From Ernest Renan we have the following observation:
‘Jesus was the greatest religious genius that ever lived.
His beauty is eternal,
His reign shall never end.
Jesus is in every respect unique,
Nothing can be compared with Him.
All history is incomprehensible without Christ.’
-“More Than A Carpenter” by Josh McDowell 1977
Also from the book:
“How is Jesus different from other religious leaders?
Why don’t the names of Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius offend people?
The reason is that these others didn’t claim to be God,
but Jesus did. …
He was presenting Himself as the ONLY avenue to a relationship with God,
the ONLY source of forgiveness for sins,
and the ONLY way of salvation.
For many people this is too exclusive,
too narrow for them to believe.
Yet the issue is not what do we want to think or believe,
but rather, WHO did Jesus claim to be. …
A. H. Strong in his Systematic Theology defines God as
the ‘infinite and perfect spirit in whom all things have their source, support, and end.’
This definition of God is adequate for all theist, including Muslims and Jews.
Theism teaches that God is personal and that the universe was planned and created by Him.
God sustains and rules it in the present.
Christian theism adds an additional note to the above definition:
‘and who became incarnate as Jesus of Nazareth.'”
and more from the same book:
“The new testament clearly presents Christ as God.
‘Looking for the blessed hope
and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus’
Titus 2:13; compare John 1:1; Hebrews 1:8; Romans 9:5; I John 5:20-21
John 1:4; 14:6
Matthew 28:20; 18:20
John 4:16; 6:64; Matthew 17:22-27
Revelation 1:8; Luke 4:39-55; 7:14-15; Matthew 8:26-27
‘and possessing eternal life’
I John 5:11-12, 20; John 1:4
Handout from St. Louis Family Church…
scriptures have been changed to “I” statements
Because of Jesus…
I am complete in Him, Who is the head of all principality and power.
I am alive with Christ.
I am free from the law of sin and death.
I am far from oppression, and fear does not come near me.
I am born of God, and the evil one does not touch me.
I am holy and without blame before Him in love.
IPet 1:16 & Eph 1:4
I have the mind of Christ.
Phil 2:5 & ICor 2:16
I have the peace of God that passes understanding.
I have the Greater One living in me;
greater is He Who is in me than He who is in the world.
I have received the gift of righteousness and reign as a king in life by Jesus Christ.
I have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation
in the knowledge of Jesus,
the eyes of my understanding being enlightened.
I have received the power of the Holy Spirit:
to lay hands on the sick and see them recover,
to cast out demons,
to speak with new tongues;
I have power over all the power of the enemy
and nothing shall by any means harm me.
Mk 16:17-18 & Lk 10:17, 19
I have put off the old man
and have put on the new man,
which is renewed
in the knowledge
after the image
of Him Who created me.
I have given and it is given to me
men give into my bosom.
I have no lack
for my God supplies all my need
according to His riches in glory
by Christ Jesus.
I can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one
with my shield of faith.
I can do all things through Christ Jesus.
I shall do even greater works than Christ Jesus.
I show forth the praises of God
Who has called me out of darkness
into His marvelous light.
I am God’s child,
for I am born again
of the incorruptible seed
of the Word of God,
which lives and abides forever.
I am God’s workmanship,
created in Christ
unto good works.
I am a new creature in Christ.
I am a spirit-being – alive to God.
I am a believer,
and the light of the Gospel
shines in my mind.
I am a doer of the Word
and blessed in my actions.
Jas 1:22, 25
I am a joint-heir with Christ.
I am a conqueror through Him who loves me.
I am an overcomer by the Blood of the Lamb
and the word of my testimony.
I am a partaker of His divine nature.
IIPet 1:3, 4
I am an ambassador for Christ.
I am part of a chosen generation,
a royal priesthood,
a holy nation,
a purchased people.
I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ.
I am the temple of the Holy Spirit; I am not my own.
I am the head and not the tail;
I am above only and not beneath.
I am the light of the world.
I am His elect,
full of mercy,
Col 3:12 & Rom 8:33
I am forgiven of all my sins
and washed in the Blood.
I am delivered from the power of darkness
and translated into God’s kingdom.
I am redeemed from the curse of sin, sickness, and poverty.
Gal 3:13 & Deut 28:15-68
I am firmly rooted,
established in my faith,
and overflowing with gratitude.
I am called of God to be the voice of His praise.
IITim 1:9 & Ps 66:8
I am healed by the stripes of Jesus.
IPet 2:24 & Is 53:6
I am raised up with Christ
and seated in heavenly places.
Col 2:12 & Eph 2:6
I am greatly loved by God.
Col 3:12 & Rom 1:7 & Thes 1:4 & Eph 2:4
I am strengthened with all might
according to His glorious power.
I am submitted to God and the devil flees from me, because I resist him in the name of Jesus.
The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book.
- John 21:25
Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.
Jesus is so COOL!
The Faithful One
The confidence we have…
the trust we hold…
the hope we carry…
rest in His faithfulness.
Every promise He has made
He purposes to fulfill.
He has the authority to
accomplish all He has spoken.
His power is limitless…
His character changeless…
His love endless!
Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people. – Luke 2:10 KJV
Christmas card from a friend whose husband was undergoing treatment for cancer. 2008