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Is Jesus God? The Identity of Messiah from the Gospels: Broadcast

Is Jesus God? The Identity of Messiah from the Gospels: Broadcast

Stephen to Eric: Who is the Messiah in the Old Testament?

  • He is called Jehovah in many Old Testament passages
  • He is called God in many Old Testament passages.
  • He is called eternal in many Old Testament passages.
  • He is one of the persons mentioned in the plural unity called Jehovah.

Stephen to Joel: How do the four gospels present Jesus of Nazareth?

  • He is presented as the Jewish Messiah.
  • He is presented as fully God and fully man.
  • Matthew emphasizes His fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy as the Jewish Messiah.
  • John emphasizes His deity.
  • Luke emphasizes many details from His life that harmonized with Old Testament prophecy.

Stephen to Victor: Can you give an example from Luke that demonstrates your point?

  • He deliberately refers to Himself as Messiah: Luke 4:16-22 When He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor…to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD…the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him…today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing…they said, Is this not Joseph’s son? Isaiah 61:1-8 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor;…for I, the LORD, love justice…I will direct their work in truth. And will make with them an everlasting covenant.

Stephen to Eric: Can you give a few examples from Matthew?

  • He is called God with us: Matthew 1:22; Isaiah 7:14 They shall call His name Immanuel, which is means, God with us.
  • John the Baptist was preparing the way for Messiah, who Isaiah calls Jehovah: Matthew 3:3 This is he that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Isaiah 40:3 The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
  • He is called the glory of Jehovah, the Mighty God: Matthew 4:14 The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned. Isaiah 60:1-4 The glory of the LORD is risen upon you…the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. Isaiah 9:1-6 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light…for unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
  • He is called Lord of the Sabbath, which was instituted by Jehovah, God: Matthew 12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day. Genesis 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
  • He is equated with Jehovah who was Israel’s Covenant God and Law giver: Matthew 13:35 I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world. Psalm 78:1 Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old.

Stephen to Joel: Can you give some examples from John?

  • He is clearly called God in the first verses of John: John 1:1-3; 10-13 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…He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not…as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born…of God.
  • The Jews understood His actions and words: John 5:15-18, 22 Jesus answered…My Father works and I work.  Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
  • He calls Himself the eternal I AM, another reference to Jehovah: John 8:54-59 If I honor myself, my honor is nothing: it is my Father that honors me…Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad…Truly, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Isaiah 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another. Exodus 3:14 And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM. And He said, Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.
  • He says that He and the Father are one, which made the people furious: John 10:28-39 And I give unto them eternal life…I and my Father are one.  Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him…for blasphemy; and because being a man, you make yourself God…Jesus answered, believe that the Father is in me, and I in him.  Therefore they sought again to take him.
  • He is in the Father and the Father is in Him: John 17:1-26 This is life eternal, that they might know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ…Father, glorify me with your own self with the glory which I had with you before the world was …that they all may be one; as you, Father, art in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us.
  • He is Jehovah who was pierced: John 19:34-37 These things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled…they shall look on him whom they pierced.  Zechariah 12:7-10 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah…and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him.
  • He is Jehovah the Good Shepherd: John 10:11-14 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep…I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. Ezekiel 34:10-27 Thus says the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.  As a shepherd seeks out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep…And I the LORD will be their God.
  • He is called Thomas’ Lord and God: John 20:27-31 Be not faithless, but believing. Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.  And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Stephen to Victor: What final words would you like to mention?

  • Clearly, the Gospel teach that Messiah is Jehovah God in human flesh.
  • It is impossible to be a Christian and reject the deity of Christ: John 8:24 If you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.
  • If you have doubted the deity of Christ, repent of your unbelief and trust in Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah/God in flesh.
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Posted by on September 13, 2014 in Radio Broadcast

 

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Is Jesus God? What kind of Messiah did the Old Testament Prophets Predict? Broadcast

Is Jesus God? What kind of Messiah did the Old Testament Prophets Predict? Broadcast

Stephen to Joel: Why is this topic important?

  • Receiving Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah is an essential part of the gospel message.
  • The New Testament says that Jesus is God.
  • Jesus of Nazareth received worship from men.
  • Christians have worshipped Jesus of Nazareth as God from the beginning of the church.
  • Jesus of Nazareth made statements that only God has the right to make.
  • Jesus of Nazareth was crucified because the Jews accused Him of making Himself equal with God.
  • Only God has the right to get glory in our salvation, not someone who is just a man.

