38 Bible Reasons Why Jesus is Not God Answered, Part 2

The discussion at the Islam and Christianity Debate Group has continued.  Here are the next points (13–21) of the original 38 which I have addressed so far.

13- Jesus always confessed he is just a prophet sent by God (Matthew 21:10-11)

 

The wording of this objection actually goes against or beyond the evidence found in the Bible when we consider just what Prophet is being referred to, as shown by the cross references for Matthew 21:11.

 

Mat 21:10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?

Mat 21:11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

 

Matthew 21:11

the multitude said. Mat 21:46, Luk 18:36.

This is Jesus. Mat 16:13-14, Deut 18:15-19, Mar 10:47, Luk 7:16; Luk 24:19, Joh 7:39-40; Joh 9:17; Joh 18:5, Act 3:22-23; Act 7:37.

the prophet. Mat 21:46, Mar 6:15, Luk 7:16; Luk 7:39; Luk 9:8; Luk 9:19; Luk 13:33; Luk 24:19, Joh 1:21; Joh 1:25; Joh 4:19; +Joh 6:14; Joh 7:40-42; Joh 7:52; Joh 9:17, +Act 3:22; +Act 3:23; Act 7:37.

of Nazareth. +Mat 2:23, +Mar 1:24; Mar 14:67, Joh 1:45-46; Joh 6:14.

of Galilee. +Mat 2:22; Mat 26:69, +Jos 20:7, +*Joh 7:52, Act 2:7.

 

A good rule of Bible study and interpretation is to read the context of the verse or verses being studied. Just before this passage, Jesus rode into Jerusalem in what has been titled “The Triumphal Entry” in fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9 as to the event, and the fulfillment of Psalm 118:26 as to the words sung in Messiah’s praise. Note those words cited by Matthew at Matthew 21:9, “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.” Mark 11:10, a parallel passage, reads “Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.” Concerning this title “Lord,” Jesus asked a question that silenced the unbelieving Pharisees and others in His day and since who could not answer it:

 

Mat 22:41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,

Mat 22:42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David.

Mat 22:43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,

Mat 22:44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?

Mat 22:45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?

Mat 22:46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

 

The question the Pharisees were unwilling to answer, and in their unbelief could not answer, is the question about who, exactly, is Jesus Christ? He is not merely a prophet, or “just a prophet.” The people recognized that Jesus was “that Prophet” (John 6:14) which was to come, as prophesied by Moses in Deuteronomy 18:15-18,

 

Deu 18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;

Deu 18:16 According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.

Deu 18:17 And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken.

Deu 18:18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

Deu 18:19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

Deu 18:20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.

 

These themes make for a very rich study in the Bible by consulting the cross references given for each verse I have referred to.

 

By no means does this supposed objection rise to the level of being a refutation of the Bible truth that Jesus Christ is “that Prophet” that should come, and that He as the true Messiah of Israel does not possess the quality of Deity.

 

Ayigbe Eseme, I shall answer the next of the 38 Bible reasons why Jesus is Not God:

 

14- God Declared Himself to be God, Jesus didn’t (Ezekiel 20:20)

 

Once again, to understand any work of literature, and especially the Bible, we must carefully follow the 24 Rules of Interpretation, that I have presented in the October 2010 archives. In this instance, I am referring specifically to my Rule 22,

 

  1. Much important truth found in the Bible can only be derived from the Bible by means of necessary inference derived from a careful study and comparison of related Bible passages. (http://www.realbiblestudy.com/?p=66 )

 

Recall that I have established, in this discussion, that while God is invisible and has never been seen by man (John 1:18), yet there are many references in the Old Testament to instances where the Bible records or states that men and women have at times seen God (Genesis 32:30; Exodus 24:9, 10; Exodus 33:11; Matthew 5:8). See especially Genesis 12:7 and Genesis 17:1. Careful study of the Bible cross references I have shared before show that Abraham saw God, also named as Jehovah, and the Angel of Jehovah. Further study of related cross references establishes that when people saw God, they saw the Angel of Jehovah, who is sometimes called God, and that these appearances of the Angel of Jehovah to Abraham and to Isaiah were shown to be appearances of Jesus Christ in His pre-incarnate form, witness the claim of Jesus Christ, “Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58). I pointed out that the evidence from Genesis 19:24 demonstrates the existences of two Persons appearing simultaneously on the same scene, each called Jehovah. I have mentioned that the New Testament contains many instances of applying to our Lord Jesus Christ what is said of Jehovah in the Old Testament.

 

Having these facts in mind, a careful reading of the whole of Ezekiel 20 will show that even in this chapter, reference is made to a Person that we learn from the rest of Scripture is the Person we now know as Jesus Christ.

 

All this being the case, let us ask the question, If Jesus is truly God, why did he not plainly say so?

 

The answer is clearly, because people, even His own disciples, were not prepared to hear such profound truth all at once (John 16:12).

 

Joh 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

 

Jesus followed this remarkable statement with a specific promise that more truth was forthcoming (John 16:13) to them and for them in the immediate future by means of the promised Holy Spirit they would soon receive,

 

Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

 

God does not force us to believe His truth. Unfortunately, some have used physical force, both in history, and continuing until today, to violate the principle of religious freedom. God, as recorded in His written word, the Bible, pleads with us to choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19), but many, exercising their free will unwisely, fail to do so.

 

When Jesus Christ, the Messiah of Israel, actually appeared in history according to the Messianic Promise given abundantly in many Messianic Prophecies in the Old Testament, he exercised restraint by not forcing people to believe in Him by providing inescapable evidence that would be so overbearing as to thwart their free will. But He did provide enough evidence that the pure in heart would recognize Him for who He is, while the rest, blinded to spiritual truth, walk on in darkness and remain forever lost.

 

It seems like a long time ago that I last answered one of these 38 Bible reasons Jesus is not God, as kindly provided by Ayigbe Eseme for consideration. Here at last is my answer for reason 15,

 

15- Jesus told his real mission was to preach not sacrifice Mark 1:38)

 

Mar 1:38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.

 

To derive from this text of Scripture that the only mission of Jesus was to preach, and not sacrifice Himself for our sins, is to draw inferences from this passage that are not warranted when we consult more statements on this subject in the New Testament.

 

Such a statement, given as reason 15, violates the rules of Bible interpretation, specifically the rule that when determining what the Bible teaches about any subject it mentions, we must consider all that the Bible says about the subject.

 

The answer to the question, “Why did Jesus come?” is answered in part by Luke 19:10,

 

Luk 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

 

Mat 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

 

Mat 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

 

Reason 15 violates another important Rule of Interpretation, the rule which tells us we must not “cherry-pick” the evidence, but must include any evidence bearing on the subject at hand, especially evidence that contradicts our position.

 

In this case, to suggest that the Bible teaches that Jesus came to preach, but not sacrifice, based upon Mark 1:38, is mistaken because this conclusion goes beyond the scope of the context it is cited from in the Gospel of Mark. The same mistake is made when Muslim interpreters try to use Matthew 15:24 to suggest Jesus came only to minister to the “lost sheep of Israel,” which is only asserted by the Bible to be the purpose of that specific mission of the 70 on that one occasion.

 

To suggest that Jesus came only to preach, and not sacrifice, an assertion drawn from Mark 1:38, is mistaken because other passages, including Matthew 20:28, tell us that Jesus came “to give his life a ransom for many.” There are many more passages in the Bible that confirm this stated purpose of Jesus Christ, including John 1:29,

 

Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

 

See also:

 

Joh 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

Joh 10:15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

Joh 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

Joh 10:17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

Joh 10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

 

Joh 11:50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.

Joh 11:51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;

Joh 11:52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.

 

Gal 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

Gal 1:5 To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

 

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

 

1Ti 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

 

Heb 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

 

1Pe 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

1Pe 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

 

1Pe 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

 

1Pe 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

 

Rev 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

Rev 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

 

I have given you a representative sampling of the Bible cross references I have collected for Matthew 20:28 on this subject to show you that from Matthew to Revelation, the New Testament from beginning to end testifies to the historical fact that Jesus came to become a sacrifice for our sins on the cross.

 

This evidence proves that reason 15 cannot be substantiated from the Bible, and is therefore mistaken.

16- Jesus desired Mercy not Sacrifice (Matthew 9:13)

 

Mat 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

 

This is the response Jesus gave to the Pharisees who disapproved of how Jesus was able to keep company with people they frowned upon and were prejudiced against:

 

Mat 9:10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.

Mat 9:11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?

 

They thought Jesus should not eat with such people as publicans (tax collectors) and sinners.

 

Mat 9:12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

Mat 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

 

Jesus let the Pharisees know that they needed to get a better grasp of what the Bible teaches. He directed them to the verse from the Old Testament that He quoted in part from Hosea 6:6,

 

Hos 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

 

The Pharisees were lacking in their knowledge of God because their knowledge and understanding of the Bible was flawed.

 

So, for anyone or for any church or religion to deny that Jesus came to give Himself as a sacrifice for our sins is equally lacking both in knowledge of the Bible and in the knowledge of God.

 

Jesus must be a man or he could not die for our sins. But Jesus must be deity or God for His sacrifice to have standing with God and to be sufficient for all men for whom He died.

 

That is what the Bible teaches. If you don’t think the Bible teaches that, then you need to ask me some more questions about the Bible on this point and I will be more than happy to clarify this with more evidence from the Bible.

 

17- Jesus referred to himself as Servant: Matthew 10:24, 24:45, 12:18 John 13:16

 

Mat 10:24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.

 

This text has no obvious connection with the idea that Jesus did or did not claim to be God. In the minds of some Muslims, apparently, the fact that Jesus repeatedly took the position of a servant means He could not possibly have ever claimed He was more than a man. This shows a willful disregard for and a willful disbelief in the full record of what is revealed in the New Testament about just Who Jesus is, and a lack of deep knowledge of what the Old Testament prophets predicted about the future Messiah.

 

Mat 24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

 

The Jehovah Witnesses have totally misunderstood this verse. They stake their claim to be God’s only “good and faithful servant,” divinely authorized to correctly teach the truth of what the Bible says upon this verse. They claim they are the only organization God has authorized “to give them meat in due season.” It may be that some Muslims have been led astray from the truth of the Bible by giving heed to the doctrines of this false cult.

 

If we consider the context of Matthew 24:45, we learn that Jesus was speaking of the imminence of His Second Coming, for in Matthew 24:44 He said,

 

Mat 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

 

The wise servant, Jesus tells us, lives in the expectation of the return of his master, just as believers in Christ should always live in a manner that would be pleasing to Jesus Christ, and not be caught by surprise at His sudden return to be found doing what before the presence of Jesus Christ would be very embarrassing.

 

Nothing in this text at Matthew 24:45 has anything to do with the issue of whether Jesus Christ possesses true Deity.

 

Mat 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

 

Matthew 12:18 is a citation of Messianic Prophecy from Isaiah 41:8 and Isaiah 42:1. Notice that this Messianic Prophecy which was fulfilled by our Lord Jesus Christ, as specifically declared in Matthew 12:17, presents Jesus Christ as God’s servant, in Whom God declares He is well pleased, as stated in Matthew 3:17,

 

Mat 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

 

This is. “This is my beloved son” was the Divine formula of anointing Messiah for the office of Prophet (Mat 3:17); also for that of Priest (Mat 17:5); and “Thou art My Son” for that of King (Psa 2:7, Act 13:33, Heb 1:5; Heb 5:5).

 

This corollary passage PROVES that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, for God Himself says so. To deny this is to deny the very words of God Himself, and shows that those who do so have no proper relationship to Him because they are in flagrant unbelief.

 

A bit more about Matthew 12:18.

