Is Jesus God?

An intensive biblical study to answer the age-old question.

Is Jesus God?


This study may help you answer the age-old question: Is Jesus God? The study relies totally on Scripture for the answers, both from the Old and New Testaments.

Hindus believe Jesus is just one of thousands of gods, Jehovah Witnesses believe that Jesus was a god, Muslims believe that Jesus was a great prophet, but the Bible teaches that Jesus was fully God – even in his humanity.

To circumvent the argument of Christ’s divinity, some will argue that the Holy Scriptures can’t be relied upon as there have been numerous changes to the Hebrew and Greek originals over the years. This is a patent falsehood which can be easily dis-proven by a careful study on the subject of the authenticity of the Bible. An excellent resource is A Book to Die For by Dr. William McRae, a fascinating book that everyone can enjoy and understand.

Many people say: “He is God himself” but can we really say that? How can he be God when there are so many verses that show that he is under the Father or separate from the Father? Does the Bible teach about a triune God? Is it at all important that Jesus is God? Many ask why God didn’t make it clear in His word. Pascal reasoned:

“Because He wanted to appear unveiled to those who seek him with all their heart, and because he wanted to stay veiled to those who flee from him with all their heart, he set his recognisability in such a way, that he gave signs of Himself, visible to those who seek him but invisible to those who do not seek him. There is enough light for those who want nothing else but to see, and there is enough darkness for the others who don’t want to see.

If Jesus is God, then we have to give him the worship that God should have; to neglect in giving him this would be an insult to God. If Jesus Christ isn’t God, then our worship would be blasphemy and idolatry, even if he was a higher being. If Jesus isn’t God, then many are sinning because they “worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever” (Romans 1:25).

We let God’s Word speak (all scripture references below from the King James Bible). 54 different traits and attributes of God, that are fulfilled in the Person of Jesus Christ, are reviewed. The links will take you to the NIV translation. More than 100 languages and translations are available.

  1. Do you honour the Son like the Father?
  2. Can anyone other than Jaweh receive worship
  3. Did Jesus ever receive worship?
  4. Does the Bible tell us to worship Jesus?
  5. Did holy men or angels accept worship?
  6. God’s glory – Who should receive it?
  7. Who has honour and glory?
  8. Whose glory did Isaiah see in the temple?
  9. Who is the First and the Last?
  10. Who is the Alpha and Omega?
  11. Who will stand on the Mount of Olives?
  12. Who did John prepare the way for?
  13. Who is the Stone of Contention?
  14. Who was pierced?
  15. Who is the Creator?
  16. Who is King of kings and Lord of lords?
  17. Whose Kingdom is it?
  18. Who can foregive sins?
  19. Who is the Saviour?
  20. Who is the Redeemer?
  21. Who should people sanctify?
  22. Who is the Rock?
  23. Who is the Judge?
  24. Whose Name should we call on for salvation?
  25. Who is eternal and unchangeable?
  26. Whose Words are eternal?
  27. To whom will every knee bow?
  28. Who owns the angels and whom do they worship?
  29. Who has power to kill and make alive again?
  30. Whose witness should believers be?
  31. Who is our light?
  32. Whose Sabath is it?
  33. Who is our Shepherd?
  34. Who controls the sea?
  35. How much of the Godhead abides in Jesus?
  36. What did the Jews think that Jesus said about himself?
  37. Was Jesus ever called God in the Bible?
  38. What happened to Creation after the Fall?
  39. If Jesus was a creature, then it would be impossible for him to be clean.
  40. But the Bible says that he is the firstborn
  41. Doesn’t the term “firstborn” mean that Jesus was created?
  42. But the Bible says he is the “only born”. Doesn’t that mean he was created?
  43. What does “firstborn” mean (monogenes)?
  44. Does Jesus receive prayers?
  45. But the Bible says Jesus came under subjection and that God is the head of Jesus!
  46. But the Bible says that Jesus had a beginning!
  47. If Jesus is God, then how could he be exalted up?
  48. Is a triune God talked about in the Old Testament?
  49. The Shema
  50. Why does Jesus have to be God?
  51. Making it Personal
  52. Gaining Salvation
  53. Missing Salvation
  54. The Work of God

1. Do you honour the Son like the Father?

John 5:23 – “That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.”

