JESUS FOUND THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE


Jesus in the Torah

GENESIS

While the word Trinity is not found in the Holy scripture, the concept is certainly found throughout the Bible. The first suggestion can be seen in Genesis 1:1-4. Here God is introduced as the Creator, but also as the Spirit and the Word as God’s Spirit hovers over the face of the deep and the spoken Word brings forth the light. Thus the idea of three facets of the Godhead is introduced early. Throughout the creation process, the spoken word brings forth each created life form teaching us that:

“In the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…” John 1:1

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:2 And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:3  And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:4  And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.

The language battle is still raging over the meaning of the text in Genesis 1:26. Those who hate the idea of Jesus being worshiped and the Holy Spirit being all-powerful, will deny the Trinitarian nature of God. They refuse to acknowledge that this language means that God is plural in nature:

“Then God [plural elohim] said, “Let Us [plural pronoun] make man in Our [plural pronoun] image, according to Our [plural pronoun] likeness” Genesis 1:26

I suggest we consider if we, as humans, have a plurality to our image, since men are made in the image of God. We do consist of body, soul, and spirit.  The Bible tells us that our body  and soul will die and await resurrection, but our spirit will go to be with the Lord at the time of our physical death or else go to be with those who are in Gehenna.  This suggests a Trinitarian person to me – body, soul, & spirit. At the resurrection, the body and soul will be reunited with the spirit. Matthew 11: 29, Hebrews 12:3, Zechariah 12:1 2 Corinthians 5:8-51 1 Thessalonians 4 Revelation 20

EXODUS

In Exodus, we see Christ as the Passover Lamb.  Does this prove Christ Deity? Oh, it does! Probably more than any other passage or theology, because Christ is righteous. If Christ were not righteous, He could not become our Passover Lamb. There is none good but God!

Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old: ye shall take it from the sheep, or from the goats: 6 and ye shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month; and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at even.

The Israelites knew! The young man who came to Jesus knew! That is why Jesus said to him:

Matthew 19:17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.  But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

Jesus dying at Passover, was intentional. He became the Passover Lamb.

Matthew 26:2 “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of man will be delivered up to be crucified.”

Had He not been righteous, He could not have done this. Just as the death angel passed over the households of those who had the blood on the lintel or doorpost of their homes, if the blood of Christ has been applied to our lives by faith, the death angel will pass over us and we will not be subject to the second death.

The righteous will inherit eternal life:

Matthew 25:37 Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You a drink?

Jesus called these people “righteous”? Does this mean that we who are ‘in Christ’ are more righteous than others?

Remember that Jesus, speaking about those who considered themselves the most righteous people to be living on earth, said:

For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:20

Who are the righteous? Those who are ‘in Christ’.

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

2 Corinthians 5:21 For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

When we read about Passover, in Exodus, we are pointed to Christ.

Exodus also teaches the beautiful story of how Christ as our Living Bread and how we are to be fed by His Presence because it is here we read of the bread of the Presence.

And you shall set the bread of the Presence on the table before Me regularly.* Exodus 25:30

Prior to Jesus coming to earth, this bread of the Presence was a part of Jewish history and something with which Jews were familiar. The bread represented the Presence of God caring for His people. Peter declared that from Jesus declaration that He was ‘the bread from Heaven’, the disciples had come to know that Jesus was the Holy One from God. Over the years, gentiles like myself, do not always get the significance of what Jesus was saying in these verses, but most Jews knew and I suspect that Jesus explained it to those who were less familiar with the finer points of the Torah.

* This bread of the Presence was set out each week. It was eaten in the Holy Place by Aaron and his sons who were on duty on the Sabbath day.  Frankincense was to be placed with the bread of his Presence as a food offering to the LORD and as a covenant forever. Frankincense was later brought by the wise men who worshiped the Lord Jesus Christ.