Stephen to Victor: How does this question fit with last week’s discussion?

  • There is only one God: Deuteronomy 6:4 The LORD our God is one LORD: Exodus 20:3 You shall have no other gods before Me.  Isaiah 46:9 I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me.
  • God is referred to in the plural: Genesis 1:26 God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. Genesis 3:22 The LORD God said, man has become like one of Us. Genesis 11:7 Let Us go down and confuse their language. Isaiah 6:8 Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?
  • There is a distinction between Father and Son: Malachi 3:1 I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, says the LORD of hosts.
  • Distinction between Father, Son, and Spirit: Isaiah 48:16 I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; From the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord GOD and His Spirit Have sent Me.  Hosea 1:7 I will have mercy on the house of Judah, will save them by the LORD their God.

Stephen to Eric: What did the Old Testament Prophets say about the Messiah?

  • His name means God with us: Isaiah 7:14 The Lord himself shall give you a sign…a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
  • He is called the mighty God: Isaiah 9:6-7 For unto us a child is born…and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God.
  • He is called Jehovah and God: Isaiah 40:3-11 The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God.  The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken…Say to the cities of Judah, Behold your God!  Behold, the Lord GOD.
  • He is called the only God and Jehovah: Isaiah 44:6 Thus says the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
  • He is called Jehovah, yet distinct in person from someone else called Jehovah: Isaiah 48:16 I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord GOD and His Spirit Have sent Me

Stephen to Joel: Where there any other prophets who said the same thing?

  • The Messiah who will be the person through which Israel is saved is called Jehovah: Hosea 1:7 I will have mercy on the house of Judah, will save them by the LORD their God.
  • The Messiah who will be pierced is called Jehovah: Zechariah 12:7-10 The LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem…they shall look upon me whom they have pierced.
  • The Messiah is who will be Israel’s good shepherd is Jehovah: Ezekiel 34:10-27 Thus says the Lord GOD…I will both search my sheep, and seek them out…and feed them upon the mountains of Israel…I will feed my flock, says the Lord GOD.  I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick…and I the LORD will be their God, and they shall know that I am the LORD.
  • The Messiah is Jehovah and will have a forerunner: Malachi 3:1 I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, says the LORD of hosts.
  • The Messiah who is Jehovah is called the King of glory: Psalm 24:7 Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.  Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty– he is the King of glory. Selah
  • The Messiah is called God with an eternal dominion: Psalm 45:4-7 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the scepter of thy kingdom is a right scepter.
  • The Messiah is called Jehovah and God interchangeably through this passage: Psalm 68:16-35 The LORD will dwell in Jerusalem for ever…the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.  Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.   Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.  He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto GOD the Lord belong the issues from death.  But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses.  The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea: That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same.  They have seen thy goings, O God; even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary.  The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with timbrels.  Bless ye God in the congregations, even the Lord, from the fountain of Israel…Thy God hath commanded thy strength: strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us.  Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee. Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, till every one submit himself with pieces of silver: scatter thou the people that delight in war. Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God. Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah: To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice. Ascribe ye strength unto God: his excellency is overIsrael, and his strength is in the clouds. O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.

Stephen to Eric: What are your concluding thoughts?

  • Clearly, the Old Testament taught that the Messiah would be Jehovah God in human flesh.
  • It is impossible to be a Christian and reject the deity of Christ: John 8:24 If you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.
  • If you have doubted the deity of Christ, repent of your unbelief and trust in Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah/God in flesh.
 
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Posted by on September 2, 2014 in Radio Broadcast

 

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Questions about the Trinity: Broadcast

Stephen to Joel: Is the doctrine of the Trinity important?

Yes, for three reasons:

  • The Bible forbids idolatry, and calls worshipping any God except the Creator idolatry.
  • Our salvation is all a work of God, not a work of the gods
    • The Father planned and initiated our salvation.
    • The Son provided the full payment for our salvation.
    • The Spirit calls us to faith through the gospel, places us into Christ, seals us as God’s possession, indwells us as a down payment guaranteeing our final salvation, and sanctifies us, perfecting holiness in us. 
  • We cannot be saved if we reject who Christ is. John 8:24 If you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.

