Breaking down the words: Without Christ, I am nothing
September 29, 2005
There is something common in the next three words: Christendom, Christianity and Christian. They are all centered on the word Christ. Remove Christ from these words and you end up with a religion instead of Christendom, remove Christ from Christianity, you end up with Churchanity, remove Christ from Christian, you end up with these three letters: IAN – I am nothing.
Without Christ you end up with no meaning in any of the above titles. Knowing Christ is everything.
The Apostle Peter in the Book of Acts 4:12 records these words, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
The Apostle Paul, in his letter to Timothy in I Timothy 1:15 writes,” This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”
Religiosity can be found in every corner of this planet. Man is inherently religious. He worships ancestors, animals, graven images, rocks, earth, trees, snakes, all manner of creeping things. In fact, the Apostle Paul writes in the Book of Romans that man worships the creature more than the creator. Religiosity nor religion has the answer nor the cure for the human heart. Man comes into the world spiritually dead. The Bible is emphatic in telling mankind in I Corinthians 2:14 “the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
I am of the opinion if this world doesn’t get its act together, God may be preparing the way for some immense direct action.
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Gen. Douglas MacArthur said, “We have had our last chance.” President Dwight Eisenhower said, “Without moral regeneration throughout the world there is no hope for us as we are going to disappear one day in the dust of an atomic explosion.”
Eisenhower must have been familiar with the Apostle Peter’s vision as recorded in II Peter 3:9-10, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.”
The true Christian need not fear what the future holds, because he knows who holds the future. What about your salvation? Turn your life around and give Jesus Christ a chance in your life. Simply ask Him to come into your life and forgive you of all your misdeeds, past, present and future and fit you for the courts above.
– Thurston Ott is the pastor at the Snowcross Community Church in South Lake Tahoe.