The Broken Vessel

Clint Hardwick

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”  C.S. Lewis


Who is Jesus?

The bible is the inerrant word of the living God. (2 Timothy 3:16) It was inspired perfectly and supernaturally to man,  by God, the Holy Spirit. It offers not only the best instructions for life, but also connects the believer`s mind to the creator's thoughts. Christ followers should, therefore, have a biblical world view.  (Colossians 2:8). A biblical world view is defined by the following: God is all powerful and all knowing, Satan is real, Jesus is a perfect and sinless, and is forever a final sacrifice for sins, salvation is free, and we have a responsibility to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
God is the singular all powerful, all knowing,  creator and master of the universe, who exists in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Isaiah:46 9-10)(Matthew 28:19-20) Each equally posses the eternal power, honor, and glory of God, while each uniquely effects and communes with mankind.
Man was created in the image of God, and originally was in union with God,  because we were sinless. (Genesis 1:26-29) Man lost his union with God, becoming disobedient, when he fell into sin by his own actions, but as a result of the diabolical schemes of Satan, a fallen angle.( Genesis 3:24, Ezekiel 28:12-18)
Man, now born into a fallen sin nature,  would have continued, hopelessly, born into eternal separation from God, except for the final perfect eternal holy sacrifice of God the Son, Jesus Christ, which was confirmed through the resurrection. (1Peter 3-5) Jesus Christ, who was born of the Virgin Mary, is the creator and the second person of the Trinity.(Luke 1:27 John 1)  Under Pontius Pilot, Jesus suffered and poured himself out as an offering to God the Father on the cross, becoming a final holy sacrifice for anyone who will believe. ( Hebrews 5:7-10, John 3:16) Salvation is a free gift from God, to all who truly repent and desire to serve God the Father, by becoming reborn as disciples of His son.( John 3:3 Ephesians 2:8-10) Christ will return to judge both the living and the dead. (1Peter 4:15)
Rebirth is the rejoining man to the power of the Holy Spirit. This comes by invitation from the Father, through the works of The Son. (John 3:6:8,16, 1 Corithians 15: 21-22 ) It is this moment Baptism of the Holy Spirit happens.(1 Corithians 12:13) The Holy Spirit gives believers the power to recognize sin and overcome temptation.(John16:8-11)
Discipleship is a process.(1 Peter 2:2) Along the way, believers should desire to be baptized as a symbol of their connection to Christ and rejection of the world. (Acts2:41)They should take part in the sacrament known as the Lord's supper, reminding them of his sacrifice.(1Corithians 11: 23-26) Believers should experience an ongoing sanctification, by which the Holy Spirit leads believers into a lifetime of priestly worship, enabling all believers to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.(2 Thessalonians 2:13, 1 Peter 2:9)
The Church, meaning the followers and members of Christ, have the responsibility to carry the universal message to all nations, as Christ commanded with the great commission.(Matt 28:19-20) Collectively, The church, should teach and help  believers to encourage one another spiritually and to do good works. (Hebrews10:24) The Church helps meet the physical needs of believers and unifies the body of Christ.         (Acts 2:42-47)