At any given time millions of dollars of counterfeit money are circulating around the country. But genuine U.S. bills have a security thread so the authenticity of any bill can be tested. Did you know that God provides us with a 'security thread' to test counterfeit teachings and to recognize the authenticity of His teaching? "This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God." (I John 4:2,3) An ancient confession of faith, the Nicene Creed, was written 1700 years ago for this very reason, to proclaim and defend the truth that "Jesus Christ has come in the flesh," that Jesus Christ is true God and true man. 'We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God…true God from true God…for us and for our salvation, He came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and became fully human.'
Don’t miss the IMPORTANCE and the COMFORT of this truth; it is 'for us and for our salvation.' It all hinges on the fact that 'He came down from heaven,' that "Jesus Christ has come in the flesh." If Jesus is not God in the flesh, then He suffered and died as just a martyr rather than as your Savior. But because He is true God as well as true man, then you have the payment you need for the forgiveness of your sins. Let me put it this way: If I write you a check for $1,000,000, don’t get your hopes up; my account doesn’t hold that kind of money. But if you get a $1,000,000 check signed by a billionaire, take it to the bank. Similarly, if Jesus is not true God, don’t get your hopes up that you are going to heaven. But because He is true God, you can take it to the bank that you are going to heaven. Counterfeit teaching, like counterfeit money, holds no value in the end. Use the 'security thread' God has given you and accept no substitute: JESUS CHRIST HAS COME IN THE FLESH FOR US AND FOR OUR SALVATION.
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Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.