People think of the LORD JESUS CHRIST in different ways. Some just regard Him as a prominent historic figure or great teacher of religion. Even some who claim to be Christians believe that He is no more than a Man who is filled with the Spirit of God. It is highly essential that one must have the correct faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.
“And he brought them out and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:30-31)
Here are the basic beliefs in the Lord Jesus Christ that enable Christians to be saved.
Believe the Lord Jesus Christ is the One True God who manifested Himself in the flesh
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (Jn. 1:1) “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (Jn. 1:14) “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.” (1 Tim. 3:16) Our Lord Jesus Christ said: “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins. . . . They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father.” (Jn. 8:24-27) He said: “I and My Father are one.” (Jn. 10:30) “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.” (Jn. 14:11) After Jesus walked on the water His disciples worshipped Him. (Mt. 14:33) After His death, burial and resurrection His disciples worshipped Him. (Mt. 28:9, 17) Thomas called Him “My Lord and my God.” (Jn. 20:28) The Lord Jesus Christ is the One True God.
Believe the Lord Jesus Christ is the One True God who became the Savior
In order to save mankind from sin there must be a perfect sacrifice. The sin-bearer himself must have no sin. There is not a single human being on earth who could assume that role so God Himself became the Savior. During the Old Testament time the One True God declared: “I, even I, am the LORD (YAHWEH), And besides Me there is no Savior.” (Isa. 43:11) When God manifested Himself in the flesh as the LORD JESUS CHRIST He is also the only Savior. (Acts 4:10-12; Tit. 3:4,6) The One True God and the Lord Jesus Christ are the same Divine Being and the same Savior.
Believe the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, therefore He has no sin
The Son of God would be born “and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isa. 9:6) Jesus has no human father; He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. (Isa. 7:14; Mt. 1:18-25; Lk. 1:30-35) He is sinless therefore He alone was able to become sin for us. (2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:22; Isa. 53:6) “And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin” (1 Jn. 3:5)
Believe the Lord Jesus is the Messiah, the Anointed of God
There are more than one hundred Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament that have already been fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ which proves He is the only true Messiah of God.
Believe the Lord Jesus Christ died for your sins
The Bible states: “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God;" (Rom. 3:23) "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord." (Rom. 6:23)
"For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" (1 Tim. 2:5) "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but made alive by the Spirit;" (1 Pet. 3:18) "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Rom. 5:8)
Believe the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ washes away sins
The Lord Jesus Christ took the cup and gave thanks, and gave it to His disciples, saying, “For this is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Mt. 26:27-28) The apostle John wrote: “To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood.” (Rev. 1:5) John was present at the Cross where he personally witnessed the crucifixion of his Lord. This is what he saw.
“But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows he is telling the truth, so that you may believe.” (Jn. 19:34-35)
This miracle of the blood and water that flowed from the Lord’s side integrates two important events in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. The blood points to His crucifixion and the water points to His baptism. The apostle Paul wrote: “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in the newness of life.” (Rom. 6:3-4) When we are baptized into the death of the Lord Jesus Christ His blood cleanses us from all sins because “This is He who came by water and blood – Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.” (1 Jn. 5:6)
Believe in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ
We are all familiar with John 3:16. If we continue to read two more verses we will discover the importance of believing in Jesus’ name. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (Jn. 3:18) “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” (1 Jn. 5:13)
Just before our Lord gave the Great Commission He proclaimed His supreme powers as King of the heaven and the earth. He said: "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth." (Mt. 28:18) The word "authority" in this verse is translated from the Greek "exousia", that means the Lord Jesus Christ have supreme power over everything in the universe. The authority is in His name "YAHSHUA", Hebrew name for “JESUS” that means “YAHWEH is Savior.” It is the name God has given to His Son “for He will save His people from sins.” (Mt. 1:21) “To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.” (Acts 10:43) “Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38) “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) The Early Apostolic Church baptize in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:38; 8:12, 14; 10:48; 19:5)
"Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus (YAHSHUA) every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Phil 2:9-11).
The authority of the name "YAHSHUA" (JESUS) is so powerful that prayers are answered when invoked in this name (Jn. 14:13-14). Miracles, signs and wonders are performed through the name of Jesus (Acts 2:22; 3:6-9; 4:30; 9:34). Even demons are subjected to the name. (Lk. 10:17; Mk. 9:38; 16:17; Acts 16:18)
This Article is the response of Paul Wong
Paul Wong is a Christian minister and the President of ARK International.