Q20: Who is the Redeemer?
ANSWER: The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, in whom God became man and bore the penalty for sin himself.
We live in a syncretistic world. "Inclusiveness" is the order of the day. "Well that's your truth, not mine," we hear. We may believe whatever we want so long as we do not attempt to impose that belief on others. And of course, no one wants to be accused of being intolerant or close-minded.
But Jesus Christ will hear none of this. His claims are radically exclusive. I am the way, he announces, "the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through Me."
Most people today are quite comfortable with the notion that Jesus--along with Buddhism, Kabbalah, crystals, or whatever else--offers one of many ways to approach God. But the reaction is altogether different if we claim that Jesus is the Way. Yet this is exactly what God insists we do. The Book of Acts even records that the earliest Christians referred to their faith as "The Way," and it is for this reason, at least in part, that Christianity has always been a scandal and an offense to the world, whether the pagan polytheistic Roman world of the early church or the modern, secular world of today.
The bottom line is that Jesus doesn't purport to be one among many good teachers with high ideals, after whom we can model ourselves. He doesn't give us that option. Rather, he asserts his position as the Second Person of the One True God, come in flesh to redeem us to Himself. Without Him, and Him alone, we are hopeless, lost in our sin. Only through Him and the shedding of His blood are we redeemed.
1 Timothy 2:5
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.