“Is ‘Jesus’ God? – 101”…Blog.
*** (John 8:58) Jesus said unto them, = Verily, verily, = I say unto you, = Before Abraham was, = I AM.
*** (Exodus 3:13-14) And Moses said to God, = Behold, when I come to the sons of Israel, = and shall ‘say’ to them, = The God of your fathers has sent me to you, = and they shall ‘say’ to me, = What is His name? = What shall I say to them?
(Exo 3:14) And God = said to Moses, = I AM = THAT I AM. = And He said, = So you shall say = to the sons of Israel, = I AM = has sent me to you.
Yesterday, I spoke with… some Jehovah Witnesses. Perhaps you have too… and have ‘not’ been able to refute; their False Teaching? All “Cults”… have the same philosophy; that Jesus is “Not God!” Many do ‘not’ know their Bibles well enough… to refute thee “Lies!” Furthermore… because the JW’s have to turn in; an ‘accounting’… of their “Study & Witnessing” to their ‘Kingdom Hall [church]”… least they be “Dis–Fellowshipped!” [X-communicated]… Most ‘know’ what they believe and how to defend their beliefs; against Christians. What a ‘shame’ to us… who call the “Blessed Name of Christ Jesus”… and then ‘cannot’… “Refute their LIES!”
*** (1Corinthians 2:12-to-16) But we have ‘not’ received the spirit of the world, = but the [Holy] Spirit from God, = so that we might ‘know’ = the things that are ‘freely’ given to us = by God.
(1Co 2:13) These things we ‘also’ speak, = ‘not’ in words which man's wisdom teaches, = but which the Holy Spirit ‘teaches’, = ‘comparing’ spiritual things = with spiritual.
(1Co 2:14) But the natural man = does ‘not’ receive = the things of the Spirit of God, = for they are ‘foolishness’ to him; = neither can he ‘know’ them, = because = they are spiritually discerned.
(1Co 2:15) But he who is ‘spiritual’ [Romans 8:9] = ‘judges’ all things, = yet he himself = is judged by no one.
(1Co 2:16) For who has known = the mind of the Lord, = that he may instruct Him? = But we ‘have’ the mind of Christ.
The “Foundation of Truth”…! What is it…? If you believe the Bible as the “Only Authority of God”… that is the basis for discussion. Many times I will simply ask… “Do you believe that the Bible is God’s Word… whether you can understand it or not”…? Most will answer… “Yes!” Then I simply ask them… “Who Raised the ‘Body’ of Jesus?” Most will answer… “God Did!” Simply ask them to open their Bibles to John 2:19-to-22… and read it “Out loud!” They will be taken back… because Jesus said HE would raise His Own Body… and His Disciples… Understood Him!
*** (John 2:19-to-22) Jesus answered them, = “Destroy this Temple, = and = in ‘three’ days I will rebuild it.”
(Joh 2:20) The Jews said, = “This sanctuary has been ‘under’ construction for forty-six years, = and = you're going to ‘rebuild’ it = in three days?"
(Joh 2:21) But the sanctuary = He was speaking about = was His ‘own’ body.
(Joh 2:22) After He = had been raised from the dead, = His disciples ‘remembered’ = that He had said this. = So they ‘believed’ the Scripture = and = the statement that Jesus had ‘made’.
*** (John 10:17-18) This is why the Father [God] = loves Me, = because = I [Jesus] lay down My life = in order to = take it up again.
(Joh 10:18) No one = is taking it from Me; = I lay it down of My own free will. = I have the ‘authority’ = to lay it ‘down’, = and I have the authority = to take it ‘back’ again. = This is a command = that I have received from My Father."
About “Now”… some sharp JW’s will say, “I don’t completely understand these Bible Verses, perhaps I may come back and discuss it with You?” I ask them to ‘Promise’ to come back; they promise… but ‘never’ return! They have a series of commentaries… that tell them ‘what’ the Bible means. Without it… they ‘cannot’; think for themselves. Then I ask them… “Who Only”… is to be Worshiped… by Command of God? They will say… “Only God is to b e Worshiped”… just as Jesus told the Satan… after his FAST; for “40-days & nights!” Share this with them…!
