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WHO IS JESUS? (The Trinity and Plan for Salvation)
First, let’s start with Jesus as just one part of the Trinity. The Trinity is one of the most
difficult concepts of the Bible to grasp. How can Father, Son and Holy Ghost be three yet
one? I finally found a very simple explanation that occurs in nature. Let’s take 3
substances, ice, water and steam. These are three separate substances, yet one, that is
H2O. Let’s take another example such as an apple. The Apple consists of 3 parts, the skin,
the meat and the seeds. Three separate parts but an apple is one object and take away any
one part and you don’t have an apple. Jesus said himself that “I and my Father are one”
Now who is this Jesus? Although this is taken from the New Testament, these verses
confirm the truth of Jesus’s statement in John 10:30 as above. 1John 1-4 reads 1. “This
which is from the beginning (that is the beginning as described in Genesis 1:1) which we
have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands
have touched (heard, seen, looked at and touched can only describe Jesus Himself)-- this
we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2. The life appeared (God as Man in Jesus); we
have seen it and testify to it (re-iterating and confirming verse 1) and we proclaim to you
the eternal life which was with the Father and has appeared to us (again Jesus is the only
one to fit this description). 3. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that
you also may also have fellowship with us. And our fellowship (in this context, the word
“fellowship” speaks of partnership, that is one with Jesus) is with the Father and with his
Son, Jesus Christ. 4. We write this to make our joy complete.
So where are we? So far, we have seen that Jesus has existed from the beginning (1John
1) as God (John 10:30). Given this, does it not make sense that Jesus is the co-Creator of
the universe? It’s true. Both John and Paul pick up on this theme.
John writes “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word
was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and
without him was not anything made that was made. And the Word was made flesh (Jesus)
and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the
Father,) full of grace and truth (John 1:1-3,14).
Paul makes this link even clearer when he says “For by him were all things created, that
are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or
dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by him and for him. And he
is before all things and by him all things consist. (Colossian 1:16-17).
Now let’s look clearly at these verses to make sure this is not a mixup; that John and Paul
are really talking about Jesus as co-creator with God.
In John 1:1, we see in the beginning was the Word and the Word (in this context, “Word”
refers to Jesus, see John 1:14) was with God. Now, flipping back to John 1:3, he (John)
says “All things were made by him (Jesus) and without him was not anything that was
made”. The last part of this verse also confirms John 10:30 that God and Jesus are one
and the same.
Now, let’s confirm that Paul is referring to Jesus in Colossian 1:16-17. If we look back to
verses 14 and 15, Paul says “In whom we have redemption through his blood (Jesus) even
the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every
creature. Now notice as Paul continues in verse 16, that he has not changed the persona of
the “him” described therein. Verse 17 confirms that Jesus existed with God in the
beginning (“And he is before all things”) and he (Jesus) is co-creator as evidenced by the
rest of the verse (“and by him, all things consist”). Going on to verse 18, we see Paul
continuing to describe the deity of Jesus (again, no change in persona that was started in
verse 14) when he says “and he (Jesus) is the head of the body, the church (in this context,
church refers to believers and the body is the body of believers that is the church).
That tells us a little something of who Jesus is but not the whole story.
Let’s look at why God came to earth as Man in the form of Jesus. Remember, we
(Mankind) are made in the image of God. God gave Man free will and Man has used free
will to his (Man’s) advantage, which in most instances grieves God because Man has
always been a rebellious lot from the beginning of time. Heck, it doesn’t take long for the
first recorded murder to take place (Genesis 4:8). All throughout the Old Testament, we
see God’s people rebel against God despite the fact that God provides His people with
untold blessings and goodness when they choose to follow Him and worship Him alone.
God described his people as “stiff-necked” and rebellious. He offers Man a plan of
salvation because “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). This is
confirmed later (everlasting life) in 1John:2, although the word there is eternal but the
context is the same.
In short, Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and through Him is the only way toget to
God because all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23). You see,
Jesus is our “bridge” to God. Jesus is our intercessor before God. He (Jesus) pleads our
case before God when we come before Him (Jesus) in repentance and acknowledge we
are sinners. We ask forgiveness for our sins and Jesus, as with the woman caught in
adultery, says “go and sin no more”. Jesus paid the full price for our sins. He bore our sins
on the Cross of Calvary so that we may be forgiven and have everlasting life. If you have
never been saved, read John 3. This conversation with Nicodemus holds the answer to
salvation and everlasting life. To be saved is to be born again.
This should give you a pretty clear picture of who Jesus is and good understanding why
“There is simply no way to seek the God of the Bible without dealing with the question of
“Who is Jesus?”. As we have seen, they are inseparable.
Hopefully, this also gives you a better picture why it is necessary to give your life to
Christ. Not only does it guarantee everlasting (eternal) life, but you will know a peace that
transcends anything you have ever experienced in your life.
Several weeks ago, I saw a saying on a church billboard. It read “If you are the same as
you always were, you are not a Christian”. While this is a very strong and condemning
statement, The Bible makes it clear that this is true. When you are born again, you become
a new creature and the old passes away. You literally become a new person. An example
evidenced is when I have encountered old friends who knew me before I gave my life to
Christ. They see me and talk to me now yet they do not “know” me. They have seen the
change and the new “creature” in me and the old me is just a fading memory.
You know the peace I mentioned above? It’s all yours just for the asking. You have the
answer but it is you that must make the decision. See, again, free will comes into play.
You are free to choose what way to go and no one else can tell you which way to go.
Only you can decide your fate in this life and the next.
So why not ask Jesus into your life? He is knocking at the door to your heart. Jesus loves
you. Jesus is just waiting for you to say “Here is my life, Jesus. Do with it as you will”.
You can never know a better life. This is the answer to the question “When does giving up
control OF your life, give you more control IN your life?”
Now that you have the answers, what are the questions? I invite anyone who has questions
to email me below.
If you want to know more about the basic principles of salvation, check
out How to become a Christian. If you have made the decision to commit
your life to Christ and want to know more about living for Jesus, please
read Ideals of Christian Living.
Two great books for seekers and believers alike that I'd recommend are:
1. Bruce and Stan's Guide to God -- A User Friendly Approach
2. The Journey (NIV), Subtitled A Bible for Spiritual Seekers, this book is an
evangelistic tool to help seekers find the answers to their questions.
This is a great Bible for believers, too!