The Truth on a T-Shirt

Posted: April 13, 2010 in Blessings, Christian Beliefs, The Bible

A number of years ago my wife brought me a t-shirt that perfectly and accurately states my faith and beliefs as a Christian. If you live in Redlands California you might even see me walking around town wearing it, it’s handy and grabs the attention. The only issue I have with it is that the color of the scripture listings is very hard to see, and of course I don’t know how many people really go back, crack open a Bible, and look them up. That said I’m going to go over the scriptures right here in this post, so you won’t have to squint at my shirt when I walk past- the message it proclaims is too important to miss.

On the front of the shirt is Christ on the cross and it says: Rebel (in big letters) with a cause (in smaller letters), and lists John 18:37 after it.

Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this reason I have been born, and for this reason I have come into the world, that I should testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” John 18:37 Contemporary English Version(CEV)

At this time Christ is standing before Pilate and has just got through telling him that “His kingdom is not of this world…” this piques Pilate’s interest. He wants to know more and asks Christ if He’s really a king, to which Christ says that yes He is a King. It was his reason for being born, and coming into this world. And then he says “…that I should testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

In other words if you don’t have an inclination towards God, then you won’t hear His voice. It will sound perhaps like rolling thunder or a trumpet, and therefore will get lost in all the other noises in the world.

Talk about rebellious, claiming to be a King with a voice that only those he have chosen will hear.

On the back of my shirt are three statements of faith followed by three more passages of scripture.

The first statement reads as such: Jesus went AGAINST RELIGION to bring a Relationship with God. 2 Corinthians 3: 13-18

This passage states:

We are not like Moses. His face was shining, but he covered it to keep the people of Israel from seeing the brightness fade away.
The people were stubborn, and something still keeps them from seeing the truth when the Law is read. Only Christ can take away the covering that keeps them from seeing.
When the Law of Moses is read, they have their minds covered over with a covering that is removed only for those who turn to the Lord.
The Lord and the Spirit are one and the same, and the Lord’s Spirit sets us free.
So our faces are not covered. They show the bright glory of the Lord, as the Lord’s Spirit makes us more and more like our glorious Lord.
2 Corinthians 3: 13-18 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

When Jesus came he called the people away from The Law because he was there to fulfill it. We no longer had to look back to the Law to show us how to act because when we believed in Christ his Spirit indwelled in us. The Law was written on our hearts, better and more complete than ever, and as the Holy Spirit perfects us we no longer break the Law. We become more like Christ who’s living through us in His Spirit, His Spirit changes our Spirit and we begin to loose our longing for breaking the Law. This process is called continual sanctification and it will be completed when we are taken to Heaven and take part in the Bema Judgment (Judgment Seat of Christ), not to be confused with the Great White Throne Judgment, which is for those on the Earth.

Next my shirt says: AGAINST SIN Colossians 1:14
to bring Forgiveness.

Colossians 1:14 states:

In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins. King James Version (KJV)

This is referring to that fact that Jesus lived a sinless life, and then was given the death of a thief. He was crucified on the cross, His blood spilled for everyone including those who killed Him. In the end it is up to us if we accept the free gift of an eternal sinless life that is offered through this sacrifice or not. Sin was slayed on that cross, or to be more accurate, the power of Sin to bring about eternal death was neutered, destroyed.

Finally my shirt says: His body was placed against the cross to bring SALVATION. 1 Corinthians 1:18

1 Corinthians 1:18 states:

For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. New American Standard Bible (NASB)

To a great many people when we as Christians claim that Christ’s death on the cross has given us Salvation, it makes no sense whatsoever. The reason is that a great many people either don’t believe in Jesus, or believe he was simply a great teacher and died on the Cross-never to live again. The possibility that God Resurrected Jesus back to life flies against all common sense.

To the believer though, with the Holy Spirit in our hearts we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus died and rose again. And it is because of this miraculous event that we gain Salvation by the grace of God through our Faith that he sent his only Son to die on that cross to cover our sins.

REBELwith a cause. Jesus went AGAINST RELIGION to bring a Relationship with God. AGAINST SIN to bring Forgiveness. His body was placed against the cross to bring SALVATION.

You know I still don’t think that’s exactly perfect, but I know just how to fix it.

I, am a REBEL with a cause simply because Jesus went AGAINST RELIGION to bring me into a Relationship with God. He went AGAINST SIN to bring me Forgiveness, and His body was placed against the cross to bring me SALVATION.

Why am I a rebel? Why should you also be a Rebel?

We are all born in Sin we have rebelled against God and His plan for us, but I have Rebelled back against the world, and the prince of the power of the air the ruler of this world, Satan. And it’s not easy, it never is, but it is worth it. Repentance to the Lord brings, Redemption, Salvation and eternal life.

In the end the Lamb of God wins.

That’s reason enough.

In Christ,

Ross

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