God so loved the world…
Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood.
And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 1 John 5:5-6 (ESV)
When the beloved Apostle John wrote these words, there were false teachers who declared that The Son of God did not really die on the cross.
The “Christ Spirit” came on Jesus when He was baptised in water and the same “Christ Spirit” departed back to heaven before the man Jesus was crucified and poured out his blood. So these false teachers said and they deceived many.
About 500 years later an Arabian religious leader named Mohammed came and taught the Arabs also to honour Jesus (Isa in Arabic). But Mohammed’s Isa is not the Jesus of the Bible.
The Muslim Isa was the son of Mariam and he was a great prophet and miracle healer. But Isa in the Koran was a man and not God. He did not die on the cross. Another man took his place before the execution.
- In Islam, Jesus did not die for your sins. Allah has no son.
- Allah did not sacrifice his son to pay the penalty for your sins.
- Muslims are taught they must try to be good obedient Muslims in the hope that their good deeds might outweigh their sins. If not, they will burn in hell.
- This terrible uncertainty is a thousand times worse than the Roman Catholic fear of a time of temporary punishment in Purgatory.
- In Islam there is only one way to sure you are going to Paradise. You must shed your own blood for Islam.
Mohammed taught a Muslim martyr can go directly to paradise by shedding his own blood in holy battle against the infidels.
- In the Palestinian territories in the Holy Land, Palestinian televison shows sexy girls calling teenage boys to become suicide bombers or terrorists. The reward is the assurance of a very carnal salvation, the instant transportation to Paradise where they can immediately lose their virginity with sexy girls and continue in the same manner for ever and ever.
But the Bible tells us that salvation comes not by pouring out your own blood but by believing in the Holy Son of God who poured out His blood on the cross to pay the penalty of your sins.
- If you believe and trust in the Son of God,
- if you are willing to receive the grace of God to transform your character,
- if you are willing to receive the supernatural eternal life that God gives as a free gift,
- you can not only be saved but you can be sure you are saved.
Jesus was born by water and blood.
- As a natural human baby, he left his mother’s body with the flowing of water (amniotic fluid) and blood. As a Jewish baby boy he shed his own blood when he was circumcised and he was of course washed with water.
- As a young man he was baptised in the River Jordan and the Spirit of God came upon Him to empower Him for His supernatural ministry.
- As He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, His sweat came as water and then blood.
- When He was whipped by Roman soldiers, the blood poured from His back.
- When they pushed a crown of thorns onto His head, the blood flowed again.
- When He gave up His spirit on the cross and died, a Roman solder thrust a spear into His side and out of the wound flowed water and blood, a sign of extreme torture and trauma.
All this is recorded in the Holy Bible, which was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God.
Many Muslims have read the Bible and the Koran side by side and decided the Bible is not mistaken.
They have been converted to Jesus Christ by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God who inspired the Jewish and Christian Scriptures but who did not inspire the Koran.