New Believers Bible - Flipbook - Page 97
Throughout history many people have attempted to answer this question. Some
have done so accurately, but many have not. Our best source for answering this
question is—once again—God’s own Word. The Bible presents us with some
inescapable truths about Jesus that demand a response. Anyone who seriously
studies Scripture to learn more about Jesus must answer two probing questions:
(1) What do you think of Jesus Christ? and (2) Who is he? The writer C. S. Lewis
made this observation: “You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is,
the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for
a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet
and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense
about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did
not intend to” (Mere Christianity, rev. ed. [New York: Macmillan, 1952], 41).
Jesus was not just a good man. He was—and is—the God-man. Let’s examine
what the Bible has to say about Jesus.
1. Jesus Is Human. Jesus became our supreme example as God in human
form (see Philippians 2:5-11, page 1074).
2. Jesus Is Divine. Even though Jesus became human, he still remained God
(see Colossians 1:15-20, page 1080).
3. Jesus Had a Specific Mission to Accomplish. Jesus came to save
humankind from sin (see Luke 4:16-21, page 904).
4. Jesus Made the Ultimate Sacrifice. Jesus endured tremendous pain so
that we could enjoy eternity with him (see Isaiah 53:1-12, page 632).
5. Jesus Has Great Power to Transform People. Jesus can change the
most unlikely person into one of the most powerful witnesses on his behalf
(see Acts 4:1-13, page 970).
6. Jesus Has an Eternal Dominion. Jesus’ Kingdom extends beyond the
boundaries of space and time (see Revelation 1:4-8, page 1156).
The Holy Spirit is the most mysterious member of the Trinity, which includes
God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Spirit (or the Holy Spirit).
Many struggle with the idea of God being three persons, yet one. Quite honestly,
we will never fully grasp the concept this side of heaven.
Some, however, have wrongly thought of the Holy Spirit as more of an “it”
than a “he.” That is probably due in part to biblical descriptions of him as being
like the wind or coming upon Jesus in the form of a dove, among other