21 May 2012

Only One Truth

Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted. As many were astonished at you— his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind— so shall he sprinkle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand. (Isaiah 52:13-15)
This speaks of Jesus Christ, seven hundred years before He was born. And so does chapter 53 and so does this entire section of Isaiah with many chapters directed at the person of the Messiah who was none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. For us as Christians, we go back to the Old Testament and we see Christ everywhere throughout the Old Testament because the Old Testament promises, prophesies, predicts His coming.

He is the Savior, the only Savior, the only Savior the world will ever know, the only way to heaven, the only Redeemer. I understand there are twenty or so major religions in the world. There are about 300 separate segments of those 20 religions. There are, in addition, countless tribal, traditional and cultic forms of religion, and then there are millions upon millions of personal belief systems. One would have a hard time counting up all the imaginary deities that exist in the minds of people. However, all except Christianity are false religions. All except Christianity are deceptive. There is only one God. There is only one Savior. The only God is the Creator and Redeemer who is introduced to us on the pages of holy Scripture who came into the world in the form of the Lord Jesus Christ who was the only Savior. And, by the way, the only God in all of religion to die and rise again to give forgiveness and salvation to His people is the Lord Jesus Christ, the true God. Only Christianity, only Christianity presents a Savior. And there is only one truth and it is the truth of Christianity, and there’s only one Savior, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. Only Christianity faces the reality that no person can earn his way to God. No person can earn forgiveness. No person can earn salvation. No person can earn heaven by goodness, morality, religious activity, ceremony, ritual.

The Bible is very clear that salvation is a gift for those who know they can’t earn it and cry for mercy, putting their trust for forgiveness and salvation and heaven in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for their sins in their place and rose triumphantly from the dead, divine confirmation that He had fully satisfied the justice and the wrath of God and salvation was available. All people are sinners, all who have ever lived are sinners, all are unable to save themselves, all need a Savior. There’s only one Savior, Jesus Christ, who died and rose to save His people and bring them all to heaven. That’s the message of Holy Scripture and that’s the truth.
–John MacArthur, "The Startling Servant" 

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