The Challenge of the Christian Theology and more …
/ Ewald Frank
28. No one can bypass Jesus Christ
- Does all happen by chance?
- The time is near
- The only valid measuring rod
- The old dispute
- The testimony of historians
- History confirms it
- God’s confession
- God manifests Himself
- In heaven and on earth
- The Lord visits His prophet
- The »I am«
- Was the Son born in heaven?
- Spirit and Truth
- Very peculiar
- Respect for the Great Mystery
- Everyone defends his or her own doctrine
- The rock
- The Great Commission
- Thou shalt have no other gods …
- Believe as the Scripture says
- An unbelievable tragedy
- The end-time
- A challenge to all
- No one can bypass Jesus Christ
- New creation
- The Son and the sons and daughters of God
- The two beginnings
- The course of church history
- No man’s influence
As we cannot explain God in His nature, His manifestations, we cannot explain our Lord in the realm of salvation.
If the Lord is shown in any way concerning His Kingdom, in His Church, we see Him as Son of man, Son of God, Son of David, Lamb of God, High Priest, Mediator, Advocate and so on. When He is shown in such a way we see Him as man besides God, but never as another divine person. This is clearly shown in all the Scriptures.
When Jesus spoke as the Son of man He had to say, »the Father is greater than I« — only the Father does know the time and the hour, not the Son of man — and »He can do nothing but what He sees the Father do« (Jn. 5: 19-20 a. o.). He was the promised Prophet, the seer (Dt. 18: 15-18). To Him was shown by vision what was and would take place. The very thoughts and intentions of man’s heart were revealed to Him »Before Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.« (Jn. 1: 48).
»… For thou hast had five husbands, and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband; that saidst thou truly … The woman saith unto him, I know that Messiah cometh, who is called Christ; when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.« (Jn. 4: 16-26).
»But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man; for he knew what was in man.« (Jn. 2: 24-25).
So the scripture of Dt. 18: 18 was fulfilled, as shown by Peter in his second sermon after Pentecost, »For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord, your God, raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things, whatever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass that every soul, who will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.« (Acts 3: 22-23). As »Son of man« he was the Prophet and servant (Isa. 42: 1-4; 52: 13; Acts 4: 23-31 a. o.). As »Son of God« He is Saviour and Lord. As »Son of David« He is King. He is King, High Priest and Prophet — all in the right order and place.
Whatever our beloved Lord did, what He said, and what is written about Him, must always be seen in connection with that part of the plan of salvation. The terms used of Him can never be exchanged one with the other. For instance, almost eighty times we find in Ezechiel and in the Gospels the term »Son of man«. Where it is, is where it must remain. When we find written »Son of God«, that is where it needs to be. The same applies to »Son of David« and all the other terms associated with Christ. In God’s Word everything is connected to the Plan of Salvation and is in divine order.
God did not multiply within Himself. He is still the only One true God. Through the Son, Who is the firstborn, He has through the begetting by the Spirit, performed the spiritual multiplication of all the firstborn. The Word of Truth brought them into being, through the working of the new birth by the Holy Spirit (Jas. 1: 18; 1 Pt. 1: 23 a. o.) they were adopted as sons and daughters of God . »And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.« (Jn. 17: 3).
»And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true; and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.« (1 Jn. 5: 20).
Stephen saw Him as the Son of man standing at the right hand of God (Acts 7: 56). John saw Him as the Son of man walking in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks (Rev. 1). Daniel saw Him coming as Son of man with the clouds of heaven (7: 13-14 a. o.). He had to be High Priest, Mediator, Advocate, Saviour and so on, manifesting His attributes. The Apostle writes to his co-worker Timothy, »for there is one God and one mediater between God and men, the man, Christ Jesus.« (1 Tim. 2: 5).
The Apostle John expresses it like that, »and if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.« (1 Jn. 2: 1b).
Viewing God’s plan of salvation we see redemption in the New Testament is in and through the Son. Even in His humanity the Son is the object of true living faith which saves men: »… ye believe in God, believe also in me!« (Jn. 14: 1). Only whoever believes in the Son of God truly believes in God. Living, saving faith is only possible in the manifested God. Everything else is religious activity bypassing God. Only in the Son has the Father met us, only in Him can we meet the Father. With this in mind we are able to place the following references in a proper order: »Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he is angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they who put their trust in him.« (Ps. 2: 11-12).
»… Who by him do believe in God , who raised him up from the dead and gave him glory that your faith and hope might be in God.« (1 Pt. 1: 21).
The salvation given by God in His Son is received by all the sons and daughters of God. Therefore the apostolic condition is still valid today, »Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.« (Acts 16: 31).
»He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.« (Jn. 3: 36).
»And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.« (1 Jn. 5: 11-12).
»Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father; he that confesseth the Son hath the Father also.« (1 Jn. 2: 23).