Who do you say I am?
That is the question Jesus asked Simon Peter in Mark 8:29, and this is the most important question a person needs to address, because our eternal salvation rests on our answer.
There are some people that believe Jesus was just a good man that lived years ago, and there are others that believe Jesus was just a prophet, one of many who lived in times past. Then there are those who believe Jesus is the Arch Angel Michael, just a created being, the first thing God created. Finally they are those who belief Jesus was God in the flesh. So why is the answer to this question so important? Well if salvation only comes through Jesus, then we had better get it right.
Some religions teach their own version of Jesus and so the Jesus of their religion is completely different to the Jesus of the bible. God knew this was going to happen and he placed a warning in his word:
I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness.
Do bear with me! For I feel a divine jealousy for you,
since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.
But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed,
or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received,
or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted,
you put up with it readily enough
Some religions have they own version of the bible, which they have added and taken away certain things to promote their theology. However the God in his word warns against that as will in the very last chapter of the very last book:
I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them,
God will add to him the plagues described in this book,
and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy,
God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book
So what does the bible say about who Jesus is?
God and Jesus being the First and the Last
Isaiah 41:4 Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I, Jehovah, the first, and with the last, I am he.
Isaiah 44:6 Thus saith Jehovah, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, Jehovah of hosts:I am the first, and I am the last; and besides me there is no God.
This is repeated in Isaiah 48:12
However this statement is used somewhere else in the bible:
Revelation 22:11 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
But it is used again specifically to an individual: Revelation 1:17 And 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: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. It is also repeated in Revelation 2:8
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God,
The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end,
upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom
One of the reasons why the Jews wanted to kill Jesus was for blasphemy because himself said to them in terms they would understand that he was God:
Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day; and he saw it, and was glad.
The Jews therefore said unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was born, I am.
They took up stones therefore to cast at him:but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple
To the none jewish mind that does not mean a whole lot, however to the jewish mind that statement mean everything. When God sent Moses to deliver the children of Israel out of Egypt Moses was scared that they would not listen to him, so this is what God said to Moses:
And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them,
The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me,
What is his name? What shall I say unto them? And 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
They are many other scriptures I could show you, that demonstrate that Jesus and the Father are one and the same. This is why it is so important to study the bible for yourself, so you can have the right perspective on things, because your perspective will affect your opinion, and your opinion will affect your attitude, and your attitude will affect your performance.
So who do you say Jesus is?
Parallel Business Principals
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