(Isa 12:2 KJV) Behold,
God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid:
for the LORD JEHOVAH is my
strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
also God alone.
Jesus alone saves
you from hell and death
(Heb 9:27 KJV) And as it is appointed unto
men once to die, but after this the judgment:
(Heb 9:28 KJV) So Christ was once offered to
bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear
the second time without sin unto salvation.
(2 Tim 4:1 KJV) 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
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke,
exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will
come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts
shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And
they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto
fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the
work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci Code says: "Fact: ... All
descriptions of ... documents ... in this novel are
accurate." but Satan is a liar and a deceiver (John 8:44, Rev
12:9)."God forbid; yea, let God be true, but every man a liar" (Rom
3:4). Dan Brown’s book contains 20 percent truth and 80 percent
"If you are going to tell a lie, make it a big one
since people seem to believe big lies much more easily than small ones."
Dan Brown has filled his novel with mistakes and lies to attack the
Gospel of Jesus Christ and replace it with a resurgent pagan mythos"
"The second goal of the glorification of paganism is also at the heart
of this novel" The devil is the one tootaly behind it still
Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci
Code says: "Fact: ... All descriptions of ... documents ... in this
novel are accurate." but rather there is no shred of real, valid
historical evidence in the book or THE movie, and it is no
secret that The Blasphemy And Deception Of The Da Vinci Code is clear,
it is all fictional. The Da Vinci Code is a big lie, ridiculous and a 21
century myth.. "The Da Vinci Code" is trying to Cash in on defaming
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was
adopted by the United Nations in December of 1948. In 30 articles it
summarizes the basic and inalienable rights of people
everywhere. Among these rights are:
life, liberty and security; national identity; legal remedies for
wrongs; the presumption of innocence; ownership of property; work for
just and equitable pay (to name just a few). Some rights have to
do with change. A person has the right to change residence, nationality,
marital status, employment and, most importantly, religion.
Article 18 reads: “Everyone has the right to freedom of
thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change
his religion or belief, and freedom either alone or in community with
others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in
teaching, practice, worship and observance.”
The freedom to change religious allegiance is a fundamental human
right. It is not granted by any government or authority, but rather is
the possession of every human being by virtue of existence itself.
The freedom to worship and believe is first: the freedom to change
religious affiliation is second: the freedom to speak and declare your
faith is third: and finally comes the freedom to seek the conversion of
Thus, the most fundamental questions are these: are people free to
worship, are they free to convert? In vast stretches of human
society this freedom is restricted: by Orthodox Christians in Russia, by
Orthodox Jews in Israel, by Muslims in numerous states of the Middle
East. All of these entrenched authorities fear that religious freedom
(including the right to convert) will entail a loss of political power
and cultural influence for the established faith. Now are the people in
our jurisdiction free to pursue the faith of their choice? Or do
religious and political leaders put up barriers of fear, danger, and
It seems these days that the only rights being falsely
respected is the right to be converted away from Christianity, and often
by any means, using falsehoods included.
The Da Vinci Code author
Dan Brown bears false witness because it falsifies the
historical record of Christ, who is both true God and true man.
Many Early Christian writers have often said that Christians worshiped
Jesus as God.
(Col 1:12 KJV) Giving
thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the
inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath
delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the
kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his
blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the
invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 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: 17 And he
is before all things, and by him all things consist. 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 preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
The deity of Christ is found fully,
clearly in the scriptures in the New Testament from the first
begining of the Christian church Matt. 2:2,11; 14:33; 28:9; John 9:35-38; and Heb.
1:6 as well as the Old
12:10, "And I will pour out on the
house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace
and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have
6:2-3, "God spoke further to Moses and said
to him, "I am the Lord; 3 and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
as God Almighty, but by My name, Lord, I did not make Myself
known to them." Compare with "Not that any man
has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the
6:46). The point is that God Almighty
was seen, but not the father. He was the pre-incarnate Christ who
is seen in the Old Testament, who is defined in nature.
1:2, "to the church of God which is at
Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by
calling, with all who in every place call upon the name of our Lord
Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours."
- The phrase, "call upon the name of the Lord
[YHWH]" is used in the OT only in reference to God (i.e., Psalm 116:4), never anyone
else. Yet, the Greek equivalent (LXX) of the phrase is applied
to Jesus in 1
Cor. 1:2. It says that the church
"calls upon the name of the Lord Jesus." Why is a phrase used
ONLY of God in the OT, applied to Jesus in the NT?
- The LXX translates "call upon the name of YHWH"
as "call upon the name of the Lord [kurios]." The phrase "call upon
the name of the Lord is applied to Jesus.
Note again the biblical
passages underlining the fact that Jesus is God:
Matthew 12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of
the Sabbath day.
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.
Mark 2:5-12 When Jesus saw their
faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, "Son, thy sins be forgiven
thee." But there was 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.'"
And immediately he arose, took up
the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all
amazed, and glorified God, saying, 'We never saw it on this
John 5:17-18 But Jesus answered them, "My Father
worketh hitherto, and I work." 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.
8:58 Jesus said unto them, "Verily, verily I say unto you, 'Before
Abraham was, I am'." [compare with Exodus 3:14 - And God said unto
Moses, "I AM THAT I AM," and he said, "Thus shalt thou say unto the
children of Israel, 'I AM hath sent me unto you.'"]
10:30-33; 36-39 [Jesus said,] "I and my Father are one." Then the
Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, "Many good
works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye
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." [Jesus said,] "Say ye of him, whom the Father hath
sanctified, and sent into the world, 'Thou blasphemest'; because I said,
'I am the Son of God?'
If I do not the works of my Father,
believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the
works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in
him." Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of
John 13:13-14 You call Me Teacher and Lord,
and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have
washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's
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."
Jesus is called God by others or by the
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, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting
Father, the Prince of Peace.
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
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word
was with God, and the Word was God.
John 20:26-29 And after
eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then
came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said,
"Peace be unto you."
Then saith he to Thomas, "Reach hither thy
finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it
into my side: and be not faithless, but believing."
answered and said unto him, "My Lord and my God." Jesus saith unto him,
"Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they
that have not seen, and yet have believed."
[Peter said to Jesus], "Lord, thou knowest all things."
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.
9:5 Of [the Israelites] as concerning the flesh Christ came, who
is over all, God blessed for ever.
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.
Colossians 2:9 For in him
dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
created through Jesus (and thus He existed before
John 1:1-5,9-14 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. All things were made by him; and without him was not
any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the
light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness
comprehended it not. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man
that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made
by him, and the world knew him not.
He came unto his own, and his
own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power
to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which
were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will
of man, but of God.
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.
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to
be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 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: and he is before all things, and by
him all things consist.
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 preeminence.
For it pleased the Father
that in him should all fulness dwell; and, having made peace through the
blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him,
I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in
Hebrews 1:1-8 God, who at sundry times and in
divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 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; 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:
being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance
obtained a more excellent name than they.
For unto which of the
angels said he at any time, 'Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten
thee?' And again, 'I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a
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.'
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.'
Jesus Christ is both God and
The Bible and thus the Christian faith
teaches that just as Adam and Eve were two persons but one flesh
so too the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three Persons but one
God. (John 17:5). "And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with
Thine Own Self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world
was" (Heb 1:8 KJV) 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. . 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and
hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the
oil of gladness above thy fellows. 10 And, Thou, Lord, in the
beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the
works of thine hands: 11 They shall perish; but thou remainest;
and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; 12 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. In John 8:58 we read the
words of Christ "Before Abraham was born I AM". It is clear from the use
of the words "I AM" in this context that our beloved Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ was claiming eternality which only the true God can
claim. The Lord Jesus Christ was both God and man.Jesus Christ was
not a created being, he was not specially even created by God the
Father, Jesus did co-exist with the God the Father and the Holy
Spirt always as God. Genesis makes that clear (Gen 1:26 KJV)
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let
them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the
air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every
creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.17 So God created man
in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female
created he them. Christ was next begotten of the Father into a
earthly image of the father, but he had already existed
before he had been begotten. (Phil 2:5 KJV) Let this mind be in you, which was also in
Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not
robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation,
and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of
men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself,
and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which
is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee
should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under
the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
When Jesus Christ became in the
image of man he still do not give up his deity, divinity.
John 1:18 Scripture teaches that Christ is the "only begotten God"
(this is the literal translation from the Greek New Testament).
