GOD’S SALVATION PLAN

Paul, in his letter to the Corinthian Church at 2 Corinthians 11:4, warns of another gospel and another Jesus.  How important then is Christ’s true identity to my salvation?  Very important, since those who reject Christ’s true identity remain in their sins.  Below are key scriptures that inform us of Jesus Christ’s true identity:

First, in the Gospel of John, Jesus Christ tells the world who He is, and why we must believe Him.  It reads:

 “I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins.” John 8:24

(According to Greek Scholar, Dr. Spiros Zodhiates, most authorities associate this with Exodus 3:14: “I AM WHO I AM.”)

Second, in John 8:58, we learn:

“Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.”

There is no misunderstanding here.  Those who deny Christ’s true identity (according to the words of Jesus Christ) shall die in their sins.  That being said, salvation (forgiveness of our sins) comes only to those who accept His true identity, that is, that Jesus was God in the flesh.

According to Dr. Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, in his book Systematic Theology (p. 543):

Although the word theos, “God,” is usually reserved in the New Testament for God the Father, nonetheless, there are several passages where it is also used to refer to Jesus Christ.  In all of these passages the word “God” is used in the strong sense to refer to the one who is the Creator of heaven and earth, the ruler over all.

The passages referenced by Dr. Grudem include the following:

 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
John 1:1

 “No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten God , who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.”
John 1:18

“Thomas answered and said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God!’”
John 20:28

“Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.”
Titus 2:13

“But of the Son He says, ‘THY THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM.”
Hebrews 1:8 (quoting from Psalm 45:6)

“Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
2 Peter 1:1

“For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.”
Col. 2:9

Why Was Jesus’ Deity Necessary For Salvation?

 “Here it is appropriate to recognize that it is crucially important to insist on the full deity of Christ … not only because it is clearly taught in Scripture, but also because (1) only someone who is infinite God could bear the full penalty for all the sins of all those who would believe in him – any finite creature would have been incapable of bearing that penalty; (2) salvation is from the Lord (Jonah 2:9 NASB), and the whole message of Scripture is designed to show that no human being, no creature, could ever save man – only God himself could; and (3) only someone who was truly and fully God could be the one mediator between God and man (Tim. 2:5), both to bring us back to God and also to reveal God most fully to us (John 14:9).”  (Systematic Theology, p. 553.)

In conclusion, God’s salvation plan was becoming a Man.  The biblical teaching of God becoming man (the Incarnation, although this word is not in scripture), is a major tenet of Christianity.  To deny this fact of scripture is, to state it bluntly, nothing less than heresy.  Our salvation is contingent upon God becoming a man.  Therefore, tantamount to our salvation is recognizing the true identity of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is, God in the flesh.

 

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One Response to “GOD’S SALVATION PLAN”

  1. SANKAR Says:

    THANKYOU

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