Who is Jesus Christ?

Written by M. Larson

How can we know, love, and worship the Lord Jesus Christ unless we really know and understand Who He was–as the Magi from the east did! Was Jesus a good man? He is more than that. The Bible says He “did no sin” (1 Peter 2:22.) Was he a great teacher? He is more than that. Officers sent to arrest Him returned to the chief priests and Pharisees and said, “No one ever spoke the way this man does” (John 7:46.) Today, just as the religious leaders of Jesus’ day did, many cults and even ministers and professors in religious schools deny the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, the reconciliation of God and man through Christ’s death on the cross for our sins, and His physical resurrection from the grave. So it’s important that we know who Jesus Christ is and what He came to earth to do. This can help us not only to be sound in faith, but also to be witnesses to those who have gone astray. The Bible tells us these truths:

Christ Always Existed

John 1:1 says, ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Verse 14 says that the Word became flesh and dwelt among men. In Revelation 1:8 John quoted the Lord Himself: “I am the Alpha and Omega, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” In Isaiah, written some 700 years before Christ’s coming, we find essentially the same statement: “This is what the Lord says–Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God” (Isaiah. 44:6.)

The Prophet Micah foretold the birthplace of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, to be Bethlehem, and then added that He was the One whose goings forth are from old, from everlasting (5:2.) The Apostle Paul wrote by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17.) John also testified that “through him all things were made and without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:3.)

Jesus Christ is both man and God

Christ’s birth by a woman was first predicted in Genesis 3:15. Matthew 1 gives His genealogy from Abraham and quotes Isaiah 7:14: “‘Behold, the virgin will be with child, and will give birth to a Son, and they will call him ‘Immanuel’ which means ‘God with us’.” Isaiah later wrote again of this miraculous birth: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given…and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (9:6.) Look at the titles that belong to that Holy Child born to the virgin Mary! When the Angel Gabriel told the virgin Mary about this child she would give birth to, she exclaimed, “How will this be since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34) Gabriel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most high will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God” (v. 35.)So Jesus Christ is the only child ever born of God and of a woman (John 3:18)–without the help of a man. Thus, He is both God and man.

Later, when Joseph learned Mary was pregnant, the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream to explain to him the miraculous conception of Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Matthew says these things fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy concerning a virgin giving birth to a son, and that this child would be called “Immanuel,” which means “God with us” (Matthew 1:18-23.)

Jesus Christ came to die for our sins

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believed in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Isaiah predicted that Christ would be pierced for our transgressions…afflicted…led as a lamb to the slaughter (53:5.) Revelation 13:8 calls Jesus “the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.” His coming to earth to die for our sins was God’s plan before He made man.

Jesus Christ is the future King

A thousand years before Christ, the psalmist prophesied His second coming in judgment, power, and glory to take His throne as King: “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom” (Psalm 45:6). Hebrews 1:8 quotes this prophecy, saying that God the Father said it to God the Son.

God said through Isaiah, “I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior” (43:11); and “Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock” (44:8.) The only way we can understand these truths is to accept by faith the teaching of the Godhead made up of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19)–one God in essence, yet three Persons.

Here is a simple formula to remember where the key scripture verses are to back up these teachings concerning Christ: Isaiah 7, 9, and 53; the first chapters of John, Ephesians, Colossians, Hebrews, and Revelation; and the 3:16s in John, 1 Timothy, and 1 John. Most people will admit that Jesus Christ was a truly good man. If He is that, then He certainly is no liar! He Himself claimed to be God and the Son of God. On the basis of that claim, He was crucified (John 8:58; 19:7.)

Imagine what great love the Son of God has for us, to come to die such a painful ignominious death on the cross to save us! Have you yet realized that He did that for you? Have you believed that He died to pay the penalty for your sins? He says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will go in and eat with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). If you will believe that he died for your sins, then He will come and fellowship with you, as He promised.

Take a look at your life. How would you describe it? Contented? Rushed? Exciting? Stressful? Moving forward? Holding back? For many of us it’s all of the above at times. There are things we dream of doing one day, there are things we wish we could forget. In the Bible, it says that Jesus came to make all things new. What would your life look like if you could start over with a clean slate?

Living with hope

If you are looking for peace, there is a way to balance your life. No one can be perfect, or have a perfect life. But every one of us has the opportunity to experience perfect grace through a personal relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.

