“Whom Do You Say I Am?” ~ Jesus
The most common objection made concerning the Bible is that it can’t be trusted as God’s word because it was written by men and everyone knows men make mistakes. In actuality the Bible was written through men by God. In speaking of how the Bible was written, 2 Peter 1:21 tells us, “Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” The Bible writers, therefore, were not inspired as great artists or inspired to produce great art, but the word translated “inspired” means, “God-breathed.” It literally conveys the idea of God breathing out the scriptures. Man, then, was only the instrument used by God to convey His thoughts in the Bible.
Friend, do you see eternity from where you are standing?
The Lord knows I have no desire to make your condition worse than it is by asking this question, nor to bring you any unnecessary fear or trouble. But you would call me a treacherous enemy, and not a good neighbor, if I should flatter you and not tell you the truth. If you visit a doctor when you’re sick, you expect him to tell you the truth, even if the diagnosis is grim. Sure, the knowledge of your disease may increase your fears; but you must know it or else you can never recover from it.
It is the same way with the spiritual sickness that brings eternal condemnation. I’m concerned that you are a stranger to God. For if you were a believer in Jesus Christ, your very heart would be set on God and His purpose for your life and the life to come. You would make it your chief concern to follow Christ now and prepare for everlasting happiness. You would not live in any willful sin, or neglect any known duty. You would joyfully live for Christ, knowing that He has prepared a place for you in heaven.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Please read those words carefully and take them to heart. This is the loving message of Jesus Christ who asks those who are burdened by sin to come to Him in faith with a promise of forgiveness and rest.
Who is Jesus Christ? He is the Son of God and the Son of Man. He is both fully God and fully man, born in human flesh to walk among us and show the world His righteousness, His obedience to the Father, and His amazing love. More importantly, this flawless, sinless Son of God came to give His righteousness to those who seek a perfect standing before God. In order to accomplish this, Jesus went to a cross and was there lifted up to die in the sinner’s place. There upon that cross, the sins of everyone who would believe in Him were transferred to Him so that he would take upon Himself the wrath of God. This was the great exchange of the cross—the sins of many laid upon Him, and His righteousness laid upon sinners as He shed His blood upon that cross.
1. THERE IS LIFE AFTER DEATH
“It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27)
“All who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.” (John 5:28,29)
2. WE WILL ALL STAND BEFORE GOD
“We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” (Romans 14:10)
“I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God…. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.” (Revelation 20:12)
3. ALL SIN MUST BE JUDGED
“There is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.” (Luke 12:2)
“Every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.” (Matthew 12:36)
“God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good
or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:14)
4. OUR “GOOD” IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH
“We are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” (Isaiah 64:6)
“Whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10)
“By grace you have been saved through faith … not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)
5. GOD PROVIDES A WAY
“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
“Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.” (1 Peter 3:18)
6. JESUS LIVES TO GIVE LIFE
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.’” (John 11:25)
“There is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5)
“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
7. YOU MUST TRUST IN JESUS CHRIST
“‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the Lord, ‘though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.’” (Isaiah 1:18)
“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
“There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
DO YOU BELIEVE THESE THINGS TO BE TRUE?
It is of vital importance that you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Believe in Him today!
“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36)
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2)
“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36)
“There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10)