Did Paul Teach a Different Gospel than Jesus Did?

  The Apostle Paul has many critics, about 1.5 billion of them from Islam alone. Their chief contention is that Paul taught a very different Gospel than the one Jesus brought: that the Son of God, Himself God, had come to earth to be the Sinless Sacrifice Who would redeem us from our sins and restore us to the Father.

  In Philippians 2:5-11, the Apostle Paul lays out his Gospel for us to compare with Jesus' own teaching:


5 Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus,


6 who, existing in the form of God,

did not consider equality with God

as something to be used for His own advantage.


7 Instead He emptied Himself
by assuming the form of a slave,
taking on the likeness of men.
And when He had come as a man
in His external form,

8 He humbled Himself by becoming obedient
to the point of death—
even to death on a cross.

9 For this reason God highly exalted Him
and gave Him the name
that is above every name,

10 so that at the name of Jesus
every knee will bow—
of those who are in heaven and on earth
and under the earth—

11 and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2



  How does this teaching of Paul's align with the teachings of His Messiah, Jesus?


  In the text below, Paul's claims about Jesus in Philippians 2 will be in italics. They will be followed by Jesus' teachings about Himself. We will be using only the verses in which Jesus speaks to show that Paul taught nothing that Jesus Himself did not teach:


  v. 6  Point A: Jesus is God 
         Point B: Jesus is equal to God 

  For Point A, Jesus says "I am Yahweh" in the following verses: 


  Matthew 14:27, Mark 6:50, Mark 14:62, Luke 22:70, John 4:26, John 6:20, John 8:24, John 8:58, John 13:19, and John 18:6. (see link provided below titled "Where Does Jesus Say, "I Am YHWH (God)" in the Bible?")


  Regarding Point B, Jesus says, "I am equal to the Father (Who is God)" in these verses:  

  
22 "The Father, in fact, judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son, 
23 so that all people will honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him." John 5

27 "My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me. 

28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish—ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand. 
29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 
30 The Father and I are one.” John 10

  v. 7 Jesus emptied Himself of "the form of God" is Point A, and "He assumed the form of a slave" is Point B

  For Point A, Jesus said He descended from Heaven. Note as well Jesus' use of the word "We" in verse 11 of John 3, which is a Trinitarian reference:


11 “I assure you: We speak what We know and We testify to what We have seen, but you do not accept Our testimony. 

12 If I have told you about things that happen on earth and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about things of heaven? 
13 No one has ascended into heaven except the One who descended from heaven—the Son of Man." John 3  

38 "For I have come down from heaven, not to do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me." John 6


62 "... what if you were to observe the Son of Man ascending to where He was before?" John 6


23 “You are from below,” He told them, “I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world." John 8


  For Point B, Jesus came to serve and, along with that service, 
purchase redemption for mankind:


28 "... just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for many.” Matthew 20

45 "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for many.” Mark 10


27 "For who is greater, the one at the table or the one serving? Isn’t it the one at the table? But I am among you as the One who serves." Luke 22


  v. 8 Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient all the way to His own death on a cross


  Apart from the servanthood verses already listed above, Jesus demonstrates His humble obedience to the Father in these passages:


38 "For I have come down from heaven, not to do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me." John 6


39 Going a little farther, He fell facedown and prayed, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.” Matthew 26 (see also Luke 22:42)


14 "Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 

15 so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life." John 3


30 Jesus responded, “This voice came, not for Me, but for you. 31 Now is the judgment of this world. Now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 
32 As for Me, if I am lifted up from the earth I will draw all people to Myself.” 
33 He said this to signify what kind of death He was about to die. John 12

  Jesus taught about His coming death and resurrection here as well:


  Matthew 16:21-23, Matthew 17:22-23, Matthew 17:9-13, Matthew 20:17-19, Matthew 26:1-2, Mark 8:31-33, Mark 9:9-13, Mark 9:31-32, Mark 10:31-34, Luke 9:22, Luke 9:43-45, and Luke 18:31-33 (see article titled "Jesus Teaches About His Coming Death and Resurrection" linked to below)


  v. 9 God highly exalted Him, gave Him the name above every name


  Jesus said,


18 “... All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 

19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28

  See article linked to below titled "
What Is the Name Above All Names?" for more information on the verse above.


  v. 10-11 describes Jesus' complete power and dominion over all creation under the headship of the Father 


  Jesus already discussed this in Matthew 28:18-20 already quoted above. But He also taught it elsewhere, such as in Matthew 25:31-46, in His parable in Matthew 21:42-44, and in the Book of Revelation, where He once again calls Himself God and says:


12 “Look! I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me to repay each person according to what he has done. 

