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The Bible Message to All:  Part 2 - the Solution

by Bill Wong

 

 

 

 

God reaches out to us through His son – His Word

 

As we touched on in Part 1, there is only one remedy to the deadly situation we are in that was caused by our sin.  The cure, the solution to our problem is found in the Word of God, the holy Son of God.  He is the prophesied Messiah of the Old Testament who will return us to the rightful relationship with our God and father.     


God is holy and sinful man would perish if they tried to behold His glory. In the time of Moses when God dwelt among the people and gave His 10 Commandments (in Exodus 20:3-17), God came upon the mountain in great and fearful glory, with thunder, lightning, fire, smoke, and the piercing sound of the ram’s horn/shofar blast. The people were frightened and pleaded to have God not speak directly to the people in such a manner, but instead speak to Moses and then Moses will relay what God had said:

 

Deuteronomy 18:

15   YAHWEH your God will raise up to you a prophet from the midst of you, of your brothers, like me. You shall listen to him.

16   This is according to all that you desired of YAHWEH your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying,

     "Let me not hear again the voice of YAHWEH my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I not die."

17   YAHWEH said to me, "They have well said that which they have spoken.

18   I will raise them up a prophet from among their brothers, like you; and I will put my words in his mouth,

     and he shall speak to them all that I shall command him.

19   It shall happen, that whoever will not listen to my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.     (WEB)

 

Note: Deuteronomy 18:16 is referring to Exodus 20:18-19 and Deuteronomy 5:22-28:

 

 

Exodus 20:

18   And all the people saw the thunder, and the lightning, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking:

     and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.

19   And they said to Moses, Speak you with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. (AKJV)

 

Deuteronomy 5:

22   These words the LORD spoke to all your assembly in the mount out of the middle of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick

     darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them to me.

23   And it came to pass, when you heard the voice out of the middle of the darkness, (for the mountain did burn with fire,) that you

     came near to me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;

24   And you said, Behold, the LORD our God has showed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the

     middle of the fire: we have seen this day that God does talk with man, and he lives.

25   Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more,

     then we shall die.

26   For who is there of all flesh, that has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the middle of the fire, as we have, and lived?

27   Go you near, and hear all that the LORD our God shall say: and speak you to us all that the LORD our God shall speak to you;

     and we will hear it, and do it.

28   And the LORD heard the voice of your words, when you spoke to me; and the LORD said to me, I have heard the voice of the

     words of this people, which they have spoken to you: they have well said all that they have spoken.   (AKJV)

 

 

 

God honors the request of the people to not have God speak directly to them again or they will die, so He says next time He will reveal Himself in a way that we may not die. The prophesied one of Deuteronomy 18 that will be raised up from among Moses and the people is God’s only-begotten son Jesus. God reveals Himself not just in His written word, but speaks to the people by the Word of God.

 

The Word of God is Jesus, God’s son:  

 

John 1:

1     In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2     He was in the beginning with God.

3     All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

4     In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

5     And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

 

14   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.  (NKJV)

 

Revelation 19:

11   And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True,

     and in righteousness He judges and wages war.

12   His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems;

     and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself.

13   He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.  

14   And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses.

15   From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron;

     and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.

16   And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."   (NASB)

 

 

 

In the text of the New Testament, the Greek word ‘logos’ is what is translated into English as ‘word’.  The Word of God (or the ‘Logos’ of God) means more than just something spoken as connected with inward thought, but it is the thought which reveals and reflects all that lies within.  The Word of God is the representation and revelation of all that God is.  Therefore, Jesus as the Word of God is the perfect expression of God’s will and is the perfect manifestation of God, and is deity, divine, Himself.  Only that which is also deity can be a perfect expression of God.

 

God said He will come again, but not in the power and glory as before in fire & smoke and thunder & lightning. He said He will come again by this prophet and manifest His glory in a manner that will not frighten the people. This is exactly what Jesus did as He performed works of God such as turning water into wine (John 2:1-10), healing men born blind (John 9:13-32), feeding thousands from almost nothing (Matthew 14:14-21; 15:32-38), raising the dead (Luke 8:41-56; John 11:1-45), and He Himself was raised to life days after His crucifixion (Acts 26:22-23; Romans 1:2-4; 1 Peter 1:3-5).

 

We see a reference to Deuteronomy 18:15-19 directly in John 8:24-27 when Jesus states that those who do not believe who He is will perish in their sins.  Why?  Because Deuteronomy 18:15-19 clearly states that God will send His prophet from the midst of Moses who will speak the words God gives Him to speak and if people do not believe these words, they will be held accountable for this sin: 

 

John 8:

24    "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."

25    So they were saying to Him, "Who are You?" Jesus said to them, "What have I been saying to you from the beginning?

26    "I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true;

      and the things  which I heard from Him, these I speak to the world."

27    They did not realize that He had been speaking to them about the Father.    (NASB)

 

 

Jesus is this foretold prophet.  He is the suffering servant and Son of God who put our sins upon Himself to save us.  As Jesus says Himself, Moses testified of Him: 

 

John 5:

39    "You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me;

40    and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.

41    "I do not receive glory from men;

42    but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves.

43    "I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him.

44    "How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?45    "Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope.

46    "For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me.

47    "But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?"    (NASB)

 

 

The apostles declared and the people knew He was the Prophet that Moses prophesied of in Deuteronomy 18:

 

John 1:

45   Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote --- Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."   (NKJV)

 

John 6:

8     One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to Him,

9     "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?"

10   Then Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." Now there was much grass in the place.

     So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.

11   And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples,

     and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.

12   So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, "Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost."

13   Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets

     with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.

14   Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said,

     "This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world."    (NKJV)

 

Acts 3:

18   But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.

19   Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,

20   and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before,

21   whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.

