Alleen door Christus

"Jezus zei: 'Ik ben de weg, de waarheid en het leven. Niemand kan tot de Vader komen dan door Mij. Joh. 14:6.

"Door niemand anders kunnen wij worden gered, want Zijn Naam is de enige op aarde die de mens redding biedt.’ Hand. 4:12.


A man cannot otherwise enter into the kingdom of God than by the name of His beloved Son. Hermas (c. 150, W), 2.48.

Open your heart to the Lord, believing that you can be saved by no other name than by His great and glorious name. Hermas (c. 150, W), 2.18.

But there is no other [way] than this: to become acquainted with this Christ, to be washed in the fountain spoken of by Isaiah for the remission of sins, and for the rest, to live sinless lives. Justin Martyr (c. 160, E), 1.217.

Those who did that which is universally, naturally, and eternally good are pleasing to God. Therefore, in the resurrection, they will be saved through this Christ. They will be saved equally with those righteous men who were before them—namely, Noah, Enoch, Jacob, and whoever else there may be —along with those who have known this Christ. Justin Martyr (c. 160, E), 1.217.

If you repent of your sins, and recognize Him to be Christ, and observe His commandments, then you may assert [that you have done no wrong]. For, as I have said before, remission of sins will be yours. Justin Martyr (c. 160, E), 1.247.

No man can know God without both the goodwill of the Father and the agency of the Son. Irenaeus (c. 180, E/W), 1.470.

Christ is present with all those who were approved by God from the beginning. He granted them His Word to be present with them.
Irenaeus (c. 180, E/W), 1.496.

At what time, then, did Christ pour out upon the human race the life- giving seed—that is, the Spirit of the remission of sins, by whom we are given life? Was it not then, when He was eating with men, and drinking wine upon the earth? Irenaeus (c. 180, E/W), 1.505.

If one loves himself, he loves the Lord, and he confesses unto salvation, so that he may save his soul. Clement of Alexandria (c. 195, E), 2.417.

Christians have learned that their eternal life consists in knowing the only true God, who is over all, and Jesus Christ, whom He has sent.
Origen (c. 248, E), 4.479.

By this alone can the Jews obtain pardon of their sins: if they wash away the blood of the slain Christ in His baptism, come into the church, and obey His commandments. Cyprian (c. 250, W), 5.508.

It is impossible to reach the Father except by His Son Jesus Christ.
Cyprian (c. 250, W), 5.542.

All those who deny the true Christ or introduce or follow another, . . . leave themselves no hope of salvation. They are no different than those who have denied Christ before men, who will necessarily be denied by Christ. Treatise on Re-Baptism (c. 257, W), 5.674.

“The law of the Spirit of life,” which is the Gospel, is different from earlier laws. For, by its preaching, it leads to obedience and the remission of sins. It has delivered us from the law of sin and death, having entirely conquered sin that reigned over our flesh.
Methodius (c. 290, E), 6.373, as quoted by Photius.

No hope of gaining immortality is given to man, unless he will believe on Him and will take up that cross that is to be carried and endured. Lactantius (c. 304–313, W), 7.122.

Let us suppose that it is possible for someone—by natural and innate goodness—to gain true virtues. We have heard that Cimon who lived in Athens was such a man. He gave alms to the needy, entertained the poor, and clothed the naked. However, when that one thing is lacking that is of the greatest importance—the acknowledgement of God—then all those good things are superfluous and empty. In pursuing them, he has labored in vain. For all of his justice will resemble a human body that has no head. Lactantius (c. 304–313, W), 7.171.

[YOU SAY:] “Unless, then, I become a Christian, I cannot hope for salvation.” It is just as you say. . . . The Almighty Master of the world has determined that this should be the way of salvation. This is the door of life. There is access to the light through Him alone. Men cannot either sneak in or enter somewhere else. For all other ways are barred and are secured by an impenetrable barrier. Arnobius (c. 305, E), 6.459.

By believing in Him you will live. But by disbelieving, you will be punished. For “he that is disobedient to the Son will not see life.”
Apostolic Constitutions (compiled c. 390, E), 7.449; see also 2.29, 2.36, 2.55.

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