13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End." Revelation 22

  As we can see, everything that Paul taught in this passage in Philippians 2 was also taught or spoken by Jesus. It is the same way with all that Paul taught. This because Paul had been personally selected by his Lord, who spoke these words to Ananias regarding the former persecutor of Jesus' followers:


15 But the Lord said to [Ananias], “Go! For this man is My chosen instrument to take My name to Gentiles, kings, and the Israelites. 

16 I will show him how much he must suffer for My name!” Acts 9




Jesus is Lord!


  See also:


  Where Does Jesus Say, "I Am YHWH (God)" in the Bible?


  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2013/12/where-does-jesus-say-i-am-yhwh-god.html


  Jesus Teaches About His Coming Death and Resurrection


  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2013/12/jesus-teaches-about-his-coming-death.html


  What Is the Name Above All Names?


  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2015/09/what-is-name-above-all-names.html





What Is the Name Above All Names?

The Name of Jesus: 
Another Biblical Proof that Jesus Christ was GOD in the Flesh
a guest post by Pastor Larry Lombardi

  The Christian Gospel is powered by the Promised Savior and Redeemer who first was mentioned in Genesis chapter 3... and spoken of from that point on by the Jewish prophets -- over 300 highly specific prophecies which would be more than enough to identify the real Savior when He came.

  He was called Jesus, because He would save the people from their sins. But this, at that time, was a very common name! But careful study will reveal that Jesus had many names and titles belonging to Him -- including one name that belongs to no one else.

  Philippians 2:5-11 gives us the context for the Name of Jesus that proves He is God. Verses 9, 10 and 11 are the specific verses involved.

[9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 
10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (ESV)]

  Jesus had divested Himself of what made Him eternal and everlasting God, leaving that with the Father and the Spirit so that He might be found in the form of a servant... in other words, that He might be born a human male, subject to natural life as all humans are.

  This, by shared divine will, He did, and found Himself in the FORM of a man and fully dependent and subject to God (The Father and Spirit) as all men are. He humbled Himself in all obedience -- even to obey the call to die on the cross for sins.
  
  Succeeding, He rose, as predicted, as He personally promised He would, and was seen by hundreds of people alive after death.

  Ascending into Heaven -- Philippians 2 now informs us -- He receives back to Himself that which He had emptied Himself of to become human, which included being given (back) the Name Above All Names.

  Even false Christian cults have to acknowledge that the only name this could be referring to would be Jehovah or the variant of the same name: Yahweh.



  We know that this is the Name Above All Names rather than Jesus because the Biblical text points us to something in linguistics called: "The Genitive of Possession."

  This is a name that Jesus possesses.

  If the Greek Text was written in the form of "The Genitive of Identity,"  then the Name would be self-reflexive -- to tell us that the Name of Jesus being alluded to... is, in fact, "Jesus." 

  But it is not of identity here in Philippians chapter two. It is the Genitive of Possession. This tells us Jesus has another name, that He possesses a second name which is being referred to here.

  It is the Name which is above all names that are named, whether in Heaven, or on earth, or in all that is under the earth... so that at that name that Jesus has (other than the name Jesus), every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

  Being given the Name which is above all names "Yahweh/ Jehovah"... could not happen and could not by any means be right -- if that name had not previously and always belonged to Jesus as God. It is the Divine Name. Not any common name; only One Being may have this name, and it is God (all that is God... all that God is).

