A Different Jesus

Neil Girrard
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Psa. 138:2 π Isa. 28:13 π Mt. 7:23 π Mt. 12:36 π Mt. 25:41 π Jn. 2:15 π Rom. 2:8-9 π Rom. 3:20 π Rom. 8:9 π Rom. 10:13 π Rom. 14:10 π 1 Cor. 3:12-15 π 1 Cor. 3:16-17 π 1 Cor. 5:9-11 π 2 Cor. 5:10 π 2 Cor. 11:3-4 π Gal. 5:4 π Gal. 5:20 π Gal. 5:22 π Gal. 5:22-23 π Eph. 5:27 π 2 Ths. 2:11-12 π 2 Ths. 2:12 π Heb. 3:13 π Heb. 5:9 π Heb. 13:13 π Jas. 1:27 π 1 Pet. 4:19 π 2 Pet. 3:14 π Rev. 2:4-5 π Rev. 5:6 π Rev. 20:15

Jesus – if we were to accept the multitudes of various understandings and depictions given of Him by all the factions and sects claiming to belong to Him - would seem to be a contradiction in terms, a schizophrenic with more personalities than Medusa had snakes on her head. Let us examine some of these various renditions and see how they differ from the Jesus of the Bible:

The amazing thing is that there truly are genuine followers of Christ within each of these aberrations! That is, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” ( Rom. 10:13 ) provided that they actually obey the One they have called upon (see Heb. 5:9 ) and do not disobey the truth and reject God’s righteousness. ( Rom. 2:8-9 , 2 Ths. 2:12 , etc.) That is, these, even as they are spiritually introduced to or seek to pursue and follow Christ in the context of one of these lopsided presentations of His nature, these must go “outside the camp” to meet Christ. ( Heb. 13:13; top )

Those who reject Jesus so as to cling to their camp’s distortions about Christ will have to answer to Christ on the day when He judges all men for their actions, attitudes and idle words. ( Rom. 14:10 , 2 Cor. 5:10 , Mt. 12:36 ) Where their deeds, beliefs and words are simply “wood, hay or stubble,” these may yet remain with Christ for eternity. ( 1 Cor. 3:12-15 ) But where these deeds, beliefs and words have devolved into mere lawlessness (a rejection of truth and righteousness so as to embrace and follow whatever is right in one’s own eyes) and these have brought about a defilement of God’s temple (His true people), these lawless ones will be dismissed by Christ ( Mt. 7:23 ) and destroyed by God. ( 1 Cor. 3:16-17; top )

There is only one evidence of our possessing life in Christ. Paul wrote, “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.” ( Rom. 8:9 ) The evidence that we do actually have the Spirit of Christ is the regular manifestation of what Paul calls the fruit of the Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” ( Gal. 5:22-23; top ) Unless these things are routinely produced by the presence of the Spirit of Christ within us, we simply are not His and no amount of religious pretense and subterfuge will make up for this lack.

Paul wrote,

“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” ( 2 Cor. 11:3-4; top )

That so many “Jesuses” would be presented by those who claim to be His is no coincidence or accident. It is the direct result of Satan’s long-range, millennia-spanning strategies to keep the people of Christ from returning to their first love of simply walking hand in hand with their Bridegroom and Husband ( Rev. 2:4-5 ) and progressing on to overcome all the filthiness of this world so as to be a spotless and blameless bride ready for His return. ( 2 Pet. 3:14 , Eph. 5:27; top )

We must find the real Jesus as He is – this is a major aspect of the love of the truth which we must possess if we are to be passed by when God delivers over to strong delusion those who prefer some unrighteousness. ( 2 Ths. 2:11-12 ) It is not enough to have a “Jesus” of our own imagination or preferences, a “God” created according to our own manufacture who enables us to do and be whatever is right in our own eyes. We must find and know and follow and obey the one and only true King of kings and Lord of Lords. To do anything else is to obey the usurper who is His enemy and, if this is what we have done with our lives, we will one day share in the same rewards of the devil and his angels. ( Mt. 25:41 , Rev. 20:15; top )

There is only one Jesus – any different “Jesus” is only a counterfeit and a lie, a pretender to the throne that is reserved only and always for the Lamb who was slain before the foundations of the world. ( Rev. 5:6; top ) Anyone whose life serves the interests and agendas of these usurpers and pretenders (fronts for the work of the devil and the demonic) does so at their own risk.

Let he who has ears hear.

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