 Jesus came as the bread of God for our spiritual nourishment (John 6:32-51)

John 6:32 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” 35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst…”

Leviticus

Leviticus shows us our desperate need for a Savior. Throughout the  book, we see the need for sacrifices in order to atone for sin. Leviticus 16 is about the Day of Atonement. 

For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD. Leviticus 16:30

And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Romans 5:11

Read more about Jesus in Leviticus at In Constant Search for Him: Jesus in the Old Testament

NUMBERS

Numbers 6:24 “The LORD bless you and keep you; 25 The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; 26 The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ‘

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

I suggest readers go to Numbers is about Jesus.

DEUTERONOMY

Deuteronomy 6:4 says:  “Hear, O Israel: The LORD [singular] our God [ELOHIM-plural] is one Lord.”

John 10:30 I and My Father are one.

It is in the book of Deuteronomy we find that Moses, who represents the law, is unable to lead the Israelites into the promised land, but Joshua, who represents the Savior and a deliverer is sent to take the children of Israel over the Jordan and into the promised land. Symbolically, here we see that the law will never save us, but Christ is able to deliver us and save us.

Why is it important for us to see Christ in both the Old Testament and the New Testament?

Jesus said:

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. John 5:39-40

 Yes, the scriptures all point to Jesus Christ. Time is counted by His coming. He is the King of the ages as well as the King of kings.

But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. 1 Timothy 1:16-17

The law shows our need for a Savior and shows human weakness with the first covenant, the prophets foretell His coming, the New Testament teaches us about the New Covenant and the Bible ends with the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Jesus, Himself, told us that when the end comes:

Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Matthew 24:30

No wonder Paul said:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39

We should understand why the Bible says of the Father, that:

He seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:20-23

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FULLNESS OF THE GODHEAD VS WATCHTOWER DOCTRINE


Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. Colossians 2:8-10

Biblical Basis of Watchtower Doctrine

Then comes the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.  1 Corinthians 15:2

“You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. John 14:28

These verses are the two primary verses used by Watchtower to “prove” their doctrine and also used to convince those who are searching for God and meaning in their lives that Watchtower is the only group of people living on earth today who are teaching the “truth”. Their doctrine or as they call it, “truth”,  is that Christ is inferior to Jehovah. They teach this diligently to their members and it is critical for them to believe this if they are going to become full-fledged, members. They are not allowed to be baptized or to go out to “witness” unless they agree to this, along with other beliefs that the person learns after they have accepted this main tenet of Watchtower doctrine.

Considering the importance of who Jesus is and what the scripture teaches, I suggest we should do exactly what Jesus suggested. We should:

Search the Scriptures…

In John 5:39, we read something important that Jesus said to the Jews who did not believe in Him. Their complaint was much the same as the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, also known as Jehovah’s Witness. While Jews sought to kill Him, Watchtower simply seeks to see that He remains in an inferior position to Jehovah. We will first look at John Chapter 5, verse 18 to learn of the problem the Jews had with Christ:

Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.

We don’t have to deal with this problem with the Jews, because Jesus did that for us. Here is a part of what He said:

For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. John 5:21-23

Now look at verse 39:

“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.

The Jews had a heart problem. It was that they were looking for “another way” rather than the way of repentance of sin and the reconciliation provided by the shed blood at Calvary.  Jesus explained that in verse 40:

But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. John 5:40

Rather than stating that a person must come to Christ in repentance and faith as is stated in the Bible, Watchtower teaches that “Jesus’ death opens up to us the opportunity to regain what Adam and Eve lost.” (Watchtower – April 2011) They invite readers to  learn more about “Jesus Christ and his role in Jehovah’s purpose” by attending Bible studies and meetings with their members.

While Watchtower says Jesus has a “role in salvation”, the Bible says:

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

Know the Complete Truth About 1 Corinthians Chapter 15

Chapter 15 of 1 Corinthians is important. Read the first two verses before we move to the verse in question and the reason for this post:

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also you have received, and in which you stand; by which also you are saved, if you keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless you have believed in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:1-2

In this chapter, Paul outlines the gospel and how to be saved in the first few verses.

