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Month: September 2017

Titus – God and Jesus – Part of a Trinity?

Titus – God and Jesus – Part of a Trinity?

Are God and Jesus Part of a Trinity? Is Jesus God? Let’s take a quick look at the Bible book of Titus to find some clues to these answers.

Titus
What does the Book of Titus say about Jesus and God?

“Paul , a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ.” (Tit 1:1 NIV) If Jesus is God, why are God and Jesus are referred to separately?

“Grace and peace from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our Savior.” (Tit 1:4 NIV) God is named as Father – Jesus is separate and distinct from God.

“As we await the blessed hope, the appearance of the glory of the great God and of our Savior Jesus Christ.” (Tit 2:13 NAB) God and Jesus are spoken of a separate and distinct yet again. read more

Who is the Ultimate Authority – God or Jesus?

Who is the Ultimate Authority – God or Jesus?

Not all Christians are in agreement about the roles of God and Jesus. Some say God is the ultimate authority. Some say they are equal. And some say Jesus is God. But what does the Bible say? Let’s examine some scriptures to find the answer.

Ultimate authority?
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me…” – by whom?

“I am not here on my own authority but he who sent me is true.” (Jn 7:28) Jesus plainly states he didn’t come on his own authority, but God sent him.

“I do not speak on my own authority.” (Jn 14:10) Jesus does not even speak on his own authority. read more

Evidence of Very Early NT Canon by c. 100 CE

Evidence of Very Early NT Canon by c. 100 CE

We don’t measure the existence of the New Testament (NT) canon just by the existence of lists, which came somewhat later than the NT canon’s coming into existence. When we examine the way the NT books were viewed and used, we can determine the de facto existence of a functioning canon by about 100 CE.

NT canon
Did it take until the fifth century to finalize the NT canon?

This view is admittedly different than the traditional, or orthodox view of how the NT canon in particular, and the Bible as a whole came into acceptance. The view presented here stands in stark contrast to modern-day populist charlatans like the agnostic Bart Ehrman. read more

God and Jesus in 2 Thessalonians – Part of a Trinity?

God and Jesus in 2 Thessalonians – Part of a Trinity?

In the Bible book of 2 Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul speaks of both God and Jesus Christ. If Paul believed Jesus is God, we should be able to find evidence of this from his writings. But is this the case in 2 Thessalonians? Let’s examine some verses to find out.

2 Thessalonians
Paul speaks of both God and Jesus in 2 Thessalonians. But does he believe Jesus is God?

“To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thess 1:1)

In the very first verse, God is distinguished here as Father – something Jesus is never called in the New Testament.

“Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thess 1:2) read more

What sincere beliefs must a person hold in order to be a Christian?

What sincere beliefs must a person hold in order to be a Christian?

Many people in the world today call themselves “Christian,” but there are so many conflicting beliefs and doctrines taught among these people. So what beliefs must a person hold in order to be a true Christian? In order to answer this question, we need to look to God’s Word. Let’s see what the Bible has to say.

Christian belief
Christians view the Bible as God’s revelation to humanity

“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) So the first point is that one must believe that God exists, and becomes the rewarder of those sincerely seeking him. read more

The Bible Completely Equips Us and Does Not Need to Be Supplemented

The Bible Completely Equips Us and Does Not Need to Be Supplemented

Many people professing to be Christians today believe the Bible is useful but incomplete and needs to be supplemented by their own teachings and writings. But is this the case?

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16-17) The Bible completely equips Christians because it is the only divinely inspired writing.

“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.” (Prov 30:5-6) The Bible is perfect because it is God’s Word and does not need to be supplemented. read more

God and Jesus’ Relationship in 2 John

God and Jesus’ Relationship in 2 John

Today, we’re going to take a quick look at the relationship between God and Jesus in this short article about the Bible book of 2 John. Is there any indication that Jesus is God, or is equal to God? Are they the same person, or two separate and distinct individuals? Let’s find out.

“Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son.” (2 Jn 3) Obviously, they are separate and distinct, with Jesus identified, not as God the Son, but “the Father’s Son.” read more