Our Only Hope
The following is an enhanced transcript of the TheoTalk episode with the same title.
It was the most radical claim anyone could ever make. But there it is. In John 14:6, Jesus declares, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father but by me.” This claim, of course, is either true or false.
Throughout this series, I’ve tried to show you how the Old Testament, together with the words and deeds of Jesus and the apostles affirm that his claim is true; that he was/is the champion God promised in Genesis 3:15 — the one came to lift us from our fall, restore to us a right relationship with God, and reestablish his righteous reign, first in the hearts of His people, and ultimately upon the earth.
In this lesson, we’ll see why Jesus Christ, the God-man is our best and only hope, because only he could save us from our sins. To do that, we’ll turn to a passage of scripture that ties all we’ve been talking about together, as the Apostle Paul declares of the Son of God:
6…though he was in the form of God, [i.e., though He was God by nature, since only God possesses God’s form], He did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped [i.e., clung to and expressed at all costs] 7 but emptied himself, [not of his deity, since God can never be less than God, but of the visible expression of his deity] by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore, God has highly exalted him, [referring to Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead and ascension into glory] and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God, the father.” (Philippians 2:6-11, ESV;
Comments added in brackets)
Here we find the entire gospel story in a single passage, as the God who sought to redeem a people for himself became a man in the person of Jesus Christ. Then Jesus, the God-man lived a perfectly obedient life none of us have lived; a life that qualified him to die a sacrificial death to pay the penalty for our sins that made us worthy of his judgment. After dying on the cross to cancel sin’s curse, he rose bodily from the dead to bring us a new kind of life in him. Having resurrected from the dead, he ascended into heaven, where he reigns victoriously over sin and death forevermore, as our advocate before the Father. No wonder Paul declares that Jesus, the one-and-only God-man, Savior-King is worthy, not only or our trust, but of endless glory, honor, and praise.
For as the perfect man, Jesus became what the Apostle Paul refers to as the second or last Adam, who succeeded where the first Adam failed — since Jesus obeyed God perfectly, instead of rebelling against him as the first Adam did with Eve in Eden. Since Jesus, the man, fulfilled God’s law for mankind, he alone was qualified to pay the penalty for man’s sin; which is why Paul says, “There is one mediator between God and men, the man, Jesus Christ.” (1 Timothy 2:5, ESV).
And because Jesus, the man embodies the infinite nature of the eternal God, His saving work is available to all who come to him by grace through faith. The good news of the gospel is, when we come to Christ through faith, God forgives us for our sins, acquits us of our sins, and declares us righteous in his sight because of our union with the righteous Christ. No wonder Jesus declared himself to be the only way to the Father. For he alone can deliver us from sin and bring us into a right relationship with him.
Do you believe this is true? That Jesus Christ is, according to the Old Testament, his own words and deeds, and the words of the apostles, the one-and-only God-man, Savior-King? The fulfiller of God’s ancient promise to lift us from our fall, restore to us a right relationship with him, and reestablish God’s righteous reign upon the earth?
The moment you place your hope in Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and restore to you a right relationship with God is the moment God begins making you new and taking you back to the future of life as it was meant to be in and under him. I pray God captures your heart as he’s captured mine; that you too would place your faith in Christ and follow him into the newness of life only he can bring.