 

Behold. From the Hebrew direct; but the last clause differs, because the Holy Spirit is recording the act of fulfillment, and varying it by way of Divine comment (CB). Note: This prophecy is expressly referred to the Messiah by the Targumist, who renders, “Behold my servant the Messiah,” etc. ha audi mesheecha; and it was amply fulfilled in the gentle, lowly, condescending, and beneficent nature of Christ’s miracles and personal ministry, his perseverance in the midst of opposition, without engaging in contentious disputation, and his kind and tender dealing with weak and tempted believers. >Isa 42:1-4.

 

The FACT that Isaiah 42:1 is applied as a Messianic Prophecy to Jesus Christ demonstrates that His ministry is not restricted to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” but that His ministry extends to the Gentiles. This directly refutes the false claim of Muslims that Jesus came only for the Jews, a claim based upon their misinterpretation of Matthew 15:24. Muslims hang on to this mistaken interpretation in order to justify their false claim that Mohammed was the promised Prophet to succeed Jesus Christ who would minister to the Gentiles, since, according to them, Jesus did not.

 

Lastly, as for John 13:16,

 

Joh 13:16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

 

This text cannot legitimately be used to suggest that since Jesus is only a servant, He cannot be anything more than a man and a prophet.

 

Jesus had just given an example of His humility and willingness to serve others in even a very menial task, washing the disciples’ feet.

 

Jesus was, after all, their Lord and Master.

 

By divine revelation given to Paul to communicate to us, the fact that Jesus Christ was truly a servant is applied in Philippians 2:5-11,

 

Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Php 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

Notice carefully that God in His inspired Word comes to a conclusion directly opposite to the conclusion that Muslims do.

 

18- Jesus referred to himself as Prophet:

 

Matthew 8:20 13:16, 21:11, Mark 6:15, 6;4, 9;37, Luke 7:16, 9:8, 9:19, John 13:17, 7:16, 6:14, 7:40

 

Mat 8:20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

 

the Son of man. He Who has dominion in the earth (CB). The title “Son of Man” occurs here first in the New Testament, where it is only applied to Christ; and always by himself and in the Gospels, with one exception—Act_7:56, It is the title of his human nature, as is the corresponding title, “Son of God,” of his divine; and may be observed to be the name he takes when speaking of himself as acting in connection with earth, as the latter is the name which more immediately connects him with heaven. Accordingly he not only designates himself the Son of Man in those passages which speak of his sufferings and humiliation; as here, and Mat 17:23; Mat 20:18-19; Mat 26:24, Joh 3:14, etc. but also, it is remarkable, in those which speak of his Second Advent and mediatorial reign on earth, as in Mat 16:27-28; Mat 24:27; Mat 24:30; Mat 24:37; Mat 24:39; Mat 24:44; Mat 25:31, Mar 8:38, Luk 21:36, Joh 5:27. See also the prophecy of “The Son of Man” in Dan 7:13-14 (in reference to which no doubt, as the prophecy which expressly so names him, the title was taken by the Savior) where it is given him in this same connection; and compare Psalms 8 all, and Psa 80:17 (De Burgh).

 

The point our Muslim friends would make from this verse is unclear to me, for it does not appear to be connected with Jesus referring to Himself as Prophet. Nevertheless, since it deals with a topic which will appear later on the list of 38 Reasons Jesus Cannot be God, I present the documentation at this point of the significance of the title Son of Man.

 

Mat 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

Mat 13:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Mat 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

Mat 13:17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

 

Jesus speaks of many prophets and righteous men who have desired to see those things which his hearers were seeing, but they have not been given the privilege to see them, and to hear the things which they were hearing at his mouth, but were never privileged to hear these words of Messiah. But in the context here, Jesus does not include Himself among the rank of prophets which came before Him. In another place Jesus plainly said of Himself, “but a greater than Solomon is here” (Matthew 12:42; Luke 11:31).

 

Mat 21:11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

 

the prophet. Mat 21:46, Mar 6:15, Luk 7:16; Luk 7:39; Luk 9:8; Luk 9:19; Luk 13:33; Luk 24:19, Joh 1:21; Joh 1:25; Joh 4:19; +Joh 6:14; Joh 7:40-42; Joh 7:52; Joh 9:17, +Act 3:22; +Act 3:23; Act 7:37.

 

A careful study of the cross references I have furnished which shed light on the words “the prophet” will lead to a more complete understanding of Jesus as Messiah, predicted by Moses, and in that prediction called “that Prophet” which was to be like him.

 

John the Baptist, highly regarded by the people of his day as a prophet, was asked by the Jewish authorities, “Art thou that Prophet”? To this question he answered “No” (John 1:21). This title is properly applied to our Lord Jesus Christ, as the cross references I shared right above to Matthew 21:11 plainly show.

 

Some of the references given for Reason 18 are apparently transcribed wrong, so I will not discuss them. The point can be made that the Messiah was to be a Prophet, A Priest, and a King. Jesus Christ fully meets the qualifications to be truly each of these. None of these facts about Jesus Christ diminish the fact that Jesus is both human and divine at the same time, as is taught in the Bible, Old Testament and New.

 

19A- Jesus referred to himself as Son of Man:

 

Matthew 5:9, 17:22, 8:20, 18:11, 26:2, Luke 9:22, John 5:27

 

Mat 8:20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

 

I have provided the following notes on the title “Son of man” in my recent work, published just last year, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury, at Matthew 8:20 where this title first occurs:

 

the Son of man. He Who has dominion in the earth (CB). The title “Son of Man” occurs here first in the New Testament, where it is only applied to Christ; and always by himself and in the Gospels, with one exception—Act 7:56, It is the title of his human nature, as is the corresponding title, “Son of God,” of his divine; and may be observed to be the name he takes when speaking of himself as acting in connection with earth, as the latter is the name which more immediately connects him with heaven. Accordingly he not only designates himself the Son of Man in those passages which speak of his sufferings and humiliation; as here, and Mat 17:23; Mat 20:18-19; Mat 26:24, Joh 3:14, etc. but also, it is remarkable, in those which speak of his Second Advent and mediatorial reign on earth, as in Mat 16:27-28; Mat 24:27; Mat 24:30; Mat 24:37; Mat 24:39; Mat 24:44; Mat 25:31, Mar 8:38, Luk 21:36, Joh 5:27. See also the prophecy of “The Son of Man” in Dan 7:13-14 (in reference to which no doubt, as the prophecy which expressly so names him, the title was taken by the Savior) where it is given him in this same connection; and compare Psalms 8 all, and Psa 80:17 (De Burgh).

 

There is much information compressed into this note, so it is worth your careful study. I suspect many Bible believing, Bible reading Christians are not aware of these details about the significance of this Messianic Title, The Son of Man.

 

Mat 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

 

I do not understand the bearing of Matthew 5:9 upon the title “Son of Man” because it does not contain the term, nor is it found in the immediate context. It may be a mistaken reference.

 

Mat 17:22 And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:

Mat 17:23 And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.

 

Jesus uses the title “The Son of Man” in this very important prediction He made regarding His impending death upon the cross, that he would be raised again to physical life the third day after he was buried, for He predicted here that He would be resurrected from the dead.

 

These predictions were fulfilled to the letter. Those who deny that Jesus Christ ever died are very mistaken, for they directly contradict the repeated words of Jesus Christ. Those who deny that Jesus was bodily resurrected from the dead likewise deny the very words of Jesus Christ. Such persons or religions do not hold a correct view of Jesus Christ, and are actually antichrist, for no one can be in a right relationship with God who contradicts the very words of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

 

Mat 26:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples,

Mat 26:2 Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.

 

Notice Jesus Christ predicted when and that he would be betrayed, and he predicted the manner of His death: crucifixion. To say Jesus was not killed, to say Jesus did not die, to deny that Jesus was crucified, is to directly deny what Jesus Christ explicitly said and predicted. There is no basis one can properly claim to honor Jesus Christ when His words, His predictions, are denied and contradicted. Those who deny the words of Christ are unbelievers, and unless they repent and believe the words Jesus has spoken, will remain lost and spend eternity in hell. That is what the Bible teaches.

 

Luk 9:18 And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?

Luk 9:19 They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.

Luk 9:20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.

 

Luk 9:21 And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing;

Luk 9:22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.

 

Once again, Jesus Christ predicted His death and subsequent resurrection on the third day, and indeed referred to Himself as “The Son of Man.”

 

Joh 5:27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

Joh 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

Joh 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

 

God the Father has given Jesus Christ the authority to execute the judgment of all men, and call them forth in resurrection for final judgment, and consign them to either heaven or hell, to experience for all eternity the resurrection of life if they are saved, or the resurrection of damnation if they are lost.

 

Surely, for Jesus Christ to have this power and authority He must be able to exercise omniscience, a power and divine attribute that only God can possess or exercise. Omniscience is one of the incommunicable attributes: it is an attribute which cannot be shared with or given to someone else for it can only be possessed by God. This PROVES, therefore, that Jesus Christ as the Son of Man is also in His divine nature also God.

 

19B-Jesus referred to Himself as the Son of God

 

To make this discussion both more balanced and complete, I have added Point 19B. Not to include a discussion of Jesus as the Son of God when we have discussed Jesus as the Son of Man is to violate the Rules of Bible Interpretation by leaving this closely related central subject out of the discussion.

 

Dan 3:25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

 

This is an instance of the appearance of the Son of God who protected Daniel’s three friends who had been cast into the fiery furnace.

 

Mat 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

 

The First Class Condition of “If” used here grammatically indicates that Satan had no doubt about Jesus truly being the Son of God.

 

Mat 8:29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

 

Note that the demons knew that Jesus Christ was truly the Son of God, and knew that He had the authority to “torment us before the time,” because Jesus had the authority to judge and send them to their final destination in the Lake of Fire. They, therefore, believed in the deity of Christ. Remember that James speaks of the fact that “the devils also believe and tremble” (James 2:19).

 

Mat 14:33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

 

Under these circumstances, the disciples recognized that Jesus Christ is truly the Son of God, and they worshipped Him. What this context requires, when Jesus had just saved their lives from a terrific storm by calming the storm with a word, obeisance will not do as a proper translation here. Jesus Christ displayed the divine attributes of Omnipotence and Sovereignty, for He is in control of nature—once again demonstrating Jesus possesses yet another of the incommunicable attributes, PROVING His Deity.

 

Mat 26:63 But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.

Mat 26:64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

 

In court, at His trial, the high priest demanded that Jesus tell them whether he is the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus strongly affirmed that He was, indeed, and that hereafter He would be seen as the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, that is God, and that He would be seen coming in the clouds of heaven.

 

These are stupendous claims, and if true—and they are—then Jesus clearly possesses Deity, and is therefore God the Son.

 

Mat_27:40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.

 

His enemies clearly knew that Jesus Christ claimed to be the Son of God, and taunted Him, saying that if He is the Son of God, come down from the cross. If you say Jesus Christ did not die on the cross, you’ve got quite a problem with this historical record and eye witness account, for how could the enemies of Christ in mockery suggest that he come down from the cross if He never was on the cross? And don’t suggest the foolishness that they punished and crucified the wrong man!

 

Mat 27:54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

 

the Son of God. Note: Since they were Romans that said this, some think it evident that they meant to say that he was not only an innocent, but altogether a just man, as in Luke 23:47, But in fact that expression is explained by this; for, as Jesus was crucified by the Jews for saying that he was “the Son of God;” so if he were a righteous man, and unjustly condemned, he must be “the Son of God.” Some render, “a son of a god,” that is, according to the pagan notions, a hero, or demi-god, such as Hercules, Bacchus, etc. But in this, and in some other places, the article is omitted before uios, son, when it is used in the highest sense; and Bishop Middleton, on the Greek article, has shown, that theou uios, son of God, and uios tou theou, “the son of God,” are used without any exact discrimination. “The centurion,” as he observes, “could not fail to know the alleged blasphemy for which our Saviour suffered; and had he intended, in heathen phraseology, to express his admiration of our Saviour’s conduct, he would not have called our Saviour theou uios.”

