Exclusivism: A Christian Perspective

by Rev. Sean Finnegan on August 1, 2010
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John 3.13-21 believe in the Son to attain eternal life
John 5.16-30 Jesus is the one who will judge (unique combination of humility and authority)
John 6.39-40, 44, 53-54 Jesus will resurrect on the last day
John 8.23-30 The Pharisees must believe in Jesus or else die in their sins
John 12.44-50 Jesus came to save; his word will judge on the last day

The "I Am" Statements

  1. I am the bread of life (John 6.48-51)
    "I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh."
  2. I am the light of the world (John 8.12)
    "Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, "I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life."
  3. I am the door (John 10.9)
    "I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture."
  4. I am the good shepherd (John 10.11)
    "I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep."
  5. I am the resurrection and the life (John 11.25)
    "Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies'"
  6. I am the way, and the truth, and the life (John 14.6)
    "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.'"
  7. I am the vine (John 15.5)
    "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing."

1 Cor. 15.1-8, 14, 17-19 It all comes down to resurrection. If Jesus actually was raised from the dead then Christianity is true. If not then it is false.

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