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This page contains various Scripture studies that do not fall directly under one series or album or song. As we continue to dig into the Word, we will share what we find here.

While we will always do our best to rightly divide the Word of Truth, we are human. You must not accept what we say without examining the Word for yourself. The Word is Truth.

While on the subject, you will find the quotations from the Bible found here do not come from a single translation. We have used several translations, primarily the King James, but also including the New King James, Amplified, New International, Moffatt, and New Revised Standard, to produce what we believe is a reasonable wording. In other words, our quotations are transliterations, not translations.

Some will consider this a great sin, since we are not language scholars. Let us say something in our defense.

1. We strongly encourage everyone to look up the passages we quote in their own Bible. The Word is too important to take our word for it. Look it up!

2. You ought to be studying the Word using several translations already. Every translation will have strong and weak points. Note there are four accounts of the life of Jesus.

3. Our transliteration may tell you a great deal about our viewpoint. Perhaps you will find we are in error in our doctrine because we misunderstood a passage. If so, you should know this. Do not follow anyone into error.

4. We did not feel comfortable sticking to a single version for all quotations because some translations do a better job of clarifying particular passages.

5. The Word does no good to someone who does not understand the phrasing. That is why there are multiple translations. Our focus is communication, and when we have found the need to join several translations for our own understanding of a passage, it seemed right that we pass this on.

6. We tell you straight out, right now, that we use transliterated quotations. We are not trying to hide anything. If you take this website as a whole, it should be obvious we have gone to great lengths to communicate with some level of precision.

7. We are open to reproof and correction. If we have quoted in error, demonstrate this to us and we will correct the quotation.

 


Salvation

If you wish to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the Scriptures below can help you understand why you need Jesus, how to receive Him, and what that salvation means.

1. God exists
"Since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because although they knew God they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools."
Romans 1:18-22

2. You cannot stand before God
"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."
Romans 3:23

3. Belief in God is not enough
"You believe there is one God. You do well. The devils also believe; and tremble."
James 2:19

4. You cannot earn the right to stand before God
"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. We all fade like a leaf, and our sins, like the wind, have taken us away."
Isaiah 64:6

5. However, God made a way
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whomsoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
John 3:16

6. Jesus stood in our place
"For He made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.
II Corinthians 5:21

7. Jesus is the only way to God
"I am the Way, the Truth, the Life. No man comes to the Father but by Me."
John 14:6

8. Jesus will not turn you away
"All the Father gives to Me will come to Me. He who comes to Me I will in no wise cast out."
John 6:37

9. SALVATION
"If you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved."
Romans 10:9

10. What happens?
"If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away, behold all things become new."
II Corinthians 5:17

11. What now?
"Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman who need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth."
I Timothy 2:15

12. Our prayer for you
"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of His calling and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to we who believe, according to the working of His mighty power...."
Ephesians 1:17-18

 


This seems to be a good place to quote a person who saw things clearly.

"We love and reason because God loves and reasons and holds our hand while we do it. Now if we had not fallen, that would be all plain sailing. But unfortunately we now need God's help in order to do something which God, in His own nature, never does at all - to surrender, to suffer, to submit, to die. Nothing in God's nature corresponds to this process at all. So that the one road for which we now need God's leadership most of all is a road God, in His own nature, has never walked. God can share only what He has: this thing, in His own nature, He has not."

"But supposing God became a man - suppose our human nature which can suffer and die was amalgamated with God's nature in one person - then that person could help us. He could surrender His will, and suffer and die, because He was man; and He could do it perfectly because He was God. You and I can go through this process only if God does it in us; but God can do it only if He becomes man.... That is the sense in which He pays our debt, and suffers for us what He Himself need not suffer at all."

C.S. Lewis
Mere Christianity

 


Hell

I tell you My friends, Do not be afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more they can do. But I will forewarn you whom you shall fear: Fear Him, Who after He has killed has power to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, Fear Him.
Luke 12:4-5
If there is no Hell, and Gehenna is just a trash heap outside Jerusalem, then why should the dead fear it? What is Jesus talking about? If there is no punishment after death, if the soul does not live on, then how can God do anything more to you than a person who kills the body? This by itself is enough to show how foolish is the reading that there is no eternal torment and damnation.

