Hugh’s News & Views (. . . The Right Jesus?)

HOW CAN I KNOW WHEN I HAVE FOUND THE RIGHT JESUS?

I enjoy preaching about the church and believe that in the light of the astounding lack of Bible knowledge that so many people have about the church that such an emphasis is necessary. I love to preach about “The Church of the Bible” and take my hearers on a journey through the Bible to see what it says about the church. I love to preach on “How Can I Know When I Have Found the Right Church?” in which I set forth the distinguishing marks of the church that Christ established. I think in our day and time it would be hard to give too much emphasis to what God has said about the church and what He wants the church to be in all ages.

At the same time, I recognize the importance of preaching about Jesus. Just as I preach about the church of the Bible, I also need to preach about the Christ of the Bible, and do. Just as I preach on “How Can I Know When I Have Found the Right Church?” I also need to preach on “How Can I Know When I Have Found the Right Jesus?” In His discourse concerning the impending destruction of the city of Jerusalem by the Romans (which occurred in A. D. 70) Jesus warned, “For false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24). Through the centuries, many false christs (messiahs) have arisen. So, how can we know when we have found the right Jesus, the right Christ? Continue reading

#hughfulford, #jesus

From them came the Christ: Romans 9.5

“To them [the Israelites] belong the patriarchs, and from them, by human descent, came the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever! Amen.”

Romans 9.5

Listing the advantages of the Israelites, Paul mentions the greatest of all: Jesus was born of them. They had the best position to appreciate and follow him.

The Jews rejected Jesus. Some today seem to forget he was a Jew. They also forget he is God in the flesh. They make him out to be what they want. Do I do the same?

#votd #Romans #Jesus

Peter held up Jesus as the perfect man

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him” Acts 10:38.

Cornelius was not that different from those in the world today who are basically good people but are outside a relationship with Jesus. Though a gentile centurion, he’s described as “a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God.

Peter did not find this “good enough,” though, and first held up Jesus as the perfect man before proclaiming the gospel.

Jesus spent His three-year ministry looking for opportunities to do good in a selfless and benevolent life. We have four gospel accounts that give us many examples of how we as His followers can live our lives as He did while He walked this earth in the flesh, made like His brothers in every way.

However, more than just Jesus’ commitment to the value of benevolence that we should imitate, this account shows how Jesus’ example can be and should be held up to those who are basically good people so that they might obey the gospel like Cornelius did.

Do you tell who Jesus is?

Douglas Kashorek

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#Cornelius #Jesus #example

Jesus or Yeshua?

Some place a huge a emphasis on Jesus being called Yeshua. I’ve noticed a fair number of TV preachers on the religious channels that obviously agree.

Ever talked with anyone about the topic, or anyone ever talked about it with you? A few years ago I posted a short article on my old blog explaining my view on the matter, but if you’re looking for something slightly more in-depth, Apologetics Press recently posted a “Question and Answer” article on the topic that you might find interesting.

#bible-questions, #jesus, #questions-and-answers, #yeshua

Family bonds and Jesus

It’s not always the right thing to do but there are legitimate times when humanity can be divided into two divisions. Believers and unbelievers, male and female, and Jew and gentile are a few examples of reasonable divisions. Another such division would seemingly apply to people when it comes to one’s family bonds and Jesus … we’re willing to love one more than the other, or the other more than the one.

When it comes to family bonds and Jesus, some people refuse to admit or acknowledge the error of their family members. This truth is not only seen in the spiritual realm, it is also seen in the secular realm. “Suggesting” that their son or daughter, father or mother, or husband or wife is wrong produces an irrational response of deep denial, anger or a turning away from what is right.

When it comes to family bonds and Jesus, some people are willing to admit or acknowledge the error of their family members. This truth is seen in the spiritual realm and also in the secular realm. “Suggesting” that their son or daughter, father or mother, or husband or wife is wrong produces a reality and faith-driven response of acceptance, self-control and an encouraging spirit for others toward what is right.

These categories are not new. This challenge is not unique to the twenty-first century. When it comes to family bonds and our attitude toward them, the call of Jesus has not changed.

Will our choice be the blood that is thicker than water, or will it be the blood of the cross that we access through the water of the Lord’s command?

