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I Believe in Christ the Son...

April 10, 2017

 

What does that mean that you believe in Christ the Son?  Every religion and/or people group on the planet that has heard of Jesus has some belief about Him whether it be accurate or not. But it is important that our belief in Christ is one that is based on the truth of Scripture. Colossians1:15-23 speaks so much into the Person and Work of Christ. Let’s look at 4 of these things that shape what we believe about Christ:

He is the Creator of All (verses 15-16)
John 1:3 also states the “All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.”  Jesus wasn’t like any other man. Though he was raised by a carpenter, and He no doubt learned this craft of constructing and creating things, it was only a small picture of the work that He had done before He ever came to be born into this world. He was present in the beginning when the only thing in existence was God Himself. It was Jesus who spoke the universe into existence. It was Jesus who made the trees, the water, the skies, the animals. It was Jesus who formed man out of the dirt. It was Jesus who created you, and He created you with a specific purpose.  And because He is the Creator of All, He is the...


He is the Ruler of All (verses 17-18)
Philippians 2:10-11 states that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”  Why is this so? Why will every knee bow and every tongue confess? Why this universal acknowledgement of His sovereignty? Because He created all things, he has the right to rule over it.  He is the King of kings and the Lord of lord. We bow and submit to His rule. And the good news is, He is a good King...the best of kings. Living under His rule is what brings us true joy and satisfaction.


The ultimate reason that Jesus is able to be the Creator and Ruler of all things is because He is...


He is Fully God (verse 19)

John 1:1 describes Jesus as the “Word” when it says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Though He was fully man, He was fully God. The math doesn’t add up for our finite, human minds. But, in God’s reality it makes perfect sense. Because He is God, we are to worship Him. He deserves all praise and honor. He deserves our whole heart and our complete devotion. The fact that Jesus is God, calls us to forsake all of our idols and devote ourselves completely and solely to Him.


He is the Savior of All Who Will Believe (verses 20-23)
Jesus brings us peace with God by reconciling us with His blood that was poured out. We who declared war on God by sinning against Him, rebelling against His commandments, offending His holiness and righteousness, and daring His justice, Christ came to make us friends when we were once enemies.  


God would win this war that we started. But He wouldn’t win it by killing us, His enemy. No, instead Jesus would take upon Himself God’s wrath and punishment and place upon us His righteousness (2nd Corinthians 5:21).
 

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