22   For Moses truly said to the fathers, 'The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you.

23   And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.'

24   Yes, and all the prophets, from Samuel and those who follow, as many as have spoken, have also foretold these days.

25   You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, 'And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.'

26   To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities."    (NKJV)


 

God tells us that at one time He dealt with men through angels or created beings, but with the Word of God, Jesus, God is now dealing with men through His son - who is not created, and not through angels ((Hebrews 1:1-3; 2:2-5; Acts 7:30, 35, 38, 53; Galatians 3:19). It is the Word of God - Jesus, who has the final word of what is truth.  We must not listen to those who teach the worship of angels or that angels can override the authority and Bible message of God’s only-begotten son Jesus, the holy Word of God:

 

Galatians 1:

8   But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you,

    he is to be accursed!   (NASB)

 

 

 

The power of God was manifested in other awesome ways that was evidence of God’s presence and authority, but this time not in the former way that instilled fear.

 

Jesus’ virgin birth and completely sinless life were further examples of the awesome power of God manifested in other ways through His prophet and son Jesus, the very Word of God. Jesus is unique among all men and without sin, because God is His father. The only way anyone can be without sin is if God is His father. This is why Jesus alone qualifies as a perfect atonement for our sins and He alone can destroy sin and death and the works of Satan.

 

It is because He is the Son of God that He can not only withstand Satan’s temptations and never sin by quoting the words of the Old Testament, but He commands Satan to be gone and he obeys:

 

Matthew 4:

1     Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

2     And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.

3     Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread."

4     But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone,

     but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.' "

5     Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple,

6     and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ' He shall give His angels charge over you,'

     and, ' In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.' "

7     Jesus said to him, "It is written again, 'You shall not tempt the LORD your God.'"

8     Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.

9     And he said to Him, "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me."

10   Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God,

     and Him only you shall serve.'"

11   Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.   (NKJV)

 

 

 

Even when John the Baptizer was still in the womb, (he is only 6 months older than Jesus), he knew and rejoiced of the coming of Jesus the Messiah:

 

Luke 1:

39   Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah,

40   and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.

41   When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

42   And she cried out with a loud voice and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!

43   "And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me?

44   "For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy.  (NASB)

 

 

And when John was an adult, he still rejoiced and led the way to the Messiah, announcing Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world:

 

John 1:

15    John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, "This was He of whom I said,

      'He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.' "    (NKJV)

 

John 1:

29    The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said,

      "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!   (NKJV)

 

 

 

 

God provides an intercessor/mediator

 

With mankind separated from God, a mediator between God and man is now required.  God provides us with that mediator.  Jesus intercedes for us by His atoning sacrifice.  He is the prophesied one that bears the sins of us all so that we may live forever.  The apostle Peter refers to Isaiah 53, because Jesus is the sacrificial Lamb of God and also our Shepherd:

 

1 Peter 2:

21    For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you,

      leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,

        22    who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth;

        23    and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, 

              but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;

        24    and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; 

              for by His wounds you were healed.

25    For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls. (NASB)

 

 

Jesus the Messiah is not only the perfect atonement for our sins, but He is also our chosen High Priest who represents us and supports us before God even now in heaven.  The Word of God became flesh not just to die for our sins and give us the gift of eternal life, but He also became flesh so that He can truly be a compassionate High Priest who knows what He speaks of when He intercedes on our behalf; as both High Priest and atonement, He ensures we no longer have to fear death, because He has conquered it for us:

 

Hebrews 2:

10      For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, 

       to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.

        11      For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; 

               for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,

        12      saying, "I will proclaim Your name to My brethren, In the midst of the congregation I will sing Your praise."

        13      And again, "I will put My trust in Him." And again, "Behold, I and the children whom God has given Me."

        14      Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, 

               that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,

        15      and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.

        16      For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham.

        17      Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things,

                so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God,

                to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

        18      For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.

               (NASB)

 

Hebrews 4:

14      Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, 

        let us hold fast our confession.

        15      For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, 

                but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.

16      Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace,

        so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.    (NASB)

 

 

Just as God has a son who perfectly represents Him, His son must also become flesh to be the one and only mediator and ransom to return man back to God.  The Bible makes it clear that Jesus alone and no one or nothing else mediates between God and man:

 

Colossians 1:

19      For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,

20      and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven,

        having made peace through the blood of His cross.

        21      And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled

        22      in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight ---    (NKJV)

 

1 Timothy 2:

5       For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;    (AKJV)

 

 

Jesus is our High Priest – our advocate, in heaven.  As both High Priest and atoning sacrifice, He works the uttermost to save us:

 

1 John 2:

1      My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins,

      we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

2      And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.  (NKJV)

 

 

There are theories that deny Jesus ever died in the crucifixion as our atonement.  One of them is the “swoon” theory which supposes Jesus was mistaken to be dead and when He was put in the tomb, He was able to heal and roll off the large stone which sealed the entrance and escaped.  This is not credible for many reasons, including the fact that though Jesus was already dead, the soldiers made sure He was dead by piercing through His heart as evidenced by the blood and water coming out.  The blood and water came from the piercing of His heart and pericardium (sac filled with fluid which surrounds the heart):

 

John 19:

31   Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

32   Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him.

33   But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.

34   But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.

35   And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe.

36   For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, "Not one of His bones shall be broken."

37  And again another Scripture says, "They shall look on Him whom they pierced."    (NKJV)

 

 

Another theory states that Jesus was taken to heaven alive and it was another person who was substituted instead to die on the cross (some say Judas).  Even if we ignore why God would supposedly deceive the world with such a masterful deception, we must question in the first place why Jesus alone deserves not to die at that time, but instead is taken to heaven, while all other prophets have died.  We must also consider why it is only Jesus who is considered to be without sin and holy.  In addition to this, we must think about the fact that no man can ever stand in the presence of God without perishing – but yet Jesus is specifically taken up into God’s presence and is there even now.