Stephen to Eric: Is the word Trinity in the Bible?

No and neither are the words: Omniscient, Omnipotent, Providence, Sovereignty, yet they are very Biblical terms.  The word is a term used to describe the Biblical teaching that God is both one in essence or being a three in person at the same time.

Stephen to Victor: What do we mean by Trinity?

  • God is three persons.
  • Each person is fully God.
  • There is only one God.

Stephen to Joel: Where is the doctrine of the Trinity found in the Bible?

We see the concept of one God who exists in more than one person in both the Old and New Testaments.

Stephen to Joel: Where do we find this doctrine in the Old Testament?

  • There is only one God: Deuteronomy 6:4 The LORD our God is one LORD: Exodus 20:3 You shall have no other gods before Me.  Isaiah 46:9 I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me.
  • God is referred to in the plural: Genesis 1:26 God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. Genesis 3:22 The LORD God said, man has become like one of Us. Genesis 11:7 Let Us go down and confuse their language. Isaiah 6:8 Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?
  • There is a distinction between Father and Son: Malachi 3:1 I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, says the LORD of hosts.
  • Distinction between Father, Son, and Spirit: Isaiah 48:16 I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; From the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord GOD and His Spirit Have sent Me.  Hosea 1:7 I will have mercy on the house of Judah, will save them by the LORD their God.

Stephen to Eric: Where do we find this doctrine in the New Testament?

  • There is only one God: 1 Corinthians 8:4-6 We know that an idol is nothing and that there is no other God but one.  For even if there are so-called gods, yet for us there is one God, the Father, and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things. James 2:19 You believe that there is one God. You do well!
  • There is one God, yet three distinct persons: Ephesians 4:4-6 There is one Spirit, one Lord, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
  • Unity and distinction of person are presented in the same passage: John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God…the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
  • The three person of the Godhead as mentioned as a unity together in many passages: Matthew 28:19 Baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 3:16-17 Christ’s baptism all three persons are clearly present. 2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Stephen to Joel: Are the Father, Son, and Spirit ever called God?

All three persons are called God and presented with characteristics that only God can have.

    • Father: 1 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.
    • Spirit: Acts 5:4 You have not lied to men but to God.
    • Son: Titus 2:13 Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
      • Omniscience Matthew 9:4, 1 Corinthians 2:10
      • Omnipotence: Matthew 28:18
      • Omnipresence: Matthew 28:18; 1 Corinthians 6:19
      • Forgiveness of sins: Mark 2
      • Regeneration: John 3:5-6
      • Creation and providence: John 1:1, 3; Colossians 1:17; John 5:27

Stephen to Victor: What are your concluding thoughts?

  • If we are going to be saved, from sin and eternal death, we must first receive what the bible says about Jesus. He is God in flesh and should be worshipped as God and trusted without any rival.
  • Since the Bible is clear about God’s nature as three in one, we as Christians should be willing to defend this doctrine just like any other doctrine in the Bible.
 
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Posted by on August 25, 2014 in Radio Broadcast

 

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How do we know what books should be called Scripture? Broadcast

Stephen to Victor: Why is it important to know which books are scripture?

  • We need to obey all of God’s Words: Matthew 4:4 Man shall live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. 
  • God judges those who add or take away from His words Jeremiah 23:25-32 I am against prophets, that steal my words from his neighbor, and say, He says, yet I sent them not, nor commanded them…they shall not profit this people.

Stephen to Joel: How did we get the collection of books we call the Bible?

  • No printing presses, computer technology, cell phones, cars, or airplanes
  • Both the Old Testament and New Testament books were immediately recognized and treated as scripture, though we have no formal statement about the New Testament until the fourth century.
  • The authentic books were being quoted, copied, and distributed as scripture throughout the church.
  • There was no need to have an official word on the issue in the early hears due to the presence of prophets, apostles, and their disciples.
  • The fact that there was no need for verification until the 4th century speaks volumes about the understanding of the church up to that time. These books that were authenticate were not being credibly challenged by a large enough group of people to raise the issue.

Stephen to Eric: How do we know which Old Testament books are scripture?