 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

begotten. Gr. monogenes, S# G3439, +Luke 7:12, lit. the only one of a family, unique of its kind. Monogenes, applied to Jesus, expresses the unique and eternal relationship of the Son to the Father. As firstborn does not mean born first (Col 1:15 note), neither does only begotten imply a begetting, birth, or origin in time. In His pre-existence, Jesus was always uniquely the Son of God (Psa 2:7, +*Isa 9:6, Heb 1:8). When used of Christ, only begotten speaks of “unoriginated relationship.” Only begotten “indicates that as the Son of God He was the sole representative of the Being and character of the One who sent Him” (Vine, Expository Dictionary, vol. 3, p. 140). It is a word picture which portrays the relationship of the Father to the Son in the terms of a Middle Eastern patriarchal family (**Gen 21:12; Gen 22:2; Gen 22:12; Gen 22:16, Heb 11:17). Isaac, termed Abraham’s only begotten son (Heb 11:17), though Abraham had a prior son Ishmael by Hagar (Gen 16:15) and later sons by Keturah (Gen 25:1-4, 1Ch 1:32-33), sustains a unique relationship to Abraham as the son of promise (Gal 4:23). The same picture, portrayed in parable (Mat 21:37), emphasizes the unique authority of Jesus as sent by the Father (John 20:21, 1Jn 4:9), and our responsibility to receive the truth declared by Him (John 1:14; Joh 1:18; Joh 3:18, Mat 17:5).

 

20- Jesus referred to himself as a Slave: John 13:16, Matthew 10:24

 

Mat 10:24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. (KJV)

 

Mat 10:24 No pupil is better than his teacher, and no slave is better than his master. (Williams NT)

 

Mat 10:24 “A disciple is not greater than his teacher, nor a slave greater than his master. (NET Bible)

 

Mat 10:24 The disciple is not above his teacher, nor the bondman above his lord. (Darby)

 

I suspect that the issue in a Moslem’s mind might be the question, “If Jesus is a Slave, how could He be God or equal to God?”

 

With respect to our Lord Jesus Christ, the term “servant” or as sometimes translated, the term “slave” (though from a cultural perspective more accurately rendered “bondman,” as by the Darby translation), rendered by the KJV as “servant,” the point of the term “servant” is that it marks the voluntary subservience of our Lord Jesus Christ to the Father in His permanent relation to the Father. Thus, Jesus Christ is subordinate to the Father. But subordination does not mean not equal.

 

The classic passage in the Bible dealing with and applying the truth of this matter is found in Philippians 2:5-11,

 

Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Php 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

Note that God Himself in Bible prophecy employed the term “servant” in reference to Jesus Christ, the Messiah, as cited at Matthew 12:18 (from Isaiah 42:1, which I discussed thoroughly elsewhere here to prove Jesus Christ was sent not only to the Jews but to the Gentiles),

 

Mat 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

Mat 12:19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.

Mat 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

Mat 12:21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
Missy Mercy responded: Nice! This is such valuable information.

Thank you and God Bless.

 

Ayigbe Eseme responded: Jerome Smith and Missy Mercy… The debate is interesting. You agree Jesus is subordinate to God. At the same time they are equal. You quoted from Matthew and Philippians and yet you are happy to say Jesus is God. Please bear with me, I once informed that the more you explain the more contradictions you exposed. The above quotations are bundle of contradictions. Can we kindly change the topic to qualities of a Holy Book. Jerome Smith responded: Changing the topic mid-stream is of course an acknowledgement of defeat in a debate. We don’t jump to another topic when the topic we introduced has not even been fully answered yet.

 

My above quotations are hardly a bundle of contradictions. They are only regarded as contradictions by those who refuse to truly consider the evidence and draw the conclusions that evidence requires. My quotations might contradict what Muslims believe, but if so, then that proves that on these points Muslims must be wrong.

 

But your suggestion indicates that you might have been taking the time and effort to read what I have been posting in answer to your challenge. It also may indicate that you understand enough of my presentation for it to make you uncomfortable with this topic and so would like to change it to another. But I am glad you have found this debate to be interesting! So have I. Missy Mercy responded: Ayigbe you underestimate Mr. Jerome Smith. He is not the type to begin an assignment and just quit. He will finish. Jerome Smith responded to explain more about the subordination of the Son. The subject of the subordination of the Son to the Father is not well understood by most Bible readers and even Bible translators. For a bit more insight into this important subject, see John 6:38,

 

Joh 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

 

down from heaven. Joh 6:33, *+Joh 3:13; *+Joh 3:31, Eph 4:9.

not. The official subordination of Jesus to the Father does not imply inequality or inferiority (+*Joh 5:18; +*Joh 5:23; +*Joh 10:33; *Joh 17:5, Heb 1:2-3; Heb 1:6). T72. Joh 7:16; Joh 8:29; Joh 10:36; *Joh 12:49; *Joh 14:28; Joh 17:3; Joh 17:8, Rom 1:3-4, *1Co 3:23; +*1Co 11:3; **1Co 15:27; +*1Co 15:28 note.

 

1Co 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

 

himself be subject. or, subjected. The subordination (the Greek term means either subject or subordinate, so Daniel Waterland, Works, vol. 4, pp. 23, 24) of the Son to the Father is a voluntary though evidently permanent relationship which does not detract from or deny the equal deity of the Son, any more than the divine order of the submission of the wife to the husband (1Co 11:3) in the husband/wife relationship detracts from her essential equality and humanity, or implies her inferiority. The Companion Bible notes: It is the Father Who puts all enemies as a footstool for the feet of the Son. See Mat 22:44, But when this is done, the Son rises up, takes His great power and reigns (Rev 11:17), and putting His feet on the footstool, treads down all that exalts itself against God throughout His millennial reign (See Psa 18:37-50; Psa 60:12; Psa 101:8; Psa 145:20, Isa 63:3; Isa 63:6, Rev 19:15). 1Co 3:23; *1Co 11:3, +*Mat 10:32; *Mat 20:23, Joh 6:38 note. +*Joh 14:28, +*Tit 1:2.

 

We must go by what the Bible says, not by what another religion six or seven centuries later in its Holy Book has to say about the matter. We learn what the Bible says by reading the Bible. Since the Bible is not written in the form of a theological textbook, to learn what the Bible has to say about any subject we must search the Scriptures for the other passages found in the Bible that mention the subject of our current study. The result of that searching can be recorded in the form of what are called cross references. The true or correct interpretation of the Bible will properly fit and agree with what all the cross references taken together show or teach or prove.

 

21- Jesus referred to himself as a Student: Matthew 10:24

 

Mat 10:24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. (KJV)

 

Mat 10:24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. (ESV)

 

Mat 10:24 Disciples are not better than their teacher, and slaves are not better than their master. (CEV)

 

Mat 10:24 No pupil is better than his teacher, and no slave is better than his master. (Williams)

 

I think it may be that whoever might originally have devised these 38 Reasons from the Bible why Jesus cannot be God or Lord may have been mistaken in selecting this topic and the associated verse as one of the reasons. Jesus Christ is not here called or referred to as a student. But even if He were, that would be no objection because when Jesus became a man and dwelt in human flesh, as a human being subject to the limitations characterized by being actually human, he did indeed have to learn just like we do.

 

Luk 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

 

A fact about our Lord Jesus Christ which is not understood or believed by Muslims is that by the Rule of Interpretation I have called “necessary inference,” we learn from the Bible that Jesus was one Person but He possessed two natures: (1) a human nature, and (2) a divine nature.

 

Do we find this stated in these exact words anywhere in the Bible? Of course not. This truth is gathered by comparing Scripture with Scripture, and by the rule of “necessary inference,” we arrive at this explanation and understanding of the Person of our Lord Jesus Christ as the best explanation to the set of facts found in the Bible.

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Are we to give Jesus the same worship we give to God?

Both the Muslims and the Jehovah Witnesses teach that Jesus is not to be worshipped.  The Bible states otherwise.  My response on the “Islam and Christianity Debate Group” this morning is presented below:

Muniru Adebambo Sir Jerome Smith, with due respect sir, Jesus was not worshipped, it was Obeisance that was done to Jesus. Not worship.
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Jerome Smith I have heard that same argument from the Jehovah Witnesses, a false cult, for many years. The argument is utterly false. So, Muniru Adebambo, you have brought up a very interesting issue. The only authority that can provide the correct answer is the Bible.

In Hebrews 1:5, 6 it is recorded that God commanded the angels to worship Jesus Christ,

Heb 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 
Heb 1:6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. 

In the Old Testament, in Messianic Prophecy, we who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah, are commanded to worship Him,

Psalm 45:11 So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.

When Jesus calmed the severe storm while in a boat on the lake of Galilee with His disciples, they were utterly amazed, and very clearly worshipped Him in the highest sense of the word as evidenced by their recognition of Him as the Son of God,

Mat 14:32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. 
Mat 14:33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

In other terms, not involving the specific word for “worship,” we who believe on the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, are commanded to honor the Son in the same manner as we honor the Father. If we fail to honor the Son, we do not honor the Father who sent him:

John 5:23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. (ESV)

The immediate context of John 5:23 presents some most striking claims made by Jesus Christ,

Joh 5:19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. 
Joh 5:20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. 
Joh 5:21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. 
Joh 5:22 The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 
Joh 5:23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 
Joh 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. 
Joh 5:25 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 
Joh 5:26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 
Joh 5:27 And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. 
Joh 5:28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 
Joh 5:29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment. 

Certainly the command to honor the Son includes the concept that we are to worship Him, just as the idea of honoring the Father includes the concept we are to worship Him.

The disciple Thomas, who missed the initial meetings Jesus had with His disciples immediately after His bodily resurrection from the dead, did not believe their witness, but said he must see and physically handle the wounded hands and see the healed wound in His side for himself, or he would not believe. Thomas was present with the other disciples about a week later, when Jesus again came to them, and addressed Thomas directly concerning his doubts, and asked Thomas to handle and inspect his hands and his side. The immediate dismissal of the doubt Thomas had harbored, and his full expression of renewed faith as seen in the direct worship of the risen Jesus Christ, is remarkable, and is testimony which stands true for all time, directly identifying Jesus Christ as both Lord and God,

Joh 20:26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 
Joh 20:27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 
Joh 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 

In Luke 24:51, 52 it is recorded that as Jesus was blessing the disciples gathered to or about Him immediately prior to the ascension of Jesus to heaven, the disciples worshipped Him,

Luk 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. 
Luk 24:52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: 

It is clear from passages in the book of Revelation that Jesus Christ receives in heaven the same worship that the Father does as stated clearly in Revelation 5:11-13,

Rev 5:11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 
Rev 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. 
Rev 5:13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. 
Rev 5:14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

Compare what is said in the Old Testament at Isaiah 45:23,

Isa 45:23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. 

with what is said of Jesus Christ in Philippians 2:10,

Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 
Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

This brief survey of the evidence in the Bible proves that Jesus Christ was worshipped, is worshipped, and shall forever be worshipped. Those who think otherwise are greatly mistaken, and if they persist in such unbelief and disobedience, will be excluded from heaven and the kingdom of God.

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38 Bible Reasons Why Jesus is Not God, Answered

 

 

38 Reasons from the Bible why Jesus is not God, Answered

These 38 reasons have been the subject of discussion in the “Islam and Christianity Debate Group” on Facebook, a closed group to which I have been invited to join and participate. Muslims point to these issues in argument and discussion or debate as to reasons why they do not accept the claims true Bible believing Christians make about our Lord Jesus Christ. I saw recently, somewhere on the Internet, a discussion which frowned on any Christian bothering to answer such challenges as these, because as soon as answers are presented, Muslims can find and post many more objections. I look at these challenges in a different light. I believe most Bible verses appealed to by Muslims to justify their unbelief are verses which are taken out of context. Understanding verses Muslims quote from the Bible in the light of their context will actually show the Bible teaches the opposite of what the Muslims claim. Here (in perhaps my longest post ever!) is the portion of the discussion I have been engaged in on this subject so far:

Ayigbe Eseme posted the following 38 reasons Jesus is NOT God:

1- God Doesn’t Change His Nature (Malachi 3:6)

2- GOD Almighty is Greater than Jesus. (John 14:28 )

3- No one is “Good” including Jesus.

