You Can’t Have One Without The Other
Read John Chapter 3
Jn 3:31 “The One who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The One who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what He has seen and heard, but no one accepts His testimony. 33 The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34 For the One whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. 35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in His hands. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”
Each true believer has accepted Christ as his or her personal Savior. Many New Testament scriptures show us that salvation is found in Him and Him alone. We know who He is and we believe that He is our only hope for eternity. Sermons on salvation always present this aspect of the salvation message if the speaker is a true believer himself. But how many sermons do we hear about accepting His word?
If Jesus is who He says He is, it naturally follows that He is also God. No, I don’t understand it; I don’t have to. I must simply believe it because it is written in His divinely inspired word through the Holy Spirit. Therefore, since Christ, the Holy Spirit, and God are One, Christ is also the Author of all scriptures. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are in complete unity – with no differences of opinion in their definition of truth.
We hear some say, “Jesus never mentioned homosexuality while here on earth.” We don’t know if that is true or not. He said many things which are not written in His word. However, we do know that He is the inspiration for all scriptures, as we established in the previous paragraph. Consequently, yes, He spoke against homosexual activity. He did so through the Holy Spirit speaking to the Moses, the prophets, Disciples, and Apostles. When Paul, the writer of Romans, warned his readers that same-sex actions are sins, in chapter 1, it became equally a valid truth just as though it came directly from the mouth of Jesus.
This passage from John reveals something to us that we rarely hear, if ever. When a man accepts Jesus as Savior, it naturally follows that the person also accepts the message of Jesus. One cannot separate the two. Verses 32 and 33 clearly show us that the man who rejects His Spirit-inspired word also rejects Christ, and the one who DOES accept His message “has certified that God is truthful”. Christ and His message are inseparable. If Christ is who He says He is, then everything He says is true, including the Holy Scriptures. If He isn’t who He says He is, mankind can’t believe anything He says.
We are not claiming that accepting God’s word is a part of our salvation; our thought today is that anyone who accepts Christ simultaneously accepts His word and message as valid. There is nowhere in scripture which would allow us to believe that a man can accept Christ and yet reject His word. It simply isn’t possible. Let us cling to the truth of His word with the same tenacity with which we cling to our belief in Christ.
Here are other scripture passages which bear out today’s topic:
Jn 5:46 If you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. 47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”
Jn 10:34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are gods’ ? 35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and the Scripture cannot be broken— (emphasis on the last six words)
Prayer: Lord, do not let us ever depart from Your word and Your truth. Cling to us, so that we cannot and will not listen to the false claims which many make in our world today. We accept You, and we accept Your word. As always, we also pray for those who claim to know You, but reject some of Your truths.