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Archive for the month “June, 2011”

Is Jesus God? (Part 9)

In our last study, we saw how Jesus blinded the chief persecutor of His followers, Saul of Tarsus, and informed Saul that He was going to use him to carry His Name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel.

The Book of Acts was written by a Gentile (Luke). That’s a powerful statement in itself. Why would the Holy Spirit inspire a Gentile to write what was first a story about God’s offer of the Messiah to Israel? What happened to change that? As we read through Acts, we quickly see the reason. Israel’s leaders rejected God’s gracious offer. They killed the Messiah and refused to bow to Him even after Jesus Rose from the grave and ascended to the Throne of God. The message of the 12 Apostles was clear that Jesus was ready to return and establish His Messianic Kingdom if they would repent  (Acts 3:19-23). How did Israel’s leaders respond to the call of the Apostles to repentance? The leaders killed many of the Lord’s followers in an attempt to snuff out what God was doing in Israel. So, what did Jesus do? He appeared to the chief persecutor of His followers and changed him into the leader of God’s new way of managing His household (Ephesians 3:1-11).

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Is Jesus God? (Part 8)

In our last study, we learned about the importance of what Stephen claimed about Jesus being the “Son of Man” and how angry it made the leaders of Israel – angry enough to kill Stephen. We also met a young man named Saul who consented to Stephen’s death.

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Is Jesus God? (Part 7)

In our last study, we learned the beliefs of the 12 Apostles about the Deity of Jesus Christ. They all believed Jesus is the Son of God – the Eternal God. Those were exciting and dangerous days following the Lord’s return to Heaven. The Apostles preached the Gospel of the Kingdom and called on the people and leaders of Israel to repent of their wickedness in killing the Son of God. Even though they were arrested and warned not to preach in the Name of Jesus, the Apostles continued to speak boldly about the Messiah that the leaders had killed but God had raised from the dead.

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Is Jesus God? (Part 6)

Witnesses To The Deity of Jesus Christ

In our last study, we saw the powerful message of the Apostles on Pentecost. Peter presented Jesus as being “exalted to the right hand of God” and made it clear that people had to repent. Thousands of Jews became believers that day and were baptized. The Holy Spirit performed many wonders and signs through the Apostles and the believers continued steadfastly in the teaching and fellowship of the Apostles, and in the breaking of bread and in prayers. Everyone had everything in common. They sold their possessions and goods and divided the money among everyone as anyone had need.

An important question here is what happened to the Apostles’ teaching about the Deity of Jesus Christ? Did that change in any way during the months and years that followed Pentecost? We don’t have to look far to find the answer to our question. The Book of Acts is filled with evidence of that belief.

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