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Jesus Is God

Jesus is God!  He is eternally equal in every way to the Father!  He simply became a man so He could die for our sins, but He never stopped being God!

And Thomas answered and said unto Him: "My Lord and my God."  Jesus said to him: "Because you have seen Me you have believed.  Blessed are they who have not seen Me and yet have believed." John 20:28-29
(Also see John 1:1; 8:58; 10:30;  I Timothy 3:16; Titus 2:13; Colossians 2:2 Hebrews 1:8)
Those who deny the divinity of Jesus will receive eternal condemnation.  Jesus said: 
You are from beneath; I am from above.  You are of this world, I am not of this world.  I said therefore unto you that you shall die in your sins, for if you believe not that I am He, you shall die in your sins. John 8:23-24
(Also see John 11:25-27; 20:31; Acts 9:30; 16:30-31; 1 John 5:13)
Why Did God Become A Man?

We have learned in previous pages that because God is infinitely Holy, even the smallest sin is infinitely offensive to Him.  As a result, an infinite payment must be made for the sins of each and every person.  Now there are two ways by which an infinite payment can be offered: a finite person could suffer God's wrath for an infinite period of time, or an infinite person could suffer God's wrath for a finite period of time.  Both yield an infinite payment for sin.

  1. Man, who is finite, would therefore have to suffer God's wrath for infinity if he were to pay for his own sins.  That is why hell is eternal.
  2. Jesus Christ, the infinite God in human form, would only have to suffer God's wrath a finite amount of time to provide an infinite payment for sin.  Since He is God, the suffering He endured on the cross was a sacrifice of infinite value.  Therefore, His death made available the infinite payment necessary to pay for the sins of all men throughout all ages.
An infinite payment must be made for every man's sins.  God allows each person to decide which payment plan he prefers . . . Jesus Christ, or eternity in hell.
 

Faith:
  MAN'S RESPONSE TO CHRIST
 

Jesus did all the work necessary to save man from his sins.  However, before we can experience the benefits which God had provided through Christ's death on the cross, God requires that we believe (trust) in Jesus and what He as accomplished.

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed on Christ Jesus that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.  Galatians 2:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

(In fact, there are over 160 verses in the New Testament which declare that the only condition for receiving eternal life is faith in Jesus Christ.  Among them are John 1:7; 1:12; 3:18; 5:24; 6:29, etc.)
 
 

Faith (Trust) Is The Hand By Which We Reach Out And Accept The Eternal Life Offered Freely In Jesus Christ.

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.  I Corinthians 1:21
   

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Ronald R. Shea, President
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