there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile
God and people. He is the man Christ Jesus.
told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life.
No one can come to the Father except through me."
we were not making up clever stories when we told you
about the power of our Lord Jesus Christ and his coming
again. We have seen his majestic splendor with our
own eyes. And he received honor and glory from God
the Father when God's glorious, majestic voice called
down from heaven, "This is my beloved Son; I am
fully pleased with him." We ourselves heard the
voice when we were there with him on the holy mountain.
Because of that, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed
by the prophets. Pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words
are like a light shining in a dark place--until the day Christ appears
and his brilliant light shines in your hearts. Above all, you must understand
that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophets themselves or
because they wanted to prophesy. It was the Holy Spirit who moved the prophets
to speak from God. But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as
there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach their
destructive heresies about God and even turn against their Master who bought
them. Theirs will be a swift and terrible end. Many will follow their evil
teaching and shameful immorality. And because of them, Christ and his true
way will be slandered. In their greed they will make up clever lies to
get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction
is on the way.
is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it
`The stone that you builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.'
There is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of heaven
for people to call on to save them.
is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless
you believe that I am who I say I am, you will die
in your sins."