The word "begotten" in the passage comes from a Greek word from which we
get our English word "generate". To "generate" means to "bring forth"
out of pre-existing substance, whereas to"create" means to "bring
forth" out of nothing. Just as sunlight is generated from the sun
but is not created by the sun, so, too, Christ was generated (begotten)
from the Father but was not created by the Father. After
(Christ) was begotten of the Father the Father then through Christ (His
only begotten Son) made all the universe ((John 1:3 KJV) All
things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was
made... (Col 1:15 KJV) Who is the image of the invisible God, the
firstborn of every creature: (Col 1:16 KJV) 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: And, of
course, much later in time Christ was also begotten as man. Note
Colossians 1:15 Christ is referred to as the "Firstborn over
Revelation 1:17-18 "... Fear
not; I am the First and the Last: I am He that liveth, and was
dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen ..."
(Acts 7:56 KJV) And said, Behold, I see the heavens
opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
the concept of God being a Trinity found in pagan religions and dope
snyto Satan have his own tyrinty as mentione dint he book of
revelation? Well, even pagan religions have some elements of
original truth even though that original truth has often been
counterefetied, perverted by Satan (the Devil). Satan is a copy cat. The
Devil takes what he knows is true, perverts and twists it and he even
plants the perverted and twisted forms of the truth in human societies
and cultures. Satan will as anti Christ
try to take Christ place as the the sole true Messiah of the
The Deity of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart
to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the
Acts 5:4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after
it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived
this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto
Here in verse 3, Peter says Ananias has lied to the Holy
Ghost, and in the next verse Peter says Ananias has lied to God. Clearly
then according to Peter, the Holy Spirit is indeed deity, a part of the
Godhead. This is also apparent from the following verse in the book of
Mat 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
According to Matthew, baptism is to be in the name of
all three persons of the Godhead.
Also, according to Scripture, the Holy Spirit -
- Participated in creation - Gen 1:2
- Is a Comforter - John 14:26
- Is eternal - Heb 9:14
- Speaks - 1 Tim 4:1; Rev 14:13
- Teaches - John 14:26
- Reveals the future - Luke 2:26
- Bears Witness - Rom 8:16
- Guides to the truth - John 16:13
- Gives life (quickens) - Rom 8:11; 1Pet 3:18
- Reproves - John 16:8
- Makes Intercession - Rom 8:26
- Indwells the believer - 1 Cor 6:19
- Distributes gifts - 1 Cor 12:11
- Seals the believer - Eph 1:13, 4:30
- Invites the Sinner - Rev 22:17
- Can be Blasphemed - Mat 12:31-32
- Conceived Jesus in Mary - Mat 1:20
The Trinity is not three substances but three persons existing
simultaneously, which are the one essence. These person's are not
separate from the essence, they subsist in it. Nor are there three
essences that would make them three God's. God is tri-une as persons but
in nature one God.It is a fact of chemistry that plain water, when
placed in a vacuum under gas pressure of 230 millimeters and at a
temperature of 0 degrees Centigrade, Will solidify it into ice at the
bottom of the container, the liquid will remain in the center and at the
top it vaporizes! At a given moment the same water is both solid, liquid
and gas, yet all three are manifestations of the same base substance H2O
- hydrogen/ two parts; oxygen/ one part.
The Holy Spirit raised Jesus
Rom.8:11" But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the
dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also
quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. It
is the H.Spirit that dwells in us, notice he says by his Spirit. . Paul
makes a clear distinction between Christ the God/man, the Spirit and the
Father.God raised Jesus
Acts 5:30 "The God of our Fathers raised up Jesus"…
Rom.4:24"It shall be imputed to us who believe in him
who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead."
The Bible never says there is only one person in the Godhead
such as the Father only,
A Trinity, but only one God
Mal 2:10 Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us?
why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by
profaning the covenant of our fathers?
Mark 12:32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast
said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
Rom 3:30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision
by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
1 Cor 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are
all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all
things, and we by him.
Eph 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through
all, and in you all.
1 Tim 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and
men, the man Christ Jesus;
James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well:
the devils also believe, and tremble.
Jesus Christ Is God
Quoting from Isaiah 7:14, Matthew
1:23 says, "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." According to both of these verses, Jesus was "God with
us" when He walked upon this earth. He wasn't merely "God's chosen one
with us" or "God's Son with us." As I Timothy 3:16 states, "God was
manifest in the flesh." John 1:14 tells us that "the Word was made
flesh, and dwelt among us..." In Zechariah 12:10, GOD said that HE (God)
would be "pierced" by sinners, and Revelation 1:7 states that Jesus
Christ Himself fulfilled this prophecy! Friend, the Bible presents Jesus
Christ as much more than a great prophet and teacher. God's word
presents Jesus Christ as God incarnate.
Jesus Christ Is Eternal
In John 10:28, Jesus said, "And I
give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall
any man pluck them out of my hand." If Jesus Christ isn't eternal, then
how does He have the power to give "eternal life"?
Micah 5:2 states that Jesus Christ
is "from everlasting", which is exactly what Psalm 93:2 and Isaiah 63:16
say about God!
In John 8:58, Jesus said to the
Pharisees, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am."
The term "I am" is the exact term that God used in Exodus 3:14 in
reference to Himself! Jesus professed to be the eternal God of the
Jesus Christ Has Divine
Check these references for
yourself. In Matthew 22:42-45, Jesus claims to be the "Lord" of Psalm
110:1. He allows Thomas to address Him as "My Lord and my God" in John
He is the "everlasting Father" and
"The mighty God" of Isaiah 9:6.
According to His own words in John
10:11-14, He is the "shepherd" of Psalm 23:1, Psalm 80:1, and Ezekiel
God is the "saviour" in Isaiah
43:3, 43:11, 45:15, 45:21, Hosea 13:4, Luke 1:47, and I Timothy 4:10,
yet this same title is given to Jesus Christ in Luke 2:11, Philippians
3:20, II Timothy 1:10, and II Peter 2:20.
God is the "Rock" of Deuteronomy
32:4, 32:15, 32:18, 32:30-31, I Samuel 2:2, and Psalm 18:31, yet this
title is given to the Lord Jesus Christ in I Corinthians 10:1-4, I Peter
2:7-8, and Romans 9:33.
God is "light" in Psalm 27:1 and
Micah 7:8, and then Jesus is "light" in John 1:4-9 and in John
In Isaiah 44:6 God says, "...I am
the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God." In
Revelation 1:17 Jesus Christ says, "...Fear not; I am the first and the
The Scriptures are clear: Jesus
Christ is the God of the Old Testament.
Jesus Claimed Equality with
Jesus says in 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:" If Jesus Christ isn't
Deity, then why did He include Himself in the Holy Trinity?
Jesus says in John 14:9, "...he
that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show
us the Father?" Is the Father someone other than Jesus Christ? No, not
according to Jesus Christ.
In John 10:30, Jesus says, "I and
my Father are one." Isn't that clear enough?
Philippians 2:6 says that Jesus
was in the "form of God", and that he thought it not robbery to be
"equal with God"!
The Jesus Christ of the New
Testament claimed to be "one" with God and "equal" with God.
Jesus Christ is
Only God has the ability to be
everywhere at once, yet Jesus Christ claims this ability.
In Matthew 18:20, He says, "For
where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the
midst of them." How could this be possible if Jesus were not
The same is true in Matthew 28:20
where Jesus says, "...lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the
world. Amen." How could He be with each individual Christian always and
be in Heaven at the same time? He is God, for only God has such
Jesus Christ Is
That is, He is all powerful. He
has all power.
Revelation 19:6 states, "...the
Lord God omnipotent reigneth." Then I Timothy 6:15 says that Jesus
Christ Himself is "...the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings,
and Lord of lords;" If Jesus is the ONLY Potentate, then He must be the
One of Revelation 19:6, God Almighty!
Also see Colossians 2:9-10,
Revelation 2:26, and Matthew 28:18.
Jesus Christ Is
To be omniscient is to have all
knowledge, unlike normal men. The Bible declares that Jesus was indeed
Unlike normal men, Jesus Christ
had knowledge of specific details about His own death. In Matthew 16:21,
Jesus said that He would go to Jerusalem, suffer many things at the
hands of the scribes and the elders, be killed, and then be resurrected
the third day. He repeats this prophecy in Matthew 20:19.
Matthew 17:27 offers the account
of Jesus knowing of a certain coin in a fish's mouth before the fish is
He knew specific details about a
woman's life whom He had never met (John 4:16-19). He also had all
knowledge about Nathaniel in John 1:47-49.
Friend, Jesus Christ is Deity
because He is omniscient.
Jesus Christ Has Creative
John 1:1-3 says, "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. All things were made by him; and without
him was not any thing made that was made." The "Word" is the Lord Jesus
Christ (John 1:14; I John 1:1-3; 5:7), and John 1:3 says that all things
were made by Him!
Colossians 1:16 says, "...by him
were all things created..." Consider Hebrews 1:1-3: "God, who at sundry
times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the
prophets, 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; 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;" You see, by Jesus Christ the worlds were made, and by Jesus
Christ all things are upheld. He has the power to create and sustain the
Jesus Christ Has Power Over the
Elements of Nature
In Matthew 14:25, Jesus literally
walks upon the sea, and in Luke 8:24, He rebukes the wind and it obeys
Him. How could He perform such tasks if He weren't God? It must be
understood that Jesus didn't pray for God to calm the sea; He calmed the
Jesus Christ Received
If we're wrong in teaching that
the Lord Jesus Christ is God, then He must have been wrong in allowing
people to worship him. Jesus Himself said, "Thou shalt worship the Lord
thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." (Mat. 4:10) Why would He say
this at the beginning of His ministry and then spend His ministry
allowing people to worship HIM?
In Acts 10:25-26, and in
Revelation 19:10, worship of anyone other than God Himself is forbidden,
yet Jesus willingly received worship throughout His public ministry
(John 20:28; Mat. 8:2; 9:18; 15:25; 28:9; John 9:38). If He isn't Deity,
then why didn't He correct those who worshipped Him?
Jesus Christ Forgave
"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." (Jer. 31:34) According to these
words, it is GOD Who has the power and right to forgive sins. However,
the New Testament says that Jesus Christ has this power.
Please notice 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
Jesus Christ is God, because only
God can forgive sins. It's true that He took on the form of a man for
thirty-three years on this earth, but He was still God. He was God
manifest in the flesh (I Tim. 3:16).
Jesus Christ Had Power Over His
Own Life and Death
How many people do you know who
have the ability to lay down their own life and then take it up again?
Jesus had this power.
Consider 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."
Jesus had the power over His own
life and death! When He died, He willingly gave up His own spirit (Luke
According to His own words in
Revelation 1:18, Jesus Christ has "the keys of hell and of death." How
could He possibly have such power if He were not God?
Friend, make no mistake about it:
the Lord Jesus Christ is Deity. He came to this earth and suffered in
human flesh for thirty-three years. He lived a perfectly sinless life,
and then laid that life down as an eternal payment for your sins.
Mohammed didn't pay for your sins, because Mohammed wasn't God. Buddha
didn't pay for your sins, because Buddha wasn't God. You can't pay for
your sins, because you aren't God. Only Jesus Christ is sinless, because
only Jesus Christ is God. He Alone can save your soul from the eternal
fires of Hell.
"Neither is there salvation in any
other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men,
whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the
way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
Jesus Christ our Creator: A Biblical Defence of the
There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 44:8).
Note that the Hebrew word for ‘one’ is
echad which means composite unity—it is used in Genesis 2:24
where the husband and wife become ‘one
flesh’. The word for absolute unity is yachid which is
never used of God in the Scripture.
The Father is called God (John 6:27, Ephesians 4:6).
The Son is called God (Hebrews 1:8. He is also called
‘I am’ in John 8:58 cf. Ex. 3:14—see
below for more biblical proof). He has always existed (John 1:1–3,
8:56–58), but took on full human nature in addition to His divine
nature at the Incarnation (John 1:14, Philippians 2:5–11).
The Holy Spirit is called God (Acts 5:3–4), and is
personal (Acts 13:2), not some impersonal force as the Jehovah’s
Witness cult believes.
They are distinct, e.g. at the baptism of Jesus in
Matthew 3:16–17 all three were present and distinct. The Son is
baptized, the Father speaks from Heaven, and the Holy Spirit, in the
form of a dove, flies down and lands on the Son. See the baptismal
formula in Matthew 28:19 ‘baptizing them in the
name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.’ Note
that the word ‘name’ is singular, showing
that all three Persons are one Being.
The distinction in persons within the one God means that
it is possible for Jesus to be the ‘one mediator
between God and men’ (1 Timothy 2:5), and to be our ‘advocate with the Father’ (1 John 2:1) when we
sin. An advocate is a defence lawyer, who pleads our case before a
judge. This demonstrates a distinction between the persons.
The distinction makes the Substitutionary Atonement
possible. How else could Jesus be the One on whom the LORD has ‘laid ... the iniquity of us all’ (Isaiah 53:6)?
The one laying and the one on whom our sins are laid must be
Jesus said that His Father sent Him (John 14:24) and that
the Spirit was sent by both the Father (John 14:26) and the Son (John
15:7). This also points to distinct centres of consciousness within the
The fact that Jesus prayed to God the Father (John 17:1)
shows there was a distinction between Father and Son. Since Jesus was
fully human (as well as fully divine), and humans should pray, it
follows that it was proper for Jesus to pray in His humanity.
Also, the deity of the Son, Jesus Christ, is further
proved by the fact that He has attributes belonging uniquely to God,
He is the Creator (Colossians 1:16–17).
He has the ability to forgive sins (Luke 7:47–50) and
judge all people (John 5:27).
He sends forth the Holy Spirit (John 15:26).
He accepts worship (Hebrews 1:6, Matthew 14:33)
He is called ‘Lord’ (Romans
10:9) where ‘Lord’ (kurios) is a
translation of the Old Testament Yahweh (= God) (Romans 10:13
cites Joel 2:32 which makes this clear)
And He is identified with the ‘Alpha and Omega’ and the equivalent ‘the first and the last’ (Revelation 1:8, 17–18,
cf. Isaiah 44:6).
In the Old Testament, He is the Child who is called
‘Mighty God’ and ‘Everlasting Father’ (Hebrew is literally
‘Father of Eternity’, meaning ‘Author of Eternity’) (Isaiah 9:6, cf.
10:21) He would be born in Bethlehem, yet His ‘goings forth have been from of old, from
everlasting.’ (Micah 5:2)
Some Objections to the Trinity Answered
Despite the clear Biblical evidence for the Trinity, some
cults have objections based on misunderstandings of Scripture.
Jesus said: ‘My Father is greater
(meizon) than I’ (John 14:28). But this refers to the
Father’s greater position in Heaven, not superior nature.
Philippians 2:5–11 states that Jesus had equality by nature
with God, but voluntarily took on the lower position of a
servant. The same arguments apply to related passages about Jesus
submitting to His Father’s will.
The word ‘better’ (kreitton) would have been used
to describe superiority in nature if this is what had been meant.
Indeed, kreitton is used to describe Jesus’ superiority in His
very nature to the angels (Hebrews 1:4). The distinction can be
illustrated in the human realm by the role of the Prime Minister—he is
greater than us in position, but he is still a human being like
us, so is not better in nature.
Jesus is called ‘the
firstborn of every creature’ (Colossians 1:15). However,
in Jewish imagery, ‘firstborn’ means
‘having the rights and special privileges belonging to the eldest
child’. It refers to pre-eminence in rank more than to priority in
time. This can be shown in passages where the term ‘firstborn’ is used of the pre-eminent son who
was not the eldest, e.g. Psalm 89:27, where David is called ‘firstborn’ although he was actually the
‘Firstborn’ does not mean
‘first created’; the Greek for the latter is protoktisis, while
firstborn is prototokos. In fact, the verses after Colossians
1:15 show that Christ Himself is the creator of all things.
Jesus is Son of God. From this, some cults try to show
that Jesus is somehow less than God. But in Jewish imagery, ‘the son of’ often meant ‘of the order of’ or
‘having the very nature of’. For example, ‘sons
of the prophets’ meant ‘of the order of prophets’ (1 Kings
20:35); ‘sons of the singers’ meant ‘of
the order of singers’ (Nehemiah 12:28). Jesus’ Jewish contemporaries
understood that He was claiming to be God, which is why they wanted to
kill him for blasphemy (John 19:7).
Jesus is the ‘only-begotten
Son’ (John 3:16). The Greek word translated ‘only-begotten’ is monogenes, which means
‘unique, ‘one of a kind’. Jesus is the unique Son of God, because he
is God by His very nature (see above). Believers in Him become
‘sons of God’ by adoption
This is shown in the human realm by Hebrews 11:17, where
Isaac is called Abraham’s ‘only begotten
son’. Abraham had other sons, but Isaac was the unique son
of the Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis chapters 15–18, 20), born when his
parents were old.
