Who is Jesus Christ?

Who is Jesus Christ?

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

The verse in Revelation 1:8 above is one of the many descriptions Jesus gives us of Himself. Below we find Jesus asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” [referring to Himself] They said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them [His disciples] “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:13-17) “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Ekklesia; and the gates of hell will not overpower it” (verse 18)

Each of us as human beings has a particular way in which we view the person of Jesus Christ. Although some will still reject that the above Jesus was a real figure in history, most would agree that a polarizing individual named Jesus lived in the 1st century- a man who claimed He was God! What differs is the manner each of us chooses to view this Jesus, His claims and how His very life can and does affect our own. In a similar manner as above Jesus asks you and I, “Who do you say that I am?”

Who do you say that I am?

Even among those professing to be Christians, the answers to the above question are many and varied. How can this be? Do we each have the right to decide who Jesus is, was and will be or is His own explanation adequate?

Some see Jesus as simply a good moral teacher. As such, we might model His example of how to live our lives before others. After all, His willingness to serve and heal others was a very prominent part of His life upon this earth. Others, like above, view Him simply as another one of the many prophets in history. Still others, view His life and actions as either a victim of His seeming anti-establishment views or the actions of a lunatic. After all, this Jesus did actually claim to be God Himself! Others label Him the founder of a new religion, a man who became a martyr for what He believed in. Some of the religious people of His day even attributed His miracles to the power of Satan! Not suprisingly, it seems everyone has an opinion and although most of these people reject Jesus’ own claims about Himself, they still want to believe they are on Jesus’ good side- whatever that means.

The extreme saying/claims of Jesus

Jesus made many extreme statements during His short life on earth. He often said and did things that grinded on the status quo of His day and rattled those who claimed to know and follow God. These statements often made ridiculous demands upon those supposedly desiring to follow Him. For example He said to the multitudes of people He preached to:

 Repent of sin (Matthew 4:17)

 Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44)

 Be perfect (Matthew 5:48)

 Forgive others (Matthew 6:12,14)

 Do not store up earthly treasures (Matthew 6:19-21)

 Do not worry (Matthew 6:25-34)

 Whoever does the will of My Father are My mother, brother etc. (Matthew 12:46-50)

And also to His disciples:

 Follow Me (Matthew 4:19)

 You will be hated (Matthew 10:21-23)

 Whoever denies Me, I will deny (Matthew 10:32,33)

 He who loves anyone more than Me is not worthy of Me (Matthew 10:37)

 He who does not take up his cross is not worthy of Me (Matthew 10:38)

And to the religious minded:

 He is Lord over the Sabbath (Matthew 12:3-8)

 This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the traditions of men. (Matthew 15:7-9)

Interestingly enough, Jesus spoke all of the above prior to His question to His disciples, “But who do you say that I am?”

There is one primary reason why we continue to find the diverse opinions about who Jesus is even in our day. It’s found in the statement above where Jesus says, “Blessed are you Simon, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” In other words, it was not some mere man teaching him, not some external miracle or something he saw or read that convinced Simon who Jesus really was. It was a revelation from God the Father that convinced him! It was something Simon could not discover upon his own but rather something God Himself did on Simon’s behalf.

Many today think they know who Jesus Christ is. They come to their conclusions from attending some religious facility, listening to some spiritual leader teach, reading the Bible or researching some other source for information. Despite all this, God says to Simon and to us all, “Blessed are you, if My Father has revealed Me to you.” Other similar statements are made in the Scriptures:

“But as many as received Him, [Jesus] to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood [through natural birth] nor of the will of the flesh [I made my own choice to become a child of God independent of Him] nor of the will of man [I inherited my place in God’s family through relatives etc] but of God” (John 1:12, 13)

The prophesy of Isaiah is still being fulfilled which says;

“YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND; YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE;

FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL, WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR,

AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES, OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES, HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN, AND I WOULD HEAL THEM”

