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Solus Cristus: Only Christ

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Posted by Brad Quiring on November 8, 2017

QUESTION: What would you say to God if you were before him to enter salvation?

What does the Bible say in response to what we do?

James 2:10 (NKJV)

10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.

If you keep the whole law, you are perfect. You miss on just ONE POINT, you are guilty of ALL.

If you think keeping the law is going to do it for you when you reach God, God will not declare you righteous by doing what the Law says. The Law is our teacher, pointing us to the fact that we do sin and are sinners.

Psalm 14:2-3 (NKJV)

2 The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. 3 They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.

So, what does the Bible say? What do we say to God or what do we do for Him?

John 14:6 (NIV2011)

6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Speaking about Jesus, Peter said this,

Acts 4:12 (NIV2011)

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.

These are huge statements by Jesus and then by Peter. These are absolute, exclusive statements, they leave room for no other option, it is this or nothing. How does this work?

Colossians 1:13-14

13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

God rescued us from the dominion of darkness, the authority of spiritual darkness, evil powers, sin, Satan. We did not rescue ourselves

God then brought us into the kingdom, family, authority of Jesus. We did not move in and through ourselves, it was God’s work through Jesus: His work, based on His person, attributes and power

We have redemption, which is the price paid for to rescue a slave or a hostage, paid through Jesus own death. We also have the forgiveness of sins, literally the release from the requirements or consequences of sin.

Colossians 1:15

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.·

Jesus is able to do this because JESUS IS GOD. He is the “Image” of God, the exact representation of God. With all of His attributes, power and authority. When it says he is the firstborn over all creation, it does not mean to be created first, rather it is Jesus’ position of being first over all things. His authority.

Colossians 1:16-17

16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Giving further proof that Jesus is God and has the power to do what he did, Paul says that ALL THINGS were created by Jesus. All things created THROUGH Jesus – by his power and authority. They were created FOR Jesus – to bring him glory. And Jesus leads all things, everything is under control.

Colossians 1:18

18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

Jesus is The Head, the absolute authority and source, the principle guide of the church. Being the firstborn from among the dead means Jesus rose again from the dead to give us His life. The first to be resurrected, never to die again.

This is so he might have the supremacy, the first in rank, fame, influence and authority.

Jesus is the only way to God because He has all the authority to save us, give us life and bring us to God.

Colossians 1:19-20

19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

God has given the ultimate revelation of himself to us by sending Jesus Christ. Only through God’s gracious self-revelation in Jesus do we come to a saving and transforming knowledge of God. God’s purpose in all of this was to reconcile us to himself, which is to restore our relationship with him that was broken in the Garden of Eden according to Genesis chapter 3.

We were citizens of the Kingdom of Darkness and as such were enemies of God. THROUGH JESUS, God has made us citizens of Jesus’ Kingdom, and therefore we are His children. All this was achieved through Jesus’ death on the cross.

There is only ONE WAY to God – ONLY JESUS CHRIST.

Jesus is THE way and excluded all other ways, religions and thoughts.

Jesus is THE life.