Do You Have the Right Christ?

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Biblical Christianity and the Salvation Found In Christ Alone

John 3:16 and 17 says:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might

be saved.

Who is the Jesus of the Bible?  What are we to know about Him?  Let's take a look at some Scriptures that tell us key things we need to believe about Him in order to really know Jesus Christ.  You might ask why is it important to know the details, can't I just call on His name and be saved?  Well yes and no.  While God is merciful to save all who call on the name of Jesus, we have to be aware that mankind has invented many different versions of who He is, and some versions have altered Him so much that they have taken away His deity.  (Note: No one can take anything from Jesus, but they can cause you to have faith in the wrong Jesus.) You'll see this when you study the other pages on this website but for now let's see the identifying features of who Jesus Christ is:


The Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ:

Matthew 1:18-25 - Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: and knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.


John the Baptist Announces Who Jesus Is: 

John 1:29-35 - The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.  And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.  And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.


Jesus is God in the Flesh:
 

John 1:1-17 - 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 any thing made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.  That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.  He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  And the Word was made flesh, 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 bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.  And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.


Jesus Taught the Multitudes:

Mark 4:1 - And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multifude, so that he entered into a ship, and at in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.  And he taught them many things by parables.  Matthew 13:34-35 - All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.


Jesus Performed Miracles and Shared God's Word:

Luke 7:22 - Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.

 
Jesus Tells Mankind They Are Sinners Who Need To Repent:
Matthew 4: 17 - From that time (after his temptation in the wilderness) Jesus began to preach, and to say Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  Luke 13:2-3 - And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things?  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.  Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Jesus taught in Matthew 21: 28-32 - But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard.  He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented and went. And he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.  Whether of them twain did the will of his father?  They said unto him, The first.  Jesus saith unto them (the temple priests and elders), Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.  For John came unto you in the way of righteousness and  ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward that ye might believe him. 

Jesus Teaches A Man Must Be Born Again:
John 3:1-3:8  There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a rule of the Jews:  The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou are a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb and be born?  Jesus answered Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and (of) the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is everyone that is born of the Spirit.

(For a good marker of what it is to be born again please go to the bottom of this page.)  
 
Isaiah (the Old Testament Prophet) Prophesied About Jesus' Death
Isaiah 53:5-7
- But he was wounded for our transgressions,he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

John 19 Describes Jesus' Crucifixion:

Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.  And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,  And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.  Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.  Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!  When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.  The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.  When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid;  And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.  Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?  Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.  And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.  And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!  But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.  Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.  And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:  Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.  And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was Jesus Of Nazareth The King Of The Jews.


Jesus' Blood was the perfect sacrifice because it was God's blood shed for you: 

Revelation 1:5 - And from Jesus Christ, [who is] the faithful witness, [and] the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.  Hebrews 9:12 - Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption [for us].  Matthew 26:28 - For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.


Jesus rose from the grave:

Matthew 28 - In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.  His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:  and for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.  And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.  And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.  Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.  Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.  And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,  saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.  And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.  So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.  Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.  And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 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.


The Apostle Peter Speaks About Jesus at Pentecost:

Acts 2:22-27 - Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:  whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.


Jesus On the Throne in Heaven:

Hebrews 12:2  - looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.


Jesus, the Only Way to God:

John 14:6 - Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.


 
These verses explain who Jesus was and is and always will be.  But there is so much more information that you need to know that I highly encourage you to begin reading your Bible every day, starting with the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  Below is a link to a Statement of Faith that may be helpful to you.  The video below that is a wonderful illustration of the grace of the Gospel and its power to save.  At the bottom is a guideline prayer so you may know how to get born again.  (You don't have to say it verbatim, just speak to God from your heart with the knowledge you've gained from these Scriptures.) Once you pray this prayer the Holy Spirit, the 3rd person of the Trinity, will come into your heart as a deposit of heaven and He will guide you throughout your Christian life.  All old things pass away once you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior and you become a new creation in Christ. You don't have to do anything on your own to become this new creation, God does it by His Spirit.  And then as you grow in His Word, the Bible, you will begin to feel convictions in areas of your life where God doesn't want you to act or do the old things and you will begin to learn to walk the way He wants you to.  I recommend you get a King James Bible to read because the modern Bibles claim to be easier to read (because they don't have the thees and the thous) but they are actually wordier (they use more words to say simple things) than the KJV and they delete and add things the KJV does not have.  For more information on the KJV Bible versus modern Bibles please see the two links below.

 

Statement of Christian Faith - http://www.chick.com/information/general/statementoffaith.asp
 

Here is a very simple but profound mini-film that explains the beauty of Christianity:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKGSWhpIgH8


KJV versus modern Bible translations - (also see my Dangerous Bibles page):  http://www.chick.com/information/bibleversions/  or http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Bible/all_corrupt.htm

Pray about everything, including which Bible to read (in case you don't believe the information I've provided) and God will lead you to know the truth about the gray areas in life,  And remember the devil works in the gray as well as the dark, so don't be casual about gray areas.  This website is designed to shine a light on many religions, denominations and secular movements that call themselves Christian or compatible with Christianity that will take you on a long and painful ride if you don't take your walk with Christ seriously. 

