Key, powerful biblical messages: Jesus’ completion of a mission

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Firstly, great emphasis is given that the contents of this series are intended to give Biblical information and insights on some of its contents. They are not intended to scare or offend anyone. It is one’s prerogative to read and never be shoved into one’s throat.

This piece is a simple sharing of bible passages. It doesn’t endorse any specific faith, religion, denomination, system of beliefs or theology aside from those in the bible.

It is in the “exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference” as provided by The Philippine Constitution that this article was made

If you find them scary, intimidating or offensive, please feel free to take them with a grain of salt and regard them like a badly written movie script.

Jesus came to earth to redeem sinners

One of the the words Jesus uttered while on earth that are not popular and given much attention were these: “”It is finished”:

28After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” 30So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. ” John 19:28,30, New King James Version

Such an unusual, weird thing to say at the point of death! So what was finished? He is pointing to a mission, something He alone can perform. This is in fact why he came to earth.

23Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 27“Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. John 12:23-24,27, New International Version

16When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the “sinners” and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?” 17On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:16-17, NIV

Redemption of the sinners is the central part of His sacrifices. It is for this mission that nails were driven in His hands and feet, He was whipped, He was crowned with thorns, and all His sacrifices He endured were made.

Here’s a sample of what the bible say about this mission and the sacrifices Jesus made:

How it works: Repentance was also emphasized

Repentance was the first thing demanded by Jesus during his ministry. It was the first thing He said when he started preaching the kingdom of God.

12Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. 13And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali…17From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matt 4:12-13, 17, NKJV

John, Peter and Paul affirmed Jesus’ commandment in their subsequent writings.

19As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Rev 3:19, NKJV

9The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9, NKJV

30Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” Acts 17:30-31, NKJV

19Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, Acts 3: 19, NIV

37When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2: 37-39, NIV

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For more on Jesus’s earthly mission, click to go straight to specific topic:

What was he supposed to do: Pay a penalty and make redemption more accessible
What’s the penalty for: sin
The consequence of sin: separation from God and being thrown to hell
Good works, false gods cannot save; only Jesus does
Jesus provided a realistic, achievable way out of from consequences of sin
How it works: One must be “born of water and spirit”
How it works: Repentance was also emphasized
His sacrifice is not only limited to people of Israel, it also applies to other nations
His sacrifice is not only limited to people of the past, it also applies today

What was he supposed to do: Pay a penalty and make redemption more accessible

28Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28, NKJV

5For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time 1 Timothy 2: 5-6, N KJV

18knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 1 Pet 1:18-19, NKJV

25God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood, to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished Romans 3:25, NIV

17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV

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What’s the penalty for: sin

13When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians 2:13-15, NIV

23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom 6:23, NKJV

8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom 5:8, NKJV

26… But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. Heb 9:26, English Standard Version

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The consequence of sin: separation from God and being thrown to hell

The bible says the consequence of sin is separation from God and being thrown to hell / lake of fire.

4Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” 1 John 3:4, NKJV

23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Rom 2:23, NKJV

41The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, 42and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 13:41-42, NKJV

1Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid [his] face from you, that he will not hear.”, Isaiah 59:1-2, NKJV

4You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. James 4:4, NIV

7as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Jude 1:7, NKJV

27And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment. Heb 9:27, ESV

12And I [John] saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. 15And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:12,15, ESV

29[Jesus speaking] “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous,  33You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell? Matthew 23:29, 33, ESV

8But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death. Revelation 21:8, ESV

43And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. 47And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ Mark 9:43-48, ESV

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Good works, false gods cannot save; only Jesus does

Jesus set what needed to be saved. One has to follow Him. Relying on good works and false gods cannot.

Jesus established his being savior deity when he was asked for advice from a seeker of salvation:

16Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” 17So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

18He said to Him, “Which ones?” Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 19‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

20The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?” 21Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

22But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Matthew 19:16-22

The encounter between Jesus and a young ruler was a clear confirmation of Jesus’ ability to offer salvation and a warning on the futility on relying upon good works and false gods for eternal life.

