”11. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:1-12)
For the most part, I feel comfortable in stating that through all the articles I’ve released, I’ve made a name for myself, at least through those who follow me. Every characteristic I associate myself with in my writing, reflects who I am as well as the personal descriptions of myself. Yet through all of this, the greatest representation I could properly describe or declare is who I am, a Christian, a follower of Jesus, and in turn a believer in God. My writing oes not lie nor do I ever try to hinder who I am, ashamed because of my beliefs. My identity has solely been found and can be referred to who I consider my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
Now some can turn heads and declare, what is this, is he going to try to convert me? I will be honest in saying, I speak truth, I don’t believe in relativism and can attain a firm, strong footing in believing and dealing with absolutes, you could say there isn’t any maybes in my world. And so, I write, to not only reveal why such a name as Jesus is great but why it’s important to understand who he is.
What is a name? Like I described earlier, it took me awhile to decide on a name for my blog, it not only should represent who I am, but also my message. My real name is Geovanni, people call me Geo and those close to me call me Gee, I love to research and study and hence I incorporated the study of the Earth or life in this case as my name, Gee_ology. The name became my brand so to speak, just as a name as Christianity reveals the people associated with the religion and can derive stereotypes made by the world. A name is of great importance and not only reveals the person but shows the identity and holds power, hence titles are given to those of authority. But what does this all mean about Jesus?
8 But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. 9. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.” 10 And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; 11 they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, 12 like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed.But you are the same, and your years will have no end.” (Hebrews 1:-12)
I’ve encountered various people before who claim to say that only the true name of God should be used or that Jesus is not God. When I reveal passages such as Hebrews 1:8-12, they claim then that only God can save, which I then point to the verses in Acts 4:1-12. People then try to say that Jesus was but a man, he claimed he was not good, but then does not scripture say that he who was without sin took on our sins? That we can only be justified by he who is perfect, or how about how scripture states that only God can save, judge, and etc.
20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). (Matthew 1:20-23)
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9.5)
We look unto Jesus at times and don’t see the divinity. Cults rise up and claim Jesus to be a mere prophet or even an Angel, yet as scripture states in Hebrews, “to which Angel did the Father say…” the answer is none. Stephen declared him to be his Lord and Savior, Paul opens his letters declaring to be a servant of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven (Matthew 16:15-17)
Even in the understanding of the title, Son of God, it derives from being of same nature. That is why the Jews of the time wanted to stone Jesus as he state, before Abraham was I Am, or even how he stated if they saw him, they have seen the father, for as Hebrews 1:3 decribes, Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory. The reality is this in understanding who Jesus is, he was not just a man, he is the son of God, the prince of peace, king of kings, the word made flesh, the word, savior, God. And for those who like claim in regards to Jesus not being written about or revealed in the old testament I leave with this excerpt:
And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 4:39–41). The answer to the disciples’ question is found in the Psalms: “They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; these see the works of the Lord [Jehovah], and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end. Then they cry unto the Lord [Jehovah] in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven” (Psalm 107:23–30). And, “O Lord [Jehovah] God of hosts, who is a strong Lord [Jehovah] like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee? Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them” (Psalm 89:8–9)
Jesus is God, The Father is God, The Spirit is God, it is not three Gods but one God, O Kyrios (Lord). And only it is by the revalation of the Fathe through the Spirit, by his grace and mercy, that he sent the son, and the son taking the form of a man,revealing himself, to show his love, so that in he who believes in him may be saved, because it is only God that can save or forgive sins. In his name I write all this to bing understanding, Amen.