Is Jesus Really the Son of God?

Written by Stephen Kingery

Is Jesus reallyrepparttar Son of God? All Christian belief is based onrepparttar 140692 fact that He is. But, if a non-believer were to question you on this fact, indeed to challenge you on it, could you respond in an intelligent manner? How do you know that Jesus isrepparttar 140693 Son of God? It is true that we must have faith that Jesus is God's Son. However, in Acts 1:3 we see that Jesus presented Himself to His apostles after He was resurrected and demonstrated that He was alive "by many infallible proofs." The New Testament is full of examples of these proofs. Let's take a look a whatrepparttar 140694 Bible has to say in regards torepparttar 140695 deity of Jesus.

As we look closely atrepparttar 140696 life and ministry of Jesus we can learn much about what attributes He had that demonstrate that He is God's Son. "Inrepparttar 140697 beginning wasrepparttar 140698 Word, andrepparttar 140699 Word was with God, andrepparttar 140700 Word was God. He was inrepparttar 140701 beginning with God." (John 1:1,2) John clearly states atrepparttar 140702 start of his gospel that Jesus was with Godrepparttar 140703 Father inrepparttar 140704 beginning. When God was inrepparttar 140705 process of creatingrepparttar 140706 heavens and earth, allrepparttar 140707 plants and animals, and man, Jesus was with Him. One ofrepparttar 140708 attributes of God is that He is eternally existent. In other words, having no beginning and no ending. In this passage we see that Jesus also has this attribute of being eternally existent. It is further demonstrated in this passage: "And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, withrepparttar 140709 glory which I had with You beforerepparttar 140710 world was." (John 17:5) Jesus said of Himself that He was withrepparttar 140711 Father beforerepparttar 140712 creation.

We also know that Godrepparttar 140713 Father is without sin. So in order for Jesus to be truly God's Son, He too must be without sin. "For 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." (Hebrews 5:14) Jesus, during His earthly life and ministry, was tempted withrepparttar 140714 same temptations which we are. Yet He did not give in torepparttar 140715 temptations. He did not allow Himself to sin. I have heard people speak on this subject and marvel that He was able to do this. I personally don't feel thatrepparttar 140716 fact that Jesus was able to resistrepparttar 140717 temptations is something to marvel about. After all, He is God. To Him,repparttar 140718 option to sin was simply not an option at all. There are many things about Jesus in which we should stand in awe. But if we believe that He isrepparttar 140719 Son of God, then we should not be surprised when He acts likerepparttar 140720 Son of God!

For Jesus to berepparttar 140721 Son of God, we would indeed expect Him to be without sin. We would also expect Him to have authority. Jesus tells us of His authority: "Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.'" (Matthew 28:18) God has given His Sonrepparttar 140722 authority to redeemrepparttar 140723 world forrepparttar 140724 sin which is so prevalent. By His freely giving Himself to die onrepparttar 140725 cross, He exercised that authority. By His resurrection we know that He also hasrepparttar 140726 power to enforce that authority overrepparttar 140727 devil.

We see examples of His authority in other ways also. "'But that you may know thatrepparttar 140728 Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins' - He said torepparttar 140729 paralytic, 'I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go your way to your house.'" (Mark 2:10,11) The NIV rendersrepparttar 140730 word "power" as authority. So we see that Jesus demonstrated His authority by forgivingrepparttar 140731 paralytic of his sins. The authority to forgive sin is reserved for God, and He gave His Son this authority as well.

Jesus demonstrated His authority by calmingrepparttar 140732 seas, casting out demons, turning water into wine, and raisingrepparttar 140733 dead. He is still demonstrating His authority even today. Have you ever seen a person give himself or herself to Christ and truly marvel atrepparttar 140734 change that happened to them? I have. I have seen men, who could not complete a sentence without usingrepparttar 140735 Lord's name as a curse or interject other profane words, become a Christian and completely change their vocabulary. I have seen others, who were just right down mean, accept Christ and become a kind and gentle person. And I have seen still others, who appeared as though they thoughtrepparttar 140736 whole world was against them, become a Christian and turn into a happy vibrant individual. This is just another way that we can know that Jesus isrepparttar 140737 Son of God.