 

If your hand offends you, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. If your foot offends you, cut it off. It is better for you to enter lame into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. If your eye offends you, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched.
Mark 9:43-48
"Where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched" hardly sounds like Gehenna is a mere garbage dump. What would nothingness care about worms or fire?

 

When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory. Before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say to those on His right hand, Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. I was hungry and you gave Me meat. I was thirsty and you gave Me drink. I was a stranger and you took Me in: naked, and you clothed Me. I was sick and you visited Me. I was in prison, and you came to Me. Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You? or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in? or naked, and clothed You? When did we see You sick or in prison, and come to You? The King shall answer and say to them, Verily I say to you, inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these My brethren, you have done it to Me. Then shall He also say to them on the left hand, Depart from Me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. I was hungry and you gave Me no meat. I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink. I was a stranger and you did not take Me in: naked, and you did not cloth Me: sick and in prison, and you did not visit Me. Then shall they also answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You? Then shall He answer them, saying, Verily I say to you, inasmuch as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to Me. These shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Matthew 25:31-46
"Everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels" and "everlasting punishment" do not sound at all like non-existence.

Note who Hell was prepared for. Those who reject Jesus as their Lord go to Hell because that is where their lord Satan goes. When you choose your lord, you are also choosing to spend eternity where Jesus or Satan spends eternity. There is no opt-out program. Your choice is Jesus or Satan, and their respective rewards and kingdoms.

 


Jesus is God

A key aspect of any cult is to get around Jesus being fully God and fully man. The heart of the validity of any doctrine is how they answer the question, "What say you of Jesus?"

Jesus is an accepted historic figure. I find it fascinating that so many unlearned people still seem to think Jesus is a mythological character. The evidence of His existence on this Earth as a real person is so strong even scholarly atheists concede it. Jesus' life on this Earth is far better documented that the lives of a host of ancients whose existence we do not even doubt. The debate is whether He was who He claimed to be.

As an aside, the idea has been raised that Jesus did not really make the claims the Gospels record. In other words that the writers of the Gospels made up that stuff. This is silly of course, since Jesus spoke publicly and the accounts were written during the lifespans of many who were present. The people who heard the words did not deny the accuracy of the accounts. Is it not ironic that people a thousand years later suddenly know more than those present? More than those who refused to recant the accuracy of the account even to save their own lives?

The various denials of Jesus fall into two general classes. One contains those sects which completely reject the Bible, such as most Eastern religions, and thus deny Jesus anything but the status of a moral teacher. While the error is great, it is out in the open.

The other class contains the sects that use the Word to back their beliefs, yet twist Scripture to uphold a doctrine that denies Jesus. This is the group we will address here. We will lay out some of the denials of Jesus, then move to the Scriptural rebuttals.

To make things plain right up front, Jesus is God. Because of the song, most everyone knows the following proof text, but do not really listen.

"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, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this."
Isaiah 9:6-7

Look in particular at two names given to Jesus - "The mighty God, The everlasting Father". How much more obvious can anything be? Jesus is called the everlasting Father. When Jesus said, "I and the Father are one," He was stating what Isaiah had been told to say hundreds of years earlier.

 

One sect asks if Jesus is God, who was minding heaven while He was on Earth? This is an example of using shallow human reasoning in an attempt to constrain God to a human idea of omnipresent. Of course this evidences a misunderstanding of the Trinity. I am home right now and my spouse is in town, but we are one flesh nonetheless. Human minds easily get twisted by the "omni..." words. For example, God said He cannot lie. It would not be a very sophisticated understanding that took this as proof God is not omnipotent, because it would evidence a failure to understand the special circumstances of the word "cannot" when used in a statement about God. If God chooses to bind Himself irrevocably to His Word, how does such a choice demonstrate a lack of sovereignty?

Another denial is that Jesus could not be God because Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. Again, this is based upon a misunderstanding of the passage. Jesus as a man was the only person begotten by God, with Mary. Begotten does not mean the same thing as created. I did not create my children.

