Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘apologetics’

THE DEITY OF JESUS CHRIST

This is an article we first posted, on the first day that we began this blog’s journey, and we have reposted it again around Christmas time, every year. So here it is again:
Once when Jesus was traveling with His disciples He asked them ‘Who do people say that I am?’ Wherever Jesus went, large crowds of people followed Him and they witnessed the miracles He performed and they observed the words He spoke in His sermons. Many of the people probably wondered who Jesus was.  But then in Luke 9:18-20 Jesus asks Peter, His disciple, ‘Who do you say that I am?’ and Peter answers ‘God’s Messiah’! Peter spoke with lots of conviction, yet his faith had a long way to go, there would even come a point in his life later where he would deny that he even knew Jesus. Peter and the disciples would become men of faith after they saw the resurrected Christ and it was then they could profess that Jesus was truly the Son of God.

In every age since the first followers of Jesus made their profession of faith in him, men and women of faith have had to come to terms with who Jesus is and what he means for them.As we go into the Christmas season, celebrating the birth of the Messiah, take a little time to reflect on these passages that the Scriptures heralds about the deity of the Messiah. Who is Jesus Christ to you?

(The following list is excerpted from Tyndale’s Wilmington guide to the Bible pp.346-348, 616-618)

The Deity of Jesus Christ the Savior of the world-

  1. His deity was declared by angels

  • by Gabriel to Mary (Luke 1:26-33)

  • by Gabriel to Joseph (Matthew 1:20-23)

  • by Gabriel (?) to some shepherds (Luke 2:8-11)

  • by Gabriel (?) to some women (Matthew 28:5-6)

2. His deity was declared by the Father

  • at his baptism (Matthew 3:16-17)

  • at his transfiguration (Matthew 17:5)

  • shortly before his passion (John 12:27-28)

3. His deity was declared by his mighty miracles (John 20:30,31: 21:25)

4. His deity was declared by his powerful sermons ((Luke 4:32; John 7:46)

5. His deity was declared by his accurate prophecies (Matthew 26:32)

6. His deity was declared by his sinless life

  • as attested by Pilate (John 19:4)

  • by Pilate’s wife (Matthew 27:19

  • by Judas (Matthew 27:4)

  • by the dying thief (Luke 23:41)

  • by the Roman centurion (Luke 23:47)

7. His deity was declared by demons

  • as he healed a maniac (Matthew 8:28-29)

  • as he healed a man in Capernaum (Luke 4:33-34)

  • as he healed many in Capernaum (Luke 4:41, Mark 3:11)

8. His deity was declared by those who worshipped him

  • the shepherds (Luke 2:15)

  • the wise men (Matthew 2:2,11)

  • a leper (Matthew 8:2)

  • a ruler (Matthew 9:18)

  • a Gentile mother (Matthew 15:25)

  • a Hebrew mother (Matthew 20:20)

  • a maniac (Mark 5:6)

  • a blind man (John 9:38)

  • an apostle (Thomas) (John 20:28)

  • all apostles (Matthew 14:38; 28:9)

9. His deity was declared by Satan (Matthew 4:3, 6)

10. His deity was declared by himself

  • He referred to himself as the Son of God (John 9:35; 10:36; 11:4)

  • He forgave sins (Mark 2:5, 10)

  • He is man’s judge (John 5:22, 27)

  • He is the author of life (John 5:24, 28, 29)

  • He is to be honored like the Father (John 5:23)

  • He alone can save (John 10:28; Luke 19:10; John 14:6

Read Full Post »

When one disagrees with the newest book, a message spoken from a pulpit or television progam, someone often will come back with…”Did you contact the person first before making your opposing view known, so that you will be in accordance with Matthew 18?

The Berean Call answers this quite well.

(The following is TBC’s very first Q&A published in February, 1986)

Question: Does TBC follow “Matthew 18″ and first go to the authors and/or leaders it critiques in newsletters and books?

by Dave Hunt

Response: Matthew 18:15-17 has to do with private (not public) sin committed by one brother or sister in the Body against another. “Moreover, if thy brother shall trespass against thee…” (KJV). All translations agree that the subject is sin or trespass, not false teaching. Although a few do not specifically state in verse 15 that this is a trespass by one Christian against another, the context makes this clear in all translations. Look for example at verse 21, where Peter, in response to what the Lord has said, asks Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him?” (KJV); “how often shall my brother sin against me” (RSV); “how many times can my brother wrong me” (Phillips); “how often shall my brother sin against me” (NAS), etc.

The entire context has to do strictly with a personal problem between two Christians, where one has wronged the other, and is therefore to be kept private unless it can’t be resolved in that manner. In contrast, many other scriptures make it very clear that sin which is known publicly is an offense to the entire Body and must be dealt with publicly: “Them that sin rebuke before all that others also may fear” (1 Tm 5:20, KJV). This is both for the benefit of the body of Christ and also to let the world know that the church doesn’t tolerate sin. False doctrine is not the subject of Matthew 18, but something else entirely, and does not come under the instructions Christ gives in that passage. It is impossible for erroneous teaching that is presented publicly ever to be considered a private trespass of one person against another, which must therefore be dealt with privately between the two.

