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BibleForums Christian Message Board - Devotions https://bibleforums.org/ Read the word before you read the forums. en Tue, 19 Mar 2019 16:43:11 GMT vBulletin 60 https://bibleforums.org/images/misc/rss.png BibleForums Christian Message Board - Devotions https://bibleforums.org/ - Who is Jesus? - https://bibleforums.org/showthread.php/280847-Who-is-Jesus?goto=newpost Wed, 13 Mar 2019 03:20:46 GMT :bible:Matthew 16:16, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God” John 20:28, “And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” __________ At Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked His disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man... :bible:Matthew 16:16, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God”
John 20:28, “And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
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At Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked His disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” (Matthew 16:13). After hearing their answers, He asked, “But whom say ye that I am?” (v. 15). Peter promptly replied, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (v. 16). The question Jesus posed to His disciples is the most significant question anyone can face, and Peter’s response was the most significant answer anyone can give. Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the living God.” The apostle Paul affirmed in his letter to the Colossians that Jesus is the Son of God (1:13).

The words of Thomas in John 20:28 are deeply moving. When he was fully convinced that Jesus had risen from the grave, he exclaimed to his Master, “MY Lord and my God!” Please note that Jesus neither disowned these titles nor refused the homage. Nor did He rebuke Thomas for addressing Him as God. If He had not wished His followers to worship Him, surely this would have been one occasion on which He could have corrected them.

My beloved, his followers understood His unique identity, and even His enemies saw clearly the implication of His words. When Jesus referred to God as His Father, they tried “all the more to kill Him” because they understood that He was “making Himself equal with God” (John 5:18). And on another occasion they tried to stone Him. Their explanation? “You, being a man, make Yourself God” (John 10:33).

Who is Jesus? More importantly, who do you say Jesus is? His disciples recognized Him as the divine Son of God. His detractors also perceived His claim to deity. The former responded with love and worship; the latter with hostility and unbelief. My beloved, you cannot be neutral about Jesus Christ.
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Further Reflection:

Why is the question over Jesus’ true identity so important? Why does it matter whether or not Jesus is God? The most important reason that Jesus has to be God is that if He is not God, His death would not have been sufficient to pay the penalty for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). Only God could pay such an infinite penalty (Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus had to be God so that He could pay our debt. Jesus had to be man so He could die. Salvation is available only through faith in Jesus Christ.

What’s in that name? All the grace of God, all the wonder of redemption, all that we believe, and all that we are hoping for. We say it, we sing it, and adoration fills our souls. We anticipate the indescribable glory of that day when every knee will bow and every tongue, by glad choice or by diving constraint, will praise that highest and holiest of all names – Jesus!

So, my beloved do not be deceived by ambiguous, watered down, or false descriptions of Jesus that you have read or heard about. Stick to the Bible, the authoritative Word of God, and when people try to minimize His identity, tell them in no uncertain terms who the real Jesus is! He is the only way of salvation and that is why He proclaimed, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

All glory to Jesus, begotten of God,
The great I AM is He;
Creator, sustainer – but wonder of all,
The Lamb of Calvary! – Peterson
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My beloved, what you decide about Jesus Christ determines your destiny. ]]>
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- The Gift or the Giver – https://bibleforums.org/showthread.php/280621-The-Gift-or-the-Giver-–?goto=newpost Fri, 08 Mar 2019 04:12:17 GMT :bible:Psalm 100:4, 5, “Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good”
Psalm 107:1, "Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever"
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As a believer in Jesus Christ, I find it so easy to become spiritually nearsighted, focusing on God’s wonderful gifts while failing to center my love on God Himself. Sometimes my prayers sound like a “wish list” just before Christmas. God tells us to present our needs to Him, and He delights in receiving our gratitude for what He bestows. However, He longs that we love Him for who He is, not just for what He gives.

