Why Should We Believe Jesus Is Christ? - Part II
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 05 April 2017
26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. 30 I and my Father are one. 31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
1 Timothy 3:16
16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
esus, being the Giver of eternal life, is the Christ (vv.26–28): His sheep hear and heed His voice; He knows them, and they follow Him. He gives unto them eternal life. Jesus gives eternal life to all those who come to Him and believe His words. Furthermore, “they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand” (v.28). “Never” renders a strong, emphatic double negative. In English two negatives make a positive. But in Greek two negatives make a stronger negative. So, Jesus emphatically said that His sheep shall “not never” be destroyed. The word rendered “perish” is the verb from which comes the word “Apollyon”, the destroyer, a name given to the devil. Neither man, nor devil, shall snatch us out of Jesus’ hand.
Jesus, being one with the Father, is the Christ (vv.29–33): Jesus again said, “My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one” (vv.29–30). Here is security par excellence. This security rests not in the believer’s ability to hold on to God in Christ. It is the ability of the Father and the Son to hold on to the believer. Many will try to snatch them away. But they must defeat God Himself in order to do so!
The Jews had asked Jesus to tell them “plainly” who He was. In reply, He made an even greater claim: “I and my Father are one” (v.30). He did not say “The Father and I are one.” He could not have made it any plainer. “I and my Father are one” — one in nature; one in essence; one in eternal, essential being. Two persons, but one nature. In truth Jesus was saying, “I am God.”
This clearest of all Jesus’ claims to deity sent the Jews into a rage beyond their control. They “took up stones again to stone him” (v.31). They were angry that He claimed to be God. Today, those who deny the deity of Christ are no better than the unbelieving Jews who crucified our Lord.
Jesus Christ is God.
My Lord Jesus, I worship You as my Lord and my God.