The Lord’s message is very clear. The rich ruler cannot attain eternal life by working for it because he will surely fall short.

Notice how Jesus first laid the commandments on treatment of men. Then how he uniquely zoomed in on the commandments pertaining to God when the young man responded he has been keeping the commandments pertaining to fellowmen.

Examining the context of the conversation will show the requirement Jesus is asking is not about giving to the poor, it is about giving up on riches.

The young ruler has great love of his riches and choosing love of his money over following Jesus is a failure to comply with the first commandment: 3Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3, King James Version

This conversation confirms three things:

(1) Eternal life is only attainable when one acknowledge what Jesus offers, believe in Him and follow His teachings;

(2) Other “gods” cannot give salvation. Riches or money could not give nor buy salvation;

(3) Good works, like following the commandments, cannot bring one to perfection.

This story is normally used to highlight good works (helping the poor) as a way for salvation. This is further from the truth!

On lesser scale, another taught imparted is the use of idle resources to help the needy. The conversation demonstrates it is better to  use excess resources that is of no use to a person to help the needy than just let them be idle and wasted as time passes by.

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Jesus provided a realistic, achievable way out of from consequences of sin

1. Jesus is a bridge to eternal life

6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6, NKJV

10let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. 11This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ 12Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:10-12, NKJV

1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law [of Moses/10 commandments] was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1-4, NIV

2My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” 1 John 2:1, NKJV

2. Jesus breaks Satan’s grip on humanity

19We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 1 John 5:19, NIV

33These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33, NKJV

3. Faith, belief and acceptance are the keys to access Jesus, the bridge

16For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16, NKJV

9That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10, NKJV

12Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12, New International Version

22This made the Jews ask, “Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, ‘Where I go, you cannot come’?” 23But he continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.” John 8:22-24, NIV

24Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” John 5:24, NKJV

4. Christ’s death released his believers from salvation provided by following the law.

14For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:14, NKJV

1Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? 2For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. 3So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.

4So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. 5For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. 6But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. Romans 7:1-6, NIV

23Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. Galatians 3:23-26, ESV

38Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; 39and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses. Acts 13:38-39, NKJV

33They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” 34Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:33-36, NIV

5. Jesus’ sacrifices does not excuse believers from obeying laws that gives life

Jesus made clear in his advice to a woman caught in the act of adultery, she is not condemned but she better start obeying good laws.

3The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 7And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 10Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” John 8:3-5,7,10-11 ESV

Here are James and Paul emphasizing believers to show not just form but also substance:

14What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 18But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 21Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 24You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. 26For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. Full text covered in James 2:14-26, NKJV

21Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law. 22But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. Galatians 3:21-22, ESV

1The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming–not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.

2If it could, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. 3But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins, 4because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

11Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.

13Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, 14because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

15The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: 16“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”

17Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” 18And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin. Heb 10:1-4, 11-18, NIV

6. The benefits of His sacrifices are classified as gift offered to every person. They are free and only acceptance is needed for them to be availed.

8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9, ESV

20Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20, NKJV

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How it works: One must be “born of water and spirit”

Here’s one bible verse that is really puzzling scientifically and could introduce how Jesus’ sacrifice is availed:

34But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. John 19:34, NKJV

The coming out blood is easily understood. Scientifically, it should come out of a wound. Biblical, it represents His being a sacrificed lamb. But the water part? Water should not come out of a human wound and what could this unusual phenomenon represents. Here are the scriptures that would probably solve the puzzle:

1. Jesus says the living water represents the Holy Spirit.

37On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7:37-39, ESV

2. Water also represents purification and life.

Here’s some instances how the bible applied the characteristic of water as a cleaning agent to humans in a spiritual way: (1) God’s declaration on cleansing and pouring of His Spirit in a prophecy of Ezekiel, (2) John’s description of Jesus, and (3) Paul’s letter to Titus:

25Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Ezekiel 36:25-27, NKJV

6This is the one who came by water and blood – Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7For there are three that testify: 8the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 1 John 5:6-8, NIV

4But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, Titus 3:4-5, NKJV

Here are the scriptures that points to water symbolizing life:

13Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”  John 4:13-14, NKJV

6And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. Revelation 21:6, NKJV

3. Believing, being born again, and being baptized are mentioned in the same breath when it comes to salvation.

16He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:16, NKJV

5Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.7You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again’ John 3:5,7, NIV

3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3, NIV

4. Baptism and hearing the voice of God both washes away sins

14Then he [Ananias, a devout man according to the law, speaking] said, ‘The God of our fathers has chosen you that you should know His will, and see the Just One, and hear the voice of His mouth. 16And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’ Acts 22:14,16, NKJV

9How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. Psalm 119:9, NKJV

5. This leads to believing and accepting the gospel of Christ/Word of God as the key factor to benefiting from Jesus’ sacrifice.

To relate earlier, here are the scriptures that pictures the Word of God / gospel of Christ as a cleaning agent.

25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word Ephesians 5: 25-26, NKJV

3You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. John 15:3, NKJV

Then here are the scriptures that points to the Gospel / Word as a source of life / power to salvation:

16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Romans 1:16, NKJV

21Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. James 1:21, ESV

17Some were fools through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities suffered affliction; 18they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death. 19Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 20He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. Psalm 107:17-20, ESV

6. Being “born again” is the process of hearing, accepting, believing and heading the Word of God then subsequently receiving the Holy Spirit as being “baptized”.

Scriptures makes this representation better over other interpretations of these terms. Jesus’ sacrifice becomes available to any human being through believing and faith as stated too many times in the bible and reconciles seemingly limitation of salvation being only achieved when the literal act of baptism in water is performed.

John, the baptizer clearly distinguishes his ways with that of Jesus: 11“I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. Matthew 3:11, ESV

Here’s Paul on how hearing and accepting the Word of the Lord “washes wounds” followed by “baptism” of a jailer and his family:

30Then he [a jail guard speaking] brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31And they [Paul, Silas and other prisoners speaking] said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. Acts 16, ESV

Peter clearly described being born again is caused by receiving the Word of God.

23For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 1 Peter 1:23, NIV

38And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 41So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. Acts 2:38,41, ESV

Same thing applied when Phillip preached the kingdom of God.

12But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. Acts 8:12, NKJV

This representation also makes Jesus’ “spread the word” and “baptizing” instruction to his disciples point on. They go hand in hand and make salvation available to all men.

19Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:19, NKJV

Peter was enlightened on this matter in an encounter with gentiles:

15And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning. 16Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, ‘John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?” 18When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.” Acts 11:15-18, NKJV

Finally, here’s Jesus affirming that believing and following Him leads to eternal life: 35Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. John 6:35, ESV

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His sacrifice is not only limited to people of Israel, it also applies to other nations

The Lord Jesus declared his promise of salvation to all in the light of Israel’s rejecting Him in the Parable of the Great Supper:

15Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 16Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, 17and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’

18But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ 19And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ 20Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’

21So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ 22And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ 23Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 24For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’ ” Luke 14:15-24, NKJV

The Lord also spoke to Peter in a trance about salvation of gentiles and was shown how the Holy Spirit came down to reside in the bodies of non-Israelites.

1At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. 2He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. 3One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!”

4Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. 5Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter.

9About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance.

11He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. 13Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”

14“Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”15The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

17While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where Simon’s house was and stopped at the gate.

23Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests. The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the believers from Joppa went along. 24The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends.

27While talking with him, Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people. 28He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.

34Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.

39“We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, 40but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen.

41He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” 

44While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.

Then Peter said, 47“Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” 48So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days. Acts Chapter 10, NIV

John and Paul both directly and straightforwardly confirmed salvation of anyone who believes in Jesus.