Another false doctrine is that Jesus cannot be God because the Word says God cannot be tempted by evil, and that He does not sleep. Jesus was tempted, and Jesus slept. Sadly, this is a classic example of apriori reasoning, where Jesus cannot be God by prior definition; since God is not man, Jesus cannot be God. It is the same as the child's question of whether God can create a rock so heavy He cannot lift it. As C.S. Lewis would say, the fact you can construct an absurd sentence and then stick, "Can God," in front of it demonstrates nothing but an absurd question. God cannot do things that are logically impossible; which are not even things but merely bad logic. The logic error in question is based on a misunderstanding of Jesus walking this Earth fully God and fully man, as discussed in the C.S. Lewis quote near the top of this page. Christian doctrine is that Jesus laid aside the power aspects of His divinity, such as never sleeping, and accepted the constraints of a finite body. Had He not done so, instead coming to Earth retaining the full catalog of His power, then He would merely have repeated God's covering and then walking past Moses, allowing him to see His back because looking on His face would have killed Moses. That manifestation did not provide salvation, and neither would have a full-Godhead manifestation of Jesus done so. This denial of Jesus is a call for Jesus to have done precisely what would have rendered His incarnation of no effect.

The following few basic points demonstrate Jesus is God (obviously He was also man):

1. Jesus Made Everything

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shone in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it."
John 1:1-5

One sect say "The Word was a god" instead of "The Word was God", thus changing it to Jesus merely being one of several gods. The contradiction of this kind of polytheism in a sect still calling itself monotheistic has never been adequately explained. Further, this forces them to conclude that everything was created by 'a god' instead of God, when in fact the whole of the Old Testament mocks this doctrine. They try to get around this by saying God created Jesus who then created the universe, and that when Jehovah said He created the universe He actually meant He created the being who in turn created the universe. I cannot express any respect for this kind of logic.

"He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not."
John 1:10

How much more directly could this be put?

Another sect accepts the Word in John 1:1-5 creating the universe, but says that the Word in 1-5 is not the same Word in 9-18 because of the intervening 6-8 verses about John the Baptist's testimony. So, they say, this does not mean Jesus (undeniably the subject of 9-18) created the universe, and so does not mean Jesus is God. John 1:10 refutes this assertion by putting Jesus and the act of creation into the same sentence.

This one verse clearly connects Jesus with making the world, which is an act that cannot be attributed to anyone but God. Those who might, however unreasonably, contend the maker of the world spoken of here is not Jesus need only go to the next verses.

"He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them He gave power to become the sons of God, even to those who believe on His name."

If you believe on the name of Jesus, you are believing on the maker of the world. And God is the maker of the world.

"... has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son, in Whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins. He is the Image of the invisible God, the Firstborn of every creature, for by Him were all things created, that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. He is the Head of the Body, the Church, Who is the Beginning, the Firstborn from the dead, that in all things He might have the preeminence, for it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell."
Colossians 2:14-19

Again, how much more directly could this be put? Note that everything was not only created by Him, but also for Him.

2. God created the universe

"And in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
Genesis 1:1

Stated as directly as anyone could ask.

"Thus says God the Lord, He that created the heavens and stretched them out, He that spread forth the earth and that which comes out of it, He that gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to them who walk therein..."
Isaiah 42:5

Clearly God created the universe, so if Jesus created the universe He and God must be one.

"The twenty four elders fall down before Him who sat on the throne, and worship Him that lives for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before Him, saying, 'You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power, for You have created all things, and for Your pleasure they were and are created.' "
Revelation 4:11

Not only the throne and worship to the Creator, but also connecting this to living eternally.

"But the Lord is the true God, the Living God and everlasting King. At His wrath the earth trembles and the nations will not be able to abide His indignation. Say to them, the gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they will perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, and has stretched out the heavens by His discretion."
Jeremiah 10:10

Not only God as Creator, but that this is a point of His glory (which He will not share). Further, that the gods that have not created the cosmos will perish. So if Jesus is a god, who did not create heaven and earth, He will perish. Yet Jesus is alive forevermore.

