fulfilling. It is governed by what we are permitted to do and does not become uncontrolled emotionalism. The best way of life is advanced in Christianity. Morals are taught and practiced. (Titus 2:11,12).
We are so thankful that we have been permitted to be a part of the exclusive way of Christianity.
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