Before Time Began-Our Redeemer LivesIn the booklet Gods Eternal Purpose-we saw how Adam and Eve had forfeited their placeas the created beings through which God would live or express His life. The cataclysmicrift created between man and God due to the partaking of the tree of knowledge of goodand evil by Adam and Eve would not be a permanent condition of mankind. For our God isan omnipotent God and no one can compare with His wisdom and understanding. Godwould not allow the rebellious act of his creation to thwart the very reason for theircreation. Before time began our Lord had began to implement His plan for mankindsredemption. He had in mind a plan which would restore His creation back to Himself.In the book of Isaiah our Lord proclaims His intention towards reconciling man back toHimself through His Son Jesus Christ. He knows mankinds character and capacity todoubt and therefore prophesied centuries in advance through His prophet Isaiah thepromise of our Redeemer-Jesus Christ. "Behold the former things have come to pass. Andnew things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell them to you.” And so throughout theprophetic book of Isaiah we see our Savior Jesus Christ spoken of and described in greatdetail, so that those of us today would draw confidence and increased faith in who Christis. This great revelation of Christ is made hundreds of years ahead of time because Godhad known about our need for a redeemer before man was even created. HallelujahAt this point I would like to take a moment to allow God Himself through His words toprophetically describe and declare Jesus Christ our redeemer.Isaiah 42:1 "Behold my servant whom I uphold. My Elect One in whom my soul delights:I have put My Spirit upon Him. He shall bring forth justice to the gentiles."Isaiah 53:2-5.....He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, there is no beautythat we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows andacquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, andwe did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our grief and carried our sorrows; Yet weesteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for ourtransgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was uponHim. And by His stripes we are healedIsaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born. Unto us a Son is given; And the government will beupon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.Our redeemer indeed lives as proclaimed by God centuries in advance and His name isJesus!
Jesus-The only WayI think that the subject of Jesus Christ as the only way of redemption is the mostmisunderstood and criticized aspect of Christianity and salvation. Christians areincreasingly coming under fire today because of their belief that Jesus Christ is the onlyway to get into heaven. They are often put on the defensive by those who are offended bythis assertion. Those of us who profess Christ as our savior are often labeled as bigots andnarrow minded.My hope is that this devotional will help answer the question of why Jesus Christ is ouronly way to eternal life. I pray that many would understand why this is so and come to asaving knowledge of Him as their Lord and Savior. Jesus Himself makes this statementabout His role in redeeming mankind back to His Father in the following verse John 14:6"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Thisis an incredible statement for sure and one which if not for its accuracy would be the mostdevastating statement in human history. However it is true! It is true based upon whoChrist is and His relationship with God and man.To help us understand these two issues let us look at the verses in the bible which speak towho Jesus is from an eternal point of view and how He fit into "Gods eternal purpose."Our starting point would be Colossians 1:15-17 He (Jesus) is the image of the invisibleGod, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heavenand that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions of principalitiesor powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all thingsand in Him all things consists.So we see in the bible that Jesus is Himself the reason for our creation and is also theauthor of our creation. Therefore it would stand to reason and be most logical that Hewould be the answer and solution to the separation of mankind from the Father. He andonly He would have that ability to heal and repair mankind- on both the physical level andthe spiritual level.In Philippians 2:6-8 we are given the reason why Christ is qualified to be our Savior. "who,being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but madeHimself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant (willing slave), and coming inthe likeness of men , and being found in appearance as a man (although He was still GodsSon), He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of thecross. Then we are further told in Ephesians 1:7 "In Him we have redemption through Hisblood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. Finally in Colossians2:14-15 the word of God tell us that (Jesus) "having wiped out the handwriting ofrequirements that was against us, which was contrary to us and He has taken it out of theway, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers. He made apublic spectacle of them (by showing Himself to over 500 men and women for 40 days afterHis crucifixion), triumphing over them in it.
Christ is a "life giving spirit!" It is He who has conquered death as recorded in thescriptures and is the original creator and it is only He who can redeem man back to Godand Himself. This is a spiritual matter solved by a spiritual Christ in the likeness of man.Adam was the first Adam created by God and the Son so as to live a life which expressedthe life of the Son. His fall in the garden made it necessary for the Son of God to provide away of life for His creation. To do so it was necessary for Him to be the spirit of life whilein the form of man. Thus He became the last Adam (I Corinthians 15:45) and the firstfruit(first of the new creation), who would have access to eternal life. For this loving and selfishact-God has highly exalted Him.Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the namewhich is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of those inheaven, and of those on earth, and of those under earth, and that every tongue shouldconfess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Amen Jesus then is the only way to get into heaven not based upon my or other Christiansbeliefs but based upon who He is and what He has done! This is not a competition betweenreligious leaders or peoples rights to believe what they choose to believe. After all manwas created with a "free will" to choose to believe in whatever they want and to live as theyplease. However, that "free will," does not negate or reduce the reality of Christ and whoHe is. Our human opinions and thoughts about that are meaningless in light of what is atstake. "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that theworld through Him might be saved." John 3:17If after reading this your heart and spirit is leading you to believe that Jesus is the onlyway-please read the following verse.Romans 10:9 "that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heartthat God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. for with the heart one believesunto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.Just tell God that you believe that His Son died for you and that His death covers your sinand that you receive the free gift of salvation that He has provided to you out of love.Thank Him for it and begin to live a life of faith in Christ Jesus.