John 14:6 - No One Comes To The Father Except Through Me. (part 2)

John 14:6 - No One Comes To The Father Except Through Me. (part 

John 14:6 (NKJV) Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, 
and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.  


Jesus is not one way among many, but the way to God (cf. Ac 
4:12; Heb 10:19-20). [NIV SB] 

Jesus says he is the only way to God the Father. Some people may 
argue that this way is too narrow. In reality, it is wide enough for 
the whole world, if the world chooses to accept it. Instead of 
worrying about how limited it sounds to have only one way, we should be 
saying, "Thank you, God, for providing a sure way to get to you!" [Life 
Application SB] 

Some would say that a single way is entirely too restrictive. 
But that attitude fails to see the desperate state of the human 
condition. That there is a way at all is evidence of God's grace and love. 
The state of human rebellion can be seen in this: We are like people 
drowning at sea who are graciously thrown a life-saving rope but who 
respond by insisting that we deserve a choice of several ropes along 
with the option of swimming to safety if we so choose. (Life 
Application Commentary) 

  Jesus did not merely show the way to God; He said, "I am the 
way."  He did not claim merely to know the truth; He said, "I am the 
truth."  He did not merely point to the abundant life; He said, "I am 
the life."  Therefore, within Christianity if there is no Christ, 
there is no way to God, no truth about God, and no vitality. 
  How could Jesus make such claims?  If He was only a man, His 
claims are preposterous.  But if He is who He said He is, and if He did 
what He said He would do, His claims make sense.  Jesus claimed to be 
God and to have come to earth to die for our own sin.  We deserve to 
die for our own sin, but Jesus died in our place.  He who was 
sinless accepted the guilt of our sin and died for us.  No one else 
could do it, but He could and did.  Thus, He literally became the door 
by which sinful men and women can approach the Father. James Boice 
[Time with God SB] 

  How could a loving God send someone to hell when that person 
never heard the Good News of Jesus? In fact, says Paul, in creation 
God has revealed himself plainly to all people. Also, everyone has 
an inner sense of what God requires. All people are wired for a 
personal relationship with God, and if they seek him they will find him. 
No one will go to hell simply because he or she missed out. God 
watches over every individual, knowing the number of hairs on every 
head. He reveals himself and touches lives, but people must choose to 
respond appropriately to whatever understanding they have.  
  God could have kept humans in ignorance about himself, but he 
chose to reveal himself in nature, through the Scriptures, and in 
Jesus Christ. Those who've been given greater revelation have a 
greater responsibility to respond to it, but no one has been left 
completely in the dark. Because God has made certain facts about himself 
plain, people will someday have to give an account before God of why 
they chose to ignore his existence and his character. [The One Year 
Bible for New Believers re Rom. 1:18-20] 


Is This Fair, Just And Right?  Is This What One Would Expect Of 
God Almighty? 

Many people reject Christianity because of these verses (John 
14:6 and Acts 4:12).  These verses seem to say that all God's 
creatures who have not heard of Christ and accepted Him as their Savior 
and Lord would be lost.  Thus masses of His creatures would be 
automatically deprived of salvation just because they had not heard of Christ 
or refused to accept Him as their Savior and Lord.  This would 
include most if not all Moslems, Hindus, Buddhist's, Primitive peoples, 
etc.  If true this would be so unfair and unjust of God that most 
could not accept such a God.  The answer to this dilemma is found in 
John 1:9: 

John 1:9 (NKJV) That was the true Light which gives light to 
every man coming into the world.  

Christ is the "Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into 
the world." John 1:9. As through Christ every human being has life, 
so also through Him every soul receives some ray of divine Light. 
Not only intellectual but spiritual power, a perception of right, a 
desire for goodness, exists in every heart. But against these 
principles there is struggling an antagonistic power. The result of the 
eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil is manifest in every 
man's experience. There is in his nature a bent to evil, a force 
which, unaided, he cannot resist. To withstand this force, to attain 
that ideal which in his inmost soul he accepts as alone worthy, he 
can find help in but one power. That power is Christ. Co-operation 
with that power is man's greatest need. ED29 

Wherever there is an impulse of love and sympathy, wherever the 
heart reaches out to bless and uplift others, there is revealed the 
working of God's Holy Spirit. In the depths of heathenism, men who have 
had no knowledge of the written law of God, who have never even 
heard the name of Christ, have been kind to His servants, protecting 
them at the risk of their own lives. Their acts show the working of a 
divine power. The Holy Spirit has implanted the grace of Christ in the 
heart of the savage, quickening his sympathies contrary to his nature, 
contrary to his education. The "Light, which lighteth every man that 
cometh into the world" (John 1:9), is shining in his soul; and this 
Light, if heeded, will guide his feet to the kingdom of God.  COL385 

