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Separating Scriptural Fact From Man’s Fiction–Part 1

By Watchman | July 2, 2008

If we are going to serve the Lord and call ourselves by His Name, we need to understand just Who Jesus is.  For those who do not yet have a right relationship with Him, there is good news and bad.  Bad news first!

  1. The Jesus who says “it doesn’t matter what you believe so long as you are kind and nice to other people” doesn’t exist.   Jesus said that He came to fulfill the law, not to destroy it.  He knew it mattered very much what we believe, because the Father demands that we follow Him.  If we are “cafeteria Christians”, picking and choosing what we will and will not believe in the Bible, we will never be able to please God.  He wants strict adherence to His Word.
  2. The Jesus who says “all roads lead to the Father” and “there are many paths to God” doesn’t exist.  He said,  “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)
  3. The Jesus who says “I am love, so therefore I would never condemn anyone to hell” doesn’t exist.  Yes, the essence of Jesus (and of God the Father and the Holy Spirit) is love.  Unending, eternal love that manifested itself in God’s Son being born of a virgin, living a sinless life, dying an excruciating and humiliating death in our stead.  When Jesus came to earth 2000 years ago, He came as the sacrificial Lamb to take away the sins of the world.  When He next comes, in power and glory, it will be to execute judgment upon the earth prior to setting up His kingdom.  It will not be a pretty sight, but it will be a mighty one!  His Hand will not be stayed forever.  God is a God of love, but He is also the God Who said, “I am a jealous God, and I will not give my glory to another.”
  4. Jesus didn’t come here to show us how to play nice with each other.  He came here to live and to die a sacrificial death so that we could have eternal life through the power of His shed Blood.  He came to show us the life-giving power of the risen Christ:  to show us that while we were yet dead in sin, the Father was working out His plan of redemption for us.  He came to show us that while we may yet be dead in sin, we can have a new, rejuvenated, eternal relationship with the God of our creation and salvation!
  5. Jesus expects us to accept Him now, and to obey the will of the Father.  I once heard a pseudo-Christian journalist say that she believes when you die, you get to look into the eyes of Jesus and THEN decide if you’re with Him or not.   Nope!  We need to get off that fence NOW and decide who we will follow.

 God created us to be creatures of worship, whether we are Christians or not.  We will worship Him; or we will worship an idol or false god or even our own intelligence, wealth or worth.  That’s an important question to ask yourself today:  What do you worship?

Do you know Jesus?  Or do only know about Jesus?

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