Only GOD is” Good” (Luke 18:19)

4- Jesus said he doesn’t know when the Hour will come. Only GOD Knows. (Mark 13:32)

5- Jesus said that” OUR God is One GOD (Mark 12:29 )

6- Jesus also said “My GOD and your GOD” (John 20:17)

7- Jesus bowed his face down to the ground to GOD Almighty. (Matthew 26:39)

8- Jesus was tempted by satan for 40 days (Mat1:4), while GOD Almighty can not be tempted (Jacob 1:13)

9- Jesus said he is a man (John 8:40)

10- God is neither a man nor a son of a man (Numbers 23:19)

11- No one can see God (1 John 4:20) but people saw Jesus

12- God is the living and everlasting (Habakkuk 1:12)

13- Jesus always confessed he is just a prophet sent by God (Matthew 21:10-11)

14- God Declared Himself to be God, Jesus didn’t (Ezekiel 20:20)

15- Jesus told his real mission was to preach not sacrifice Mark 1:38)

16- Jesus desired Mercy not Sacrifice (Matthew 9:13)

17- Jesus referred to himself as Servant: Matthew 10:24, 24:45, 12:18 John 13:16

18- Jesus referred to himself as Prophet:

Matthew 8:20 13:16,21:11, Mark 6:15, 6;4, 9;37, Luke 7:16, 9:8, 9:19, John 13:17, 7:16, 6:14, 7:40

19- Jesus referred to himself as Son of Man:

Matthew 5:9, 17:22, 8:20, 18:11, 26:2, Luke 9:22, John 5:27

20- Jesus referred to himself as a Slave: John 13:16, Matthew 10:24

21- Jesus referred to himself as a Student: Matthew 10:24

22- Father is Greater than Jesus (John 14:28). How can someone be greater than God?

23- Jesus was taught by the Father (John 8:28)

24- Jesus can do nothing by himself (John 5:19, John 5:30)

25- Jesus does not even have his own doctrine (John 7:16)

26- Jesus ascended to his God (John 20:17)

27- According to Christians, Jesus died as recorded in Matthew 27:27-56 but Bible says that God is infinite Psalm 102:27-27

28- Jesus needed to Pray, Eat, Drink and Was Helped by Woman, as stated in Luke 8:1-3 but God in Bible is self-sufficient Psalm 50:12

29- The God remain the same in nature (Hebrews 1:12)

30- Jesus is the same human today, yesterday and forever (Hebrew 13:8)

31- Jesus could not saved anyone as he was even not able to save himself (Hebrews 5:1-8)

32- Jesus said he was sent to lost sheep of Israel

(Matthew 15:24)

33- God can not be born and perhaps form his own creation

34- Jesus never asked people to worship him

35- Jesus did not Teach Trinity

36- God is the essence of the worship. He is the object of worship. Had Jesus been God, he would have told people to worship him. Truly, he did the exact opposite as in Matthew 15:9

37- Jesus never call his followers Christians, Paul did

38- Jesus as a servant of God (Matthew 12:18)

 

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My response:  Ayigbe Eseme has kindly posted 38 reasons why Jesus is not God. I have answered many of these points before on this forum, and some of my discussions are also posted at www.realbiblestudy.com as well.

 

I am feeling quite a bit better today, but I am still recovering from my fall on the ice back on December 12, 2016. That is why my responses have not been as prompt or as complete as I would wish. Thank you for understanding.

 

1- God Doesn’t Change His Nature (Malachi 3:6)

It is very true that God does not change His nature. But Malachi 3:6 speaks of God’s unchanging nature as the guarantee that God will keep His covenant with Abraham. Therefore, God says to the people of Israel, “therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” Notice that this promise holds true until our own day, even though Iran, an avowed Islamic nation, has leadership that frequently proclaims that Israel as a nation has no right to exist. All this was predicted in Leviticus 26 in detail. The outcome for those who are against Israel is predicted in Psalm 83 in accordance with the promise in the Abrahamic Covenant recorded at Genesis 12:3, “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

All this to say that Malachi 3:6 and God’s unchanging nature has nothing to do with the validity of the claim of Jesus to be the Son of God. It rather confirms it. Isaiah 9:6 speaks in prophecy that “unto us a child is born..” That is a prophetic reference to the birth of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. It also speaks in prophecy that “unto us a son is given.” This is in reference to the eternal sonship of Jesus Christ, who has always from all eternity, been the Son of God. The Incarnation, when the eternal Son of God became flesh, became a man, marks the entrance of Jesus Christ into this world in human form. He was given the name “Jesus” prophetically because He is the Savior of all men, the Savior of the world. God, therefore, did not change His own nature when He became a human person named Jesus: He simply took upon Himself the form of man, in the likeness of human flesh, having always been from all eternity past in the form of God.

 

2- GOD Almighty is Greater than Jesus. (John 14:28 )

This text in John is much abused and misused and misunderstood by those who use it as a proof-text against the full Deity of Jesus Christ. Unitarians, Moslems, Jehovah’s Witnesses and the ancient Arians have stumbled mightily over this verse. When Jesus said “my Father is greater than I,” He is speaking of the Father who then was greater in glory than Jesus was as a man during his pre-resurrection incarnate state. Therefore, the claim that “GOD Almighty is Greater than Jesus” has no bearing upon the issue.

 

If you carefully study this issue in depth, using the cross references I have furnished in my work, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury, you will find some surprising information in the Bible. For example, the Jehovah Witnesses claim that Jesus is called “mighty God” but He is never called “Almighty God” in the Bible. They are mistaken. Jesus Christ, the Messiah, is directly called “Almighty God” in the Bible as may be seen by comparing Revelation 4:8,

 

Rev 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

 

Revelation 4:8 is a quotation or allusion to Amos 4:13 as Amos 4:13 stands written in the Septuagint or LXX translation of the Old Testament used by John for his quotation. Here is my note from my book for Amos 4:13 which gives the unassailable evidence for this fact:

 

Amos 4:13 For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name. (KJV)

 

unto men. LXX. adds, “his Christ.” The LXX reads for Amos 4:13, “For behold, I am he that strengthens the thunder, and creates the wind, and proclaims to men his Christ, forming the morning and the darkness, and mounting on the high places of the earth, The Lord God Almighty is his name” (Bagster, Septuagint with Apocrypha Greek and English, p. 1088).

 

Note the direct declaration in the Word of God quoted by John from the LXX or Septuagint, that “His Christ…The Lord God Almighty is his name” (Amos 4:13, LXX). Ayigbe Eseme, thank you for your continuing patience in waiting for my answers to your valuable challenges about the Bible and what it teaches about Jesus Christ.

 

Let me share more thoughts and answers about your 38 reasons why Jesus is not God.

 

3- No one is “Good” including Jesus.

Only GOD is” Good” (Luke 18:19)

 

Luke 18:19,

 

Luke 18:19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

 

Matthew 19:17 (a parallel passage),

 

Mat 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

 

that is, God. i.e. none independently and essentially good: in accordance with which the name of God found with little variation in all the Northern languages, is synonymous with Good. The young man only regarded Jesus as a prophet or teacher, and therefore he disclaims the title in his application of it (De Burgh).

 

Jesus refused to accept the rich young ruler’s attribution of the quality of goodness in the limited sense used by the rich young ruler. Jesus is more than good in the sense the ruler meant it. Jesus is absolutely good, absolutely holy, absolutely sinless, and absolutely God.

 

Moslems among many others today make the same error that the rich young ruler did: they only accept Jesus as a prophet or teacher, but they do not accept the repeated claim by Jesus Himself that He is not only the Son of man, but also He is the Son of God. That is a most unfortunate misunderstanding. It is a fatal error. To reject the fact that Jesus Christ is the Son of God is to make God a liar, because you have rejected the witness that God has given of His Son (1 John 5:10).

 

1 Jn 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

 

1 Jn 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

 

Jesus clearly did not deny His own goodness. He called Himself “the good shepherd” you will recall in John 10:11.

 

 

4- Jesus said he doesn’t know when the Hour will come. Only GOD Knows. (Mark 13:32)

 

Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

 

Many years ago my friend Mr. Don Rees introduced me to a friend of his, Mr. Frank Burrell. Everyone called him ‘Uncle Frank.’ It turns out that Uncle Frank lived right next door to my apartment building on Fort Street and Hubbard in the Fort Grand Hotel on Fort Street in Detroit, about eight blocks west of the Ambassador Bridge. I soon discovered that Uncle Frank loved to talk about the Bible. He would ask his favorite question to child or adult, “Is Jesus God?” Nearly always he received the correct answer “Yes.” Then he would ask, “Does God know everything?” Again, most would answer “Yes.” Then he asked, “If Jesus is God, how come He did not know when He was coming back?” That answer usually stumped what ever person he asked.

 

He and I would often discuss that question. Uncle Frank said he thought Jesus did not know because He chose not to know. I agreed, and we both surmised that Jesus after the resurrection, and particularly upon His return to heaven to sit at the right hand of God, most likely does know now.

 

But here is the note I furnished at Mark 13:32 in by new Bible study reference book, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury:

 

knoweth. Note: “To preclude the curiosity of men,” says Dr. Hammond, “and to engage their vigilance, Christ is pleased to tell them, that no dispensation of God, either by man (as Daniel), or by angels, or, which is the highest, by the Son of man, had ordered us thus to know the seasons; this being no part of the prophetic office, or within the commission of Christ himself.”

 

However this question might be answered, it does not amount to any proof that Jesus Christ is not God, or that Jesus Christ does not possess intrinsically full deity.

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I will continue, once again, to discuss the 38 reasons Jesus cannot be God which Ayigbe Eseme has kindly shared here.

5- Jesus said that” OUR God is One GOD (Mark 12:29 )

 

Mark 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

 

Take careful note that Jesus is making a quotation from the Old Testament from Deuteronomy 6:4,

 

Deu 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

 

My note as given in The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury is as follows:

  1. Hear.  Note: Shema Yisrael, Yehowah, Elohainoo, Yehowah aichod, “Hear, Israel, Jehovah, our God, is one Jehovah.”  On this passage the Jews lay great stress;  and it is one of the four passages which they write on their phylacteries.  On the word Elohim, Simeon Ben Joachi says;  “Come and see the mystery of the word Elohim:  there are three degrees, and each degree is by itself alone, and yet they are all one, and joined together in one, and are not divided from each other” (Zohar. Lev. Sect. 16.  Col 116).  the Lord.  Dt 4:35, 36, 39.  5:6.  1 K 18:21.  2 K 19:5.  1 Ch 29:10.  *Is 42:8.  44:6, 8.  45:5, 6, 18, 22.  Je 10:10, 11.  >*Mk 12:29-32.  +*Jn 17:3.  *1 Cor 8:4, 5, 6.  *1 Tim 2:5.  God.  Dt 32:39.  %+Ge 1:26.  **Ge 2:24.  Is 45:5.  +*Jn 17:3.  +1 Cor 8:6.  one.  Heb. echad (S#259h):  A numeral from S#258h; properly united, that is, one;  or (as an ordinal) first (Strong);  it means one in the same sense as our English word and may be used of one in our numerical sense (+Ec 4:8) or a compound unity, one made up of others:  Ge 1:5, one of seven;  Ge 2:11, one of four;  Ge 2:21, one of twenty-four;  Ge 2:24, one made up of two;  Ge 3:22, one of the three;  Ge 11:6, one people gathered to build the tower of Babel but clearly diverse;  Ge 34:16, 22, one people made up of Shechemites and Israelites;  Ge 41:25, 26, the dream is one though made up of two dreams;  Ge 49:16, one of twelve;  Ex 24:3, all the people answered with one voice;  Ex 36:13, one tabernacle made up of multiple components (see also Ex 26:6, 11;  36:18);  Nu 13:23, one of a cluster;  Jsh 22:20, Achan was not the only one who died for his sin;  2 S 7:23, one nation of many individuals;  Ps 34:20.  +Je 10:8mg;  Zc 11:8, one month comprised of 30 days.  Contrast yahed, *S#3173h, unique, a single or only one:  Ge 22:2, 12, 16.  Jg 11:34.  +Ps 22:20.  25:16.  35:17.  68:6.  Pr 4:3.  Je 6:26.  Am 8:10.  Zc 12:10.  See Ps 133:1. “One in essence, and the only object of our worship” (Matthew Poole).