*** (Luke 4:5-to-8) And the Devil, = leading Him [Jesus] up into a high mountain, = ‘showed’ Him = ‘all’ the kingdoms of the world = in a moment of time.
(Luke 4:6) And the Devil = said to Him, = ‘All’ this power = I will ‘give’ you, = and = the ‘glory’ of them; = for it has been ‘delivered’ to me. = And = I ‘give’ it = to ‘whomever’ I will.
(Luke 4:7) Therefore = ‘if’ = you will ‘worship’ me, = ‘all’ = shall be yours.
(Luke 4:8) And Jesus ‘answered’ = and said to him, = Get behind Me, Satan! = For “it is written”, = “You shall ‘worship’ the Lord your God, = and = Him ‘only’ = shall you serve.”
*** (Hebrews 1:5-to-8) For to ‘which’ of the angels [None!] = did He [God] = say at ‘any’ time, = “You are My Son, = this day I [God] = have ‘begotten’ You [Jesus]?” = And again, = “I will be to Him [Jesus] a Father [God], = and = He [Jesus] = shall be to Me [God] = a Son?"
(Heb 1:6) And again, = when He [God] = brings in the First-born [Jesus] = into the world, = He [God] says, = “And let ‘all’ the angels of God = “WORSHIP” = Him [Jesus].”
(Heb 1:7) And of ‘the angels’ = He [God] says, = “Who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire.”
(Heb 1:8) But to the Son [Jesus] = He [God] says, = “Your throne, = O God [Jesus], = is forever and ever. = A scepter of ‘righteousness’ = is the scepter of = Your [Jesus] kingdom.
About then… the “JW” will say… “You Believe in the Trinity!” God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost!” I simply respond… The Word… “Trinity”… is Not in the Bible; it is a term coined by that ‘False Christian’ = “Catholic Church!” Or do you mean… the “Trinity”… spoken about in… “Revelation 20:10” And = the Devil = who deceived them was cast into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone, = where = the Beast = and = the False Prophet = were . = And he will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
*** (Mark 12:29) And Jesus answered him, = The first of all the commandments is, = “Hear, O Israel, = the Lord our God = is ‘one’ Lord;”
*** (James 2:19) You believe that there is = ‘one’ God. = That's fine! = Even the ‘demons’ = ‘believe’ that = and = tremble with fear.
*** (Isaiah 44:6) So says Jehovah, = the King of Israel, = and = His redeemer = Jehovah of Hosts; = I am the first, = and = I am the last; = and = besides Me = there is ‘no’ God.
Then I tell them… I ‘only’ believe in “One God”… as it is written; in the Scriptures… don’t ‘You?’ They then say… “Why do so ‘many’ Christians; believe in the Trinity?” Well… “Not All” that ‘say’ they are Christians… are “Truly Born Again”… by “God’s Holy Spirit!” Then I ask them again… “Do You believe the Bible”… even though you cannot understand all of it..? Most will answer… ‘Yes!’ Some will immediately say they have a Prior Appointment!
The Holy Spirit is called… “GOD!” He too… “Raised”… the Body of Jesus…!
*** (Acts 5:3-4) But Peter said, Ananias, = why has Satan filled your heart = for you to lie = to the Holy Spirit, = and = to keep back part of the price of the land?
(Act 5:4) While it remained, = was it not your own? = And after it was sold, = was it not in your own authority? = Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? = You have ‘not’ lied to men, = but to God.
*** (John 7:38) The one who believes in Me [Jesus],= as the Scripture has said, = will have rivers of living water flowing from his heart."
(Joh 7:39) Now He [Jesus] = said this about the [Holy] Spirit, = Whom those who were believing in Him [Jesus] were to receive. = For the [Holy] Spirit was not yet present, = because Jesus had not yet been glorified.
*** (Rom 8:10-11) And if Christ is in you, = indeed the body is dead because of sin, = but the [Holy] Spirit is life = because of righteousness.
(Rom 8:11) But if the [Holy] Spirit of the One = Who ‘raised’ up Jesus from the dead = dwells in you, = the One = Who ‘raised’ up Christ from the dead = shall ‘also’ make your mortal bodies alive = by His Spirit = Who dwells in you.
