SOTERIOLOGY MINUS JESUS [IV]
(…continued from part three…)
IV) A conscious belief effort, on the part of an individual, in Christ, is never a mere act. It is a pleasing act of faith expended, based on the will of the Creator which magnetises a divine reward of eternal consequence. That person gets endowed with God’s very life of eternity. Minus Jesus, salvific actuation of empyreal ascendancy is unequivocally infeasible. The word ‘abideth’ is meno (me’-nō): ‘1. to remain. 2. (in a place) to abide, to stay. 3. (of expectancy) to await. 4. (in a state) to continue. 5. (in a task) to endure. 6. (of a relationship) to exist permanently in, inseparably united (inhere, adhere).’ This is the reason why people will go to hell (uncomfortable to my mind though) for all eternity: their rejection of the finished work of Jesus, on the cross. The truth is: when we get to heaven, we will know why.
“Which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
Pauline Christological exegesis is quite unambiguous in 1Corinthians 3:11, “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” The word ‘foundation’ is themelios (the-me’-liy-os): ‘something put down, i.e. a substructure (of a building, etc.).’ Does this verse not veto the Mohammedan, Hindu, Buddhistic and other aboriginal religions of the world for failing to accept the Lordship of Jesus Christ? It says, categorically, “For other foundation can no man lay;” simply because the antecedently laid foundation is the Owner of all that is found in existence, and the Creator of all. He is the Almighty. Jesus is ‘which is, and which was, and which is to come.’ Does the Bible not say, “He is before all things” [Colossians 1:17]; and does the Lord Jesus not asseverate, “I am the Alpha and the Omega……the Almighty” [Rev. 1:8]?
“…for without me ye can do nothing” John 15:5
1Timothy 2:5-6 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6) Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” There is not more than one God –the Father of lights— and the interceding Personage between this one God and mankind is not more than one Jesus Christ. Mesites (me-siy’-tees) is the Greek word for ‘mediator’ and it is: ‘1. a go-between. 2. (simply) a spokesman. 3. (by implication) a reconciler (intercessor);’ while ‘ransom,’ is antilutron (an-tiy’-lï-tron), meaning: ‘a redemption-price, ransom.’ Having paid the price of man’s salvation in full, no other person can claim to possess a religious solution to man’s ascension to paradisiac bliss. To this end it was so important for Jesus to pronounce in John 10:8 “All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.” Most definitely, all those who came after His earthly sojourn, and reject the Lordship of Jesus are thieves and robbers of the souls of men.
”Abide in me, and I in you” John 15:4.
1John 5:11-12 11 “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12) He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” God has given us a ‘record’ which in Greek is marturia (mar-tï-riy’-a) meaning: ‘evidence given (judicially or genitive case).’ The spiritual location of our eternal life is hid in none other than the Lord Jesus! Amen. In none other is the life of God resident. Only Jesus can save, most evidently.
Revelation 7:9-10 “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10) And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” When you find yourself in heaven, the truth of Jesus’ Lordship is too glaring; there is no deception, ergo, everyone is happy to worship Him in truth. The celestial reverential stance of all its inhabitants is before God the Father and of the Son. That makes Jesus as divine as the Father. Equality.
He is in custody of the Book of Life
Revelation 20:15, “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” The ones who refuse to get born again do not have any part in Jesus, ergo, not members of the mystical body of Christ. There is security of this salvation. Revelation 3:5, “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” Herein lies the veracity of the security of the soteriology; Jesus says, “and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father…” Truly, only Jesus can save.
Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:
“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”