The Deity of Jesus Christ
by R.A. Torrey
[This article was originally written in 1918
to counter the cults and heretical groups at the turn of the century
which constantly discounted or outright rejected the Bible truth
relating to the Lord Jesus Christ's absolute eternal deity. The same
understanding is needed today, more than ever before. Can the Christ of
the Bible be the same Christ of the Roman Church that claims Jesus'
sacrifice on Calvary's cross was not perfect, complete, and sufficient?
Can one who is quick to "Call Jesus, 'Lord,"' but does not abide in the
"doctrine of Christ" (2 Jn. 7-1 1) presented throughout the whole
Counsel of God, believe in the same Jesus of which the Bible speaks?
This article provides a biblical answer to the cults and sects today.
Study this article with an open Bible before you so that you can give an
answer to those who pervert so glorious a theme-Foundation magazine Ed.]
"While the Pharisees were gathered
together, Jesus asked them, Saying, What think ye of Christ? Whose son
is he?" Matthew 22.41, 42.
The question that our Lord Jesus puts here to
the Pharisees is the most fundamental question concerning Christian
thought and faith that can be put to anybody in any age. Jesus Christ
Himself is the center of Christianity, so the most fundamental questions
of faith are those that concern the Person of Christ. If a man really
holds to right views concerning the Person of Jesus Christ, he will
sooner or later get right views on every other question. If he holds a
wrong view concerning the Person of our Lord Jesus Christ, he is pretty
sure to go wrong on everything else sooner or later. "What think ye of
Christ?" That is the great central question; that is the vital
And the most fundamental question concerning
the Person of Christ is, Is Jesus Christ really God? Not merely, Is He
Divine, but, Is He actually God? When I was a boy, to say you believed
in the Divinity of Christ meant that you believed in the real Deity of
Christ, that you believed that Jesus was actually a Divine Person, that
He was God. It no longer means that. The Devil is wise, shrewd, and
subtle, and he knows that the most effectual way to instill error into
the minds of the inexpert and unwary is to use old and precious words
and put a new meaning into them. So when his messengers masquerading as
"ministers of righteousness" seek to lead, if possible, the elect
astray, they use the old precious words, but with an entirely new and
entirely different and entirely false meaning. They talk about the
Divinity of Christ, but they do not mean at all what intelligent
Christians in former days meant by it. Likewise, they talk of the
atonement, but they do not mean at all the substitutionary death of
Jesus Christ in our place by which eternal life is secured for us. And
oftentimes when they talk about Christ, they do not mean at all our Lord
and Saviour Jesus Christ, the actual historic Jesus of the four gospels;
they mean an ideal Christ, or a Christ principle.
So our subject is not the Divinity of Christ,
but the Deity of Christ; and our question is not, Is Jesus Christ
Divine, but rather, Is Jesus Christ God? Was that Person Who was born in
Bethlehem nineteen hundred and twenty-one years ago, and Who lived
thirty-three or thirty-four years hereupon earth as recorded in the four
gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Who was crucified on Calvary's
cross, Who rose from the dead the third day, and was exalted from earth
to heaven to the right hand of the Father-was He God manifest in the
flesh, was He God embodied in a human being? Was He, and is He, a Being
worthy of our absolute faith and supreme love and our unhesitating
obedience and our whole hearted worship, just as God the Father is
worthy of our absolute faith and supreme love and unhesitating obedience
and our whole hearted worship? Should all men honour Jesus Christ even
as they honour God the Father (John 5:23). Not merely is He an example
that we can wisely follow, or a Master whom we can wisely serve, but is
He a God Whom we can rightly worship? I presume that most of us do
believe that He was God manifest in the flesh and that He is God today
at the right hand of the Father, but why do you believe so? Are you so
intelligent in your faith, and therefore, so well-grounded in your faith
that no glib talker or reasoner, no Unitarian or Russellite(JW) or
Christian Scientist or Theosophist, or other errorist can confuse you
and upset you and lead you astray?
It is important that we be thoroughly sound
in our faith at this point and thoroughly well-informed, wherever else
we may be in ignorance or error, for we are distinctly told in John
20:31 that "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." It is evident from these words of the inspired apostle John
that this question is not merely a matter of theoretical opinion, but
that it is a matter that concerns our salvation. It is to confirm and
instruct you in your blessed faith, your saving faith in Jesus Christ as
a Divine Person.
When I studied the subject of the Divinity of
Christ in the theological seminary, I got the impression that there were
a few texts in the Bible that conclusively proved that He was Divine.
Years later I found that there were not merely a few proof texts that
proved this, but that the Bible in many ways and in countless passages
clearly taught that Jesus Christ was God manifest in the flesh. Indeed,
I found that the Doctrine of the Deity of Jesus Christ formed the very
warp and woof of the Bible.
The first line of proof of the absolute Deity
of our Lord Jesus is that many names and titles clearly implying Deity
are used of Jesus Christ in the Bible, some of them over and over again,
the total number of passages reaching far into the hundreds. Of course,
I can only give you a few illustrations at this time. Turn with me first
of all to Revelation 1:17, "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." The text shows clearly that our Lord Jesus was
the speaker, and here our Lord Jesus distinctly calls Himself "The First
and the Last." Now this, beyond a question, is a Divine name, for in
Isaiah 44:6 we read, "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." In Revelation 22:12, 13, our Lord Jesus says
that He is the Alpha and Omega. His words are, "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." Now in this same book in the first chapter and the
eighth verse the Lord God declared that He is the Alpha and the Omega.
His words are, "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." In I Corinthians 2:8, the apostle Paul speaks of our
crucified Lord Jesus as "The Lord of glory." His exact words are, "Which
none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they
would not have crucified the Lord of glory." There can be no question
that "The Lord of glory" is Jehovah God, for we read in 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." And we are
told in the passage already referred to that our crucified Lord Jesus
was the King of glory; therefore, He must be Jehovah.
In John 20:28 Thomas addressed the Lord Jesus
as his Lord and his God: "And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord
and my God." Unitarians have endeavored to get around the force of this
utterance made by Thomas by saying that Thomas was excited and that he
was not addressing the Lord Jesus, but was saying "my Lord and my God"
as an ejaculation of astonishment, just the way that profane people
sometimes use these exclamations today. But this interpretation is
impossible and shows to what desperate straits the Unitarians are
driven, for Jesus Himself commended Thomas for seeing it and saying it.
Our Lord Jesus' words immediately following those of Thomas are,
"Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they
that have not seen, and yet have believed" (John 20:29).
In Titus 2:13 our Lord Jesus is spoken of as
our "great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ." In Romans 9:5 Paul tells
us that "Christ came, who is over all, God blessed forever." The
Unitarians have made desperate efforts to overcome the force of these
words, but the only fair translation and interpretation of these words
are found in our Authorized Version. There can be no honest doubt to one
who goes to the Bible to find out what It actually teaches, and not to
read his own thought into It, that Jesus is spoken of by various names
and titles that beyond a question imply deity, and that He in so many
words is called God. In Hebrews 1:8 it is said in so many words, of the
Son, "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." If we
should go no further it is evidently the clear and often repeated
teaching of the Bible that Jesus is really God.
But there is a second line of proof that
Jesus Christ is God, a proof equally convincing, and that is, all the
five distinctively Divine attributes are ascribed to Jesus Christ, and
"all the fulness of the Godhead" is said to dwell in Him. There are five
distinctively Divine attributes, that is, five attributes that God alone
possesses. These are Omnipotence, Omniscience, Omnipresence, Eternity
and Immutability. Each one of these distinctively Divine attributes are
ascribed to Jesus Christ.
First of all, omnipotence is ascribed to
Jesus Christ. Not only are we taught that Jesus had power over diseases
and death and winds and sea and demons, that they were all subject to
His word, and that He is far above all principality and power and might
and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this world, but
also in the world to come (Eph. 1:20-23), but in Hebrews 1:3 it is said
in so many words that He " [upholdeth] all things by the word of his
Omniscience is also ascribed to Him. We are
taught in the Bible that Jesus knew men's lives, even their secret
history (John 4:16-19), that He knew the secret thoughts of men, knew
all men, knew what was in man (Mark 2:8; Luke 5:22; John 2:24, 25),
which knowledge we are distinctly told in 2 Chronicles 6:30 and Jeremiah
17:9-10, that God alone possesses. We are told in so many words in John
16:30 that Jesus knew "all things," and in Colossians 2:3 we find that
in Him "are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."