You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer. Praying is simply talking to God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. Here’s a suggested prayer:

Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to you and ask you to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be.

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? You can pray it right now, and Jesus Christ will come into your life, just as He promised.

Is this the life for you?

If you invited Christ into your life, thank God often that He is in your life, that He will never leave you and that you have eternal life. As you learn more about your relationship with God, and how much He loves you, you’ll experience life to the fullest.

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91 Responses to “Who is Jesus Christ?”

  • Sharon says:

    good article and good comments too thank you for posting this article–

  • For years all I ever wanted was someone to explain to me the understanding and the real truth about the bible and Jesus. This article was what I needed. I thank you and thank the lord for now I understand. Everyone will have there own opinions. As we all see this everyday…I’m going g to stay true to what my heart say’s to me and follow Jesus as he has always been there for me through all the good and all the bad. Thanks again “God Bless You All”

  • Marc Wooten says:

    Thanks.

  • Aldo says:

    Bob, what you are advocating is the same desire that God had in mind when He brought Eve to Adam in the garden of Eden. But, because of an enemy being present, it did not work out. The same enemy is still present, and prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour(1 Pet.5:8), and he is very diligent, skillful, and successful at what he does.

    The only way what you are advocating can come to pass is by everyone being regenerated (born again) by the Spirit of God, which will be the condition in heaven.

    I pray that God will quicken you to understand what I have written.

  • Bob s says:

    I thought perhaps we could look past that and make it about what it would be like if people actually thought along the same lines. I can tell you it would be living your life as if you can’t be wrong. Because if the only thing that you do is try to make this place just like the one you think your going to then how will you be judged. By what you believe or by what god believes. This world is the way it is because of what we believe and if we don’t change that history will repeat itself and we will end up destroying one another over it. I can’t believe that that’s what god had in mind for us. If we make it about this place being heaven then perhaps we can work together to make it that. That is the one thing that benefits every man woman and child equally and not one more than the other. And it’s actually pretty simple if you think about it. Just because it’s something we never believed doesn’t mean it isn’t the case. Why can’t we discuss how we can get that message across instead of why it won’t work. As far as I’m concerned to put anything else before that is to put what we believe above what god believes. I can’t do that. And it really does fill my heart and mind with love knowing that it is what god wants. Being perfect isn’t about always doing what is right it starts with knowing what isn’t.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    So you would say that you are able to act without selfishness and everything you do and think helps build and not destroy Heaven here on Earth? That is quite a claim Bob.

  • Bob s says:

    It’s made all the difference. And it’s not because I believe it it’s because I know it’s what god believes. And when you honestly know what god believes it no longer matters what you used to believe. I can’t make it about anything else. So I know that I am here to make this a better world and I’m trying and I’m not the only one here to do that we all are.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    How has that belief changed the way you love Bob? Are you able to love perfectly without selfishness in order to make this world Heaven?

  • Bob s says:

    I apologize once again for me not explaining myself well enough. It’s not a matter of people loving one another that I was trying to get across but it was what would get them to do it that I was trying to make. My point is if people knew that this is that place wouldn’t it make them change what they believe and put down there weapons and love one another as they should. This is Heaven. The place that people believe they are going to after they die. I’m not saying there’s not an afterlife there is but it not heaven this is. So my question and I’m going to try to make it simple is if people knew this world is heaven wouldn’t it change what they believe and force them to look at things in a different light. It would no longer matter what anyone believes wouldn’t it. You wouldn’t be able to change it and make it about anything else. The truth is something you can’t change no matter what you believe. To think that it can only be true if we believe it is absurd. If we can keep it to just that would it make a difference in the world. I guess that’s the only question I’m asking. Thank you again.

  • rich morris says:

    Jesus came to reveal to us who God is! Unfortunately, very few really accept him at his word. Most of the prophets and writers were rejected in their day. So the question to each of us is: will you accept and received him for who he said/says he is. He healed the sick and raised to dead to life and overcame death himself… “I lay down my life and I take it up again” I am that I am (before Abraham was…I AM”… will we received him? think on these things…

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Bob, I agree with you that if people were to love each other perfectly our world would be a completely different place. I think the vast majority of people in this world want that as well. Unfortunately, I can’t do that. Even with the people that are closest to me whom I want to love the most, I still act selfishly and hurt them. How about you; have you been able to love people perfectly? Do you have other people around you who believe the same as you? Have you been able to love each other perfectly as you believe we should?

