My devotion for today is from a book by Arthur Maxwell. The book is titled, “Our Wonderful Bible”
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. (Acts 16:31)
Quoting Arthur Maxwell on page 79:
“Perhaps at this point you are asking, like the Philippian jailer, “What must I do to be saved?”
There is only one answer. It is the same as Paul and Silas gave to that poor distraught man: ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”‘
Arthur points out that the message is the same from all the teaching of the apostles.
This was no teaching of their own invention. They had learned it from Christ. They had heard Him say to the blind man whose sight was restored: “Dost thou believe on the Son of God?” and in pressing this essential question home to the hearts of all their hearers they were but carrying out the instruction of their Master, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.”‘
There is one key point that is made by Mr. Maxwell. What is the answer that is acceptable, when asked if one believes in Christ-what does one believe about Christ? The acceptable answer is that He is the Son of God–for one to believe in the deity of Christ.
If this one grand discovery is made, every other spiritual blessing would follow in its train.
To see Christ as the divine son of God is indeed the greatest discovery that any man can make. It is the one fact that can make him a Christian. It is the one way he can receive salvation.”
The major aspect of Christianity is the belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is who He says He is. He showed us by what He did on this earth that He is the One we can count on to save us, help us, redeem us, love us, and give us the power of His Holy Spirit!
John the Baptist also wondered if Jesus was the One, or should he be looking for someone else?
19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
20 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.
22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.
23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
Jesus is the only One you need to look for. He has the answers for the problems of yesterday, today, and forever.
Dear Lord, thank You for showing us that You are the Son of God. I am so ashamed of the life I lived without You. I sowed seeds of evil, and reaped a harvest of guilt, remorse, and sorrow. Thank You for making me a new creation. The old has passed away, behold all things are become new. Thank You for this new life in You. Amen.