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Who is Jesus? Why It’s Important to Know!
Who is Jesus, and why is it important for us to know? We live in an age of religious pluralism and moral relativism. The popular spiritual philosophy, especially after the events of September 11th, is that all religious belief systems, as long as heart-felt, are equal. Pick one and follow it sincerely, and you’ll get to Heaven. That’s what the world believes, but Jesus teaches otherwise. Therefore, we need to examine who Jesus is by looking at some of the questions people frequently ask about Him. The answers are found in the Bible, the historical evidence people have trusted for over 2000 years.
Who is Jesus? He Was 100% Man
According to John 1:14, Jesus became flesh and made His dwelling among us. Why is His humanity so important? In Hebrews 4:15, Jesus was tempted in every way, just as we are. As such, Jesus can sympathize with our weakness as humans. What can we learn from the way Jesus handled temptation? According to 1 John 3:5, Jesus came to earth in human form so that He could die a physical death and take away our sins. How would we all be affected, if we had no potential for escape from our sins?
Jesus is the key to membership in God’s family. When He stooped to our level by becoming a man, He made it possible for us to relate to Him and for God to relate to us through Him.
Who is Jesus? He Was 100% God
Who is Jesus, and how was it possible that Christ’s human body held the whole deity and glory of God?
According to John 1:1-3, Jesus existed from the beginning. From the beginning, Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God. Here, the Bible establishes the inseparable nature of Jesus and the God of the Universe. The following verses provide further evidence that Jesus is 100% God:
Highlights of Christ’s Time on Earth & the verses:
· Miracles: Luke 7:22
· Eyewitnesses to His perfect life: Matthew 16:13-17
· Fulfillment of Prophecy: Matthew 13:14, Luke 24:44
· Jesus’ own identification/claim: John 10:30-38, Matthew 16:13-
17, Mark 14:61-64
· Claims of Christ’s followers: Hebrews 1:8, Colossians 1:16, John
12:40 (quoting Isaiah 6:1-10)
· Resurrection: Luke 24:39, Mark 8:31, Acts 17:32
Jesus is the key to membership in God’s family. When He established His deity by rising from the grave, He made it possible for us to have forgiveness from sin and a renewed relationship with God.
Who is Jesus? He is the Way to Heaven
Who is Jesus, and why is He the only path to salvation?
In John 14:6, Jesus declares: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Why is it important to know that NO other religious leaders throughout history have ever made these claims? According to Ephesians 2:8-9, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” How does this contrast with other world religions which are based on “works” versus faith in Jesus and the resurrection? If we can’t build a relationship with God by doing good deeds or repeating rituals, what must we do? Acts 4:12 is clear, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
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What makes Jesus god?
We don’t use the words begetting or begotten much in modern English, but everyone still knows what they mean. To beget is to become the father of: to create is to make. And the difference is this. When you beget, you beget something of the same kind as yourself. A man begets human babies, a beaver begets little beavers and a bird begets eggs which turn into little birds. But when you make, you make something of a different kind from yourself. A bird makes a nest, a beaver builds a dam, a man makes a wireless set-or he may make something more like himself than a wireless set : say, a statue. If he is a clever enough carver he may make a statue which is very like a man indeed. But, of course, it is not a real man; it only looks like one. It cannot breathe or think. It is not alive.
Now that is the first thing to get clear. What God begets is God; just as what man begets is man. What God creates is not God; just as what man makes is not man. That is why men are not Sons of God in the sense that Christ is. They may be like God in certain ways, but they are not things of the same kind. They are more like statues or pictures of God.
