Come From The Father

August 1, 2022

I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father." His disciples said to Him, "See, now You are speaking plainly, and using no figure of speech! Now we are sure that You know all things, and have no need that anyone should question You. By this we believe that You came forth from God." Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe? Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me (John 16:28-32).

Linda Ellis reflected on the brevity of life in her poem ‘The Dash’: “I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on his tombstone from the beginning to the end. He noted first came the date of his birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. For that dash represents all the time he spent alive on earth, and now only those who loved him know what that little line is worth. For it matters not how much we own - the cars, the house, the cash - what matters is how we've lived and loved and how we spend our dash.”

Jesus said, I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father. In that brief statement of 22 words lay 33 years of wonder and mystery, heartache and sorrow, joy and victory. The Apostle John said this about those 33 years (John 21:25) . . . there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written

I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. This is the statement of the incarnation of Jesus the Christ. It is the core statement of the Christian faith. Volumes of books have been written on this aspect of the life of Jesus alone. Suffice it to say that rejecting the incarnation of Jesus Christ as stated in Scripture is to reject Jesus as the Christ of God, and to reject the salvation He secured for us by His sacrificial death on the cross. (John 8:24) Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins. (1 John 2:22-23; 4:3) Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. . . .  and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. (2 John 7) For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

There is no other savior of the human soul than Jesus Christ, for no other savior has come from the Father except Jesus Christ alone. He came from the Father, and no one can come to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). Amen.

Pastor Martin

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