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HOW WE KNOW JESUS IS THE CHRIST
In his interview with Louis S. Lapides, a former Jew, for his book The Case for Christ Lee Strobel asked what his parents had taught him about the Messiah. Lapides’ shocking reply was, “It never came up.” Strobel wanted to be sure he’d heard him correctly. Lapides repeated, “Never…I don’t even remember it being an issue in Hebrew school” (pp. 173-174). While unconscionable, it stands to reason that to promote Judaism today Old Testament teaching on the Messiah must be kept to a minimum or, as in the case of Lapides, omitted altogether.
Things like establishing proper descent from Abraham to qualify a Messianic candidate today would be impossible because the Jewish Wars of A.D. 66-70 which ended with the destruction of the Jewish Temple likewise saw the loss of all genealogical records stored in the Temple which would be needed for the purpose. No wonder Jews today never talk about a coming Messiah.
The prophecies in the Old Testament concerning the Messiah (Hebrew) or the Christ (Greek) meaning “the anointed one” (John 1:41) are uniquely fulfilled in Jesus. In the short space of this article convincing proof can be given. For example, Daniel said the kingdom of Christ would be established in the days of the Roman kings when Rome was a world power (Daniel 2:44). The historical period of the Roman Empire was 63 B.C. to A.D. 476. The kingdom or church of Christ was established in A.D. 33 (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:47; 28:31; Colossians 1:13). No other time period of the world’s history would ever qualify. A selection from the hundreds of prophetic statements concerning Christ strengthen the proof that Jesus is the Christ.
The Christ would have to be a descendant of Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3), Judah (Genesis 49:10), and David (2 Samuel 7:12-13). Jesus was (Matthew 1:1-17; Psalm 132:11; 16:8-11; Acts 2:25-36).
The Christ would have to be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). Jesus was (Matthew 2:1).
The Christ would have to be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14). Jesus was (Matthew 1:18-25).
The Christ would have to be sinless (Isaiah 53:1-12). Jesus was (Matthew 27:19, 24; Mark 15:14; Luke 23:4; 1 Peter 2:22-23).
The Christ would have to be crucified (Psalm 22:16). Jesus was (Matthew 27:35-36).
The Christ would have to be buried with the rich (Isaiah 53:9). Jesus was (John 19:38-42).
The Christ would have to be raised from the dead the third day (Matthew 12:40, 16:21). Jesus was (Luke 24:7, 21).
Therefore, in just these few short statements we know how Jesus and Jesus alone is the Christ. No one in history before or as long as the world stands since can ever again qualify, only Jesus is the Christ (John 20:30-31).
ADD THOU NOT UNTO HIS WORDS
The Bible says, “Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be
found a liar” (Prov. 30:6). The wise man cautioned against a perennial tendency of
mankind to add to God’s words. An exposure of the creeds of men sometimes
yields statements of denial of their existence from their perhaps unwitting
adherents. While some preachers hoist high the catechism or the discipline, other
preachers do not open their creed books and read from them before the
congregation. They obviously wish to convey that the Bible alone is the standard
rule of faith and practice. Certainly, the Bible should be just that as II Timothy
3:16-17 and other passages clearly teach, but distinctive doctrines consistently
taught which are not found in the Bible suggest a common source. Many times that
source is a creed book.
One example recently presented will serve as proof that a prominent Baptist
preacher preaches right out of the Standard Baptist Manual and not the Bible.
Again, he did not inform the membership that he was; he wanted to convey to them
the idea that his material was from the Bible. Here is what Adrian Rogers from the
Bellevue Baptist Church wrote: “Baptism isn’t necessary for salvation, but it is
necessary for obedience” (“Inspiration’s View of Baptism” by Lennie Reagan, The
Messenger, July 16, 2000, p. 3).
Now, here is what The Standard Manual for Baptist Churches by Edward T.
Hiscox, D.D. says: “Baptism is not essential to salvation, for our churches utterly
repudiate the dogma of ‘baptismal regeneration’; but it is essential to obedience,
since Christ has commanded it” (pp. 20-21). Perhaps placing the abbreviated
statements side by side will help to emphasize the point:
Rogers Baptist Manual
Baptism isn’t necessary for salvation, Baptism is not essential to salvation, .
but it is necessary for obedience. but it is essential to obedience. . . .
