Transformation through Jesus
Jesus is the Living Word of God. The Bible is about why God sent him and how we may by believing in him are translated into his fellowship and become the citizen of His heavenly kingdom. As God is light, Jesus too is the Light of the world (1 John 1:5). We being God’s creation and follower of Jesus, receive his light and no wonder he then tells us, ‘you are the light of the world’ (John 8:12; 9:5; Matthew 5:14).
By accepting Jesus, our assurance opens a new page of new life for us. The goal of assurance and redemption through Jesus is transformation of our lives on this earth. The purpose of assurance that is available through Jesus is not simply to avoid hell; it is also to glorify God and to be in his fellowship forever.
It is not anymore just to know about God, but to know Him personally, something the Qur’an does not even dare to consider. Consequently, some schools of thought in Islam consider this intimacy as ‘blasphemous’ much like the religious leaders in Jesus’ time accused Jesus of blasphemy (Matthew 26:62-67; Mark 14:60-65; Luke 5:17-26; John 10:25-39). As Jesus is one in the fellowship with God, the Father, we too through Christ become one in fellowship and purpose with God (John 14:9-21). This is that oneness of which Jesus talked about in his prayer before going to the cross, found in John 17. He prayed not only for his apostles but for all those who would believe in Him in such words:
My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them” (John 17:20-26).