Now that we know the Bible is Reliable, we know that it is a good source of information about Christ the founder of Christianity. This leads us to new questions. Did Christ claim to be God? If He did, then we must investigate this claim. The promised one would be appointed by God to a special position. It is not till later on that we discover more about the Messiah’s important place in the fulfillment of God’s promise. In Matthew 16:16 Peter said to Jesus, “You are Christ.” How would the disciples be sure if Jesus was really the promised Messiah? The prophets of God who lived before Jesus foretold many details about the Messiah. These details are what helped the disciples to identify Him. In John 14:9-10 Jesus said, “How can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is …show more content…
There is no way that the gospel writers made up any of these details about Jesus being the Messiah. Since the gospels were written so close to the time of the actual events, if something wasn’t true someone would have figured it out. Jesus also couldn’t of intentionally fulfilled each of these prophecies to make Himself appear as the Messiah. Maybe some of the prophecies, like Jesus riding into jerusalem on a donkey, but others it would be impossible. Jesus wouldn’t be able to arrange his ancestry or place of birth and so on. Also one wouldn’t die for something that is not true.
Christ is telling the truth therefore He is God. “...Christ Jesus…..being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be Equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and has made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians
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Rather than being called the Messiah, Luke refer to Jesus as “The Savior.” The use of the word Messiah is more so used in the Jewish context. Jesus is called “The Savior” because Luke is appealing to a larger audience. Within the Greco-Roman context, the term “Savior was referred to the work of the gods or emperors. They suggested that Jesus is the true savior and take the place of the Greek gods and the Roman
Matthew opens his argument by describing Jesus: born of a virgin in Bethlehem, in the line of David, worshipped by Gentile Magi, brought out of Egypt, and raised in Nazareth.1 Matthew employs this list of prophecies from Mosaic Law and describes how Jesus fulfilled them all, simultaneously, as Blomberg’s notes in his portrait of Jesus, Matthew describes Jesus as “Son of David, King, and Royal Messiah,” and “Son of God.”2 Moreover, Matthew’s examples of the use of these titles throughout Matthew bear witness to Jesus’ divinity, as well as, how God could be understood through Jesus.3 Matthew proves not only Jesus’ Messiahship but His title of the Son of God.
Jewish tradition passed down the oral and written story of Messianic prophecies for generations. To provide the correlation between the anticipated Messiah and the fulfillment through Jesus, Matthew affirmed prophecies throughout the birth story with two significant fulfillments—Abraham’s promised seed [offspring] and the virgin birth.
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Jesus did claim to be God in human form not once, nor on a few occasions, but frequently and consistently throughout his sermons. This is established in all four gospels, and in Paul's letters to the early church. Jesus himself claimed to be God, in what he said, his miracles and in what he did. The earliest Christians recognize that Jesus was God in human form starting with Peter's prediction before the resurrection. The whole theology of Christianity has been centered on the divinity of Jesus Christ throughout history.
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When exploring the concept of ‘God the Son’, the incarnation and attributes of God as seen in Christ enter the picture. In order for human sin to be covered, a human sacrifice is all that could meet the requirement ordained by God, yet, they had to be sinless. Only the incarnate God could fulfill this role, exhibiting qualities of God Himself, such as selflessness, unconditional love, and purity. Another core trait was humbleness, although Jesus held the highest status in all the world, which shone brightly in His ministry, as He also served the children of God. Paul captured the essence of Jesus as God and the reality of the incarnation in these verses, “let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God…made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:5-7, NKJV).
As human, Christ had a body, he had a soul and spirit, he had human characteristics, and he was called by human names. In Luke 2:52, it is written that Christ, even though he had a virgin birth, He was born with a human body that was conceived by a human body. Christ's humanity included both the material and immaterial aspects of the human body (he was flesh but at the same time he was also Soul and Spirit).
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In the Gospel of Mark (10:45) it states, “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." The issue with this verse lies in the various ways one could interpret it. Solely based on the text, one could say that the main concept of this verse is to illustrate both the identity and responsibility of Jesus as servant and savior. Jesus came to earth for the purpose of servitude and to become an impeccable physical model of “true sacrifice” through his suffering, so that we could live. If one considers themselves a true believer and follower of Jesus, they should be living a life of humility through service by helping their fellow man (Crowder 2013).