Many have been the times when Baptists have argued, “We do not use a manual. I
have never heard of The Standard Manual for Baptist Churches.” This example
proves that their preachers have heard of it and, in fact, at least on occasion preach right out of it. The manual itself states, “Members, on being received to fellowship,
are not required to subscribe or pledge conformity to any creed-form, but are
expected to yield substantial agreement to that which the church with which they
unite has adopted” (p. 56). From where does the name “Baptist” and the particular
practices unique to them come if not from the manual or those who know it so well
they can recite it without ever acknowledging its existence? The new name that the
mouth of the Lord would name is “Christian,” not “Baptist” (Isa. 62:2; Acts
It takes the manual to evade the force of Jesus’ teaching on the essentiality of
baptism for both salvation and obedience in Mark 16:16, “He that believeth and is
baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Belief, number
one, plus baptism, number two, yields salvation, number three. Why did Jesus say,
“But he that believeth not shall be damned,” instead of, “But he that believeth not
and is not baptized shall be damned”? Because if a person does not believe in
Christ, he is “condemned already” (John 3:18). The true believer will be baptized;
the unbeliever will not be baptized.
The Bible has a timeless relevance, and all who heed it will be simply and only
Christians. The Baptists do not believe this truth because of what the manual says
on page 22: “It is most likely that in the Apostolic age when there was but ‘one
Lord, one faith, and one baptism’ and no differing denominations existed, the
baptism of a convert by that very act constituted him a member of the church, and
at once endowed him with all the rights and privileges of full membership. In that
sense baptism was the ‘door into the church.’ Now, it is different; and while the
churches are desirous of receiving members, they are wary and cautious that they
do not receive unworthy persons. The churches therefore have candidates come
before them, make their statement, give their ‘experience,’ and then their reception
is decided by a vote of the members.”
The church does not belong to the members; it belongs to Christ (Matt. 16:18; Acts
20:28). And, those who repent and are baptized for the remission of their sins are
added to the church by the Lord (Acts 2:38, 47). Jesus Christ has the ability to
search the hearts; men do not (Rev. 2:23).
ARE YOU “IN CHRIST”?
The vital importance of being “in Christ” is seen in the many New Testament references to it. 77 times the New Testament mentions the phrase “in Christ.” Let’s explore several of these occurrences and see what may be gleaned from the pursuit.
The Faith Is “In Christ”
“And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ” (Acts 24:24).
Redemption Is “In Christ”
“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 3:24).
Life Is “In Christ”
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Rom. 8:2).
Love Of God Is “In Christ”
“Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:39).
The Truth Is “In Christ”
“I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost” (Rom. 9:1).
“Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity” (I Tim. 2:7).
The One Body Is “In Christ”
“So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another” (Rom. 12:5).
Sanctification Is “In Christ”
“Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours” (I Cor. 1:2).
Wisdom Is “In Christ”
“We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honorable, but we are despised” (I Cor. 4:10).
Hope Is “In Christ”
“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (I Cor. 15:19).
Triumph Is “In Christ”
“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savor of his knowledge by us in every place” (II Cor. 2:14).
Simplicity Is “In Christ”
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (II Cor. 11:3).
Liberty Is “In Christ”
“And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage” (Gal. 2:4).
Unity Is “In Christ”
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28).
The Faithful Are “In Christ”
“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 1:1).
All Spiritual Blessings Are “In Christ”
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3).
All Things Are “In Christ”
“That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him” (Eph. 1:10).
Created “In Christ”
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10).
His Promise Is “In Christ”
“That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel” (Eph. 3:6).
His Eternal Purpose Is “In Christ”
“According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Eph. 3:8).
The Saints Are “In Christ”
“Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons” (Phil. 1:1).
“Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you” (Phil. 4:21).
Consolation Is “In Christ”
“If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies” (Phil. 2:1).
Rejoicing Is “In Christ”
“For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh” (Phil. 3:3).
The Prize Is “In Christ”
“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14).
Faith And Love Are “In Christ”
“And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus” (I Tim. 1:14).
Grace Is “In Christ”
“And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus” (I Tim. 1:14).
Salvation Is “In Christ”
“Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (II Tim. 2:10).
Are You “In Christ”?
How Do You Get Into Christ?
“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Gal. 3:26-27).
“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?” (Rom. 6:3).
". . and upon this rock I will build my church . ." -- Matthew 16:18.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.