Jesus said, "I am the way,
the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me" (Jn 14:6). To the
modern appetite, this remark sounds too subjective; and to the unbelievers,
arrogant and arbitrary. In fact, what
Jesus said means nothing but truth.
There is no more than only one way to salvation, and the way is exactly
However, talking about the only
way to salvation, we might be puzzled or confused by the diverse allegations
held by different denominations. Can a
person be saved merely by repentance? Is
verbal confession per se enough for consummating the salvation? What does "being saved" really mean
after all? As Jesus also said that the
called are many but the selected are few and that we should strive for entering
the narrow gate, we are once more deeply urged to meditate on these vital
questions. "Will Those Who Are
Saved Be Few?" serves, though short, as a clue
which might lead you into the right track to explore the satisfactory answers.
As a matter of fact, the author of
the Book of Jude had noticed those questions mentioned above. He did not directly answer them one by one,
but the urgency he showed "to contend for the faith which was once for all
delivered to the saints" strikes us as a sonorous bell which further
confirms the importance of these questions.
"Contend for the True Faith: The Way to Salvation" not only
expounds the Biblical verses with profound spiritual insights, but points out
the only way to salvation which, according to the author, is indeed worthy
Egoism is one prominent facet of
human nature. Unfortunately it is also
the prevailing factor which deters us from witnessing the reality. With more and more people searching for the
way to God, "Pure in Heart" reveals this key obstacle and proposes a
different attitude for those who are eager to see the Divine Face.
An inspiring little article
included in this issue is: "The Spiritual Implications of the Cross."
As a universal symbol of Christianity, the cross as an image has implanted in
the hearts of millions of people, Christians and gentiles alike, for thousands
of years. A vertical strode plus a
horizontal bar connotes rich meanings which have been proclaimed and
re-proclaimed throughout all the corners of the world. Summarizing these meanings, the article again
reminds us of our identity as Christians and the responsibilities accompanying
this status. "Keep Your
Garments" poses a more serious question which requires all the Christians
to ruminate and introspect. Am I a true
believer? And how is a real Christian
supposed to behave? Is my garment purely
white? When the Day comes, dare I wear
it to face our Lord?
The last two articles, however,
concentrate on the Book of Daniel. As
chapters of prophecy, the Book contains numerous messages which are mysterious
but of paramount importance to us.
Written in an outline form, "The Youth in Babylon" and "The Valiant Warriors
of the Faith" explicitly present some crucial themes and explore many
spiritual implications. Moreover,
aspects of Christian life related to the important episodes in this Book are
also implied, which surely are conducive to our spiritual growth.
All the Testimonies selected in
this issue are the true happenings experienced by our church members. Not for the purpose of exaggerating one's
merits, but for the end to testify the fact that there is indeed a righteous
and almighty God living with us. Most
important of all, we like to share the joy and thankfulness with you for His
mercy and grace. May all the glory to