The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being,sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins,he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. (Hebrews 1:3)
From the days of old we have always asked ourselves who is Jesus. Many claim to believe and either even follow him, from historians to scholars, to his believers. History reveals his existence apart from the scriptural texts of the bible, from pliny the young to Tacitus, Josephus, and etc. In scripture, he is described as the lord and saviour (2 Peter 3:18). As a professing Christian, I believe Christ is not only Lord but God.
Now to say Jesus is God is a bold statement. John 1:1 states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”. Jesus himself expressed the Father and him were one, (John 10:30), They are divine in nature. Now to understand the Christian belief, we believe in the trinity. You have God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Three distinct yet they are the true God, each with their own task and economic/relational subordination. Christianity does not submit or believe in three Gods, we believe in one.
To understand what I believe or what others believe within the faith, we have to understand who Jesus is and why we follow his teachings. He is the son of God the Father, the way, truth, and life. Now you can say, originally we were considered Jews, but upon Jesus coming to fulfill the law, we are no longer under it but it does not mean we ignore it. We are called Christians because we follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. He taught us to love God and love our neighbors. Through him and because of his sacrifice, by placing faith in him, we are saved from our wickedness and sin. For the first Adam passed sin and it is rooted in our hearts, the second Adam(Jesus) is our salvation.
The truth is, Christianity is not a perfect religion, it is a relationship between God and man. True faith is followed by obedience and hence why we as believers follow the example of the Christ. Yet though faith without works is dead, we know that we are saved by believing not by being righteous by being “good” ourselves or what we do. We can do nothing apart from God that will be righteous. We are not perfect and should never claim to be and if we are to boast, we boast only in what God is doing within us (1 Cor. 1:31). The truth is we are all sinners, we are called to repent and turn to God. For we die to our old ways, allowing the Holy Spirit to shape and transform us. We should love our brothers and sisters and shape the world. We are truly not made to live a “happy” life per say or in prosperity, but we find peace in God. For the world rejects us for it rejected him first (John 15:18). Christianity isn’t an easy way out or the Christian life isn’t “easy”, it’s hard. As well as honestly saying not all who claim they are Christian, are Christian. For we shall see what one truly believes by the fruits they bear (Matthew 7:16).
You can say I wanted to write this to show a distinction to those who wonder why I am so passionate in my beliefs. I was once an athiest, I then turned to theism in the sense of the occult, Jewish mysticism(kabbalah), to thelema and magick, til I fully invested my time and energy to seeking the truth which I found in Jesus. I can say I don’t like titles but Christian is what I am, I am a child, servant, and priest of the most high God. I am sinner yet I’ve been made righteous by the blood shed when Jesus died on the tree, yet his resurrection not only shows his power over death but shows he is and gives life so that all who believe shall find salvation. (Romans 3:1-23) For a just God will rightly judge and a punishment is made, which is hell (rev. 20:14-15).
I am not here to convince you Christianity is real, I am here to share the Good News, the Gospel, and live a life reflecting Jesus, sharing love, seeking truth and serve God/people with the gifts he has given me. My past was not the best, even now I may struggle at times, I am not rich, but I do my best and ultimately try to reveal who he is so that others may see his light. This is why I write, why I believe. Be blessed.