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    ONLY ONE SAVIOR(Questions 29-30)

    As we continue in the Creed we come to the second section, the articles that deal with God the Son-Jesus Christ. If you look over the next several articles, you will see that this section is the largest of the three. This is because the Person and work of Christ is very important to our salvation. Because of who Jesus is and what He has done for us, we call ourselves "Christians" and trust that one day we will inherit eternal life.

    In this article of the Creed we want to study why Christ is called "Savior". Maybe you have heard that word before. Basically it means that Jesus came to "save us". We see this in the message brought by the angels when they declared that Jesus would be born to the virgin Mary.

    ..And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins."

    (Matthew 1:21, NKJV)

    It is this concept of Jesus saving His people that the Creed addresses in Questions 29-30.

    29. Why is the Son of God called Jesus?
    Because He saves us from all our sins and salvation is not to be looked for in any other.

    30. Do we really believe in Jesus if we look for salvation in ourselves or somewhere else?
    No. For either we seek our salvation completely in Jesus or not at all.

    The catechism teaches that we should not seek our salvation in ourselves or in others. This means that we shouldn't think that we can earn our own way to heaven or look for salvation in other religions. As we have learned before, Christianity is the only religion where you don't have to earn your way to heaven. Jesus earned it for us. There is nothing else we have to do. As a matter of fact, we get ourselves into deep trouble when we try to add something to our salvation. This was happening along time ago to the church in Galatia. The Apostle Paul had taught the church about Jesus and then moved on to start another church. It was then he heard that the Galatian church was trying to add things to what he had already taught them. Some of the people of that church were saying that Jesus' death was not enough to save, that you had to add your own works to it to truly be saved. Paul wasnt too happy about this. Read what he says in the verses below:

    O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified? this only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect in the flesh?

    (Galatians 3:1-3, NKJV)

    Paul hits the nail right on the head. The Galatians did nothing at first besides believe in the Good News of the Gospel. By faith only did they receive Christ. But then something happened, and they began to think that the death of Jesus on the cross wasn't enough-that they needed something new to finish their salvation. We do the same thing today. We hear about the death of Jesus and by faith trust in Him. But as time goes on, we get bored with church and start looking for new things to add to our salvation. We might even change churches because we are sure they have something our church doesn't. All this is foolishness says Paul. There is salvation in nothing else besides the work of Jesus and we can look as much as we want in other things and we will never be satisfied.

    Another place we look for salvation is in other religions. We think that being a Christian is either too easy or too hard so we decide to check out other religions. Not only is this a waste of time but it is very dangerous. Remember, if God is your Father He is very jealous of you. He isn't pleased when you worship false gods or attend other churches that do not teach the truth.

    Acts 4:12

    Many false churches say they teach about Jesus, but as we said earlier, if you ask them about the essential things of the Creed, they will disagree with one if not all of the articles. In this way you know that the church is teaching false doctrine or is not a Christian church at all. So it is no use to seek a false Jesus or a god who cannot save. Only Jesus can save.