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2. Can anyone, other than Jaweh, receive worship?

Exodus 20:3 – “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

Exodus 34:14 – “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”

Matthew 4:10 (Luke 4:8) – Then saith Jesus unto him, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

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3. Did Jesus ever receive worship?

Matthew 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.”

Matthew 2:11 – “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him…”

Matthew 8:2 – “And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.”

Matthew 9:18 – “While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.”

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

Matthew 15:25 – “Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.”

Matthew 28:9 – “And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.”

Matthew 28:17 – “And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.”

Luke 24:52 – “And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy…”

John 9:38 – “And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.”

Revelation 5:6-14 – “And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 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. 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; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. 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; 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. 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. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth forever and ever.”

In some translations the same Greek word for worship (proskuneo) is translated “falling down”. See Mark 5:6 – “When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him.”

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4. Does the Bible tell us to worship Jesus?

Philippians 2:9-11 – “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Hebrews 1:6 – “And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.”

Revelation 5:12-14 – “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. 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. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth forever and ever.”

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5. Did holy men or angels accept worship?

Acts 10:25-26 – “And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.”

Revelation 19:10 – “And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

Revelation 22:8-9 – “And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.”

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6. God’s glory: Who should receive it?

Psalm 24:8-10 – “Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.”

The same Hebrew word is used in Isaiah 42:8: I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.”

1 Corinthians 2:8 – “Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”

James 2:1 – “My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.”

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7. Who has honour and glory?

John 13:31 – “Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.”

John 14:13 – “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

John 16:14 – “He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”

2 Corinthians 4:6 – “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

Hebrews 1:3 – “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”

Revelation 1:5-6 – “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”

Revelation 5:12-14 – “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. 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. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth forever and ever.”

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8. Whose glory did Isaiah see in the temple?

Isaiah 6:1, 6:3, 6:8-10 – “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple… And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory… Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.”

John 12:37-41 – “But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.”

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9. Who is the First and the Last?

Isaiah 41:4 – “Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.”

Isaiah 44:6 – “Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.”

Isaiah 48:12 – “Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.”

Revelation 1:17-18 – “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, “Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

Revelation 2:8 – “And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;”

Revelation 22:12-13, 22:20 – “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last… He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

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10. Who is the Alpha and Omega?

Revelation 1:8 – “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelation 21:6-7 – “And he said unto me, “It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”

Revelation 22:12-13 – “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”

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11. Who will stand on the Mount of Olives?

Zechariah 14:3-4 – “Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.”

Acts 1:11-12 – “Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a Sabbath day’s journey.”

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12. Who did John prepare the way for?

Isaiah 40:3 – “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”

Malachi 3:1 – “Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.”

Matthew 11:10 – “For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.”

Mark 1:1-2 – “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; As it is written in the prophets,, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee .”

Luke 1:76 – “And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;”

Luke 3:4-6 – “As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

John 1:23-29 – “He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose. These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

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13. Who is the stone of contention?

Psalms 118:19-23 – “Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD: This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter. I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.”

Isaiah 8:13-14 – “Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.”

1 Peter 2:7-8 – “Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.”

Matthew 21:42 – “Jesus saith unto them, “Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?”

Romans 9:33 – “As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumbling stone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”

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14. Who was pierced?

Zechariah 12:8-10 – “In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”

John 19:34-37 – “But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.”

Revelation 1:5-7 – “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth… Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”

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15. Who is the Creator?

Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

Psalm 33:6 – “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.”

Psalm 95:5.6 – “For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens. Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.”

Psalm 102:25-27 – “Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.”

Isaiah 40:28 – “Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding.”

Isaiah 43:15 – “I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.”

Isaiah 45:5-7, 45:12, 45:18 – “I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil : I the LORD do all these things…I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded…For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.”

John 1:3, 1:10 – “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”

Colossians 1:13-16 – “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him”

Hebrews 1:2, 1:10-12 – “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds… And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.”

Revelation 14:7 – “Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”

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16. Who is King of kings and Lord of lords?

Deuteronomy 10:17 – “For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward”

Psalm 95:3 – “For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.”

1 Timothy 6:14-15 – “That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;”

Revelation 17:14 – “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.”

Revelation 19:13, 19:16 – “And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God… And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

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16a. Who is the Almighty?

