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Who Do You Say

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Who Do You Say

“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:44)

In the area that we live in the general greeting when one approaches another is, “How are you today?” Of course, the response is to be, “I’m fine, how are you,” and then from there the topic of conversation can take on many forms. Several years ago, instead of replying back with the expected greeting of “I’m fine, how are you,” I simply started to say, “Well,” inferring my current status, as much as that person needed to know, but also disrupting the continuum, if you will, for few seem to be able to reply to that one word of “Well.”

It does not follow the required pattern, so most are at a loss as to what to say next, and so they generally say nothing more. Today though as my lovely wife and I were in a local store, when the owner said the expected, “How are you today,” and I replied with “Well,” he said something unexpected, and it is the reason for this letter today. He said, “It is well with my soul.”

We have never to my recollection spoken in-depth of Christ, and so again we did not, to my shame, but I ask you this, because he quoted a line from one of the most beloved songs in all Christendom, does that mean he is saved?

We watch occasionally a man who is very well versed in economics and the current condition of the world in that state, and most of the time he ends his videos with “God bless,” does that mean he serves the Lord? To my knowledge he has never once expounded on the Scriptures or prayed on his news site for guidance and direction from the Lord, yet he says, “God bless.”

If you witness often to people then at one time or another you have heard them say “I believe in God,” and if you are like me, then there are times you want to quote James 2:19 to them, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” But I offer you another statement to say to them, one that I believe few ask of another, whether in that particular circumstance or any other topic of conversation, and it would be this, “Who do you say that Jesus Christ is?”

Saying “God bless,” quoting a line from a hymn, or even a Scripture verse does not a Christian make, but it can imply that one is. If they are willing to do this, to say anything that could possibly be related to the Almighty, then they should be able to answer that question, “Who do you say that Jesus Christ is?”

Many people, far too many, believe in God, but do not stand for Christ, do not speak His name in public, save for that one singular statement of I believe in God, and when pressed on the matter, few will say that Jesus Christ is Lord of their lives. Believing in God to them is proof of their salvation. Usually that is when the conversation will end, they have suddenly remembered some pressing engagement, they need to be somewhere soon.

This is what the name of the Lamb of God does to people, and it is a tragedy, for they believe a lie, the lie that saying one believes in the Most High is a guarantee to their entrance into His Kingdom. “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.”

I do not speak in absolutes unless it concerns the Word of God, so I will only say here that many who say they believe in God but will not answer the question of who Jesus Christ is are not saved individuals, but self-deceived.

I will leave you to contemplate this verse then, of those who are embarrassed to name the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, when He said that He would not be confessing them before the Father and His angels in Luke 9:26, where is that happening, in heaven, or at the Great White Throne of Judgement?

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