The word for “one” in Hebrew often refers to “a compound unity, one made up of others,” as seen most clearly from Genesis 2:24, where ‘one’ is made up of ‘two,’

 

Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

 

6- Jesus also said “My GOD and your GOD” (John 20:17)

 

John 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. (KJV)

 

John 20:17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'”

 

The sense of “Touch me not” (KJV) or “Do not cling to me” is a gentle admonition “Do not detain me now; you will have further opportunities to see me before I ascend to be with the Father.”

 

This is a very rich text worthy of careful study and comparison of it to other verses in the Bible which shed more light on each part of it.

 

Here are the references and notes which I have given in my new Bible study tool, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury, for this verse:

 

John 20:17,

  1. Touch.  Present imperative, used to prohibit action in progress.  FS108B15.  Idiom F/S 827.  “To touch” is used for detention, or for diverting from any purpose.  Note:  Or rather, “embrace me not,” or “cling not to me,” mē mou aptou, “Spend no more time with me now in joyful gratulations:  for I am not yet immediately going to ascend to my Father—you will have several opportunities of seeing me again;  but go and tell my disciples that I shall depart to my Father and your Father.”  ver. %27 (Jn 20:27).  2 K 4:29.  7:9.  SS 3:4.  Mt 8:3, 15.  9:20, 21, 29.  *Mt 28:7, *Mt 28:9, 10.  Lk 10:4.  **Lk 24:39.  2 Cor 5:16.  **1 J 1:1.  for.  This gives the reason for the prohibition. He afterwards allowed the women to hold Him by the feet (Mt 28:9). On this day, the morrow after the Sabbath, the high priest would be waving the sheaf of the firstfruits before the Lord (Le 23:10, 11 note); while He, the firstfruits from the dead (1 Cor 15:23), would be fulfilling the type by presenting Himself before the Father (CB).  The “for” may refer (1) to the whole sentence which follows, or (2) only to the first clause. In the first case the imminent, though not realized, Ascension of the Lord would be regarded as forbidding the old forms of earthly intercourse. In the second case the Ascension would be presented as the beginning and condition of a new union. The latter seems to be unquestionably the true view, and falls in with the moral circumstances of the incident (Westcott).   am.  FS96C1, +Ge 4:1.  not yet.  Jn 2:4.  ascended.  Lk 24:51.  Ac 1:2.  *He 4:14, 15.  1 P 3:22.  my Father.  The most ancient authorities omit the pronoun my, reading the Father (Westcott).  The difference of the paternal relation of the One Father to Christ and Christians is indicated in a very remarkable manner, where the unity of the Person is shewn by the one article common to the two clauses, and the distinctness of the relations by the repetition of the title [Father] with the proper personal pronoun  (Westcott on 1 J 1:2).  Jn 2:16.  my brethren.  Jn 21:23.  Ps 22:22.  Ezk 34:31.  *Mt 12:49, +*Mt 12:50.  *Mt 25:40.  *+Mt 28:10.  *Mk 3:34.  +*Lk 8:21.  Ro 8:29.  *He 2:11, 12, 13.  I ascend.  FS96C7, +Mt 26:24.  *Jn 13:1, 3.  +*Jn 14:1-3, 6, +Jn 14:12, *Jn 14:28.  *Jn 16:28.  17:5, 11, 25.  Ps 16:6.  24:3.  *Ps 68:18.  89:26.  +Mk 16:19.  *Lk 24:49-51.  Ac 1:2.  *Ep 1:17-23.  *Ep 4:8-10.  1 Tim 3:16.  1 P 1:3.  3:22.  unto.  Jn 7:33.  14:12, 28.  16:5, 10, 28.  my Father.  Jn 2:16.  +Jn 5:17.  14:19, 20.  15:15.  17:11.  18:11.  Is 42:1.  Mt 3:17.  Mk 14:36.  *Ro 8:29.  *+Ro 15:6.  2 Cor 1:3.  11:31.  Ep 1:3-5.  3:14, 15.  4:6.  He 2:11.  1 J 1:3.  Re 1:6.  your Father.  *Jn 1:12-14.  =Nu 18:2.  Mt 5:16, 45, 48.  6:1, 4, 6, 8, +*Mt 6:9, 14, 15, 18, 26, 32.  Lk 12:30.  Ro 1:7.  *Ro 8:14-17.  1 Cor 1:3.  *2 Cor 6:18.  Ga 1:4.  *Ga 3:26.  4:6, 7n.  Ep 1:2.  Col 1:12.  1 Th 3:11.  *+1 J 3:1, 2.  *Re 21:7.  my God.  *Ps 22:10.  31:14.  45:7.  63:1.  Mic 5:4.  Zc 11:4.  Mt 27:46.  %1 Cor 3:23.  8:6.  *Ep 1:17.  +*He 1:8, 9.  2 P 1:17.  Re 3:12.   your God.  +Ge 17:7, 8.  Ps 43:4.  *Ps 48:14.  103:13.  *Is 41:10.  *Je 31:1, 33.  32:38.  Ezk 36:28.  37:27.  Da 6:22.  Ho 9:17.  *Zc 13:7-9.  1 Cor 8:6.  Ep 1:3.  Phil 4:19.  *He 8:10.  +*He 11:16.  *Re 21:3.

 

 

In all these many references (more than you will likely find anywhere else for this verse), notice in particular the reference to Psalm 22:10 given for the keywords “my God.”

 

Psa 22:10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly. (KJV)

 

Psa 22:10 On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother’s womb you have been my God. (ESV)

 

Psalm 22 is what is called a Messianic Psalm. It is a Psalm that predicts many things of the Messiah. It is one of the Messianic Psalms which specifically predicts the ORDER or sequence in time of the Messianic Prophecies given throughout the Old Testament. It is the basis for what Jesus Christ taught the two disciples on the road to Emmaus recorded for our learning in Luke 24:26,

 

Luke 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

 

The risen from the dead Lord Jesus Christ declared plainly that first He must come to suffer and die for our sins, THEN at a yet future time He will return to this earth in glory and rule here forever (Luke 1:32).

 

Psalm 22:10 tells us, speaking of Jesus Christ the Messiah, “and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.”

 

This clearly teaches us that when Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry here on earth speaks of “my God,” He is speaking with regard to his true humanity. Such a statement would not apply, and is never applied in Bible prophecy, to the pre-incarnate existence of Jesus Christ as the eternal Son of God.

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Ayigbe Eseme, I am pleased to continue our discussion of the “38 reasons why Jesus cannot be God or Lord” from the list you shared above.

 

7- Jesus bowed his face down to the ground to GOD Almighty. (Matthew 26:39)

 

Mat 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. (KJV)

 

Mat 26:39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” (ESV)

 

Mat 26:39 Going a little farther, he threw himself down with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if possible, let this cup pass from me! Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (NET Bible)

 

It is clear from all three English translations I have cited that the actual text of Matthew 26:39 says Jesus “fell on his face” or “threw himself down with his face to the ground” and prayed “My Father.”

 

There is no issue here that would deny the full deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. The problem arises when any reader fails to take into account all that is revealed in Scripture about Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ in His incarnation has two natures in one Person: a true human nature and a true divine nature. In theology this is called the hypostatic union. It is this FACT of two natures that is denied by all who deny the deity of Jesus Christ.

 

As man, in His human nature, Jesus assumed the posture of prayer appropriate to the occasion and the deep concern He had regarding His subsequent requests.

 

The Bible is its own best interpreter. Reading the cross references given for Matthew 26:39 will provide a deeper, spiritually enriching study of what the rest of the Bible has to say about the themes found in this verse. That is why I will share, from my new work, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury, the cross references below:

 

Matthew 26:39,

  1. he went.  *Lk 22:41, 42, 44.  and fell.  T#1241.  +Ge 17:3.  Le 9:24.  Nu 14:5.  16:22, 44, 45.  20:6.  Dt 9:18.  Jsh 7:6.  1 Ch 21:16.  Ne 8:6.  Jb 1:20.  Ezk 1:28.  9:8.  11:13.  Lk 5:12.  +Lk 17:16.  Ac 10:25.  Re 4:10.  5:8, 14.  7:11, 12.  19:4, 10.  and prayed.  ver. 36 (Mt 26:36).  Mt 6:7.  2 S 22:7.  Ezk 46:2.  +Mk 1:35.  *Mk 14:35, 36.  Lk 22:41, 42.  Ac 16:25.  *He 5:7.  O my Father.  ver. 42 (Mt 26:42).  Mt 7:21.  11:25.  Ge 22:7.  Ps 31:14.  42:6.  +*Ps 89:26.  Mk 14:36.  Lk 10:21.  +Lk 22:42.  23:34, 46.  Jn 11:41.  12:27, 28.  17:1, 5, 11, 21, 24, 25.  if.  FS184A, +1 Cor 15:2.  it be possible.  ver. 54 (Mt 26:54).  Mt 24:24.  Mk 13:22.  Ac 17:3.  He 2:10.  9:16, 22, 23.  let this.  T#1459.  +Mt 20:22.  Ge 22:7, 8.  Ps 18:4.  Lk 22:41, 42.  Jn 18:11.  He 5:7.  cup.  +Is 51:17 note, Is 51:22.  Mt 20:22.  Mk 10:38.  Lk 12:50.  He 2:10.  Re 14:10.  pass from.  Ex 12:23, LXX.  nevertheless.  Is 50:5.  not as I will.  ver. 42 (Mt 26:42).  +Mt 6:10.  2 S 15:26.  *Jn 5:30.  *Jn 6:38.  12:28.  *Jn 14:31.  Ro 15:1-3.  *Phil 2:6-8.  He 5:8.  but as thou wilt.  Mt 6:10.  Dt 3:26.  Jn 4:34.  6:38-40.  Ac 18:21.  21:14.  He 10:7-10.  1 P 3:17.

 

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Ayigbe Eseme, here is my response to the next of the 38 supposed reasons from the Bible why Jesus cannot be God or Lord:

 

8- Jesus was tempted by satan for 40 days (Mat1:4), while GOD Almighty can not be tempted (Jacob 1:13)

 

Matthew 4:1,

 

Mat 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

 

Notice that the text says Jesus was led (Mark’s Gospel states “driven”) by the Spirit into the wilderness. Jesus, then, by divine appointment, was put to the test to prove His qualifications to be the true Messiah as He defeated Satan and was victorious over the temptations Satan presented to Him. Satan meant to tempt Jesus to do evil, and so fail the tests, but Jesus had no element of a sinful nature in Himself to which the Devil could appeal (see John 14:30). So in that sense Jesus was not so much tempted but rather tested. The Greek word has both meanings, and which is meant must be determined by context and harmony with the rest of what the Bible teaches.

 

John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

hath nothing in me.  Gr. ouk ouden, a double negative, for emphasis. No sin for Satan to work upon (CB).  Jn 8:46.  %Jn 9:24.  17:14.  18:36.  Ps 101:3.  Mt 26:59, 60.  +*Lk 1:35.  %Ro 7:18.  15:3.  **2 Cor 5:21.  +*He 4:15n.  *He 7:26.  *1 P 1:19.  *1 P 2:22, 23.  *1 J 3:5-8.

