Believing in God and believing God are two distinctly different things.
Christianity is a very narrow path to a relationship with God. It is exclusively inclusive — open to all, yet a straight gate that few choose to enter.
The gate is hinged by truth, grace and faith. It isn’t locked, but it only opens one way — in.
Jesus Christ of Nazareth is that gate. It’s a hard saying, and impediment for the many who don’t want to see God in the God Man.
These same ones will believe many good things about Jesus of Nazareth, they’ll call Him prophet, rabbi, good man, even healer; they’ll accept Him as a social reformer, revolutionary, philosopher and teacher, but they will not accept Him as Saviour, as Lord. Why not?
Christ’s divinity is the most critical and most controversial issue facing each of us. Our salvation hinges on it, on the gospel of Jesus Christ and His millennial kingdom, i.e., belief that He is God manifest in the flesh, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died a propitiatory death on our behalf — nailing the law and our sins to His cross — buried in a tomb for three days and nights, arose from death as witnessed by many and ascended into heaven from whence He will return for the believing remnant, His church.
The contentment and happiness we experience in this life and where we spend eternity in the next depends on our belief or unbelief in the divinity of Jesus Christ — of our understanding of His gospel, of His word and will for us.
It is, always has been, and always will be about Christ Jesus alone — nothing, no one else, just Him plain and simple, but people want more.
William Van Amber Fields