What’s different about Jesus?

18 Sep

So we have seen that not all paths lead to God. But how can I as a bible believing Christian know that Christianity and Jesus Christ is the correct path. Perhaps you don’t believe it, perhaps the world has influenced your thinking on the matter.

So let me highlight a few key things:

1. He is the only, unique Son of God (Psalm 2:7, 11-12; John 1:14; Luke 1:35).

2. He is eternal. He existed from eternity past, He exists in the present, and He will exist for all eternity in the future (John 1:1-3, 14; John 8:58).

3. Jesus alone is the One who bore our sins so that we could have forgiveness and be saved from them (Isaiah 53; Matthew 1:21; John 1:29; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-3).

4. Jesus is the only Way to the Father (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5); there is no other way to salvation. He is the only righteous One who exchanged that perfect righteousness for our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21).

5. Jesus alone had power over His own death and the ability take back His life again (John 2:19; 10:17-18). Note: His resurrection was not a “spiritual” one, but was physical (Luke 24:39). His resurrection from the dead, never to die again, distinguished Him as the unique Son of God (Romans 1:4).

6. Jesus alone accepted worship as an equal with the Father (John 20:28-29; Philippians 2:6), and indeed God the Father states that the Son is to be honored as He is honored (John 5:23). All others, whether Jesus’ disciples or angelic beings, rightly reject that worship (Acts 10:25-26; Acts 14:14-15; Matthew 4:10; Revelation 19:10; 22:9).

7. Jesus has the power to give life to whom He will (John 5:21).

8. The Father has committed all judgment to Jesus (John 5:22).

9. Jesus was with the Father and directly involved in the creation, and it is by His hand that all things are held together (John 1:1-3; Ephesians 3:9; Hebrews 1:8-10; Colossians 1:17).

10. It is Jesus who will rule the world at the end of this present age (Hebrews 1:8; Isaiah 9:6-7; Daniel 2:35, 44; Revelation 19:11-16).

11. Jesus alone was born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:20-23; Luke 1:30-35).

12. It is Jesus who demonstrated that He had the attributes of God [e.g., the power to forgive sins and heal the sick (Matthew 9:1-7); to calm the wind and waves (Mark 4:37-41; Psalm 89:8-9); to know us, being perfectly acquainted with us (Psalm 139; John 1:46-50; 2:23-25), to raise the dead (John 11; Luke 7:12-15; 8:41-55), etc.]

13. There are a great number of prophecies concerning the Messiah’s birth, life, resurrection, person, and purpose. All were fulfilled by Him and no other (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Psalm 22; Zechariah 11:12-13; 13:7; Isaiah 9:6-7; Isaiah 53; Psalm 16:10).

No other religion, no other faith, no other religious leader made the claims that Jesus did. He is unique, He is God.

 

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8 Responses to “What’s different about Jesus?”

  1. Edgar September 18, 2008 at 8:08 pm #

    Amen to that.

  2. Martin March 23, 2009 at 5:49 pm #

    So how about from the perspective of a non-bible believing Christian, how can I know that Christianity and Jesus Christ is the correct path? (noticing that all of your points come straight from the bible, which I don’t necessarily believe in)

  3. Martin March 26, 2009 at 9:03 pm #

    I realize that everyone is very busy these days and perhaps it takes more time than we would like to formulate a response to the question that I posed. However, a simple comment that this blog is still functioning would be nice since I am checking it every day for an answer. If anyone is formulating a response or planning to, then please reply that you are even if it won’t be ready for quite a while. I just want to know if I should put my attentions elsewhere.

    • johnshanklin24 September 1, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

      Hello This Is John Louis Shanklin Jr. I wanted to inform you on the truth of the gospel. The true God of the kingdoms of this world. the King of of all Kings. The Lord of all lords. has given his Son Jesus his Christ for the sins of the whole world. He was crucified for our sins. He was buried and on the third day he rose from the dead. he was seen by the twelve and 500 men. And james and the apostles. ANd Paul who was born out of due time. Do you believe this?

  4. mraveragechristian March 28, 2009 at 12:14 am #

    Very sorry Martin, be assured I intend on responding to you – you raise some good points and pose some good questions. You’ll have to excuse my lack of action on my blog…. but will get back to you shortly.

  5. Martin April 10, 2009 at 10:51 pm #

    Thank you, I appreciate it.

  6. Lashon Bush July 28, 2009 at 7:46 am #

    We know that no man can call Jesus Lord unless it is God’s will:

    1st Corinthians chapter 12:3
    Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

    Take a look at the claims of this Ministry: “Family Radio”. I have been a long time listener and am currently enrolled in a MA in Theology program via Liberty University Distance Education Program. I believe the Theology of the Ministry is faithful to the word, but this meat of the Bible requires a level of study that is not done overnight. The scripture says that in the last days there will be those who explain great mysteries of the Bible (I can’t remember exactly where), although the same spirit teaches us all, apparently there are those who have been given deep understanding of spiritual matters.

    Check this oust and let me know what you think.

    http://www.familyradio.com/graphical/literature/judgment/judgment.html

    To God be the Glory in Jesus Christ name……

  7. eryl October 11, 2009 at 6:46 pm #

    I’m just curious if there are Christians who don’t believe in the Bible because that is the basic of this faith. Bible is the great history book of the Christ in the beginning with God when there were nothing but their voices. The Bible is also the prophesy of things to come and how believers of the faith shall be rewarded when the end comes. It compiles the story of all witnesses of the faith.

    So I don’t think any person should call himself Christian if he does not believe on the one surviving link to the past…the fossil of this faith are the scrolls written by witnesses of that era.

    I don’t think anyone can point you to where the correct path is.The right path for the seeker of the one-true God could never be given by any religious group. It would be hard to explain spirituality and it is impossible to comprehend the presence of an omnipotent God—but there is at the core of you that tells you, you are more than flesh and reason—that around you is more than the force of nature—that life has a deeper meaning than daily living—

    Spirituality is not a uniform you put on. If tomorrow you find yourself waking up and the sunshine almost blinded you and you think that was not God, probably it’s not him. If the earth shakes and still you think it was not God, then probably it’s still not him…If you think thunder is not the voice of God nor the words written on the Bible, nobody can ever make you believe nor point you to where God is.

    If you do not wish to refer to the Bible, as long as you seek God, you will find him because He is also looking for those people looking for Him.

    Buddha’s path to God started when he fell silent under the banyan tree.
    Mohammed found his way to God on the road to Mecca.
    Christ’s way to God started when he called him “Father”
    There is not one way to God because He reveals Himself to people of the past and the present in a million ways.

    When I questioned my faith, I threw a question in the air: Why is Christ’s name above all the other name in heaven, on earth and the underworld? Why not Noah? Why not Moses? Why not Elijah?

    And it was answered in a way only I can understand in which I could not explain to anyone. The answer came to me when I experienced the feast of the Nazareno in Quiapo (Manila, Philippines).

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