As we seek to do as the Bible says and examine ourselves to see if Jesus is really among us, then one of the things that we must examine is what do we believe about Jesus.
There are many strange ideas about Jesus floating around in our day. Through the years some have said that Jesus may not have been crucified as the Bible says. Some have said that perhaps the miracle of Jesus walking on the water could be explained away by saying that He probably walked on ice.
There are more of ideas of who Jesus is and explanations of what Jesus did than could be covered in a month of Sunday’s. But all of these things have one thing in common. They don’t want to accept what the Bible says about who Jesus was and what Jesu did. We may wonder how important this really is. I mean, how important is it really that we understand and accept what the Bible says about Jesus?
In Christianity there are two types of doctrines, secondary doctrines and primary or fundamental doctrines. Secondary doctrines are those that are important to a particular denomination but not necessary for salvation. For instance if you were to take a piece of paper and write out what Free Will Baptist’s believe and compare that with what Southern Baptist’s, Nazarene, or Pentecostal’s believe, you would find that we agree on a majority of things. The few things that we disagree on are important to be a Free Will Baptist, Southern Baptist, Nazarene, or Pentecostal, but they are not important for being a Christian. We can be wrong about these secondary issues and yet still be Christians.
Then there are also fundamental doctrines. A fundamental doctrine is one that is essential for salvation. These doctrines are so important that being right or wrong about them has an impact on our eternal destiny. What we believe about Jesus is one of these fundamental doctrines. What we believe about Jesus is absolutely critical to our salvation. We may believe in angels, miracles, prayer and even God. But if we believe the wrong things about Jesus we are still lost.
“Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.” 1 John 5:1 (NKJV)
“ And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” 1 John 5:11-12 (NKJV)
There is no eternal life apart from Jesus. There is no salvation apart from Jesus. Those who believe that Jesus is the Christ are the children of God. So what does it mean to say that Jesus is the Christ? That’s what I’m going to blog about the rest of the week.
This is the most important exam there is to take. The reason is that we are not saved because of our obedience. We are not saved because of our holiness, and we are not saved because we love. We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Then, this genuine faith in Jesus produces a life of holiness, obedience and love.
For further study read John 14:1-6, Acts 4:1-12 and 1 Timothy 2:1-5. What do these passages teach us about salvation in regards to the uniqueness of Jesus? If we are to believe Scripture, what must we conclude about salvation coming through Jesus alone?