He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”—Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out…that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus.
There is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them.
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him—for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith—and because you are sons God has sent the spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” —Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.
You stand fast through faith, so do not become proud, but fear—Far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jn.1:11,12ESV; Mk.2:17ESV; Acts 4:19,20ESV; Acts 4:12NLT; Rom.10:12ESV; Gal.3:26ESV; Gal.4:6NLT; Rom.10:4NIV; Rom.11:20ESV; Gal.5:14ESV
There’s no way around Him, no way to commend myself to the Father but through Him. No true goodness apart from His. I find I must continually review these truths. It is said that the ground at the foot of the Cross is level. There are no distinctions here, no superior Christians, no naturally good people. All are given new life because of Jesus’ death for their sakes. He did not come to call the ones who were sure of their good standing with God because of their diligent rule-keeping. These He rebuked and called to repentance so that they could see their need of a Saviour. And once we’re ushered into the family of God, there is still no room for boasting. It is all of God’s mercy that we see the Son and our need of Him. Even faith is His gift to us. In it we stand fast, dearly loved siblings of Jesus, our Hero.