Stop and ask yourself a few questions. Are you willing to do what God says in the Bible to begin a true relationship with God? Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.
Consider what the Bible says about Him:
JESUS IS GOD
While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great
preacher. Others thought He was crazy. Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care. But Jesus said, “I and the Father are
one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.
Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God. They’re content to think of Him as little more than a
great moral teacher. But even His enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death
(John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (John 19:7).
If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!
JESUS IS HOLY AND SINLESS
God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).
Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even
His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)
God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
JESUS IS THE SAVIOR OF ALL WHO ACCEPT HIM
Our failure to obey God–to be holy–places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The truth is, we
cannot obey Him because we have neither the desire nor the ability to do so. We are by nature rebellious toward God
(Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion “sin.” According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man
who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we are
incapable of changing our sinful condition.
That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. We might even be involved in various
religious or humanitarian activities. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own.
The Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for
God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one”
God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s
hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious
than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That’s why
simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be
changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must
be saved” (Acts 4:12).
Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for
sinners: “Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18).
Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their
faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He alone is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13).
JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH
Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere. But without a valid object your faith is
If you take poison–thinking it’s medicine–all the faith in the world won’t restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only
source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.
Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus
said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim
to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to
God–then and forever.
JESUS IS LORD
Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to
love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him
The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore He
also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute
allegiance, obedience, and worship.
Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from
the dead, you shall be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians
2:10-11). Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His
resurrection–the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans
1:4; Acts 17:30-31).
True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is
agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and
pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15); and “If you
abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).
It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19),
but they don’t love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience
Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority.
That doesn’t mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you
withhold from Him.
JESUS IS THE JUDGE
All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that
all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a
Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).
Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming
fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His
HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?
Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the
sovereign Lord, and the righteous Judge.
Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you–free you from the power and
penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will
you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
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