  • Bob s says:

    Jamie I may have led you to believe something that wasn’t true and I apologize if that was the case. I never wanted you to believe that I thought god created anything imperfect god is perfect in every way. And I’m not saying if the people of the world believed me what it would be like because then I would be opening myself up to what people would think of me and it’s not about me it’s about god. Heaven to all of us here is a state of mind. It’s a place we are going to go to where there is no pain and no suffering and nothing but love. So it’s like saying it’s a place where people are different. That they are all the same. What would make us the same here is if we all believed the same thing. We argue over what god believes which is the exact opposite of what he wants for us. As far as the people before us and where they have gone is they get another chance because everyone deserves it. Utopia is what we make it and that is the world we live in. I’m not asking you to believe me. I’m asking what if the rest of the world felt the same way and what if the only reason we are here is to make it a better place and to live with love in our hearts and minds and have that to offer one another and nothing less. So my question to you my friend is not whether or not you believe me but what if everybody did. What would it be like? If everybody believed this was that place we believe we are going to if we believe what they tought us. I know you probaly have a lot of things to say that would only put into question what I am trying to get across but then again that would be making my point wouldn’t it. If anything that I said was lost in translation I apologize. What I say isn’t about me it’s about what if we all believed the same thing and the best thing to believe in my opinion is this is that place. It would force us all to put aside what we believe and love one another and make it a better place.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Thanks Bob for your careful explanation. If I understand you correctly, you don’t want to have a debate over which worldview is the correct one, you would prefer that we discuss what the world would be like if everyone believed the same as you. Ok, I am open to discussing what you believe.

    So you believe that God created this world imperfectly so we would have the opportunity to make it into heaven and earn our admittance into something that He has created which is even better. So did God create us imperfect or did we degrade ourselves somehow? What is the standard that we are called to get this world to in order to deserve the better reward He has in store for us? How can we know what that standard is so we know what it is we are working towards? There have been lots of ideas created by humanity of what utopia would be like; were any of them the correct goal? What has happened to all the people who have died who have yet to achieve that standard?

  • Bob s says:

    Thank you Jamie. Your words are in my opinion are very sincere. I would never question your belief in god. For me to question that would be to question your existence. The point I’m trying to make and one that may be lost in translation is one of peace. What it is I’m trying to say is we as a society need to take things to another level. For example we can sit here and judge the world. Even though it is god that judges and not us we need to look back and see where we might have gone wrong to make a better future for not only us but for our children. Looking back the only thing we can say is what people believed before has changed. How many people died believing the earth was flat. Jesus died not because he deserved but because at the time it was acceptable to put someone to death just for believing he was god. We do know that was the case because they said to him say your not god and we will let you live. I don’t wanna bring up the debate on all the particulars and get of track but I think you know what it is I am trying to say. My point is that what we believe keeps on changing and god is something that has been the same since the begining so it’s not him it is definately us. When I say us I mean all of us. And as long as there are religions there will never be us there will only be groups of us. I believe the bible and other books were at one time a helpful tool that now at this point in time they are a weapon. They are something for each group to stand behind and use as a tool to defend what they believe. And that belief is so strong that it at times may lead us to even kill for it believing we are defending it. Spirituality doesn’t come from a book but rather from ones self. But as long as we can tell ourselves what is true we will never connect with one another spiritually. Maybe it’s time we put aside what it is that we believe and think about what it is that god has been trying to say to us since the beginning of time. We didn’t creat the environment we live in we actually inherited it. Let us not keep looking where we we came from and believe we can find that answer in a book that was written at a time when all of the other things that where believed at the times where thought to be true. I know most if not all will have something to say about how what I’m saying isn’t true and I understand. But I hope there may be a few who may ask themeselves what if what I believe is true. To question me is to question my love of god only god and myself know what that is. All I can say is my love for god makes me wanna try to make this world a better place for everybody. I’m certainly not here to debate my beliefs over god and create distain. So my question to you isn’t what you believe my question to you is what if what I believed was true. Now that would only raise one more question what is it we should believe. What I believe we should all believe is simple. This is that world. This is that world that god created for us to make heaven. It’s the world most people believe they have to die to get to. I believe we have to creat it here first before god will reward us with something better. Why would we believe we deserve something more than what we have been given when we really didn’t take to good a care of what we have. I know many people are going to tell me how wrong I am but they can only do that by pretending they know what god believes. You believe you know what god believes from what others have told you. When Jesus walked the earth he told you he would be back and when he came back that you wouldn’t know. To think or believe you know when in fact Jesus said you wouldn’t really explains why the world is the way it is. How would you explain believing you know something when in fact Jesus said you wouldn’t. That’s something you would have to explain when he comes back. The only difference between now and then is that you couldn’t kill him over what he believes to defend what you believe. You just don’t have to believe him this time. You see when it came to Jesus is wAsnt a matter of what he believed as much as it was a matter of what if everyone believed the same thing.

