There is no other way – Part 6
“The truth,” The truth (tēn alētheian) in the NT is primarily God’s revelation of Himself in Jesus Christ. Jesus was and is “full of grace and truth” (Jn 1:14). “Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (Jn 1:17). Jesus says He is “the life” because He gives Eternal life. (Jn 17:2, 3). “Eternal life” also called “Everlasting life” (Jn 3:16) is the gift God bestows upon us, when we are born again. “Everlasting” not only expresses perpetuity but also quality of life—a divine type of life, a life that frees us from the power of sin and Satan and removes us from what is merely earthly in order to know God (cf Jn 8:34-36). Eternal life is more than endless existence. It is a special quality of life that we, as believers receive, when we partake of the essential life of God through Christ. This allows us to know God in an ever-growing knowledge and fellowship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the NT eternal life is described as:
• A present reality (John 5:24; 10:27-28). The present possession of eternal life requires a living faith. Eternal life is not secured and maintained merely by an act of repentance and faith occurring in the past (see 5:24). It involves also a present living union and fellowship with Christ (1 John 5:12); there is no eternal life apart from Him (John 10:27f; 11:25f; 1John 5:11-13).
• A future hope. Eternal life is associated with the coming of Christ for His faithful (see John 14:3; cf. Mark 10:30; 2 Tim 1:1, 10; Tit 1:2; 3:7) and is contingent upon living by faith and by the Spirit (Rom 8:12-17; Gal 6:8).
• Propagating syncretism is denying Christ. The grave consequences of denying Christ are clear. “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” (Matt 10:32, 33)
• Indifference to extra biblical doctrine (of which syncretism is an example) is unapostolic and ignores the clear admonitions in Scriptures. God commands believers to defend the faith (Jude 3). Those who deliberately distort the original gospel of Christ (Gal 1:7) and change the truth of apostolic witness lie under the curse of God, are doomed to destruction, and will receive God’s wrath and damnation. (Gal 1:9)
• Syncretism is an indication that many people go to church without even knowing who they worship because they are in truth, not Christians. Jesus is the God whom Christians worship. “You worship what you do not know; (Jn 4:22-24). See Rom 8:9; 1 Cor 12:3 for what makes someone a Christian—someone who has the Spirit of Christ (the Holy Spirit).
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