 

These kinds of theories try to deny that Jesus is much more than a man; they try to deny the truth of who Jesus is and what He has done so we may be reconciled to God and live forever:

 

He is indeed the Son of God and Messiah – He came down from heaven and sacrificed Himself to die and atone for our sins, but was resurrected to heaven and is now serving in the presence of God as the High Priest who mediates between/advocates for, us and God; awaiting for the time to return as the conquering King.

 

 

 

Jesus is the exact image of God and the Word that Creates

 

The Bible tells us that Jesus is the exact image of God who gives us an exact representation of who His father God is:

   

Colossians 1:

15    He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.    (NKJV)

 

Hebrews 1:

3      And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature,

      and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins,

      He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,   (NASB)

 

 

As we have seen earlier, the Bible also tells us that Jesus is the Word of God made flesh. 

This is more than just something spoken as connected with inward thought, but it is the thought which reveals and reflects all that lies within. 

 

And what is it that comes forth from God?  What word is this?  We are told out of the treasures of the heart – that which comes from within someone, is what someone speaks:  

 

Luke 6:

45    A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good;

      and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil:

      for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.    (AKJV)

 

 

How much more in an infinite magnitude then is the Word which comes forth from the heart of God?  How great is this Word that comes from the heart of God since we know God is love?   

 

Therefore, if God Himself is love, then the Word of God that represents Him is also love.  Jesus the Son of God is love as well, and humbly put aside His divinity and became a man to lay down His life as atonement for our sins so that we all may live.  We see this in Philippians 2:5-11 below which also shows us the beautiful truth of who Jesus is and how He is the exact image of God.   As the Son of God, He is deity/divine Himself, because only that which is itself deity can perfectly be a representation of deity:

 

Philippians 2:

5        Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,

6        who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,

7        but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

8        Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

9        For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,

10      so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11      and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.   (NASB)

 

Ephesians 5:

2        And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, 

       an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.    (NKJV)

 

Revelation 1:

5        and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

        To him who loves us, and washed us from our sins by his blood;   (WEB)

 

John 15:

13       Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.    (NKJV)

 

 

It is because God is love that He created all things and man so we may have a loving relationship with Him.  God created all things by His word:

 

John 1:

1        In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2        He was in the beginning with God.

3        All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.  (NKJV)

 

1 Corinthians 8:

6        yet to us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ,

        through whom are all things, and we live through him.    (WEB)

 

Ephesians 3:

9        And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hid in God,

        who created all things by Jesus Christ:   (AKJV)

 

Colossians 1:

16      For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible,

        whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

17      And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.    (NKJV)

 

 

As the only-begotten Son of God, Jesus is the one true example of who God is and what He is like.  Jesus is deity and He is also love and in this love all things were created through Him.

 

 

 

If we love God, we will love His son

 

By the authority given to Him by God, His father, and being the Word of God and the very image of God, the Bible goes on to further declare that those who know God will know His son, and those who love God will also know and love His son. 

 

Matthew 11:

25      At that time Jesus said, "I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, 

        that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.

26      "Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.

27      "All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; 

        nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.    (NASB)

 

Luke 10:

16    "The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me;

       and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me."    (NASB)

John 5:

19      Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself,

         unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.

20      "For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing;

         and the Father will show Him greater works than these, so that you will marvel.

21      "For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes.

22      "For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son,

23       so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father.

        He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.   (NASB)

 

John 6:

29    Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent."

 

45    It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.'

      Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.

      (NKJV)

 

John 8:

19    So they were saying to Him, "Where is Your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither Me nor My Father;

       if you knew Me, you would know My Father also."

 

42    Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God,

      for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me.    (NASB)

 

John 14:

7        "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him."

8        Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us."

9        Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip?

       He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'?

10      Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me?

       The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.

 

24      He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me.

       (NKJV)

 

John 15:

23      He that hates me hates my Father also.    (AKJV)

 

 

 

Just like His Father, we love Him, because He loved us first

 

As we read earlier, just as God is love, His son is also love.  Love is a relationship and is meant to be reciprocal; it is a “two-way street”.  Jesus loves us so much that He became a man to die and atone for our sins:

 

Galatians 2:

20   I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: 

      and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.   (AKJV)

 

Ephesians 3:

14     For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15     Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

16     That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

17     That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

18     May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19     And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.    (AKJV)

 

Revelation 1:

5     and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.

     To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,    (NKJV)

 

 

So great is this love that He even forgives those who have nailed Him to the crucifix to die a slow, painful and humiliating death:

 

Luke 23:

33      When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified him there with the criminals,

        one on the right and the other on the left.

34      Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they are doing." Dividing his garments among them, they cast lots. 

        (WEB)

 

 

 

The example of Jesus

 

God is holy and God is love.  Jesus was sent to us to reveal His father to us.  Jesus came not only to show us the eternal destiny that awaits those who believe in His atonement and resurrection, but He came as the model of what a child of God should be like. His sinless life is an example for us to follow. 

 

In Jesus we know what true holiness is.  God is holy and His children should be holy.  If we say we love God, then we should not sin against Him but repent.  We should not transgress His law which is the Biblical definition of sin, but be obedient loving children who obey God’s law and not sin:

 

1 John 3:

4     Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

5     And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

6     Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

7     Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

8     He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning.

     For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

9     Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

10   In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God,

     neither he that loveth not his brother.    (KJV)

 

 

If we say we love God, then we are to follow Jesus’ perfect example of holy, blameless and righteous character.  And we must note the Bible commands us to imitate Jesus’ perfection even though we are not perfect so we cannot use our imperfection as an excuse to disobey God’s law.  This is because if we are saved, we must repent and not continue to sin against God – we must not continue to transgress the law of God.  We walk as Jesus walked not to be saved, but once we are saved, we will follow His example:

 

1 John 2:

3    By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.

4    The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;

5    but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:

6    the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.  (NASB)

 

1 Corinthians 11:

1    Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.    (NKJV)

 

 

Imitating Christ also means that to receive forgiveness of our sins, we must likewise forgive others:

 

Matthew 6:

14      "For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

15      "But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.   (NASB)

 

 

Why must we forgive?  It is because it is the same as, indeed, it magnifies, the greatest love to sacrifice oneself for others – you love someone so much that you would die for this person even if they have wronged you.  Remember, to even love those who hate you and kill you, for they know not what they do (Luke 23:32-37). 