A statue has the shape of a man but is not alive. In the same way, man has (in a sense I am going to explain) the `shape’ or likeness of God, but he has not got the kind of life God has. Let us take the first point (man’s resemblance to God) first. Everything God has made has some likeness to Himself. Space is like Him in its hugeness: not that the greatness of space is the same kind of greatness as God’s, but it is a sort of symbol of it, or a translation of it into non-spiritual terms. Matter is like God in having energy: though, again, of course, physical energy is a different kind of thing from the power of God. The vegetable world is like Him because it is alive, and He is the ‘living God’. But life, in this biological sense, is not the same as the life there is in God: it is only a kind of symbol or shadow of it. When we come on to the animals, we find other kinds of resemblance in addition to biological life. The intense activity and fertility of the insects, for example, is a first dim resemblance to the unceasing activity and the creativeness of God. In the higher mammals we get the beginnings of instinctive affection. That is not the same thing as the love that exists in God: but it is like it – rather in the way that a picture drawn on a flat piece of paper can nevertheless be `like’ a landscape. When we come to man, the highest of the animals, we get the completest resemblance to God which we know of. (There may be creatures in other worlds who are more like God than man is, but we do not know about them.) Man not only lives, but loves and reasons: biological life reaches its highest known level in him.
Good answer from Ezekiel, quoting from C.S. Lewis.
There can only be one true God and the Being of God is divine and unique. The Bible shows Jesus being worshipped as this one true God because his IS God. Not a second God because that would make him a false God. The same God as the Father; the same God as the Holy Spirit. All three persons are the one Being of God. None were created. They are all equal.
If Jesus had been begotten in the sense that human men beget children, then Jesus could never be God because his Father alone would be God. The Greek word translated into English as ‘begotten’ can also mean pre-eminence, priority, unique, first of its kind. It is in that sense that the Bible speaks of the Son as ‘begotten of the Father’. It does not mean created. There was a Greek word meaning ‘created’ and it is never used of the Son! So, what makes Jesus God is his divine, eternal Being, which is the same divine, eternal Being that the Father and the Holy Spirit also have.
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Cults change the Bible text, distorting the message.
A good example of changing the Bible’s text is a translation of the Bible called the New World Translation Of The Holy Scriptures. In Exodus 3:14, God reveals His name to Moses as being “I AM.” We write this Hebrew word “YHWH.” These four letters are called the “Tetragrammaton,” which most bibles translate as “LORD” (all capitals). “Jehovah” is a reasonable alternate translation for YHWH—which they use in the New World Translation. However, the New World Translation also uses “Jehovah” as the translation of the Greek word “kurios” 237 times in the New Testament. Kurios is a title literally translated as “Lord” (upper and lower case letters), although it could also be translated “master,” or “sir.” God’s name and this title are obviously two different words, yet the New World Translation uses “Jehovah” for both. This is done to alter Jesus’ position in the Bible. For example, the title “Lord” applies to Jesus about 2/3 of the time in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—but you would never know it by reading this translation. There are many other examples, but we have made our point—these folks are altering the Bible’s text.
We realize that “normal” Christian pastors often paraphrase the Bible’s text as a way of explaining it. That is OK. If you see something written that alters the Bible’s text, and the writer states that the writing is a paraphrase, that is also OK. However, if you find a deliberate change in the Bible’s text (and know that it is not a typographic error) you are seeing a sign of a cult.
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1 John 5:7 (King James Version)
7For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
Bible verses that show Jesus is Divine
From King James Version.
- John 1:1 – 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- John 1:14 – 14And 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.
- John 5:18 – 18Therefore 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.
- John 8:24 – 24I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
- Note: In the Greek, “He” is not there.
- John 8:58 – 58Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
- Exodus 3:14 – 14And 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.
- John 10:30-33 – 30I and my Father are one.31Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.32Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?33The 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.
- John 20:28 –28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.
- Col. 2:9 – 9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
- Phil. 2:5-8 – 5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
- Heb. 1:8 – 8But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
- Quoted from Psalm 45:6, 6Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
Jesus is worshipped – Jesus said to worship God only, yet He receives worship.
