“Honoring God The Son”

Posted: September 16, 2015 in Christian Life, Gospel, Gospel of John, Resurrection, Salvation

Since the gift of salvation (i.e. deliverance from hell to heaven) is offered freely to all mankind, some people think it has little value. Most people want to earn their way to heaven by having some faith but they also want to add their good works too. This is impossible for us to do (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Judas. He spent three years of His life following Jesus around hoping that perhaps someday he could be Christ’s treasurer in His Kingdom. But when he learned that Jesus was going to postpone the setting up of His Kingdom, and go to the cross to die for the sins of the whole world (Matthew 16:20-23), he couldn’t take it. So he betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, the price of a slave, as it was predicted by the Prophet (Zechariah 11:12, 13; Matthew 26:15). Obviously, he didn’t place much value in Jesus. He was looking out for his own best interests and displayed the fact that he really was a greedy traitor rather than a true believer in Christ.

Purpose. In his Gospel, the Apostle John wanted people to know that Jesus was/is the Christ (Promised Messiah) and the Son of God. He wanted them to place their faith in Him exclusively for their salvation (John 20:31). Jesus came to save us sinners (Luke 19:10; John 1:29). What value do you place on Jesus and His sacrificial death for your sins? What value to you put on people and things? Do you use people and love things or do you love people and use things that are passing away (1 John 2:15-17)?

Honoring God. Orthodox Jews acknowledged the One, whom they considered to be their Father, as being God (Deuteronomy 6:4; John 8:41, 42). Even though the Old Testament made reference to a plurality within the Godhead, they didn’t realize that there were/are three persons in the Godhead. Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…’” (Genesis 1:26).  There is one God but three distinct Persons in the Godhead Who share the same nature and attributes (Matthew 28:19, 20; John 5:18; 10:30).

Christ’s Deity. Many people, within the Jewish community today, tell us that they are atheists or agnostics. Some believe in a historical man named Jesus but they do not believe that Jesus was/is God manifested in human flesh (See John 1:1-18). Jesus’ claims to be equal with God caused the Jews of His day to want to kill Him (John 5:16). In addition to the natural blindness (1 Corinthians 2:14), and the Satanic blindness (2 Corinthians 4:4) that everyone has, the Jews have a judicial blindness that will be on most of them until the true Church is removed from earth to heaven (Romans 11:25). Thankfully, there are some Jews today who will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel and be saved (Romans 1:16, 17). Did you know that the first Church in Jerusalem consisted of Jewish converts only (Acts 2)? No, God isn’t done with the Jewish people as a nation (Romans 11:1ff).  The Church hasn’t replaced Israel.

Eternal Life. Everyone will have everlasting existence somewhere, either in God’s presence or apart from Him in the lake of fire (John 14:1-3; Matthew 25:41, 46). Eternal life is God’s quality of life that a believer can have right now as a present possession (John 5:24; 1 John 5:11-13).

Clear Gospel. Before someone can believe, he/she must have some information to either accept or reject. …faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Most people in our world today don’t know the clear 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, and that He was seen by Cephas [Peter], then by the twelve” (1 Corinthians 15:3-5). Fact one – Christ died for our sins. Proof – He was buried for three days and nights. Second fact – Christ rose again [bodily] from the dead on the third day. Proof – He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once.

Vain. You may know the facts of the Gospel and agree with the facts, but if you haven’t personally transferred your faith from yourself and your good works over to Christ alone for your salvation, you aren’t saved. Anyone who adds But…” or And…” to the Gospel perverts it. Such people are believing in vain (1 Corinthians 15:2). How about you?

Beware of those who preach another gospel or an incomplete gospel (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15). Also beware of those who try to get Christians to grow spiritually by living under the Mosaic Law (Exodus 19:9-Matthew 12:50) or by Kingdom Rules (Matthew 5-7). Christians are to live by Grace Truths” (Romans 6:14). Do you know where to find them in the Scriptures? If not, ask us. This information could change your life dramatically as it did mine. (See our “Dispensations Chart”)

Value. We believe that all Scripture is God breathed and profitable… (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). But not all of it is to be believed and practiced (Titus 1:9). We don’t bring bloody sacrifices to church with us. Instead we offer up spiritual sacrifices to God (Romans 12:1, 2; Hebrews 13:15, 16). Christians are not regulated by the Jews’ diet (Leviticus 11:2ff; 1 Timothy 4:4) or by some of their apparel standards (Leviticus 19:19). Nine of the Ten Commandments are repeated somewhere in the New Testament for Christians to follow and obey. Do you know which one is omitted?

Believe. The word “Believe”  is a command (See Acts 16:31). It is used about 100 times in John’s Gospel. It is the only condition for salvation. Repentance (i.e. a change of mind) is included in believing. One has to change his/her mind about Christ and how to be saved before he/she can be saved. Repentance does not mean that one has to make all kinds of promises to God or stop sinning before he/she can be saved. This is called Lordship for Salvation” and really amounts to a works salvation. Those who teach this make the conditions for  spiritual  maturity  (i.e. sanctification) the conditions for salvation. They get the cart before the horse. The instructions in Romans 12:1, 2 and 1 Peter 3:15 were written to those who were already saved but who hadn’t submitted to Christ’s Lordship over their lives.

Confession. Many people have the mistaken idea that one has to identify and then confess all the sins he/she has ever committed before he/she can be saved. If that were true, there would be no way that we could ever be sure if we’d confessed all of them. Christians are to confess their sins to God and then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16). To those primarily in the Jewish community, the Apostle Paul wrote, that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). Before anyone, including Jews, can be saved, he/she must confess (i.e. admit) that Jesus is Lord (i.e. Deity / the God-man). The belief in His bodily resurrection assumes His death for our sins. Yes, it was a bodily resurrection (Luke 24:39). His resurrection body had flesh and bones but no blood. This is the kind of body Christians will receive at the Rapture (1 John 3:2).

Condemnation. If you don’t want to be condemned with the unsaved people of this world who will end up in the lake of fire forever, now is the time to make your salvation sure (2 Peter 1:10). Those who place their faith in Christ alone through the Gospel will receive the assurance of their salvation from God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16) and from the infallible Word of God (1 John 5:13). Do you have it?

Someday. Yes, there is coming at day when at the name [belonging to] Jesus every knee [shall] bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth [and] every tongue [will] confess that Jesus Christ is Lord [Deity], to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10, 11). This doesn’t mean that everyone will be saved eventually. 

Universalism. It is the false teaching that eventually everyone, including the devil and demons will go to heaven. Did you know that it offends some unbelievers when you tell them that they will go to heaven some day. They don’t want to go there to be with God and other Christians. They don’t want to be under God’s rules. If they were forced to go there, it would be hell in heaven for them.

One Way. Jesus said, I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6; See Acts 4:12). Are you going His way or doing your own thing?

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