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Who Do You Say that I AM?
Who Is JESUS?
There are several "Christian" faiths out there in the world, and yet what distinguishes the true from the false (the cults) has everything to do with who they say Jesus Christ is. When reasoning with those of the false Christian cults, do you focus on other doctrinal differences, such as "who are the 144,000 chosen ones?" or "is there a Hell?" Is that a matter of life and death as much as the very question, "Who do you say that I AM?" Are you able to prove the divinity of Jesus Christ to anyone who challenges this truth, based on the very Bible they claim to follow? This hub will give you challenging evidence to equip you in such a situation.
The Bible alone proves the identity of Christ beyond doubt. Some people don’t believe the Bible, and this discussion would be fruitless with them. Some doctrines teach Jesus was a prophet, a teacher, a god (not the God), or an angel. Yet, in the Bible Jesus asked His disciples what the word on the street was regarding His identity in Mat 16:13. In verse 14, Jesus is told that some say he is John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. Then Jesus asked Peter in verse 15, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “Thou are the Christ [Messiah], the Son of the living God.”
In Matthew, Peter confessed who Jesus was in the flesh, the Son of God. However, there are TWO more witnesses that wrote of Peter's words that we should seriously consider: Mark 8:28 and Luke 9:20 - "Peter answering said, The Christ of God." And look at what the Apostle Peter wrote in 2 Pet 1:1: “Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
To understand these statements and the power behind them, look at the Old Testament:
- 1 Cor 10:4 is speaking of "the Rock" in Ex 17:6 "all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ."
- 1 Chr 16:35; Ps 18:46 and Isa 45:15 and many more refer to YHWH, Yehovah, the LORD God as "God and Savior".
Most everyone can call Jesus the 'Savior', but not God, the Father. Look at what God said in Isa 43:11; 45:21 and Hos 13:4: "you were not to know any god except Me, For there is no savior besides Me."
Test of Deception
1 John 4:1-3 tells us, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits [angels or prophets] to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; and this is the spirit of antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.”
If I were to say to you, I am Jane Doe who has come IN the flesh, wouldn’t that imply that I existed somewhere OUTSIDE the flesh? False prophets twist this scripture to merely state that Jesus Christ was a man of flesh. Even worse, there are those who don't believe He actually was flesh, bone and blood, but comes in "our flesh" via a spiritual awakening! There’s too much proof to deny Jesus never existed on earth. But to confess He has come IN the flesh would mean something entirely different ~ something divine. Some false prophets confess Jesus is God, but then deceive the followers with twisted doctrine, in that they deny that the Holy Spirit is God. If Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and yet is called God's Son, is that Spirit not the Spirit of God? Islam believes Jesus is a prophet and NOT the Son of God. Furthermore, they believe the Holy Spirit is their prophet Muhammad. Jehovah's Witnesses and Seventh Day Adventists believe Jesus is Michael the Archangel; Mormons believe Jesus is one of three separate persons of God; Egalitarians believe the Father conceived the Son with the holy 'Mother', the Spirit...the list goes on and on. I believe Jesus is the one, true God and here's why:
Jesus is NOT an Angel
Heb 1:13 states that God said, "But to which of the angels has He ever said, 'SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I MAKE THINE ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR THY FEET?'".
- Heb 12:2 “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Heb 1:6 also states, "And when He again brings the first-born into the world, He says, 'AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.'"
Now, compare this to Rev 22:8-9 "And I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed me these things. And he said to me, 'Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets and of those who heed the words of this book; worship God.'"
What are the first two of the 10 Commandments?
- "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me."
- "You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God."
The Fallen Angel (Lucifer, the Antichrist)
Gal 1:8 “But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed.”
1 Cor 11:13-15 “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light [Greek word phos (foce); to shine or make manifest, especially by rays, luminousness:-fire, light]. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants (angels or men) also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their deeds."
John 8:12; John 9:5; John 12:46 all state that Jesus is the light [Greek word phos (foce); to shine or make manifest, especially by rays, luminousness:-fire, light] of the world.