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.” (Matthew 10:34-38 NKJV)

#choices, #family, #jesus

One verse answer (Jesus’ Nationality)

Settling every Bible based question or studying every Bible based topic can hardly be resolved with a single verse every time, but there are times when a single verse is so clear and concise in what is being said, the point cannot be missed by any honest Bible student.

For example, take the question and topic of Jesus and his nationality. Due to their racist disposition, some people deny the “Jewishness” of Jesus. While the attitude may not be corrected, the argument can easily be defeated by something that Jesus said about himself.

While discussing topics of a spiritual nature, Jesus responded to a question that revolved around religious and national perspectives with, “You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.” (John 4:22 NKJV)

Being Jewish, in and of itself, does not make one right with God. Neither does being Jewish make one wrong with God. But saying that Jesus was not Jewish due to a personal disdain toward an entire race of people creates a mindset that ignores the heart of the matter, as well as an attitude of ignoring the plain language of the scriptures that will spread to other topics.

#jesus, #one-verse-answer, #racism

June 2018 Issue of Christian Worker (Sin and Salvation: Part 2)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Dead to Sin, Alive to God (Tom Wacaster)
  • Jesus: The Sinless Sacrifice (Cody Westbrook)
  • The Joy of Forgiveness (Logan Summers)
  • Soberly, Righteously, Godly (Tim Ayers)
  • Heaven, the Home of the Saved (Mike Bonner)
  • Responding to Heaven’s Invitation (Russell M. Kline)
  • To Seek and Save the Lost (John Grubb)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2018 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#christian-living, #christian-worker, #forgiveness, #heaven, #jesus, #obedience-to-god, #salvation, #sin

One verse answer (Jesus and Homosexuality)

Settling every Bible based question or studying every Bible based topic can hardly be resolved with a single verse every time, but there are times when a single verse is so clear and concise in what is being said, the point cannot be missed by any honest Bible student.

For example, take the question and topic of Jesus and homosexuality. It is often said by homosexuality advocates, especially when the advocates believe the behavior is not sinful, that Jesus never said one negative thing about homosexuality. Other than the fact that this viewpoint becomes null when one simply realizes Jesus never said anything positive about homosexuality, the fact of the matter is that Jesus’ thoughts on homosexuality can be known by simply reading John 10:30 when he said, “I and my father are one.

Jesus never directly mentioned homosexuality because the will of God had plainly been given through the Law of Moses, and Jesus endorsed the will of the Father that could be found in the scriptures – a will that said marriage and sexuality involved a man and a woman (Matthew 19:4-6) and that homosexuality was as sinful as other sexual perversions including the infidelity of married heterosexuals.

In the New Covenant, Jesus introduced a standard in regards to the use of righteous judgment when it comes to the condemnation of sin, including those of a sexual nature. This standard means we can repent and find forgiveness with God through his mercy (John 8:11); but nonetheless, a sexual sin is a sin that can and will cost us our soul, and, as John 10:30 reveals, Jesus’ viewpoint can be known about each of them.

Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” (Hebrews 13:4 NKJV)

#homosexuality, #jesus, #one-verse-answer

Why such cowards? Mark 4.40

“He asked them, ‘Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith yet?’”

Mark 4.40 ISV

Experienced fishermen feared the storm that broke upon them. Jesus slept in the boat. If he was with them, they should have trusted that he would not let them perish.

The Lord urges us to trust him. He provides his presence and every spiritual advantage. Does his question to the disciples apply to us? Have we not yet learned to have faith?

#votd #faith #Jesus

Not to condemn the world: John 3.17

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him.”

John 3.17

Humanity was lost in sin and condemned because of rebellion against God. There was no hope for man. God’s sending of the Son was a rescue mission. Salvation is the giving of eternal life, v. 16.

The earth will perish. God’s people work to save the world — in this sense, humanity. Few will choose to be saved. But we proclaim the Good News to all and God will choose whom he will.

#votd #salvation #Jesus

Answer the knock at the door by opening minds

I had another recent visit from the local Jehovah’s Witnesses.

This time it was two teenage-aged boys inviting people to the special Passover observance and lesson broadcast being held at the local Kingdom Hall.

The young men were, as usual, well-dressed, kind, eager to share their material, and ready to discuss some biblical topics. They got more from our conversation than they were expecting!

