Nobody but Jesus!

Isaiah 46.9

For He is unique in his incarnation (the one and only God-man),

unique in his atonement (only He has died for the sins of the world),

and unique in his resurrection (only He has conquered death).

And since in no other person but Jesus of Nazareth did God
first become human (in His birth),
then bear our sins (in His death),
and then triumph over death (in His resurrection),
He is
uniquely
competent 
to save sinners.

Nobody else possesses His qualifications.

~John Stott, The Radical Disciple

“remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other;  I am God, and there is none like me…” Isaiah 46:9

I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God.” Isaiah 45:5

“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,
    “and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe Me
    and understand that I Am He.
Before Me no god was formed,
    nor will there be one after Me.
11 I, even I, Am the Lord,
    and apart from Me there is no Savior.
12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
    I, and not some foreign god among you.
You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I Am God.
13     Yes, and from ancient days I Am He.
No one can deliver out of My hand.
    When I act, who can reverse it?” Isaiah 43:10-13

“I and the Father are one.” John 10:30

“It is finished.” John 19:30

“My Father, who has given them to me,
is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch
them out of the Father’s hand.” John 10:29

Praising God for His special, unique Son who acted on my behalf with the ultimate finished work! Amazing grace and love poured out even when I was His enemy! For  Once you were [I was] not a people, but now you are [I am] God’s people; once you [I] had not received mercy, but now you [I] have received mercy (1 Peter 2:10).”

Isaiah 43.11

 To Know Jesus as Lord and Savior

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8 thoughts on “Nobody but Jesus!

  1. ~~ ““My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” John 10:29” ~~
    Just out of curiosity… What if a person who though he/she had truly given their life to Christ but in the long run lost faith and hope in their salvation; is that person still saved or did that person really not give their life to Him in the first place? Even if they really believed they had. In other words, can a person’s own lack of faith pull himself away from God to the point of no longer being saved? I have talked with some people who started out as very devout Christians really loving God and living for the Lord. Then something deep inside them changes and they become non-believers. A scary thought, I know. But would not a person’s own disbelief after believing for so long in a sense “snatch” them from God? It has been probably one of the biggest questions on my mind ever since I had first seen this verse in the Bible. Thoughts???
    Blessings to you today, Pat! 😊

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    1. Blessings Liz…so let’s look at the verse. Jesus says, the Father has given them to me…so we see that our salvation is a gift of God, in order words an act of His hand. We know that at salvation, we become new creatures in Christ (2 Cor 5:17). Scripture tells us that the Lord takes our heart of stone and changes it to a heart of flesh as He gives us His Spirit (Ezekiel 36:26)…etc. We are saved by grace not works, thru faith, (Eph 2:8-9)…works do not save us nor do they have the power to negate the divine transaction of the Almighty, Sovereign God. With all that said, our deeds can give evidence of our hearts and is the reason God warns us in 2 Cor 13:5, Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” We know as believers that there is a battle that goes on between the spirit and the flesh and sometimes we loose the battle and the Spirit convicts us. I believe any person who can PRACTICE sin without conviction of the Holy Spirit should examine themself for “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children (Romans 8:16).” I am rambling but praying the Spirit will speak with clarity. 🙂 There’s an old saying, once saved, always saved, or were you ever saved? The simplicity of the Gospel is greater than empty words and a nodding of the head but agreement with God of being a sinner in need of a Savior and a repentant heart that believes in Jesus as Savior and Lord…a Divine Transaction that cannot be reversed. I hope this helps…in Christ’s love. 🙂

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      1. Thank you for your thorough response! 😊

        ~~ “There’s an old saying, once saved, always saved, or were you ever saved?” ~~

        The last part of this statement is basically what I am getting at. Some people are absolutely convinced they are saved. And they live such a life as to prove that. Then a life event occurs and, WHAM!!! all bets are off. No more God in their life. I have seen it on more than one occasion. And I will admit, I saw no signs whatsoever that they did not believe they were not saved. Does this mean that even if they made a decision later in life, long after they had given their life to Christ, to have nothing more to do with Him they are still saved? Something is not clicking for me in the wording.

        Perhaps I am splitting hairs on some level. Forgive me. I am one very inquisitive girl. It is the engineer in me. I question everything. My way of testing the spirits, perhaps???

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      2. Blessings Liz! So very sorry to be slow in my response…a weekend of family and I knew I needed to be on the computer to respond. 🙂 I think I understand your question and do not think you are splitting hairs…it is a question that I have heard before. 🙂 I see us as two people sitting, having a conversation as we sip our coffee. 🙂 Not forgetting the Scripture references I used before, I would return to John 10:28, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” I believe the Bible is God’s Word written for man. He did not write it for Himself but for our blessing and benefit. So when Jesus says, ‘I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” I believe He knew that man would read it and hear exactly what it says…not man’s commentary or human reasoning. I readily agree with God that I will not understand ALL things but I do ask the Holy Spirit to speak and give greater understanding and wisdom to my heart. With this verse, He takes me to Matthew 7:21-23 – “21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” This confirms to me that it is possible to have the outward appearance of belief and even convince man but God knows if a person’s heart has been changed. Some will told at the judgement and some reveal it right here in the earth. I believe some fall into Romans 1 – “18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against ALL ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” I call it the ‘g’od of your own creation instead the God of the Holy Bible. You know, the ‘g’od who is love and does things my way, understands perfectly when I don’t live life his way, and only wants to bless me with a life that has no struggle or suffering. The life event happens and a person stops serving because it was never a relationship with the True and Living God but the ‘g’od they created as I just described. Another verse that comes to my heart is:”57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” These verses tell us that the persons make confessions stating that they will follow Jesus wherever he went…sounds and looks pretty good to those hearing and watching but when they found out the cost, one by one they turn back. Jesus said “they were not fit for the kingdom.” They did not get snatched out of Jesus hand, their responses reveal they were never in Jesus’ hand and this is what Jesus acknowledges. Another look at how man can look righteous but have no knowledge of God is with the Pharisees, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. “So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness (Matthew 23:27-18) and of course, “for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7b).
        I would add Mark 8:34-38, “34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
        In the end, salvation is an issue of the heart that only God knows for certain if it has been created anew BUT in the Bible He has given us, He warns us to use it to “examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?- unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” I hope this helps…Blessings to ya! Thanks much for the conversation! 🙂

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