Do you know that Lucifer is the Hebrew word heylel (hey-lale’); the morning star. Now, let’s look at Rev 22:16 "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star."
So, all these churches and doctrines out there that claim to be walking "in the light", those who don’t believe Jesus Christ is indeed GOD, are deceived by heylel. Does Luciferian ring a bell?
PROOF that JESUS is GOD!
Jesus is God with Us
Old Testament (OT) Prophecy:
Isa 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel (with us is God).
Isa 9:6 “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God [El], Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
New Testament (NT) Fulfillment:
Luke 1:31 "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus (Iesous; Yehoshua, same as Yehowshuwa meaning Yehovah saved).
John 1:1, 14 “In the beginning was the Word…the Word was GOD (Theos, the Supreme Divinity).” “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” False teachers say this is supposed to read, “The Word was a god.” Well, if He's 'a god' you'd best not worship Him!
Jesus is I AM
OT Prophecy: Ex 3:14 “And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.”
NT Fulfillment: John 8:58 “Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.’” Notice He did not say, "I WAS". "I AM" is the very name of GOD.
Prepare the Way for Yehovah
OT Prophecy: Isa 40:3 “A voice is calling, ‘Clear the way for the LORD (Yehovah) in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God."
NT Fulfillment: Mat 3:1-3 “Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet, saying, ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make ready the way of the LORD (Yehovah), Make His paths straight!’” (Confirmed in Mark 1:1-4; Luke 3:3-6; John 1:19-23)
John 1:29-31 “The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He on behalf of whom I said, 'After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.' I did not recognize Him, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water."
God Forgives Sins
Isa 43:25 “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins.”
Jer 31:34 “They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD (Yehovah),' for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares the LORD (Yehovah), "for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."
Mic 7:18 “Who is a God like Thee, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in unchanging love. He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”
Mark 2:5, 7 “When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven. But some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, ‘Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?" (confirmed in Luke 5:21)
Acts 20:28 "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood."
Eph 1:7 “In Him [Jesus] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.”
Psalm 100:1 "The LORD is my Shepherd"
John 10:11 "I am the good Shepherd"
Who raised Jesus from the dead?
John 2:19-21 "Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." The Jews then said, "It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?" But He was speaking of the temple of His body." Below, you will read Acts 17:30-31, which state God raised Jesus from the dead. Then again, Romans 8:11 states the Spirit of God raised Him from the dead. Is this contradictory? He is "I AM".
The Wrath of God
Rev 6:16 “and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb;”
Rev 14:10, 19 “he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with the fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.”
John 12:47-48 "If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the Word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day."
Acts 17:30-31 “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man [Jesus] whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead."
Truly, Jesus is the 'image' of God, for God is invisible (Col 1:15). When God judges, the judge will be God in the person of His Christ (Acts 3:18) - JESUS.
The First and the Last
Isa 44:6: "This is what the LORD says—Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God."
Rev 1:17–18 "When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: 'Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades."
See the Father
John 14:8-9 “Philip said to Him, Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how do you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me?”
For more proof that YHVH is Jesus Christ, see this link: http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/jesusgd2.htm
Who do you say that I AM?
If you’ve read all this information and feel like you may have very well been deceived by the leaders you’ve followed for weeks, months, years….I know it can be PAINFUL to find out someone has either intentionally or unintentionally lied to you. I tend to believe the latter. People are deceived, meaning they don’t know better until the truth is revealed. The Deceiver is behind it and is the father of lies. I pray the Lord opens your precious eyes. “Open our eyes, Lord; we want to see Jesus!”
Luke 24:45 "Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures"
What Do You Believe About the "Trinity"?
- Let Me Tell You WHO GOD IS!
Who is GOD? WOW. What a concept to try to wrap our human brains around! Ive read all kinds of interpretations of the trinity and some of the scriptures cause confusion as to exactly how we are to interpret the entity of God Himself.