Why would Jesus quote such a statement about people? Was it because people continue to make Jesus out to be something He is not? Because they refuse to come before Him on His terms alone verses their own? Anyone will follow a Jesus that promises eternal life and offers untold riches in this life as well. We all want a Jesus who will solve our problems, make our lives comfortable and grant us what we desire. Only one problem though, this Jesus is not real, he is a figment of men’s false hopes and imaginations. Many of those claiming Him have made Jesus into an image that they deem acceptable to them. This happens primarily as a result of one of two reasons. First, they reject what is said concerning Jesus in the Scriptures:

 All knowing (Omniscient)

 All powerful (Omnipotent)

 Always present (Omnipresent)

 Eternal

 Immortal

 Immutable

 Incorruptible

 Invisible

 Incomprehensible

I’ve specifically chosen the above characteristics for one simple reason. None of these characteristics are true about human beings. We are nothing like the God who created us. Secondly, man has a far too high estimate of himself which has a tendency to lower God’s high and holy standards for them. Most would have a religious authority tell them what to believe verses asking God Himself for the truth. In both examples men have abandoned the Scriptures as their primary authority. Ousting Jesus and His “All authority is Mine” men are now supposedly free to accept or reject what they believe to be fair, right or acceptable to them. Touch upon the “hard” statements of Jesus and many will soon abandon Him if they haven’t already. Statements like this below;

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise Him up on the last day. For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him” (John 6:53-58)

What was the response to the above words Jesus spoke? “As a result of this [the above statement] many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore” (6:66)

or

And He was saying to them all, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins” (John 8:23, 24)

or

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father [comes to have a relationship with God the Father] but through Me. (John 14:6)

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the results of obeying God by telling others of the hard sayings of Jesus:

“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.”

“Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than His Master. If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.”

“But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me” (John 15:18-21)

If it isn’t obvious already, it will become so soon enough. No typical man speaks in this fashion. No typical man commands, yes demands faith in Him and obedience to what He speaks. No typical man claims to be the exclusive way to have a relationship with God, yet this man Jesus does. Let me explain, yes let me expound upon just Who this Jesus the Christ is, was and will be someday soon enough.

Who Jesus was, in history past

Jesus Christ is, and will always be God.

“The Lord possessed Me at the beginning of His way, before His works of old. From everlasting I was established, from the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth” (Proverbs 8:22, 23)

“For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers [Paul the apostle speaking of his and his brethrens Jewish ancestors] were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; and were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; and drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ” [proves interaction with the Jews prior to His human birth]

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He [Jesus] was in the beginning with God” [His Father]

“All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men” (John 1:1-4)

“Now the birth [into humanity] of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:18)

“BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.” (Matthew 1:23)

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will accomplish this” (Isaiah 9:6, 7)

A King

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem saying, “Where is He who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east and have come to worship Him.” (Matthew 2:1, 2)

Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor questioned Him, saying, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.” (Matthew 27:11)

“He came to His own [chosen people, Israel] and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:11-13)

A Preacher of Good News

From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)

And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)

How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!” However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, “LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT?” (Romans 10:14-16)

A Physician [to the multitudes]

Jesus was going throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people. (Matthew 4:23, 24)

When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill. This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: “HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMIRIES AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES.” (Matthew 8:16, 17)

And Jesus answered and said to them, “It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous [those who deem themselves as righteous] but sinners [those humble and willing to admit being sinful and in need] to repentance. (Luke 5:31, 32)

A Teacher [to the crowds and His disciples]

“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household” (Matthew 10:24, 25)

“But do not be called Rabbi; for One [Jesus] is your Teacher, and you are all [equally] brothers” (Matthew 23:8)

“You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you should do as I did to you” (John 13:13-15)

A Prophet

“A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief. (Matthew 14:57, 58)

And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.” (Matthew 21:11)

“Moses said, “THE LORD GOD WILL RAISE UP FOR YOU A PROPHET LIKE ME FROM YOUR BRETHREN; TO HIM YOU SHALL GIVE HEED to everything He says to you. And it will be that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’ “And likewise, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced these days.” (Acts 3:22-24)