  • Kathryn Kathryn says:

    Thanks Bob for your contribution and an especial thank you to Jamie for such calm and peaceful encouragement he gives. It is true that we can all get confused by what is said and done in the name of God but if we trust His word and follow Jesus teaching as well as rely on the leading and guiding of His Holy Spirit, we will have that peace of heart which is promised to all who believe. I have found it to be so yet again as I personally have been going through a time of turmoil just lately. My great example is Job who though he lives before there was any written word, knew in his heart that at the last day, he would stand before God. His words were, I know that my Redeemer lives. So do I. Praise the Lord.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Bob, I understand your concern about human’s misunderstanding the nature of God. The proliferation of religions and worldviews shows that lots of people have different ideas about what God is like. The differences between those worldviews are contradictory so we know they can’t all be true. So that means that either God doesn’t care what we believe, or that humans don’t want to accept what God has revealed about Himself and try to come up with alternatives. The way that the Bible presents the nature of God and the nature of humanity points to the latter explanation; it is God’s nature to reveal Himself but because humanity is bent on independence from His authority they create all kinds of alternatives to His revealed truth. That’s one of the reasons why I think it is so significant that all other religions and worldviews focus on what humans can do to fix the evil in them: following a moral code, performing proper rituals, spiritual enlightenment, etc. Only Jesus says, “Apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) That means all of our good deeds, meditations, offering, etc. do nothing to cover over the sinfulness of our lives. The only one who can do that is God, so Jesus became one of us so that we could know Him as God, and then died to pay the penalty of our sinfulness, breaking the hold that evil has on our hearts. He then rose from the dead and leads the lives of all those who put their trust in Him alone. It is a unique message, and on that fact alone merits closer examination.

    Now if it is God’s nature to reveal Himself, wouldn’t a written document be a helpful tool? Wouldn’t that give us something to compare all other revelations to in order to judge what is true? If, as you say, all people make God out to be whatever they believe, wouldn’t it be valuable to have something concrete that we could trust to point us in the right direction?

  • Bob s says:

    Wouldn’t it be a kick in the ass if everybody has it wrong. This isn’t a game of horse shoes. All you people make god out to be whatever you believe. I understand what you believe everybody does it’s the book! You don’t offer anything new that will make the change necessary. Why can’t we start of being honest and say the truth is we don’t know. You can’t take what you believe and put it above what god believes. It’s what we have been doing since the beginning. This world is the way it is because of what we believe and we all believe we know the truth and it is different to everyone. When Christ comes back he will have something new to offer us that we have never had before. Do you think we will be able to put what we believe aside this time or will it be the same as it was. You think it will be different this time because you will know when he is back. But he told you that you wouldn’t. So once again you are in the same spot. The truth is something that doesn’t change no matter what you believe. You cant change it only Christ can. Problem is you think you know therefore why would you listen to anyone other than yourself. I’m sorry for the people that turn to that book for all the answers. It’s a guide but to think that it is everything limits you from looking further. They thought the earth was flat back then too remember.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    The authors of the documents that make up the Bible did not set out to write the Bible. They were directed by God to write their piece and then God directed others then to gather up the pieces into a collection that helps us to know Him. We do have strong evidence for the authorship of many of the documents in the Bible. The historical accuracy of the Bible also gives it great credibility as truly inspired by God. The fulfilled prophecies in the Bible are also proofs of God’s involvement in the writing of those documents. Many have sought to discredit the authenticity of the Bible but have failed.

