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Clear Evidences of Christ’s Deity in Hebrews 1

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2021 in deity of Christ

 

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Ruminating on ROMANS! (Some Thoughts on Paul’s Great Epistle) #24 “The Deity of the Messiah” (A Study of Romans 9)

Many of you know that my New Jersey friend Frank and I are reading through God’s Word together (described here). We’re now in the book of Romans and are reading chapter 9 each day this week.

What an incredible statement about the Lord Jesus, the Messiah, “who is God over all”! Here’s the Greek of that statement, for those who are into such things:

ὧν οἱ πατέρες, καὶ ἐξ ὧν ὁ χριστὸς τὸ κατὰ σάρκα, ὁ ὢν ἐπὶ πάντων, θεὸς εὐλογητὸς εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας· ἀμήν.

My literal translation would be: “of whom the fathers, and out of whom the according to the flesh Christ, who is over all things, God blessed for ever; amen.”

The New World Translation (the one used by Jehovah Witnesses) renders this verse: ”  To them the forefathers belong, and from them the Christ descended according to the flesh. God, who is over all, be praised forever. Amen.” Notice what their translation does: it adds the word “be.” In other words, they want the clear use of “God” to refer to Someone other than Christ, i.e., Jehovah!

A good article defending the translation of Christ as “God blessed for ever” can be found here. Aren’t you thankful for the full deity of the Lord Jesus?

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2021 in Romans 9

 

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What Do You KNOW? (A Study of I John 5:19-21)

We sometimes greet one another with the words, “Whadda know?” Well, what do you know? What do I know? Here in I John 5 John concludes his first epistle by reminding us of seven truths that we can count on, that we can know. Let’s look at the text:

Here’s what I see in this amazing text —

1. We know we belong to God — We are the children of God (v. 19).

2. We know that the whole world is under control of the evil one (v. 19).

3. We know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding (v. 20).

4. We know that that understanding was given that we might know the One who is true (v. 20).

5. We know that we are in the One who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ (v. 20).

6. We know that He is the true God and eternal life (v. 20).

7. We know that idolatry is real and we are to keep ourselves from idols (v. 21).

That’s a great list of truths that we KNOW! By having a relationship with the Son of God, we become His children, are made aware that this world is controlled by the evil one, and can be confident that we have understanding. The One whom we know is true and is God’s Son. And we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He, Jesus Christ, is the true God and eternal life. And we know that idolatry will take us away from Him.

Thank God for the knowledge He has given you today!

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2020 in I John 5

 

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Some Thoughts on the Book “What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian?” (Post #12): Chapter 11- “Jesus’ Identity”

We are reviewing this book by the United Methodist minister Martin Thielen entitled What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian? He has pointed out a number of areas where he rejects such doctrines as the sovereignty of God, the accuracy of the Bible, the exclusivity of Jesus as the only way to God, and the reality of eternal suffering for those who die without the Lord Jesus.

We now move to the second section of his book entitled “Ten Things Christians Do Need to Believe.” And he begins with the person of Christ. Sadly, he starts the chapter with a blasphemous story from the movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby in which the main character says grace and refers to Jesus as “dear Baby God” and “Dear Lord Baby Jesus.” He gives this illustration to point out that there are a variety of views of Jesus — which there are.

In this chapter Thielen affirms the Messiahship and the deity of the Lord Jesus. He says that “Jesus is worthy of our highest praise and ultimate loyalty” (71). He tells how as a teenager he affirmed his faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized the next Sunday. “It’s the most important thing I’ve ever done — or ever will do — in my entire life.” He then says, “My faith in Jesus Christ is the most important part of my life.”

MY RESPONSE: I am glad for Thielen’s testimony. The Bible teaches that conversion involves both repentance and faith in Christ, so I believe that when he says as a teenager that he knew “that I desperately needed him in my life,” this sounds like repentance to me. From what I can see in this chapter Thielen is a brother in Christ (with a number of theological issues). He affirms that the Person of Christ is “the heart of Christianity.” A couple of questions occur to me:

1. If Jesus is the heart of Christianity, then why does he quote people like Marcus Borg who clearly rejects the deity of Christ?
2. If his relationship with Jesus is the most important thing in his life, then why does God’s Word (the Bible) not function as his final authority for his other beliefs?