 

 

Imitating Christ means that His righteousness becomes ours, and therefore we have His righteousness, love and forgiveness within us.  And then we will do and take care of those things that are close to the heart of God and His son Jesus:

 

Matthew 25:

31   "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.

32   All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another,

             as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.

33   And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.

34   Then the King will say to those on His right hand,

             'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35   for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;

36   I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.'

37   "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?

38   When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?

39   Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'

40   And the King will answer and say to them,

             'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'

41   "Then He will also say to those on the left hand,

             'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:

42   for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;

43   I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.'

44   "Then they also will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, 

             and did not minister to You?'

45   Then He will answer them, saying,

             'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'

46   And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."     (NKJV)

 

James 1:

27   Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.    (NASB)

 

 

When God, who is love, abides within us, He changes us from within, conforming us to the image of His son Jesus – His love is perfected in us (as we read earlier in 1 John 4:7-16).  When God dwells within us we begin to do what is pleasing to Him; we begin to act like Him and have our character molded into His character.  In other words, we are perfected in love and holiness, and we imitate Jesus: we will always have, show, and put into action the same love and character Jesus has.  Imitating Christ means we act like Him and do what He does, walking in complete obedience to the commandments of His father – just as He obeyed God’s commandments, we should also obey God’s commandments. 


We must note that God’s law includes His 10 Commandments which He wrote with His own finger, where the 4th Commandment is the 7th day Sabbath which was never abolished or changed to the 1st day of the week, Sunday.  Jesus said God’s law was not abolished, but endures longer than heaven and earth and His disagreements with the Pharisees were never about whether or not to observe the Sabbath, but how to observe it (the Pharisees added man-made traditions):

 

Matthew 5:

17  "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.

18  "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

19  "Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

20  "For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees,

         you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.    (NASB)

 


What God loves, we also love and what He does, we also do.  We love all the things of God and we do what is pleasing in His sight.  All these things is what Jesus did and He is the model for us.  By God who is love abiding within us, love and holiness is perfected in us with Jesus as the model, and we therefore have the same love and forgive as He forgives.  This is why we cannot think obedience and works can save us, but once we are saved by God abiding within us, God makes sure we are obedient with fruits worthy of repentance:

 

Ephesians 2:

1        And you were dead in the trespasses and sins

2        in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air,

        the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience---

3        among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind,

        and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

4        But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,

5        even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ---by grace you have been saved---

6        and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

7        so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

8        For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

9        not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

10      For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand,

        that we should walk in them.   (ESV)

 

James 2:

14      What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?

15      If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,

16      and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, 

        what good is that?

17      So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

18      But someone will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith apart from your works,

        and I will show you my faith by my works.

19      You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe---and shudder!

20      Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?

21      Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar?

22      You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works;

23      and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness"

        ---and he was called a friend of God.

24      You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.

25      And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received

        the messengers and sent them out by another way?

26      For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.   (ESV)

 

 

There is no recipe of works we can do to be saved by God, but it is by His mercy and grace. Only by faith in Jesus as the unblemished lamb who covers and takes away our sins, and is now risen and will return as judge and king, are we saved.  Only then will our Heavenly Father and Jesus dwell with us and change us from within to conform to Jesus’ example.  When they make their abode within us, it is expected that we no longer live in sin and disobedience, but we are new creations made to walk in faithful good works:

 

John 14:

23    Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him,

       and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.   (NASB)

 

 

And it must be noted in these troubled end times we are in, how very important it is to know what God loves.  He loves His people Israel; He loves His land Israel.  Many people are being deceived to think Israel, the land of God does not belong to the people Israel, but they believe that it belongs to another people and want the land to be divided.  The nations of the world try to divide Israel by dividing and taking away Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.  But God says: “No”.  God says the land belongs to Him which He gives to His portion, the people Israel, the apple of His eye and it must not be divided.  And when it does get divided, He will judge those who have divided His land:

 

Deuteronomy 32:

9    For the LORD's portion is His people; Jacob is the place of His inheritance.

10   " He found him in a desert land And in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.

11   As an eagle stirs up its nest, Hovers over its young, Spreading out its wings, taking them up, Carrying them on its wings,

12   So the LORD alone led him, And there was no foreign god with him.    (NKJV)

 

Zechariah 2:

8    For thus says the LORD of hosts: "He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.

9    For surely I will shake My hand against them, and they shall become spoil for their servants. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me.

10  "Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst," says the LORD.

11  "Many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and they shall become My people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you.

12  And the LORD will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem.

13  Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!"     (NKJV)

 

Joel 3:

1    "For behold, in those days and at that time, When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem,

2    I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land.    (NKJV)



Before He ascended back to heaven, Jesus tells us Israel is Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem when He was asked when He will restore the kingdom to Israel:

 

Acts 1:

1    The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach,

2    until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen.

3    To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.

4    Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, "Which," He said, "you heard of from Me;

5    for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."

6    So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, "Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?"

7    He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority;

8    but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."    (NASB)



Remember that Jesus is the Word and very image of God.  This means He speaks and does what His father tells Him to speak and do.  And since His father is God and God is truth, Jesus is also truth. 