From there, Paul moves on to the resurrection. Paul is explaining to the church how Christ, took on a human form and submitted Himself to God’s authority in order to conquer death and in order to subdue all powers and authorities. Here, Paul clearly says the Son is subject to Him who put all things under Him. So we do see that until Christ completes His mission and returns the kingdom back to the Father at some point, He is in subjection to the Father.

 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 

Here is the question that the Watchtower poses to those who either willingly or unwillingly cross paths with them. Does the above passage mean that we are to consider Christ as inferior to the Father and/or does it mean that the Father does not want us to consider Christ as a part of the fulness of God and therefore worship Christ who died for us? I answer that question with a definite NO, this is NOT what those verses mean at all! How do I know? One way, is by reading to the end of the chapter!

1 Corinthians 15

Jesus took on the form of sinful man, Adam, and submitted himself to becoming under the Father so that He might defeat sin and the dreadful power that it held over men once and for all. Read it for yourself:

The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man. 1 Corinthians 47-49

Why did Jesus willingly submit Himself to become as a man, subject to the Father? So that we could be made right with the Father. Yes, He became subject, in my place, but not so that I would not worship Him, but rather so that I would have a right standing with the Father. So that I might be able to say:

O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory? 1 Corinthians 15:55 and Hosea 13:14

Paul concludes the chapter with the final result of Christ victory:

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:57-58

What About John 14:28?

The key to John 14:28 is also found in the words of Jesus in the verses surrounding verse 28. He tells the disciples that ‘If” they loved Him they would be glad His earthly ordeal is almost over:

“You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. John 14:28

Prior to saying this Jesus has told them:

  • you believe in God, believe also in Me.
  • “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me…
  • …If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
  • “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father…”
  • Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
  • Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
  • But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

What About Philippians 2:9?

At least some in the Watchtower think that even Philippians 2:9  doesn’t indicate Deity of Christ because it states that God highly exalted Christ and in their mindset, that indicates the inferiority of Christ. It seems to me that this is cleared up easily by looking at verses 7- 8. God could and did exalt Christ only because Christ had willingly entered the world as a man and He had chosen to humble Himself. Verse 7, in fact, is sometimes translated as follows:

Philippians 2:7 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. NLT 

Philippians 2:7 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: KJV

Philippians 2:8  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 

Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Isaiah 49:1-7

For this post to be complete, we must look at and consider the words of Isaiah in chapter 49 verses 1-7.

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that this is the key passage in the old testament that ‘proves’ Christ is inferior to Jehovah. They believe it because Isaiah is possibly referring to Christ when he talks about a servant in the entire passage (some commentators believe that the servant is Israel, but others say both), however it seems that he is definitely referring to Christ in verse 7.

Isaiah 49:7 Thus says the LORD,
the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,
to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation,
the servant of rulers:
“Kings shall see and arise;
princes, and they shall prostrate themselves;
because of the LORD, who is faithful,
the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

Above, Christ seems to be separate and under Jehovah. The problem Watchtower and Jehovah Witness do not acknowledge or even seem to recognize is that Isaiah does the opposite in several other passages. Consider Chapter 18:12-15 in light of the New Testament.

“Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the LORD of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many shall stumble on it. They shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken.” Isaiah 8:12-15

Then Paul says in Romans:

What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.”  Romans 9:30-33

Peter also talks about the stone:

So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejectedhas become the cornerstone,” 1 Peter 2:7

If Jesus is the “cornerstone” and the Rock of Offense, isn’t He clearly the LORD of Hosts?

For further reading and help on these ideas go to The Deity of the Messiah in Isaiah and in light of New Testament Exegesis.

How Then Should We View Jesus and What Does His Life and Death Mean for Us Today?

The Apostle Paul, who wrote 1 Corinthians 15, tells us that the name of Jesus is to be exalted and that Christ is worthy of  honor and glory just as is the Father.