- Matt. 4:10 – 10Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
- Matt. 2:2 – 2Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
- Matt. 2:11 – 11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
- Matt. 14:33 – 33Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
- Matt. 28:9 – 9And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
- John 9:35-38 – 35Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?36He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?37And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.38And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
- Heb. 1:6 – 6And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
Jesus is prayed to
- Acts 7:55-60 – 55But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,56And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.57Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,58And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.59And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.60And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
- 1 Cor. 1:1-2 – 1Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,2Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and our’s: (The phrase, “to call upon the name of the Lord” is a phrase used to designate prayer.)
- 1 Kings 18:24 – 24And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
- Zech. 13:9 – 9And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.
- Rom. 10:13-14 – “13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.14How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? (Paul is speaking of calling upon Jesus. (The phrase “Call upon the name of the Lord” is a quote from Joel 2:32)).
- Joel 2:32 – 32And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call. (LORD here is YHWH, the name of God as revealed in Exodus 3:14. Therefore, this quote, dealing with God Himself is attributed to Jesus.)
First and Last
- Isaiah 44:6 – 6Thus 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
- Rev. 1:17-18 – 17And 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:18I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
Bible verses that show Jesus is Divine
From Youngs Literal Translation
- John 1:1 – 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God;
- John 1:14 – 14And the Word became flesh, and did tabernacle among us, and we beheld his glory, glory as of an only begotten of a father, full of grace and truth.
- John 5:18 – 18because of this, then, were the Jews seeking the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the sabbath, but he also called God his own Father, making himself equal to God.
- John 8:24 – 24I said, therefore, to you, that ye shall die in your sins, for if ye may not believe that I am [he], ye shall die in your sins.’
- Note: In the Greek, “He” is not there.
- John 8:58 – 58Jesus said to them, `Verily, verily, I say to you, Before Abraham’s coming — I am;’
- Exodus 3:14 – 14And God saith unto Moses, `I AM THAT WHICH I AM;’ He saith also, `Thus dost thou say to the sons of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.’
- John 10:30-33 – 30I and the Father are one.’31Therefore, again, did the Jews take up stones that they may stone him;32Jesus answered them, `Many good works did I shew you from my Father; because of which work of them do ye stone me?’33The Jews answered him, saying, `For a good work we do not stone thee, but for evil speaking, and because thou, being a man, dost make thyself God.’
- John 20:28 – 28And Thomas answered and said to him, `My Lord and my God;’
- Col. 2:9 – 9because in him doth tabernacle all the fulness of the Godhead bodily,
- Phil. 2:5-8 – 5For, let this mind be in you that [is] also in Christ Jesus,6who, being in the form of God, thought [it] not robbery to be equal to God,7but did empty himself, the form of a servant having taken, in the likeness of men having been made,8and in fashion having been found as a man, he humbled himself, having become obedient unto death — death even of a cross,
- Heb. 1:8 – 8and unto the Son: `Thy throne, O God, [is] to the age of the age; a scepter of righteousness [is] the scepter of thy reign;
- Quoted from Psalm 45:6, 6Thy throne, O God, [is] age-during, and for ever, A sceptre of uprightness [Is] the sceptre of Thy kingdom.
Jesus is worshipped – Jesus said to worship God only, yet He receives worship.
- Matt. 4:10 – 10Then saith Jesus to him, `Go — Adversary, for it hath been written, The Lord thy God thou shalt bow to, and Him only thou shalt serve.’
- Matt. 2:2 – 2saying, `Where is he who was born king of the Jews? for we saw his star in the east, and we came to bow to him.’
- Matt. 2:11 – 11and having come to the house, they found the child with Mary his mother, and having fallen down they bowed to him, and having opened their treasures, they presented to him gifts, gold, and frankincense, and myrrh,
- Matt. 14:33 – 33and those in the boat having come, did bow to him, saying, `Truly — God’s Son art thou.’
- Matt. 28:9 – 9and as they were going to tell to his disciples, then lo, Jesus met them, saying, `Hail!’ and they having come near, laid hold of his feet, and did bow to him.