After listening to their introduction and invitation, I began a conversation with a tie-in to what their broadcast lesson was going to talk about: “Who is Jesus?”

I asked them why their New World Translation called Jesus “a god” in John 1, but in John 20 it called him “God.” Jesus wasn’t afraid to rebuke his disciples after his resurrection (Mark 16:14). If Thomas was wrong for referring to Jesus as “God” such a mistake would have been corrected.

That point led to the next – Jesus never refused worship. He didn’t come to be the “center of attention” (Philippians 2:5-8; John 5:23, 8:28), but he did not reject or correct anyone who offered it to him (Matthew 28:9, Mark 5:6, Luke 24:52, John 9:38).

My final point (after several minutes of exchanging supplemental thoughts too in-depth for a short post) combined my first two points to prove that the NWT is wrong when it comes to John 1:1 and right when it comes to John 20:28.

As usual, they agreed that what I was saying was something new to them, and that they would like to get back to me with an answer … they haven’t been back with one, yet.

Many people have a bad attitude toward answering the door when Jehovah’s Witnesses knock. I say answer the door by opening minds. Introduce thoughts about Jesus that they will not hear at the Kingdom Hall! And be kind – do not bash someone for doing something with what they believe to be true if you’re not willing to do the same.

My hope and prayer is, for those two young men, from now on, every time they hear John 1:1 being read, their mind will go to John 20:28. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. But it would have had no chance (at least for now) of entering their mind without the conversation we had because of the knock at my door.

#doorknocking, #jehovahs-witnesses, #jesus

February 2018 Issue of Christian Worker (Honor to whom Honor is Due)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Jesus the Master Teacher (Carl Garner)
  • Honor to Whom Honor is Due (Cody Westbrook)
  • Implicit Commands (J. Noel Merideth)
  • Speaking the Truth in Love (Thomas B. Warren)
  • The Church-The Lord’s Bride (Bill Jackson)
  • Blaming God (Guy N. Woods)
  • Things that Count (Johnny Ramsey)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2018 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#accusations-against-god, #christian-worker, #honor, #intentions, #jesus, #metaphors-of-the-church, #obey-commands, #priorities

Where you will find Acts 20:35 in the gospels

I had not been a Christian very long when I heard a lesson on the inspiration of the scriptures (in direction connection to 2 Timothy 3:16) that used an example from Acts 20:35. The example left such an impression that I have repeated it a few times throughout the last decade. Perhaps you are familiar with the example.

During the lesson the speaker used Paul’s quotation of Jesus (it is more blessed to give than to receive) and then “challenged” someone to show him where Jesus could be quoted in the gospel saying such. Although none doubted the truthfulness of Acts 20:35, an answer could not be provided.

While the general point of the lesson on inspiration is still true (think Jannes and Jambres in 2 Timothy 3:8), I have found where Acts 20:35 can be “quoted” in the gospels. I realized it last December during a lesson about “the attitude of giving”.

Perhaps you already know where to find Acts 20:35 in the gospels, but in case you do not …

Then He also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”” (Luke 14:12-14 NKJV)

#giving-gifts, #inspiration-of-the-bible, #jesus

Everyone wondered: Luke 3.15-16

“The people were in suspense about John. Everyone wondered if he might be the Messiah. John addressed them all, saying, ‘I, indeed, immerse in water, but one is coming who is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to untie his sandal strap. He will immerse you in the Holy Spirit and fire.'”

Luke 3.15-16 LOR

John the immerser was not the promised Messiah. But people wondered. John pointed to another. He gave them the sign of the Christ, coming in power and judgment.

Many people today wonder about Christ. Like John, we point them to the truth about him. What do you say about him?

#John-the-Baptist #Jesus #VOTD

My intercessor, my friend: Job 16.20-21

“My intercessor is my friend
as my eyes pour out tears to God;
and he contends with God on behalf of man
as a man pleads for his friend.”

Job 16.20-21

In the midst of his pain, Job looked to heaven, v. 19, for help. He seems to sense that there is someone who will witness to his righteousness, who will help him before the Creator. He was not wrong, even though he had little idea.

We know him who intercedes for us. The Lord Jesus Christ was sent by the Father. He even now serves in this function. What difference does this truth make in the way you talk to God?

#intercession #Jesus #VOTD