Job 5:17 – “Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty”

Job 11:7 – “Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?

Psalm 68:14 – “When the Almighty scattered kings in it, it was white as snow in Salmon.”

Isaiah 13:6 – “Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.”

Ezekiel 1:24 – “And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings.”

Revelation 1:8 – “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

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17. Whose Kingdom is it?

Psalm 22:28 – “For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations.”

Psalm 145:13 – “Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.”

Daniel 4:3 – “How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.”

Matthew 6:33 – “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Matthew 12:28 – “But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.”

Luke 1:32-33 – “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”

Luke 23:42-43 – “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, “Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.”

Ephesians 5:5 – “For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”

Colossians 1:13 – “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son”

2 Timothy 4:1 – “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;”

2 Peter 1:11 – “For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”

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18. Who can forgive sins?

Exodus 34:7 – “Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.”

Numbers 14:18 – “The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.”

Psalm 32:5 – “I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.”

Psalm 130:3-4 – “If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.”

Isaiah 43:25 – “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.”

Isaiah 55:7 – “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”

Jeremiah 31:34 – “And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

Daniel 9:9 – “To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against him;”

Mark 2:5-11 – “When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.” But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, “Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.”

Colossians 3:13 – “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”

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19. Who is the Saviour?

Deuteronomy 32:15 – “But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.”

Psalm 95:1 – “O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.”

Isaiah 43:3, 43:11 – “For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.”

Isaiah 45:21 – “Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.”

Hosea 13:4 – “Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.”

Matthew 1:21 – “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”

Luke 1:47 – “And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”

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.”

John 3:17 – “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

John 4:42 – “And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.”

Acts 4:10-12 – “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Acts 5:31 – “Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.”

Acts 13:23 – “Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus”

Titus 1:3-4 – “But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour; To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.”

Titus 2:13 – “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”

2 Peter 1:1 – “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”

2 Peter 2:20 – “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.”

2 Peter 3:18 – “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”

1 John 4:14 – “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.”

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20. Who is the Redeemer?

Job 19:25-26 – “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God”

Psalm 130:7 – “Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.”

Isaiah 41:14 – “Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”

Isaiah 43:14 – “Thus saith the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships.”

Isaiah 44:24 – “I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.”

Isaiah 47:4 – “As for our redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.”

Isaiah 48:17 (see also Isaiah 49:7, 49:26, 54:5, 63:9) – “Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.”

Galatians 3:13 – “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree”

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

Hebrews 9:12 – “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”

Revelation 5:9-10 – “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; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”

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21. Who should the people sanctify?

Isaiah 8:13 – “Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.”

1 Peter 3:15 – “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear”

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22. Who is the Rock?

Deuteronomy 32:3-4, 32:15, 32:18, 32:31 – “Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he…But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation…Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee…For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.”

1 Samuel 2:2 – “There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.”

2 Samuel 22:32, 22:47 – “For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?…The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.”

2 Samuel 23:3 – “The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.”

Psalm 18:31 – “For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?

Psalm 62:7 – “In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.”

Psalm 89:26 – “He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.”

Psalm 95:1 – “O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.”

1 Corinthians 10:4 – “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.”

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23. Who is the Judge?

Psalm 50:6 – “And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.”

Jeremiah 11:20 – “But, O LORD of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I revealed my cause.”

Jeremiah 17:10 – “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”

John 5:22 – “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:”

Romans 14:10 – “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.”

2 Corinthians 5:10 – “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

2 Timothy 4:1 – “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;”

Revelation 2:23 – “And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.”

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24. Whose Name should we call on for salvation?

Joel 2:32 – “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.”

Acts 2:21 – “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Acts 4:12 – “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

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25. Who is eternal and unchangeable?

Psalm 102:26-28 – “They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end. The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.”

Isaiah 9:6 – “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 40:28 – “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.”

Micah 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.”

John 1:1-2 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.”

Hebrews 1:8-12 – “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.”

Hebrews 7:3 – “Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God ; abideth a priest continually.”

Hebrews 13:8 – “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and forever.”

James 1:17 – “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

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26. Whose Words are eternal?

Isaiah 40:8 – “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”

Isaiah 59:21 – “As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.”

Matthew 24:35 – “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

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27. To whom will every knee bow?

