Text: Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-9; John 8:58-59; 1 John 4:3; 2 John 1:7; 1 Timothy 3:16
What makes Christianity different from every other religion is not that we worship God actually, it is that we worship Jesus as God. Every other religion claim that we are all worshipping the same God, but the distinction of Christianity is that Jesus is God in the flesh. The Jews don’t accept that Jesus is the Messiah, but Muslims do. The fact that Jesus is God is the distinction of Christianity. This is what makes you a child of God. The Bible says whosoever denies this does not have the Father neither does he have the son.
Jesus is God. He’s not just a prophet. He’s not just the Messiah, He’s not just the healer, He’s not just a messenger. No, He is God in the flesh. If you don’t know or accept that, you are not a Christian, neither are you a child of God. What makes Christianity different and unique is that we worship Jesus as God in the flesh. The Godhead—God the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit—are co-equal and co-eternal. So, we worship Jesus as God. We don’t worship the Holy Spirit; He helps us to worship Jesus.
You must know who you worship. When we say Mighty God, it is Jesus we are worshipping. Isaiah 9:6 says, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Jesus is not a man like any other man. He was not born like any other man was born, He became man. So, when you worship Him, that must be at the back of your mind. He’s not just a good man, one special man, or a mysterious man that walked among us. You can call yourself a God-man, but He’s God in the flesh. When the Bible called Him the first begotten of the Father, it’s not like you and I that are born again. He is the son of God, equal with God in the bosom of the Father that came to redeem man. He became man for our sake to redeem us. He is equal with God but was made in the likeness of man and thought it not robbery to be equal with God. Philippians 2:5-9. If you don’t accept Him like that here on earth, you will die but still acknowledge Him as God before you go to hell forever.
When we call the name of Jesus, we are not just calling the name of a man that was good. We are calling the name of God Almighty. God has given Him the name that is above every other name that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, every tongue confess; of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. If you don’t accept Him as God in the flesh, you can’t call His name and it will work.
Not understanding this truth is the reason why the worship of many people is not effective, because they worship from a wrong doctrine. They are trying to use that name as a magic wand. When they called him Lord in Acts of the Apostles, they were referring to Him as God, and that was why they persecuted them. The disciples that died for Him didn’t just die for a good man even though people can die for a good man. There are people that die for a good cause, but they were willing to die because they knew He was God in the flesh.
He said of Himself, “Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58-59), and they wanted to stone Him. If anybody is going to kill you for being a Christian, this is what they will kill you for, that you accept Jesus as God. Many other religions accept that Jesus was one of the prophets, but you must accept Him as God in the flesh for you to be a Christian. If you don’t accept that, believe me honestly you are not a Christian. That is what the devil will persecute you for. That is the reason behind His uniqueness. That is the reason behind His peculiarities. That is the reason behind the controversies about Him.
You may be born by Christian parents, you may be going to church, you may even be speaking in tongues but, you are not a Christian if you don’t accept Jesus as God in the flesh. You are not one of us and you are not one of His if you don’t accept that. I don’t know where you got the tongues you are speaking from but if you don’t accept Him as God in the flesh, one day you will find yourself in hell and then find out what happened. He is God in the flesh. That is who we honour, that is who we worship. That is what makes us Christians.
You are not a Christian just because you are living ‘holy’, anybody can live a moral life. There are many people that are living better moral lives than Christians, but they don’t accept Jesus as God in the flesh. There are people that are not born again that don’t tell lies; that does not make them children of God. But you must believe and accept that He’s God in the flesh.
You can even be a pastor, you can be preaching but if you don’t believe in your heart that Jesus is God in the flesh, you are not a Christian.
For the singles that want to marry, ask the person you want to marry if he/she believes Jesus is God in the flesh. If he/she doesn’t believe, it is not a Christian you are marrying. And you must be able to support this with the Bible.
According to the Bible, anybody that does not accept this truth is the anti-Christ.
1 John 4:3
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
2 John 1:7
For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
Muslims believe in the anti-Christ, but they don’t believe that Jesus is God in the flesh. You must clear your doctrine and be clear about what you believe and what you are standing on.
Jesus is the problem among all the worldviews. There are people that cast out demons without believing in Jesus. There are herbalists that cure mad people in exchange for demons. So, don’t get involved in that. Until you come to accept that Jesus is God in the flesh in your doctrine, you are not worshipping God and you are limiting His glory.
Great indeed is the mystery of Godliness. God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory (1 Timothy 3:16): this is what the devil has removed from every other religion and that’s their greatest failure. There are religions that everything is so much like Christianity except that they don’t believe Jesus is God in the flesh. There are religions that believe in the resurrection and in the coming back of Jesus, but they just don’t believe that Jesus is God in the flesh. The Holy Ghost is God on the earth and God in action today, but the Holy Ghost is not God in the flesh because He didn’t come in the flesh. Some of the religions sing better songs than we sing. They call God more beautiful names but just find it impossible to believe that He is God in the flesh. Is he God in the flesh to you?