God is Speaking Unto Us by His Son
By Michael Zaucha
It is God’s Son, His Son, the man Christ Jesus, of whom the Scriptures declare. The God who spake to the fathers through the prophets, it is His Son that we shall consider for Jesus is worthy of such consideration. By His grace, we will partake of God’s high calling for us to know Him – to know Jesus unto eternal life (Jn. 17:3) – and that which God desired and purposed to reveal about His Son – the very exceeding glory of who He is and what He has accomplished and continues to do.
“For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through Him (through His Son, through the Lord Jesus Christ) the world - might be saved” (Jn. 3:17). Through the revealing of His Son and His working , God is manifesting something that is going to continue on even in the world and ages to come, but is showing men that all God has desired and purposed has, is and shall be accomplished through His Son.
“When we were enemies of God” – consider this most deadly position that each of us were in and that there is not one good word spoken concerning His enemies, but the gospel has good news to declare of what Jesus did for us – “we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son” (Rom. 5:10). So not only is the life of His Son while He was on the earth vital to our salvation, so is the death of His Son.
And even more so is the resurrection from the dead of His Son and the newness of life He is engaged in even now: “God, having raised up His Son Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away everyone of you from his iniquities” (Acts 3:26).
With the revelation of these mighty works of God through Christ Jesus to men comes a summoning to them all to come unto Jesus for partakement of what Jesus accomplished and to abide in Him and continue to abide in Him even unto the end. To those who do come unto Jesus is found the promised eternal benefits.
Of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Peter would declare concerning these things: “Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded. 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, and a Stone of Stumbling, and a Rock of Offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient” (I Pet. 2:6-8).
If you do not believe God’s word concerning Jesus – “the record that God has given of His Son” (I Jn. 5:10-11) – there is no way that you can believe in Jesus unto the saving of your soul. For God’s power unto the realization of His so-great salvation is in the good news announced in the Gospel of Christ (Rom. 1:16).
This line of reasoning is vital in our considerations of Jesus, for God is not justifying, sanctifying and glorifying those who believe “there is one God” but the one “who believes on Him” (Jesus Christ).
Jesus said: “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him (Jesus) might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (Jn. 3:17-18).
And again: “he that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (Jn. 3:36).
And again: “this is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day” (Jn. 6:40).
The believing that Jesus is speaking about is far more than acknowledging that Christ exists, but even moreso that He is precisely who God has revealed Him to be. The Gospel at its foundation is a true representation of Christ Jesus. In fact, Jesus revealed that the entirety of the Scripture is a testimony of Himself: “ye search the scriptures: for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me” (Jn. 5:39).The Scriptures are “the record that God has given of His Son” (I Jn. 5:10) – and as such, God demands that His Son be known by them.
The Scriptures are God’s testimony concerning His Son, who Jesus is, what he has accomplished, and what he is doing now. And that Jesus is able to perform those things appointed unto Him for those that believe on Him. Jesus is “able to subdue all things to Himself” (Phil. 3:21); Jesus is “able to keep” what we have entrusted to Him against that great day of the Lord when we shall all stand before Him (II Tim. 1:12); Jesus is “able to succor them that are tempted” (Heb. 2:18); Jesus is “able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him” (Heb. 7:25).
As far as the person of Jesus is concerned, the Scriptures reveal Him as “the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (Mt. 16:16), “the Savior of the World” (I Jn. 4:14), “the One Mediator between God and man” (I Tim. 2:5), “the Good Shepherd” (Jn. 10:11), “the Bread of Life” (Jn. 6:35), “our Great High Priest” (Heb. 4:14), and the many, many more made known through the Scriptures. And they consistently make known that the way any and all profitable fellowship with God can come about is through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Believing on Him – on God’s Son – is to trust and depend upon the Christ of the Scriptures in all that He has accomplished – according to the Scriptures - and all that He is doing now – according to the Scriptures – and all that He has promised to fulfill still yet to come – according to the Scriptures.
Believing on Jesus is to rely fully on Him in all things being persuaded by the testimony of Him in the Scriptures. And we grow in our persuasion as the Scriptures become part of ourselves and live in the reality that Jesus has effectively put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself (Heb. 9:26), and that we are new creatures in Christ Jesus (II Cor. 5:17), and that we are accepted by God in the Beloved (Eph. 1:6), and that we can cast all our cares upon Him, for He does care for us (I Pet. 5:7).
Our very lives are shaped by the conviction of the truth of who Jesus is and what He has accomplished, and what He has promised still yet to perform. So with the fullness of salvation depending on our believing on His Son, rejoice and give thanks to our God and Father for the dominance of the revelation of Jesus that is made known in the Scriptures.
While we know of the perilous times that we must endure in the last days, let us also rejoice and give thanks for the uniqueness of the last days as well, for in these last days God is speaking unto us by His Son. Amen.