Omnipresence is also ascribed to Him. We are
told in Matthew 18:20 that where two or three are gathered together in
His Name, that He is in the midst of them, and in Matthew 28:20 that
wherever His obedient disciples should go, He would be with them, even
unto the end of the age, and in John 14:20 and 2 Corinthians 13:5 we are
told that He dwells in each believer, in all the millions of believers
scattered over the earth. In Ephesians 1:23 we are told that He "filleth
all in all."
Eternity is also ascribed to Him. We are told
in John 1:1 that "in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God." In John 8:58 Jesus Himself said, "Verily,
verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." Note that the Lord
Jesus did not merely say that "before Abraham was I was," but that
"before Abraham was, I AM," thus declaring Himself to be the eternal "I
AM." Even in the Old Testament we have a declaration of the eternity of
the Christ who was to be born in Bethlehem. In Micah 5:2 we read, "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."
And in Isaiah 9:6 we are told of the child that is to be born, "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." And in
Hebrews 13:8 we are told, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day,
and for ever."
His immutability is also taught in the
passage just quoted from Hebrews, and in the first chapter of the same
book, in verses eleven and twelve, we find that while even the heavens
change, the Lord Jesus does not change. The exact words are, "They shall
perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as cloth 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
Each one of the five distinctively Divine
attributes were ascribed to our Lord Jesus Christ. And in Colossians 2:9
we are told in so many words, " For in him dwelleth all the fulness of
the Godhead bodily [in a bodily form]." Here again we might rest our
case, for what has been said under this heading, even if taken alone,
clearly proves the absolute Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. It shows
that He possesses every perfection of nature and character that God the
But we do not need to rest the case here.
There is a third unanswerable line of proof that Jesus Christ is God,
namely, all the distinctively Divine offices are predicated of Jesus
Christ. There are seven distinctively Divine offices. That is to say,
there are seven things that God alone can do, and each one of these
seven distinctively Divine offices is ascribed to Jesus Christ. The
seven distinctively Divine offices are: Creation, Preservation,
Forgiveness of Sin, the Raising of the Dead, the Transformation of
Bodies, Judgment and the Bestowal of Eternal Life, and each of these is
ascribed to Jesus Christ.
Creation is ascribed to Him. In Hebrews 1:10
these words are spoken of our Lord: "And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning
hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of
thine hands." The context clearly shows that the Lord addressed is the
Lord Jesus. In John 1:3 we are told that "All things were made by him;
and without him was not any thing made that was made." Preservation of
the universe and of everything is also ascribed to Him in Hebrews 1:3
where it is said of the Lord Jesus, "Who being the brightness of his
glory, and the express image of his person [God's], 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."
The forgiveness of sin is ascribed to Him. He
Himself says in Mark 2:5-10 when His power to forgive sins was
questioned, because that was recognized as a Divine power, "But that ye
may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive
The future raising of the dead is distinctly
ascribed to him in John 6:39, 44, "And this is the Father's will which
hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing,
but should raise it up again at the last day. No man can come to me,
except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up
at the last day."
The transformation of our bodies is ascribed
to Him in Philippians 3:21. In 2 Timothy 4:1 judgment is ascribed to
Him. We are told that He shall "judge the quick and the dead." Jesus
Himself declared that He would be the judge of all mankind and
emphasized the fact of the Divine character of that office. In John
5:22, 23 He said, "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all
judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they
honour the Father." The bestowal of eternal life is ascribed to Him time
and time again. In John 10:28 He Himself says, "And I give unto them
eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck
them out of my hand," and in John 17:1, 2, He says, "Father, the hour is
come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast
given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as
many as thou hast given him." Here then, we have the seven distinctively
Divine offices all predicated of Jesus Christ. This alone would prove
that He is God, and we .might rest the case here, but there are still
other proofs of His absolute Deity.
Statements Which in the Old Testament Are
Made Distinctly of Jehovah, God, Taken in the New Testament to Refer to
the Lord Jesus Christ
The fourth line of proof of the absolute
Deity of Jesus Christ is found in the fact that over and over again
statements which in the Old Testament are made distinctly of Jehovah,
God, are taken in the New Testament to refer to Jesus Christ. We have
not time to illustrate this at length, but will give but one
illustration where many might be given. In Jeremiah 11:20 the prophet
says, "But, 0 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." Here the prophet distinctly says that it is
Jehovah of Hosts Who judgest and triest the reins and the heart. And in
the 17th chapter and the tenth verse Jeremiah represents Jehovah Himself
as saying the same thing in these words, "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." But in the New Testament in
Revelation 2:23 the Lord Jesus says, "...I am he which searcheth the
reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to
your works." We are distinctly told in the context that it is "The Son
of God" who is speaking here. So Jesus claims for Himself in the N. T.
what the Lord in the O. T. says is true of Himself and of Himself alone.
In very many other instances, statements which in the Old Testament are
made distinctly of God the Father, are taken to refer to Jesus Christ.
That is to say, in New Testament thought and doctrine, Jesus Christ
occupies the place that God the Father occupies in Old Testament thought
The Way the Name of God the Father and Jesus
Christ the Son Are Coupled Together
The fifth line of proof of the absolute Deity
of our Lord is found in the way in which the name of Jesus Christ is
coupled with that of God the Father. In numerous passages His name is
coupled with the name of God the Father in a way in which it would be
impossible to couple the name of any finite being with that of the
Deity. We have time for but a few of the many illustrations that might
be given. A striking instance is in the words of our Lord Himself in
John 14:23 where we read, "Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man
love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will
come unto him, and make our abode with him." Here our Lord Jesus does
not hesitate to couple Himself with the Father in such a way as to say
"We," that is, God the Father and I, will come and make our abode with
him. In John 14:1 He said, 'Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe
in God, believe also in me." If Jesus Christ was not God, this is
shocking blasphemy. There is absolutely no middle ground between
admitting the Deity of Jesus Christ and charging Christ with the most
daring and appalling blasphemy of which any man was ever
Divine Worship to be Given to Jesus Christ
There is a sixth line of proof of the absolute
Deity of our Lord Jesus. Those already given have been decisive, each
one of the five have been decisive, but this, if possible, is the most
decisive of them all, and that is that we are taught in so many words
that Jesus Christ should be worshipped as God, both by angels and men.
In numerous places in the gospels we see Jesus Christ accepting without
hesitation a worship which good men and angels declined with fear and
which He Himself taught should be rendered only to God (Matt. 28:9; Luke
24:52; Matt.14:33; Acts 10:25, 26; Rev. 22:8, 9; Matt. 4:9, 1 0). A
curious and very misleading comment is made in the margin of the
American Standard Revision upon the meaning of the word translated
"worship" in these passages, and that is that "the Greek word translated
worship denotes an act of reverence, whether paid to a 'creature' or to
this is true, but it is utterly misleading; for while this word is used
to denote "an act of reverence paid to a creature" by idolaters, our
Lord Jesus Himself distinctly says, using exactly the same Greek word,
"thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve,"
and on the other hand he says in John 5:23 that "all men should honour
the Son, even as they honour the father."
in Revelation 5:8-13 the four living creatures and the four and twenty
elders are represented as falling down before the Lamb and offering
worship to Him just as worship is offered to Him that sitteth upon the
throne, that is, God the Father. In Hebrews 1:6 we are told in so many
words, "And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the
world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him."
