Mrs. Betty W. O’Berry is a dear friend of our family, who has an intense passion for Christ with the twin desire to make Him known to the world.
Her new book, Answers to Questions About Christianity, is a great resource for doing just that…getting answers to your questions about Christianity.
It is my honor to present this post for the reader’s perusal and edification.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the father, except by me.” (John 14:6)
Jesus IS the ONLY Christ.
Jesus was saying in this verse that, even after becoming a mortal human being, HE continued to be GOD as HE had always been and as HE always will be.
Jesus IS The ONLY GOD of Eternity. Along with GOD, The Father, and GOD, The Holy Spirit, GOD, The SON, Jesus, The ONLY Christ is TRUTH, The Great I AM (i.e. YHWH) of Exodus 3:14.
Jesus IS eternally GOD from Eternity. (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1)
Jesus IS now eternally MAN from the virgin birth. (Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.“)
(Luke 2:1-17, KJV)
“1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.”
Jesus IS now MY Relative from the moment of MY new birth.
(John 3:14-17, KJV)
“14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
(Romans 10:9-13, KJV)
“9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Since Jesus is THE ONLY TRUTH, and since I can ONLY be SAVED by receiving HIS Righteousness in exchange for my unrighteousness, and since that was done during the first half of the year, 1967, I may now declare with full confidence and HIStory’s precedence, “TRUTH is MY Relative.” 🙂
Just three rusty nails were All HE would need,
to finish a House that would last,
The beams of The CROSS, now empty would plead…
my case, at The BAR,…for my past!
This Carpenter, Strong, spent the bulk of HIS Days,
on the Earth in a shop, crafting wood,
But The BEST that HE made for Eternal Display,
took three nails through HIS Body…for good!
How many a-time with three nails in one Hand,
and a hammer in other to blow?
But the rusty three nails through the Hands, Feet, and PLAN,
forged One House of Salvation to KNOW!
Defeat was full bought by one fruit of the the tree,
through the mouth, transforming the heart,
But VICT’RY was wrought in FRUIT, known as HE,
placed back on lone tree,…as Man’s part!
The “bruising of heal” by three nails, closed to seal…
the breach between GOD, and bought-men,
The “crushing of head” by three holes in The REAL,
forever has SAVED some from sin!
The bite of the fruit from one beautiful tree,
brought us death by such “innocent” words,
But three rusty nails, unsightly to see,
brought life through the death of PURE LORD!
Sin brought rust to the nails that might never have been,
for Decay is the lone human craft!
Wooden “homes,” made of men, become shambles in Sin,
Future HELL with the Devil, who laughed!
But The Carpenter’s last task, sealed Sin/Death in the bier,
and then rested until The Third Day,
Sunny morn! Smiling Face! Greeting friends with, “I’m Here!”
Creation, Quite NEW, on Display,
For Carpenter, once dead, Ever LIVES, and it’s Clear,
The SCULPTOR from Rock, forged New DAY!
(Thank The LORD for giving me this great new poem! What a BLESSING!)