The key is understanding the office of the prophet, because only they were qualified to write or verify a book as scripture.

  • These were holy men of God who spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost: II Peter 1:20-21
  • Their message bore the full authority of God.
  • They predicted future events with 100% accuracy to verify the source of their message.
  • There was a death sentence upon false prophets Deuteronomy 18:20-22.
  • The message of a prophet or apostle could never contradict previous revelation: II Peter 2:2-6, Acts 20:27-32

Stephen to Joel: How do we know which New Testament books are scripture?

The key is understanding the office of prophets and apostles, because only they were qualified to write or verify a book as scripture.

  • They were eyewitnesses of Christ’s earthly ministry, death, and resurrection: 1 Corinthians 15:7
  • They received direct revelation from God/verbal inspiration
  • They received a personal objective call to this office by Christ
  • They received instruction after the resurrection concerning the Kingdom
  • They were authenticated by signs of an apostle II Corinthians 12:12
  • Their apostolic ministry was predicted by Christ before He went to the cross: John 14:26; John 16:23

Stephen to Victor: Why are these two groups so important?

  • There job was to lay the foundation: Ephesians 2:19-20 Now therefore ye are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ the chief corner stone
  • They spoke as God’s messengers: Hebrews 1:1-2 God, spake in time past by the prophets
  • They were eyewitnesses: 2 Peter 1: 16-21 We were eyewitnesses of his majesty…no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Stephen to Joel: How did the early church judge which books were scripture and which were not?

  • The test of authority: Who penned the book? 
  • The test of internal evidence: Does the book penned or authorized by a genuine prophet or apostle bear the internal evidence of being God breathed?
  • The test of God’s people: Did genuine believers from the penning of these books to the present recognize them as scripture?

Stephen to Victor: Can you give us some evidence for the 39 Old Testament books passing these tests?

  • Old Testament books refer to other Old Testament books as scripture: Joshua 1:7–8; 23:6; 1 Kings 2:3; 8:61; 2 Kings 14:6; 21:8; 23:25;
  • The Old Testament as a whole are referred to as scripture by Christ: Luke 24
  • The Old Testament is quoted as scripture regularly by Christ and the apostles: Jesus and the NT authors quote the words of the OT approximately 300 times… all the Old Testament books are quoted except Esther, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon.
  • Jewish historians recognized them and spoke freely about them as scripture. (Josephus)

Stephen to Eric: What about the 27 New Testament books?

  • Their work was recognized as Scripture at a time when other apostles and prophets could verify that their work was valid: I Corinthians 14:29, 32, 37, 2 Peter 3:15-16; 2 Peter 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 7 times in the pastoral epistles, Paul commands Timothy to preach the word/scriptures, so it assumes that he would know what they were.
  • Their work is in theological harmony.
  • Their work has stood the test of the scrutiny of church history.
  • Their work has been preserved while their others works have vanished.
  • Between a.d. 70–170: All the New Testament books were cited in other writings of the period from a.d. 70 to 170. Between them the church Fathers recognized as canonical all twenty-seven books, although not every Father included all twenty-seven.

Stephen to Joel: Is the apocrypha as scripture?

  • They do not claim for themselves the same kind of authority as the Old Testament writings.
  • They were not regarded as God’s words by the Jewish people from whom they originated.
  • They were not considered to be Scripture by Jesus or the New Testament authors.
  • They contain teachings inconsistent with the rest of the Bible.

Stephen to Joel: Is the Quran or the Book of Mormon scripture?

  • Not written by a qualified prophet or apostle
  • Not in theological agreement with the rest of scripture.

Stephen to Eric: What is your final encouragement?

  • Each book in this Bible is scripture, and should be treated as scripture.
  • We should obey it, and study it diligently rather than trusting in the words of men or false prophets.
  • We should take its message about Christ seriously, and embrace Him as the one and only possible Savior from our sins.  Have you repented of your unbelief and self-righteousness to place your faith in Christ alone?
 
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Posted by on August 25, 2014 in Radio Broadcast

 

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Questions about the Trinity

Tomorrow’s radio program should be a good one: “Questions about the Trinity.” Is Trinitarian doctrine important to the Christian faith, where is it in the Bible, and how do we articulate it?