night in the inquiry room in Chicago I stepped up to an intelligent-
looking man at the back of the room and said to him, "Are you a
Christian ?" He replied, "I do not suppose you would consider me a
Christian." I said, "Why not ?" He said, "I am a Unitarian." I said,
"What you mean then is that you do not think that Jesus Christ is a
person that should be worshipped." He replied, "'That is exactly what I
think," and added, "the Bible nowhere says we ought to worship Him." I
said, "Who told you that?" He replied, "My pastor," mentioning a
prominent Unitarian minister in the city of Boston. I said, "Let me show
you something," and I opened my Bible to Hebrews 1:6 and read, "And
again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith,
And let all the angels of God worship him." And he said, "Does it say
that?" I handed him the Bible and said, "Read it for yourself," and he
read it and said, "I did not know that was in the Bible." I said, "Well
it is there, isn't it?" "Yes it is there." Language could not make it
plainer. The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus, the Son of God, is to be
worshipped as God by angels and men, even as God the Father is
Incidental Proofs of the Deity of Jesus Christ
six lines of proof of the Deity of Jesus Christ which I have given you
leave no possibility of doubting that Jesus Christ is God, that Jesus of
Nazareth is God manifest in a human person, that He is a being to be
worshipped, even as God the Father is worshipped. But there are also
incidental proofs of His absolute Deity which, if possible, are in some
ways even more convincing than the direct assertions of His
1. Our Lord Jesus says in Matthew 11:28, "Come
unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you
rest." Now any one that makes a promise like that must either be God,
or a lunatic, or an impostor. No one can give rest to all who labor
and are heavy laden who come to him unless he is God, and yet Jesus
Christ offers to do it. If He offers to do it and fails to do it when
men come to Him, then He is either a lunatic or an impostor. If He
actually does it, then beyond a question, He is God. And thousands can
testify that He really does it. Thousands and tens of thousands who
have labored and were heavy laden and crushed, and for whom there was
no help in man, have come to Jesus Christ and He actually has given
them rest. Surely then He is not merely a great man, but He is in fact
2. Again in John 14:1 Jesus Christ
demands that we put the same faith in Him that we put in God the
Father and promises that in such faith we will find a cure for all
trouble and anxiety of heart. His words are, "Let not your heart be
troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me." It is clear that He
demands the same absolute faith to be put in Himself that is to be put
in God Almighty. Now in Jeremiah 17:5, Scripture with which our Lord
Jesus was perfectly familiar, we read "Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be
the man that trusteth in man," and yet with this clear curse
pronounced upon all who trust in man, Jesus Christ demands that we put
trust in Him just as we put trust in God. It is the strongest possible
assertion of Deity on His part. No one but God has a right to make
such a demand, and Jesus Christ, when He makes this demand, must
either be God or an impostor; but thousands and tens of thousands have
found that when they did believe in Him just as they believe in God,
their hearts were delivered from trouble no matter what their
bereavement or circumstances might be.
3. Again, the Lord Jesus demanded
supreme and absolute love for Himself. It is clear as day that no one
but God has a right to demand such a love, but there can be no
question that Jesus did demand it. In Matthew 10:37 He said to His
disciples, "He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy
of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy
of me," and in Luke 14:26, 33, he says. "If any man come to me, and
hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren,
and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. So
likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath,
he cannot be my disciple."
There can be no question that this is
a demand on Jesus' part of supreme and absolute love to Himself, a
love that puts even the dearest relations of life in an entirely
secondary place. No one but God has a right to make any such demand,
but our Lord Jesus made it, and therefore, He must be God.
4. In John 10:30 the Lord Jesus
claimed absolute equality with the Father. He said, "I and my Father
5. In John 14:9 our Lord Jesus went so
far as to say, "...he that hath seen me hath seen the Father." He
claims here to be so absolutely God that to see Him is to see the
Father Who dwelleth in Him.
6. In John 17:3 He says, "And this is
life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus
Christ, whom thou hast sent." In other words, He claims that the
knowledge of Himself is as essential a part of eternal life as
knowledge of God the Father.
There is no room left to doubt the absolute Deity
of Jesus Christ. It is a glorious truth. The Saviour in Whom we believe
is God, a Saviour for Whom nothing is too hard, a Saviour Who can save
from the uttermost and save to the uttermost. Oh, how we should rejoice
that we have no merely human Saviour, but a Saviour Who is absolutely
God in all of His fulness and perfection.
the other hand, how black is the guilt of rejecting such a Saviour as
this! Whoever refuses to accept Jesus as his Divine Saviour and Lord is
guilty of the enormous sin of rejecting a Saviour Who is God. Many a man
thinks he is good because he never stole, or committed murder, or
cheated. "Of what great sin am I guilty?" he complacently asks. Have you
ever accepted Jesus Christ? "No." Well, then, you are guilty of the
awful and damning sin of-rejecting a Saviour Who is God.
"But," you answer, 'I do not believe that He is
God." That does not change the fact nor lessen your guilt before God.
Questioning a fact or denying a fact never changes it, regard- less of
what Mary Baker Eddy may say to the contrary.
Suppose a man had a wife who was one of the
noblest, purest, truest women that ever lived, would her husband's
questioning her purity and nobility change the fact? It would not. It
would simply make that husband guilty of awful slander; it would simply
prove that man to be an outrageous scoundrel.
So, denying the Deity
of Jesus Christ does not make His Deity any less a fact, but it does
make the denier of His Deity guilty of awful, incredible blasphemous
slander against the Lord God of
“There are many
documented instances by legitimate, respected historians living during
the era after Christ’s resurrection that refered to Christ as the Son of
God and as divine long before the 3rd Century.”
• Ignatius in A.D. 105: “God himself was manifest
in human form.”
• Justin the Martyr in A.D. 160:
“Being the first begotten word of God is even God; the father of the
universe has a son and he is even God.”
Irenaeus in A.D. 180: “Our Lord and God, the savior and king: He is God,
for the name Emmanuel indicates this.”
The references here do demonstrate that the
earliest of Christians did indeed worship Jesus Christ as God.
Almost all of the majority of true
Christens had agreed upon the primary doctrine that Jesus was God
himself for centuries now too.
a second century Greek satirist, mentions that the Christians worshipped Jesus:
"The Christians, you know, worship a man to this day--the distinguished
personage who introduced their novel rites, and was crucified on that
account...You see, these misguided creatures start with the general
conviction that they are immortal for all time, which explains the
contempt of death and voluntary self-devotion which are so common
among them; and then it was impressed on them by their original
lawgiver that they are all brothers, from the moment that they are
converted, and deny the gods of Greece, and worship the crucified sage, and live
after his laws. All this they take quite on faith, with the result
that they despise all worldly goods alike, regarding them merely as
common property." (emphasis added)
the Younger, Roman governor of Bithynia in Asia Minor around 112 AD,
wrote to the Emperor Trajan observing that the Christians sang hymns to
Christ "as to a god":
"[The Christians] were in the habit of meeting on
a certain fixed day before it was light, when they sang in alternate
verses a hymn to Christ, as to a god..." (emphasis
is also the testimony of the non-canonical writings of the early
Christians. The list below is only a mere sampling as many quotations
could be cited.*
Ignatius of Antioch.
well worth noting that Ignatius was an early church father who was a
disciple of the Apostle John. Throughout his letters it can clearly be
seen that Ignatius was greatly influenced by John's high Christology
(For example, compare Ignatius' statements of Jesus' Divinity with what
John writes at: John 1:1, 18; 5:18; 8:58; 20:28). Quotes taken from Apostolic Fathers_ Lightfoot & Harmer, 1891
Ignatius to the Ephesians
0:0 "Ignatius, who is also Theophorus, unto her
which hath been blessed in greatness through the plentitude of God the
Father; which hath been foreordained before the ages to be for ever
unto abiding and unchangeable glory, united and elect in a true
passion, by the will of the Father and of Jesus Christ our God; even unto the
church which is in Ephesus [of Asia], worthy of all felicitation:
abundant greeting in Christ Jesus and in blameless joy." (emphasis
18:1 "My spirit is made an offscouring for the
Cross, which is a stumbling-block to them that are unbelievers, but to
us salvation and life eternal. _Where is the wise? Where is the
disputer?_ Where is the boasting of them that are called prudent? 18:2
For our God, Jesus the
Christ, was conceived in the womb by Mary according to a
dispensation, of the seed of David but also of the Holy Ghost; and He
was born and was baptized that by His passion He might cleanse water."
19:3 "From that time forward every sorcery and
every spell was dissolved, the ignorance of wickedness vanished away,
the ancient kingdom was pulled down, when God appeared in the likeness of man unto _newness
of_ everlasting _life;_ and that which had been perfected in
the counsels of God began to take effect. Thence all things were
perturbed, because the abolishing of death was taken in
Ignatius to the Romans
0:0 "Ignatius, who is also Theophorus, unto her
that hath found mercy in the bountifulness of the Father Most High and
of Jesus Christ His only Son; to the church that is beloved and
enlightened through the will of Him who willed all things that are, by
faith and love towards Jesus Christ our God; even unto her that
hath the presidency in the country of the region of the Romans, being
worthy of God, worthy of honour, worthy of felicitation, worthy of
praise, worthy of success, worthy in purity, and having the presidency
of love, walking in the law of Christ and bearing the Father's name;
which church also I salute in the name of Jesus Christ the Son of the
Father; unto them that in flesh and spirit are united unto His every
commandment, being filled with the grace of God without wavering, and
filtered clear from every foreign stain; abundant greeting in Jesus Christ our
God in blamelessness." (emphasis added).
