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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

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

God and Jesus in 1 Thessalonians

God and Jesus in 1 Thessalonians

In the Bible book of 1 Thessalonians, God and Jesus and spoken of as separate and distinct. Let’s examine this distinction in some of the verses in 1 Thessalonians.

1 Thessalonians
God and Jesus are spoken of as separate and distinct in 1 Thessalonians

“In God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thess 1:1) Here, God and Jesus are referred to as two separate and distinct individuals.

“Before our God and Father… inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thess 1:3) God, the Father, is one, and the Lord Jesus Christ is another.

“They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead – Jesus.” (1 Thess 1:9-10) These verses are very instructive. Notice God is called “the living and true God,” while Jesus is called “his Son,” “whom he” (God) “raised from the dead.” Jesus was dead, God was alive, but had the power to bring him back to life. read more

Is Jesus Christ God Almighty – Philippians

Is Jesus Christ God Almighty – Philippians

We continue our series about what is stated concerning Jesus in the various books of the New Testament. Today, we will examine the book of Philippians. Notice the distinctive relationship between God and Jesus throughout this book of Philippians, especially the superior role of God compared to Jesus.

Philippians
The superior role of God compared to Jesus is evident from the Bible book of Philippians

“To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi.” (Phil 1:1) God is always the one in control, and using Christ to gather his people.

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Phil 1:2) God and Jesus are separate and distinct. Holy Spirit, since it is not a person, does not give greetings. read more

Is the Holy Spirit a Person in John’s Gospel?

Is the Holy Spirit a Person in John’s Gospel?

Trinitarians focus on a few scriptures in which the holy spirit is personified, which when taken literally, make it appear to be an actual spirit person. Let’s examine the uses in John of the word spirit, wherever it means the holy spirit.

holy spirit person
Is the holy spirit a person in the Gospel of John?

“Then John gave this testimony: ‘I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.'” (Jn 1:32 NIV)

The holy spirit is not personified, but “as a dove,” the figure of speech called simile, being used here, involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind. There is no indication of personhood being applied to the holy spirit. read more

Holy Spirit – Greetings in the NT Letters?

Holy Spirit – Greetings in the NT Letters?

In the New Testament letters, greetings are given from above. We know that God the Father and Jesus Christ are both persons, so we should expect to see their greetings. But what about the Holy Spirit? If the Holy Spirit is a person, we should expect to see greetings from the Holy Spirit as well. But is this the case? Let’s examine these greetings in the letters to find out.

Holy Spirit greetings?
Where are the greetings from the Holy Spirit in the New Testament?

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom 1:7)

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor 1:3) read more

Is Jesus Christ Almighty God? – Ephesians

Is Jesus Christ Almighty God? – Ephesians

We continue our series about what is stated concerning Jesus in the various books of the New Testament. Today, we will examine the book of Ephesians.

Ephesians
The Book of Ephesians provides some clues as to whether or not Jesus Christ is Almighty God

Eph 1:1 – “…apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God.” God are Jesus are separate people. “To God’s holy people… in the Lord Jesus Christ.” Notice how many times in this letter God and Jesus are both mentioned, but as separate, with God being superior and Jesus as inferior.

Eph 1:2 – “…from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” read more

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