1 Corinthians 2:1-5, Acts 4:10-12, Doing it God's way, Hebrews 13:8, Jesus Christ Crucified, Jesus IS the way, John 12:31-33, John 14:6, John 3:14-16, John 4:32-34, Lifting up Jesus, Matthew 28:18-20, Speaking The Truth In Love, Titus 1:2-3
Bible Ballistics: BBs #677 Some Things Haven’t Changed???
We are living in a world that changes every day, and for the most part the changes aren’t necessarily good. So often we face an opposition that just wants us to be quiet and/or ‘go away’ (and when Jesus Christ calls us out of this world they will surely get their wish) but we have been called to share the truth of the Gospel of Jesus—that the cross brings new life to those who come to Jesus in repentance and faith!
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,
All power is given unto me
and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore,
and teach all nations,
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things
whatsoever I have commanded you:
and, lo, I am with you alway,
even unto the end of the world.
Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20
Our commission from our Lord is to spread the Good News that Jesus saves! Only Jesus can save—and He will save all who will come to Him in repentance and faith—the truth that the Apostles shared after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, and the impartation of the Holy Spirit to the believers.
“Be it known unto you all,
and to all the people of Israel,
that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
whom ye crucified,
whom God raised from the dead,
even by him
doth this man stand here
before you whole.
11 This is the stone which was set at nought
of you builders,
which is become the head of the corner.
12 Neither is there salvation in any other:
for there is none other name under heaven
given among men,
whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:10-12
In fact, Jesus Himself made it clear that there is only one way to God the Father—through HIS substitutionary, atoning sacrifice on Calvary!
“Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way,
and the life:
cometh unto the Father,
but by me.” John 14:6
And this same Jesus IS the same—always! And HIS Word hasn’t changed either
“Jesus Christ the same
and to day,
and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8
“In hope of eternal life,
that cannot lie,
promised before the world began;
3 But hath in due times
manifested his word
which is committed unto me
according to the commandment
of God our Saviour;” Titus 1:2-3
Jesus is the only way—the only truth—the only way to have eternal life—past, present, and forever. Jesus not only gives us the answers—HE IS the answer, and when we lift HIM up, HE will accomplish HIS purpose.
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent
in the wilderness,
even so must the Son of man
be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him
should not perish,
but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved
that he gave
his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth
should not perish,
but have everlasting life.” John 3:14-16
Jesus came to save “his people from their sins”, but the price was HIS life for our sin! And this is His message to us who are His followers, we are to lift HIM UP—not self, not programs, not popular fads, not entertainment, but JESUS!
“Now is the judgment of this world:
now shall the prince of this world
be cast out.
32 And I,
if I be lifted up from the earth,
will draw all men unto me.
33 This he said, signifying what death
he should die.” John 12:31-33
And Jesus should be our only priority, and I will stand with Paul and proclaim it unendingly!
“And I, brethren, when I came to you,
came not with excellency of speech
or of wisdom,
declaring unto you the testimony of God.
2 For I determined not to know any thing
save Jesus Christ,
and him crucified.
…5 That your faith should not stand
in the wisdom of men,
but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-2, 5
My prayer for each of us, is that we will see Jesus Christ clearly and trust to His Word to do HIS work! We don’t have to compromise to do God’s work. Even as Jesus said, may we be faithful in doing The Father’s work!
“But he said unto them,
I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
33 Therefore said the disciples one to another,
Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
34 Jesus saith unto them,
My meat is to do the will
of him that sent me,
and to finish
his work.” John 4:32-34
May it ever be! Amen and Amen!!!