“More Than Superman”

Posted: February 11, 2015 in Christianity, Cults, Gospel, Gospel of John, Hell, Lord's Supper, Resurrection, Salvation, Security

Look! It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman.” No doubt you’re familiar with this comic book character who came from another planet to rescue the people of earth from the evil one.

God-ManBut the Lord Jesus Christ is not a fictitious character. He’s not merely a Super-man, He’s the God-man. The Scriptures tell us,And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14; See Philippians 2:5-11).*

Important. “This may be the most important verse in the Bible on the doctrine of the incarnation…God became human; God showed us His glory; God offered us grace and truth; God literally ‘tabernacled’ [i.e. dwelt] among us. Remember the tabernacle in the center of the [Israelite] camp? It represented the place of the [Mosaic] law, the abode of God, the source of revelation, the site of sacrifice, and the focus of worship. Now in the new covenant, Jesus provides all these.” – Kenneth O. Gangel

The Word. The Apostle John described Him as the eternally existent One, the eternal “I AM” (John 1:1, 2). This means that He had no beginning and will have no end. He is not the first created being as some cults teach** (Colossians 1:15-17). The Lord Jesus Christ is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End…who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8). When Jesus told the Jews of His day that He was the “I AM” who existed in Abraham’s day, they understood what He was saying (John 8:58). He was claiming to be equal with Jehovah God (See John 5:18; 10:30, 31). This is why the unbelieving Jews wanted to stone Him to death.

Antichrist. Anyone who denies that the “Second Person” in the Godhead added to His Deity a true human nature (body, soul, and spirit) is an antichrist (1 John 4:2, 3). He didn’t take over another man’s body and then leave it just before the crucifixion. Furthermore, anyone who denies that Jesus Christ is coming back a second time with a real, resurrected, glorified body consisting of flesh and bones, but lacking blood, is also an antichrist (2 John 1:7; Luke 24:30-43; Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 15:50).

Sinless. The God-man, Jesus had no sin nature (Hebrews 4:15). As it had been predicted, He was born of the virgin, Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). God the Father overshadowed her during her nine months of pregnancy to insure that her sin nature wouldn’t be passed on the Jesus (Luke 1:35; See Psalm 51:5). She herself, admitted that she was a sinner, and that her son, Jesus was her Savior (Luke 1:47). Throughout His life Jesus never sinned (John 8:46; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 3:5).***

Substitute. Only a sinless One could offer Himself as our substitute and die for our sins. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit” (1 Peter 1:18). This tells us that Jesus Christ is not to be offered up as a perpetual sacrifice (Hebrews 10:10).

Lord’s Table. We don’t re-crucify Christ when we observe the Lord’s table. (Some “churches” do this.) It is a memorial service to remind us of His past sacrifice, and His promise to return for us (1 Corinthians 11:23-32; John 14:1-3). It is a time to examine our relationship with God, our fellow believers, and to reflect on His present session in heaven as He intercedes to the Father on our behalf (Hebrews 7:25; Romans 8:34). Believers who treat this memorial lightly will be disciplined by the Father (1 Corinthians 11:30; Hebrews 12:5-11).

Viewpoint. The Apostle John said that he and the other disciples carefully examined Jesus day and night for over three years. They found no fault or sins in Him. To be saved before Christ’s crucifixion and bodily resurrection, they believed that He was the Messiah (the Christ) and the Son of God (Matthew 16:16; John 20:31). Most of the common people of His day thought of Him as a healer and provider. They wanted to make Him their King but He refused their offer (John 6:15). Do you know why? The Jewish, religious leaders saw Him as a threat to their authority and as an imposter (Matthew 27:18; John 11:50).

Glory. The Word (i.e. the Spokesman for the Godhead) came to glorify God the Father (John 17:4). Jesus did this by saying and doing everything that the Father wanted Him to say and do (John 5:19). When His work was done, He asked God the Father to glorify Him by letting His creatures know conclusively that He, the Lord Jesus Christ, shared a total equality with the Father in the Godhead (John 17:5ff; See Colossians 2:9; John 10:30). Before eternity future begins, everyone will acknowledge this truth about Jesus (Philippians 2:11). This doesn’t mean everyone will be saved eventually. (Universalism)***

Grace/Truth. These two qualities were displayed in the Lord Jesus Christ. He extended unmerited favors to those around Him by feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and resuscitating some dead people. He always spoke the truth with love as we should (Ephesians 4:15). He said, “I AM the [only] way [to God], the [absolute] truth, and the [giver of eternal] life” John 14:6. As politically incorrect at this statement is today, we will die, if necessary, to propagate this truth about Him (2 Timothy 3:12; Revelation 2:10). The Apostles Peter and Paul believed this and died while proclaiming this about Him (Acts 4:12; 16:31).

Gospel. “…Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again [bodily] the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; See Isaiah 53:4-6; Psalm 16:8-11; 22; 110:1; Luke 24:33-43). When we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ through this message, we’re saved from the lake of fire to heaven (Acts 16:31; See Acts 4:12; Matthew 25:41, 46). The moment we believe on Him, we are saved from the penalty of sin (Romans 8:1; Ephesians 2:8). We are being saved from the power of sin (Romans 6:14; 8:2). In the future Christians will be saved from the presence of sin (Romans 8:18-23). Would you like to have this kind of salvation? Eternal life (i.e. God’s quality of life) can be yours today (1 John 5:11-13).

Believing In Vain. Knowing and believing the facts aren’t enough to save you. “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-and tremble” (James 2:19). You must transfer your trust from yourself and your good works over to Christ alone if you want to be saved. The Apostle Paul told the believers in Ephesus how they were saved. “For by grace [unmerited favor] you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Formula. Grace + Faith = Salvation + Works. It’s not: Grace + Faith + Works = Salvation. My friend, you can’t afford to get this formula wrong. Your eternal destiny is involved.

Questions. Are you absolutely sure you’ll go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? Do you believe that there is anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation once you’ve received it?

Help. If you have doubts about your salvation, or if you need assurance of salvation, contact us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com. We have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages. Another helpful site is www.cleargospel.org.  If this article has helped you, would you share it with a few other people so we can get God’s Word out to others in need?  Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

*Hypostatic union. http://www.gotquestions.org/hypostatic-union.html

Is Jesus God? http://www.gotquestions.org/is-Jesus-God.html

**False Teachings. http://www.gotquestions.org/Docetism-Apollinarianism-Ebionism-Eutychianism.html

***Jesus’ Sinlessness. http://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-sinless.html

****Universalism: http://www.gotquestions.org/unitarian-universalism.html

Do You Really Know The Gospel? By Manfred Kober. The Gospel in 25 words.

http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/read

 

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