What this also means is that when we imitate Jesus, we are actually emulating our Heavenly Father.  Indeed, Jesus tells us we should be perfect as the Heavenly Father is perfect, and note that this means we must treat everyone – not just those who are like us, but even our enemies, with the same love He gives to us all.  But we must always speak and live by truth and love even if the world hates us: 

 

Matthew 5:

44   "But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

45    so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good,

        and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

46   "For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?

47   "If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?

48   "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.   (NASB)

 

 

So we clearly see that Jesus is perfect and holy just like His father is perfect and holy.    They are both shining examples of what holiness and love are, and the Bible tells us to be like God and His son Jesus.  The Bible tells us that loving children of God will be lovingly obedient to Him, imitating the only-begotten Son of God, because Jesus is the express image and Word of God and therefore is a true reflection and example of God’s perfect righteous character. 

 

To imitate the character of the God we love – His holiness, His love, is expected and the least we can do.  The Bible declares that we should model ourselves after Him even though we fall short and are not perfect. 

 

 

To model ourselves after Him is a demonstration of the love we have for Him and a reflection of who we really are.  If we are children of God, then we should imitate and be like our Heavenly Father.  And just as God of course follows His own commandments and His son who is like Him does the same, since we are to imitate them then we also ought to follow God’s commandments. God and Christ abiding within us ensures we do this.  Loving obedience to our Heavenly Father is not a burden:

 

1 John 5:

3    For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.    (NASB)

 

 

Obeying God’s commandments which are not burdensome is the way by which we can act upon the greatest commandments to love God with all our being and our neighbors as ourselves (for example, the first 4 of the 10 Commandments tell us how to love God and the last 6 tell us how to love our neighbors/fellow man):

 

Mark 12:

29    Jesus answered, "The foremost is, 'Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord;

30    and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.'

31    "The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."   (NASB)

 

 

If we say we know God, then we should know that He is holy and without sin.  Jesus is holy and without sin.  We can know the character of God by knowing Jesus.  To imitate Jesus is to imitate God.  This is why if we know and love God, we will also know and love His son. 

 

As the only sinless person who has ever lived (the Bible does not declare Mary is sinless), it makes complete sense that the reason why Jesus is without sin is because unlike us who are children of God in a more figurative sense, He is the Son of God literally. 

 

He who has no sin came to reveal His father to us and to reconcile the fallen creation by putting upon Himself the sin and corruption of all things so that we may all be healed:

 

John 1:

18    No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him.  (AKJV)

 

1 Peter 2:

21  For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,

22  who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in his mouth,

23  and while being reviled, He did not revile in turn; while suffering, He uttered no threats,

     but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;

24  and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness;

     for by His wounds we are healed.     (NASB)

 

Galatians 2:

3    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,

4    who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 

     (NASB)

 

Hebrews 7:

26    For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled,

      separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens;    (NASB)

 

 

Sin is bad and evil, and is of the enemy Satan.  But being without sin is to be good and is of God. 

 

Jesus is without sin and there is absolutely no deceit in His mouth.  Since Jesus is the Word and express image of God this means that our Heavenly Father God is without sin and has absolutely no deceit in Him either.  God and His son Jesus are light, not darkness.

 

1 John 1:

5      This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

6      If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

7      But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,

      and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.    (NKJV)

 

John 12:

44    Then Jesus cried out and said, "He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me.

45    And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.

46    I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.

47    And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.

48    He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him

      --- the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.

49    For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command,

      what I should say and what I should speak.

50   And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak."   (NKJV)

 

 

To imitate the sinless Jesus is to imitate God, and it is the same as imitating that which is good. 

 

3 John 1:

11    Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God. 

      (NKJV)

 

 

The enemy, Satan the devil, however, is full of deceit and is the father of lies:

 

John 8:

42   Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God,

        for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me.

43   "Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word.

44   "You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning,

        and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature,

        for he is a liar and the father of lies.

45   "But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me.

46   "Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me?

47   "He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God."    (NASB)

 

 

We must not continue to live in sin and iniquity, following the example of Satan.

 

We are to imitate what is good and Jesus is sinless and so He is the ultimate example of that which is good and whom we must imitate.  The Bible commands us to imitate the good, to imitate Jesus, to imitate God. Jesus is the Word and express image of God. 

 

Therefore, the example we are to follow is Jesus.  We are to imitate Him in love, holiness and righteousness of character which is an image of God’s love, holiness and character.  Even more, though we die, we will imitate Him by rising to eternal life, because His sinless atonement has conquered death for us. 

 

God’s great plan of salvation is that God heals us all and brings everyone back to Him like straying children to a loving father, and He does this all through His only-begotten son who is the model of our lives here now and then also in eternity. 


We must remember that the Bible tells us not only to have faith in Christ and imitate Him to not sin, but we must take heed to the message He taught about entering the Kingdom of God/Heaven which is mentioned almost 90 times in the four Gospel accounts.  This faith and being like Him is how we enter into the Kingdom of God/Heaven.  The Kingdom of God/Heaven is the New Jerusalem which descends from God to earth after He makes a new heaven and a new earth and no one who sins can enter:

 

Revelation 21:

1    Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.

2    Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,

         prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3    And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.

4    And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.

         There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."

5   Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new."

         And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful."

6    And He said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.

         I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.

7    He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

8    But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."

 

27  But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie,

         but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.     (NKJV)

 

 

 

Jesus said He is the only way to God and Salvation

 

Many non-believers in Jesus as the only-begotten Son of God and Messiah find fault with and do not like the believers in Christ and their claim that truth is “exclusive” and Christianity is this truth.  However, believers in Christ are not making this up.

 


To the issue of exclusiveness, Jesus says:

 

John 3:

16   "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish,

           but have eternal life.

17   "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

18   "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already,

           because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19   "This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light,

           for their deeds were evil.

20   "For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.