2He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:2, NIV

27For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. Galatians 3:27-29, ESV

13For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:13, NKJV

22This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:22-24, NIV

28“Therefore let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it!” 30Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, 31preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him. Acts 28:28, 30-31, NKJV

12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  Romans 10:12-13, NKJV

17But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, Romans 11:17, ESV

1Some men came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the brothers: “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. 6The apostles and elders met to consider this question.

7After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. 8God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. 9He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. 10Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke that neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear? 11No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.” Acts 15: 1-2, 6-11, NIV

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His sacrifice is not only limited to people of the past, it also applies today

1. Here are verses indicating Jesus and his teachings crosses time boundaries:

20teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:20, NKJV

2. John gave indications he knows many will become recipients of his writings and benefit from Christ’s sacrifices.

Here’s Jesus after satisfying Thomas’ doubts: 29Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”30And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” John 20:29-31, NKJV

[Notice how Jesus involved those who believed without seeing Him and how John ended his Gospel by addressing his readers with “these are written that you may believe and have life in His name”. Also, it is amazing to note how the contents of the bible survived around 2,000 years since the last writer and is still available today, even freely, to several people around the world.]

3. God made Abraham a father of nations and established a covenant extending to his descendants and their generations. Paul confirms Jesus is an offspring of Abraham and those who are in Christ are also Abraham’s offspring and heirs according to promise:

4“As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. 5No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. 6I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. 7And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Genesis 17:4-7, NKJV

17I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” Genesis 22:17-18, NIV

16Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ. 29And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. Galatians 3:16, 29, ESV

4. Here are verses indicating anyone who remains under Jesus’ teachings will be saved:

9Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 2 John 1:9, NIV

11Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ 12Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:11-12, NIV

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Purpose of the bible

The bible made clear what kind of book is it. It is intended for those who want eternal life. It is not a medical, science, logic or history book. Many tend to forget this.

You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. John 5:39-40, New King James Version

It also made its theme clear. While there are many tales narrated by the bible, one thing remains clear from start to finish: Humans caught in a crossfire between powerful adversaries and one of them, a loving God, is offering redemption/salvation.

The bible says the devil rebelled and continues to rebel against God and dragged humans along to be involved in this godly battle he started.

7And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. Revelation 12:7-8, NKJV

…she [Eve] took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband [Adam] with her, and he ate…  And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the Lord God said to the serpent…I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed…. Genesis 3: 6, 14-15, NKJV

12Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Luke 8:12, NIV

God’s love and the danger posed prompted Jesus to come to earth and provided everyone a way to get out of the mess.

16For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16, NKJV

8He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8, NKJV

These verses encapsulates what the new testament is for. If you are encourage by these verses, you are invited to search the bible deeper and find out more about Jesus and his teachings.

Conservative approach

The presence of spirits and unexplainable events and multiple scientific, medical, and logical reasons that supports the bible and its authors’ credibility project a possibility that God do exists. If you are still unconvinced of the existence of God despite these proofs, being conservative might be the best alternative here.

Accountants describe conservatism as selecting the option that would show the worst possible financial standing of a business entity when two or more unproven alternatives are available. This is to remove the user of the account’s output be exposed to a bigger risk in case the worst possible scenario happens.

As it stands, the risk of not believing in and obeying God far outweighs the benefits of doubting his existence. It might be best to act conservatively, believe what the bible says, until you have absolutely proven that there is indeed no God nor hell.

By: Armando M. Bolislis
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If you are inspired and want to give Jesus a try, continue a deeper search of the bible, especially the New Testament. This will show you how to become his disciple. Always ask the Holy Spirit for guidance in your search.

If you feel the want or need to belong to a Christian church or organization, find one that preaches the Word of God and will help you improve your relationship with Christ and lead you to his eternal promises.

The theologies and doctrines about faith contained in this article are solely from God through the bible. The author is just an instrument used to spread the word for the glory of God. The personal opinions and suggestions on issues outside of biblical coverage from the author doesn’t necessarily reflect the stance of Baguio Herald Express management and staff.

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