3:3 "Nothing visible is good. For our God Jesus
Christ, being in the Father, is the more plainly visible. The
Work is not of persuasiveness, but Christianity is a thing of might,
whensoever it is hated by the world." (emphasis
Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans
1:1 "I give glory to Jesus Christ the God who bestowed
such wisdom upon you; for I have perceived that ye are
established in faith immovable, being as it were nailed on the cross
of the Lord Jesus Christ, in flesh and in spirit, and firmly grounded
in love in the blood of Christ, fully persuaded as touching our Lord
that He is truly of the race of David according to the flesh, but Son
of God by the Divine will and power, truly born of a virgin and
baptized by John that _all righteousness might be fulfilled_ by Him,"
6:1 "Let no man be deceived. Even the heavenly
beings and the glory of the angels and the rulers visible and
invisible, if they believe not in the blood of Christ [who is God],
judgment awaiteth them also. _He that receiveth let him receive._ Let
not office puff up any man; for faith and love are all in all, and
nothing is preferred before them." (emphasis added).
Polycarp was also believed to have been a disciple
of the apostle John. Lightfoot points out that after Ignatius was
executed, Polycarp collected together his epistles (Lightfoot, p. 165).
Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians
12:2 "Now may the God and Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, and the eternal High-priest Himself the [Son of God
Jesus Christ, build you up in faith and truth, and in all gentleness
and in all avoidance of wrath and in forbearance and long suffering
and in patient endurance and in purity; and may He grant unto you a
lot and portion among His saints, and to us with you, and to all that
are under heaven, who shall believe on our Lord and God Jesus Christ and on His
Father that raised him from the dead." (emphasis
the Syrian, Address to the Greeks (C. 165 - 175 A.D.):
"We are not playing the fool, you Greeks, nor do
we talk nonsense, when we report that God was born in the form of a man."
Melito of Sardes, Fragment in Anastasius of Sinai (C. 177 A.D.):
"The activities of Christ after His Baptism, and
especially His miracles, gave indication and assurance to the world of
the Deity hidden in
His flesh. Being God and likewise perfect man, He gave
positive indications of His two natures: of His Deity, by the miracles
during the three years following after His Baptism; of His
humanity, in the thirty years which came before His Baptism,
during which, by reason of His condition according to the flesh, he concealed the signs of
His Deity, although He was the true God existing before the
ages." (emphasis added)
Irenaeus of Lyons, Against Heresies 3, 19, 1 (C. 180 AD):
"Nevertheless, what cannot be said of anyone else
who ever lived, that He is Himself in His own right God and Lord and
Eternal King and Only-begotten and Incarnate Word, proclaimed
as such by all the Prophets and by the Apostles and by the Spirit
Himself, may be seen by all who have attained to even a small portion
of the truth. The Scriptures would not have borne witness to these
things concerning Him, if, like everyone else, He were mere man. But
that He had in Himself what no other ever had, that pre-eminent
generation by the Most High Father; and that He also experienced that
pre-eminent birth from a Virgin, - the divine Scriptures testify to
both in His regard." (emphasis added)
* For a more exhaustive
list of extra-biblical historical statements testifying to Christ's
Deity see: http://www.bible.ca/H-trinity.htm
We who have experienced the good news and
resurrection power of Christ in our life, we cannot deny that our
Lord and Saviour is indeed 100% God and 100% Man, and that His Word is
100% inspired and 100% preserved.
How do we know that
the Bible today is truly the Word of God, perfect and without mistakes?
Simply because God says so! The declaration, "Thus saith the
LORD," or "Hear the Word of the LORD," or "The LORD spake - saying,"
appears over 3,000 times in the Bible. Be not deceived, the Bible is
altogether God's Word, not man's word. "All Scripture is given by
inspiration of God (theopneustos, literally, "God-breathed") and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished
unto all good works" (2 Tim 3:16-17). The Bible was written over a span
of 1,500 years by more than 40 different writers, and despite all its
diversity, its miraculous unity is obvious. It goes without saying that
though the Bible has many writers, it has but one Author - God Himself.
That every one of the OT prophecies concerning Christ's first coming has
been fulfilled precisely proves the Bible's authenticity (eg, Isa 7:14
cf Matt 1:22-23).
How do we know that
the Scriptures that we have today are the true ones, and not those that
have been lost for over a thousand years? We know this because
God promised to preserve His words perfectly and perpetually. Psalm
12:6-7 says, "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a
furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD,
thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever."
Jesus Himself promised, "For verily I say unto you,
Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one title shall in no wise pass
from the law, till all be fulfilled" (Matt 5:18). "Heaven and earth
shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away" (Matt 24:35, Mark
13:31, Luke 21:33). "The Scripture cannot be broken" (John 10:35). God
says it, that settles it, we believe it! We do not see to believe; we
believe in order to see.
The Apostle Peter told
the Church to trust in "a more sure word of prophecy" - the Holy
Scriptures - as written by eyewitnesses: "Knowing this first,
that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For
the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man (and certainly not
by the will of Constantine): but holy men of God spake as they were
moved by the Holy Ghost" (2 Pet 1:20-2 1).
In The Da Vinci Code, it
is Satan's voice one hears. True Christians will not follow it.
Jesus said, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they shall
follow me: and I give unto them eternal life" (John
without saying that The Da Vinci Code is truly Fiction. The Bible,
on the other hand, is purely Fact. We have a Perfect Canon and a Perfect
Text. May we never add to it, nor subtract from it (Rev 22:18-19), but
love it and obey it (1 John 2:3-6)! "If the foundations be destroyed,
what can the righteous do?" (Ps 11:3).
The Bible is not at all the product of any
"countless translations, additions, and revisions." The
biblical documents are and have always been static, unchanging, and we
have multitudinous copies of them from the first, second, and third
There are absolutely no lost books of the
Bible. The "lost books" were never lost. They
were known by the Jews in Old Testament times and the Christians of the
New Testament times and were never considered scripture. They
weren't lost nor were they removed. They were never in the Bible
in the first place. The additional books were
not included in the Bible for several reasons. They lacked
apostolic or prophetic authorship, they did not claim to be the Word of
God; they contain unbiblical concepts such as prayer for the dead
or have some serious unacceptable historical
The true Bible can be
easily identified. It is the one that has an unbroken lineage,
fully and continuously preserved by God down through the ages, and
always in the possession of His people. Thus, the perfect and true
Scriptures are not in the lately found Alexandrian manuscripts
underlying the modern corrupt versions (which incidentally present a
less than divine Jesus preferred by Brown), nor are they in the newly
discovered Dead Sea Scrolls and Nag Hammadi codices (Gnostic manuscripts
from Egypt) as mentioned by Brown, but in the long-existing, time-tested
and Christ-honouring Hebrew and Greek Scriptures underlying the good old
Do also note that
1- Q mentioned
documents as such have never been found and do not
2: The Dead Sea
Scrolls also did not and do not contain the earliest Christian writings.
This cannot be true since the DSS's were written before
Christianity and have n referenc to christinaity existed. The dead sea
documents have nothing to do with New testament Christianity at all,
except they confirm all the books of the Old testament, except the book
of Esther. "The Dead Sea Scrolls do not contain any Gospels, or in fact
any documents that speak of Christ or Christianity at all; they are
Jewish. The Dead Sea Scrolls were Jewish documents, not Christian
3: The Nag Hammadi Documents are a Gnostic Gospel
totally non historically accurate, not factual, invalid, are
attempts at distortions and are late documents, are not at all
related to the new testament documents, church.and the Nag Hammadi
manuscripts were written considerably later than the New
Testament. " "Neither (the Nag Hammadi documents) nor
the Dead Sea Scrolls ever speak of the Grail story. Nor do they speak of
Jesus' ministry 'in very human terms'; if anything, Jesus is portrayed
as more divine in the Nag Hammadi sources than he is in the Gospels of
the New Testament."
4 : Were gospels dated earlier than the four
New Testament Gospels excluded from the Bible because of a political
agenda? The Gnostic gospels were written a century after the Bible was
formally canonized too by the early Christian church. None of these
STATED“ alternative” gospels dates earlier than the biblical Gospels.
The Christian church recognized early the special, unique status of
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John as inspired accounts of the person and
ministry of Jesus. Justin Martyr, a mid-second century teacher in Rome,
claimed that the church read the “memoirs of the apostles” or the
prophets in worship. Justin placed the memoirs of the apostles (the New
Testament’s four Gospels) on equal status as Old Testament prophecy.