21   "But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God."   (NASB)


John 8:

23     He said to them, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.

24     I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins."   (ESV)


John 10:

1    "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door,

           but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

2    But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

3    To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

4    And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

5    Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers."

6    Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.

7    Then Jesus said to them again, "Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.

8    All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.

9    I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

10  The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.

          I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

11  "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.  (NKJV)

 

John 11:

25   Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.   (NKJV)


John 12:

44   Then Jesus cried out and said, "He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me.

45   And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.

46   I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.

47   And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him;

           for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.

48   He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him ---

           the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.

49   For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command,

           what I should say and what I should speak.

50   And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak."     (NKJV)

 

John 14:

6      Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.    (NKJV)

 

 

And the apostle Peter says:

 

Acts 4:

12    And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." 

     (ESV)

 


And the apostle John says:

 

1 John 5:

9    If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for the testimony of God is this, that He has testified concerning His Son.

10  The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son.

11  And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

12  He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.   (NASB)

 

 


And the apostle Paul says:

 

Philippians 2:

1    Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,

2    make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.

3    Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;

4    do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

5    Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,

6    who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,

7    but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

8    Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

9    For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,

10   so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11   and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.   (NASB)



 

Believers in Jesus as the only-begotten Son of God and Messiah are not being "difficult" at all, but understand that truth by nature must be exclusive: there can only be one truth, not many truths.  Jesus said He is the only way to His father, God, and He is truth and He is the resurrection and life. 

 

If one thing is true, than that which teaches the opposite or otherwise cannot also be true. 

Truth is not relative or in the eye of the beholder.  Truth is not about what people want it to mean or if they are sincere in what they believe then it is “okay”.  There is only one truth and what is not truth leads to death; again, God says this twice in the Bible, in Psalm 14:12 and below:

 

Psalm 16:

25     There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.     (NKJV)

 

 

This brings us to the other subject many people today connect with the issue of exclusivity: the claim of non-believers in Christ that believers are being “intolerant”.  As we have already seen, truth is by nature exclusive – that which teaches something completely different than the truth cannot also be truth. 

 

What we find is that many people today do not even know what ‘tolerate’ actually means. In these end times, the definition of the word ‘tolerate’ has been misinterpreted and misused by many people to mean that:

 

1.   All views must be true (many paths leading to the same thing or all are different expressions of the same thing)

 

2.   All the views in #1 above must be accepted by everyone.

 

 

However, is this really what ‘tolerate’ or being tolerant really means?  In MerriamWebster.com this is the meaning of ‘tolerate’:

 

a : to allow to be or to be done without prohibition, hindrance, or contradiction

b : to put up with <learn to tolerate one another>


 

Where does it say that many views are true and must be accepted as truth by everyone? 

 

We can see what ‘tolerate’ means is that everyone is free or allowed to express or practice their view, but it specifically says others do not have to accept it as true, but can just “put up with it”.  In other words, people are free to choose to believe whatever they want, even if it is not true, but people cannot force others to accept their view as truth – and cannot say you are being intolerant if you do not accept that there are supposedly many “truths”.  

 

In today’s environment and mistaken definition of tolerate/tolerant, many people are in error when they think, and then also try to make you think, that being tolerant of others means you must accept everyone’s view as truth. 

 

Regarding exclusiveness, this still stands: there is only one truth and others that teach against it or opposite of it cannot also be true.  So when we put ‘tolerance’ and ‘exclusiveness’ about truth together, this is what we get:  Jesus being the Son and Word of God, who atoned for our sins as our Messiah when He was crucified and then was resurrected, and is the only way to His father, is the truth – and other beliefs that state otherwise are not truth.  Believers in Jesus are not being intolerant at all, but again, know that truth is exclusive.  There can only be one truth, not many truths which teach against the one truth.  Believers in Jesus are tolerant and do not force others to believe as they do, and put up with the views of others – allowing them to believe what they want, even if it is wrong. 

 

The misuse of the word ‘tolerant’ and calling believers of Christ intolerant is trying to make believers of Christ look like the “bad” or “evil” ones.  However, in truth, it is the non-believers of Christ who are the ones being intolerant by their own changed meaning of the word, because they are trying to force others to believe and agree that what they believe is also true (that there are many truths and each have their own “truth”), and are changing the definition of the word ‘tolerant’ to accomplish this.  The non-believers are being bad, because they are forcing their views upon everyone and overriding the freedom to choose and truly tolerate/put up with others.  The non-believers are the ones who do not want to put up with others, but want to force everyone to accept them; and when others do not agree with them, the non-believers try to bring down or destroy those who disagree (one method is to misuse the word ‘tolerant’). 


Even though many people may say otherwise, this misuse of the word ‘tolerant’ is really directed toward Bible believers only in order to try to silence them and destroy them, and it is only the beginning – paving the road to the persecution of Bible believers that will come in these end times.  The Bible and faith in Jesus as the Son of God are the one truth and is the reason why they are targeted by almost everyone in this world which is enveloped in sin.



The Bible tells us how sin and death entered the creation and it is by the enemy Satan.  Sin and death must be atoned for and will be eradicated.  The Bible prophesies of a Messiah who alone is worthy to put upon himself the iniquities of us all, healing us by making atonement for us. Only an atonement that is without sin and is spotless can overcome sin and death and last forever.  This Messiah is Jesus, the only-begotten son of God  who died for our sins so we may have eternal life, but is raised and waiting to return to establish God’s kingdom. 

 

The Bible states it is Jesus alone who balances out the great spiritual equation and completely erases our debt of sin and its deadly effects.  He alone qualifies to reconcile and restore the entire fallen creation to God.  The work of the enemy will be destroyed once and for all as the fallen creation will be entirely remade.

 

The Bible accounts for why there is evil in this world and makes it very, very clear that it is only through His son Jesus that He will redeem and restore the creation. 