- John 9:35-38 – 35Jesus heard that they cast him forth without, and having found him, he said to him, `Dost thou believe in the Son of God?’36he answered and said, `Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?’37And Jesus said to him, `Thou hast both seen him, and he who is speaking with thee is he;’38and he said, `I believe, sir,’ and bowed before him.
- Heb. 1:6 –6and when again He may bring in the first-born to the world, He saith, `And let them bow before him — all messengers of God;’
Jesus is prayed to
- Acts 7:55-60 – 55and being full of the Holy Spirit, having looked stedfastly to the heaven, he saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,56and he said, `Lo, I see the heavens having been opened, and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God.’57And they, having cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and did rush with one accord upon him,58and having cast him forth outside of the city, they were stoning [him] — and the witnesses did put down their garments at the feet of a young man called Saul —59and they were stoning Stephen, calling and saying, `Lord Jesus, receive my spirit;’60and having bowed the knees, he cried with a loud voice, `Lord, mayest thou not lay to them this sin;’ and this having said, he fell asleep.
- 1 Cor. 1:1-2 – 1Paul, a called apostle of Jesus Christ, through the will of God, and Sosthenes the brother,2to the assembly of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called saints, with all those calling upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place — both theirs and ours: (The phrase, “to call upon the name of the Lord” is a phrase used to designate prayer.)
- 1 Kings 18:24 – 24and ye have called in the name of your god, and I — I call in the name of Jehovah, and it hath been, the god who answereth by fire — He [is] the God.’ And all the people answer and say, `Good [is] the word.’
- Zech. 13:9 – 9And I have brought the third into fire, And refined them like a refining of silver, And have tried them like a trying of gold, It doth call in My name, and I answer it, I have said, `My people it [is],’ And it saith, `Jehovah [is] my God!’
- Rom. 10:13-14 – 13for every one — whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, he shall be saved.’14How then shall they call upon [him] in whom they did not believe? and how shall they believe [on him] of whom they did not hear? and how shall they hear apart from one preaching? (Paul is speaking of calling upon Jesus. (The phrase “Call upon the name of the Lord” is a quote from Joel 2:32)).
- Joel 2:32 – 32And it hath come to pass, Every one who calleth in the name of Jehovah is delivered, For in mount Zion and in Jerusalem there is an escape, As Jehovah hath said, And among the remnants whom Jehovah is calling! .” (LORD here is YHWH, the name of God as revealed in Exodus 3:14. Therefore, this quote, dealing with God Himself is attributed to Jesus.)
First and Last
- Isaiah 44:6 – 6Thus said Jehovah, king of Israel, And his Redeemer, Jehovah of Hosts: `I [am] the first, and I the last, And besides Me there is no God.
- Rev. 1:17-18 –17And when I saw him, I did fall at his feet as dead, and he placed his right hand upon me, saying to me, `Be not afraid; I am the First and the Last,18and he who is living, and I did become dead, and, lo, I am living to the ages of the ages. Amen! and I have the keys of the hades and of the death.
Let Us make man in our image. by Matt Slick. There are several verses in the Old … So, there is no biblical support for God using it of Himself in this way. … 1:26, those who deny the Trinity say that when God says, “Let Us make. …
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Isaiah 6:8 (King James Version)
8Also 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.
Romans 1:25 (King James Version)
25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Single verses that contain both singular and plural references to the same person. … then the fact that God is a plurality of persons, just as the Biblical trinity teaches. ….. A. The evidence that “Let US make man in OUR image“. …
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KING JAMES VERSION
YOUNG’S LITERAL TRANSLATION
Where in the Bible that states Jesus was/is God?
God calls him a God…
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets…
8 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.
The leaders of his time also knew this is what he was claiming and Jesus defended himself using that with which they could not argue, the law, aka the Old Testament…
33 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.
34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
36 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?
6I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
1) Direct quotes:
But about the Son he says,
“Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;
a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. – Heb 1:8
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ – Titus 2:11-13
2) Jesus has charicter traits and possession of things that only God possesses
And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,
“Let all God’s angels worship him.” – Heb 1:6
Jesus also calls God’s angels HIS, the right to Judge world, ect.