A most important verse which relates to this very subject is Hebrews 4:15,

 

Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

 

Hebrews 4:15,

without.  or, apart from.  Gr. chōris (S#5565g, Mt 13:34), at a space, that is, separately or apart from (Strong).  He 7:26.  9:28.  **Jn 14:30.  *James 1:13, 14.   sin.  or, excepting sin, or, sin apart.  Gr. hamartia (S#266g, Ro 6:1).  Scripture teaches the impeccability of Christ.  In answer to the question “Was Christ able not to sin, or not able to sin?” the Scripture teaches Christ was not able to sin.  Since He possessed two natures (1 Th 4:16n), a human nature and a divine nature, which nature was in control?  Logically, the divine nature must have been in control of the human nature.  Since Jesus was both God (+*Jn 20:28, 29n) and man (Phil 2:7.  1 Tim 2:5), and it is impossible for God to sin or to be tempted with evil (Titus 1:2 n.  **James 1:13), Jesus could not sin, neither could he be tempted with evil, for there was nothing of our sinful nature in Him to which Satan could appeal (Jn 14:30).  Though he was tempted in all  points like as we, yet this temptation was never to sin.  His human nature was subject to weariness and hunger, and the suffering of death, but never sin.  Had Jesus been able to sin while on earth in his human nature, but merely did not, then he is still able to sin in the human nature which he still possesses (1 Tim 2:5), and the divine plan of redemption is ever in jeopardy—a doctrine incompatible with Scripture.  Thus the significance of the qualifying phrase “without sin” can be understood to teach Jesus not only did not sin, was able not to sin, but, possessed of a divine nature, could not sin.  He 7:26.  9:28g.  =Ge 39:9.  +*Lk 1:35.  Jn 4:34.  *Jn 8:29, *Jn 8:46.  +*Jn 14:30.  Ro 1:4.  Titus 1:2.  James 1:13.  *1 P 1:19.  *+1 P 2:22.

 

 

The above evidence from the Bible shows that the objection that Jesus was tempted by Satan but God cannot be tempted with evil is mistaken. Careful study of the relevant Bible passages as I have shared them above proves that Jesus Christ could not sin, and could not be tempted to evil. This proves that assertion number 8 is unfounded and cannot be sustained upon a careful examination of the evidence in Scripture.

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9- Jesus said he is a man (John 8:40)

 

John 8:40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.

 

No one questions whether or not Jesus was truly a man, a human being, unless they follow the mistaken teachings of a false cult, as actually did happen in history with the Gnostics.

 

But when you dip into the Bible to find a proof text, if you are mistaken in your understanding of the Bible you will quite often find that if you read what comes after and what comes before the passage or verse you cited you will be corrected in your understanding.

 

It ought to strike any reader that reads John 8 that there are statements here that are true, yet they cannot be said of any ordinary man, not even a prophet.

 

Jesus said:

 

John 8:45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

 

We all must take very great care that we believe what Jesus tells us about Himself in the Bible. We must not hide behind the unfounded excuse that the Bible has been “corrupted.” Such statements will only serve to condemn on Judgment Day those who make them, because they took away from the things of this Book.

 

Jesus said:

 

John 8:46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? (KJV)

 

John 8:46 Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? (ESV)

 

John 8:46 Can any of you accuse me of sin? If you cannot, why won’t you have faith in me? After all, I am telling you the truth. (CEV)

 

Notice that Jesus challenged his enemies and all who heard Him to find a single sin that He could be charged with committing. That challenge still stands. Jesus was absolutely without sin. So while He was most certainly a man, he was more than just a man. He was and is yet the sinless Savior, the Son of man in his human nature and the Son of God in his Divine Nature at the same time.

 

John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

 

The Jews argued that at that time when He spoke these words, he was not yet 50 years old, so how could he have seen Abraham. Jesus asserted His eternal existence when He said, “Before Abraham was, I am.”

 

And this proves the deity of Jesus Christ. Because if you examine the account carefully in the book of Genesis, when three men visited Abraham, and read the preceding and following context carefully, one of those three men was called the Angel of Jehovah. That specific Person is sometimes called the angel, sometimes called Jehovah. The Angel of Jehovah promised to return and Sarah would have a child even in her very old age, and she did. That is when, as Jesus said, “Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and saw it, and was glad.” Jesus, therefore, here claims (John 8:56) to be that Angel of Jehovah. The Jews understood His claim, but did not believe it. The Jews took up stones to stone Him. Just so, the Jehovah Witnesses and the Moslems and many others are unbelievers and do not believe the claim of Jesus to be Who He is. But these Scriptures are clear and unanswerable.

Like Jesus challenged His original listeners, “If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?”

 

The tenth reason given in the list of 38 Reasons why Jesus is not God is most interesting, but easily resolved. I have had discussions with those who are of the Jewish faith, and they have introduced this same Bible text into the discussion, so I have seen it before.

 

10- God is neither a man nor a son of a man (Numbers 23:19)

 

Num 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

 

At the time this was written and spoken, the Incarnation of Christ had not yet taken place. Therefore, it at that time could be said that “God is not a man.” But to interpret this or any text of the Bible by taking only a snippet or short segment of a verse and “running with it,” that is, building a whole doctrine on it, is not legitimate when a meaning is given to the snippet or segment which does not hold valid in the immediate context.

 

Here, God’s point is, not that He is not a man, but that He does not lie.

 

It is a characteristic of men that they will tell lies from time to time.

 

Unlike men, and individual men, and Satan himself who is the father of lies, God always tells the truth, and only the truth, for as it elsewhere states in the Bible, it is impossible for God to lie (Titus 1:2).

 

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; (KJV)

 

Tit 1:2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began (ESV)

 

This subject at Numbers 23:19, if studied thoroughly by means of the cross references given for this verse in my Bible study tool, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury, will lead to much additional, often surprising truth to be found in the Bible.

 

Numbers 23:19 cross references:

  1. God is not a man. This expression does not deny that our Lord Jesus Christ is God, for here God is a reference to the Father, not the Son. So, when it has been proved that Jesus is Jehovah (+1 P 2:3n. +Ex 3:2n. +Ge 19:24n), this is not to say that Jesus is the Father, but rather that there is more than one Jehovah in the Godhead (Ge 19:24n). 1 S 15:29.  Jb 9:32.  Ps 50:21.  Ho 11:9.  that he should lie.   +1 S 15:29.  Jb 23:13.  Ps 89:35.  Hab 2:3.  +*Ml 3:6.  Lk 21:33.  **Ro 11:29.  +*Titus 1:2.  He 6:18.  James 1:17.  1 J 5:10.  neither the son of man. Most probably a statement affirming that God does not possess any of the deficiencies of human nature or character. Jb 16:21. 25:6. 35:8. +Ps 8:4.  +**Da 7:13.  8:17.  +Ezk 2:1.  that he should repent.  ver. 27 (Nu 23:27).  Ge 6:6. +*1 S 15:29.  +*Ps 89:34.  110:4.  Is 31:2.  Ezk 24:14.  Ho 13:14.  %+*Jon 3:10.  **+Ro 11:29.  2 Tim 2:13.  hath he not said.  Nu 10:29.  Ge 32:12.  shall he not do it.  Nu 11:23.  14:35.  Ge 28:15.  Ex 6:8.  Jsh 23:14.  1 S 3:12.  2 S 7:21, 28.  Jb 23:13.  Ps 77:8.  +*Ps 89:2, 34.  Ezk 24:14.  36:36.  *1 Th 5:24.  or hath he spoken.  Ex 9:16.  *Jsh 21:43n, Jsh 21:45.  1 K 22:23.  **1 Ch 17:17.  Pr 16:4.  Is 1:20.  21:27.  +*Is 45:19, 23.  46:11.  52:6.  *Is 63:1.  Je 4:28.  38:21.  Ezk 21:32.  24:14.  26:14.  36:36.  **Mic 7:20.  +**Mt 24:35n.  Mk 13:31.  make it good.  **Ge 41:32.  2 K 7:16.  15:12.  Ne 9:8.  Is 25:1.  Da 4:28.  Zc 1:6.  Lk 1:57.  Ac 15:18.  27:25.  Ro 3:3.  9:6.  1 Cor 1:9.  Ga 3:17.

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Ayigbe Eseme replied: Your references are noted for Christians of same faith with you Sir. Kindly note that Muslims believe God as one God. He is divine and the Creator of everything. He does not change. doesn’t sleep. Cannot die or be resurrected. The Qur’an says God does not change and is not a man. So any verses in the bible that correspond to the Qur’an are truths. Any other quotes from the bible not agreement with above truths are false. Cross reference and interpolation of words are your efforts in justifying the bible various variations or discrepancies.

My reply to Ayigbe Eseme: I appreciate the view you have of the Bible as a Muslim. But if you exercise logic here, the Bible declares that “all Scripture is inspired of God, and is profitable.” This means there are no flaws or falsehoods in the Bible, for all of it was written or recorded under Divine Inspiration. Neither the Koran nor The Book of Mormon can make claims that supersede the Bible. Any book that disagrees with the Bible must be mistaken.

 

Ayigbe Eseme, thank you for sharing, from time to time, your insights here from the Koran. I trust you continue to enjoy the insights I am sharing with you from the Bible. Here follows my discussion of reason 11 from the Bible why Jesus cannot be God:

 

11- No one can see God (1 John 4:20) but people saw Jesus

 

1Jn 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

 

I have furnished 5 cross references for the clause “whom he hath not seen” which I share as follows:

 

(1) 1Jn 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

 

(2) Joh 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

 

(3) Joh 5:37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

 

(4) 1Ti 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

 

(5) 1Pe 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

 

I notice another passage I did not list at 1 John 4:20 but gave at 1 Timothy 6:16 is to John 6:46,

 

Joh 6:46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.

 

I shall now share some contrasting verses, statements in the Bible which appear on the surface to contradict the statements found in the verses given above:

 

Gen 32:30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

 

Exo 24:9 Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel:

Exo 24:10 And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.

Exo 24:11 And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.

 

Exo 3:4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.

Exo 3:5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

Exo 3:6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

 

Exo 33:11 And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

 

Jdg 6:22 And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord GOD! for because I have seen an angel of the LORD face to face.

 

Jdg 13:22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.

Jdg 13:23 But his wife said unto him, If the LORD were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have shewed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these.

 

Notice that it is stated plainly in the above six passages that God was seen.

 

Is there a contradiction here? Not if you very carefully study these and other related texts of Scripture. Very few readers of the Bible, apparently, have made the effort to do this.

In brief, the solution to the seeming contradiction is that when anyone is said to have seen God Himself in the Old Testament, they actually saw the Angel of Jehovah. The Angel of Jehovah is clearly called God:

 

Genesis 22:15 note:

15.  angel of the Lord. The Angel of Jehovah is identified as Jehovah in the immediate context (ver. 16, Ge 22:16). (1) Here God appeared as the Angel of Jehovah. This is one of the Divine Persons of the Trinity. This is proof that there is more than one Jehovah (Ge 19:24n. *Nu 22:31. Je 23:5, 6).  (2) The Angel of Jehovah is one person, and Jehovah who sent Him is another (+Ge 19:24n. *Nu 22:31. Je 23:5, 6). (3) The Angel of Jehovah appeared to Abraham and later to Gideon (Ge 22:11. Jg 6:22). (4) That Angel is referred to as appearing in the form of a man, for He was one of three men that visited Abraham (Ge 18:1,2). (5) Throughout the following account one of those three men is consistently and repeatedly referred to and addressed as Jehovah (Ge 17:1. 18:1, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, 22, 26, 33. 19:24. 21:1).  (6) In those narratives, the Angel of Jehovah, or the Angel of God, is referred to as God in context (Ge 17:1, 3). (7) There appeared on the same scene at the same time two Jehovahs (Ge 19:24), one on earth who had been walking and speaking with Abraham face to face, and one in heaven who administered judgment to Sodom and Gomorrah.

