Jesus Christ

Was Jesus God in the Flesh?

A question of the ages for sure, but what’s the answer?

Consider what God said of himself in Isaiah 41:4:

Who has performed and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? ‘I, the Lord, am the first; and with the last I am He.’

And now consider what Jesus said of himself in Revelation 22:13:

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.

Sounds like the answer is one for the ages too, and one worth all’s consideration. EA

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And 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.” (John 1:1, 14)

 

There Will Never Be Another Name Like His Name

Many people sing the song that says, “There is a name I love to hear…” but do they mean it? They should, and we all should! Why’s that? Because there’s no name like the name Jesus!

Some in the religious world love to quibble over whether Jesus should be called ‘Yeshua’. Short sightedness! Why not call Him “Iesous” instead? That’s how we English speakers write what the Greek has recorded! What’s next? We have to learn to read the scriptures in the original languages you say? Hasn’t something like that been tried before??? At the end of the day when it comes to this “pronunciation, configuration and allegation situation” Titus 3:9 sounds better to me.

People need to realize that the power isn’t in the pronunciation – the power is in the person (Matthew 1:20-21).

Understand this: There’s been more than one Jesus, Yeshua, Iesous (Ιησούς), Hesus, Jesús, 耶穌, Íosa, 예수, Иисус, यीशु, Isa, Gesù, Ježíš, يسوع , תשווע to live life. But there’s only been one of those people who defeated death.

That’s the reason why there’s only one name given among men whereby we can be saved and there’ll never be another name like it; and that’s why we can sing about the name I love to hear! EA

let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10-12)

Giving the Right of Way

In discussing the Christian’s freedom from sin through faith in Jesus, Paul deals with the Christian’s proper mindset toward sin after being raised to newness of life through the watery grave of baptism. He says in Romans 6:11-13, “Like wise reckon [consider] ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members [body] as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”

I really appreciate the King James’ translation when it uses the word “yield” in verse 13. The idea being brought out is the mindset that rejects the rule of sin (hence the old right of way we gave to sin in our body) in comparison to the mindset that now willingly submits to the rule of righteousness (hence the new right of way we give to God with our body). This idea can easily be understood when we think about the rules of the road. When a person drives up to an intersection that contains the important, yet often ignored, upside-down triangle-shaped YIELD road sign the proper mindset knows what to do. A failure to give the right of way can result in an at fault wreck. Paul is reminding us that with the new way of life comes a new right of way and the time for yielding to sin is over (Romans 6:22-23).

So the next time you come to a yield sign ask yourself who gets more of the right of way in our life – that oncoming vehicle or the oncoming God? (Romans 14:11-12)