THE PROPHECY OVER 700 YEARS BEFORE CHRIST WAS BORN
Isaiah 7:14 - "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold a
virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."
This prophecy would be fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ who as God
incarnate, or God come in human flesh came to deliver mankind from sin.
THE PROPHECY OF ISAIAH FULFILLED IN CHRIST
Matthew 1:22-23 - "Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet saying; Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is GOD WITH US." See also Matthew 1:19-21
Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Philippians 2:10-11
I am THE way, THE truth and THE life; no man comes to the Father but by me. John 14:6
There is none other name given under Heaven among men whereby we MUST be saved.
The focal point of the Bible and all correct Christian teaching is Jesus Christ. From the prophecies as early as Genesis in the Old Testament to his life, death and resurrection in the New Testament and further prophecies in the New Testament regarding his second coming, everything points to Jesus as the central figure in all of scripture. He was born in a stable, grew up as the son of a carpenter, was hidden until his thirtieth year of life, and then began his ministry of three years before he was falsely accused and executed by the Roman soldiers on a cross. His name is no mystery to anyone! Every person living has heard it at some time in his life whether in Sunday school and church or coming from the vulgar mouth of someone cursing. Jesus Christ alone is able to deliver those who are bound by sin and give them eternal life. No other person can make this claim!
A wise man once said; "People are not persecuted for living a holy life. It's the confession of Jesus that brings the persecution." We can go to church, sing beautiful hymns or contemporary Christian songs, raise our hands in worship, read our Bible, pray, dress in what is considered appropriate or acceptable clothing, go to all the right places, avoid the wrong places, talk about all the right things and speak like a Christian, and by all observations, look holy without causing any resentment from anyone in our sphere of life. It is when we declare without apology or compromise that Jesus alone brings salvation and that all men are sinners in need of a Savior and need to repent and believe the gospel that resentment comes. We will be criticized, mocked, scorned and hated by the unrepentant, including some who are Christian in name only but have never examined the claims of Jesus Christ and his Lordship over all mankind. Jesus said that those who choose to walk the narrow road of service to him would be hated as he was, and his words are as true now as they were when the first disciples walked with him and lived to love and serve him. He gave everything he had for us, and our love and gratitude should cause us to rejoice in serving him!
1 Chronicles 16:29 - Worship the Lord
in the beauty of holiness.
The Exclusiveness of Jesus >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am THE way, THE truth and THE life; no man cometh unto the Father but through me." It is very significant that Jesus is not saying he is one of many ways, but THE way. If he is indeed THE way, or the only way, then all other ways must, of necessity be false. This claim of Jesus has infuriated people since he first uttered it, and will continue to upset people all over the world because many would like to believe that there are different ways to find peace with God.
There are people who have been taught that they must somehow do enough to appease God and escape his wrath. Trying to find out just how much is enough to appease God has been an insurmountable hill for men to climb. In various religions people do all sorts of things hoping to make up for their offenses against what they believe to be a holy God filled with wrath. From counting beads to acts of violence, the people in this group continue trying everything and anything conceivable to make up for their wickedness. In the end, most of them either believe they can receive forgiveness through a priest, guru or some other holy man, or abandon the idea of doing enough to find forgiveness and decide it's just not worth the effort. Of course, there are also some who totally reject the idea of God and others who have no care for their welfare insofar as it relates to God. They live as if there were no eternity to consider and believe the final end of all men is the grave. This is a grave mistake (no pun intended). There is no humor in dying in sin and waking up on the other side of death to face an eternity you didn't believe in, and yet many will do just that in spite of what God has done through his son to deliver them from spiritual blindness and ignorance. Sadly, a large portion of mankind will be in that category as prophesied in Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter ye in at the strait gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction; and many there be which go in thereat, Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." It is not that God is not willing to enlighten everyone, but rather the stiff-necked rebellion in the hearts of men that keeps them in the futile darkness of their own opinions, false teachers and their own intellectual pride.
Another verse speaking of Jesus as the exclusive person who alone can deliver us from our sins is Acts 4:12 where Luke the physician writes
"Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under Heaven given among men whereby we MUST be saved." Please notice that, not only is Luke making the same claim Jesus made, but he adds to the burden of men by saying it is through our Lord Jesus Christ that we "Must" be saved. It is not optional! Apart from this salvation men are utterly lost and dying in sin with no hope of recovery in this life or the life to come. This mandate is for every person whether the choose to believe it or not.
Finally, 1 Timothy 2:5 states; "For there is ONE God and ONE mediator between God and man; the man Christ Jesus." This verse is the strongest claim of all because it not only reaffirms that Jesus is the only mediator between man and God, it also says that the God of the Bible is the only God in the universe. A mediator is similar to a lawyer and sometimes called a go-between, and in this scripture a claim is so broadly made that it allows for no other. There is only one God who will sit in judgment on all men for all time and only one person who can stand before him on behalf of sinners; the man Christ Jesus!
Now if we accept the claims above we suddenly realize that these claims come from the Bible and so the Bible must be accepted as God's word to mankind. There are other books in the world about other gods that men bow down to and worship. There are idols of wood, granite, stone and other materials that men bow down to and worship. There are synagogues, temples and other places of worship claiming to be the house of God or, at least, the house of some god. The Bible, however, makes it clear that God does not live in temples made by the hands of men but is far above these things, and that includes the church buildings of professed Christians. It further makes it clear that the people of God are called the body of Christ and that all who have received his salvation are brothers and sisters in a universal family of believers. The church then consists of all true believers - not a brick and mortar building or a cathedral or any other building on earth. It is a spiritual body; not a physical one. On the page entitled Who I Am on this web site I will elaborate on what I believe a true Christian is. It is natural that a number of people will seek to refute what I say. After all, when has all mankind ever agreed on anything? The problem with rejecting what the Bible says about salvation is that death looms ahead for all of us, and we better be ready when it comes. We are given this life to prepare for eternity, and through his word, God has given us the one path to the peace he offers through the blood his son shed on Calvary. If the gospel of Christianity is right, as I believe it is, then everyone who dies without Christ will face the judgment of God and eternal damnation with no hope of deliverance. If I am wrong, then there is nothing to worry about. I think it is the greatest wisdom in the world to find out whether Christianity is what it claims to be BEFORE we enter eternity. After death there is no forgiveness, mercy or salvation offered, and only eternal damnation and separation from God is left. Tragic, considering what God has done to save us from it.
Terms and Their Meanings
significant- meaningful, notable, valuable, of great worth, important
infuriated - furious, filled with rage, very angry, mad
appease - soothe, satifsy, relieve, cause to relax, make peace
insurmountable - overwhelming, too great to overcome, unconquerable, invincible
enlighten - to given knowledge or truth too, to give spiritual understanding to someone
exclusive - applying to only a certain person or persons, thing or things, one of a kind
mandate - an authoritative command, an order that must be obeyed or a need that must be met,
reaffirms - declares positively or resolutely, declares solemnly but not under oath
elaborate - to express oneself in greater detail, to provide further information, expound more
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