The purpose, goal and benefits of the bible – Part 9
Compare Ps 23:1 with John 10:11; Ps 102:24-27 with Heb 1:10-12; Is 8;13-14 with 1 Pet 2;7-8; Jer 17:10 with Rev 2:23; Ezek 34:11-12 with Luke 19:10.(5)The name of Jesus Christ is associated with that of God the Father(Jn 14;1, 23; Mat 28: 19; Rom 1:7; 2 Cor 13:14; Col 2:2; 1 Thes 3:11; Jas 1:1; Rev 5:13; 7:10).(6) Christ’s sinlessness and holiness testify to His deity (Luke 1:35; 2Cor 5:21; Heb 4;15). (7) Christ was declared to be the Son of God by His resurrection(Mark 1:11; Rom 1:4).
These conclusive proofs of Christ’s deity mean that believers must act toward Christ in exactly the same manner, as they act toward God the Father. They must believe in Him, worship Him, pray to Him, serve Him and love Him.
Jesus Christ: An overview
Jesus Christ is the absolute fundamental to the Christian faith. As regards other religions, the names of their founders/originators are not essential to the teaching of their religions.
Yet, everything about Christianity rises or falls on the person of Jesus Christ. Liberal theologians have thought it possible to separate Christ from Christianity, by suggesting that Jesus’ teachings form the basis of the Christian faith. They want to assert that one may accept Christ’s teachings without coming to a decision about Christ Himself.
On the contrary, biblical teaching affirms that a Christ-less Christianity is a contradiction of terms. Jesus Himself said: “The words that I speak to you are spirit and they are life” (Jn 6:63) He also said: “God is a Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (Jn 4:24). Jesus is the Truth and the Life (Jn 14:6).
Jesus is the Living Word, His teachings are the written Word. Jesus and His word are inseparable. Jesus is God and His teachings are the written word of God. This article seeks to summarise the biblical information on the uniqueness of Jesus. The names and titles applied to Him, His humanity, His deity, and His teaching and mighty works provide the framework for this discussion.
Names and Titles Jesus’ proper name derives from the Hebrew “Joshua,” meaning
“Yahweh saves” or “salvation is from Yahweh” (Matt 1:21). Christ is the Greek term for “anointed,” equivalent to the Hebrew Messiah. This anointed Saviour is also Immanuel, “God is with us” (Matt 1:23; lsa. 7: 14). Paul’s favourite term for Jesus was kurios, “Lord,” and the earliest Christian confession was that “Jesus is Lord.”
The sublime introduction of Jesus in the prologue to John’s Gospel presents Him as the logos, the “Word,” Who created all things (1:3) and who became flesh and dwelt among us (1:14). He is the Life (1:4) and the Light of mankind (1:4); the Glory of God (1:14); the only begotten God who makes the Father known (1:18).
The Gospels record Jesus’ own self-designation as Son of Man, the title He frequently used to speak of His humiliation, His identification with sinful mankind, His death on behalf of sinners, and His glorious return.
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