Isaiah 45:22-24 – “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. 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. Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.”

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

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28. Who owns the angels and whom do they worship?

Psalm 91:11 – “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”

Psalm 103:20 – “Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.”

Matthew 13:41 – “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;”

Matthew 24:30-31 – “And then shall appear he sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

Hebrews 1:6-7 – “And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.”

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29. Who has power to kill and make alive again?

Deuteronomy 32:39 – “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.”

1 Samuel 2:6 – “The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.”

Psalm 36:9 – “For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light .”

John 2:19, John 2:21 – “Jesus answered and said unto them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” But he spake of the temple of his body.”

John 6:40 – “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

John 6:54 – “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

John 10:17-18 – “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 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.”

John 11:25 – “Jesus said unto her, ‘I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live'”

2 Corinthians 1:9 – “But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead”

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30. Whose witnesses should believers be?

Isaiah 43:10, 43:12 – “Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me…I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.”

Acts 1:8 – “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

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31. Who is our light?

2 Samuel 22:29 – “For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.”

Psalm 27:1 – “A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Isaiah 9:1 – “Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.”

Isaiah 60:19 – “The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.”

Luke 2:30-32 – “For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.”

John 1:9 T- “hat was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”

John 3:19 – “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”

John 8:12 – “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

John 9:5 – “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

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32. Whose Sabbath is it?

Exodus 16:23, 16:29 – “And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy Sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning… See, for that the LORD hath given you the Sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.”

Leviticus 23:3 – ” Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.”

Matthew 12:8 – “For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day.”

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33. Who is our Shepherd?

Psalm 23:1 – “A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

Psalm 80:1 – “Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubim, shine forth.”

Ezekiel 34:31 – “And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord GOD.”

John 10:11, 10:14 – “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep… I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.”

Hebrews 13:20 – “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

1 Peter 2:25 – “For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”

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34. Who controls the sea?

Psalm 89:9-10 – “Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them. Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain; thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm.”

Matthew 8: 26-27 – “And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

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35. How much of the Godhead abides in Jesus?

John 14:8-9 – “Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

Colossians 1:19, 2:9 – “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell… For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”

1 Timothy 3:16 – “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

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36. What did the Jews think that Jesus said about himself?

John 5:18 – “Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.”

John 10:33 – “The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.”

John 19:7 – “The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.”

A famous Jew, M. Salvador, made it clear in his book “Jesus Christ”, that the Jews had no other choice in view of Jesus’ claim to be God than to kill him. It is unthinkable that the Jews would have condemned him because they misunderstood his claims.” (out of “Jesus of Nazareth, who is he? By Arthur Wallis, Christian Literature Crusade 1959).

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37. Was Jesus ever called “God” in the Bible?

Matthew 1:23 – “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

John 1:1 (if the sentence should read “and the Word was a God” then we will have to translate “God” as “a God” in verses 6, 12 and 18 too, as it is in the same form there too!) – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

John 20:28 – “And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.”

Acts 16:31, 16:34 – “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house…And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.”

Acts 20:28 – “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”

Romans 9:5 – “Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.”

1 Timothy 3:16 – “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

Titus 2:13 – “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”

Hebrews 1:8 – “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.”

2 Peter 1:1 – “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”

1 John 5:20 – “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”

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38. What happened to the creation after the Fall?

Job 4:18-19 – “Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly: How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?

Job 15:15-16 – “Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight. How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?

Job 25:5-6 – “Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight. How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?

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39. If Jesus was a creature, then it would be impossible for him to be clean.

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

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

2 Corinthians 5:21 – “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

1 Peter 1:19 – “But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot”

1 John 3:5 – “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.”

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40. But the Bible says that he is the firstborn!

Colossians 1:15 – “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature”

Colossians 1:18 – “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence.”

Romans 8:29 – “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

Hebrews 1:6 – “And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.”

Revelation 1:5 – “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

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41. Doesn’t the term “firstborn” mean that Jesus was created?

Psalm 89:27 – “Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.”

God uses the same expression for David, who was the seventh son, not the first. In Colossians 1:15 we see Jesus’ position above creation; in Colossians 1:18 and Revelation 1:5 his position above the resurrected. Jesus was not the first one to be raised from the dead, but the first to never die again. In Romans 8:29 we see his position in his kingdom when he comes back. So, “firstborn” is an expression that means first in position.”