3. God will not share His position

"I am the Lord, that is My name. My glory I will not give to another, neither my praise to graven images."
Isaiah 42:8

God states He would not give His glory, which must include being the Creator, to anyone else. So Jesus being given glory in the Word for creating the universe means He is God.

I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. Every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
Revelation 5:11-13

Note "Him Who sits on the throne and to the Lamb". No angel is praised in heaven. Angels do the praising. Since the Lamb (Jesus) receives the praise right along with Him Who sits on the throne, they are equals. Otherwise the angels would be engaged in idolatry by praising the Lamb, since they not only called forth the same blessing and honor and glory and power they called for Him Who sits on the Throne, but also added riches and wisdom and strength. God the Father would certainly not allow His praise to go to the Lamb unless Jesus was also God.

"I am the Lord, and there is none else. There is no God beside Me."
Isaiah 45:5

Jesus could not be other than God. There is no secondary God, as some claim Jesus is. Either Jesus is God or He is a liar, and no god at all.

"Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?"
Malachi 2:10

One God created us. Not one God who created another god who created us.

4. Jesus existed before He came in the flesh
(as if it was not obvious from creating everything)

"John bore witness of Him, and cried, 'He that comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.' "
John 1:15

John was born before Jesus, yet he said Jesus was before him.

"What if you will see the Son of man ascend up where He was before?"
John 6:62

Where has Jesus ascended to? Seated at the right hand of God the Father. So that is clearly where He was before.

" 'Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it and was glad.' Then the Jews said, 'You are not yet fifty years old, and you have seen Abraham?' Jesus answered them, 'Before Abraham was, I am.' "
John 8:56-58

Here is Jesus' existence before His birth stated directly, including using the name God gave Moses at the Burning Bush.

" 'I and my Father are one.' Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, 'I have shown you many good works from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?' The Jews answered Him saying, 'We don't stone you for a good work, but for blasphemy. Because you, being a man, make yourself God.' "
John 10:30-33

The Jews did not misunderstand what Jesus said, as some sects contend. How much more plainly could Jesus have stated His nature?

"We have heard out of the law that Christ abides forever..."
John 12:34

Not a created being.

"And now Father, glorify me with Your own self, with the glory which I had with You before the world was."
John 17:5

What is Jesus' glory now? A name that is above every name. All power in heaven and in earth. So that is the glory He had before. Further, what is Jesus asking to be glorified with? The Father's own self. In other words, to take back up what He had laid down to humble Himself and take on human form.

"Father, I will that they also, whom you have given me, be with me where I am, that they may see my glory, which you have given me, for you loved me before the foundation of the world."
John 17:24

There is no basis for saying God loved the idea of Jesus before the foundation of the world, as some sects say. This is an obvious dodge of an obvious statement by Jesus. Also note Jesus said, "Where I am", when at that moment the disciples were already in the same place as Jesus' physical body.

"Truly, truly, I tell you, we are speaking of what we do understand. We testify of what we have actually seen, and yet you refuse our testimony. If you do not believe when I speak to you about things on earth, how will you believe if I speak to you about things in heaven? And yet the Son of man, descended from heaven, is the only one who has ever ascended into heaven. Indeed, the Son of man must be lifted on high, even as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life."
John 3:11-15

If Jesus had no existence before his birth, how could He have "actually seen" things in heaven?

"Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever."
Hebrews 13:8

This hardly sounds like a being who did not exist until two thousand years ago. How can our Lord Jesus be the same eternal being He is now if He once did not exist? We will live forever, in Heaven or in the Lake of Fire. If Jesus once did not exist, you can pencil in your own name in place of "Jesus Christ" and have an equally true verse.

Note that Jesus coming in the flesh did not change His nature. He was, is and will continue to be God.

If Jesus yesterday was merely human, that is what He is forever. That seems difficult to swallow, considering that Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father.

If Jesus' existence before His birth was merely as an idea in God's mind, then Jesus is still just an idea in God's mind. That seems difficult to swallow, considering that Jesus lived on earth in a body instead of an idea.

The only way for this verse to be correct is that Jesus' identity was and is God, so that His taking on flesh did not change His nature. Otherwise Jesus was not the same as He was or will be forever while He walked this earth.

