- If Jesus was God, what Jesus said would be true because God cannot lie.
- Jesus claimed to be God and proved it by the resurrection.
- Jesus quoted extensively from the Old Testament as God’s Word.
- The New Testament was written by men who believed they were writing scripture (ex., 2 Peter 3:15-16).
- Most of these men died for their beliefs. A deceived person may die for a lie but a lair does not die for their own lie when they could stop or recant and live.
- Therefore, the testimony of the New Testament writers about Jesus is trustworthy. They were writing what God inspired them to – God’s Word.
Listening to a talk show the other day, a caller made this remark about the above bumper sticker: “I don’t see why some Christians only love Jesus and not the Father and Mother too.”
- Loving Jesus is loving the Father.
John 14:9-11 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father ; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.”
2. Scripture does not speak of “the Mother.” I guess they were speaking of Mary the mother of Jesus. But she is not God, not part of the Trinity, and there is no biblical reason to make Mary into something she is not.
He did so: Jesus Christ.
But what about God materializing to every person individually?
Luke 16:27-31 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”
- God does not need to. Do people reject all other well known historical figures because they have not personally materialized to them? Where’s the consistency?
- God is not required to. He has given enough light (Moses, the Prophets, and Jesus).
- It may not matter. Even if God materialized to everyone, that does not mean all would repent.
James 2:19 “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!”
Luke 13:3 [Jesus] “No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”