What does He expect

In Luke 6 46 Jesus asks a question we should all seriously consider Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say (NIV). It isn't enough to simply call Jesus Lord or accept Him as such. As Jesus Himself explained in Matthew 7 21, Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Entering God's Kingdom requires living according to God's will. Nothing else will do. He continues in verses 22-23 Many will say...

Gods purpose from the beginning

God's plan for bringing many sons to glory (Hebrews 2 10) includes the reconciling of humanity to Himself through Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5 18-19). Why do we need that reconciliation Isaiah 59 1-2 tells us Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear (NIV). Our sins have cut us off from God. Paul speaks of us as enemies in need of...

Does the New Covenant Abolish the Commandments

The Bible tells us that Christ came as the Mediator of a better covenant (Hebrews 8 6). The popular belief that the New Covenant abolishes God's law reflects a misunderstanding of both covenants. God tells us that He altered the original covenant and made a better covenant, which was established on better promises (verse 6). But it was not established on different laws. The law stayed the same. There was, however, a weakness, or fault, in the original covenant. That fault was with the people,...

Could Jesus have sinned

This brings us to another question about Jesus' humanity. Was it possible for Jesus to sin The Bible is quite clear that Jesus did not sin. Paul says that Jesus knew no sin (2 Corinthians 5 21). John confirms that in Him there is no sin (1 John 3 5). None of His enemies could convict Him of sin (John 8 46). But could He have sinned Hebrews 4 15 tells us that we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. If it...

Do Other Sources Confirm Jesus Christs Existence

Many people assume that, apart from the Bible, history is silent concerning Jesus of Nazareth. But in fact, many independent witnesses testify of Jesus' existence. Let's notice a few. Cornelius Tacitus (ca. 56-120) was a Roman senator, consul and governor of the Roman province of Anatolia (covering most of modern-day Turkey) as well as one of ancient Rome's greatest historians. Late in his life he wrote a 16-volume history of the Roman emperors, the Annals. No friend to either Nero or...

Paul the persecutor is transformed

The apostle Paul is another remarkable example. As a devout Jewish rabbi and strict Pharisee, he was resolutely convinced that Jesus' resurrection had not taken place. Paul persecuted members of the early Church for believing in such nonsense. He staked his whole mission in life on his conviction that the resurrection was a fabrication and the movement was a threat to every tradition he held sacred. This new movement, he was convinced, deserved to be stamped out by any means, including...

Was He really

We have explained that Jesus was God as the Bible explicitly says (John 1 1). What was the difference, then, between how He was God prior to His human birth and when He was a human being Paul addresses this very question in Philippians 2. Paul tells us what He left behind and what He took upon Himself. He, who had always been God by nature, did not cling to his privileges as God's equal. Instead He stripped himself of every advantage by consenting to be a slave by nature and being born a man...

Justification for genocide

The story of Jesus murder is dramatic enough in itself. But attempts to fix the blame for His death have led to horrible acts of spiritual depravity. The Jewish people have usually bome the brunt of the blame. Their implication in the death of Christ has resulted in an unchristian persecution of the Jewish people down through the centuries. Christ-killers was the epithet hurled at them, and the last words many a Jew heard just before his own brutal murder. The Nazis cited this for the genocide...

Why will Christ come a second time

Jesus is pictured in the book of Revelation as the resurrected Savior, the Messiah who is preparing to return to earth a second time. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forcvcrmorc (Revelation 1 18). But how is He coming, and why In Matthew 24 He gives us the sobering answer. Responding to the disciples question, about the time of His return and the end of this age of man, Jesus laid out a frightening scenario that includes widespread religious deception, warfare, famines...

What the Messiah is Supposed to Do

One of the primary ways that we know that jesus was not the Messiah was is simply because he did not fulfill any of the Messianic prophecies. Many people have written on this subject, both in books and online. This article will not add anything new to what they have written, but since so many people write me about this subject, evidently this article needs to be here at this site as well. The Prophets have written a great deal about what the Messiah will do when he comes. Likewise, the Oral...

Judaism forsook Moses Christianity forsook Christ

When it comes to Jesus and the law, we have to conclude that the Christian religion has let us down by not holding to the original teachings of Christ, who Himself held to the original teachings of the Old Testament Scriptures. And as the teachings of Jewish religious leaders corrupted Moses, so did the later teachers of Christ that is, false teachers corrupt the teachings of Jesus. In reality, Jesus and Moses agreed. Let's ask a question here. If Jesus were here today, which day would He...

Who Killed Jesus

He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53 5-6, NIV). A he death of Jesus Christ is the most famous in history. The state-sanctioned murder that took place almost 2,000 years ago is still in today's news. No other crime against the innocent has...

Jesus Christ and the Festivals of the Bible

In addition to the biblical Sabbath day, Jesus observed the biblical festivals recorded in the Old Testament the Gospels do not show Him ever being accused of violating the Holy Day observances. John 7 records Him teaching at the temple during the Feast of Tabernacles. All four Gospels record His actions leading up to and during His last Passover with His disciples the night before He was crucified. The Church that He founded was started on the Feast of Pentecost (Acts 2 1-4). After His death...

Jesus Family Connections

When we read the Gospels carefully, we see a number of family connections that help us better understand certain events. We find one of the most Important connections In Luke 1 36, where the same angel who Informs Mary that she will bear a Son also tells her, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age This same Elizabeth would give birth to a son named John, who would be known to history as John the Baptist (verses 57-60, 80). The exact relationship between Mary and...

A physical body with physical limitations

When Jesus became flesh He was still God in terms of His identity, but He was nevertheless a human being in every sense of the word. Jesus had a physical body. His closest disciple attests that He was a physical person That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness 1 John 1 1 . John is establishing the humanity...

Jesus felt human emotions

Jesus also experienced many of the same emotional and intellectual qualities we do. He thought, reasoned and felt the full range of human emotions. He had strong affection for people John 11 5 13 23 19 26 . He felt compassion and pity for those who were hungry or physically or spiritually afflicted Matthew 9 36 14 14 15 32 20 34 . He could be distressed and troubled, as was evident to His disciples when He anticipated His impending suffering and death Luke 12 50 John 12 27 . He was deeply...

Jesus special relationship with

Jesus understood Himself to be unique in His close relationship with the Father in that He was the only One who could reveal the Father. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him ' He said Matthew 11 27 . Dr. William Lane Craig, an apologist writing in defense of Christian belief, says this verse tells us that Jesus claimed to be the Son of God in...

James half brother of Jesus becomes a believer

Perhaps an even more remarkable transformation took place in the life of James, the half brother of Jesus James was the natural son of Mary and Joseph while Jesus was the son of Mary and God the Father . Notice how J.P Moreland describes events in James life as recorded in the Bible and contemporary history Why did these men change Why did they undergo hardship, persecution, pressure, and martyrdom Consider James the brother of Jesus. Josephus, the first-century Jewish historian, tells us that...

Discovering the real Jesus

What is the real story Can the true picture of Jesus emeige after 2,000 years of differing views Who should we believe as we try to find it To know the real Jesus would include the fact that what He really taught, and what He really did, is essential for eternal life. Praying to His Father, Jesus said, This is eternal life to know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom von have sent John 17 3, Revised English Bible, emphasis added throughout . Did Jesus do what the records show Was He is...