 

By Jesus’ atonement as the suffering servant the debt of sin is paid. 

 

By Jesus’ resurrection God declares that sin and death is overcome. 

 

By Jesus’ return in the near future as the conquering king He will establish and reign in the Kingdom of God forever, and judge the dead and the living at the end of days:

 

2 Corinthians 5:

10     For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body,

      according to what he has done, whether good or bad.   (NKJV)

 

Revelation 20:

11     Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away,

       and no place was found for them.

12     And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened;

      and another book was opened, which is the book of life;

      and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.

13     And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them;

       and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.

14     Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.

15     And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.  (NASB)

 

 

The Bible is totally unambiguous about who Jesus is and what He has done, does and will do.  The Bible declares it is only because of Jesus’ loving work on behalf of all the creation that the spiritual equation that has been imbalanced will be made right again as sin and death will be blotted out forever and no longer held under our account.  By faith in Jesus as the Son of God and Messiah who reconciles us to God by all He has done, does and will do, we become fellow heirs of this kingdom. 

 

 

Jesus said He is the Son of God and Messiah/Christ who saves the world and gives eternal life:

 

Luke 22:

66   When it was day, the Council of elders of the people assembled, both chief priests and scribes, and they led Him away to their council chamber, saying,

67   "If You are the Christ, tell us." But He said to them, "If I tell you, you will not believe;

68   and if I ask a question, you will not answer.

69   "But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God."

70   And they all said, "Are You the Son of God, then?" And He said to them, "Yes, I am."

71   Then they said, "What further need do we have of testimony? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth."     (NASB)


Matthew 26:

63   But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, "I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!"

64   Jesus said to him, "It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven."    (NKJV)

 

Note:  In Matthew 26:64, Jesus is referring to Himself as the one spoken of in Daniel 7:13-14:

 

Daniel 7:

13   " I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven!

      He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him.

14  Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.

     His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away,

     And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.     (NKJV)

 

 

John 3:

16      For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish,

       but have everlasting life.

17      For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

18      He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already,

        because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.   (AKJV)

 

John 5:

21      For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom he desires.

22      For the Father judges no one, but he has given all judgment to the Son,

23      that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who doesn't honor the Son doesn't honor the Father who sent him.

24      "Most certainly I tell you, he who hears my word, and believes him who sent me, has eternal life,

        and doesn't come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

25      Most certainly, I tell you, the hour comes, and now is, when the dead will hear the Son of God's voice;

        and those who hear will live.   (WEB)

 

John 9:

35      Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said to him, Do you believe on the Son of God?

36      He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?

37      And Jesus said to him, You have both seen him, and it is he that talks with you.   (AKJV)

 

John 11:

25      Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

26      And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Believe you this?

27      She said to him, Yes, Lord: I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.    (AKJV)

 

 

The words of Jesus are clear and unmistakable.  People either believe He is who He says He is or they do not.  These are the words of John the Baptizer who cleared the path for Jesus:


John 3:

22      After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.

23      And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.

24      For John was not yet cast into prison.

25      Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.

26      And they came to John, and said to him, Rabbi, he that was with you beyond Jordan, to whom you bore witness,

       behold, the same baptizes, and all men come to him.

27      John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

28      You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.

29      He that has the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which stands and hears him,

       rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.

30      He must increase, but I must decrease.

31      He that comes from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaks of the earth:

        he that comes from heaven is above all.

32      And what he has seen and heard, that he testifies; and no man receives his testimony.

33      He that has received his testimony has set to his seal that God is true.

34      For he whom God has sent speaks the words of God: for God gives not the Spirit by measure to him.

35      The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand.

36     He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life;

       but the wrath of God stays on him.   (AKJV)

 

 

Only Jesus was born of a virgin and totally without sin.  He performed great signs that only God can do such as creating that which did not previously exist, like multiplying food to feed thousands; and creating life, like raising Lazarus who was dead 4 days and began to decompose and smell. The raising of Lazarus in John 11 is a foretaste of the power and authority Jesus has as the Son of God and Messiah to even judge and raise the dead.

 

Jesus’ resurrection from the dead after His crucifixion is further testimony of God’s plan of salvation for mankind.  Jesus is the perfect template by which all of God’s children will be redeemed and reconciled to God – resurrected to eternal life, even if we die.  Unlike the first Adam through which sin and death has come to the many, Jesus is the second Adam that undoes the ravages of sin and death, and gives life to the many.  We will be raised and changed to be like Him, and live forever; this does not mean we will only be like Him in body, but also of mind and character:

 

1 Corinthians 15:

42      So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body;

43      it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;

44      it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.

45      So also it is written, "The first man, Adam, became a living soul." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

46      However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.

47      The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven.

48      As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly.

49      Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.

50      Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.

51      Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,

52      in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, 

       and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

53      For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54      But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality,

        then will come about the saying that is written, "Death is swallowed up in victory.

55      "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"    (NASB)

 

 

Jesus is indeed the path to eternal life as he said in John 14:6.  This is why He speaks of Himself in the first person as the one who gives life:

 

 

Bread of life –

 

John 6:

44      No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

45      It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God.  Every man therefore that has heard, 

        and has learned of the Father, comes to me.

46      Not that any man has seen the Father, save he which is of God, he has seen the Father.

47      Truly, truly, I say to you, He that believes on me has everlasting life.

48      I am that bread of life.

49      Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

50      This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

51      I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: 

       and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.    (AKJV)

 

Note:  Verse 45 says those who know God, his father, will inevitably come to know Jesus.

 

 

The light of the world/light of life –

 

John 1:

3        All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

4        In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

5        And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

6        There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

7        This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.

8        He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

9        That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.

10      He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.

11      He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.

12      But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

13      who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.   (NKJV)

 

John 3

12     If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?

13     No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.

14     And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

15     that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

16     For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,

       that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

17     For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18     "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already,

       because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19     And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light,

       because their deeds were evil.

