Biblical articles on
Adoption by God
Subject: Jesus Christ
People want a quick remedy.
Millions of dollars are spent on diet plans, wrinkle creams, exercise equipment
and money-making schemes, without successful outcomes as presented by clever
infomercials and advertising pitches.
Regrettably, wanting to
appear religious or Christian-minded, man has fallen for another man-made
remedy; just say, "I believe in God". When a person utters these words, it is
often assumed that said person is a born-again believer. Alarmingly, there are
many that contend that belief in God alone, without faith and trust in Jesus
Christ, will provide everlasting security in Heaven. Not so…this remedy
always fails, with deadly consequences. (II Thessalonians 1:9)
After all, "……… the devils
also believe, and tremble."
The devils (demons) know God exists, but this belief
does not save alone. It is utterly useless to believe the existence of God,
while ignoring what only Jesus could truly declare.
"I and my Father are
one…" (John 10:30).
Now, what does the theist,
polytheist and monotheist believe? Some theists believe in one God, while other
theists believe in more than one. Because of God’s mercy, some theists believe
everyone will obtain salvation. While others reason that if lost souls are in
hell, hell will eventually die, eliminating everlasting torment. A polytheist
believes in many gods who have their own religions and rituals. Monotheism is
belief in one all-powerful God and is central to genuine Christian faith. Yet,
various religions with monotheistic thinking (Judaism, Islam, etc.) consider
Jesus as nothing more than a prophet, a good teacher, but not the true Messiah.
Others called deists accept
the existence of God. Nevertheless, deists believe God doesn’t intervene in the
world or in the lives of humans or creation. Furthermore, they don’t believe in
the divine inspiration of God’s Word, His deity and the Trinity, therefore,
Jesus is considered a persona non-grata.
Then there’s the agnostic. A
person who neither believes nor disbelieves in God or religious
teachings. Agnostics claim that human beings cannot know anything about
creation, and they question if any divine being exists. In their thinking, there
may be a God, but, again, the Trinity is ignored. Then there’s the
atheist who wholeheartedly believes there is absolutely no God…period!
So, is there a difference
between the theist, monotheist, polytheist, deist, the agnostic, or atheist?
Absolutely none … IF … they do not acknowledge, accept and believe
through faith in the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Plainly stated, Jesus
died for our sins, was buried and arose again! Yes, vast numbers of people
believe God does exist, but millions reject Jesus Christ, and will forever be
lost. Yet, "… if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt
believe in thine heart that God hath raised him (Jesus) from the dead, thou
shalt be saved." (Romans 10:9)
Regardless of what one calls
oneself, we are ALL sinners (Romans 3:23), and without belief in the
saving grace of Jesus Christ, eternal salvation will not be ours.
Thankfully, unlike the faulty promises of various commercial products, we can
totally and completely depend on and have steadfast faith in God’s
everlasting promise that Jesus Christ is God’s plan; God’s plan by which to
provide eternal salvation to all who will believe and accept Jesus Christ.
(Read Luke 2:4-20) "For God sent not His Son (Jesus)
into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him (Jesus)
might be saved."
Any theology that states that
one is a true born-again believer because of one’s belief in God is nothing more
than another of man’s empty promises. Sadly, such teaching is a lie.
"Jesus saith..…I am the way,
the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John
14:6) Understand! Jesus clearly states that NO ONE obtains eternal
salvation, but through Him. "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins,
the just for the unjust (you and me), that he (Jesus) might bring us to God…."
(I Peter 3:18). Only those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal
Savior have the assurance of eternal life.
Have we bought into Satan’s religious
"remedy" for denying Jesus or are we eternally secure, a born-again believer,
having placed our faith in God’s permanent and everlasting ‘gift’ of salvation
(Ephesians 2:8-9) "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is
none other name (Jesus) under heaven given among men, whereby we must be
saved." (Acts 4:12) "He that believeth on the Son (Jesus), hath everlasting
life: and he that believeth not the Son (Jesus) shall not see life, but the
wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:36) Jesus IS the remedy!
Jesus IS the Gift!