In the Essence of the… “One God” of the Bible = He sometimes ‘reveals’ Himself = to His creation, mankind = in three “Separate Persons” = each called God = and yet = there is “Only One God!” To ‘finite’ human beings = He God = is “Eternal” = and chooses to reveal Himself to us = in these ‘three’ separate persons = through His ‘completed’ Holy Word = the Bible.
*** (Matthew 3:16-17) And Jesus, when He had been baptized, = went up immediately out of the water. = And lo, the heavens were opened to him, = and he saw = the Spirit of God = descending like a dove = and lighting upon Him [Jesus].
(Matt 3:17) And lo, a voice from Heaven, saying, = This is My [God] = beloved Son [Jesus], = in Whom I [God] am well pleased.
*** (Mark 1:9-10-11) And it happened in those days that = Jesus = came from Nazareth of Galilee = and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
(Mark 1:10) And immediately coming up out of the water, = he saw the heavens opened, = and = the Spirit like a dove = descending upon = Him [Jesus].
(Mark 1:11) And there came a voice from Heaven, saying, = You [Jesus] = are My [God’s]= beloved Son, = in Whom [Jesus] = I [God] = am well pleased.
*** (John 1:31-to-34) And I [John the Baptist] = did not know Him [Jesus – the Lamb of God], = but that He [Jesus] = be revealed to Israel, = therefore I have come baptizing with water.
(John 1:32) And John bore record, = saying, = I saw = the [Holy] Spirit = descending from Heaven = like a dove, = and = He [The Holy Spirit] = abode on Him [Jesus].
(John 1:33) And I did not know Him [Jesus], = but He [God] = Who [God] sent me [John] = to baptize with water, = that One [God] said to me [John], = Upon Whom [Jesus] = you [John] shall see = the Spirit = descending, = and = remaining upon Him [Jesus], = He is the One [Christ] = Who baptizes = = with the Holy Spirit.
(John 1:34) And I saw and bore record that this is the Son of God.
Each of these… ‘Records’ in the Bible… Jesus the Son, the Father God and the Holy Spirit were all present… at one time… in ‘space & time’… at the Water Baptism of Jesus! You may simply believe = because it is in the ‘Bible’ and “God said it!” Do you understand “Cyberspace” and how you use a computer to get the information off the Internet? Do you understand the workings and ‘Electronic Architecture’ of the ‘Dual Core Processing Chip’… that runs your computer? Perhaps not… but you “Do Believe: it is real… even though you “Cannot Understand” the electronics… “Don’t You?” If you did not… you would not use your computer… to connect with others.
*** (Psalms 138:2) I will worship toward Your holy temple, = and praise Your name = for Your loving-kindness = and = for Your truth's sake; = for You [God] = have ‘magnified’ Your Word = ‘above’ = ‘all’ Your name.
A Simple Review…!
1. Jesus said He is the “I AM”… The God called I AM… John 8:58 & Exodus 3:13-14. [save this one… for the end of your discussion]
2. Unless you are Born Again by God’s Holy Spirit… You ‘cannot’ understand the Scriptures! 1Corinthains 2:12-to-16.
3. The Bible is our Only Point of Reference = “Not” = what some ‘Church’ or ‘Denominations’ = teaches = or = preaches.
4. Jesus raised His Own Body = John 2:19-to-22 & John 10:17-18.
5. Only GOD is to be “Worshiped”… Jesus and the Scriptures says SO! Luke 4:5-to-8
6. God the Father… commanded His entire Angelic Realm… to Worship Jesus! Hebrews 1:5-to-8, Psalms 110:1.
7. The Holy Spirit… Who is God: raised the body of Jesus = Acts 5:3-4; John 7:38-39; Romans 8:10-11
8. God the Father… God the Son, Jesus… and God the Holy Spirit… are all “Revealed in the Holy Scriptures… yet separate… and yet there is ‘Only’… “One God!”
9. There are “Many More” such verses… You have to find them when you study the Bible!
Thanks, Love in Christ, Roger / Ezekiel 3:18-to-21.