With the 4th of July just around the corner, it’s a good time to reflect on how Americans conceive the settlement and founding of our nation.
Undoubtedly, Jesus was a tremendous figure of ancient times and his deep spiritual teachings found in the New Testament draw millions. But, just because someone says he or she is a Christian, does not mean they are. Within Christianity are basic, essential doctrines as defined by the Old and New Testaments. The Bible teaches monotheism (Exodus 20:3; Isaiah 43:10; 44:6,8); that God is a Trinity (Matt. 3:16-17; 2 Cor. 13:14; Jude 20-21); that Jesus is God in flesh (John 1:1,14; 20:28; Col. 2:9; Titus 2:13; Heb. 1:8); that Jesus rose from the dead physically (1 Cor. 15:14; 17); that salvation is by grace alone through faith (Eph. 2:8-9; Gal. 5:4; Rom. 3:20). Jesus is the only way to salvation (John 14:6) Jesus declared that he was the only access to God the Father. To deny this is to deny what Jesus said. The Bible teaches us about Jesus’ Virgin Birth (Matt. 1:23). Without the virgin birth, we cannot substantiate the doctrine of the incarnation of Jesus being God in flesh. This would put at risk what Jesus said in John 8:24, where he said, “I said, therefore, to you, that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I am, you will die in your sins.” And the Doctrine of the Trinity (Matt. 28:19) “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,” (see also, Matt. 3:16-17; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 4:4-6). This doctrine is not represented by a single verse per se, though it is hinted at. The doctrine of the Trinity is arrived at systematically by looking at the totality of Scripture. It is, nevertheless, the proper representation of scriptural revelation concerning the nature of God.
However, there are those who claim to be a Christian yet deny one or more of the essentials of the Christian faith. Being a Christian means you have given Jesus your life. That you have placed your faith, trust, reliance and hope in Him, by dying to yourself and living through Him. Being a Christian means that you are changed on the inside, not controlled from the outside. It means that your heart has been changed by the presence of the one and only Holy God. Christianity isn’t about rules and regulations to follow. It is about a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, and access to the true God only through His son Jesus Christ. Being a Christian means that you have encountered the true and living God and that you have undergone a change in your heart and soul. It means that you are not restricted to the laws of right and wrong in order to please God because you cannot please God by what you do. God will only find pleasure in you through Jesus Christ. To be a Christian means to follow Christ, to desire Him, to fellowship with Him, to be indwelt by Him, and to bring glory to Him in your life. Being a Christian means living for Christ. It means seeking to do His will and not your own. It won’t always be easy. Satan will make your life difficult at times. You may lose friends and things won’t necessarily get better overnight. Being a Christian can be costly. In fact, Jesus said that you must deny yourself, take up your cross daily, and follow Him (Luke 9:23). That is what Jesus wants you to do, to follow Him always — even when others don’t want you to.
If you are not a Christian, and want to be delivered from the righteous judgment of God, then come to the One who died for the sins of the world. Come to the One who died for sinners (Matt. 11:28). Believe and trust in Jesus. Receive Jesus, who is God in flesh, who died and rose from the dead (1 Cor. 15:1-4) as your Lord and Savior. Ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins. Receive Christ (John 1:12) and the sacrifice he offered on the cross. Turn from your sins. Only He can wash you clean from your sins and only Jesus can deliver you from the future judgment of a holy and infinite God. Pray to Jesus. Seek Him. Ask Him to save you. He will. Only the Jesus of the Bible can do that. Jesus is God in flesh, the creator. God is a trinity and Jesus is the second person of the trinity. If you would like to know more about how you can become a Christian or discuss any part of this with someone, feel free to give me a call at the number listed below.
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