Beware of the Seeker Sensitive “Jesus”

Beware

Who is Jesus? Despite the clear testimony of Scripture concerning who Jesus Christ is, sadly many people serve the seeker-sensitive “Jesus”. He is a “Jesus” that makes them feel comfortable in their way of life. He is nothing more than a “Jesus” of their own making and He is powerless to save. You need to know the Lord Jesus Christ – the eternal Son of God. He is Lord and He alone can save.

What we need to know about Jesus is that He has Divine authority. This authority was seen in His teaching (), in His ability to forgive sins (), to cast out demons (), to judge (), to lay down His life and raise it up again () and in His future rule over the nations (). Just prior to His ascension Jesus said to His disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” ().

Secondly, His has Divine awareness. The Lord Jesus Christ is able to look at people and see their true spiritual condition. He is aware of every thought and action that they have done. In each letter to the seven churches in Revelation, Jesus says, “I know your works” (). He knows all that we do and don’t do and nothing is hidden from Him. He is fully aware of all that takes place in our church even if we don’t know about it. Every action that takes place in the church, every act of service for the Lord – menial and prominent, known and unknown – He sees it. He sees our service, suffering and sin. This act confirms His deity (cf. ).

We need to move beyond stereotypes, movie portrayals, and Christmas card depictions. He truly was the Jesus you can’t ignore. His authority, anticipation and awareness are unparalleled and make Him worthy of our worship and obedience.

29 for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.”

15 and have authority to cast out demons.

27 And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.

18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”

26 The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, 27 and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father.

18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

“‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false.

Revelation 2:9

“‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.

Revelation 2:13

13 “‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.

Revelation 2:19

19 “‘I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first.

Revelation 3:1

3:1 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars.

“‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.

Revelation 3:8

“‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

Revelation 3:15

15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!

39 then hear in heaven your dwelling place and forgive and act and render to each whose heart you know, according to all his ways (for you, you only, know the hearts of all the children of mankind),

Implications of the Deity of Christ

Jesus is God

When it comes to the identity of Jesus there have been much debate and controversy throughout history. Even at the time of His earthly ministry there were many views and suggestions concerning who He was (). Debates have raged throughout the centuries and even today people continue to hold to various understandings and views. Who is Jesus Christ? The Scriptures make plain that He is the eternal Son of God (; ; ; ). Last Sunday morning at Hills Bible Church, in our exposition of the Gospel according to John, we considered . In that passage we noted the Lord’s unmistakable claim that He is Divine.

Knowing then that this is the clear teaching of Scripture, what are the implications of Jesus Christ being God? Whatever Jesus says He came to do is indeed true and is therefore necessary for us to embrace.

He is the Sufficient Saviour
In preparation for the eternal Son of God’s arrival on earth, the angle of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said concerning Mary, “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (). Here it is made clear, Jesus is going to be a Saviour. This truth is again repeated soon after Jesus was born when an angel declared to the shepherds, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (). Jesus Himself understood that this is who He was and why he was on earth (). Since He is the Sufficienct Saviour, He alone is able to make the exclusive means of salvation when He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but through Me” ().

He is Worthy of Worship
In the Scriptures, the concept of worship carries the idea of serving God by means of an attitude of fear and adoration. What is worship? Worship for the believer is the act of recognizing God’s worth and responding to that in service to Him. Worship is to be exclusively offered unto the Lord (Exodus 20:3; Deut. 5:7; 6:13; Matt. 4:10; Luke 4:8; Acts 10:26; 14:15; Col. 2:18; Rev. 19:10; 22:8). Because Jesus is God He is worthy of our adoration. It is the duty and delight of God’s people to love Christ () and faithfully follow Him. Concerning Jesus Christ we read,

“God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” ().

The day is coming when all will worship Him. However, for some this will be as a result of God’s saving grace in which it is their delight. However, for others it will be a duty that comes by means of their final submission to the Lord despite the fact that they are under eternal condemnation.

Jesus is God and this has serious implications. By God’s grace, embrace these implications and give the glory to the Lord!

14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 20:28

28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.

For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,

13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”

18 This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. 22 The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.

21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Do you Serve in Ministry?

ServeWhen is comes to serving the Lord in ministry, this is a concept that many have got wrong. Many are asked, “Are you serving in the church?” or “Do you have a ministry?” Usually, the person asking this question is looking for an answer like, “sure, I’m in the music team” or “yeah, I’m an usher”. Granted, these are valuable and important ministry opportunities in the church, however ministry extends much further than these public roles.

It is true, that if you are a Christian you ought to be serving in ministry. However, that ministry does not have to be a public role or one listed in the church bulletin. You don’t need to go Bible College or seminary and you don’t even need a title. All you need to do is serve. Someone may ask, “What is my ministry?” Well, if you are doing what the Lord has commanded you to do, you are in the ministry. It might not be a formal ministry task or the function of a church officer, but it is still ministry. You may be a mother, and you love and nurture your children – that is one of your ministries. You may be committed to praying for the members of your church – that is one of your ministries. The point I want to make is that if Continue reading Do you Serve in Ministry?

The Lord is King

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Things around us can change quickly. Various changes can unsettle people and cause unrest, fear, disillusionment or even disappointment in the behaviour of others.

In Australia there has been a lot going on the political scene concerning the leadership of our nation. It is important that even at times like this – regardless of what happens on the political front – we are to remember that the LORD is King. Nothing can alter, change or prevent that from happening. Many years ago, king David declared, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers” (). Continue reading The Lord is King

24:1 The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein,
for he has founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.