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You shall have no other gods before me.  Exodus 20:3

I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  John 14:6

“This intolerant claim to exclusive worship is something unique in the history of religion, for in antiquity the cults [the various centers of worship] were on easy terms with one another and left devotees a free hand to ensure a blessing for themselves from other gods as well.”

Gerhard von Rad, Old Testament Theology (New York, 1962), I:208.

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Ray Ortlund is senior pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Twitter.

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