Vital Truths - Do You Know Jesus Christ?
Knowing a few facts about his life will never do; we must know him. Jesus Christ is not another famous man who once lived but is now dead. No, he is the risen, living, Lord of heaven and earth – he is the living Saviour, (Acts 2:32-36). We must know who he is, and what he has done, before we can ever trust in him to save us.
So, who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is no mere man. He is God and man. He is fully God, and fully man, in two distinct natures, and one person for ever.
God declares him to be the eternal and only begotten Son of God. “God sent his only begotten Son into the world…” (1John 4:9). “God sent forth his Son, made of a woman…” (Galatians 4:4). “God became flesh…” (1Timothy 3:16).
To know Jesus Christ one must first know the living and true God who sent him (John 17:3). God is triune; that is, he is one in being and three in person. He is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). These three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory. Jesus Christ, is God the Son. He is the second person of the blessed Trinity.
Why must you know him as God? Because only one who is God can save you from your sins! You must understand that your sin robs the infinite (without limit) and eternal (without end) God of his glory. In return, your sin incurs an infinite and eternal debt to Divine justice. That debt must be payed in full for you by a Saviour/Redeemer, if you are to escape the eternal punishment due to you for sin.
This makes God sending His own Son to die for sinners so utterly amazing. He sent him because, being the infinite and eternal Son of God, only he could make a payment that is of infinite and eternal worth. He sent him because his obedience and sufferings could fully satisfy the demands of Divine justice for elect sinners.
Do you know this God and Saviour?
Rev. C. J. Connors