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Salvation in Christ Alone – Jesus

Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 Leave a comment

How could we end our series on Salvation in Christ Alone without also looking to God Himself?

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)

You are trusting in your Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for forgiveness and your eternal salvation. You trust Him. So, shouldn’t you trust Him in what He says here? There can be no more direct, plain explanation than this.  No man, meaning no one, not a single person comes to God (comes to salvation) except through Christ.  If you think that perhaps John did not notice he included this scripture, consider another.

7Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

9I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. (John 10:7, 9)

Jesus repeatedly declared that He was God (see the “I Am” references cited in the book of John at the beginning of this series), that He was the Messiah (a word that means the one who would bring salvation), and that He was the only path to forgiveness, eternal life, and salvation.

God has made it simple.  We have no work to do.  We have nothing to worry about or to invent.  There are not a thousand paths to choose from and evaluate for their merits or potential of offering salvation.  Only the devil would contrive such a complicated and perilous scheme for salvation.  Only someone who would not desire for a person to be saved would make the path difficult or difficult to find.  It is simple.  It is Jesus.  It requires nothing other than your acceptance of His sacrifice for you and a new relationship with the God who loved you and created you and provided everything you need to come home to Him.

Confirmation

We have clearly seen what the writers and primary participants of the New Testament believed and taught.  So, are they right?  Is it true that salvation has only been provided by God through simple belief and faith in His Son, Jesus Christ?

And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (Mark 16:20)

3How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
4God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? (Hebrews 2:3-4)

We have seen the Word that was preached after Pentecost by Peter in Acts 4:12.  This preaching was confirmed miracles, signs and wonders, and gifts of the Holy Spirit.  This is God putting His stamp of approval on the single, simple message of salvation.  There is no other path to salvation.  Christ is the only way.

Conclusion

In one respect, the Bible is our handbook for salvation.  It describes who we are, who God is, and what He has done for us.  It is our guide and answer book to Christianity: a relationship with God.  It is consistent and emphatic that reconciliation with God (eternal life) comes through faith and trust in Jesus Christ and only through faith and trust in Jesus Christ.  God made it simple but not flexible.  Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life – no one comes to the Father except through Christ.

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Salvation in Christ Alone – Philip

Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 Leave a comment

Philip Baptizing the Ethiopian Eunuch, Albert Cuyp

Today in the series Salvation in Christ Alone, we continue looking at prominent figures in the New Testament with Philip. Philip was an evangelist in the early days of the Church.  After being appointed with six other men to minister to widows in the Church, he is soon found evangelizing in Samaria.

12But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
13Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. (Acts 8:12-13)And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (Acts 8:37)

In the first appearance of Philip, we see him preaching the name of Jesus and baptizing those that believe on His name.  Then, while ministering to the Ethiopian eunuch and showing Jesus to him in the scriptures, the eunuch asked if he could be baptized.  The ensuing dialogue between Philip and the man is a perfect illustration of conversion: believing with all your heart that Jesus is the Son of God.  This is only way Philip taught salvation.

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Salvation in Christ Alone – John the Baptist

Monday, 27 Aug 2012 Leave a comment

Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist, Harry Anderson

Having addressed all of the authors of the New Testament our series on Salvation in Christ Alone, we move on to those who played a significant role in New Testament. We begin with John the Baptist.

John the Baptist was not only a cousin of Jesus, but he was the man chosen by God to pave the way for the ministry of Jesus and to begin to awaken the hearts of the people of Israel (Isaiah 40:3, John 1:23, Malachi 4:5-6, Matthew 11:14). Therefore, his words are important to consider when seeking an understanding of the plan of salvation.

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29)

Sin is what caused the separation between God and man. If Jesus is the way that God would take away the sin of the world, then Jesus is the way that reconciliation with God occurs. There is no other way. John lived his entire life to lay the groundwork for what Jesus would come to do. His testimony is a powerful witness for us.

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Salvation in Christ Alone – James

Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 Leave a comment

Today in the series Salvation in Christ Alone we examine the other author of the New Testament who does not directly address initial salvation – James. On the surface, James is the most problematic of the New Testament authors on this point. His letter is very much directed towards a different topic than salvation and therefore lacks the explicit statement on faith that we would hope for. He is very concerned with demonstrating that a saving faith is never without works. But, in reality, salvation through faith in Christ is his starting point. So, he never really touches explicitly on initial salvation. His audience is Jewish Christians, meaning people who are already saved. But, if we examine his letter closely, there is one reference that can be inferred to declare salvation through Christ alone.

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. (James 1:1)

First, James calls Jesus “Christ.” Christ is a title that means Messiah, the Savior. Second, James calls Jesus his Lord. Therefore, James is declaring that Jesus is his Lord and Savior. From this we can conclude that James considers his path to salvation to be through faith in Jesus Christ alone. While this relies on an understanding of the true meaning of the words “Christ” and “Lord,” it is clear that this was James’ position and belief.

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Salvation in Christ Alone – Jude

Saturday, 25 Aug 2012 Leave a comment

Today in the series Salvation in Christ Alone we encounter one of two authors whose writing was focused on issues unrelated to salvation. Jude’s very short letter is primarily concerned with apostasy in the current and future church and therefore is less than explicit concerning initial salvation. But, a sequence of very important words in the introduction reveals the faith of Jude.

Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: (Jude 1)

Jude addresses his letter to those “preserved in Jesus Christ.” Our preservation, our salvation, is through Christ. Your calling is through Christ.

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Salvation in Christ Alone – Writer of Hebrews

Friday, 24 Aug 2012 Leave a comment

Today in the series Salvation in Christ Alone, we have arrived at the writer of the book of Hebrews. There is a distinct possibility that this is none other than Paul. But, to provide a degree of completeness, we will consider what the author of Hebrews had to say regarding salvation.

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25)

The writer states that Christ is able to save those that come to God by Christ. No other path is offered, no other path is needed. Christ paid for the sins of the whole world (I John 2:2) and is no longer counting our sins against us so that we could be reconciled to God (II Corinthians 5:18-19). But, we must accept the payment for our sins and the reconciliation offered. This is the simple path to salvation.

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Salvation in Christ Alone – John

Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 Leave a comment

In our continuing Salvation in Christ Alone we arrive at a man who apparently had an especially close friendship with Jesus and who lived the longest after the death of Christ – the Apostle John. John provided the most and the most unique references to salvation in Christ alone.  But, we need look no further than the most well-known verse in the New Testament.

16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)

These verses are exclusive to the Gospel of John and demonstrate the Apostle’s commitment to salvation in Christ alone.  The people of this world are individually saved through belief in Christ.  This is it.  This is the way.  This is the single, simple solution the Lord has provided to reconcile us with Him.  The way of salvation is not filled with condemnation and guilt, it is paved with love and a free offer of reconciliation.

Numerous other verses also demonstrate John’s belief: John 1:12-13, John 1:29, John 3:36, John 5:24, John 10:7-9, John 14:6, I John 2:23, I John 5:12, and II John 9.

– Be loved and blessed to be love and a blessing