Without Me

W. Terry Varner
May 4, 2014

Are you the average human being? The average human being resents being told of his helplessness in any area of life. The average human being likes to think and to feel that he is able to take care of himself in any situation. However, Jesus demands that we recognize our inability to do anything by ourselves without Him spiritually. “I am the vine and your are the branches, He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing’ (John 15:5, emp. added). This is called a double negative. No one can render acceptable spiritual work before God apart from Christ. This is speaking about spirituality for many people are very good at the manual works they render in life. Some things we cannot do without Christ are:

We Cannot Know God Without Christ. Paul tells us that “in these last days [God has] spoken to us by His Son” (Heb. 1:3). He goes on to describe who Jesus is—the divine heir, creator, power-center, exact image of God, sustainer, purifier, crowned King, and superior to angels. Philip asked Jesus to show the apostles God the Father. Jesus replied, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). As we come to know Jesus revealed in the Holy Scripture, we come to know God.

We Cannot Have Salvation Without Jesus. Peter said, “Nor is their salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Why is there no salvation except in Christ? The phrase: “Nor is their salvation in other ” refers to the salvation found only in Jesus, “in Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4). 54 times in the writings of John the word life occurs and refers to spiritual life in Jesus. Spiritual life is described in the Bible by various terms: life, salvation, holiness, godliness, truth, grace, etc. The phrase: “no other name under heaven” describes the authority given Jesus in reference to man’s salvation. Just as He ascended, He said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matt. 28:19). The phrase: “given among men” reminds us of the words of the angel to Joseph, “you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). Joseph had no choice in naming his son, Jesus. Jesus would be man’s Savior—no “ifs, buts, perhaps, maybe” about it. He will not fail. The phrase: “by which we must be saved” shows that all men become lost in sin and in need of a Savior and salvation. In Jesus we can be reconciled to God (2 Cor. 5:18) and redeemed and forgiven of our sins (Eph. 1:7).

We Cannot Have Hope Without Jesus. Through Jesus God made known “the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:26-27). The mystery was a military word describing the Greek general who kept his strategy to himself revealing only a little at a time until he was ready to do battle. This describes God’s progressive revelation to man beginning in the Garden (Gen. 3:15) and culminating in the Gospel (Acts 2). It describes Jesus as the victor over Satan, sin, and death thereby giving man the hope of eternal life in Jesus.

Without Jesus man do nothing spiritually. Jesus is much needed but man fails to realize it.