Lesson #: 01
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Who is Jesus Christ?
Some will say He was just a man. Some would say He was a prophet.
The Bible intimately describes Jesus Christ thousands of different ways. If you were to choose the one most succinct and easiest to understand definition of who Jesus is, it would come from the Book of John, chapter 1.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men . . . . (jump to verse 9)
9 That was the true Light, that lights every man that comes into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the children of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word was made 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.
These scriptures are either true, false, or a combination of true and false. I am thoroughly convinced they are true. But more than that, I am convinced that the individual details are precise with a precision that is far beyond man's capacity to write. If verse 14 is true, in that Jesus Christ is the word or words of God made flesh, then it is logical that the scriptures contain more depth than the average person understands. It is also logical that any average person, if they honestly apply themselves to study the word of God, that they can come to understand enough of the scriptures to determine if it is true and what the scriptures mean. We have to exercise a higher level of honestly when we study anything that changes our life's foundation. Being human with already pre-established views, fears and pride, it is easy for us to reject views different than our own. The kingdom of God is not a clean version of our old, selfish, natural born life. It is truly pure, righteous, and overcoming. So much so, that it is a completely new style of life that is contrary to our old life. It is far more than a different philosophy. It truly is a new life.
If all that is true, then Jesus Christ is far more than any other religious man or prophet. He is truly the words of the creator of the universe made alive in human flesh, so we could relate to God
Yes Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the King of Kings, the lamb of God. etc, etc, but He is those things because He is the living Word of God. The Word of God conveys, God's will, love, wisdom, direction, warnings, and provision just like a loving parent's words do the same thing.
The Words of God have always been. They come from God so they are with God and carry the authority of God.
The Word of God, this Jesus Christ defines how all things are made, wood, rock, gold, iron, weather, love, and life. Every thing has Jesus Christ's defining detail on how it was designed.
In Jesus Christ is life, real life. Not an empty existence like the world offers. The life we have in Christ is a new different life that our natural life.
Being such a large part of making things for the good of mankind, mankind still for the most part rejected the living will of God and tries to make things work contrary to how they are designed for their own advantage. The world doesn't know or understand Jesus Christ, because they are so focused on their natural life.
The Jews were chosen to be the oracles of God. They had embraced the world to the point of not recognizing who God was when Jesus came to them. Many prophecies foretold of Jesus, but the religious leaders rejected Him.
Yes, Jesus is the living word, representing everything from the book of Genesis to the book of Revelation. This concept is quite simple. You and I use words to communicate, and so does God. Words express our wisdom, love, knowledge, motivation and anger plus so much more. The Word of God, the Bible does exactly the same thing. So that we are able to relate to God's words, God sent them to earth and they were made alive in the flesh, as Jesus Christ.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: [Romans 5;1]
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. [John 1;17]
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: [Acts 3;19-20]
Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. Acts 8:35
If God said something, then God expects His creation to believe it. Pretty straight forward, and pretty logical. "Therefore being justified by faith," Our faith in the scriptures justifies us as believers. God is saying that if we believe what He says then He will honor our faith. In other words, if we tell our children not to do something a certain way, and if our children choose to believe what we have said, then to us, our children are justified by their faith in our instructions. We are the children of God. In like manner "by faith, we have peace with God". Additionally if we have faith, that faith or believing makes peace between us and the creator of the universe. We just have to have real faith in God and His word.
Moses gave the law. Do this and don't do that. The law did not impart life, it just showed us that we were in sin, we were doing wrong. "but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." God gives us grace, space to practice doing what is right with an allowance for failure without penalty. This grace and truth comes from Jesus Christ, the living word.
Sometimes the world is so evil, so vile, so corrupt, we wonder where is purity, where is truth? God's plan is to lead people out of living after the world and he provides the grace and truth to do so. We need this Grace to allow us to make future mistakes so we have room to grow. Truth is only truth if it is certainly true. We find the things of God we used to disdain, are true, and will come to pass in due season. So our learning of truth takes grace and time.
We often think we get away with doing wrong, with sinning. God keeps a record of our sins, yes all of them. Yet when we turn to God, and make a genuine decision to give Him our lives, He blots out those sins off His record and remembers them no more. As far as God is concerned you are clean. Other people and society often do not give us the same grace God has. Their hurts, unforgiveness, and laws, may not change just because God is giving us grace. Sometimes we see God's grace lessen the consequences, but not always. However between you and God, you are clean. As far as others are concerned we should ask their forgiveness as well.
God "shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:" How does God send send Jesus Christ? Through your Bible study, through the preaching when you attend a clean Bible based church, and through believing brothers and sisters as you interact through with them in fellowship. Life really is all based on Jesus. The one we all rejected but now those that are wise will open their hears to hear the scriptures and learn of this Jesus.
However, when one starts to grasp an understanding from God's perspective, this makes perfect sense. We come to realize that this meaning is very precise, the word of God is true, and it has a tremendous affect both short term and long term, on our lives. A person's words, expresses their will, their intent, their knowledge. God's word expresses the same. God's will is so contrary to our natural way of thinking. Yet it is living in God's will, that we find life, and overcome life's problems. The scriptures are God's will for mankind. Now we have a definition that gives us an understanding on how to have peace with God. Just believe what He says and trust Him. We trust God two ways. First as the King of kings who loves us. He is the highest authority there is. He knows the past, present and future. Second, we trust Him for what He says to us through the scriptures. The scriptures contain thousands upon thousands upon thousands of details, well translated, with more than adequate precision. God expects us to study the scriptures to learn of Him and as we learn what He is trying to convey to us, we connect to the God of all creation.
I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou has sent me. [John 17;6-21]
But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption. Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: and by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets; behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you. [Acts 13:37-41 (KJV)]
And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately. [Acts 9;34]
Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. [Acts 11;16-18]
And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. [Acts 8;36-37]
But we believe that through the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. [Acts 15;11] And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. [Acts 16;18]
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. [Acts 16;31]
Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: by whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: [Romans 1;3-6]
In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. [Romans 2;16]
But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; [Romans 3;21-23]
Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. [John 14;12]
If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. [John 15;24-25]
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. [John 10;1-7]
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