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2014 in Radio Broadcast

 

Why is the resurrection of Christ so important? Radio Broadcast

Stephen: Last week you mentioned the resurrection of Christ, do you really believe Christ died and rose from the dead?

Eric: Yes

Stephen: Is this really important to believe?

Eric: Yes, it is one of the most important details of gospel.

1 Corinthians 15:3-53 Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also…if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain…and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ…if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished…if in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

  • If Christ did not rise from the dead, we are yet in our sins.
  • If Christ did not rise form the dead, there is no resurrection.
  • If Christ did not rise from the dead, the Christian faith is not defensible.
  • If Christ did not rise from the dead, the apostles are frauds.
  • If Christ did not die, there is no hope of a resurrection for us either.

Stephen: Why have people attacked the resurrection?

Eric: It is hard to believe such a miracle, because we do not see people rising from the dead, and people who want to reject the Christian faith, know how important it is to the Christian faith.

Stephen: How have people attacked the resurrection?

Victor:

  • Some have said it is a myth that developed over the years: Greek, Romans, and Jewish historians contemporary to the time of Christ, knew about Jesus and the stories surrounding His death and the claim of the resurrection.
  • Some say the disciples were just seeing visions because they wanted to see Christ so badly, yet 1 Corinthians 15 mentions several witnesses by name, and Acts 1:3 says that Christ showed himself by many infallible proofs, for forty days after His death on the cross.
  • Some say the disciples planned this out to trick the world and preserve Christ’s legacy, yet John 20 says that they were hiding out of fear, doubting, and going back to their former occupations.
  • Some say that Christ did not really die, but the Romans were masters of execution, John tells us in John 19 that he saw with his eyes the proof of Christ’s death while He hung on the cross.

Stephen: What makes you so sure this is true?

Joel: The Bible records it as a trustworthy historical record of what actually happened.  It also records it as a genuine fulfillment of prophecy.

  • Think about the witnesses
    • Matthew was a tax collector, a careful record keeper:
    • Luke was a doctor and careful historian: Luke 1:1-4
    • John writes a very detailed account of the life of Christ in order to prove a point: John 20:30-31 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: but these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
    • Thomas was an eyewitness of the life of Christ, yet he still doubted, until he saw Christ with his own eyes: John 20:25-28 Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
  • Consider the reaction of the Sanhedrin: Matthew 27:63-66 They went, and made the sepulcher sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch to guard it. Matthew 28:11-16 They gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, say that, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
  • Consider the reaction of Josephus: a Jewish historian working for Rome: Jesus, was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher…who drew over to him both many of the Jews, and Gentiles. He was the Christ, and when Pilate, condemned him to the cross, those who loved him did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians are not extinct at this day. (Antiquities, XVIII, 33)[1]
  • Consider the reaction of the Apostles: John 20 vs. Acts 2 Fear before the resurrection and boldness to preach Christ after the resurrection.
  • Consider the nature of the spread of the Christian faith: Christians, especially their leaders suffered and died for their faith.

Stephen: What is you conclusion?

Eric:

  • Who is Jesus? Is He an evil liar, a crazy man who thought he was God, or is He really the Jewish Messiah, God in flesh, the one and only Savior of the world?
  • Only you can answer this question, but the way you answer it, will determine where you will spend eternity.
  • We cannot choose a neutral position on Christ.
  • Will you accept this record as true and trust in Christ’s finished work.
  • Salvation is a free gift, but it only comes through trusting in the finished work of Christ.

[1] McDowell, (pp. 177–178). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2014 in Radio Broadcast

 

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Is the Bible’s Claim to be God’s Word Defensible?

Tomorrow’s radio broadcast: 8pm 107.5 FM “Is the Bible’s Claim to be God’s Word Defensible?”
Quick thought: No matter how one addresses the issue of acceptance or rejection of the Christian faith, it ultimately rests in the realm of faith; however, this faith is not a blind faith that stands against all reason. It embraces the evidences that point to the truthfulness of the exclusive claims of Christ and the scriptures. Everything we do in life to some degree is based upon this kind of trust resting upon limited evidences. Whether we like it or not, we will be forced at some point to make that all important decision. Even when the evidences before us are not enough to satisfy every possible doubt or curiosity, we must chose, because neutrality is not an option.

 
 

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