“Harsh Words From Jesus?”

Posted: July 29, 2016 in Compassion, Gospel, Gospel of John, Salvation, Spiritual Gifts

To many people Jesus was a passive, weak man who never said anything to offend anyone. And yet He said, “…if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins” (John 8:24; See John 8:58; 10:30; 20:31). Previously He had made a whip of cords and chased out the money changers from the temple (John 2:13-16). With harsh words He denounced the scribes and Pharisees for their hypocrisy (Matthew 7:1-5, 21-23; 23:13-36). They had laid on the common people heavy burdens.

Compassionate. This is why Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28). Meekness is not weakness; It is strength under control. It is one part of the “Fruit of the Spirit” which is Christ likeness (Galatians 5:22, 23).

The Hour.  No one was able to take Jesus until “His hour” had come (John 8:20).  This was predetermined by God and it would involve Judas’ betraying Him to the enemy for thirty pieces of silver  (Zechariah 11:12, 13; John 8:20; 18:5-12). He said, “No one takes [My life] from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again” (John 10:18). He, along with the two other Persons in the Godhead, were involved in His bodily resurrection from the dead (John 2:19-22; Romans 6:4; 8:11; See Luke 24:33-43). Without it Christians would be of all men the most pitiable (1 Corinthians 15:12-19). His resurrected, glorified body consists of flesh and bones, but it has no blood (1 Corinthians 15:50). The Christian’s resurrected, glorified bodies will be like His (1 John 3:2). Those who deny His bodily resurrection and His literal return to this earth are antichrists (1 John 4:2; 2 John 1:7; Matthew 24:5). Beware of them.

Unbelievers. In no uncertain terms, Jesus said to the hypocritical scribes and Pharisees, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world” (John 8:23). He went on to tell them that their father was the devil (John 8:44; See 1 John 3:9, 10; 5:19). They also were spiritually blinded and lulled to sleep by him (2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 John 5:19). They would die in their sins if they didn’t believe that He was the eternal “I AM” (John 8:24, 58; 10:30; See Exodus 3:14). He was claiming to be the God-man and the promised Messiah (John 5:18; 20:31; See Matthew 16:16). Believing in/on Jesus involves more than giving mental assent to some facts about Him (James 2:19). Furthermore, once they died physically, there would be no more opportunities to change their minds (repent) and believe on Him so they could be saved (Luke 16:19-31; Hebrews 9:27). “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

Salvation. It always have been and always will be by God’s grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Jonah 2:9). Grace is unmerited favor that God extends to us. It is not the help that God gives to a person when he is baptized (sprinkled) as a baby so he can do good works (Sacraments) and earn his own way to heaven. God’s mercy is displayed when He shows compassion for those who are suffering, either as a result of their own sin(s), or the sin(s) of others (Titus 3:5).  Faith doesn’t save us; God saves us when we place our faith in the right object – the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins, who was buried for three days, and who rose again bodily on the third day. Then He was seen by over 500 witnesses before ascending publicly, gradually, and literally back to heaven (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8). This is the Good News that is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16). The Gospel must not be changed by adding to or subtracting anything from it as the false teachers do (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15; Galatians 1:6-9). When it is presented correctly and in its entirety, the Holy Spirit can do His work of convicting people of their sin of unbelief in Christ, their need to have Christ’s righteousness to enter heaven, and the certain judgment and condemnation that will come to all who don’t believe on Him for their salvation (John 16:8-11; 3:18, 36).

Questions. What are your thoughts about Jesus? Is He the “Wafer Jesus” who didn’t finish the work of salvation? Is He just an elevated man and the brother of Lucifer who became a god. Do you believe that He was/is Michael the archangel? Maybe you think of Him as the “Revolutionary Jesus” of New Age Communism, or the “Universalist Jesus” who won’t send anyone to hell.

Warning. Jesus said, “…many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” (Matthew 24:5). Have you or has someone you know been deceived? Are you trying to get into heaven by your good works or by your faith plus your good works (John 10:1; 14:6)? Those who aren’t fit for heaven will spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, 46). To be saved and fit for heaven, we must Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone through the message of the Gospel. Have you done this yet? If not, why not believe on Him right now? Then let us know about your decision so we can help you grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18) and teach you about the spiritual gifts that God gives to His children at the time of our salvation (1 Peter 4:10).

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