  That Most Holy Name could not be given "to another"-- it could only belong to that which is "everlasting to everlasting." Psalm 90:2

  It could only BELONG to Him "whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Micah 5:2 (KJV)

  "I, the LORD, am the one, and I won't give my name and glory to another..." Isaiah 42:8 (ISV)

  Thus Jesus must (already be and always have been) part of God so as to rightly receive back to Himself what He had emptied Himself of "for a little while," so as to purchase mankind back to Himself with physical but perfectly pure blood.

  Successful, He returns to sit on the Throne of Heaven, takes again all that is His, as the Eternal Son, the Word of God who is with God and is God.

  The Greek, through the linguistic term "Genitive of Possession" reveals to us the full reality that He who was known to the world as the male Jewish Carpenter-cum-Rabbi was in fact the Messiah, the Promised One, "God with us," our Redeemer.

  At the mention of the name that belongs to Jesus, eternity future will find all beings everywhere dropping in worship to their knee and openly confessing the Eternal Truth... the Name that belongs to Jesus is the Divine Name above All Names. Yahweh-Jehovah, which identifies Him as a genuine intrinsic part of the One True Creator God who is the First and the Last, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.

  To Him belong the honor and the glory and the dominion forever and ever, Amen.
    


A Messenger Who Is Also God?

  Anyone who has read and studied the Bible for a sufficient amount of time knows that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is One God. There are not two gods, or three gods or four gods. There is only One True God.

  But the Old Testament (the Jewish Tanakh) teaches the Complex Unity of Yahweh God, contrary to the claims of its Unitarian critics. We find one more example of this in Jacob's final blessing on Joseph, as recorded by Moses:

Genesis 48


15 Then he blessed Joseph and said:
     The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,
     the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day,

16 the Angel who has redeemed me from all harm—

     may He bless these boys.
     And may they be called by my name
     and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,
     and may they grow to be numerous within the land.

  Note that this passage is found not in the New Testament, but in the Book of Genesis which is part of the Pentateuch, the 5 books written by Moses. And this is Jacob speaking -- the very same Jacob mentioned in the phrase "the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob." This is that Jacob praying that:


 - the God before Whom his fathers walked


 - the God Who has been his Shepherd all his life  


 - the Angel who has redeemed him from all harm...


  may He bless these boys.


  Jacob says God plus the Angel equals a "He."

  Not a "They."

  A He.

  Since many have different ideas about angels and what they look like, it may help to point out that the Hebrew word used by Moses in that verse was the word, "malakh," which simply means "messenger." This is someone who takes on a human form that humans can relate to and understand. The word does not necessarily indicate that He is a winged, sword-bearing angelic being. He is simply One Who is sent by God.

  So why do Jacob and, by implication Moses, say that this Messenger is God?

  Several times in the Old Testament a figure in the form of a man appears Who is addressed as God. At times He is called the Angel (Malakh) of the Lord. 
This is the same Messenger with whom Jacob wrestled. The Messenger Who then says to him:

28 “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” He said. “It will be Israel because you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed.”


29 Then Jacob asked Him, “Please tell me Your name.”

But He answered, “Why do you ask My name?” And He blessed him there.

30 Jacob then named the place Peniel, “For I have seen God face to face,” he said, “and I have been delivered.” Genesis 32



  Jacob walked away from that encounter with the Messenger, some say limping for the rest of his life, and says, "... I have seen God face to face."

  The prophet Hosea concurs as to the identity of the Messenger:

 2 The Lord also has a dispute with Judah.
    He is about to punish Jacob according to his ways;
    He will repay him based on his actions.

 3 In the womb he grasped his brother’s heel,

    and as an adult he wrestled with God. Hosea 12


  In his prayer of blessing, Jacob the patriarch melds God and the Person of the Angel into one Being. How can God and the Angel be one and the same Being? How can both be God yet at the same time remain a singular being? It is simple. It is because the God of the Bible is a God of Complex Unity, as the pages of His book teach. 