The Bible tells us of some ofrepparttar 140738 work that Jesus does, and we see that He isrepparttar 140739 Son of God through this work. "God, who at various times and in different ways spoke in time past torepparttar 140740 fathers byrepparttar 140741 prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He maderepparttar 140742 worlds;" (Hebrews 1:1,2) This passage tells us that it was through Jesus that God "maderepparttar 140743 worlds." Jesus was there when creation was going on and He had an active part in it. He isrepparttar 140744 "heir of all things," or that all things have been given to Him. This is further emphasized in Colossians, "For by Him all things were created that are in Heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist." (Colossians 1:16,17)

Another aspect which we shall consider isrepparttar 140745 fact that Jesus will participate inrepparttar 140746 punishing of those who do not follow His teachings. "...and to give you who are troubled rest with us whenrepparttar 140747 Lord Jesus is revealed from Heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obeyrepparttar 140748 gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ." (II Thessalonians 1:7,8) We mentioned earlier that Jesus hasrepparttar 140749 authority of all things on earth and in Heaven. Jesus will truly be exercising that authority onrepparttar 140750 day of judgement. See also: (Revelation 3:16, 19:11-21).

Inrepparttar 140751 above passages we see that Jesus has been given authority and power by our Heavenly Father, and that He has and will exercise that authority. The Bible also tells us that Jesus has a "position" of authority. In our society, when someone has authority, we expect them to occupy a certain position. For example, a judge sets onrepparttar 140752 judge's bench, a CEO of a corporation has a big elaborate office,repparttar 140753 President lives inrepparttar 140754 White House, and so forth. So, does Jesus also occupy a place or position of authority? "And Jesus said, 'I am. And you will seerepparttar 140755 Son of Man sitting atrepparttar 140756 right hand ofrepparttar 140757 Power, and coming withrepparttar 140758 clouds of heaven.'" (Mark 14:62) "But he, being full ofrepparttar 140759 Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and sawrepparttar 140760 glory of God, and Jesus standing atrepparttar 140761 right hand of God." (Acts 7:55) Jesus is atrepparttar 140762 right hand ofrepparttar 140763 Father today, a position of authority from which He makes intercession for you and I. Isn't it great to know that our Savior is there and ready to make intercession for us when we stumble in our daily Christian walk.

How We Got The Holy Bible

Written by Stephen Kingery

Have you ever stopped to consider whatrepparttar Bible really is. For sure, it isrepparttar 140691 word of God. But it is more than that. It is history, poetry, proverbs, parables, allegories, biography, correspondence, diaries, prophecy, and apocalyptic literature. But it is still more. From Genesis 1:1 allrepparttar 140692 way through torepparttar 140693 last verse of Revelation there is a plan by which man can receive salvation andrepparttar 140694 promise of God for eternal life with Jesus Christ. This plan is like a scarlet cord which runs allrepparttar 140695 way throughrepparttar 140696 Old and New Testaments. But still, it is more. The Bible is God's love letter to mankind.

The Bible isrepparttar 140697 most wonderful book inrepparttar 140698 world, for it is trulyrepparttar 140699 Word of God. If I could only have one book, it would berepparttar 140700 Bible.

Throughoutrepparttar 140701 centuries many critics have tried to destroyrepparttar 140702 Bible and its relevance to man. However, with God's protection it has withstoodrepparttar 140703 attacks of these unbelievers and remainsrepparttar 140704 world's best seller.

The Bible was written by forty different authors all inspired by God. These authors lived over a span of more than 1500 years, in thirteen different countries and three continents (Asia, Europe, and Africa). The original texts were written in three different languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. And these authors were called by God from a variety of different occupations: doctors, farmers, fishermen, kings, tax collectors, shepherds, and tent makers.