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42. But the Bible says that he is the “only born”. Doesn’t that mean he was created?

John 1:14, 1:18 – “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth…No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

John 3:16, 3:18 – “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… He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

1 John 4:9 – “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”

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43. What does “firstborn” mean (monogenes)?

Hebrews 11:17 – “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

Here we see that “firstborn” (monogenes) doesn’t always mean born or created, but position to the father, as Isaac was the second born of Abraham’s seven children (Genesis 25:2).

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44. Does Jesus receive prayers?

Acts 7:55-59 – “But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

These were almost exactly the same words Jesus used on the cross. The first church often called on Jesus’ name.

Acts 9:21 – “But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?

Acts 22:16 – “And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 1:2 – “Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours”

Even the last prayer of the Bible is to Jesus: Revelation 22:20

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45. But the Bible says Jesus came under subjection and that God is the head of Jesus!

Luke 2:51 – “And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.”

1 Corinthians 11:3 – “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.”

In other words, God is the head of Christ as the man is the head of the woman. Although headship is given to the man, no one would think that the women is a lower being or less valuable than the man. The man is not more human than the woman because he is the head; the woman is not a lower being because she is under the man. The question of subjection is not a question of being. It is also like this in the Godhead. There is an equality in being, but a difference in order. Just because the Son is subject to the father doesn’t mean he is less than God. In his being, he is equal to his father, but in the order within the Godhead it would say: “the father is greater than I…”

In John 14:28 – “Jesus said “Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.” He said this as he was still on earth and in the context of his return to heaven. While Jesus was on earth the father was greater than he, as no one spat on or crucified God. He was greater in his position, but not his person. He was not better. In being, the son and the father were the same: John14: 8-9 – “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.”

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46. But the Bible says that Jesus had a beginning!

Revelation 3:14 – “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;”

Doesn’t this mean that Jesus is a creation? We must see how John used the word “beginning” in Revelation. He used it 3 times I this book

Revelation 1:8 – “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelation 21:6 – “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”

Revelation 22:13 – “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”

These verses speak about God, that He is the beginning. Does that mean that God had a beginning and was created? If so, then we can also say it of Revelation 3:14. But the meaning here is origin or source. So we have to understand it like this in Revelation 3:14 too. Jesus was the source or origin of the creation of God. Can we prove this in the Bible?

John 1:3 – “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

Colossians 1:16 – “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him”

“Everything” in this verse means everything. This excludes Jesus, because “everything” was created through him. He is also the source, or as Colossians 1:16 says, he is before all things!

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47. If Jesus is God, then how could he be exalted up?

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

If Jesus is God: then he already has a place above everything else in the universe. How can he then be exalted? We have to see this passage in its context and the problem will be solved. The question can be answered when we ask a few questions: How could the one about whom the scripture says that he “was in the form of God” (Philippians 2:6): that he was “with God” and “was God” (John 1:1) make himself of no reputation and humble himself? The answer: As he “took upon himself the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of man…and became obedient unto death: even the death of the cross” (Philipians2:8)

To do this the greatest humbling that the universe has ever seen had to take place and is held up as the greatest example for us. That God exalted him is only the other part of the truth that he humbled himself, and nothing less than we would expect. What should surprise us is not the fact that he was exalted, but the fact that he, who was in the form of God, humbled himself so much in order to save sinful man.

He laid aside his godly form and was born as a man and restricted himself to human form in order to give God the sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins. He is one with the father, and the one who has seen him has seen the father, but for redemption sake he voluntarily took on a lower form, so that he could take our place and die for us. He could not have done this if he didn’t take on our form.

So Jesus sometimes speaks of his relation with God, and other times about his duty as an emissary of the promised covenant to save us.

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48. Is a triune God talked about in the Old Testament?

There are different names for God in the Old Testament. YHWH or Jaweh, or Jehovah occur the most (over 6,800 times). Elohim occurs 2,200 times, Adonai about 300 times, Eloah over 250 times. These are the names that occur most often. Elohim, Adonia and also Shaddai are all in plural.

Pronouns used in relation to God are also in the plural: Genesis 1:26 – “Man was made in the image of God, not angels, so God can’t be talking about himself and the angels here.

