There’s a progression here, if you’ve not been reading the posts of 5/26 and following, you’ll want to. There are 10 Essential Elements of the Real New Testament Message. 1.) The real issue is righteousness. 2.) The real problem is sin. And, 3.) The real certainty is judgment. And, now we come to a transition. God requires righteousness. No righteousness, no life! Want to live forever? Want to enjoy eternity with God? You can, if you possess the righteousness to be acceptable unto God. How much righteousness is that? O, only absolute perfection!
That brings us to our problem. We are not perfect. No one is perfect. We are all undone. We do not possess righteousness. Rather, our real record before God in heaven is one of unrighteousness. We have sinned, and our record is one of sins. What is left to us?
There is the certainty of judgment. Go ahead, deny it… say, you don’t believe God would condemn anyone, and that He wouldn’t send anyone to hell. Let’s put that pet thesis of so many to the test. Let’s see what the scriptures say. You might be surprised!
The 4th Essential Element is this, and it has everything to do with the fact that God does condemn, and He does cast people into hell. If this were not so, He would not have needed to send a Savior for us. No condemnation… no need for a Savior. It’s really that simple. The name, Jesus, means Jehovah saves. He says that he is the Savior. Because we have no righteousness, but rather sin; and because we stand condemned and await the punishment of just judgment, we are desperately in need of a Savior. And, that’s just who and what Jesus is.
The only way that these things can be true, is if God says they are. Are they? Let’s read through the New Testament and find out. My point is simply this: I say that the evangelical understanding of the New Testament is the only correct way in which to believe its message, and that any other understanding of it is false, and cannot save. There are many so-called Christian churches and denominations, but there is only one truly saving truth. Do you possess it? Does your church believe and teach it? It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell