Which Jesus?

Christian:  “And as Isaiah has said before, Except [the] Lord of hosts left a seed to us, we would have become as Sodom, and we would have become as Gomorrah. What then shall we say? That [the] nations not following after righteousness have taken on righteousness, but a righteousness of faith; but Israel following after a Law of righteousness did not arrive at a Law of righteousness? Why? Because [it was] not of faith, but as of works of Law. For they stumbled at the Stone-of-stumbling, as it has been written, Behold, I place in Zion a Stone-of-stumbling, and a Rock-of-offense, and everyone believing on Him will not be shamed.

Brothers, truly my heart’s pleasure and supplication to God on behalf of Israel is for [it] to be saved. For I testify to them that they have zeal to God, but not according to knowledge. For being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to the righteousness of God. For Christ [is] the end of Law for righteousness to everyone that believes” (Romans 9:29-10:4; underlining mine).

Tolerant Calvinist:  Isaiah and Paul, guess what — I am going to heaven because of Jesus ALONE, and NOT because of my mastery of the dikai-word group.  I am NOT saved by submitting to the righteousness of God as the only ground of salvation; I am saved by Jesus.

Christian:  Which “Jesus” (2 Corinthians 11:4)?

“But also if our gospel is being hidden, it has been hidden in those being lost, in whom the god of this age has blinded the thoughts of the unbelieving, [so that] the brightness of the gospel of the glory of Christ who is the image of God, [should] not dawn on them. For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves your slaves for the sake of Jesus. Because [it is] God who said, Out of darkness Light shall shine, who shone in our hearts to [give the] brightness of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:3-6; underlining mine).

Which Jesus does God desire to glorify Himself in the hearts of His people by?  Which Jesus does God shine the redemptive knowledge of?  Which Jesus does God reveal the brightness of the knowledge of as an immediate and inevitable fruit of the Holy Spirit’s regenerating work?


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