For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 2:5)
Question 20: Who is the Redeemer of God’s elect?
Answer: The only Redeemer of God’s elect is the Lord Jesus Christ, who being the eternal Son of God, became man, and so was and continues to be God and man, in two distinct natures and one person forever.[i]
In yesterday’s Daily Thoughts, I talked about the Redeemer whom God promised to send in Genesis 3:15. That Redeemer is Christ. Scripture tells us “there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim 2:5). Yet, there are some who want to make the argument that all religions worship the same God, just in different ways and in different forms. The idea that there are many ways to heaven is patently false and illogical. When one reads the Bible and the Qur’an side by side, it immediately becomes evident that these two books are contradictory. In fact, this is true of all religious systems. The Bible, the Qur’an, the Vedas, the Book of Mormon, and the Tipitaka cannot be reconciled in any rational fashion. Thus, if all religions lead to the same God, then God is irrational, contradictory, and schizophrenic, and there is no hope whatsoever for anyone. However, Jesus made statements like, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” and “unless you believe that I am he, you will die in your sins” (Jn. 8:24; 14:6). Jesus claimed to be the only way to the one true God, and then he provided proof by dying on a cross and then raising himself back to life after three days. No other religious leader has ever provided any proof in the form of miracles that they had truly been sent from God. Thus, for example, those who follow the Qur’an or the Book of Mormon are expected to simply believe that Muhamad or Joseph Smith were telling the truth when they claimed that God had spoken to them. Neither offered any proof of their claims. But Jesus said, “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves” (Jn. 14:11).
[i] “A Catechism with Proofs” by Charles Haddon Spurgeon
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