Thomas Said to Christ, “My Lord and My God.” He Meant “God in Christ,” to which We Should Nod

When the risen Jesus appeared to his gathered disciples on the first Easter evening, the Apostle Thomas was not present (John 20.19-24). They later told him they had seen Jesus. Thomas said he wouldn't believe it unless he saw Jesus himself (v. 25). One week later the risen Jesus appeared again to his gathered disciples, with Thomas present. Jesus then showed his nail prints to Thomas, spoke to him about his unbelief, and Thomas replied, “My Lord and my God” (John 20.28). Christians … [Read more...]

More Reasons that Only the Father Is God (which are not in my RJC book)

Theodotus of Byzantium (later Constantinople), also called “the Tanner” and “the Shoemaker,” was a Christian writer in Rome during the late second century. He affirmed Jesus' virgin birth and miracles yet denied he was God. Victor 1, the pope of Rome from 189 to 199, condemned Theodotus’ writings and excommunicated him from the Catholic Church. Since the Church always destroyed writings it deemed heretical, we don’t have any of Theodotus’ written works, but only some information … [Read more...]

Peter’s Kingdom Keys Explain Spirit Baptism

One of the foremost events in the history of the Jesus Movement--which later developed into the Christian religion--was that on the first Day of Pentecost after Jesus’ death and resurrection the Holy Spirit came upon his disciples at Jerusalem and they were "speaking in tongues” (Gr. glossalalia) in partial fulfillment of Joel 3.28. We read about it in Acts 2. Luke, the author, explains that the disciples spoke foreign languages unknown to them, but known to the thousands of Diaspora Jews … [Read more...]

Jesus asked, “Who Do People Say I Am?” No One Said He Was God.

Jesus performed several roles: a seer-prophet, a reformer, a wisdom sage, a healer, an itinerant preacher, and a Torah teacher. About in the middle of his public ministry, according to the Gospel of Mark Jesus asked his male disciples, "Who do people say I am?" (Mk 8.27 NIV). Large crowds were gathering to hear Jesus pronounce his parabolic pearls of wisdom and perform his mighty deeds of healing and even nature miracles, and they were awestruck. That's why they began to ask who he was and if he … [Read more...]

Jews Thought Jesus Said He Was God’s Equal; But Jesus Explained That Would Be Evil

Once when Jesus attended one of the feasts at Jerusalem, he saw a man sitting by a pool of water who had been paralyzed, apparently from the waist down, for thirty-eight years. Jesus said to him, “Arise, take up your pallet [bedding], and walk” (John 5.8). It was the Sabbath, the man did so, and he was accused of breaking the Sabbath. The Sabbath is the seventh day of the week on the Jewish calendar. It was supposed to be “holy,” meaning set apart from the other six days to worship … [Read more...]

Jesus Said He and His Father Are One. He Meant God’s in Him to Get All Things Done

Most Christians think Jesus claimed to be God. Ask most of them who know their Bible, “Where does the Bible say Jesus claimed to be God?” and they’ll likely answer, “He said it in John 10.30: ‘I and the Father are one.’” The word in the Greek New Testament (NT) here translated "one" is hen, which is the numeral "one" and can mean "unity." But that is a far cry from saying straight out, “I am God,” or the like. One is struck with the thought, “Is that the best evidence … [Read more...]

If Christ’s Miracles Attest He Was God, Who Are the Others We Highly Applaud?

One thing that made Jesus famous was that he did miracles. The New Testament (NT) gospels often relate that he traveled in his native land of Israel from town to town and village to village preaching, healing people, and sometimes performing nature miracles such as turning water into wine, multiplying food, and walking on water. Multitudes gathered to hear Jesus utter his pearls of wisdom in parabolic form and perform his mighty feats of healing. Many traditionalist Christians—those who … [Read more...]

If Raised from the Dead Proves Jesus Was God, Then Who Are We When We Get Our New Bod?

All four gospels of the New Testament (NT) culminate with narratives about Jesus' death, his bodily resurrection from the dead, and his disciples’ discovery of his empty tomb. And all of these gospels further relate several post-resurrection appearances of Jesus which occurred during the next forty days. During those times, Jesus' disciples literally saw, touched, and talked to him, and they even ate and drank with him (e.g., Matthew 28.9; Luke 24.39-43; Acts 10.40-41; cf. John 20.27; … [Read more...]


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