Further study of the Angel of Jehovah produces evidence which proves that the Angel of Jehovah is God, is a person, can be seen, and in the Bible is shown to be instances of the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ.

The conclusion to be drawn in the light of this evidence is that the claim “No one can see God, but people saw Jesus” has no bearing upon the issue of whether or not Jesus is God in the sense of the words used in the claim. But, turning to the Bible, the evidence proves the exact opposite: Jesus Christ has always been God, confirmed by His own claims to have been the one present as the Angel of Jehovah both in the case of Abraham, discussed previously in this series (where Jesus claimed to have seen and been seen by Abraham: Genesis 17:16; 18:10; 21:1; yet Abraham rejoiced to see his day: Genesis 17:17, John 8:56, 58), and in the case of Isaiah, as seen by comparing Isaiah 6:1-5 with John 12:41).

 

Once again, Ayigbe Eseme, it has been hard for me to find the place where I have left off in my discussion of the interesting and challenging information you presented for consideration about “38 Reasons Jesus cannot be God” drawn from the Bible.

 

12- God is the living and everlasting (Habakkuk 1:12)

 

Hab 1:12 Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction.

 

Habakkuk 1:12 cross references:

  1. Art thou not. Hab 2:1.   Dt 33:27.   **Ps  90:2.   93:2.  102:24, 27.  Is 40:28.  43:13.  +*Is 57:15.  Lam 5:19.  Da 7:9.  +*Mic 5:2.  1  Tim 1:17.   6:16.   He  1:10-12.  +*He 13:8.   +*Re  1:8,  11.  O Lord my God.  Ps 104:1.  mine Holy One.  Jb 6:10.   +Is  1:4.  37:23.  43:15.   49:7.  Ac 3:14.  Re 15:4.   we.   FS182,  +Ge 18:22.   Hab 3:2.  **Ps 102:28.  118:17.   Is  27:6-9.  Je  4:27.   5:18.  30:11.   +**Je 33:24-26.   46:28.   Ezk 37:11-14.  +*Am 9:8, 9.  +*Mt 22:32.  shall not die. According to the Sopherim, the primitive Hebrew text read “who diest not,” but was changed by them to avoid the supposed irreverent expression  to read “who die not,” rendered by the KJV, “we shall not die.” But this change from the second person to the first transferred to mortal men the truth which, apart from resurrection, pertains to God alone, “Who only hath immortality” (1 Tim 6:16) [CB]. Note, however, this comment reflects the materialist theology of E. W. Bullinger, the editor of the Companion Bible. Immortality is never asserted of the soul or spirit in man, which cannot die physically and so cannot be resurrected, but of the resurrection body, which will upon resurrection not be subject to physical death.  +**Mt 10:28n.   1 Cor  15:53,  54.   1 Tim 6:16.   thou hast ordained them.   2 K 19:25.   Ps 17:13.  Is 10:5-7.  37:26.  Je  25:9-12.  Ezk 30:25.  for judgment.  2 S 4:11.  2 Ch 24:24.  Jb 34:12.  Am 5:7.  mighty God.  Heb.  Rock.  Dt 32:4, 15,  18, 30,  31.   1 S 2:2.  2 S 23:3.  Ps 18:1,  2,  31,  46.  19:14.  Je 32:18.   established.  Heb.  founded.  Ps 8:2mg.   for correction.  Ps 94:10.  Ec 5:8.  Is 27:9, 10.  Je 30:11.  31:18-20.  46:28.  He 12:5, 6.

In Habakkuk 1:12, the expression “Art thou not from everlasting” is true both of God the Father and of God the Son.

Micah 5:2 reads as follows:

Mic 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

This text in Micah 5:2 was understood by the Jewish authorities at the time Jesus was born to indicate that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem of Judea, as also stated in Matthew 2:1-6,

 

Mat 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Mat 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

Mat 2:3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

Mat 2:4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

Mat 2:5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

Mat 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

 

But of special interest is the expression in Micah 5:2, “from everlasting.” The birth of the predicted ruler in Israel is clearly a future event to Micah and the people reading his prophecy. Yet, this Person who is to be born in Bethlehem has been “from everlasting.”

 

Careful study of the cross references given for Micah 5:2 will lead to the evidence that this Person Who has been “from everlasting” is throughout the Old Testament Scriptures referred to as “the Angel of the Lord” or “the Angel of Jehovah.” I have furnished rather full or complete Biblical proof that this is the case at my note for Genesis 22:15 in my newest Bible study tool, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury.  This note in part is cited above under point 10.

 

The careful conclusion to be reached from this evidence is that before Jesus was born as a man to the Virgin Mary at Bethlehem, He existed and was made manifest to men on many occasions as the Angel of Jehovah. The Angel of Jehovah is sometimes spoken of as God. He is sometimes spoken of as Jehovah. So the Angel of Jehovah must be true Deity. That the Angel of Jehovah is not the only Jehovah (or the only one called Jehovah) is proven by Genesis 19:24 where two Persons who are each called Jehovah are on the same scene at the same time, one on earth, having been walking with Abraham, and the other Jehovah acting from Heaven, acting to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah.

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Daily Bible Nugget #438, James 4:7

The Nugget:

Jas 4:7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

My comment:

If it seems the devil has you down, or is camping on your trail, or is otherwise bringing seeming defeat, discouragement, and disappointment your way, this Bible promise in James 4:7 shows the way to victory over Satan and his devices.

It does help greatly in our walk with God if we have a better knowledge of the Bible.  When Paul commands, “Put on the whole armor of God” (Ephesians 6:10), a good part of that armor is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17).  Another part of that armor is to know the correct doctrine as it is given in the Bible itself.  If we believe wrong things about God, about prayer, about salvation, about God’s will, we will find it more difficult to submit ourselves to God.

The encouraging promise here, though, is that if we submit ourselves to God, we will resist the devil, and the devil will flee from each one of us who follows this command.

Studying the notes and the cross references for this verse, James 4:7, will enable you to dig much deeper into this subject.

  1. Submit yourselves therefore.  or, Therefore you must be subject. You must be subject translates the force of the imperative aorist passive; when we have a passive, we look for the action of the outside force. Here the outside force is God, and the persons acted upon are you—you must be subject; thus synergistic action, man submits and God acts (LNT, fn s); compare Re 19:8 note.  Note there are 11 imperatives in verses 7-11: be subject, resist (ver. 7 (James 4:7), draw near, cleanse, purify (ver. 8, James 4:8), be sorrowful, mourn, weep, be changed (ver. 9, James 4:9), be humbled (ver. 10, James 4:10), must not speak against (ver. 11, James 4:11) [LNT, fn s].  T#298.  Le 26:41-43.  Dt 27:26.  1 S 3:18.  2 S 15:26.  2 K 1:13-15.  2 Ch 30:8.  33:12, 13.  Jb 1:21.  22:21.  40:3-5.  42:1-6.  Ps 32:3, 4, 5, 9.  +Ps 37:7 (T#536).  +Ps 39:9 (T#278).  Ps 66:3.  68:30.  Is 45:9.  Je 13:18.  Da 4:25, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37.  Mt 6:9, 10.  11:29.  +*Ac 3:19.  9:6.  16:29-31.  26:19.  Ro 10:3.  14:11.  Ep 5:21.  He 12:9.  13:17.  1 P 2:13, 23.  5:5-9.  to God.  Dative case with the aorist has the note of urgency in the imperative (Robertson, Word Pictures).  Ro 8:7.  1 Cor 15:28.  *He 12:9.  Resist.  Gr. anthistēmi (S#436g, Ga 2:11).  Aorist tense, active voice, imperative mood verb.  Take a stand against (Robertson, Word Pictures).  Mt 4:3-11.  Lk 4:2-13.  *Ep 4:27.  *Ep 6:11, 12.  *1 P 5:8, 9.  Re 12:9-11.  the devil.  Jb 2:1.  1 Ch 21:1.  Zc 3:1, 2.  Mt 13:39.  25:41.  Lk 4:2, 3, 6, 13.  8:12.  Jn 13:2.  14:30.  Ac 5:3.  Ep 4:27.  6:11, 12.  1 Tim 3:6, 7.  2 Tim 2:26.  He 2:14.  1 P 5:8.  1 J 3:8.  will flee.  T#813.  Ge 3:15.  Lk 10:17.  22:31, 32.  *Ro 16:20.  1 J 2:14.  *1 J 5:18.
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Daily Bible Nugget #437, Psalm 32:8

The Nugget:

Psa 32:8  I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. 

My Comment:

This is a wonderful Bible promise given to us by God to use every time we need it!  God promises to guide us, to instruct us, to teach us, with his eye upon us.

The guidance God gives is especially available in the Bible, God’s written Word to us and for us.  The more you learn about what the Bible teaches, the easier it will become for you to be appropriately guided by its wisdom.  I have placed extensive notes on guidance linked to the text at 1 Kings 13:9 in The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury.

To dig deeper into Psalm 32:8, study the following cross references and notes I have given in The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury for this verse.

  1. instruct. FS12, Ps +1:1. Note the Figure Anabasis: instruct, teach, guide. Anabasis, or Gradual Ascent, is an increase of emphasis or sense in successive sentences (CB, Appendix 6). T#805.  **Ps 25:4, 5, 8, 12.  *Ps 34:11.  51:13.  66:16.  86:11.  94:8.  101:2.  Ge 26:3.  +Dt 29:9 (S#7919h).  Dt 32:10.  1 S 23:2.  Pr 2:9.  3:1.  *Pr 4:1-13.  8:10, 11.  Is 2:3.  *Is 8:11.  Je 35:13.  *Mt 11:29.  Lk 22:32.  *Jn 7:17.  teach.  *Ps 25:12.  1 K 8:36.  Jb 6:24.  34:32.  *Jn 14:26.  *James 1:5.  the way.  +*Ps 119:133.  143:8.  Ge 24:48.  Ex 18:20.  33:14.  1 K 3:7.  2 Ch 20:12.  **Pr 3:5-7.  8:20.  *Is 30:21.  48:17.   I will guide, etc.  Heb.  I will counsel thee, mine eye shall be upon thee.  T#1543.  Ps 5:8.  +**Ps 23:3. +*Ps 25:4 (T#1469), Ps 25:5, 9, 10.  27:11.  31:3, 4, 5.  33:18.  43:3.  48:14.  61:2.  *Ps 73:24.  78:72.  107:4, 5, 6, 7.  +*Ps 119:133.  121:4.  *Ps 139:23, 24.  143:8.  Ge 24:7.  Ex 18:19.  Nu 9:17, 22.  1 K 1:12.  3:9.  **Pr 3:5, 6.  Is 30:21.  *Is 49:10.  *Is 58:11.  61:8.  Je 3:4.  6:16.  38:15.  42:2, 3.  Micah 7:7, 8.  Jn 6:68.  Ac 1:24.  9:6.  1 Th 3:10, 11.  2 Th 3:5.  Re 3:18.  mine eye.  FS22A7, +Dt 11:12.  +Ps 11:4.  33:18.  *Ps 34:15. 123:2.  Ge 44:21.  Nu 10:31.  Ezr 5:5.  Pr 15:3.  Je 40:4.  Lk 22:61, 62.
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Daily Bible Nugget #436, Psalm 25:15

The Nugget:

Psalm 25:15  Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net. (KJV) 

Psa 25:15 I always look to you, because you rescue me from every trap. (CEV)

My Comment:

Not since early January have I been able to manage to continue this series of Daily Bible Nuggets based on God’s promises in the Bible.

Notice that reading the Bible promise in more than one English translation helps clarify the meaning for modern readers.

Another great source of insight as to the meaning and repercussions of this Bible promise would be to consult the cross references given for this passage (Psalm 25:15) in my newest work, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury.

