Do You Know Him?
The essence of the pure religion of the New Testament is the person and work of Jesus Christ. He is at the center of everything. Any honest reading and study of the New Testament will see this quickly, and every personal effort to embrace the message will keep Christ centered in heart and life.
The New Testament is not just instruction for wise living, though it is. It is more than just accurate history, though it is. It was written and circulated for all men to learn of Him, believe in Him and act on that belief.
Consider, even if the alien sinner should cease all practice of sin and do everything the New Testament teaches, without being pardoned by God through the blood of Christ, there would be no eternal benefit. Thus, only redeemed people can effectively learn and apply instruction for good living. And redemption is granted by the blood of Christ, individually received when faith in Him is activated. It is essential to know Him!
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. Heb. 1:1-4 , ESV
By Warren E. Berkley
The Final Page
From Expository Files 15.12; December 2008