In the blog His Claims, we saw that Jesus made some extraordinary claims about himself. It is clear from scripture that Jesus was not just a prophet or good teacher as other religions teach. In light of the claims Jesus made about himself we are forced to take him at his word, dismiss him altogether as being delusional, or rewrite scripture and take out what you don’t like.
Here we will see what others say about Jesus. Where other major religions require trust and belief in one man’s testimony as being true without corroboration, conversely, Christianity’s foundation is in 66 books, written over sixteen hundred years by more than 40 authors. In particular, the New Testament is a record of eyewitness testimonies of many individuals, for which there are approximately 25,000 ancient manuscripts attesting to the bibles accuracy. Some of these documents date back as early as the first century, within 100 years of the originals.
So, lets see what others said about Jesus. Does scripture attest to the claims Jesus Christ made about himself?
2 Peter 1:16-21
“For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes when he received honor and glory from God the Father. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to him, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” We ourselves heard that voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.
Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts. Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.”
JESUS IS THE MESSIAH
- Acts 4:12; There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”
- Acts 17:3; He explained the prophecies and proved that the Messiah must suffer and rise from the dead. He said, “This Jesus I’m telling you about is the Messiah.”
- John 20:30,31; The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.
- Luke 2:11; The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David
- Titus 2:13; while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,..
- 1 John 4:14; Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
- 1 John 2:1-2; But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
JESUS IS GOD
- John 1:1-3; In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.
- Hebrews 1:5:11; For God never said to any angel what he said to Jesus:
“You are my Son…” And when he brought his supreme Son into the world, God said, “Let all of God’s angels worship him.”… But to the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. You rule with a scepter of justice. You love justice and hate evil. Therefore, O God, your God has anointed you, … He also says to the Son, “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with your hands. They will perish, but you remain forever.
This is very confusing outside of the light of the Trinity doctrine. Scripture clearly states there is only one God. Please read the upcoming blog “The Mystery of the Trinity” for better clarification.
- 2 Peter 1:1; This letter is from Simon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ.
I am writing to you who share the same precious faith we have. This faith was given to you because of the justice and fairness of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior.
- Romans 9:5; To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ (Messiah), who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.
- John 20:28,29; Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
- Isaiah 9:6,7; For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
for all eternity.
- Matthew 1:23; “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son,
and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”
- Philippians 2:6-8; Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
JESUS IS WORSHIPED
In addition to the eight examples of Jesus accepting worship in his presence, below is just a sample of others ascribing worship to the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Philippians 2:9-11; Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
- Matthew 2:1,2; Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”
- Matthew 28:17; When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!
- 1 Peter 3:14,15; …So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.
- Revelation 5:13,14; And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang: “Blessing and honor and glory and power
belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.” And the four living beings said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb.
- Hebrews 1:5,6; For God never said to any angel what he said to Jesus: “You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.” God also said, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son.” And when he brought his supreme Son into the world, God said,
“Let all of God’s angels worship him.”
Jesus was worshiped by his apostles and others on earth and God has commanded all his angels worship him. Peter commands that we must worship Jesus as Lord of our lives, and to be very clear, in the throne room of God in heaven, the 24 elders fall to the floor and worship Jesus. They do this in the presence of Jesus and also God the Father.
To get around the worship of Jesus, you have to butcher the text, all the text or rewrite scripture, which again, is what other religions have done.
JESUS IS THE ONLY DOOR TO ETERNAL LIFE
Many people want to be inclusive and believe that there are many ways up a mountain. It isn’t as important how you get there as long as you get there. People like to say there are many paths to God and over the millennia this path has taken many different roads. They would have you believe that whether you believe in Jesus or some other prophet or God, that is OK, because God is many different things to many different people. You can believe that if you like, but you cannot believe the bible to be true and take that position. The bible is very clear, Jesus was and is very clear. There is only one God and only one way to salvation. That way is through God’s Son who he sent to die a terrible death on our behalf. he paid the ultimate price for our salvation.
Critics like to say that is narrow minded, but imagine how your father would feel after paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for your education only to hear you thank your neighbor. Or, how would your mother feel if she had sacrificed her dreams, desires and spent everything she had to give you a good life, only to find out you credit your good luck and good living for your life? Poor examples but they may paint a picture.
God is a just God. Sin has a price and that price is death. There is no way around it and there is no way for us to pay the price for our sin except our own death. If there was some other way, would God have had to send Jesus to die for us? If we think there is another way, we are calling God a liar and trampling the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf.
When we believe and accept Jesus Christ for who he is and what he done, we receive the Holy Spirit, something you don’t get if you are trusting in a different Christ who didn’t do anything for you. Without God’s Spirit we are lost as we must be born again (born of the Spirit) to see the kingdom of God.
- Acts 4:12; “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”
- Romans 8:9-11; You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
- 1 John 2:23; Anyone who denies the Son doesn’t have the Father, either. But anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
- John 3:3; Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
- John 3:5; Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.”
- 2 Corinthians 1:22; and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.
- Ephesians 1:14; The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.
- John 3:31-36; “He has come from above and is greater than anyone else. We are of the earth, and we speak of earthly things, but he has come from heaven and is greater than anyone else. He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but how few believe what he tells them! Anyone who accepts his testimony can affirm that God is true. For he is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God gives him the Spirit without limit. The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands. And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.”
Jesus is the only way to get the Spirit of God because we are told that it is actually the Spirit of Christ who lives in us. Some other Christ will not get you the Spirit of the true Christ who sacrificed himself for you.
Say your boss tells you he/she has paid for a brand new iPhone for you and all you have to do is go this the Apple store and pick it up. Then you decide hey, I can go to any store so you go to the Blackberry store and say where is my iPhone? Does any reasonable person believe they will receive a new iPhone? No, there were specific instructions that you had to follow in order to receive your gift. It is the same with God. Only one God paid for your gift and he expects you to follow his instructions to receive it because his gift was at a great cost.
- 1 Corinthians 6:19,20; Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price.
The great price was the payment made by the one true God who gave up his only Son Jesus Christ.
- Ephesians 2:12,13; In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.
- Ephesians 2:8-10; God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Jesus is speaking below and tells us he is the judge, he is the one we will face on judgement day. It is evident from what he says that there is a clear road to eternal life and He alone is the gate.
- Matthew 7:13-14; “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”
- Matthew 7:21-23; “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’
- John 10:7-10; Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Jesus himself through his own claims as well as scripture as a whole testify that Jesus is Deity. Jesus is not a created being, but someone we are commanded to worshiped as God himself. Both Jesus and others declare Jesus as Messiah and we are told to be without him, is to be without hope.
Jesus is the savior of the world and the only one who can save us from our sins and ultimately, from an unpleasant eternal separation from God. So, what do you have to do to be saved? Read the scripture below.
- ROMANS 3:23-25; For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.
- ROMANS 6:23; For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
- ROMANS 5:8; But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
- ROMANS 10:9,10; If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
There is power and authority in the Name of Jesus. But only one Jesus has the power and authority to pardon our sins.