  1. Mine eyes.  %Ps 34:15.  121:1, 2.  *Ps 123:1, 2.  141:8.  1 K 1:20.  2 Ch 20:12.  Zc 9:1. are.  FS63B1, +Ge 25:28.  toward the Lord.  La 1:11.  Zc 9:1.  pluck.  Heb.  bring forth.  Ps 31:4.  Ex 4:7.  my feet.  Pr 3:26.  out.  Ps 31:4.  124:7, 8.  Je 5:26.  2 Tim 2:25, 26.
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Just how mistaken Senator Rand Paul proves himself to be

Senator Rand Paul is potentially a traitor to this country.  By rights, he should be removed from office.

What did he do that is so wrong? Rand Paul is introducing a Bill in the Senate which will allow for or even bring devastating results to our country.  His bill was written to protect the interests of those entities who are currently in violation of anti-trust law.  What his bill would do is shield those entities from any liability should they ever be found in violation of anti-trust law.  That is flat out wrong.

And just who is his law designed to benefit?  His law would exempt health care providers from anti-trust action.

Currently the black letter law as it stands forbids price-fixing, collusion, and differential billing–all actions done daily by the health care industry in all its facets with impunity.

They get away with it because for at least 30 years no one has been enforcing the 15 USC Chapter 1.  The Sherman and Clayton Anti-trust Acts of over 100 years ago have not been enforced against the health care industry.  They must be!

Remember, “Where there is no penalty, there is no law.”

That is why medical costs have gone up in price far faster than inflation.  It is these costs which will collapse the economy of the United States very soon unless they are not only contained but reversed and brought down to what they should be.  It is estimated that if these laws were to be enforced today, that would cut medical costs across the board by 85%.  That would bring them down to a manageable cost for the private consumer, such that costly insurance and high deductibles would no longer be necessary.

Senator Rand Paul, in my careful judgment, demonstrates he has been “bought and paid for” by the medical and pharmaceutical industry, and is not acting in the interest of “we the people.”  He needs to be labeled for what he is or has become–an utter traitor to the American people.

Since when is it right on Senator Rand Paul’s part to sneak in such a detrimental bill to the Senate during these first days of the brand new Trump presidency, when all attention is directed towards the actions of President Trump, and no one will notice, and no coverage in the news will highlight this action by Rand Paul?

News about this terrible move by Senator Rand Paul needs to be spread widely.  He would better spend his time helping this country get out of debt, rather than insuring that this debt will continue to grow until we face certain economic collapse.  I have not laced this post with supporting Scripture, but many passages of Scripture condemn this action by Senator Rand Paul.  God requires just weights and balances (Leviticus 19:36), for a starter.  Charging what the market will bear, and charging differential prices at that, surely violates this Biblical principle. Rand Paul’s bill is called “Anti-trust Reform for Health Care,” and like many bills named in Congress of late, the title proclaims the very opposite of what the bill is intended to do.

What we need is a simple, one page Bill that stipulates that any law which has no penalty is invalid;  any law with a penalty must be enforced and the penalty duly applied to all violators.

Thanks to Karl Denninger who has spotted and reported upon this nefarious activity carried on by Rand Paul in an article at the following link:  https://www.market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=231786

https://www.market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=231786

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Daily Bible Nugget #435, Acts 2:23

The Nugget:

Act 2:23  Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

The Question:

Did Jesus really die for the sins of all persons?  Did Jesus even die?  Followers of Islam sometimes deny that Jesus died.  They also sometimes deny that he died for sins, because sin still continues.

My Answer:

Ayigbe Eseme, I do believe you are mistaken when you say “But study through the Bible reveals that Jesus was killed by people and not that he died for the sin of the people.  Meanwhile, the sins he supposedly died for are still with us even in larger portions [or, greater extent].”  (You must forgive me for putting on my English teacher hat and editing your helpful comment so that it reads like it should in the best English).
 
The Bible teaches in Acts 2:23,
 
Act 2:23  Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: (KJV)
 
Act 2:23  this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. (ESV)
 
Notice that the Scripture declares Jesus most certainly was crucified;  most certainly he was killed:  therefore, most certainly He died.  But His  physical death was not the end of the story!  We read in the next verse “the rest of the story”:
 
Act 2:24  Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. (KJV)
 
Act 2:24  God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.  (ESV)
 
Following verses in Acts 2:25-36 give the Old Testament prophecies that were fulfilled in this event.
 
The fact that God used evil men to accomplish His ultimate will happens throughout the Bible.  One example (there are many more) is when God used the king of Assyria as the rod of His anger to punish His own people, as stated in Isaiah 10:5.  The cross references given there make an interesting study, as I recall.
 
The fact that God used evil men to crucify Jesus Christ is no argument against the fact that Jesus died FOR the sins of all men, for this teaching is affirmed frequently elsewhere in the Bible:
 
2 Corinthians 5:14, 15,
 
2Co 5:14  For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 
2Co 5:15  And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. (KJV)
 
2Co 5:14  For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died;
2Co 5:15  and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (ESV)
 
Jesus Christ died for all men without limitation.  The Calvinists and those who follow them are gravely mistaken on this point.  They fail to see that God’s PROVISION is for ALL, but the BENEFIT of that provision is CONTINGENT upon meeting the conditions for salvation:  our continuing belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in our behalf.  That is what the grammar of the Greek New Testament clearly declares.
 
Jesus died explicitly to remove or to take away our sin and our sins.  This He does by His grace for all who truly place their faith in Him.  This, again, is directly affirmed by the grammar of the Greek New Testament most emphatically and clearly.
 
That there is still sin in the world, even increasing sin and rebellion against the God of the Bible, just reveals that those engaged in this sin have not truly believed in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Now, all people, all individuals, are free to choose whether to believe the Gospel as it is written in the New Testament.  Those who fail to choose life will continue in their spiritual death, but those who will place their faith in what Jesus Christ has done for them will reap the benefit of the gift of eternal life.
 
Please feel free to ask any question or present any objection to what I have shared with you from the Bible.  You may discover that even as a retired English teacher, I may be able to help answer any question or concern you may have.  Thank you for the good questions you have shared, Ayigbe Eseme, which make possible such good and interesting discussion.
 
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John Piper argues Donald Trump is morally unqualified to be president of the United States

In an article titled “How to Live Under an Unqualified President,” linked on Facebook by one of my friends there, Mr. Piper indicates his dislike of Mr. Trump (https://t.co/9iAMHod5KH ).

 

I countered what Mr. Piper had to say as follows:

In this case I must disagree completely with John Piper.  He has not done his homework first before writing this article.  John Piper is mistaken because what he has to say and criticize regarding Mr. Trump’s character is drawn from very biased sources which have made it their mission to discredit Mr. Trump from the start of his campaign for the presidency even until now.  It is most difficult to derive the truth about something or someone if you confine your search to sources that have “poisoned the well” by yellow journalism.  I have written about this remarkable characteristic of this election several times at Real Bible Study under the category “Politics and the Bible.”
 
We have it on good, multiple testimony that Mr. Trump received Christ during a conference with pastors during his campaign for president.  I have personally read the books Mr. Trump has written in the past, and learned early on that he was raised in the Presbyterian Church.  He has great respect for the Bible.  Like all the rest of us, he would benefit ever so much more by getting better acquainted with the Bible.  But I detect, from his references to various statements and passages in Scripture, that he has been reading his Bible recently. 
 
As for his using the expression “Two Corinthians” instead of “Second Corinthians” at Liberty University at the start of his campaign, this is a regional dialect issue and says nothing about how much a person knows about the Bible.  I’ll get the spelling wrong, I’m sure, but I have heard Alister Begg on Christian radio (WLQV AM 1500, M-F 9:00 am) use this mode of expression many times, and no one will count it a flaw when used by him.  I’ve noticed over many years that Scottish Presbyterians use this expression in the church where I served as an ordained Presbyterian elder.
 
John Piper gave a very unbalanced view regarding the character of Mr. Trump.  He did not mention any of the very good things to be said for Mr. Trump.  For example, among all the candidates running this season for the office of President, Mr. Trump is the only one who does not drink alcohol at all.  Mr. Piper did not mention the high moral code evident in the leadership and upbringing of Mr. Trump’s family, particularly as seen in what high moral character his children exhibit in their lives.
Mr. John Piper in particular criticizes Mr. Trump, claiming as his fifth bulleted point under the heading “Why Trump is Unqualified,” that “Trump has acted like one who is shamelessly proud.  He has boasted, ‘Nobody reads the Bible more than me.’  Yet he said that he has never asked God or others to forgive him for anything.”
The citation “Nobody reads the Bible more than me” is from a tweet by Gregory Korte at 12:42 pm on February 23, 2016.  Mr. Korte indicates he is White House correspondent for USA TODAY. (See https://twitter.com/gregorykorte/status/702232192664133632 ).  I will add that USA TODAY has been relentless in its propaganda war against Donald Trump, and is therefore an altogether unreliable source.  Gregory Hunter frequently makes reference to the USA TODAY newspaper’s treatment of so-called news about Donald Trump, and as a seasoned journalist points out that the reporters and editors at USA TODAY are not practicing journalism but propaganda to support a left-leaning viewpoint, presenting biased opinion as if it were news.

I cannot verify just how much Bible reading Mr. Trump has done in the past, but as mentioned, he has shown in some of his speeches that lately he has been reading his Bible.  I noted in one particular instance he mentioned “First John” and brought forth an excellent point from a text in chapter four, which he had evidently committed to memory.

I can speak directly to the charge that Mr. Trump “has never asked God or others to forgive him for anything.”  Mr. Trump REPEATEDLY asked for the forgiveness of God and his family and the nation for the comments made a decade before on an airplane in private conversation which many have called “locker room talk.”  It might be a greater sin to be guilty of dredging up evil information from the past which so discredits another person, and spreading it abroad.  To suggest that Mr. Trump never asked God for forgiveness for anything is an utterly misinformed statement on the part of Mr. John Piper and those he cites.  Mr. Piper may need to ask for forgiveness himself for continuing this absurd slur against the character of our new President.

 
We are not about electing a Theologian in Chief.  We should instead be praising and thanking God that in Mr. Trump we have a man who will do what is right.  Mr. Trump has promised to be a friend of Israel. That is extremely important in the light of Genesis 12:3.  Mr. Trump said it is his intention to repeal the evil Johnson Amendment which is intended to muzzle the political speech of our pastors in the  pulpit. If you have read, even carefully studied, early American history, it was often the pastors who encouraged the patriots to stand firm in their resolve to secure the independence from Britain for this nation. So, historically, pastors have been an important voice for the truth and wisdom of God in guiding this country.
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Daily Bible Nugget #434, Hebrews 5:7

The Nugget:

Heb 5:7  Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

The Question:

A Moslem poster at the Islam and Christianity Debate Group claims that the Bible teaches that Jesus did not actually die.  He titles his post, “I still stand on my prove [proof] from the bible [Bible] that Jesus never died.”

My Answer:

Faruq Kolodi, let me help you understand Hebrews 5:7 more accurately.  The text reads in the English Bible (KJV), “Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;”
 
The expression “was able to save him from death” for the phrase “from death” means not FROM death, for the Greek word is ‘ek,’ not ‘apo.’  He went down ‘into death,’ but was saved OUT OF (Greek, ‘ek’) it by resurrection.
 
Hebrews 5:7, therefore, does not say or mean that Jesus did not die.  The glorious truth proclaimed by the historical record preserved in the New Testament declares that Jesus Christ arose from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  Reference Bibles give a very full list of the places recorded in the New Testament where the disciples bore witness to the fact that Jesus Christ was raised bodily from the dead by God starting at Acts 2:24.
 
Further references are given to Acts 2:32;  Acts 3:15;  Acts 4:10;  Acts 10:40;  Acts 13:30, 34;  Acts 17:31.  Romans 4:24;  Romans 8:11.  1 Corinthians 6:14;  1 Corinthians 15:15.  2 Corinthians 4:14.  Galatians 1:1.  Ephesians 1:20.  Colossians 2:12.  1 Thessalonians 1:10.  Hebrews 13:20.  1 Peter 1:21.
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