The first followers of Christ had a memorable nickname. They were called “followers of the way” Twice in our current chapter we see this term applied to Christians (Acts 19:9 & 23). There is a very good reason those who first put their trust in Christ were called by this title. First, Jesus Himself claimed to be “The way” (the only way to God)
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
Later the Apostles carried this message as the focal point of the Gospel
“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
Jesus consistently claimed exclusivity. There was no one else like Him. There is no other Savior besides Him. There is no other way to God except Him. Christianity is a very exclusive religion. Since Jesus was and is “The way” rather than merely “a way” those who follow Christ are on a very exclusive path. We who follow Jesus Christ are following “God’s way”, God’s way to heaven, God’s way of living, God’s way of thinking. Yes, we are followers of “The way”, the only way to God’s truth and eternal life.
Consider the following passages from the book of Acts
and how they fit in to this concept…
“This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” Acts 16:17
“So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.” Acts 18:26
“But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets.” Acts 24:14
Perhaps for now on when someone asks you what your religion is you should answer, I am a follower of the way.