The Bible states in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (New Living Translation), “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work” This Bible was written by God-chosen men who were empowered by the Holy Spirit. The Bible is the believers guide to live a fulfilled life. Jesus words are spirit and life (John 6:63). Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). There’s no truth or real experience of life outside of Christ. Jesus is God and we were created for his glory. The Bible is necessary for us because it teaches us how to live as God intends. We are not our own because we belong to God. Our wisdom is finite, and God’s is infinite. He knows what’s best for us.
Jesus was both man and God when he lived on the earth. God chose to put himself into a human body so that he could be an example for us to live as he did. Jesus’ life was perfect and abundant because he relied completely on The Father (God) and committed no sin (Hebrews 4:15). Yes, he was and still is God. His life as a man was a demonstration of how He wants all of humanity to always seek him and do good.
The doctrine of the virgin birth exists so that man can see how much God cares for humanity. “The virgin birth was not necessary for him to be God, but for us to know that he is God” (Erickson, 2015, p. 254). Jesus could have descended directly from heaven, but he chose to become like us so that he could do what we couldn’t. We could never fix our sins and the punishment of death. God is faithful to his word. When he created the universe, he placed spiritual laws into place. He gave man free-will and told us the consequences of disobedience. Yet, man still disobeyed him. Because Adam and Eve sinned being perfect, surely, we would have done the same because today most of us don’t even believe in God’s existence (Matthew 7:13)!
“Jesus is not only as human as we are; he is more human” (Erickson, 2015, p. 256). He lived a perfect life as a fully human being. He showed us how life ought to be. The lives we now live are corrupted with sin because of the fall, and our choices to deny God, dishonor him, disobey him, doubt him, and chase after foolish philosophies and worldly wisdom. Atheism is deception from Satan. We are not free-spirited people. We are created in the image of the Almighty God. We have a soul, body, and a spirit. There is a God who cares deeply for each of us; so much so that He sent His One and Only Son to die for us (John 3:16). Jesus is real. He is God and He is our only Savior. Jesus was fully man and fully God, no matter what we choose to believe. He is who he says he is, and he can do whatever he wants. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection were the only way for humanity to be reconciled back to God so that we can transform back into our true identities and lives. Jesus is our greatest example of the truth and purpose of human life.
There’s no denying the fact that we are all in dire need of salvation. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23, NLT). Jesus died for our sins so that we can inherit everlasting life through him. Without his sacrifice, all men would be doomed because all men have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. So, if we want to experience eternal life on earth today and forever, we must accept Jesus Christ into our lives. Otherwise, we will continue living mediocre lives as a result of sin and end up perishing for eternity.
Our limited understanding of God’s ways doesn’t mean that he isn’t real. He is truth and life, and we are his created beings. We must understand that our lives are corrupted by sin and the devil is constantly deceiving us in our minds. The Bible is the truth that sets us free from the devil’s stronghold and sins bondage. Salvation through Jesus Christ is the way for us to live a normal supernatural life as God intends. God doesn’t expect us to master the bible or try to figure out every Christian doctrine. He just wants us to believe in His Son in order to be saved. Then afterwards, he’ll give us His Spirit that will lead us into all truth and understanding (John 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:14). Jesus is God and God is real. I know because I am experiencing abundant life through my relationship with him as I see his faithfulness manifest as I apply his word.
Erickson, M. J. (2015). Introducing Christian doctrine (3rd ed.). Hustad, L. A. (Ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.
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