7/23/2019 0 Comments
Welcome, welcome, welcome my friends.
Coming in from my recent travels and observations, let me venture with you into a 'series' of posts for a Tuesday/Thursday series here in the 'quiet and solitude' of 'Sanctuary' on matters dear to my heart.
'Faith' is central to Christianity. You and I know this, right?
The New Testament repeatedly calls people to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. But, since there is a definite body of content to be believed, which is part and parcel of our religious activity, what exactly is - 'saving faith'.
Let's explore this topic together. For the purpose of clarifying 'what we believe', let us all do some examining of exactly what it is we believe - What is - 'Saving Faith'? A Little History, First. Post 1, July 16, 2019; Post 2, July 18, 2019; Post 3, July 23, 2019; Post 4, July 25, 2019
What are the constituent elements of saving faith? audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Yes, believing in Jesus is enough to be saved. However, for the sake of clarity, we must explain a few things.
First of all, there are many false religious groups out there who say they believe in Jesus but in actuality do not. The Mormons, for example, teach that Jesus is a brother of the devil, begotten through sexual intercourse between God and his goddess wife who both came from another planet. That is not the Jesus of the Bible.
The Jehovah's Witnesses teach that Jesus is Michael the Archangel who became a man. That is also a false Jesus. Believing in them won't save you because faith is only as good as who or what we put it in. In fact, Jesus warned us about this when he said . . . "For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect,"(Matthew 24:24).
Paul the Apostle also mentioned the concept of there being a "false Jesus." Consider this . . .
"For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully," (2 Corinthians 11:4).audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
So, believing in Jesus is enough to be saved, but each of us must be believing in the true Jesus, not a false one.
Therefore, Who is the true Jesus?
The Bible tells us there is only one God in all existence (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6,8; 45:5), and that God is a Trinity. The true Jesus, the Jesus that is taught in Scripture, is God and flesh (John 1:1, 14; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:8). He is the second person of the Trinity who became one of us. Jesus has two natures. He is both divine and human at the same time. We call this the hypostatic union. Jesus said . . .
"Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am, you will die in your sins," (John 8:24).
It is important to believe that Jesus is the "I am," especially when we understand that when Moses was talking to God at the burning bush and asked God what his name was the Lord said, "I am that I am," (Exodus 3:14).
So, believing in Jesus means you believe that he is God and flesh (Colossians 2:9).
Let's explore this serious matter, closer. In other words, 'does true saving faith in Jesus Christ necessarily include believing that he is God in the flesh?' Must one believe that Jesus is God in order to be saved? Can one deny his deity and still be saved?'audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
True saving faith is indeed faith in Jesus Christ. When the Philippian jailer asked of Paul and Silas, “’Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved’” (Acts 16:30-31, NASB). Jesus himself had already made this clear: “’Whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life…. He who believes in him is not judged; he who does not believe is judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God’” (John 3:16, 18). Here the word translated “judged” is krino, which can have the meaning “condemned” (as the NIV translates it here).
This 'saving faith' requires not just trusting in him, but also believing that certain things about him are true. If you “believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom. 10:9). When “doubting Thomas” was confronted by the risen Christ, he was told by Jesus to “’not be unbelieving, but believing.’ Thomas answered and said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed’” (John 20:27-29).
What had Thomas believed? That Jesus had been raised from the dead, and that this Jesus is LORD and GOD.
The Bible consistently teaches that Jesus is God, i.e., that he has a divine nature as well as a human nature. If we are going to believe in the Jesus of the Bible, we must indeed believe that he is God. True saving faith must include this element in its content.
We shall 'slowly' continue our 'search' on our post on Thursday, July 25, 2019. Thank you in advance for returning to study with me and Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit, Our Mutual Teacher.
[John 14:26 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html ] Amen. Amen.
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