Saturday, August 22, 2009

TO CONFESS THE SON OF GOD MEANS YOU ACCEPT HIS RULE

All you have to do is "believe". Sound familiar? It's the minimalist Gospel. Telling someone "all they have to do" to follow Christ really doesn't accurately tell people what they need to know.

The Psalmist tells us that God's anointed King is the Son of God (See Psalm 2:6-7). Theologically this is an important subject for many reasons. It is important as it relates to how sinners respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are people who believe that becoming a Christian is as easy as believing that Jesus is the Son of God. But assent is nothing really since even demons profess as much. The Devil himself would testify that Jesus is the Son of God, but the Devil would not say that that was equal to subjection to Him.

To believe that Jesus is the King is to understand that high position He has as King and Ruler over our lives. He said that "all authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth". No one has more authority than Christ. So why are our denominational friends telling the Lost that to be saved all that is required as believing that He is the Son of God? This is what they teach because they intentionally say "you can do nothing for you salvation; Jesus did it all at the cross". Where does that leave the rule of Christ if the sinner is not told to "obey the Gospel" (see Romans 1:5; 16:26; 2 Thess. 1:8; 1 Pt. 4:17).

The Hebrew writer begins his defense of Christ by showing that the Son of God, the "only begotten Son of God", is the reigning, majestic King who is seated on His throne. In verse 5, the Father says, "Today I have begotten you." And in verse 8 the Father says, "YOUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM." The Scripture is clear that the Son of God is not the Savior of the disobedient, but the obedient. Hebrews 5:5 says, "You are My Son, Today I have begotten you." Then the next verse says, "You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek." Melchizedek was the King and Priest character of the Old Testament. Again, the Son of God is a Ruler. And the point is that it is not sufficient to be telling people that Jesus is the Son of God, to just believe in Him. To truly proclaim Christ demands telling people about His rule and authority.

The Hebrew writer shows that belief in the King is not enough; obedience is required.
"8 Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. 9 And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation," - Heb. 5:8-9
Obedience to Christ, and preaching obedience to Christ is Biblical. If you believe in the Son of God, you have to believe that He is "the only Sovereign, the King of kings, Lord of Lord". Jesus said after His resurrection that "all authority in heaven and earth was given to Him" and the Hebrew writer says, "In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him" (Heb. 2:8). If you are Lost in sins, the only true response to the Son of God is to repent of your sins and obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Because Jesus is King of kings, here's what you need to do:

Repent, Lk. 13:3; Acts 3:19
Confess Him and His rule over your life, Romans 10:9,10
Connect with Christ' death, burial, and resurrection by being baptized, Romans 6:3-5; Acts 22:16; Colossians 2:12; Galatians 3:26-27

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