God defined

I John 4:2-3 “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…”*

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The name “God” sounds all-inclusive and non-offensive. But to say Jesus Christ—to name him as God’s Son—narrows the playing field. This is the one and only Son—not the Son of just any god, but the Son of the one, true, creator and sovereign God.

So because of Jesus, God becomes defined. Jesus became a pipeline, or bridge, to God. And though God sent his Son for all—yes, he is all-inclusive—he is seen as non-inclusive because he allows freedom to choose other gods and have it our way.

Those who choose his way reap the benefits of knowing him.  Those who don’t choose him…don’t. Again, he is seen as offensive for giving us freedom to choose.

Jesus Christ is God’s Son and on him and his atoning sacrifice I place my faith. He is the way to the one true God.

*The One Year Bible, December 4, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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About Patty Perkins

I'm Patty, writer of the devotional blog, Beside Quiet Waters. I love writing, reading, and taking long walks with my camera. I've been married to my loving husband for 31 years and we have two college-age sons. I am thankful for a place to spill ink, in hopes of encouraging others to find daily hope and inspiration in God's Word. View all posts by Patty Perkins

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