Apostle

“Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession; He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, [God the Father] as Moses also was in all his house” (Hebrews 3:1, 2)

A Servant

And He directed the people to sit down on the ground; and taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks and broke them, and started giving them to the disciples to serve them, and they served them to the people. They also had a few small fish; and after He had blessed them, He ordered these to be served as well. (Mark 8:6)

“You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. But it is not to be this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:42-45)

“But when the Son of Man comes in glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on His left. Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, those who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’

Who Jesus Christ is, now

Jesus Christ is, was and will always be God.

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities- all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also the head of the body, the ekklesia; [what men wrongly call “church”] and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might have first place in everything.” (Colossians 1:15-18)

Jesus, the Son of God

And He [Jesus] is the radiance of His [God the Father’s] glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they. For to which of the angels did He [God the Father] ever say,

“YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU?” And again, “I WILL BE A FATHER TO HIM AND HE SHALL BE A SON TO ME?” And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says, “AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.”

And of the angels He says, “WHO MAKES HIS ANGELS WINDS, AND HIS MINISTERS A FLAME OF FIRE.” But of the Son He says, “YOUR THRONE O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM. YOU HAVE LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HATED LAWLESSNESS; THEREFORE GOD, YOUR GOD, HAS ANOINTED YOU WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS ABOVE YOUR COMPANIONS.”

And, “YOU, LORD, IN THE BEGINNING LAID THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH, AND THE HEAVENS ARE THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS; THEY WILL PERISH, BUT YOU REMAIN; AND THEY WILL ALL BECOME OLD LIKE A GARMENT, AND LIKE A MANTEL YOU WILL ROLL THEM UP; LIKE A GARMENT THEY WILL ALSO BE CHANGED. BUT YOU ARE THE SAME, AND YOUR YEARS WILL NOT COME TO AN END.”

But to which of the angels has He ever said, “SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET?” (Hebrews 1:3-13)

Savior of mankind

“For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers” (1 Timothy 4:10)

“We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world” (1 John 4:14)

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten of God” (John 3:16-18)

“And this is the testimony, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life, he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:11, 12)

Door to the Father and friend of those in His Kingdom

“I praise You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes Father, for this was well-pleasing in Your sight. All things have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him” (Luke 10:21-24)

“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day” (Matthew 6:44) “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father” (Matthew 6:65)

“My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples” (John 15:8)

“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5-7)

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:13-15)

The Last Adam

So also it is written, The first [created] Man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last [eternal] Adam [Jesus] became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, earthly; the second man is from heaven. As is the earthly, so also are those who are earthly; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. Just as we have born the image of the earthly, we will also bear the image of the heavenly. [speaking only of those born again spiritually into God’s family] Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; [those who are earthly] nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.” (1 Corinthians 15:45-50)

The Great Shepherd

“When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things” (Mark 6:34)

“When He puts forth all His own, He goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow Him because they know His voice. A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers” (John 10:4, 5)

“I am the good Shepherd, the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)

Head and Cornerstone of His Ekklesia

“And He [God the Father] put all things in subjection under His [Jesus’] feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the ekklesia, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” (Ephesians 1:22, 23)

“For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is also the head of the ekklesia, He Himself being the Savior of the body” (Ephesians 5:23)

“He is also head of the body, the Ekklesia; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything” (Colossians 1:18)

High Priest

“Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in all things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted” (Hebrews 2:17, 18)

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weakness, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)

“For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices; so it is necessary that this high priest also have something to offer. But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption” (Hebrews 8:3, 9:11, 12)

Lord of those who believe

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21)

But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”- that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation” (Romans 10:8-10)

“So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12, 13)

Who Jesus Christ will be, in history future

Returning to earth, literally

“I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven One like the Son of Man was coming, and He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations and men of every language might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:13, 14)

