Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Who Is Jesus Christ?

Who Is Jesus Christ? 

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?" They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." "But what about you?" He asked. "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."1

Almost 2,000 years ago when Caesar Augustus was ruling the vast Roman Empire, Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem in very humble circumstances. Until he was 30 he was virtually unknown.

However, during a brief three-year public ministry, His impact was such that it changed the world—including the change of our calendar from B.C. to A.D.

H.G. Wells, the famous historian, once said about Christ: "I am not a believer. But I must confess, as an historian, this penniless creature from Galilee is irresistibly the center of history."

No other person ever made the stupendous claims that Jesus did. He claimed to be the Son of God, the promised Jewish Messiah, and the only way to God for all mankind. He claimed to have power to forgive sins and to give people eternal life. Above all, He claimed to be God, saying, "I and the Father [God] are one."2

Socrates once said, "Oh, that someone would arise, man or God, to show us God." Four hundred years later Christ came and claimed to be that person.

But was Jesus Christ the Son of God? If not, He would have been the greatest impostor who ever lived!

Lew Wallace, a distinguished general and literary genius, and Robert Ingersoll, a notable skeptic, agreed to write a book that would prove Christianity to be a myth. After two years of research, however, in some of the leading libraries of Europe and America in preparation for writing this book, Mr. Wallace had a transformation of attitude. He was only up to the second chapter when he fell to his knees and prayed, "My Lord and my God."

After studying the evidence, Wallace became convinced of the deity of Jesus Christ. He then wrote Ben Hur, one of the greatest novels ever written about the times of Christ. Later, Robert Ingersoll had this to say: "In using my speeches, do not use any assault I may have made on Christ, which I foolishly made in my early life." A similar thing happened to one of today's leading Christian authors and spokesmen, Josh McDowell. His outstanding book that supports Christianity, Evidence That Demands a Verdict, began as his attempt to deny Christianity.

As another has said, "You can speak of Jesus as prophet, holy man, teacher, or spiritual leader, and few will object. But speak of Him as Son of God, divine, of the same nature as [God] the Father, and people will line up to express their disapproval. A billion Muslims will say: "Prophet, yes. God, no!" Jews scattered around the world will say: "Teacher, yes. Messiah, no!" Some liberal Protestants and religionists of various stripes will say: "Exemplary man, yes. Divine, no!"

But as Jesus said to His disciples He also says to you and me, "Who do you say that I am?"

One's answer to that question will help determine his or her eternal destiny and that of every person alive today.

"From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life."1

Jesus Christ is not the only religious leader who claimed to be God, but He is the only one who ever convinced a great portion of the world that He is. He is also the only leader who ever claimed that He would rise from death.2 According to historical evidence, He did. He was seen by the women who visited His tomb and found it empty, by the disciples, and by more than 500 other witnesses.3

Further evidence to support the deity of Christ is seen in the more than 300 prophecies concerning Him and His life that are found in the Bible and were written centuries before His birth.

For instance, 700 years before Christ was born in Bethlehem, Micah wrote, "But you, Bethlehem ... though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel."4

A thousand years before Christ's death, David predicted how He would die. "They have pierced My hands and My feet," he wrote.5 This happened at Christ's crucifixion. This is even more remarkable when considering that in David's time, death by crucifixion was unknown. This inhuman, torturous death was first used by the Persians centuries later.

David also predicted that Christ would be betrayed by a friend, that people would "throw dice" for His clothes, and that He would die with criminals.6 He also predicted the dying Savior's cry: "My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?"7 All of these predictions came true.

Six hundred years prior to Christ's coming, Daniel predicted when it would be. One hundred years later Zechariah told how Christ would enter Jerusalem riding on a donkey; how He would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver; and how this money would be used to buy a potter's field.8

All these predictions about Christ and many more—written hundreds of years before His coming—were fulfilled in detail, giving evidence to show that Jesus Christ was indeed God's promised Messiah—the Savior of the world.

When Jesus came, He asked His disciples, "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."9

This is the crucial question that each of us needs to answer. If Christ is who He claims to be, then our response to this question will determine our relationship to God for all eternity.

Jesus Himself said, "He who is not with Me is against Me."10 That is, unless we act on our belief and make a commitment to follow Christ in our everyday life, we are automatically against Him.

However, if you do believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and have never committed your life to Him, you can do so through a simple prayer of faith. Tell Christ that you believe He is the Son of God who died for your sins, and that you would like to become one of His true followers starting today. To assist you in doing this, click on "God's Invitation at: http://tinyurl.com/6k49w.