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, Philippians 2:9

Paul also says this concerning Christ, His position and His church:

For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus … These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Taken from passage in Ephesians 1

Paul also tells us, speaking of Christ:

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. Colossians 1:15-20

John tells us He is the King of kings and the LORD of Lords, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.

And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. (Here the speaker is identified as He who sits on the throne.) Revelation 21:6

And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” (Here the speaker is identified as the One who will ‘come again’, Christ.) Revelation 22:13

(Here is Christ.) And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:
KING OF Kings and LORD of Lords. Revelation 19:16

Taking the words of Jesus, and those of Paul and John, knowing that the Messiah will reign during the great Day of the LORD and that He is the King, we can look at what Zechariah prophesied with a new and complete understanding:

And the LORD will be king over all the earth. On that day the LORD will be one and his name one. Zechariah 14:9

Then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths.  Zechariah 14:16

The Bible makes it clear to me that the LORD our God is one and that the One is expressed in the fullness of the Godhead as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

For further study:

All the Fullness

Bible Hub – Colossians 2:9

Let Us Reason – What does the term ‘Godhead’ mean?

The Fullness of the Godhead – William J. Hocking- The Son of His Love

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Come Morning!


Brother Bruce always smiles when he sings about Calvary or heaven. That makes always blesses me!

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The gods who did not create the earth shall perish – Jeremiah 10:11


Consider this, if you are one who doubts the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Note: ESV doesn’t capitalize pronouns for YWHW or Christ.)

Paul wrote:

He (God) has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,… He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together...See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. Colossians 1:13,15-17,  2:8-10 ESV

On the basis of these and similar writings, Christians worship Jesus Christ as a Person of the Godhead or what has become known as the Holy Trinity – God in three persons.

When this teaching is called into question, it helps us to understand whether or not the teaching is valid by considering carefully the teachings of the prophets. Jeremiah wrote:

But the LORD is the true God;
He is the living God and the everlasting King.
At his wrath the earth quakes,
and the nations cannot endure his indignation.

Thus shall you say to them: “The gods who did not make the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under the heavens.” Jeremiah 10:10-11

I am going to repeat that last phrase: “The gods who did not make the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under the heavens.”

If Christ, (who is worshiped as Creator God by millions), who Watchtower says in their private translation of John 1:1 “the word was “a god” and they have also added the word “other” to make the New World Translation read that “all ‘other’ things were created’ by Him, if they could have been right,  then Jesus Christ would have to perish. The prophet Jeremiah so prophesied.  BUT IF the Bible, as handed down through the ages, is inerrant, and Christ is eternal, that means that He had a part in creation. If by Him all things were created, as the Bible actually teaches, and He has an everlasting kingdom over which He will rule, as Christians believe, then He is truly God. The answer proves who the real Christians are. Either Jesus is eternal, which means by Him all things were created or Christ had no part in creation and will perish because Jeremiah the prophet has so prophesied AND ALL PROPHESY MUST BE FULFILLED.

I do not believe that Jesus will perish! Surely you do not either. He came that we might have everlasting or eternal life. He lived a perfectly sinless life. Certainly He, God’s only begotten Son, will be included in this eternal life. Not only that, the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus Christ will always be worshiped.

1. The Bible teaches that He is from ‘everlasting’. Micah, the prophet prophesied of the One who would be born in Bethlehem:

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
From everlasting.
Bible Hub says this word actually means eternal. Micah 5:2 This shows Jesus will NEVER perish. It also teaches that He was here in the beginning.

2. Isaiah called Him, everlasting:

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore. Isaiah 9:6-7

3. Also, speaking of Christ, Paul said:

Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;  Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. 1 Timothy 6:15-16

 Besides all of the above, The Revelation of Jesus Christ 5:12 lets us know that Christ will never perish. He will be praised in heaven forever.  Those in Watchtower will not worship Christ now, but the day is coming when even they will say:

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” 13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!”

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Who did Isaiah see?


Why did an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Creator leave a written record for lowly men?