Philippians 2:12  (KJV)

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 


*A good marker for knowing if you've ever had, or how to have, a true born again experience:  Repentance of sins precedes accepting Jesus as Savior and repentance is the understanding that 1) you are a sinner that can never reach God's perfection standards on your own because Adam's sin caused the fall of mankind and you are, (as everyone born after Adam and Eve is), a human being born with a sin nature.  As such, there is no way you can get back that initial connection Adam was given prior to the fall without the Lord Jesus being that bridge to God for you. Jesus alone is perfect enough to please God and His sacrifice alone is enough to cause God to forgive you and allow you to be His child.  Nothing you can do can make you or your life perfect enough in God's eyes to allow you to be His child.  He is too holy and His standard too high for any of us. And 2) you realize that you have lived a selfish life contrary to the Word of God up until this point and you want to turn from doing things your way to pleasing God now.  If you do not feel any of this, and you are just saying the sinner's prayer to not go to hell, you may end up deceiving yourself into thinking you are saved when you are not.   A person who prays the sinner's prayer will really want to live for God going forward so if you don't have this conviction then you will want to first get your heart right prior to going forward with the prayer below. 


Consider this and see if this helps you to feel not only your need for Christ but your WANT for Christ:  Jesus is God so He is perfection and He died in your place, as a sinner, because He knew you would never be able to reach God's standard of perfection to get into heaven.  And Jesus did this in advance of whether you accept His gift or not!  I mean how many people do you know that would do something so horrible as die on a Cross for you, a slow and excruciatingly painful death, when they didn't have to?  And knowing you may reject it after He suffered immensely to offer it to you?!  Jesus left His perfect home in heaven to come down to this cruel world to do that for you because He knew you could not do it for yourself!  That my friend, is love!


Now that you have accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, let's look at some of His key teachings to help you get started learning how Jesus and God think, which is so different than how man/woman thinks.  Let's start with the Beatitudes found in all 4 Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, but here we have it taught from Matthew chapter 5:3-48. There are some cross-reference verses listed by some of these verses in case you would like to look them up and they have been divided into categories, subject-wise, which may be helpful to you in understanding the teaching.. Please don't beat yourself up in thinking I can never measure up to such a high standard, no Christian has ever been perfect in keeping the Beatitudes, but we are to remind ourselves regularly as to what pleases God so the study of the Beatitudes is essential for our Christian walk.

The Beatitudes:

3  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (poor in spirit refers to humbleness, those who know they are spiritually destitute without God.)
4  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Is. 61.2
5  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Ps. 37.11
6  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Is. 55.1, 2
7  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Ps. 24.4, 5
9  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: 1 Pet. 3.14 for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 1 Pet. 4.14
12  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets 2 Chr. 36.16 · Acts 7.52 which were before you.

The Salt of the Earth
13
  Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Mk. 9.50 · Lk. 14.34, 35

The Light of the World
14
  Ye are the light of the world. Joh. 8.12 ; 9.5 A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
15  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; Mk. 4.21 · Lk. 8.16 ; 11.33 and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 1 Pet. 2.12

Jesus' Attitude toward the Law
17
  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Lk. 16.17
19  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus' Attitude toward Anger
21
  Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; Ex. 20.13 · Deut. 5.17 and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
22  but I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
23  Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee;
24  leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
25  Agree with thine adversary quickly, while thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
26  Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

Jesus' Attitude toward Adultery
27
  Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: Ex. 20.14 · Deut. 5.18
28  but I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
29  And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. Mt. 18.9 · Mk. 9.47
30  And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. Mt. 18.8 · Mk. 9.43

Jesus' Attitude toward Divorce
31
  It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: Deut. 24.1-4 · Mt. 19.7 · Mk. 10.4
32  but I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. Mt. 19.9 · Mk. 10.11, 12 · Lk. 16.18 · 1 Cor. 7.10, 11

Jesus' Attitude toward Oaths
33
  Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, Lev. 19.12 but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: Num. 30.2 · Deut. 23.21
34  but I say unto you, Swear not at all; Jas. 5.12 neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: Is. 66.1 · Mt. 23.22
35  nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: Is. 66.1 neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Ps. 48.2
36  Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
37  But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

Love for Enemies
38
  Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: Ex. 21.24 · Lev. 24.20 · Deut. 19.21
39  but I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40  And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.
41  And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
42  Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
43  ¶ Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, Lev. 19.18 and hate thine enemy.
44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45  that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46  For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47  And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48  Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Deut. 18.13

 I heard this sermon that is excellent in explaining that we all need to examine ourselves to see if we are true Christians or are we false-professing Christians?  I am not recommending this pastor/preacher in all of his sermons, he is a Reformed Baptist, which means he is a Calvinist, but unlike other Calvinist preachers of today, he actually preaches this message to all Christians, including those in his church, which is something most Calvinist preachers would not do since they feel anyone in their church is "elect".  This preacher's name is Martin Lloyd Jones and he is deceased now so the audio is old and a little hard to hear in the beginning so turn up your speakers and sit back and listen to a very well laid out exposition of what it is to be a true believer.  I believe he takes the confusion out of the matter and we need more preaching like this in the churches today!