"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega,... 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, ... have right to the tree of life, and... enter ... the city."
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My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
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Jesus was a man approved of God; a ‘man approved of God’ is not God. Acts 2:22 says: "Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God." Jesus of Nazareth refers to himself, in the next verse, as a man. John 8:40 says: "But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God." Jesus confirms that he has heard the truth from God; in this statement he confirms he is not God. John 1:14 says: "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." The term ‘flesh’ in this verse is normal, ordinary, sinful human flesh; the flesh of a man. Romans 8:3 says: "... God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:" Although he was a mere man with sinful flesh, Jesus lived without sin. He lived without sin because of and by the grace and power of God. Luke 2:40 says: "And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him." Through Jesus, this power is available to us. John 1:12 says: "as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" These are all from Scripture.
Jesus was not God disguised as a man. Jesus was a normal human being; a true man. Jesus was a man of sorrows. Isaiah 53:3 says: "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:" Matthew 26 says: "38) Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. 39) And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." This was human fear and agony as Jesus prayed to God the Father at Gethsemane. The human emotions, evidenced in this man of sorrows, are compelling evidence that he was not God but was fully man. Think about this; if Jesus was fully God, he would have known his prayers would be fruitless, since he, being omniscient, would have known the future. If he was fully God, therefore, his prayer would have been meaningless. His prayer and the associated suffering make sense only if Jesus was fully human, and sought an alternative to the path of pain and suffering God had revealed to him. Clearly, Jesus was human. Hebrews 5:7 says: "in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;” Jesus intense suffering was crucial in his path to perfection." Hebrews 10:8 says: "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered." Jesus had to learn obedience through suffering in order to be made perfect. He was born an imperfect human; he had to be made perfect. Again this is not a characteristic of God; God is inherently perfect, having no need to be made perfect through suffering. These verses offer repeated proofs that Jesus was a man; a normal man. Jesus was not God.
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