Even thoughrepparttar 140705 Bible was actually written by so many individuals, over such a long period of time, in three languages and on three continents, it does not contain even one proven contradiction. Onrepparttar 140706 other hand, its historical accuracy has been confirmed time and time again by archaeological finds. These same archaeological discoveries have yet to prove one aspect ofrepparttar 140707 Bible incorrect. These facts point torepparttar 140708 infallibility ofrepparttar 140709 Bible andrepparttar 140710 confirmation that it was inspired by God.

The Bible contains sixty-six books; thirty-nine inrepparttar 140711 Old Testament and twenty-seven inrepparttar 140712 New Testament. The Old Testament contains five books of law, twelve books of history, five books of poetry, and seventeen books of prophecy. The New Testament contains four biography books, one book of history, twenty-one epistles (or books of instruction on Christian living), and one book of prophecy.

Our first reaction may be one of amazement that this could actually be true. But when we stop to consider that it was God who orchestratedrepparttar 140713 writing of His word, we should not be amazed that it has been preserved for us by Him. Remember, with God all things are possible.

So, how wasrepparttar 140714 Bible handed down to our generation? The men through whom God spoke to His people, did so in word and writing. God directed Moses to go to Mt. Sinai to receiverepparttar 140715 law. Moses also learned ofrepparttar 140716 early history ofrepparttar 140717 world,repparttar 140718 creation, andrepparttar 140719 nation of Israel. All these things Moses put in writing.

Later, such men as Joshua, Samuel, and Ezra would writerepparttar 140720 history of Israel. They were guided byrepparttar 140721 Holy Spirit so that their writings would be free from error. Also various prophets were called by God to preach torepparttar 140722 people of Israel. They preserved their messages in writing as directed by God. "Now it came to pass inrepparttar 140723 fourth year of Jehoiakimrepparttar 140724 son of Josiah, king of Judah, that this word came to Jeremiah fromrepparttar 140725 Lord, saying: 'Take a scroll of a book and write on it allrepparttar 140726 words that I have spoken to you against Israel, against Judah, and against allrepparttar 140727 nations, fromrepparttar 140728 day I spoke to you, fromrepparttar 140729 days of Josiah even to this day.'" (Jeremiah 36:1,2)

These books (or scrolls) were kept byrepparttar 140730 people and used as instruction from God. If not duringrepparttar 140731 time they were written, then later afterrepparttar 140732 deaths ofrepparttar 140733 various writers. This is proven again inrepparttar 140734 book of Jeremiah, chapter 26 asrepparttar 140735 elders quoted fromrepparttar 140736 book of Micah to show that Jeremiah was correct. This was more than a century after Micah lived.

We know by readingrepparttar 140737 New Testament that duringrepparttar 140738 time that Jesus was on earthrepparttar 140739 Jews considered all of what we know asrepparttar 140740 Old Testament to be authoritative. Jesus quoted from Psalms 118 and called it Scripture. (See Mark 12:10,11) Jesus also quoted many times fromrepparttar 140741 Prophets andrepparttar 140742 Law.

The Jews had tremendous respect forrepparttar 140743 manuscripts ofrepparttar 140744 Old Testament. When a manuscript became too old or fragile to use, with respect,repparttar 140745 Jews would burnrepparttar 140746 manuscript. Because of this, for centuriesrepparttar 140747 oldest Old Testament manuscript was datedrepparttar 140748 ninth century A.D. Many skeptics used this in an attempt to discreditrepparttar 140749 Old Testament texts. They saidrepparttar 140750 with so many transcriptions overrepparttar 140751 centuries,repparttar 140752 text would most certainly have to be filled with error. Then in 1947repparttar 140753 Dead Sea Scrolls were found. These scrolls contained almost allrepparttar 140754 texts ofrepparttar 140755 Old Testament. The scrolls were datedrepparttar 140756 second century B.C., or about 1100 years beforerepparttar 140757 earliest manuscript of that time.

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