Question: Did Jesus come to earth only to save souls? (Part # 2)
Answer: The quick answer is no! But the quick answer does not do justice to the teachings of the Bible.The Bible plainly tells us that Jesus came to earth for several reasons and each one of those reasons was for our benefit.With that in mind let’s examine just what the Bible says about this matter.
In lesson #1 we learned that Jesus came to earth to be obedient to the Father (John 6:38).Also, that He came to fulfil, the Law of Moses (Matthew 5:17-18).And, that He came to destroy the works (sin) of Satan (1 John 3:8).
In Matthew 10:34-36 we additionally learn that Jesus came to earth to cause division.This part of the Bible is often viewed with mixed reactions.Some view it with unbelief, some with resentment, some cry out; contradiction, some try to explain it away, etc. This may very well point to a problem with our properly interpreting and understanding God’s message to us.The truth of the matter is this; God did not give us His word (Titus 2:11-15) to scare us, but He gave us His word to guide our souls to Heaven and to prepare us for eternity with Him the Father, Jesus the Son, the Holy Spirit, and the heavenly host.Let us keep in mind that God’s word is true (John 17:17) and pure (James 3:17).And yes, the Bible does prophesy that Jesus would be “The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:67).Furthermore we find in Luke 2:13-14 that a multitude of heavenly beings testified to the fact that Jesus would bring peace on earth.Then in John 17:21 we see Jesus praying to the Father that unity would prevail among His followers.
This, I believe, is a good place to begin our understanding process: the followers of Christ are called out of the world, thus we are divided from the world.We only sojourn here.Get the thought?It is obvious Jesus did not come that we might be united with the world and with every person of this world.How can Christians be united and have peace with those of the world that do not have peace with God in Christ?People of the world are divided from people of God by their own choice!Yes folks, following Jesus means that we very well could be set at variance with family, friends, neighbors and or loved ones (2 Corinthians 6:14; Matthew 10:22 & 2 Timothy 3:12).
In Matthew 20:26-28 we also understand that Jesus came to serve!As the Master Teacher Jesus took upon Himself the position of a servant (Philippians 2:7; Luke 22:27; Matthew 14:14; Matthew 14:15-21; John 9:1-11; John 13:4-17; Luke 19:10 & Luke 5:32).
If we would be like Jesus, following in His footsteps, then we are the ones that James was talking to when he said; 18Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.19Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?22Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?23And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God (James 2:18-23 (KJV).
Does your faith and works allow you to be called a friend of God?
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