  • robert says:

    No bible can really be all true since even the ones who wrote it never finished it and we added to it and still adding to it…..nobody even has any idea who wrote the bible trully…

  • robert says:

    I meant to say Jesus is the son of God…

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Robert, I know that the teaching from the Bible that Jesus and God are One seems pretty extreme. Why would a perfect, Holy, God choose to become a human? It seems unthinkable? And how can One God be three persons? That just doesn’t make sense. And yet that is what Jesus taught and what the Bible tells us. M. Larson has given a number of verses that point to Jesus as God. There are other verses as well that support that truth: Jesus said, “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30) The Jewish people to whom Jesus said this understood what He was saying because the next verse tells us that they picked up stones to kill Him for blasphemy–calling Himself God. In another place Jesus told HIs disciples, “If you have seen Me you have seen the Father.” (John 14:9) In His final words to His disciples Jesus instructed them to baptize new disciples in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19) The way Christians have understood this relationship between God the Son, God the Father and God the Holy Spirit is that they are all one substance but three persons. There have been many analogies that try to capture how this works but none of the fully explain God because God is spiritual being and cannot be fully explained by material examples. But Jesus talked about Himself, The Father and The Spirit all with the characteristics of the Divine. The only way to interpret those teachings is with the Trinity.

    You asked why Jesus would pray if He were God; because He was communicating with God the Father. That totally fits with our understanding of God being one in substance but three in person.

  • robert says:

    Well I disagree with this whole statement that jesus is God or that he ever was…Jesus is Jesus and God is God…Jesus will always be the Son of Jesus. JESUS do NOT need to pray if he is God yet he prayed on the cross asking for forginess for those who wronged him he also prayed to God before he was arrested…..I dont understand how people can believe in this nonesense maybe because nobody knows who god is and people who keep rewriting the bible make up a human being like Jesus to fit this description….God and Jesus are seperate….never be as one….

  • Kathryn Kathryn says:

    Hi everybody, This is a kind of intense blog with everybody sharing their views very openly. I guess that’s good but actually, the originally article was not meant to cause a lot of division because the fact is that what we “know” we know by faith in the one who humbled himself and became obedient unto death so that we could have the certainty of things we cannot yet see. I know there is a place for apologetics and discussing the nitty gritty of our faith but let us remember that the real truth comes only from Almighty God and we can know Him through our Redeemer Christ. This is the message we really need to live out in our lives and share with those who have ears to hear and eyes to see. Blessings to all, in Him.

  • Bob S says:

    This world is all you know. Instead of making it about things you couldn’t possibly know why don’t you start with making it about what you do know and not what somebody told you. Gods word comes from his mouth and his pen only. Nobody but god can tell me what he sais. And you are not god my friend! I will wait till he comes back to tell me himself because he did say he would be back so until then I will stick to what I have and treat this world as if it is the place I am going to. That way I can’t be wrong! But I will pray for you that what you believe is exactly what he believes.

  • jdw539 says:

    @bob s Luke 12:51-53 51)Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on the earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division; 52)For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two and two against three. 53) The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. As we can see here in scripture in Gods on words he never intended for there to be peace on earth, but he came to give us peace in our spirits knowing that there is a better place that we should work toward for eternity. and that place is heaven. the whole book of revelations is about end times and the destruction of this sin infested world, the new earth and the new heaven. I pray this helps you Bob to see that this place is just a stop off point not our eternal home, well it is not for me.

    Before anyone starts, I do know that i CAN NOT earn my way into heaven the work I speak of is the daily killing of the flesh and walking where my LORD leads me.

  • Bob s says:

    When I said this is Heaven i didn’t mean to suggest that there is no afterlife. Right now heaven exists in your mind what I mean by that is until you are there you don’t really know what it is. So for now you can just imagine what it’s like and you have enough reading and listening on that subject to fill your imagination to lead you to believe it’s whatever you want or whatever they tell you. But we have to be honest about it. And the honest truth is we don’t know. We do know that heaven is where god is. Jesus coming back would only mean that he is bringing Heaven back with him which would mean this is Heaven. He would tell us what it is like to be with God in the afterlife which is better than anything we could ever imagine. He would also tell us what we need to do to make it there. He would tell us that we need to make this world the world we believe heaven is like. That we have in us. He would bring it out in us by telling us this heaven. We would have to put aside what we believe and believe him because he is God. Who would one be to question God. I guess the only thing that matters is who we believe the person is that is telling us these things.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Bob s, thanks for your kind words. I may be misunderstanding you but it seems like you are suggesting that we need to earn our place in Heaven when you wrote, “If we can’t create that world here what gives us the right to be with him knowing we couldn’t give him what he wants.” If it is up to humans to create Heaven it is going to be fairly anti-climactic. Our finite abilities will limit the perfection of what Heaven can be. The Bible is clear that this world will continue to degenerate until Jesus returns and sets everything right. As an example, the last book in the Bible describes a scene in Heaven where all those present despair that no one is worthy to usher in the kingdom of God (symbolized by a sealed scroll from God). “I [this is John writing] saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?’ And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, ‘Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.’ And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,
    ‘Worthy are you to take the scroll
    and to open its seals,
    for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
    from every tribe and language and people and nation,
    and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
    and they shall reign on the earth.’” (Revelation 5:2-10)

    This seems to be saying that only Jesus is able to establish the Kingdom of God here on Earth.

    How do you understand this prophetic description of the future Kingdom of God on Earth?

  • bob s says:

    Jamie, How could I not agree with what you are saying. You have deep understanding that if everyone shared would make a huge impact. Thank you for that. Maybe we can take that understanding one step further by trying to understand what Jesus really meant by saying he would be back. I believe it was to add on to what we already know. That is the piece of the puzzle that we are missing. And it would be like you said God reaching to us. The choices we make are made up of the choices we are given. Christ coming back would represent another choice we would have. Jesus didn’t have the ability to take away our free will which just means he offered us another choice. The rest is up to us. We should just know that when he comes back it may not be in the way we believe it but he would offer us a choice that would benefit every single person the same. Not one group of people more than the other. And it would benefit all of us equally. He would know something no one else does. My passion comes from a feeling. Not just a feeling that leads me to believe I can change the world it leads me to believe that I know I can. But I also know that I can not do it alone. You see my feelings tell me this is Heaven. This is the world that people believe they are going to when they leave this world to be with God. Heaven isn’t just a state of mind. It an actual place where we are supposed to live with love in our hearts and minds knowing God gave us this to afford us the opurtunity to one be with him forever. If we can’t creat that world here what gives us the right to be with him knowing we couldn’t give him what he wants. We want heaven and so does God. He created this world so we could make just like what we think heaven will be. I’m not asking you if you believe me but I will ask you if everyone in this world believed what would this world be like. Then I would ask you why don’t you be the first then. Thank you for listening.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Bob, I love your passion for making this world a better place. That is part of the role of all Jesus’ followers. Jesus is the ‘Prince of Peace’ and He has offers all of us the opportunity to have peace with God. He said that the peace that He brings is not like the peace the world brings. The world offers peace with God through the efforts of following a moral code, engaging in proper rituals, attaining spiritual enlightenment, etc. All of these are dependent on our efforts. The peace with God that Jesus offers is only through His sacrifice on our behalf. So it is God reaching to rescue humanity rather than humanity reaching to grasp God.

    It makes sense, then, that a peace amongst humanity would also come through the divine intervention of God. As followers of Jesus, we have a part to play in that: we need to be looking to Him to lead us in acts of peace as His agents of peace. What kinds of ways has He shown you to be an agent of peace?

    Jesus was also clear that while people still choose to be at odds with God, there will never be any lasting peace here on Earth. If our primary relationship with our Creator is broken by the choices we make, our relationships with the world around us, our neighbours and even ourselves will be broken. It is only by allowing Jesus to bring peace to our relationship with God can we hope to bring peace and healing in our other relationships. Would you agree with that?

  • bob s says:

    Where would you be without the Bible? Heaven! I’m just trying to help build a better world where we all live with the same belief. A belief that benefits every single person the same. There is no one person better than the other no hierarchy of power. A place where there is no war or hunger. We could do it but it would take a lot of work on our part. The place I describe sounds an awfull lot like heaven to me. I can try to help create heaven but is has to start with me believing I am here first. I would love to welcome you to heaven. We are here already so we should make the most of what it can be don’t you think.

