Bible Ballistics: BBs #178 Is Jesus Enough???
If Jesus is the only way (and HE is), is He enough? I can only answer that question from scripture and personal experience! Only Jesus is always enough!! He is my strength and I am glad that I don’t have to live without HIM.
“The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.” Psalm 118:14
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
God is my God, and His Son Jesus Christ is the Redeemer of my soul. He is my life and my strength and without Him I would be lost and undone. He never fails, though I often do. I run to Him for forgiveness, cleansing and restoration.
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” Proverbs 18:10
Who is the righteous one? Those who have trusted in Jesus and by repentance and faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus have been born again. That is the gospel. (See 1 Cor. 15:3-6) It’s not by works but by the grace of God through faith. Yet saving faith produces a confirming work—not saved by works but saved to do good works. A most familiar passage expresses this:
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10
I am saved by grace and faith NOT by my works. But works are the evidence of my redemption and new birth. I belong to Jesus! I have repented of my sin and trusted Him for salvation, forgiveness and cleansing.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God…….Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” John 3:3, 5-7
“Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:13
We are born “of God” and receive the indwelling Holy Spirit to grow us and teach us in all of God’s ways. But as we’ve said, we often stumble and fall—often in a big way—but God has made provision for us in that very blood of Jesus that saves us—it also keeps us:
1 john 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
How? Why? Because the “blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from all sin” so that we can continue on when we get back up from our fall. And we who are genuinely HIS will get up, because it’s not our righteousness that saves, keeps or restores us, it’s HIS! I have been ‘made the righteousness of God in him’—in Jesus.
“For he hath made him to be sin for us,
who knew no sin;
that we might be made
the righteousness of God
in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
You see, it’s the righteousness of Jesus that I live in, NOT my own. Any righteousness that I accomplish is through Him, because:
“I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live;
yet not I,
but Christ liveth 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.” Galatians 2:20
So??? Here’s our shot for today. Is Jesus enough? Only and always– because HE gave Himself for me—and He gives Himself to me so that:
“I can do all things
which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13
He did the work of redemption—I do the work of devotion!!!