IS JESUS CHRIST GOD: The bible portion below is often used to support the teaching that Jesus is God.
Matthew 1:21-25 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name EMMANUEL, which being interpreted is, GOD WITH US. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
Although verse 23 says Jesus will be called Emmanuel, we see from the 21st and the 25th verse of the same chapter that the child was named “Jesus” when he was finally born. This is no contradiction.
When scriptures say a person would be called a particular name, it doesn’t always mean the person will literally be referred to by people by that name. Sometimes, it’s only a description of the role the person will play or what the person represents. For instance, Isaiah (in Isaiah 9:6, a scripture thoroughly analyzed and explained in a previous part under this series) mentions numerous names Jesus would be called. These were only descriptions of what he represents and his roles. The scriptures were by no means implying that his parents will officially/literally give him all the names.
Trinitarians believe and teach that since Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would be called ‘Emmanuel,’ he must be God (Emmanuel means ‘God with us’).
Even trinitarians (if honest) would agree with me that names can’t be taken that way always. In Numbers 1:10, a man was mentioned whose name was ‘Pedahzur.’ He was the father of Gamaliel, of Manasseh’s lineage. This man’s name (Pedahzur) means “the rock of redemption.”
Reading through the new testament, Jesus is clearly described as our/the rock (1 Cor. 10:4, 1 Pet. 2:4-8, etc). He’s also our redeemer; the ransom for our sins (1 Pet. 2:24, Matt. 20:28, Mark 10:45, Rev. 5:9, Gal. 3:13-14 etc).
Therefore, if we are supposed to assume that Jesus is God because he’s called ‘Emmanuel,’ then we have to also believe that this man in the old testament called Pedahzur is Jesus Christ since his name means “rock of redemption.” However, we would be wrong to make such conclusions since names shouldn’t be taken literally all the time.
Secondly, if Jesus being called Emmanuel means he’s God, it simply means that no one else should bear the name Emmanuel. It also means that whoever is bearing it right now is God also, which can’t be.
Finally and most importantly, Isaiah rightly prophesied that Jesus would be called Emmanuel (God with us) because of the role Jesus was going to play. As the price for our sins (Adam’s lost righteousness), Jesus restored our relationship with God. He brought humanity back to God.
God is now with us as a result of the redemptive works of his Son, Jesus the Messiah. This is how he can be called Emmanuel. He brought humanity to God. God dwells with/in men now.
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
Peter didn’t teach that Jesus was God. Neither he or any other early believer did. Peter taught that by the sacrifice of Jesus, he brought us to God (1 Pet. 3:18). This is why “God is with us” now.
Because of the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God now dwells in men by his Spirit (his power/nature/active force/).
Ephesians 2:21-22 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Everyone who accepts this good news of salvation through Jesus Christ the Son of God receives the forgiveness of his sins and God’s righteousness and he receives God’s Spirit as the proof (Eph. 1:13-14).
God is now with us through Christ Jesus his Son, the propitiation for our sins.
At this juncture, we must end for today.
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Agaga Fredrick Abangji is a writer, reporter, content writer, believer in Jesus Christ, and a creator of religious literature. A student of Bingham university – Nasarawa state, studying mass communication.
THE NEVER-BEFORE-TOLD STORY OF LECRAE’S LOSS OF FAITH AFTER THE EXPERIENCES OF HIS PAST THREATENED TO RUIN HIS CAREER AND LIFE.
Two-time GRAMMY winning hip-hop artist and bestselling author Lecrae had inspired millions with his redemptive and gut-honest art. But when his personal life spun into chaos, he was forced to face the buried impact of the unhealed wounds–sexual abuse, physical trauma, addiction, and depression–that threatened to tear it all apart. Along the way, he realized the wounds we all carry have the potential to be unlikely guides to healing and freedom for ourselves, and others.
With vulnerable honesty and transformational yet simple steps you can apply today, Lecrae shares the personal practices he uses in his daily life for mental, emotional, and spiritual health. With powerful prose, he gives an unflinching look at the personal and public spaces that sadly hurt us so often–culture, politics, family, church, personal failure–and reminds us that learning to let go and forgive is the birthplace for the life of creativity and freedom God has for us.
I Am Restored is an inspiring charge to embrace the lasting healing and restoration available now, and that we all desperately long for, because no matter what you’ve experienced, God is near, He hears, and He’s not done with you yet.
Fast rising Gospel music minister Yadah has topped the June edition of the Official Nigerian Gospel Music Top 10 Chart, compiled by The International Association of Christian Media Practitioners [IACMP], with her wavemaking recent single titled “Onye Inaputara.”
With +18K views on the music video released on the 12th of June and an overwhelming number of votes from 54 Nigerian Gospel music blogs all across the nation, add to the nods from IACMP Top 10 Chart Panelists, the Abuja based Gospel artiste has whisked the spot off Dunsin Oyekan’s “At All Cost,” which dropped 6 steps to the Number 7 spot, for the month of June.
“Obinasom,” by Mercy Chinwo, Ada Ehi’s “Fix My Eyes On You” featuring Sinach and GUC’s “All That Matters,” all made their way back to the chart in order of mention due to recent demands and the vacuole created by lack of stronger contenders for the month. “‘All That Matters” by GUC pushed “On God” by Eben a step down from the number 4 spot which the single held last month.
The IACMP Official Nigerian Gospel Music Top 10 Chart uses popular votes from about 54 Gospel music blogs & online radio stations all over Nigeria, online music statistics such as charts from Gospel music blogs all over Nigeria. Also views, downloads, streams, external Gospel music charts and the decision of 2 panels (a 4-man and a 6-man panel) as criteria to determine the song that makes the monthly chart. The chart is the most credible Gospel music chart in Nigeria.
Let Us Assume that: 1) The cause of this pandemic is the 5-G technology.
2) The only answer to the pandemic is a vaccine to be administered with a chip.
3) The chip will be the fulfilment of the biblical prophecy of 666, the mark of the beast.
4) Anyone whether he is a believer or not, who takes the vaccine (with the chip) which is mark of the beast will be automatically lost forever!
5) Any one who refuses to take the vaccine will die from the virus or from hunger but he will be saved whether he is a believer or not!
Such a person will not even be allowed to buy or sell because he doesn’t have the mark of the beast but he will be saved forever! .
So, the only way out of the pandemic is to take the vaccine. The vaccine is the only way to survive now!
What is the Implication of all these?
If the above 5 points are correct it means that:
Salvation now is purely based on receiving or refusing the mark (the vaccine).
Even if one is a believer but takes the mark he will be lost. So, salvation now is purely based on what we do with the mark! If you take the vaccine you shall be lost. If you reject the vaccine you shall be saved!
Salvation by faith in Christ Jesus is no longer valid. Christ died in vain. Jesus is no longer the message.
The vaccine is now the message!
Do you understand now?
Rev. Joshua Izugbara Nwokedi is The Senior of The Living Ambassadors Church Kubwa Abuja, Nigeria. He is an author of several books. Visit https://izugbara.org/for his books and Articles