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Confusion concerning Christ
|Created by Alida de Vos on 26-05-2009 Category: Atheist related|
Three aspects of Jesus’ life are continually queried: His virgin birth, death on the cross and resurrection.
Without these three, we don’t have a Gospel.
1) The reason Jesus was born of a virgin.
Adam and Eve were created in God’s image (Genesis 2:28), which would imply (among others) a very high intellect and a free will. They were holy and in direct communication with God. But if they were to live for ever, God had to test their loyalty to Him. They were given the opportunity to choose to obey or disobey God. They chose to listen to and obey the devil’s lies. From then on Adam and Eve lost their God-like nature. Their descendants were all born as sinners. As such, man can never inherit heaven, which is sinless. Neither can man live a sinless life here to ‘qualify’ for heaven. God’s master plan was that Jesus, would die in our stead, and in this way we can have our charge sheets ‘cleared.’ Jesus came to earth as a sinless Man who was qualified to die on behalf of sinful humanity. Jesus came to earth through the ‘natural’ means of birth through a woman. God, the Holy Spirit planted life in Mary so that Jesus was fully human and fully divine. Without the Virgin Birth, in which God became man, we could have no Gospel of salvation and no eternity with God.
The reason Jesus died on the cross for the sin of mankind.
God declared in Genesis 2:16-17 that Adam would ‘surely die’ if he did not obey God’s command. That declaration stands to this day. Everyone who sins and rebels against God, will face this death, which is eternal condemnation in the lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). Remember that all people are sinners, so no one is exempt from this law. Yet, from the beginning God planned that He as God would be the ‘sacrificial animal’ on behalf of man’s sins. God killed (probably two) animals to clothe Adam and Eve to cover the result of their disobedience (Genesis 3:27). God’s Lamb (His Son, Jesus) would one day come and die in the place of all the people of the world, to pay for their sin by the shedding of sinless blood (Leviticus 17:11). By faith in Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross, we are forgiven and justified (Colossians 1:21). Without the Cross, we have no forgiveness and no Gospel.
The reason Jesus was raised from the dead.
Christ’s resurrection into the new order of life (a supernatural indestructible body) is our guarantee that we will also be resurrected and be with God eternally. God did not create humans just to play harps on clouds. The children of God will one day share life on this renewed planet with Him. They will have resurrected, eternal, supernatural bodies like that of Jesus. Without Jesus’ resurrection, God’s plan for man cannot be completed. Then there is no eternal life for us; there is no Gospel; there is no hope for life after death (1 Corinthians 15:12-19).
It is easy to see why these three aspects of the life of Jesus are always under ‘discussion.’ If these three miracles are rejected, the only possible result is eternal separation from God, hell. There is no compromise possible on these three vital aspects of God’s redemptive work. We should flee from anyone who teaches otherwise.