This is the way!

Road Shafts of Autumn Sunlight

Sin is “novel,” goodness is natural. The truly Christian person is the truly natural person. He is not living against the grain of the universe, but with it. He is not barking his shins on the system of things. He knows his way about in a universe of this kind—he knows how to live. I know exactly how I feel when I sin—I am orphaned, estranged, and everything within me cries, “This is not the way.” I also know exactly how I feel when I live the Christian way—I am universalized, at home. Everything within me cries, “This is the way!” His way is my way.

–E. Stanley Jones
The Word Became Flesh

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Absolutely no barrier

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But people whose faith makes them acceptable to God will never ask, “Who will go up to heaven to bring Christ down?” Neither will they ask, “Who will go down into the world of the dead to raise him to life?”

All who are acceptable because of their faith simply say, “The message is as near as your mouth or your heart.” And this is the same message we preach about faith.  —Romans 10:6-8 (CEV)

We have the good news to tell to all men that there is absolutely no barrier to Christ. That which appears to be the obstacle which keeps a certain person from Christ is in reality the very thing which will assure him an entrance into His presence.

He who cannot believe,
let him come with his unbelief.

He who cannot understand may come with his confusion. The rebellious man may come if he will only bring his rebellion. The indifferent and the cold person may come with his indifference and coldness. He who is troubled with bitterness and deep feeling may bring his tangled emotions. He who has no feelings may come as he is. The moral failure may come with his failures knowing that Christ will forgive and continue to forgive as often as he fails…

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Christ, Himself, is immediately available to all who will receive Him. This is good news, not only to the unconverted, but also to the weary Christian. Christ is the door; all who will may enter. He is also the way; all who will may walk thereon.

There is no one so evil
that he may not come;
no one so saintly that this
should not still be good news to him.

There is no one so unbelieving and rebellious that he may not bring his unbelief and rebellion to Christ; there is no one so trusting and submissive that he does not need to depend on the Shepherd to restore his soul.

This is good news for all men. It is the only good news of which no one can say, “This is not for me.” This is the “Good News” which is called “The Gospel of Christ.”

–Wesley W. Nelson
Captivated by Christ

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