I’m sure I’ll have a lot more questions as we continue our review. But I am glad that he appears to be a brother in Christ. And yet, sometimes those who profess to be in the family of God produce the most dangerous beliefs about God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2019 in Jesus Christ

 

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Some Challenges from Colossians! (Part 6)

We are working our way through this incredible epistle of Colossians. As we think about the first chapter, we have seen Paul’s example in praying meaty, substantive prayers for these believers.

Let’s move on to another theme in chapter one — the Person of the Lord Jesus.  We read,

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

 

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2018 in Colossians 1

 

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Some Challenges from Colossians! (Part 2)

In our study of the epistle to the Colossians, we take a quick look at chapter two this morning.

The concept of fullness comes up again in this second chapter. As he “contends” for the Colossians and for those at Laodicean, he wants them to “have the full riches of complete understanding . . .” (v. 2).

Paul continues, “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness” (vv. 9-10).

We should seek the full riches of complete understanding in our fully divine Savior that we might be brought to fullness! Pursuing fullness today? In Him?

(By the way, Who does the nailing in v. 14?)

A Prayer for Fullness:  “Lord of Fullness, please forgive my satisfaction with my emptiness and my shallowness in spiritual things.  Give me a hunger and a thirst, Father, for a deeper walk with Your fully divine Son.  And with that fullness, give me a contentment that can only be found in Him.  Help me, Lord, to pray for that kind of fullness for those other than myself!  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.”

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2018 in COLOSSIANS 2

 

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What Did Jesus Pray About? (Part 19)

As we eavesdrop on this famous prayer from the Lord Jesus, we have to be impressed with how often He uses the word WORLD in His prayer.  We’ve looked at 15 of the 17 times He uses the term WORLD (cosmos), asking what He means by that term.  In some verses, He is referring to the PLANET, in some to the PEOPLE of the planet, and in a few to the PAGAN SYSTEM opposing God and the things of God.  Let’s look at His sixteenth use of the term WORLD found in verse 24.

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before 1the world began.

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of 2the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for 3the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in 4the world no longer, but they are still in 5the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in 6the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and 7the world has hated them, for they are not of 8the world any more than I am of 9the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of 10the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of 11the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into 12the world, I have sent them into 13the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 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 14the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then 15the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 “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 16the world.

25 “Righteous Father, though 17the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 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.”

 

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2017 in glory

 

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What Did Jesus Pray About? (Part 7)

What in the world is the Christian?  In this amazing prayer by the Lord Jesus we find Him focusing on His disciples and praying for them.  Today let’s look at the whole prayer and notice specifically what He says about His follower in the world:

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 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. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 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.

24 “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.

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 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.”

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2017 in the world

 

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What Did Jesus Pray About? (Part 4)

Jesus’ high priestly prayer in John 17 merits serious attention by the believer.  Let’s ask what prayer meant to Him. What does His prayer say about His relationship to the Father?  His relationship to us?  Here’s the section of that prayer we want to focus on one more time.

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

The Lord Jesus makes some astounding claims in these verses.  He claims a unique relationship with the Father, a claim that led to His execution.  He claims to have been given the authority to give eternal life to all that the Father has given Him!  And He asks that His pre-creation glory be restored!  Isaiah 42:8 says that Jehovah would not share His glory with another.  Here we learn that Jesus shared the Father’s glory.  The only conclusion possible is that Jesus is God the Son!

This is the One who is praying.  And if He, the very Son of God, needed to pray this way, how much more do we need to prostrate ourselves before the Lord?  For today.  And today’s challenges.  (to be continued)

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2017 in prayer

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 110)

Psalm 110

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The Lord says to my lord:

“Sit at my right hand
    until I make your enemies
    a footstool for your feet.”

The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying,
    “Rule in the midst of your enemies!”
Your troops will be willing
    on your day of battle.
Arrayed in holy splendor,
    your young men will come to you
    like dew from the morning’s womb.

The Lord has sworn
    and will not change his mind:
“You are a priest forever,
    in the order of Melchizedek.”

The Lord is at your right hand;
    he will crush kings on the day of his wrath.
6 He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead
    and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.
He will drink from a brook along the way,
    and so he will lift his head high.

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2017 in the Trinity

 

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