Suggested prayer for those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior: "Dear God, thank You for revealing Yourself in the heavens and all of nature; in Your Word, the Bible; and especially in and through Jesus Christ—the Son of the Living God-my Lord, My God, and my Savior. Help me always to live so my life will be a living example of Christ living in me. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

 1. Matthew 16:21 (NIV).
 2. Matthew 16:21.
 3. Luke 24:13-43; 1 Corinthians 15:5-8.
 4. Micah 5:2 (NIV).
 5. Psalm 22:16 (NIV).
 6. Psalm 41:9; 22:18.
 7. Psalm 22:1 (NIV).
 8. Daniel 9:25-26; Zechariah 9:9-10; 11:12.
 9. Matthew 16:15-16 (NIV).
10. Luke 11:23, 4 (NIV).

NOTE: Adapted from the article, "Jesus Christ: God or Man?" by Dick Innes at: http://tinyurl.com/lu577


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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Four Evil Things People Do for Their Love of Money

The four evil things people do for their love of money are the following:
  1. Telling lies to others
  2. Cheating others
  3. Stealing from others and 
  4. Killing others.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
◄ 1 Timothy 6:10 ►

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

You Cannot Be A True Christian If You Don't Understand God

It is better not to be a Christian than to be one who does not understand God.
You cannot be a true Christian without the Holy Spirit.

Jesus the Way to the Father

5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know[b] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 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 the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”

23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

~ John 14New International Version (NIV)

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Sunday, January 03, 2016

Why There Are Too Many Powerless Pastors in Nigeria

There are too many powerless pastors in Nigeria, because the majority of them are actually fake. That is why the faith of many is waxing cold and they don't receive answers to their prayers. (see Matthew 24:12 ).

Our Lord, Saviour and Messiah Jesus Christ warned us of these wolves in sheep clothing in Matthew 7:5. So, if you know your Holy Bible, you cannot be deceived and fooled by these fake pastors who in many cases are ritual cultists and spiritualists using occultism for spiritualism to do their so called "miracles" to lure and trap ignorant and gullible people who don't have the Holy Spirit. Because, if you have the Holy Spirit you will have the gift of discernment to discern and test all spirits.
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
~ 1 John 4:1King James Version (KJV)
But in spite of all these clearly written and repeated warnings by Jesus Christ Himself, the fake pastors, ministers and bishops have succeeded in fooling and misleading millions of ignorant and gullible Nigerians who are too lazy to read the Holy Bible and who prefer lies to the truth, because true words of God expose their own hypocrisy too. So, they prefer pastors who will not admonish them for their unchristian lifestyles of conceit and deceit. So, fake pastors are deceiving the congregations who are also deceiving themselves by their fake Christianity.
They have become what I call "garbage in, garbage out" churches.

The Holy Bible is explicit on how to know fake pastors and preachers.
2 Timothy 3, New International Version (NIV)

3 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.

A Final Charge to Timothy
10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Fake pastors and ministers often shy away from preaching and practicing the commandments of Jesus Christ by avoiding God's emphasis on CHARITY which is the greatest calling of true Christianity. They skip preaching and practicing 1 Corinthians 13, which clearly addressed how best to believe, obey and worship God.
You are wasting your time and money going to church, fasting, praying and worshiping God without Charity.
For where there is true love, there will no crime and there will be no evil.
That is why Jesus Christ said:
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
~ Matthew 7: 12. New International Version (NIV)
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
~ 1 Corinthians 13New International Version (NIV)
That is why our Lord, Saviour and Messiah said to Simon Peter in the following verse that majority of Nigerian pastors, ministers and bishops don't like preaching and practicing today.

Jesus Reinstates Peter
15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.

~ John 21:15-17New International Version (NIV)
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Friday, January 01, 2016

Your Greatest Prophecy is in Your Mouth

Your greatest prophecy is in your mouth if you have faith in God.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.
11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
~ From 1 Corinthians 13

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,.... Of witnesses, according to the testimony they bear; of judges, according to the sentence they pass; of teachers, according to the doctrine they preach; of all men, who, by their well or ill speaking, bring death or life to themselves and others. Some, by their tongues, by the too free use of them, or falsehood they utter, are the cause of death to themselves and others; and some, by their silence, or by their prudent speech and prevalent intercession, secure or obtain life for themselves and others; yea, judgment at the last day will proceed according to a man's words, "By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned", Matthew 12:37; the tongue is the instrument either of a great deal of good, or of a great deal of evil;
◄ Proverbs 18:21 ►

For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."
◄ Matthew 12:37 ►
Almighty God has given us the power to choose.
The size of our faith is the size of our strength.

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