What is the strongest belief in Christianity… that Jesus is the Son of God! This is what I forgive my Muslims friends for not understanding… to have formed opinions and thoughts not based on my faith but formed from these same opinions and thoughts provided by others. I see nothing more important in this life than to tell the truth of my faith… to explain it as correctly as I can, so that anyone can understand- the believing part is not up to me… it is an individual choice to be made, a personal one. The conviction for this belief will come from the third part of the Trinity, The Holy Spirit.
Here is what Islam believes: This exhortation can be found within ‘The Dome of the Rock’, to depart from the error of ‘The Trinity’ and to recognize the truth of Islam. See it below.
O People of the Book! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning God save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a Messenger of God, and His Word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in God and His messengers, and say not ‘Three’ – Cease! (it is) better for you! – God is only One God. Far be it removed from His transcendent majesty that He should have a son. … Whoso disbelieveth the revelations of God (will find that) lo! God is swift at reckoning!
Here the truth of Jesus Christ, The Messiah, to the whole world (not just the Jews). The passage below speaks of a time before Israel, and even before Abraham, with a clear tone of (true) authority- as a witness would attest to.
John 8:58 KJV
58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
This tells us… Jesus is older than Abraham, that He was (actually) from a time before Abraham came into human existence.
Galatians 3:8 KJV
8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
The Spirit of God enables Christians to remain faithful to both God and other believers ( Gal 5:22 ).
[Jesus Christ, Name and the Titles of: an abstract from this link here found below. I will fixate on the ‘Anointed One‘ and will recognize Him as High Priest. Please note that the second link provides perspectives that might be in conflict with what the Bible tells us, and (know) they are for a comparative understanding to be understood.]
Elsewhere in the New Testament, the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews picks up on the Old Testament anointing of priests and applies the same in relation to Jesus ( 1:9 ; 5:8-10 ; 7:1-28 ). The name occurs also in the Petrine Epistles ( 1 Peter 1:13; 3:15; 2 Peter 1:1-22 Peter 1:16; 3:18 ), as well as those of James ( 1:1 ; 2:1 ) and Jude ( Jude 1:1Jude 1:17Jude 1:21Jude 1:25 ).The Apocalypse of John describes Jesus as the Anointed One when looking forward to the end when the kingdom and salvation of the Lord and his Messiah will enjoy an eternal and full dominion ( 11:15; 12:10; Revelation 20:4Revelation 20:6 ).
The significance of the name “Christ” lies in the fact that it was a title granted to Jesus by virtue of his fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy and by his resurrection from the dead.
It must clearly be understood ‘Messiah‘ meant CHRIST, and with it… all the emphasis of what it alludes to and (literally) means.
There is ‘meaning’ to this word!
If Jesus was God before He was born to a woman, Mary, this (could) be why He was called ‘The Son of God’, and even why Jesus referred to Himself as the Son of man- now God in human form.
To repent of our sins isthe primary goal of all mankind, found here.
Matthew 25:34 gives us this Commentary, from John Gill, an Exposition of the Bible
The authority of Jesus, the very authority of God Himself, is the second most commonly misunderstood opinion most people have wrong. What is wrong is to think Jesus did not have authority… the authority He clearly stated in His: words, actions and deeds.
[Found below is an abstract from this source… on the Authority of the Bible.]
The central question that runs through the Bible is that of the authority of God. His authority is majestically displayed in Genesis 1, where the words “and God said” puncture the darkness of chaos and speak the cosmos into being. So it is vital to understand that this doctrine, far from playing a minor role on the fringes of Christian belief, brings us face to face with the authority of God himself. That immensely significant fact offers the context for the realization that the doctrine of the authority of the Bible is, uniquely, reflective in character. If the Bible is the “supreme rule of faith and life, ” none can be higher. For the teaching of Jesus Christ extends to the question of Bibliology (a composite word between bibliography and the Bible). This is evident in all four Gospels, and the evidence is overwhelming. In John 10:34 we read that Jesus said “The Scripture cannot be broken.”
This was spoken with the sense of clear authority here,”The Scripture cannot be broken.”
To understand the nature beyond the Jewish people; which means ‘to include both Jews and gentiles (the rest of humanity),’ and those believers of Jesus Christ are then called ‘the bride.’
[Below is from the Matthew Henry Commentary, from Revelation 21, on the bride.]
The subject-matter of the vision—the bride, the Lamb’s wife (v. 10); that is, the church of God in her glorious, perfect, triumphant state, under the resemblance of Jerusalem, having the glory of God shining in its lustre, as uxor splendit radiis mariti—the bride comely through the comeliness put on her by her husband; glorious in her relation to Christ, in his image now perfected in her, and in his favour shining upon her.
