Monday, December 19, 2016

JESUS CHRIST IS NOT ALWAYS VIEWED THE SAME BY EVERY CHRISTIAN. Likewise, The Father Is Not Always Seen In The Same Light By Everybody, Even Christians. Not everyone understands what it means to be a Christian, let alone Who the Father and the Son are.

Do Christians ever worship Jesus? or Is he only a Preacher? Because I see many Christian pray to Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father.. I am learning Christianity and this concept leaves me very confused…

Harry Riches
Harry RichesAnswer requested by anonymous person

There are many people who call themselves Christians but they do not know the Father nor Lord Jesus Christ. These people can be cultural Christians. They might be traditional Christians. They may be intellectual Christians who have assented to following the ideals that are found in some of the sayings attributed to Jesus. They may be people who have been convinced that the teachings of a certain group that are based upon the Bible to be true and become denominational Christians.

Many of these people may talk to God. In which case, these people may view God as the Creator who permits them to receive what they ask, providing that act upon their beliefs. Positive thinkers who act upon what they believe, receive what they ask, according to their faith—but bear in mind, faith without works is dead.

Positive thinking is a biblical principle, just as forgiving other people is a biblical principle. What is not a biblical principle is seeking forgiveness for one’s own evils but not repenting from one’s behavior and diving back into the sewer of sin.

When a person decides to seek God the Father, the first thing required is a distaste for evil. The second thing is repentance from doing evil and a positive demeanor towards an expected union. The third thing is a desire for the truth .

When a person desires the truth, by praying to the Father, each person will be shown the truth—if they are genuine. Likewise, when a person truly desires to know the truth about whether Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead, by asking either the Father to reveal Him or asking the resurrected Lord of Life to reveal Himself, this will occur. However, bear this in mind, halfhearted quests are inadequate, for one has to desire to know Lord Jesus Christ with all one’s heart, mind, soul and strength, if one truly desires an audience with Him. The glib and self-conceited do not get a look in.

Christianity—that is, true Christianity—requires us to know Lord Jesus Christ. To be a Christian means to belong to Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah. When a person becomes a citizen of another country, that person has to be inducted as a member by some means. Likewise, when a person becomes a member of the Kingdom of God and a Christian, the induction requires us to repent and exercise faith towards God by asking Him to reveal Lord Jesus Christ. Or we can ask Lord Jesus Christ to reveal Himself to us. For Lord Jesus Christ is the Way to the Truth that enables us to possess Life eternal.

Calling upon Lord Jesus Christ is the same as calling upon the Father because the Son of God has revealed the Father and the name of God. The revealed name of God is Lord Jesus Christ.

We can ask for anything in the name of the Lord Jesus and the Father will do it—providing we have faith.
  • And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and never doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will be done. (Matthew 21:21)
  • If you ask anything in my name, I will do it. (John 14:14)
  • In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father, he will give it to you in my name. (John 16:23)
We can ask anything of the Father in Jesus name and—this is a very important caveat—if we do not doubt (an iota), we shall receive what we ask. Doubting is sin. To doubt God is to disbelieve that He does not keep His word and this is to dishonor Him.

Now praying (talking) to the Father is a matter of trusting that He hears what is being said. This is what the Apostle John wrote:
  • I write this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. And this is the confidence which we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him. (1 John 5:13–15)
You will notice that the Apostle John placed another qualifier for those who truly want to know truth and acknowledge that the Creator knows more than us. For if we ask anything according to His will He hears us.

The Bible teaches that Jesus is the only mediator between man and God and He intercedes for us:
  • For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 2:5)
  • Who is to condemn? Is it Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us? (Romans 8:34)
In which case, we can say that calling upon Lord Jesus is just as good as calling upon our Heavenly Father in the name of the Son of God. The key is not to doubt that we are not being heard. Therefore, if we ask anything of the Father in Jesus’ name, we know that our Savior Lord Jesus Christ is interceding on our behalf that we might learn how to walk in the wisdom of God.

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