False doctrine is never a private matter and is always to be dealt with publicly. Much of the New Testament was written to publicly correct false teaching. Even the beloved Apostle John named Diotrephes in 3 John and promised that when he came to that church he would publicly correct the Offender in person. Paul withstood Peter to the face publicly for his false interpretation of the law that caused Him not to associate with Gentile believers (Gal 2:11-14). In a day of mass media, particularly when denied access to Christian TV networks, the only method of public correction of false teaching is to write books [and blogs] to call the attention of the Body to errors that affect the whole Body.

In keeping with many other scriptures that could be cited, 1 Corinthians 14:29 clearly states, “Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.” Clearly the issue is not whether an individual listener is offended by what one of the preachers has said, even if one could stretch that to be a “sin” against his brother. It would be entirely inappropriate for a listener to take aside the prophet he felt had spoken falsely and have a private discussion with him, and only if he refused to hear, then tell it to the church. The issue is the doctrinal purity of the Body, which must be guarded at all cost. And what has been publicly stated must be discussed publicly. It may well be that the prophet spoke truly and the offended listener was wrong. So when he speaks out against what the prophet has said, he himself will be corrected by others. It is this kind of open discussion among believers that the Bible teaches, and that is the only protection against error being introduced and allowed to corrupt the church. Never is it suggested that no one must disagree with what is being taught because to do so would cause “division.” On the contrary, we are told that we must correct error in teaching and do so publicly.

Furthermore, what has been said in books and on TV etc. is part of the public domain, subject to review, analysis, critique of any kind. Anyone who makes public declarations intended to influence large audiences through books, radio, TV etc. ought to know that he is responsible for what he says, and will be held accountable. No one has ever asked me for permission or even discussed with me critiquing any of my many books, and some reviews have been very unfavorable. That is expected.

It is not necessary to talk with a writer or speaker in order to be accurate and fair. It is a rather weak excuse to say that some writer/leader really didn’t mean what he said. Then he should have said what he meant. Unfortunately, there are thousands and, in the case of some, millions who have read and/or heard and taken it at face value, as any reasonable person would. Words have meaning and it is assumed that the normal meaning applies. Even if one of these teachers has changed his beliefs, we must still deal with what has been published for the sake of those who have been affected by it. If a person has changed his beliefs, then he ought to publish just as widely in tape and book form a renunciation of any false or misleading teaching he has given in the past rather than make a private explanation to me.

July 1, 2012

REPOSTED FROM :http://kimolsen.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/understanding-matthew-1815-17/

Read Full Post »

Apologetics.

Apologetics

RAVI  ZACHARIAS

PAUL COPAN

WILLIAM LANE CRAIG

NORMAN L GEISLER

DAVID ROBERTSON

TIM KELLER

JOSEPHUS

DARRELL BOCK, DAN WALLACE, BEN WITHERINGTON

Lee Strobel

GREG  KOUKL (Stand for Reason) Sean McDowell (ConversantLife)

CHUCK  MISSLER

Learn the Bible in 24 hours – Chuck Missler series

  1. Hour 1 – Introduction to the Bible
  2. Hour 2 – Creation and Fall of Man
  3. Hour 3 – Prehistory, Genesis 4-11
  4. Hour 4 – The Patriarchs
  5. Hour 5 – The Birth of a Nation
  6. Hour 6 – In the Land, Joshua, Judges, Ruth
  7. Hour 7 – Monarchy, Samuel, Kings
  8. Hour 8 – The Poetical Books
  9. Hour 9 – The Book of Daniel
  10. Hour 10 – Post Exile History
  11. Hour 11 – The Major Prophets
  12. Hour 12 – The Minor Prophets
  13. Hour 13 – How sure can we be? Between Old and New Testament.
  14. Hour 14 – The New Testament Introduction
  15. Hour 15 – The Gospels
  16. Hour 16 – The Gospels Part 2
  17. Hour 17 – The Book of Acts
  18. Hour 18 –The Book of Romans
  19. Hour 19 – The Church Epistles
  20. Hour 20 –The Hebrew Epistles
  21. Hour 21 – Eschatological Summary
  22. Hour 22 – Revelation Chapters 1-3
  23. Hour 23 – Revelation Chapters 4-22
  24. Hour 24 – Conclusion / Recap

JAMES N ANDERSON

ALVIN  PLANTINGA

JUSTIN TAYLOR

BIBLICA – A Social and historical journey through the lands of the Bible

  1. *THE BEST SELLING BOOK OF ALL TIMES Part 1
  2. *THE BEST SELLING BOOK OF ALL TIMES Part 2
  3. *DOES ARCHAEOLOGY SUPPORT THE SYNOPTIC GOSPELS (Matthew, Mark, luke) PART 1
  4. *DOES ARCHAEOLOGY SUPPORT THE SYNOPTIC GOSPELS PART 2
  5. *MODERN ASTRONOMICAL EVIDENCE FOR THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM

THEOLOGY  BASED  APOLOGETICS

What is Apologetics? by Justin Holcomb (Resurgence)

CHUCK MISSLER

ATHANASIUS

C.S.LEWIS

Wintery Knight Blog

RC SPROUL

CHRIST

John Wesley

(Tyndale)

(A.W.Tozer)

(John Piper)

JUSTIN TAYLOR

CREATION

The evolution debate is shifting- Search for the historical Adam via Christianity Today Cover Story

MARVIN OLASKY at BIOLA UNIV.PanelGod and evolution

ALBERT MOHLER

JOHN  PIPER

NASA  PHOTOS

HELL

http://rodiagnusdei.wordpress.com/apologetics/

Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: