For The Truth

Monday, December 19, 2011

Family Worship - Dec. 19th

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 (ESV)

John 1:1 reminds us that Jesus is God! It is essential that you know the truth about Jesus as revealed in the Bible. In order to be forgiven of your sins you must believe in Jesus. You are not allowed to believe in an imaginary Jesus or even the Jesus of popular opinion in order to be saved. You must believe in the true Jesus Christ. If you had been living in the 3rd and 4th century you may have encountered a teacher by the name of Arius. Arius taught that Jesus was indeed a very exalted creature - similar to the Father but a created being nonetheless. his view was different from that of Thomas the apostle who said to Jesus in John 20:28, "My Lord and my God." There have been a number of errant views concerning Jesus throughout history. In fact it is essential to inquire of any teacher what his or her estimation is of Jesus Christ. If the teaching is wrong about Christ then you must reject it. It is dangerous to embrace errant teaching about Christ and His gospel (see Galatians 1).

The Bible teaches both the full humanity and the full deity of Jesus Christ. Jesus had a human body, He was born, He developed physically, He became tired, and ultimately Jesus died. Jesus rose from the dead in a real body and Jesus ascended to heaven in His resurrected human body. Jesus had a real mind and real emotions and yet Jesus was sinless. Yes, Jesus was fully human but as Thomas proclaimed He was truly God. Have you acknowledged Jesus as your "Lord and God?"

The above was taken from Family Worship for the Christmas Season by Ray Rhodes, Jr. (ISBN: 1599251299), published by Solid Ground Christian Books, pages 60-61.

Take time to think about the importance of believing the truth about Jesus.