I believe that He had one purpose. Our Father and Creator loves us enough to reveal Himself as the suffering Messiah who came to redeem us from our sin and lost condition.

Isaiah, the prophet, clearly identifies the Messiah by stating that He would be called Immanuel, and shows us what will happen in the last days. He gives us a vision of what he sees happening in heaven, prior to Christ coming to earth.

Chapter one sets the stage. We see our sinful and lost condition as well as how an unrepentant heart separates us from our Creator. But even in our lost condition, there is hope. God tells us that we can be made clean, but only by becoming “willing and obedient.”

15 When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood. 16 “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, 17 Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow. 18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. 19 If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; 20 But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

In chapter two, Isaiah identifies Christ as Yahweh or as most translations identify Him, the LORD. Here is a description of the millennium. I know of no church or sect who will deny that Jesus Christ will reign during the millennium.

1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2 It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, 3 and many peoples shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4 He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. 5 O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD.

In Isaiah 6:1, the prophet states:

1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!”.

This passage indicates that Isaiah saw the Lord and He was high and lifted up and the glory of his train filled the temple. Here the Lord is called, the Lord of hosts. This person is on a throne, He is high and lifted up, He is full of glory, and He is being worshiped.

Now just who did Isaiah see? John clearly tells us in verse 41 in the following passage that when Isaiah saw “the Lord, sitting on a throne, high and lifted up”,  that he saw Jesus, the Christ. Listen carefully to what John is saying here in John chapter 12.

36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them. 37 But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, 38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”  39 Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again: 40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, Lest they should see with their eyes, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.”  41 These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him. 42 Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

There is no question in my mind, Isaiah saw Jesus on the throne and full of glory.

Furthermore, we get a direct indication of the Godhead with the use of the plural pronoun, “us”  in Isaiah 6:8 when the words of the Lord are recorded.

8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying , Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, here am I; send me.

At this point, rather than the speaker being referred to as Yahweh, He is referred to as Adonay or Lord.

Another clear indication of the  deity and identity of the Messiah comes in chapter 7.

10 Moreover the LORD spake again unto Ahaz, saying, 11 Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth , or in the height above. 12 But Ahaz said , I will not ask , neither will I tempt the LORD. 13 And he said , Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel .

Isaiah is by no means the only prophet or the only book in the Bible that identifies Jesus as Yahweh, but a thorough read of Isaiah should be enough to eliminate any doubt a person might have. 

In two different places, the prophet Jeremiah says in referring to the coming Messiah, “And this is His name by which He shall be called, YHWH, OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” (Jeremiah 23:5-6; 33:15-16).

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/Immanuel-Jesus.html#ixzz32ASBZePW

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Living Water, the Bread of Life, and the Rock of Ages


 Augustus Montague Toplady (1740 to 1778),  must have been something of a child prodigy. He was writing hymns by age 14, but he began preaching by age 12. He is best known for the hymn, Rock of Ages.

The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. Psalm 18:2

And did all eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:3-4

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst.  John 6:35

And some people still do not accept it. If someone offers bread that is guaranteed to make you live forever, or water that one can drink and never thirst again, would anyone turn down such an offer? People do it every day.  Perhaps it is because many people prefer doing things their own way rather than His way.

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.  Proverbs 14:12

The original words of this old hymn were:

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure;
Save from wrath and make me pure.

Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to the cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
[originally When my eye-strings break in death]
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

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Are you in a religion or in Christ?


The apostle Paul put much emphasis on being in Christ. He wrote:

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”

Paul uses the phrase, “in Christ” seventy-five times in his writings.

Of himself he wrote:

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14

When he wrote an epistle, he often referred to those in the church as those who were “in Christ.”  

He understood that regeneration, or newness of life in Christ, is what makes a real and lasting change in a person’s life.

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.  Galatians 6:15

and

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Paul, also fully understood the security that true believers have in Christ Jesus our Lord:

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

Who can name a religion that offers what Christ provides? I know of none!

John 3

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