Will the Real Jesus Stand Up?

Jesus. Good teacher. Moral. Religious zealot. Blasphemer. Messiah. Son of God. Savior. Never existed. Dead. Resurrected. Complete forgiveness. Our example, but not our final salvation.  Jesus plus (you fill in the blank) gets you to heaven. So many different views of who Jesus is.

A woman was explaining why Jesus came and why he died. She neglected to mention his resurrection. She was quick to say he set us an example but alluded salvation is ultimately based on our pursuit of a life like Jesus. In fact, she claimed all religions, even atheism, can lead to redemption. 

After listening to her meander on, my head was spinning, my heart saddened.  This woman came from a church that historically had been a stalwart of the Gospel, where the Bible was preached without compromise. Now, she even questioned which parts were true. This is called deconstruction. 

Another Gospel?

In the 1800s a teenage boy in New York State became confused over which church to attend. In his search, he claimed to have been visited by an angel who told him neither church was true and that he would receive a new revelation of the true church and new scriptures.  Fast forward nearly 200 years and we now have the Mormon Church. An aberrant gospel with a Jesus who is not the Jesus revealed in the Bible. The Mormon Church desperately wants to be accepted as Christian.

Christian in Name

Growing up I used to think I was going to heaven because I attended church. Sure, I was a typical kid, fighting with my sisters and lying to avoid a spanking. Isn’t everyone who goes to church saved?  Age 12 answered that question for me. Salvation came into view. My sin was like a sticky glue I couldn’t rid myself of. Jesus Christ was a real person, was tempted in every way just like me, and didn’t sin. He died on a cross for my sin. Being fully God and fully man, he did what no one else could do. His resurrection sealed the deal. Salvation is for all who confess and believe. Romans 6:23.  

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift 

of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

So, just because someone says they are a Christian, that they believe in Jesus doesn’t make them saved. Even the demons believe in God and shudder. James 2:19 ESV

You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!

ONLY One Jesus

Jesus is not who you think he is. He’s not who your preacher says he is. Jesus is not what the government says or dictates. To some, Jesus is a good man. To others, he opened the door to heaven but his finished work on the cross isn’t enough. 

There’s only one Jesus. He’s revealed in the Bible and no other books any religion or cult holds as equal to or greater than the Bible is legit.

Here’s a highlight of what Scripture says about the real Jesus.

Jesus is eternal. Deuteronomy 33:27

Jesus is equal to God, John 10:30

Jesus is God. John 14:6

Jesus is part of the Trinity. 2 Corinthians 13:4, Colossians 2:9, Matthew 1:23, Matthew 28:19

Jesus is the Word. John 1:1 and John 1:14

Jesus is the only way to God the Father. John 14:6, Acts 4:12

Jesus is resurrected. Philippians 3:10, 1 Peter 1:3

Jesus is alive, reigning on high. Hebrews 1:3-4

Jesus has all authority over heaven and earth.  Matthew 28:16-20

Jesus is love. Romans 5:8, Romans 8:39, 1 John 4:8

He is just. Psalm 89:14, Romans 5:1

He is Almighty. Revelation 1:8, Revelation 19:6

If this isn’t the Jesus you follow, you need to:

Drop your false Jesus. You may have a history with a church that preached a different gospel, a different Jesus. Family ties may blur your view, but out of a great love for you, turn to the real Jesus.

Warrior On!

David Riffel is the Founder and Executive Director of Having gone through his warrior years (18-30) essentially without a mentor, God has placed in him a heart for warriors, to come alongside them in various ways as they figure out life. David’s newly released book, Mentoring Warriors: Coming Alongside Young Men 18-30, outlines principles for mentoring and gives advice for warriors in six key areas of life: self-management, life skills, education/career, relationships, faith, and identity.

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