Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Two Ways

Psalm 1:6 “For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

The one thing that was obvious to me growing up was that there were two ways that I could go … “right” or “the “wrong” way. One little devotional points out that this Psalm 1:6 verse outlines the inescapable truth that there are only two roads and two destinations to which they lead in eternity. The word “way” (Hebrew, “derek”) means “road.” The bible is clear that there is only one way leading to heaven—the way of the righteous; and one way leading to hell—the way of the ungodly, though it is politically incorrect to mention it. This term “the way” is a very common word in Scripture, but it is significant that its first occurrence is in Genesis 3:25, referring to “the way of the tree of life.” Once expelled from the Garden of Eden because of their rebellion, Adam and Eve no longer could travel that “way” of life and began to die.

They clarified that the equivalent Greek word in the New Testament is “hodos”, also meaning “road,” and it, too, occurs quite frequently. Its literal meaning—that of an actual roadway—lends itself very easily to the figure of a style of life whose practice leads inevitably to a certain destination and associated destiny. Since there are only two basic ways of looking at life—the God-centered viewpoint and the man-centered viewpoint—there are only two ways of life, the way of the godly and the way of the ungodly. The one leads to life; the other to death. There is no other way.

The Lord Jesus taught in Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” But what is the way of the righteous, that leads to life? Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” - John 14:6 

Know the truth and choose “the way” that you shall go. Follow Jesus.

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