20     For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

21     But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God."

       (NKJV)

 

John 8:

12   Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness,

      but shall have the light of life   (AKJV)

 

 

The door to the sheep pen –

 

John 10:

9        I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

10      The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life,

       and that they might have it more abundantly.    (AKJV)

 

 

The resurrection and life –

 

John 11:

25   Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

 

 

The true vine –

 

John 15:

1    "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

2    "Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, 

        He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.

3    "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.

4    "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine,

        so neither can you unless you abide in Me.

5    "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, 

         for apart from Me you can do nothing.

6    "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them,

        and cast them into the fire and they are burned.    (NASB)

 

 

But the earnest seeker of truth should not find it “shocking” that Jesus speaks this way of Himself.  He is after all the Word of God whom God has sent to us to reveal Himself to us and to save us and give us eternal life.  He is not an “enlightened” one or an avatar of the gods.  He is not just a great teacher or prophet, but He is much, much more. Jesus’ very own words testify to who He is. He is the divine Son of God and Messiah whose perfect sinless atonement has freed us from bondage to sin and death.  This is why He alone is without sin.

 

He is the very image of God.  And so what He speaks is absolute truth.  Men and women have to make a decision.  Jesus said and did all these things as the Son of God and Messiah.  It is truth, but will you believe or will you be influenced by what you have always known?

 

The Bible is God’s Word which is sharper than any two-edged sword and cuts into our deepest being; it lays us bare to the one whom we are accountable. This is just one reason why the Word of God, Jesus, said He came to set the members of a household against one another:

 

Matthew 10:

35   For I have come to 'set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law';

36   and 'a man's enemies will be those of his own household.'

37   He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me.

        And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.

38   And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.

39   He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.  (NKJV)

 

 

This is not an earthly or physical division, but a heavenly and spiritual one: God wants people who seek and hold Him and truth above all; above family, this world and any consequences – even death. We do not kill for our faith, but we are willing to die for it if need be.

 

God seeks people who worship in spirit and truth no matter what:

 

John 4:

23   "But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth;

        for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.

24   "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."   (NASB)

 

 

It is Jesus Himself, the Word of God, who pierces us with the truth and divides those who earnestly seek truth from those who do not.

 

Yes, He is not only the Word of God, but also the divine Son of God who laid down His life for our sins, redeeming all creation by the power of His sacrifice and resurrection. He alone balances the equation of action, consequences and accountability that has been made red by our sins; He has wiped out this debt of sin. He is the ultimate physician who heals us all. Do you believe this?

 

It is Jesus and who He is that reveals to us and His father if we are truly ready to accept and live the truth no matter what the cost.  

 

God is our first love to whom we must return. We should look to eternal joy with Him and His son, because they are truth and love; we should not look to people or things that bind us to this world which only leads to death.

 

 

God sends us His Word which does not return to Him void:

 

Isaiah 55:

11   So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void,

      But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.   (NKJV)

 

 

It is no coincidence that Jesus is the Word of God and therefore He was sent to us. And likewise, He did not return to heaven without fulfilling what He was sent to do.

 

By His atonement and resurrection, He has overcome the captors of sin and death and freed us from bondage:

 

Ephesians 4:

8      Why he said, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.

9      (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

10    He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)   (AKJV)

 

Quoted from:

 

Psalm 68:

18   You have ascended on high, you have led captivity captive: you have received gifts for men;

      yes, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

19   Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

20   He that is our God is the God of salvation; and to GOD the Lord belong the issues from death.   (AKJV)

 

Proverbs 30:

4   Who has ascended up into heaven, or descended? who has gathered the wind in his fists?

     who has bound the waters in a garment? who has established all the ends of the earth?

     what is his name, and what is his son's name, if you can tell?   (AKJV)

 

 

By His loving sacrifice and being raised, He has sown of Himself so that He may justify the many and we can reap His harvest of eternal life and be with Him where He is:

 

John 12:

23   But Jesus answered them, saying, "The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.

24   Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone;

        but if it dies, it produces much grain.   (NKJV)

 

Isaiah 53:

10   Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin,

        He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

11   He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,

        For He shall bear their iniquities.   (NKJV)

 

 

We must always remember the tactic Satan the enemy uses since the very beginning:  he takes what God had already said and then deceives us into believing the words of God are all lies.  He attacks what has already been given and adds deception upon deception to lead us away from God and His truth and love.  

 

The enemy hates God and His son.  The enemy hates us – men and women. 

 

So he does his best to hide the truth of who God and Jesus are and tries to keep people away from the truth of God’s awesome work of salvation through His son to reconcile sinful mankind and all creation to Himself. But we must not let the enemy who is the father of lies and full of darkness deceive us.

 

We must not be fooled by the enemy’s deception to hide who Jesus really is.

 

God has given testimony of His son and in His son is eternal life.  God’s testimony is greater than the testimony of man and the enemy, and God’s testimony does not change:

 

1 John 5:

9     If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for the testimony of God is this,

      that He has testified concerning His Son.

10   The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself;

      the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar,

      because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son.

11    And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

12    He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.

      (NASB)

 

 

There can actually be no mistaking who Jesus is. In all His words and actions, He declares Himself to be the Son of God and Messiah who is the path to His father. He declares Himself to be the atonement and the giver of the gift of eternal life.  He is the perfect model of how we live our lives now and for all eternity.  He is the Word of God that is love and gives light. 

 

Why else is He without sin? 

 

It is to save us of our sins and show us the awesome love and plan of God to reconcile man through the perfect atonement and template of the only-begotten Son of God whose love, power and perfection overcomes sin and death forever, restoring us to the loving relationship with God we are always meant to have.




Please continue & conclude this article in the next part: 'The Bible Message to All: Part 3 - the Summation'.


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