John 14:2 KJV
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.I go to prepare a place for you.
From Revelation 21 (prophecy) we also get a view of ‘New Jerusalem’ that staggers the imagination… as confounding as the vastness of the Cosmos is to Modern man today. One of its walls and all walls the same measurement, this wall will be fifteen hundred German miles- see this below.
Heaven is a safe state; those that are there are enclosed with a wall, that separates them and secures them from all evils and enemies: now here, in the account of the wall, we observe, [1.] The height of it, which, we are told, is very high, seventy yards (v. 17), sufficient both for ornament and security. [2.] The matter of it: It was as jasper; a wall all built of the most precious stones, for firmness and lustre, v. 11. This city has a wall that is impregnable as well as precious. [3.] The form of it was very regular and uniform: It was four-square, the length as large as the breadth. In the new Jerusalem all shall be equal in purity and perfection. There shall be an absolute uniformity in the church triumphant, a thing wanted and wished for on earth, but not to be expected till we come to heaven. [4.] The measure of the wall (v. 15, v. 16): Twelve thousand furlongs each way, each side, which is forty-eight thousand furlongs in the whole compass, or fifteen hundred German miles. Here is room sufficient for all the people of God—many mansions in their Father’s house. [5.] The foundation of the wall, for heaven is a city that hath her foundations (v. 19); the promise and power of God, and the purchase of Christ, are the strong foundations of the church’s safety and happiness. The foundations are described by their number—twelve, alluding to the twelve apostles (v. 14), whose gospel doctrines are the foundations upon which the church is built, Christ himself being the chief corner-stone; and, as to the matter of these foundations, it was various and precious, set forth by twelve sorts of precious stones, denoting the variety and excellency of the doctrines of the gospel, or of the graces of the Holy Spirit, or the personal excellencies of the Lord Jesus Christ.(2.) The gates for entrance. Heaven is not inaccessible; there is a way opened into the holiest of all; there is a free admission to all those that are sanctified; they shall not find themselves shut out. Now, as to these gates, observe, [1.] Their number—twelve gates, answering to the twelve tribes of Israel. All the true Israel of God shall have entrance into the new Jerusalem, as every tribe had into the earthly Jerusalem.
The very cornerstone, chief cornerstone, is the personal excellencies of the Lord Jesus Christ, or of the graces of the Holy Spirit and the excellency of the doctrines of the gospel. As chief cornerstone is Jesus Christ the great High Priest of our faith.
Acts 23:4 KJV
4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest?
Paul’s defense before the council of the Jews.(1-5)
All hearts are in God’s hand, and those are blessed who put their trust in him, and commit their ways unto him.
Hebrews 4:14 KJV
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
[Below is found here, an abstract from Sermon LXXIII. (on the Lord’s Ascension)]
Since then Christ’s Ascension is our uplifting, and the hope of the Body is raised, whither the glory of the Head has gone before, let us exult, dearly-beloved, with worthy joy and delight in the loyal paying of thanks. For to-day not only are we confirmed as possessors of paradise, but have also in Christ penetrated the heights of heaven, and have gained still greater things through Christ’s unspeakable grace than we had lost through the devil’s malice.
Luke 24:44 KJV
44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
Is it not true that when it comes to the authority of God, the scriptures (past and present)… then and before, it would only be God to show true concern for the accuracy of: what was said, why it was said and what it meant?
Luke 4:36 KJV
36 And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.
Luke 7:20-23 KJV
20 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? 21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. 22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. 23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
The choice is yours… and affects your eternal status- with or without God in your presence!
Ezekiel 12:25 KJV
25 For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.
Matthew 15:31 KJV
31 Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.
[Below is an abstract from here, on Isaiah 29:18, under #18 and from Critical Commentary at the bottom of the page for the link provided.]
deaf . . . blind–(Compare Matthew 11:5 ). The spiritually blind are chiefly meant; “the book,” as Revelation is called pre-eminently, shall be no longer “sealed,” as is described ( Isaiah 29:11 ), but the most unintelligent shall hear and see ( Isaiah 35:5 ).
John 1:1 KJV
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 KJV
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 14:24 KJV
24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
Acts 10:44 KJV
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
See Luke 9:26-27 here… the last word on this piece of writing.
Your Brother in Christ Jesus,
P.S. Images are from this site here.
P.S.S. This writing goes hand-in-hand with another, one with historical evidence from a dig… an Archaeological find at Tel Meggido, Israel,’The Chapel of the Centurion of Armageddon.’Was this the same Centurion (or one trained by him) found in Matthew 8:8? You can find it here.