That pesky “Exact Word Fallacy” again

The Nugget:

John 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. 

My Comment:

John 1:29 is a key verse important to our understanding of just who Jesus is.

What I posted 39 weeks ago:

The Muslim Question:  “If He (Jesus) is God, why did he cry unto God? Vividly, Jesus never said He is God.”

My Response:

I’ve answered this question before on this site, but I am happy to share my answer again with you.

Jesus on the Cross cried unto God. Jesus during His ministry cried unto God (see Hebrews 5:7). While here on earth Jesus was a man.

Careful study of all the evidence in the Bible will lead to the conclusion that the Lord Jesus Christ possessed two natures at the same time: He possessed a human nature, and He possessed a divine nature. In theology this is called the hypostatic union.

As to the claim you make that “Jesus never said He is God,” that does not at all prove that He was not God while on earth as a man.

If Jesus is not God, then why did His own disciples write in the New Testament in such a manner to clearly show that they believed that Jesus was God?

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 10:30 I and my Father are one.

The grammar of the Greek text of the New Testament at John 10:30 clearly declares the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“I” (a singular pronoun) and the Father (a singular noun) connected by a plural verb in Greek, “are” (Greek, esmen), followed by a SINGULAR predicate adjective “one” (Greek, hen).

Jesus and the Father are distinct in Person, but One in essence and being and purpose. They are consubstantial, the very same substance or essential nature.

This declares and makes Jesus God. This means there is more than one person in the Godhead. We speak of the Father as the first person of the Godhead. We speak of His son Jesus Christ as the second person of the Godhead. We speak of the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Godhead.

The New Development on this Older Thread:

Today a Muslim posted a response to what I wrote 39 weeks ago, saying:

“Let’s agree for the sake of argument that Jesus was a man on earth. Now bring an evidence verse from Jesus’ mouth that he says he is God in heaven. A VERSE please. I don’t need your explanations please, only a verse from the Bible.”

My Latest Response:

Ali J. Tari, I do not agree to furnish only a verse from the Bible. The reason that I do not agree is that many readers are not able to correctly understand a verse given by itself. Readers often do not understand the Bible or any other work of written literature for they do not know the rules of interpretation that apply.

 
Your request to “bring an evidence verse from Jesus mouth that he says he is God in heaven” is a good example of the “exact word” fallacy. Such a question is framed on purpose to be impossible to answer. Therefore, such a question is not a valid question.
 
But in answer to your challenge I furnish the following valid evidence:
 
We know Jesus is in heaven now.
 
We know that Jesus Christ was called “the lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
 
In the book of Revelation, we see Jesus depicted as the Lamb. The Lamb is ascribed all the terms of honor and worship that God the Father is given. Since Jesus is given the same honors as God the Father is given, this proves that Jesus Christ is true deity, and that the New Testament writers by divine inspiration indicate this repeatedly. See Revelation 5:12 compared to Revelation 7:12.
 
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 7:12  Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. 
 
This seven-fold ascription in Revelation 5:12 to the Lamb is given in Revelation 7:12 to God.
 
This is proof enough for anyone whose heart is truly open to the truth.

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