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Three Persons (7 of 8)
John 10:1; Genesis 1:26-27; Acts 5:3-4
Historically, the greatest attack on the doctrine of the Trinity has been targeted at the person of Jesus Christ. Heresy has primarily centered around the question of 'who Jesus is'. Therefore, up to this point I have focused on the identity and deity of Jesus Christ. If someone does not believe that Jesus is fully God, they can't understand the concept of the Trinity. If Jesus was not fully God, He is no different than Mohammed, Buddha and countless other religious icons claimed by the world religions. If Jesus was merely a man, the world would be correct in its claim that all religions point to the same God.
However, since Jesus was God, He has the right to claim that no one comes to the Father except by Him. No longer is the cross just another symbol, but it is the doorway to salvation that God Himself created by His own sacrifice and His own blood. Because Jesus is God, all the other religions challenge our allegiance to the one true God. God did not pay our debt to sin through Buddha. God did not provide works or methods in which to redeem ourselves. God paid our debt by becoming our sin so that we can become His righteousness through Jesus Christ. As Jesus said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber." (John 10:1).
So we can see that this is an essential doctrine. On the deity and eternal personhood of Christ, the Christian faith hangs. Other religions claim to be Christian, but unless they come through the door of the cross, they and their leaders are robbers and thieves. There is no other way. Only God has the right to pay for sins and only God can redeem our souls from the justice demanded by the law. I can't redeem myself, nor can any religious icon. Only Jesus Christ was God and only He has the right to pardon our sins. Only He paid the debt so I could be pa ...
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