Bible teacher Leon Tucker told about taking a trip to Europe and promising his little daughter that he would bring her a doll from each country he visited. He purchased them in Ireland, Scotland, Belgium, France, and several other countries. But on the way back to the States, the luggage containing these gifts was delayed and didn’t arrive with him.

When Tucker got home, his little daughter greeted him with love and expectation. The look on her face said, “Did you bring the dolls, Daddy?” Gently he told her about the mix-up. Momentarily her lip quivered and her eyes filled with tears, but then she threw her arms around his neck and said, “I’d rather have you, Daddy, than all the dolls in the world!”
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Further thoughts:

Scripture emphasizes the importance of praising God for His goodness and mercy. Many of the psalms are the outpouring of thankful hearts. For example, “Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You” (Psalm 67:3). “Be thankful to Him, and bless His name” (Psalm 100:4). The apostle Paul urged his fellow Christians (we should too) to give “thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20). In light of the above, take some time to recall the Lord’s pardon, His constant protection, His faithful provision, and His abiding presence in your life.

Thank Him for whatever has helped you to develop the blessedness that reflects His plan for your well-being. Despite our trials, we can give thanks for God's unfailing goodness; for His holy name; for deliverance from sin and for victory over death. Even when all joy seems gone, we can still find reasons to thank and praise God. The psalmist reminds us that “the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD” (Psalm 33:5). My brethren, may God open our eyes to His many acts of goodness every single day so we’ll never doubt His presence and His mercy, grace and love.

So, my beloved, is God more precious to you than all of His gifts? Your love and devotion should be centered on the Giver, not His gifts.
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No gift is greater than the giver Himself ]]>
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- It Will Be Worth It All – https://bibleforums.org/showthread.php/280083-It-Will-Be-Worth-It-All-–?goto=newpost Wed, 27 Feb 2019 17:22:46 GMT :bible:John 14:3, “I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” __________ My beloved, in this life the child of God faces difficult trials, strong opposition from Satan, and very fierce hatred from a... :bible:John 14:3, “I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also”
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My beloved, in this life the child of God faces difficult trials, strong opposition from Satan, and very fierce hatred from a world that opposes Jesus Christ and “His Eternal Word”. However, we can endure these struggles because we know that at the end of life’s journey in this life the Lord awaits us in heaven.

Wendell Phillips the 19th-century lecturer was deeply devoted to his invalid wife. However, his speaking engagements often required him to be away from her. At the close of a lecture one night in a town many miles from his home in Boston, Phillips’ friends urged him not to attempt to return home until morning. “The last train has left,” they said, “and you will have to hire special transportation into the city. It is cold and sleeting, and you face miles of rough riding before you get home.” He replied, “But at the other end of those miles I shall find my beloved Anne.”

We who love Jesus Christ can press on through life’s trials because at journey’s end we know Jesus is waiting for us. His promise glows like the morning star in the darkness: “ … where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3). Yes, my beloved someday we will see the face of the One who gave Himself for our salvation. We will see our Savior and be like Him. That is why we sing, “It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus.”
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Further thoughts:

Even the most knowledgeable theologian knows little of that marvelous place the Bible call heaven. Jesus didn’t give a detailed description of life after death, but He promised His followers an eternal home with Him. He said, “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also”. We don’t understand everything about heaven, but we believe our Savior’s promise. By faith in the integrity and power of the One who has spoken, we accept what we cannot fully comprehend. We live with hope and assurance of all that He has in store for us.

You might be asking how can I be sure Christ will save me.

The Bible promises that no one who believes in Christ will be turned away: "Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37). In the closing words of the Bible, Christ invites all to come to Him and receive the promise of heaven: "... Let him that heareth... come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely" (Revelation 22:17b). If you would like to know Jesus Christ as your Savior and have the promise of heaven, I would encourage you to receive Him right now wherever you are. Simply pray:

Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I know that You died for me to pay for my sins. Please forgive me and make me one of Your own, that I may live in Heaven with You for all eternity.

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If you know Christ as Savior you salvation is secure because God’s Eternal Word is truth ]]>
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