3) Finally it is implied throughout
For example the charge against Jesus was during HIS trial was that HE was claiming to be God. Now here was a SPLENDED opertunity for HIM to correct any misunderstanding in order to avoid execution. Also see the story of Mark 2:1-12. Jesus doesn’t explicitly state HE was GOD, but certainly implies it and demonstrates proof of it. The demonic spirits recognized HIM as such, and Thomas confessed HIM as God.
Theres a start, but there is a whole lot more proof as well.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and[b] is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
John 1:1-4; 10-18
15The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
5In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
1In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. The Son Superior to Angels 5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son;
today I have become your Father” ?
“I will be his Father,
and he will be my Son”?
6 And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,
“Let all God’s angels worship him.”
7 In speaking of the angels he says,
“He makes his angels spirits,
and his servants flames of fire.”
8 But about the Son he says,
“Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;
a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
by anointing you with the oil of joy.”
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POSTED ON: 01/27/11 – 3:52 AM
|After Jesus died, he was resurrected with His original identity as Michael the Archangel.||“Read carefully the following Bible account: ‘War broke out in heaven: Michael [who is the resurrected Jesus Christ] and his angels battled with the dragon'” (You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth, 1982, p. 21).||Michael, on his own, could not rebuke Satan (Jude 1:9), yet in Mark 9:25 Jesus Himself rebukes Satan. Hebrews 2:5 says an angel can’t rule the world, but Luke 1:32-33 and Revelation 19:16 show Jesus Christ to be the one who will reign. Therefore, Jesus and Michael can’t be one and the same.|
Jesus is never called â€œChief Princeâ€ in the Bible. It is not one of His titles. … If this verse is saying that Jesus is an archangel because the voice of …
Nearly every theological heresy begins with the misconception of the nature of God and the Jehovah’s Witnesses are no exception. One of the false teachings propagated by the Watchtower Society is that Jesus Christ, before His incarnation was Michael the archangel.
In other words, they teach that Jesus, the first Being created by Jehovah, was Michael in His prehuman state, then became a perfect human being while on earth, died and returned to heaven as Michael the archangel.
° “there is Scriptural evidence for concluding that Michael was the name of Jesus Christ before he left heaven and after his return.” The Watchtower May 15, 1969, p. 307
° “‘Michael the great prince’ is none other than Jesus Christ Himself.” The Watchtower December 15, 1984, p. 29
° “By retaining the name Jesus after his resurrection (Acts 9:5), the ‘Word’ shows that he is identical with the Son of God on earth. His resuming his heavenly name Michael and his title (or, name) ‘The Word of God’ (Rev. 19:13) ties him in with his prehuman existence.” Aid to Bible Understanding, p. 1152
|Scriptures relating to Michael||Biblical point being
|Is this Jesus Christ?|
|Daniel 10:13 says, “Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the Kings of Persia.”||Michael is only one of several other “chief princes.” He is not unique.||Jesus is never called “Chief Prince” in the Bible. It is not one of His titles. However, He is called “King of kings” and “Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:16)|
|Daniel 10:21 says, “But I will tell you what is noted in the Scripture of Truth. (No one upholds me against these, except Michael your prince.”||Michael is portrayed as ”your prince”- that is, the “prince” for the exiled nation of Israel, who fights for them. This battle is between angelic forces.||Jesus does have angelic forces with Him when He fights (Matt. 25:31), but He is never referred to as the “Prince” of these forces, rather He is identified as “the King” (Matt. 25:34, 40).|
|Daniel 12:1 says, “At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people”||Michael is here portrayed as a “great prince” who stands guard over Israel-obviously a guardian angel.||Jesus is never called a “great prince” in the Bible, nor a guardian.|
|1 Thessalonians 4:16 says, “The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.”||
||All these things are “with” Christ: “a shout,” “the voice of the archangel,” and “the trumpet of God.” If this verse is saying that Jesus is an archangel because the voice of the archangel is with Him, then we must also say that Jesus is “a shout,” and “a trumpet”!|
|Jude 9 says, “Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you!’”||
|Revelation 12:7 says, “And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought”||Michael is fighting at the head of his angels, which is only proper, since he is a chief angel.||Revelation 12:5,6, just previous to this Scripture, portray Christ as a “male,” a “son”. Verse 10 calls Him “Christ.” Jesus is not called an angel in the book of Revelation.|
Where in the Daniel 10 and 12 verses are there any explicit statements that Michael is Jesus Christ?
