God is a God of truth
Scripture calls God “the God of truth” (Psa 31:5, Isa 65:16). He keeps his promises of blessing and his oaths. Through Isaiah God says: “I, the LORD, speak the truth; I declare what is right.” (Isa 45:19). Because Jerusalem is God’s dwelling place it will be called the City of Truth (Zech 8:3).
Jesus is the truth
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
The word “truth” is used 25 times in John
He is the Word of Truth
“In the beginning was the Word…” (John 1:1a). Jesus is the expression of the inner thoughts of the Godhead. “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.” (John 1:18). Jesus is “the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being” (Heb 1:3). “He is the image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15). “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
John says: “the Word was God” (John 1b). God is without a definite article: he is God but not the only being of whom this is true. If it had a definite article it would have meant the he was the whole of God. He was with God in the beginning – he didn’t become God. “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him” (Col 1:19). “Fulness” means the totality of God. “In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (Col 2:9).
He is the Amen
John calls him: “the Amen, the faithful and true witness” (Rev 3:14). He is perfectly trustworthy. The phrase “I tell you the truth”, literally “Amen, amen” occurs 78 times in the Gospels.
Paul writes: “For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me and Silas and Timothy, was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” (2 Cor 1:19-20).
There is no other Saviour
Because of the holiness/wrath of God. There must be atonement through the sacrificial shedding of the blood of a perfect victim. Only God is perfect but he is immortal so God became incarnate in Jesus in order to die a sacrificial death crowned by a victorious resurrection.
“Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:10-12).
It is clear that: “No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.” (1 John 2:22-23).
“Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.” (2 John 7, 9).
There is no other way to God. Without Jesus there is no hope, no forgiveness, no salvation no hope of heaven.
There is no fuller revelation
As someone put it:
“No Jesus: No God
Know Jesus: Know God.”
He is the Word of God, the radiance of his being, the image (exact representation) of God and in him all the fullness of the deity dwells.
There is no other plea
No matter how many promises God has made they are “in Christ.” “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” (2 Cor 1:20).
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