Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. (John 4:13-14)

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Jesus is the Guarantor of Eternal Life to the Believer in Him for It

No one who will respond to this message has ever seen Jesus. If Jesus was to dress normally for this culture and walk around the streets of New York City, which one of you could pick Him out? If He were lined up with 100 other Jewish people could you pick Him out? Out of 50? Out of 10? How would you know that you had the correct Jesus?

At least by sight, you could not determine the correct Jesus.

Let us say next that the correct real Jesus was pointed out to you. Then, let us ask the other 99 fellows what they “know” about Jesus, whom they have been standing next to. Out of that you get 99 varying beliefs. How many of those wrong beliefs about Jesus (He is standing right here in front of you) will it take before you are not believing in that Jesus in front of you? Is 1 misconception sufficient to disqualify your belief in the correct Jesus who has been standing in front of you? Does it take the whole 99 wrong beliefs?

If you had all these misconceptions about Jesus, yet the correct one was standing in front of you, and He said, “Most assuredly I say to you, if you have a moment of faith in Me I will then give you eternal life, I will guarantee your eternal well-being.” And you believe in the correct Jesus for it (He is standing there right in front of you and just made this promise and offer to you!), did your misconceptions about everything else about Him disqualify your faith in Him?

Why or why not?

What exactly must be known about Jesus before we believe on the correct Jesus?
What historical facts, what facts of personality, and what geographical or chronological facts need to be believed before we have in view the correct Jesus?

How much information is necessary to know in order to believe in the correct Jesus?

How many misconceptions about Him can one have before he truly is not believing in the correct Jesus?

Both the Mormons and the JW’s will say that Jesus was born of a virgin, was born in Bethlehem, grew in stature, was baptized by John the Baptist, tempted by Satan, ministered in Galilee and Judea, healed the sick, opened the eyes of the blind, caused the lame to walk, cleared the temple of the moneychangers, had a triumphal entry into Jerusalem a week before His death, was arrested by the Jews and condemned by Pilate, was hung on a cross and died.

What other man but the real true Jesus did these things? How is it that you can say that the Mormons and the JWs believe in a different Jesus? Both groups read the bible and the gospels. How does this information NOT limit their belief to the correct Jesus?

What conditions to “faith alone in Christ alone” must you add in order to make certain that your faith is in the correct Jesus?

Where does the Bible enumerate for us all the facts necessary for us to assent to in order to prevent us from believing on the incorrect Jesus?

I assert that any claim of more knowledge soteriologically necessary is arbitrary and unbiblical.

The crucial issue between us born-again Christians and a JW, or a Mormon, is not that they believe in a different Jesus, but do they trust in Him alone for their eternal well-being, or do their works contribute to it.

There is only ONE Jesus who is the Christ who offers eternal life based solely upon faith alone in Him. If you believe in the name of Jesus for this gift, you have believed in the correct Jesus and you have eternal life, regardless of the blindspots in your theology, or misconceptions about the Person of Christ.

The name of Jesus contains all who He truly is. And when you believe upon Him for eternal life, you are believing upon God in the flesh, the crucified and risen One, the one born of a virgin, tempted by Satan, etc., etc…