Knowing the Christian doctrine
Matthew 3:16-17, “And Jesus, when he was baptised, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
The foundation of the Christian doctrine is laid on our Lord Jesus Christ. He is called the Messiah, Saviour of the world and the Author and the Finisher of our faith, having given His life for the salvation of mankind through His sacrificial death on the cross of Calvary. All powers in heaven and earth are given to Him that at the mention of His name every knee must bow and tongue confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord.
Jesus Christ encountered different challenges in the course of His ministry on earth. Although, His humble birth brought joy to the host of angels in heaven, the world rejected His kingly position to the extent that it prompted infantile massacre in Judea. Children below two years old were targeted at and mercilessly killed, but Mary and Joseph, His earthly parents, according to the instructions of the angel of God escaped with Jesus to Egypt in Africa. The Jews He was born into refused to accept Him as the Messiah.
In the course of His ministry, different identities were advanced as to whom He is. This was done to the extent that He questioned His disciples to honestly tell Him who people think He is. Matthew 16:13-18 says: “When Jesus Christ came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, ‘Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?’ 14: And they said, some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.15: He saith unto them. But whom say ye that I am? 16: And Simon Peter answered and said: ‘Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ 17: And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjonah: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father, which is in heaven. 18: And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” The identity problem is clarified here; Jesus is the Son of God not one of the prophets and this is the teaching in the Christendom.
When Peter answered the question thrown openly to the disciples, our Lord Jesus was quick to let him know that the revelation of that knowledge came from God and not from any man. Then, the emphasis, upon this rock I will build my church. The rock presents in the statement, ‘Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God,’ reveals that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. This is the teaching on which the Church is laid. The use of rock is a proof that Jesus Christ is the solid foundation of the Church.
However, there is a misinterpretation of this rock in certain circles where people argue that Peter is the rock. This is wrong. There is a Greek word ‘Petros’ that means a massive stone, but this is not the situation in this context. Christ, Himself, is the foundation on which the church is built.
There is a collaboration to this fact in 1Peter 2:4-7, which says, “To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5: Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6: Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7: Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner.” In this scripture, the living stone is used metaphorically as a representation of Jesus Christ, a strong foundation on which the church is laid.
Christ is referred to as a Living Stone rejected by men, but chosen and approved by God. He is the rejected Stone that became the Chief Corner Stone. The use of stone signifies strong foundation. The doctrine of Christianity is all about Jesus Christ. The first four books of the New Testament otherwise known as the synoptic gospels are about Jesus Christ, but in different presentations as the Son of God, as the Messiah and Saviour of the world. The authors of synoptic gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke and John — were His disciples. They worked closely with Him from the beginning of His ministry on earth to the end. They truthfully bore witness to the events of His life and His works.
God, Himself, gave testimony to the fact that Jesus Christ is His Son as presented in the lead scripture of this write-up. It is only in that scenario that the Bible records the manifestation of the three arms of the trinity in one occasion. The Son was physically present, the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form as a dove upon the Son, while the voice of the Father was heard from heaven testifying that Jesus Christ is His beloved Son and commanding the entire world to hear Him.
Again, in 1Corinthians 3:10-11, Apostle Paul writing to the church in Corinth warned: “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.11: For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” Apostle Paul hit the nail on the head; there is no other foundation other than our Lord Jesus Christ. There is no other name given under heaven through which salvation could be extended to any man, except through Jesus Christ.
It is rather unfortunate even in the current age that many Church leaders or founders use Jesus Christ as smokescreen, while they depend on other sources for power. Apostle Paul is warning the entire world that there is no other foundation for the Church except Jesus Christ. The church is the body of Christ and on the last supper Jesus will wed it. Any other foundation will lead to everlasting suffering in hell fire. We should, therefore, beware of the foundation we build upon, the name we call and who we follow.
Throughout His life and works on earth, Jesus Christ maintained He has come to do the works of His father. He was not on earth on His own accord hence He has to finish His earthly assignment to the glory of God. In John 7:16-18, the Bible says: “Jesus answered them, and said, ‘My doctrine is not mine, but that of Him, who sent Me.” 17: If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 18: He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.” The doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ is for the benefit of all mankind whosoever that professes and teaches it, is not seeking self aggrandisement, but the good of all men to the glory of the Almighty God. Our Lord Jesus Christ came for reconciliation project, that is, for the recovery of the lost kingdom as a result of the fall of Adam and Eve from the glory of God. He has come to redeem us from the entanglement of the world’s culture by imparting the doctrine of God through Jesus Christ. This is to take mankind to heaven for eternal life.
Although, Christianity stands as a counter-culture to some world doctrines on dress code, marriage tradition, burial ceremonies, belief systems to the consumption of certain food items, services to God and man, among others, its main aim is to prepare mankind for the Last Supper, when Jesus Christ will come for His people. There is always a clash of interest between the two cultures — the Church and the world. It is on this premise that the people of the world persecute Christians.
Apostle Paul advising his spiritual son in 2Timothy 3:10-12 said: “But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 11: Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12: Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” The knowledge of Christian doctrine is essential, as it will help us put the core teachings into practise. This will enable us understand where we are going to at the end of our lives on earth.
While living according to God’s will on earth, we are bound to face persecutions and challenges from the world. So, whatever persecution you are facing today, never give up because overcoming the world is gain to eternal life in heaven.
Testimony Of The Lord’s Doing
Lifted From Grass To Grace
MY name is Bro. Frank Ezeama. I came from Kano State, and joined the Lord’s Chosen Church in September 2008. When I came to this ministry, I was a poor man. I had gone to different places in search of how to be rich, but there was no solution in sight. But when I became a member of the Lord’s Chosen Church, the yoke of poverty was broken in my life.
In 2018, I was diagnosed of arthritis of the spine; I felt so much pain at my back and had visited different places for treatments, but the pains were still there.
At Mgbidi 2020 crusade, G.O called for pledges and I made a pledge of N20, 000 and redeemed it. And while ministering, G.O said: “The angel working with him will move into the congregation and do a great work.” Where I was standing I felt something like a volcanic eruption all over me, which tells me that the mighty hand of God is working on me. The eruption was much and when I could no longer bear it, I began to shed tears even after the ministration. That very day, which was the second day of the crusade, I was healed of the arthritis of the spine.
Also, in 2019, I bought a piece of land and during Mgbidi 2020, I prayed for provision to build on the land. I told God that if He could give me money to build a two-storey building on my land in a space of one year that I will sow a seed of N500, 000. To my greatest surprise, God provided for me and I built a two-storey building in less than 10 months in 2020, despite the COVID-19 lockdown.
I appreciate the Lord for blessing me in a miraculous way, may His name be glorified forever in Jesus name. Praise the Lord!