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Is Jesus God? – Part I - The Names of Jesus

When you look at the Scriptures you cannot help but come to the conclusion that Jesus is God Himself, the second person in the Trinity. One way to prove that is see how the deity of Jesus is shown through His names in Scripture. First, Jesus is outright called God in the Scriptures. Isaiah 9:6 – “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” John 20:28 – “And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.”
Secondly, Jesus claims to be the Jehovah of the Old Testament. You see this claim when you compare some passages of Scripture in the Old Testament to the New Testament and what Jesus said.
When you compare John 8:58 and what Jesus said about Himself to Exodus 3:14 it comes out very clearly.
John 8:58 – “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”
Exodus 3:14 – “And God said un…

Work is not a Curse

Contrary to popular opinion work is not a four letter word nor is it a curse. Work is something that is blessed by God and sanctioned by Him. Work is something God instituted even before sin entered into the world.
Genesis 2:15 – “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”
Work is not man’s curse for sin because God had man doing work before the curse. Work became increasingly harder because God cursed the ground but not the work.
Genesis 3:17-19 – “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and u…

A Painful Prison

I would dare say there are many times in our life we don’t appreciate or like what God is doing. We had grandiose plans and God messed them up by bringing something into our life we did not expect nor want. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in these unexpected circumstances God has allowed into our lives that we become bitter and lose faith. We end up placing ourselves in a painful prison of our own making, and literally make the situation we are in worse. There will be many times hurtful things pop into our lives that we have no understanding of, and fail to see how any possible good could come from them. I think of Job and his trials, Joseph and the prison he endured, David fleeing for his life from Saul, as well as Daniel and his captivity even though he was a righteous man. This list could go on and on. In these times I simply have to acknowledge that God has a greater vision than I do, has greater wisdom than I do, and has a greater purpose than I do. Isaiah 55:8-9 – “For my thought…

Relationship is the Answer

As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ we are in a relationship and not a religion. Religion, with all of its rituals and traditions, is completely empty and useless. It might make you feel like you are accomplishing something or make you feel spiritual from time to time, but it leaves you completely void in the end.
The reason people tend to fall to religion faster than a relationship is because religion is easier. A relationship with the Lord takes a 24/7 effort. Religion only requires you to perform a few tasks from time to time and then you are good. Yet developing a relationship is what will grow us spiritually making us more mature in Christ.
In the Garden of Eden God wanted a relationship with Adam and not a religion. Adam made a religion by trying to cover himself with fig leaves, but God pursued a relationship.
We must see that a relationship requires responsibility and submission, however. Everybody pursues and wants the love and feelings of relationships. What we often fall …