There are so many religions with different doctrines about how a person can become right with God. Which is right? Can we be sure that any of them are right? Jesus emphatically stated, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). His words are definitive and absolute. He said that He is the only way to the Father and that no one can have a relationship with God except through Him.
Jesus didn’t look on the woman at the well as an adulterous sinner who was deserving of where she was at in life. He saw someone who was hurting and downcast. He saw her as a person in need of undeserved forgiveness and merciful salvation. For Jesus, she was like that lost sheep who the shepherd went after and searched out.
Prejudices and biases are common among men. These evils can creep into individuals or even congregations. But followers of Jesus should seek a pure heart with a genuine burden for the lost. For that, we need the Holy Spirit to work in us, revealing to us our ungodly attitudes and rooting out impure motions and motives.
Jesus didn’t need to be baptized in repentance of His sins because He never sinned. Yet, because He came into the world to give His life as a ransom for many and take upon himself the sins of man, it was appropriate for the Son of God to be baptized as the Son of Man, symbolizing His advocacy of those beseeching God’s mercy.
God desires to work through available men, not through devisable methods. Yet, when God calls us to a task, there is a strong tendency to first look around, rather than to look up to Him. God wants, and works, to grow followers who will obediently follow Him in faith. We are to surrender to His calling and rely in dependence upon His omnipotence.
More than five thousand spent a day feeding on the words, wonders, and person of Jesus. Then, as nightfall approached and even though they were hungry and had no shelter for the night, they didn’t want to leave. They hungered more for being near Jesus! That’s the magnetism that Jesus had then and still has today.
The Bible, God’s Holy Word, makes it absolutely clear that Jesus is One persona of the One triune God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Regrettably, however, because the word “Trinity” isn’t in the Bible, there are those resist and reject God’s revelation of His One triune being. Whether than forming a doctrine over what isn’t in the Bible, shouldn’t we whether form our foundational beliefs on what IS in the Bible?
At the point of salvation, we are fully in Christ. But, we are to continually, intentionally seek to grow in Christlikeness. We are instructed to, “take hold of the eternal life to which you were called” (1 Tim. 6:12). We are called to live as servants of Christ, following and yielding to Him obediently as productive workers for His calling.