“Sing for joy and be glad, O daughter of Zion; for behold I am coming and will dwell in your midst,” declares the Lord. Many nations will join themselves to the Lord in that day and will become My people. Then I will dwell in your midst, and you will know that the Lord of Hosts has sent Me to you. The Lord will possess Judah as His portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem. Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord; for he is aroused from His holy habitation.” (Zechariah 2:10-13)

“But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory.” (Matthew 24:29, 30)

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17)

A Warrior

“My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart. God is a righteous judge, and a God who has indignation every day. If a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword; He has bent His bows and made it ready. He has also prepared for Himself deadly weapons; He makes His arrows fiery shafts.” (Psalms 7:10-13)

“The Lord will go forth like a warrior, He will arouse His zeal like a man of war. He will utter a shout, yes, He will raise a war cry. He will prevail against His enemies.” (Isaiah 42:13)

“Enter the rock and hide in the dust from the terror of the Lord and from the splendor of His majesty. The proud look of man will be abased and the loftiness of man will be humbled, and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day. For the Lord of Hosts will have a day of reckoning against everyone who is proud and lofty and against everyone who is lifted up, that he may be abased.” (Isaiah 2:10-12)

“We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross. God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible, not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is, to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead. Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.” (Acts 10:39-43)

“Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He shall judge the world in righteousness through a man He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30, 31)

“And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment………”(Hebrews 9:27)

“For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome of those who do not obey the gospel of God? AND IF IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS SAVED, WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE GODLESS MAN AND THE SINNER?” (1 Peter 4:17, 18)

The defender and restorer of Israel

“Then it will happen on that day that the Lord will again recover the second time with His hand the remnant of His people, who will remain, from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath and from the islands of the sea. And He will lift up a standard for the nations, and assemble the banished ones of Israel, and will gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” (Isaiah 11:11, 12)

“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘The Lord our righteousness,’ “Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, when they will no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought up and led back the descendants of the household of Israel from the north land and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ Then they will live on their own soil.” (Jeremiah 23:5-8)

“Say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and I will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king will be king for all of them; and they will no longer be two nations and no longer be divided into two kingdoms. They will no longer defile themselves with their idols, or with their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and I will cleanse them. And they will be My people and I will be their God. My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd; and they will walk in My ordinances and keep My statutes and observe them. They will live on the land that I gave to Jacob My servant, in which your fathers lived; and they will live on it, they, and their sons and their son’s sons, forever; and David My servant will be their prince forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will place them and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst forever. My dwelling place will also be with them; and I will be their God, and they will be My people. And the nations will know that I am the Lord who sanctifies Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst.” (Ezekiel 37:21-28)

“Shout for joy, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away His judgments against you, He has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you will fear disaster no more. In that day it will be said to Jerusalem: “Do not be afraid O Zion; do not let your hands fall limp. The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” (Zephaniah 3:14-17)

Ruler over His millennial kingdom/1000 year reign upon earth

“There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 9:7)

“Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. And He will delight in the fear of the Lord, and He will not judge by what His eyes see, nor make a decision by what His ears hear, but with righteousness he will judge the poor, and decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; and He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked. Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, and faithfulness the belt about His waist. And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child will lead them. Also the cow and the bear will graze, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child will put his hand on the vipers den. They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:1-9)

‘Behold, days are coming,’ declares the Lord, when I will fulfill the good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch of David to spring forth; and He shall execute justice and righteousness on the earth. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell in safety; and this is the name by which she will be called: The Lord is our righteousness.’ (Jeremiah 33:14-16)

“Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the keys of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be released for a short time.” (Revelation 20:1-3)

“Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:6)

The creator of a new heavens and new earth

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for a new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.” (2 Peter 3:10-13)

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, and death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.” (Revelation 21:1-6)

The fulfillment of His Fathers purposes

“The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 1:8)

“The last enemy that will be abolished is death.” (1 Corinthians 15:26)

“For it was the Fathers good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.” (Colossians 1:19, 20)

“He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.” (Ephesians 1:9, 10)

“When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15:28)

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