Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
That statement by Jesus is Gospel truth as written.
But behind that statement is a world of mystery. Simply read and taken as read will render it as saying that unless we all come to Jesus, meaning, accept Jesus as savior, as most protestant believers do, there will be hell to pay.
That is the concept, thought, idea or whatever that is prevalent today.
But like I said that there is a mystery behind that statement and I will try to address it here.
In addressing it, bear in mind that what I am about to describe is all biblical and searchable by scripture and not of some cult belief as many might say.
The Jews as a nation were given the responsibility to bear the burden of bringing Christ to the world via, the prophets, the law of Moses and testimony of their having a God that is “the” God, by reason of God’s power demonstrated in the stories in the bible to a heathen world.
So, we can say then that the nation of Israel was as like the first born given to in heart all things from the Father.
But guess what? It was the second born (similitude, picture of Esau and Jacob) that inherited the Fathers inheritance.
So what must happen for Jesus to have that effect is to cut Israel off (behead them sort of speak) from their first place in favor of the second place Jesus.
How was that done? Jesus had to require them to have to come through Him in order for them to be saved.
Now, pay attention to the fact that Jesus was not yet crucified in and by which He made that statement; because all things changed after the crucifixion.
Prior to and until Jesus became the risen Christ, Jesus then would know all things because He is God’s new name by which all mankind might be saved.
I wondered at the words “might be saved” because it gives indication that not all are going to be saved; lending the concept of hell as eternal punishment.
But a better understanding of it as supported by other verses in the bible, that salvation comes to the chosen or called, if you will, and by them, this message is to be shared around the world.
But as it is and has been, it has instead divided us into two groups, the going to hell believers if you don’t accept Jesus, along with those who have other claims requiring certain practices, certain memberships and for a very few, the claim that all are going to be saved.
The very few have come to that realization only recently, due to the Holy Spirits revealing the spiritual messages that prior to could not be seen.
I will say that early on the Churches history, there was this Cardinal, Priest, or some high official of the church that grabbled over this same issue of salvation of all mankind, but after wrestling with it sleeplessly, he decided to opt for the heaven and hell scenario.
He figured that people would not be motivated to love God if they knew they were saved anyways, so his writtings became church dogma. (Heaven or hell)
I am sorry, I don’t remember who this gentleman was; perhaps some of you know who it was?
I will say that the protestant believers as well as all Catholic believers are in reality innocent of not understanding God’s love.
But it will come out eventually as the body of Christ matures to adult hood.
Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Individually: and collectively.
Allot of us are there individually, but not collectively, and that is the work that lies ahead of us and as a legacy for our children to follow.
To share the love of Christ to a world needing love is the work of the saints. (Those set apart as believers, such as you and I)