Let's Talk About Jesus Christ, the Son of God
By Randy H. Cavender
With few exceptions, Jesus of Nazareth is held in high regard. Yet, many have never really done as He exhorted: "You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me." (John 5:39). The Son of God means a lot of things to a lot of people. What does Christ Jesus mean to you?
He is our only authority (Matt 28:18). God has given His Son all authority in Heaven and on earth. We must respect this authority by abiding within it in all things that we do (Col. 3:17). If one does not abide in the doctrine of Christ, he has neither the Father nor the Son (2 John 9).
Furthermore, Christ is our only source of salvation (Acts 4:10-12). In the New Testament, we find that gospel preachers preached Christ (Acts 8:5, 35). There are several reasons for this: Christ is the only way to the Father (John 14:6), the only one who speaks words of eternal life (John 6:61-69), the only one who can give the abundant life (John 10:10), and the only way one can be forgiven of sins (Eph. 1:7). Without Christ, man would be hopelessly lost (Eph. 2:12). We should be thankful to God for sending His only begotten Son to die for us (John 3:16; Rom. 5:6-8).
Christ is our only way to heaven (John 14:3). What a wonderful promise—"that where I am, there you may be also" (John 14:3). Christians have the promise of an eternal inheritance, and this promise was made possible by the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Pet. 1:3, 4). There is no other way! If you hope to go to heaven when you die, you must follow Christ!
Finally, when I think of Christ, I think of Him being my judge. God has given Christ the authority to execute judgment on all (John 5:27). The words that Christ has spoken will be the standard that judges my deeds. Moreover, I will be judged no matter what my situation, i.e., whether good or bad (2 Cor. 5:10). Yes each one will stand face to face with Jesus Christ and give an account (Rom. 14:12).
What does Christ mean to you? Will He be your Savior (1 John 4:14) or avenger (2 Thess. 1:7-9)? &
The Christian Life
By Bob Myhan
The word, “new,” is closely associated with Christian discipleship. One must experience a new birth (John 3:3-7), at which time he becomes a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) with a new name (Isa. 62:2; Acts 11:26), new relationships (Rom. 8:14-16, 29) and new obligations (Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 16:2; Col. 3:16; Heb. 10:24,25). As a result, he is expected to live a new life (Rom. 6:3-4). Many things are said, in Scripture, concerning this “new life.”
First, the “Christian life” is a changed life. The Thessalonians had “turned to God from idols” (1 Thess. 1:9a). Of course, there are many kinds of idols: pleasure (1 Cor. 10:7), riches (Col. 3:5), and anything else that comes between the individual and God. In order to live a changed life, one must “put off the old man” and “put on the new” (Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:8-14).
Second, the “Christian life” is a serving life. The Thessalonians had “turned…to serve the living and true God” (1 Thess. 1:9b). Service both to God and man is essential to true greatness (Matt. 20:26-28) and to eternal life (Matt. 25:35-46).
Third, the “Christian life” is a waiting life. The Thessalonians had “turned to God…to wait for his Son from heaven” (1 Thess. 1:10). Jesus will surely come again (John 14:1-3; Acts 1:10-11), but the time of His coming is uncertain (Matt. 24:36). The certainty of the fact and the uncertainty of the time lead the informed and concerned disciple of Christ to live in a constant state of active watchfulness. (Matt. 24:42-44) &