"How do they say Christ is David's son? David himself said in Psalms, The Lord said to my Lord, seat Yourself on My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool. David called Him Lord. How then is He his son?"
Luke 20:41-44

Jesus addressing not only His existence prior to coming in the flesh, but His status in that existence. Lord.

5. If Jesus is not God, He could not redeem anyone.

"Enter not into judgment with Your servant; for in Your sight shall no man living be justified."
Psalms 143:2

"I am the Way, the Truth, the Life. No man comes to the Father but by Me."
John 14:6

If Jesus were a man only, He could not justify anyone.

"What man is he that lives and shall not see death? Shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave?"
Psalms 89:48

"Therefore my Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father."
John 10:17-18

If Jesus were a man only, He would not have had power to take His life back up again.

"None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him, for the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceases forever."
Psalms 49:7

"Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
Matthew 20:28

If Jesus were a man only, He could not ransom our souls. So if Jesus was not God, is not God, there is no redemption and we are all still dead in our sins.

6. Jesus is Lord

"There is one body, one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all Who is above all and through all and in you all."
Ephesians 4:4-6

"All things the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and show it to you"
John 16:15

"Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved."
Acts 4:12

"You are the Christ, ..."
Matthew 16:16

"...Have I been so long with you and yet you have not know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father. So how can you say, 'Show us the Father?' "
John 14:9

"For the promise is to you and your children, and to those far off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call."
Acts 2:39

"He who hates Me hates My Father also."
John 15:23

"...preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (He is Lord of all)"
Acts 10:36

"Do not be called Rabbi, for one is your Master, even Christ, and you are all brothers. Call no man your father upon the earth, for one is your Father, Who is in Heaven. Do not be called masters, for one is your Master, even Christ"
Matthew 23:8

"You call Me Master and Lord, and you say well, for so I am."
John 13:13

"Do not let your heart be troubled or afraid. You believe in God. Believe also in Me."
John 14:1

"Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God."
John 20:28

If Jesus is Lord, He is God. Thomas put the titles together in the same sentence.

If Jesus is not God, it is sheer idolatry to call Him Lord.

7. Jesus is no angel, no created being

"God, Who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, Whom He has appointed heir of all things, by Whom also He made the worlds; 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: being made so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said He at any time, You are My Son, this day have I begotten You? And again, I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son? And again, when He brings in the firstbegotten into the world, He said, Let all the angels of God worship Him. Of the angels He said, Who makes His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son He said, Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever. A sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated iniquity; therefore God, even Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness above Your fellows. And, You, Lord, in the beginning have laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of Your hands. They shall perish; but You remain. They all shall wax old as does a garment; and as a vesture shall You fold them up, and they shall be changed. But You are the same, and Your years shall not fail. But to which of the angels said He at any time, Sit on My right hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?"
Hebrews 1:1-14

This passage is explicit. Jesus is no angel. In many regards this passage reinforces all the proofs mentioned earlier on this page. In particular note, "But unto the Son He said, Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever."

And of course all these passages are just a sample of obvious proof texts of Jesus' Godhead. The full divinity of Jesus as God is spread from Genesis to Revelation in hundreds of places and every form imaginable. No scholarship worthy of the name can accept the Bible as the Word of God yet deny Jesus is God.

"...that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:..."
Ephesians 4:14-15

 


How often we are like the disciples in Luke 9:45, remaining in ignorance because we are afraid to ask Jesus for the answer!

 


Saying you must confirm the accuracy of any teaching by the Word in no way means everyone's opinion is equally true. Everything about the universe tells us that is merely foolish. If you believe gravity does not apply to you, will that keep you from falling if you jump from a cliff? Reality cares nothing for opinion. Opinion is correct when it agrees with reality, and wrong when it does not.

What we are saying is that many have been destroyed by blindly following someone who misread the Word, and that you are responsible for understanding the Word yourself because you must answer for your own soul before God. The Word is reality, so what agrees with the Word is True, and what does not is false. Teaching from some person is merely an opinion which must then be measured against the Word in order to qualify as being True. In which case, it is still the Word which is True.

"Sanctify them through Your Truth. Your Word is Truth."
John 17:17


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