Monday, October 26, 2009
**In This Issue**
- The Deity of Christ
What Does the Bible Say About...?
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of Christ Jesus
Why is Christ Jesus so
Why do billions of
people celebrate his birth?
Why do we believe
that Jesus was the Messiah?
just a man?
Does it really
make a difference?
If you have ever
asked yourself any of these questions, be
assured that the Bible does have the answers.
For the greater part of the last 2,000 years the
historical existence of Jesus has not been
However, in the
last two centuries an increasing number of
skeptics have claimed that Jesus never existed,
even though a cursory review of ancient Roman
and Rabbinical writings reveals that Jesus was
indeed a historical figure.
Talmud, an ancient rabbinical commentary, makes
a number of references to Jesus of Nazareth.
The first century
Jewish historian Josephus also made references
there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man;
for he was a doer of wonderful works - a teacher of such men as receive the
truth with pleasure. He
drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles.
was [the] Christ. And
when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned
him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he
appeared to them alive again the third day;
as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten
thousand other wonderful things concerning him.
the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.”
(The Antiquities of the Jews, book 18, chapter 3.)
Throughout its text the Bible clearly teaches that there
is but one God. However,
the mystery of the Godhead is that this one God manifests Himself in three
distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
fact has led to the Christian doctrine of the Trinity.
fact, the attributes of God, the works of God and the names of God are applied
to all three persons of the trinity.
the Old Testament we are given a glimpse of the deity and majesty of the Messiah
(also called the Anointed One).
the fact that God is a being of plurality, eternally existent in more than one
person, is also found throughout the Old Testament.
is the plural form of El, one of the names of God, is seen throughout the Old
Testament (see Genesis 1:1) and in Genesis 1:26 God states, "Let
us make man in our
In the New Testament the disciples clearly spoke of the preeminence and deity of
Christ Jesus. He
is identified as the creator of the universe (John 1:1-14, Col 1:16), God
manifest in the flesh (1 Tim 3:16), and our Lord and Savior (Titus 1:1-4).
is only a small sample of the claims about the nature and identity of Christ
healing the sick, resurrecting the dead, creating food out of nothing, and by
defying the laws of gravity, Jesus demonstrated His authority over the laws of
physics and thereby revealed His divine nature.
resume is impeccable. All
the necessary attributes of the Creator are applied to Him within the Biblical
text; He is independent of space and time, transcendent, distinct from His
creation, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and He has authority over the
laws of nature. Jesus
himself claimed to be the Son of God and the only way to eternal life (John
4:25; 9:35-37; 10:30-3; 14:6-9).
Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us.
will take an eternity for us to understand what it cost Him that we might live.
made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was
made in the likeness of men:
being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient to
death, even the death of the cross.
God also has highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name:
at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in
earth, and things under the earth;
that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God
What Does the Bible Say About...?
In this section of the
Reflections Newsletter we answer questions that have been asked.
If you have a question that you would like ask, and do not mind having
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The question for this issue is, "Doesn't
John 14:28 contradict John 10:30? Is Jesus equal to the Father or
At first glance these two verses might seem contradictory. John 10:30 reads:
"I and the Father are one." KJVER
In other words, as Members of the Godhead, the Father and the
Son are equal. However, in order to get the full impact of the second
verse, one must read it in its entirety:
"You have heard how I said to you, I go away and come
again to you. If you loved me, you would rejoice, because I said, I go to
the Father; for My Father is greater than I." John 14:28 KJVER
When Jesus made the last statement in this verse, He was
referring to the office and glory of His Father, as compared to His own during
His earthly ministry. This is why He prayed several chapters later:
"And now, O Father, glorify You Me with Your own self
with the glory which I had with You before the world was." John 17:5
Jesus voluntarily gave up much of His glory in the
incarnation. That is why Luke concluded his second chapter by saying this
about Jesus' boyhood:
"And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor
with God and man." Luke 2:52 KJVER
As God, He cannot "increase" in wisdom, because He already
possesses all the wisdom that exists. But as a man, He
temporarily set some of that wisdom aside so that He could identify with us, and
ultimately be our sacrifice for sin. However, after His death,
resurrection and ascension, He would regain that glory. That is why the
disciples should have rejoiced in John 14:28. They would rejoice for Him,
that He would be glorified; but they could also rejoice for themselves, for this
glorified Jesus would return one day for them, and, by extension, for us as
"Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God,
believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not
so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I
go and prepare a place, and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you
may also be." John 14:1-3 KJVER
**MEMORY VERSE OF THE
man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will
come to him, and make Our abode with him.
14:23 KJV ER
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