5 "It must be said that Da Vinci, born in 1452 and
died in 1519, was not an eyewitness to the Last Supper. How can his
painting then be regarded as an authoritative depiction of that event?
We should rather trust in eyewitness accounts. Matthew and John who were
there recorded what happened during the Last Supper in their respective
Gospels. The truth is not in the painting of Da Vinci, but in the
testimonies of Matthew and John, and of Peter and Paul as found in Mark
and Luke, who wrote under divine inspiration (2 Tim 3:16, 2 Pet 1:20-2
1). People ought to realise that Da Vinci is but a creature, and not the
Creator. Da Vinci is dead, but Jesus is alive (1 Cor 15:1-20). As such,
it is not what Da Vinci says in his paintings that we should worry
about, but what Jesus the risen Lord says in His Word.
6 Dan Brown’s false assertion that the Fourth
Century Roman emperor, Constantine, was a lifelong pagan and controlled
the selection of books that made it into the New Testament is still one
of "the greatest character assassination" of all time. Not only
was Constantine a committed Christian but also that the church council
which he called in 325 merely confirmed what the Christian church had
affirmed for at least two hundred years: that Matthew, Mark, Luke and
John were the four authoritative Gospels. "The historical reality
is that the emperor Constantine had nothing to do with the formation of
the canon of the scripture." and there "were no imperial book burnings."
Pauls Gospel were accepted 130 AD, and the Old Testaments were treated
as sacred 100 years before Constantine was born. The auhtenticity of the
New testament was apostliship. See THE NEW TESTAMENT
DOCUMENTS Are they Reliable? By F. F. BRUCE, M.A., D.D.,
7: The Bible
states nowhere that Mary Magdalene she was a
prostitute and there is scant material in the Bible
concerning the woman. There’s nothing even stating that it was she who
washed Jesus’ feet with her tears! And that’s one shocker to many, even
believers. ( Who then washed Jesus’ feet with her tears? Mary
of Bethany, sister to Martha and Lazarus, washed His feet on one
occasion. Then an anonymous female, mentioned simply as "a sinner,"
washed His feet. ) Mary Magdalene was one of the women who
accompanied Jesus in His ministry. She was there at the base of the
cross and witnessed Him laid in a borrowed tomb. She was honored to be
the first seen by Jesus after His resurrection. And Jesus cast seven
devils out of her. That’s it.
Mary Magdalene was an inhabitant of the
town of Magdala located on the west shore of the Sea of Galilee three
miles South of Bethsaida. Magdala was a thriving populous town known for
dye works and primitive textile factories.
8:1-3 we read that Jesus had cast seven devils out of Mary. Herbert
Lockyer describes the change in his book "Women of the Bible".
is referred to as having 'seven demons' her condition must have been
worse than the rest. But the moment Jesus' compassionate eyes saw the
wild-eyed and cringing woman of Magdala, he saw in her the ministering
angel who would be a blessing to his own heart and to others. He
commanded the tormenting demons to come out, and stay out, of her. Her
deranged and nerve racked mind became as tranquil as the troubled lake
Jesus calmed. Now, 'clothed in her right mind', she was ready to become
one of the most devoted woman disciples of him to whom she owed so much.
When Christ saved her, he liberated the highest virtues of sacrifice,
fortitude and courage."
other women followed Jesus and ministered to him and his disciples with
their substance. Apparently she was financially independent and able to
share her wealth with her Savior, as well as travel at her own expense.
She was at
the cross with the other Marys and was at the sepulchre when Jesus was
buried (Matthew 27:61, Mark 15:40). Mary Magdalene was at the sepulchre
on the first day of the week when Christ arose (Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:9,
John 20:1), and was one who returned to tell the disciples that Jesus
was not in the grave (Luke 24: 10).
followed Peter and John to the tomb and lingered after they had left,
and spoke to Jesus in the Garden before he ascended to the Father (John
20:16). Later when the women saw him they held him by the feet and
worshiped him (Matthew 28:9).
that we know of the Magdalene there is no hint or even suggestion that
Mary was any more than a faithful follower and devoted disciple of
Jesus. If it were so, we are certain that at least one of the gospel
writers would have referenced it.
Magdalene at the Last Supper? Absolutely not. Consider the following
accounts of who was there. In Matthew 26:18, Jesus said, "...Go into the
city to such a man, and say unto him, the Master saith, My time is at
hand; I will keep the Passover at thy house with my disciples." Mark's
gospel reads, "And in the evening he cometh with the twelve." Luke
writes, "And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve
apostles with him." Three times we read he was with only his twelve
chosen disciples who were all men.
died, though Mary Magdalene was present at the cross, Jesus never
publicly recognized her presence, but rather made provision for only his
mother. John 19:25-27 says, "Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his
mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleopas, and Mary
Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple
standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy
son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that
hour that disciple took her unto his own home."
What about Jesus marrying Magdalene? There is
absolutely no apostolic new testament reference to Mary Magdalene, let
alone the Gnostic gospels, being ever maired to Jesus let alone have a
child with her. Not a shred of Historic evidence to any of
this. Jesus was never ever married to Mary Magdalene and there is
absolutely no historical evidence for this. "List every ancient
source we have for the historical Jesus," writes Ehrman, "and in none of
them is there mention of Jesus being married."
What evidence is there that indicates Jesus and
Mary Magdalene were indeed not married? Historical eyewitnesses to both
Jesus and Mary are silent on the issue. Some suggest that the marriage
at Cana of Galilee was Jesus' wedding to Mary, but if it was, then he
was invited to his own wedding. That makes no sense. (John 2:1-3)
Jesus made it clear that his true family did not
consist of physical relatives but rather spiritual believers. In Luke
8:19-21, when Jesus's mother and brethren wanted to see him, he stated,
"My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do
it." His spiritual relationships took precedent over His physical
Jesus did come to seek out a bride but it was
not Mary Magdalene or any other woman. He came to call out His bride,
the church. We read in Revelation 21:9-10, "And there came unto me
(John, the writer) one of the seven angels...and talked with me saying,
'Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.' And he
carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain and showed me
that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,"
Reality Check: Check your own Calendar for
the living truth.. AD after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and Jesus next was raised from the
dead and that is what propagated the many real New testament witnesses
of these real, life changing, dramatic events. Most Christians still do Believe
the Bible Over Da Vince Code for good reasons too.
The New Testament is historically accurate;
The preservation of the New Testament is remarkable in terms of
number of manuscripts and geographical distribution; The New
Testament Gospels were written within a generation of the historical
life of Jesus; Brown’s alternate “gospels” were written more than a
century after the historical Jesus. Modern disciples can have full and
confidence in the New Testament.
The traitor apostle Judas got 30 pieces of silver
for betraying Jesus. How much will those with a stake in "The Da Vinci
Code" get? The same end reward as Judas?
The Da Vinci Code, although presented and defended
as a work of fiction based on “fact,” is an example of extremely
irresponsible journalism. Read the Bible for yourself and find out what
it really says and not what the too often still liars say it says. At
least a supposedly intelligent person reading books and
referencing the Bible should themselves firstly know the Bible
from cover to cover if quiting, and concluding anything about it and its
the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 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. For my thoughts are not your
thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the
heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isa 55:6-9).
From where do we seek the Lord? "Seek ye
out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail" (Isa
34:16). Why the book of the Lord? Because "The law of the LORD is
perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making
wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the
heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes" (Ps
How should we seek the Lord? We should seek Him in
humblness and by faith, "But without faith it is
impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he
is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (Heb
11:6). We do not see in order to believe, we believe in order to see.
"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John
8:32). We should seek Him with great reverence, "The fear of the LORD is
the beginning of knowledge" (Prov 1:7). "The fear of the LORD is the
beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding"
Dan Brown’s “The
DaVinci Code” is a book of fiction and not fact. "On
Friday, the priest who preaches before the pope in Advent and Lent
denounced what he called works that slander the church for profit.
"Christ is still sold, but not any more for 30 coins," the Rev. Raniero
Cantalamessa said in his Good Friday homily before Pope Benedict XVI in
St. Peter's Basilica, referring to Jesus' betrayal by the Apostle Judas
before his crucifixion, "but to publishers and booksellers for billions
of coins." We should all also remember what happened to Judas next..
(Mat 26:24 KJV) The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but
woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good
for that man if he had not been born.
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