  It was morning; the sun had just risen above the Mount of 
Olives, and its rays fell with dazzling brightness on the marble 
palaces, and lighted up the gold of the temple walls, when Jesus, 
pointing to it, said, "I am the light of the world." 
  In the manifestation of God to His people, light had ever been 
a symbol of His presence. At the creative word in the beginning, 
light had shone out of darkness. Light had been enshrouded in the 
pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night, leading the 
vast armies of Israel. Light blazed with awful grandeur about the 
Lord on Mount Sinai. Light rested over the mercy-seat in the 
tabernacle. Light filled the temple of Solomon at its dedication. Light 
shone on the hills of Bethlehem when the angels brought the message of 
redemption to the watching shepherds. 
  God is light; and in the words, "I am the light of the world," 
Christ declared His oneness with God, and His relation to the whole 
human family. It was He who at the beginning had caused "the light to 
shine out of darkness."[2 Cor. 4:6.] He is the light of sun and moon 
and star. He was the spiritual light that in symbol and type and 
prophecy had shone upon Israel. But not to the Jewish nation alone was 
the light given. As the sunbeams penetrate to the remotest corners 
of the earth, so does the light of the Sun of Righteousness shine 
upon every soul. 
  "That was the true light, which lighteth every man that cometh 
into the world."  DA463-4 


  That God has an "eternal purpose" for all things is both 
scriptural and logical. If God is God at all, He is sovereign. He cannot 
work independently of His own nature, for then He would cease to be 
God, something that is impossible. He is a wise God; therefore, His 
eternal purpose is a wise one. He is a powerful God; therefore, He is 
able to accomplish what He purposes. He is a loving God; therefore, 
what He purposes will manifest His love. He is an unchanging God; 
therefore, His purpose is unchanging. . . . . 
  Words like "predestination" and "election" frighten some 
people and are greatly misunderstood by others. "If God has an eternal 
purpose, then why bother to do anything?" some people ask. "Why pray? Why 
send out missionaries? After all, God will certainly achieve His 
  But not without us! God has ordained (and this is amazing) 
that His purposes shall be fulfilled in and through His church. Why 
pray? Because prayer is one of God's ordained ways to accomplish His 
will in us and through us. Why send out missionaries? Because He has 
commanded us to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth, and our 
obedience is a part of His ordained plan. God's eternal purpose, 
established "before the world was," is not an excuse for carelessness and 
disobedience. It is one of our greatest encouragements to obedience and 
  God's eternal purpose is not fatalism. Rather, it is the 
perfect plan of a loving Father, and our Father loves us too much to 
harm us. He is too wise to make mistakes. "The counsel of the Lord 
stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation" 
(Psalm 33:11). Note that important phrase: "the plans of His 
  Please keep in mind that a part of God's eternal plan is the 
fact that man shall have moral freedom. Divine sovereignty and human 
responsibility do not conflict or contradict each other; they are friends, not 
enemies. . . .  
  "But why did God plan it this way?" some may ask. Because His 
plan is the best. God cannot ordain less than the very best. There 
are some things about God's plan that we may not understand, but we 
agree with our Lord's affirmation of faith in Matthew 11:26, "Yes, 
Father, for thus it was well-pleasing in Thy sight." And if any of us 
gets the idea that God needed our help as consultants, we had better 
listen again to Paul: "For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who 
became His counselor?" (Romans 11:34). God did not need our help in 
framing His great plan, nor does He need our criticism of it. But He 
does want to share with us the privilege of working out His plan in 
this world. . . . . . . 
  These truths were not given so that we might debate, but that 
we might surrender and worship. It is not a big head, but a burning 
heart, that proves we have grasped something of the meaning of God's 
eternal plan. from Prayer: Basic Training by Warren W. Wiersbe,  


  Several years ago I was speaking at a Bible club at UCLA, 
using John 14:6. A young fellow came up to me afterward and said, "Dr. 
McGee, I have one criticism of that verse. It is too dogmatic." I said 
to him, "I agree with you. It is dogmatic. In fact, it is the most 
dogmatic statement I can think of. But it is the characteristic of truth 
to be dogmatic." 
  Then I gave him the illustration of a teacher I had when I was 
first starting school. She taught me that two plus two equals four. 
She was not broad-minded about it. She had no tolerance for anything 
else. To be honest with you, I was very broadminded in those days. As 
far as I was concerned, two plus two could equal three or five. But 
she insisted that under every circumstance, two plus two equals 
four! You just cannot get any more dogmatic than that. But I have 
thanked God for her since then because I now do business with a bank 
that is equally narrow-minded. Also, when I figure out my income tax, 
I have found that the government has the same narrowminded idea 
about two plus two. 
  May I say to you, my beloved, truth is always dogmatic. And if 
it is not dogmatic, it is not truth.  by J. Vernon McGee [Passages 
Of Life SB] 


Isa 43:11 (KJV)  I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is 
no saviour. 

Isaiah 45:22 (NKJV) "Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of 
the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.  

John 14:6 (NKJV) Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, 
and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.  

Acts 4:12 (NKJV) Nor is there salvation in any other, for there 
is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be