Did Jesus Preexist as “the Angel of the LORD”?

The most mysterious and enigmatic figure in the Old Testament (OT) is “the angel of the LORD.” This expression occurs 56 times in the OT, and “the angel of God” occurs 10 times therein. This angel of the LORD appeared to Abraham, Hagar, Isaac, Jacob, Manoah and his wife, Moses, Joshua, and many others.There has never been any consensus in Judaism about the identity of "the angel of the LORD/God" in the OT. The three eminent rabbinic Bible commentators in medieval times interpreted it as the “ … [Read more...]

Is the Son of Man in Daniel 7.13 a Divine Being?

Jesus’ favorite title he applied to himself was “the Son of Man.” The New Testament (NT) gospels relate that Jesus identified himself as "the Son of Man" on about 39 occasions, and it was only him who did so. The occasion on which Jesus most clearly identified himself as the Son of Man was when he healed a man who had been blind from birth (John 9.1-12). Jesus later asked him, “‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ He answered and said, ‘And who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?’ Jesus said t … [Read more...]

Jesus’ “I Am” Sayings in John 8

The following is an excerpt from my book, The Restitution of Jesus Christ (RJC), with scripture quotations from the New American Standard Bible:Jesus’ “I Am” Sayings with a PredicateAs mentioned earlier [in RJC], there are several other “I am” (Gr. ego eimi) sayings of Jesus in the Fourth Gospel that have a predicate nominative, and some of these allude to Old Testament, messianic prophecies. If any of these predicates that Jesus applies to Himself are also applied to God in the Bible,[1] … [Read more...]

Does Colossians 1.15-19 Mean Jesus Preexisted and Created the Universe?

Multiple issues arise in Colossians 1.15-19 that have caused many Bible readers to think Paul therein teaches that Jesus preexisted and created the universe. From this they conclude that only God does that, so Jesus must be God. But Paul does not mean any of that. This text, which is about Jesus, reads as follows in the New American Standard Bible:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, … [Read more...]

Critique of a Billy Graham Easter Message

 I think Billy Graham was the greatest man of God in the twentieth century. Not only was he such a gifted evangelist, a handsome man, and a friendly person who had a charming Southern accent, there was never any scandal with Billy Graham. He was a family man, a righteous man, and thus a devout follower of the one he constantly preached about—Jesus of Nazareth.Billy Graham knew and ministered to many world leaders. They included U.S. presidents such as Richard Nixon. Then the W … [Read more...]

Saint Peter Did Not Believe Jesus Was God

If you could have said to Saint Peter that Jesus is God, I think he would have said something like, "you're nuts"! Just read about Peter in the New Testament (NT) gospels, the early portion of the book of Acts, and the two NT letters attributed to his authorship, and if you can read this literature with some objectivity, you may see what I'm saying.Let's start with the first place in the NT gospels where Jesus' identity surfaces among his chosen apostles. It was when Jesus took them to … [Read more...]

Saint Luke Did Not Believe Jesus Was God

In recent decades, New Testament scholars have given Saint Luke his due honor. As the author of the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts, Luke authored even more of the New Testament than did the Apostle Paul, thus more than any other NT author. These two ministered together multiple times during some of Paul's missionary journeys. A close, critical reading of all the NT material produced by these two men, Luke and Paul, reveals that they never expressly indicate or proclaim therein that Jesus … [Read more...]

A Key to Understanding the Son of Man Is His Virgin Birth

Last month I posted about Son of Man Study, which is my favorite: Jesus Was Daniel's Suffering Son of Man; Must We Believe in the Virgin Birth to Be Saved; Jesus As Son of Man Was Isaiah's Suffering Servant.Son of Man Study centers on Dan 7.13-14. I regard it as the second most important text in the Old Testament, with the Shema in Deut 6.4-5 as foremost.The author of the book of Daniel begins Daniel 7 by saying, "Daniel had a dream and visions of his head as he lay in bed. Then he wrote … [Read more...]