Genesis 3:22 – “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.

Genesis 11:7 – “Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

Isaiah 6:8 – “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

Many say that kings today use the plural in referring to themselves, but Israeli Kings never did. It was foreign to them. Sometimes plural adjectives are used of God in Hebrew.

Ecclesiastes 12:1 – “Remember now your [singular] Creator [plural]”

Joshua 24:19 – “You cannot serve the Lord, for he is a holy [singular] God [plural]”

Isaiah 54:5 – “For your [singular] Maker [plural] is your [singular] husband [plural]”

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49. The Shema

Deuteronomy 6:4 – “Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God is one God.

The Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4) is the greatest confession for the Jews. “Our God” is actually “our Elohim“, or “our Gods”. The word translated “one” is also a special word. It is “echad” and is used for a combined one, or a bound together one, something that is not an absolute one. In Genesis 2:24 man and woman are to become one (echad) flesh. There is a word in Hebrew that means absolute one: “yachid”. If Moses wanted to teach that God is absolutely one, then he would have used “yachid“. In the Shema it talks about God being a bound together God, a God that consists of more than one part.

Hosea 1:7 – “But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the Lord, their God…”

The speaker, Elohim, says he will have mercy on the house of Israel and save them by Jaweh their God. So Elohim, the first, will save Israel through Jaweh, the second.

“The Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven.” Genesis 19:24. Jaweh (1.) rains fire and brimstone from Jaweh (2.) out of heaven. The first Jaweh is on earth at this time.

If the Old Testament refers to a plural God, then how many “parts” are there? We have already seen that two are referred to. See Isaiah 48:1248:13 48:16. The speaker is the First and the Last and created heaven and earth. It can only be talking about God. But in verse 16 he says: “I” and then distinguishes between himself and two other personalities, the Lord, Jaweh, and the Spirit. Here we see that three personalities are in the Godhead.

In Isaiah 63:7-14 we look back to the time of Exodus, where three personalities are active. The Lord, Jaweh is in verse 7; the angel of Jaweh in verse 9 and the Spirit of God in verses 10: 11 and 14. In the Old Testament God says that he alone is the saviour of Israel, but here we see three personalities. This can’t be a contradiction, if we see the three as one bound together God.

In the New Testament all three are repeatedly mentioned in the same text.

Matthew 28:19 – “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”

Luke 1:35 – “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”

Luke 3:21-22 – “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.”

John 14:16 – “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;”

John 16:13-14 – “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. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”

Romans 15:16 – “That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.”

Romans 15:30 – “Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;”

1 Corinthians 12:4-6 – “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.”

2 Corinthians 13:14 – “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.”

Ephesians 2:18 – “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.”

Ephesians 3:14-17 – “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

Ephesians 4:4-6 – “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

Hebrews 9:14 – “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

1 Peter 1:2 – “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.”

Although the term “trinity” is nowhere in the Bible, it describes the teaching of the Bible. Some say it is difficult to understand. If we were to understand everything about God, then He wouldn’t be God anymore! He is above our dimension. We deal with trinities daily. Time is past, present and future. Dimensions are length, breadth and height. If you light three candles and put the flames together, you have a trinity. I as a person am plural too: I am the son of my parents, the father of my children and the husband of my wife. In every area, I am the same, but I have different responsibilities. Even man is a trinity: “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23

God gives us enough light to go on with Him, and there will often be things that we can’t fully understand, but will have to accept in faith, because He said so. If we could explain everything about God, then He would be below us!

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50. Why does Jesus have to be God?

Imagine that we are good humans and only sin once a day. After 25 years we would have over 9,000 sins on our account! Romans 6:23 says that the wages (what we earned) of sin is death. As the context talks about eternal life, eternal death must be meant here. Death means separation: the first death is separation from our bodies; the second death (Revelation 20:14-15) is separation from God. So we have earned death over 9,000 times, even if we stopped sinning after the age of 25!

Theoretically it would be possible for someone to pay this debt (death) for me. He must only fulfil two requirements: he must not have any debt himself to pay God (that is no sins). But then he could only pay for me alone, as he only has one life. If he were to pay for the whole world, he would have to be worth that many lives.

