God In the Flesh

Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;  Hebrews 1:3

 

Some Christians are still confused on the divinity of Christ. They are still unsure whether Jesus is God in human form. Well hopefully the author of Hebrews can clear it up for them. In  this scripture the original Greek word used here is “charakter” meaning exact copy or representation. So let me ask you, who in the history of the world has been described as identical to God?

 

Only Jesus Christ has ever been described as the exact representation of God. Anyone else to make this claim, who would they think they are? Who else’s blood could cleanse the sin of the world? As Jesus said “Nobody is good except God alone” (Mark 10:18) So in order for Christ’s blood to be accepted as atonement for our sins, He must be God. Otherwise his sacrifice would not be sufficient enough for our salvation.

 

Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? Hebrews 1:4-5

 

Now other Christian groups will start saying “Well Jesus was an Angel or majestic being” However the scripture tells us clearer Jesus is above all the angels. Taking it another step forward, who did God ever call his Son except for Jesus Christ? 

 

Think about the angels for second, they refused to bow down before anyone except God Almighty, but they have no hesitation bowing down to the Lord Jesus. This should give you a clear explanation of who Jesus is and the deity that he posses

 

And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 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. Hebrews 1:6-8

Here there is a clear distinction between Jesus and all of the angels. As all the angels are commanded to bow down and worship Christ. Notice the title Jesus was given in the last scripture, “Thy throne O God”  Jesus is referenced as God and His Throne will reign forever!

 

Make no mistake Jesus is God in the flesh , the image of the Invisible God, and He will reign forever Amen!

 

Shall Be Praised

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30

 

Today we live in a world full of vanity. We live in the “selfie” generation, where all anyone cares about is taking a good picture of themselves so they can boast about their life. How meaningless is all of this? Reminds me of Ecclesiastes which says “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2)

 

Is there anything wrong with wanting to look good? No of course not, God has made the woman naturally beautiful. However there has to be more substance to life. Many people today think if they look good on the outside everything will be ok. As many find out, that’s not the truth. 

 

If we are at war with ourselves on the inside, if we are not a peace within us, your beauty on the outside doesnt make a difference. They only way we can have peace within us is through Jesus Christ. Because He reconciles us back to our Heavenly Father. Any other way is just temporary and wont bring true peace

 

How many men, when they are looking for a wife, seek a woman who loves Jesus? How many women are looking for a man who loves The Lord? Maybe we would see greater success in marriage, if we had relationships built on the love of God. 

 

I want to take this moment to give praise to all the women who love Jesus, especially my wife!  Yes the world wants to praise women because they are actors or pop stars but I want to praise all the women who Love God and Love their family in Jesus name Amen!

The Word of God

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Proverbs 30:5

 

One thing that we have gotten away from, even as Christians, is trusting and believing in the Word of God. Theres alot of “Christians” today who will claim the Bible is not inspired by the Holy Spirit, and was just cultural writings of the time period. This is why our Churches have strayed so far away from God. When you have no intellectual foundation for your faith, what principles are you standing on?

 

Its no surprise why many younger people have left the faith. If our elder Christians cant even recognize the Bible as the Word of God, then why should they believe anything they are taught? So why do so many reject the authority of Gods word? Well because if we declare that its truly Gods Word, then we need to submit to Gods Word. We need to do what the Bible tells us to do!

 

Jesus said “ Everything that was written needed to be fulfilled about Him, including the Torah, The Prophets, and The Psalms” (Luke 24:44) This is an amazing statement by Jesus has he literally confirmed the entire Old Testament in one sentance. Throughout Jesus ministry he spoke these words also referencing the Torah, the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, ect, quoting the Psalms and Proverbs. Jesus is the Living Word of God and he spoke the Word of God in person.

 

So if you believe that Jesus has rose from the dead, if you believe Christ has defeated sin and death, then you must believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God otherwise you would be making Jesus a liar.

Does the New World Translation say “Jesus Is God”?

3  He is the reflection of God’s glorye and the exact representation of his very being,f and he sustains all things by the word of his power. And after he had made a purification for our sins,g he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.h Hebrews 1:3 (NWT)

 

Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Hebrews 1:3 (KJV)

 

Even though the Jehovah Wittnesses teach that Jesus is not God and He is just an angel, their Bible translation (New World Translation) says a different thing. As we read Hebrews 1, we see that Jesus is the exact representation or image of Jehovah. Now ask yourself who else in the Bible is described as an exact representation of God?

 

 4  So he has become better than the angelsi to the extent that he has inherited a name more excellent than theirs.j Hebrews 1:4 (NWT)

 

Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. Hebrews 1:4 (KJV)

 

Now heres an interesting thing, the JW’s teach that Jesus is Michael the Archangel, however the Bible, including their translation, says that Jesus is greater than all the angels. The Bible does not teach that Jesus is Michael the Angel or that Jesus is an Angel at all. 

 

5  For example, to which one of the angels did God ever say: “You are my son; today I have become your father”?k And again: “I will become his father, and he will become my son”?l  Hebrews 1:5 (NWT)

 

For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? Hebrews 1:5 (KJV)

 

In fact the Bible teaches, including the New World Translation , that Jesus is the Son of God not an Angel. In fact the scripture says that Jehovah never called any of the angels one of his Sons

 

But about the Son, he says: “God is your thronep forever and ever, and the scepter of your Kingdom is the scepter of uprightness. Hebrews 1:8 (NWT)

 

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. Hebrews 1:8 (KJV)

 

Now this scripture is the final nail, right here it states the Son (Jesus ) is God. Even the New World Translation declares the Son is God! Now for those who might say this is out of context or a misinterpretation, what scripture is being referenced right here? Its a direct quote from Psalm 45:6

 

 God is your throne forever and ever;nThe scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness. Psalm 45:6 (NWT)

 

Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. Psalm 45:6 (KJV)

 

If the JW is going to say this out of context, then why would the Holy Spirit quote Psalm 45:6 in the context of Hebrews 1:8 of the Son Jesus Christ? Either the Bible is inspired by God or its not

 

The Bible is clear, even in the New World Translation, that Jesus Is God

Fear No Evil

The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. Proverbs 29:25

 

We are living in a time of fear, people fear for their life, people fear the governments, people fear authority. One of the reasons people live in this crippling fear is because they dont really have faith in Christ. If you truly believe that Jesus saved your soul and has given you eternal life, then what do you really have to fear?

 

Jesus said “Dont fear them who can kill the body, fear the one who can destroy the body and soul in Hell “ (Matthew 10:28) What is Jesus saying here? Hes saying anyone can take your physical life, but nobody can destroy your soul except God alone! Yes we have a body and a soul, when you understand that we are more than just matter or molecules in motion, life takes on a deeper meaning

 

Now I know this is still frightening at the prospect of losing your life, however think about the 1rst century Christians. They were being persecuted, tortured, and killed for their faith on a daily basis, so this message would make great comfort for them. In fact many of them were recorded singing hymns and praising God while they were being burned at the stake or being fed to wild lions. Talk about real faith!

 

So back to the 21rst century now, the Pandemic doesnt seem so frightening compared to what our brothers and sisters endured during the 1rst century. Our life problems seem very shallow and indulgent , compared to the struggles our brothers and sisters used to have. Keep things in perspective! Jesus defeated the grave!

 

When you put your full trust in Jesus, the world seems alot smaller. Problems seem smaller, struggles seem smaller, fear seems smaller. Because you serve a big God who can do all thing, trust him and you will be safe in the arms of Jesus, Amen!