If Jesus Christ is the first and highest of all created beings, as the Watchtower Society teaches, and if Jesus was Michael in His prehuman state, then why is Michael called “one of the chief princes” in Daniel 10:13?
Hebrews 1:5, 6 says, “For to which of the angels did [God] ever say: ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten you’? And again: ‘I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son’? But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: ‘Let all the angels of God worship Him.’”
If no angel can be called God’s son and if Jesus is in fact the Son of God (Matthew 8:29; 14:33; 26:63-64; 27:43, 54; Mark 1:1; 3:11; 15:39), then doesn’t this prove that Jesus cannot be the archangel Michael?
Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
Doesn’t this verse mean that Jesus could not have been Michael in His prehuman state, and then became a perfect human being while on earth, died and returned to heaven as Michael the archangel?
1 Thessalonians 4:16 says, “The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.”
To interpret Scripture consistently, if Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that this verse proves that Jesus is Michael because of the “voice of the archangel”, then, again, to be consistent, doesn’t it also prove that Jesus is God because of the “trumpet of God”?
In order to demonstrate that Jesus was a created being, i.e., the archangel Michael, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society try to use Colossians 1:15 as their proof text.
Colossians 1:15 says, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.”
The word firstborn [Greek: prototokos] means “pre-eminent or first in rank”. In Hebrew culture, the “firstborn” was the son in the family who was in the pre-eminent position and not necessarily the one chronologically born first.
For example, in Genesis 41:50-51, Ephraim was physically born after Manasseh yet Ephraim was the “firstborn” or pre-eminent according to Jeremiah 31:9
Again, David was the last child born to Jesse (1 Samuel 16:10-11) but God says in Psalm 89:20, 27 that He “will make him My firstborn”, in other words, His pre-eminent.
The word protoktisis means “first created” but that word is never used of Jesus Christ in the New Testament.
Why would Paul not use the very specific word protoktisis meaning “first created” when referring to Jesus Christ to bolster the Watchtower position?
Why would Paul use the very specific word prototokos meaning “foremost, pre-eminent or first in rank” when referring to Jesus Christ?
An apt example would be the word prime [Latin: primus] meaning “first”. The Prime Minister is not the “first minister” in England but he is the most pre-eminent in position or the first in rank.
Obviously, in order for the Jehovah’s Witnesses to claim that Jesus Christ is Michael the archangel means they are guilty of “eisegesis” or “reading into” the Scriptures instead of “exegesis” or “taking or drawing out” the meaning from the text.
Angels are created beings and are therefore not to be worshipped (Revelation 19:10; 22:8-9). The Bible says that only God is to be worshipped yet time and time again we see Jesus being worshipped in the New Testament (Matthew 2:11; 8:2; 9:18; 15:25; 28:9; 28:17; John 9:38; 20:28; Hebrews 1:6) and these people are never rebuked by Jesus – you have to ask yourself why?
Even the apostle Thomas who called Jesus, “The Lord of me and the God of me” was not rebuked by Jesus but was instead commended when Jesus replied “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:28)
Jesus Christ, we must conclude from the Scriptures, is not the archangel Michael and thus we end with our first premise that nearly every theological heresy begins with the misconception of the nature of God and the Jehovah’s Witnesses are no exception.