I don’t know anyone who has never sinned, nor someone who is worth more than one life. Only God is without sin (see #39) and could pay such a great debt. That is why Jesus had to be God in order for Him to take our sins and pay for our debt. Only then can we be sure that our sins are paid in God’s eyes.

Let us look up to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2) and give Him the honour and glory that he deserves as God!

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51. Making it Personal

Matthew 16:15 – “He saith unto them, “But whom say ye that I am?”

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52. Gaining Salvation

Matthew 4:17 – “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 5:3 – “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 10:22 – “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”

Matthew 10:32 – “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.”

Matthew 18:1-4 – “At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 19:14 – “But Jesus said, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 19:16-26 – “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 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. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.” But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, “Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”

John 5:32-34 – “There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.”

John 20:30-31 – “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”

Ephesians 2:8-9 – “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

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53. Missing Salvation

John 5:39-40 – “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.”

Matthew 5:20 – “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 7:13 – “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:”

Matthew 7:21-23 – “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Matthew 10:33 – “But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”

Matthew 13:14-15 – “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: 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.”

Matthew 15:7-9 – “Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”

Matthew 21:42-44 – “Jesus saith unto them, “Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.”

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54. The Work of God

Matthew 12:50 – “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

John 6:28-29 – “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”

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Originally written and compiled by Bernd Flock ©. Edited by David Harrison – July 7, 2001. Please report any broken or misdirected links to info@busstopbiblestudies.com.

Suggested Reading

The following books deal with the subject of Jesus being God:

Is Jesus God? - Finding Our Faith - Michael Morwood
A Book To Die For - William J. McRae

5 comments have been left.

  • bsbs left comment on January 19, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Do you not find it strange that sixty-six individuals, over a period of 2,500 years, somehow, without contradicting one another, conspired to bring us the Bible as we know it today; that many, if not most, of the writers died for their beliefs; that the Bible was the first book ever printed and continues to be the most printed book every year since; that the Bible has been translated into every major world language; that billions of people continue to believe it is the Word of God and the truth of what it tells; and that countless lives have been miraculously transformed by trusting in the inerrancy of its contents?

  • David left comment on January 16, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    BSBS, your comment is simply a display of mere apologetics. Your claims are made up, not supported by the bible. The quoted verses are not taken out of context, that’s just your pious embarrassment enveloped in apologetics. But thank you for taking the time to comment.

    The Bible, in its original texts, continues to be erroneous; one just has to open his or her eyes; Jesus is a false prophet, therefore not god.

  • David left comment on January 16, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Jesus is not God, says the bible; he is something else: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbBYLQxC7z0

    BSBS response:This video is simply a display of someone’s wilful ignorance and disbelief:
    1. The Kingdom of God, which is a spiritual kingdom, came on the cross. John the Baptist was exactly right when he said, “The Kingdom of God is at hand.”
    2. There is a distinction between the coming of the Kingdom of God and the end times (with the return of Christ) which remains unknown, just like the Bible says.
    3. The producer of this video has simply taken Scripture out of context to make a false case. You can understand it in context by reading this blog article.

    4. The Bible, in its original texts, continues to be without error; theologically, historically, scientifically and prophetically. No one has (or will ever) prove it to be otherwise.

  • Gerrit left comment on April 13, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Jenny,
    It is in the second sentence:
    “the Bible teaches that Jesus was fully God”

    Not associated with the site, but saw it on news items this morning. Cheers!

  • Jenny left comment on April 11, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    All that, and you didn’t even say “Yes, Jesus is God,” nor did you reference John 8:58.

    I AM = God. Jesus says, “I AM.” He proclaimed Himself as God. So if Jesus lived, died and was resurrected and we believe that, then we would believe Him when He said He was God.

    I thought this little website endeavour was supposed to help people? Do you really think a passing atheist will read all this? Seriously. Just put YES at the top. At least. Come on.

    BSBS Comment: “Bible teaches that Jesus was fully God – even in his humanity.” How much clearer can we be?

    We believe that Jesus is God. Others don’t. I simple ‘yes’ is likely not a sufficient answer for most people. We want the others to investigate and seek God – to experience that which we have experienced and be able to confess that Jesus is indeed God. For most finding God is a journey of discovery but He is as close as a simple prayer. This [extensive] study was originally designed to answer doubts Jehovah’s Witnesses often have (they claim Jesus was a god – not God).

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