  • Sharon says:

    to bob s– we are not going to convince each other on what each one believes to be truthful but in the bible it does say in the gospels that JESUS says I am going to prepare a place for you which is heaven so after people die who believe will go there. I am sorry I am questioning your beliefs I don’t mean to I am just going on what I believe.— sharon

  • bob s says:

    So you believing you know the truth makes you think I shouldn’t pray for you? I pray for you so you may be led to believe the honest truth. The only thing that may be keeping you from the honest truth is believing you know what it is already. Believing in God and Jesus is never gonna be enough. It’s believing what they believe that would make the change that this world needs. This world can be whatever you want it to be. Perhaps it’s not Heaven because of what you believe. The difference between Heaven and Hell isn’t the difference between two different worlds. The difference is you. Welcome to Heaven. Just because it wasn’t what you believed doesn’t mean it isn’t true. If you changed what you believed about this world perhaps the world will change with you. Please don’t question my belief in God or Jesus. I don’t believe you are either. That’s why you believe what you do. I will continue to pray for everybody and you are included in them.

  • Sharon says:

    to bob s no need to pray for me I am good you believe you want you want and I will be believe what I want.– sharon

  • bob s says:

    Thank you for your prayers. I think we have a misunderstanding, God created everything. He created earth and gave us the chance to create Heaven on it. Heaven isn’t a place you go if you were good after you die. Heaven is a place you live in before you die. But you have to create it. Why would God create another world for you to go when you couldn’t even get it right in this one. You talk about heaven being another world that you can only see when you are dead so I guess as long as your alive in this world you can’t be wrong if you believe in heaven being another world you go to after this one. This is heaven and not because I believe so but because that’s what god believes It doesn’t matter what we believe it only matters what he believes. Your differences of opinion will be taken up with him. But the beliefs that heaven is another place will always keep this place from being what it was supposed to be. I pray for you.

  • Sharon says:

    OOPS MY APOLOGIES IT FINSIHED BEFORE I DID– So we can live for HIM and worship HIM we can change the world for love and peace we can show that we can show we are Christians by our love for each other and others God loves you with an everlasting love I am praying for you.— sharon

  • Sharon says:

    to bob s lovely concept but God created earth we can LIVE FOR HIM AND WORSHIP HIM HE also made HEAVEN so we can go there after we die WE DIDN’T CREATE HEAVEN God did

  • bob s says:

    Christ represented change. If we all have Christ in us then let us all be the change that this world needs to give God what he wants. God wants peace and love on earth. Let us represent him properly. Let US be the change that this world needs. This is Heaven. This is the world we picture we will have when we leave this world for the next. Let US create that world here before we are given another. God created this world for US to create Heaven but instead we created Heaven in our minds. Lets turn it around and give be what God wants us to be instead of God being what we want him to be. It’s up to US.

  • Sharon says:

    good article thank you for the posting HE IS MY LORD AND SAVIOR AND GOD AND I LOVE HIM MORE AND MORE

  • bob s says:

    Why can’t we work together towards the truth? We can do it together it just has to be something we all want equally. A good person would be able to put aside some of the things they believe to do what’s best for everybody. We are all a part of something much bigger than ourselves. It means the same thing the words are different. Remeber the movies never live up to the books.

  • bob s says:

    You are asking me to take someone else’s word over Christs word. He said you will not know you can not see what you don’t know. If you could you would see the truth! Perhaps the truth is something you can’t see. Perhaps the only thing keeping you from the truth is what you believe. I will never question God and Jesus is God. Therefore I will stick with what he said and not what someone thinks he meant. Until that day comes you will not know and that good news for everybody living in this world because until that day comes it can be whatever you choose to believe. The difference between believing and knowing is the difference between life and death. It’s all the difference in this world as well. If people knew the truth it would be a different world. A world in which we could all live in peace! We wouldn’t have to find it in our own minds. We would be living in it with our minds and our bodies and our souls. This world could be a world without war without hunger and without greed. The truth has to be something that benefits every single person and serve them equally. It’s not something that benefits one particular group over the other. I’m not trying to be difficult and debate any ones beliefs I just wished we were all one living in peace. I don’t want to have to die to achieve that when I can have that right now. I will not let what others believe keep me from the kingdom of god!

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