Defending the Faith

Posted: October 15, 2009 in Thoughts

So I get a call this afternoon from what I can only suppose was a Jehovah’s Witness, pretending to want a question answered about the Bible. He sounded suspicious from the get-go, and after he asked his question, I specifically asked him if his question was real, or if he just wanted a debate. He told me his question was legitimate, but from his tone & refusal to let me answer the questions, it was obvious he was lying & attempting to debate me out of a belief in the Triune Godhead, revealed as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

So what do we do when the truth of the Scripture comes under unexpected attack? Turn to the Scriptures & pray for the one attacking it. This particular man was unwilling to listen to anything that was said to him and kept railing on without taking a breath. I tried sharing Scriptures with him, I tried sharing the Law with him, I tried sharing the Gospel with him, I tried appealing to him, and after everything was obviously useless, finally I had to hang up the phone.

So for anyone out there who actually IS wondering the answer to the question: does the Bible really say that Jesus is God in the flesh, the answer is a resounding YES. Here are just a very few of the examples:

Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

John 1:1-3 ” 1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2. He was in the beginning with God. 3. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

John 10:30-33, ” 30. “I and My Father are one.” 31. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. 32. Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” 33. The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.””

Phil 2:5-11, ” 5. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6. who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7. but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10. that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11. and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Col 1:15-20 ” 15. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. 19. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20. and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”

And we could go on & on. Jesus is the Son of God; God the Son. Jesus created the Universe, upholds it by His power, receives worship, and lived a perfect sinless life. He went to the cross & rose again on the third day (which is the declaration of His deity – Rom 1:4), and provides salvation to all who humbly come to Him in repentance, believing Him to be Lord.

The Nicene Creed states it well:

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.

Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.

And I believe in one holy catholic (universal) and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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