  More than a thousand years after Jacob's prayer, about 400 years before the Logos (Word) of God comes to earth and takes on human form, Yahweh speaks through the prophet Malachi about two messengers who are to come:

 1 “See, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. Then the Lord you seek will suddenly come to His temple, the Messenger of the covenant you desire—see, He is coming,” says the Lord of Hosts." Malachi 3

  We find the fulfillment of this prophecy in the Gospels, where Jesus identifies the first messenger spoken of in the verse as John the Baptist, and Himself as the Second. 

  Jesus says that He is the Lord ("ha adon" in Hebrew, a title which is used only for God) described in Malachi 3. He is the Lord Israel seeks Who will come to His temple. Jesus says He is the Divine Messenger of the covenant they desire (for more, see "Jesus is Malachi's YHWH" and the other resources linked to below). And He proved it with His death and resurrection.

  Is Jesus God?   

  Without a doubt!


  With thanks to Dr. Michael Heiser for pointing the passage out and discussing it (interview video link is below).

See also:


  Jesus is Malachi's YHWH

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/04/jesus-is-malachis-yhwh.html

  The God Who Walks the Earth

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-god-who-walks-earth.html


  Dr. Darrell Bock and Dr. Michael S. Heiser discuss The Unseen Realm 

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjFVykLQn-g 


  Jesus, the Divine Messenger of the Old Testament, Part I, by Anthony Rogers


  http://answering-islam.org/authors/rogers/malak_yahweh1.html


  Part 2

  
  http://answering-islam.org/authors/rogers/malak_yahweh2.html

  Part 3a


  http://answering-islam.org/authors/rogers/malak_yahweh3a.html


  Part 3b


  http://answering-islam.org/authors/rogers/malak_yahweh3b.html




The Word of God Versus the Quran

A guest post by Francis Bacon

  In Islam...

  Muslims believe that the word of Allah has always existed eternally in heaven. It is the uncreated word of God that came from him.

  Then Allah sent it down to earth as a revelation to mankind.

  It was written down in human words and printed on paper so that man can see it, touch it, revere it, read it and understand it.

  What was heavenly became earthly when it was confined on to the pages of a book. What was divine came among humans so that humans can receive it and perceive the words of Allah.

  If the Quran remained in heaven, man would never be able to know the word of Allah. And even though it looked like any other book, it was Allah's book.


  In Christianity...

  Jesus is The Word of God. (John 1:1-3)

  He has always existed eternally in heaven as the divine Word of God. He was one with the Creator, and the uncreated Word of God.

  Then God sent His Word down to earth as a revelation to mankind.

  The Word took on the nature of a human being. (John 1:14)

  The divine became a man so that man could see him, touch him, revere him and understand him.

  What was heavenly became earthly and confined in a human body so that man can know him and receive him. What was divine, came among humans so that humans can receive and perceive the Word of God.

  If the Word had remained in heaven, we would never be able to know Him fully and completely. Jesus himself said that he has come down from heaven. (John 3:13). And even though he looked like any other man, he was the Word of God.

  Now...

  Muslims, you can believe that the eternal and uncreated word of Allah from heaven came down to earth, was incarnated in human language, and confined to the pages of a lifeless earthly book called Quran.

  But you cannot believe that the eternal and uncreated Word of God, Jesus, came down from heaven, was incarnated in human form, and was confined in a living earthly human body, and He was called Jesus.

  "For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him." John 3:16-17, NLT


  See also:  

  Who Is Kalimatullah?

  https://matthew2124.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/who-is-kalimatullah/

  Can God Become Visible?

  https://matthew2124.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/can-god-become-visible/



Jesus and the Centurion (Lost Sheep Series)

Did Jesus come only for the lost sheep of Israel?
Let us continue with more proof that Muslims ignore the context of Jesus' statement in Matthew 15 to support their claim for the universal prophethood of their leader, Muhammad.
In all four Gospels, Jesus complements only two people for their great faith. Both of them were Gentiles. The story of one of these exemplars of faith is found in Matthew 8, where we read about a Roman Centurion who has come humbly to Jesus to seek His help:
5 When He entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him,

6 “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible agony!”

7 “I will come and heal him,” He told him.

8 “Lord,” the centurion replied, “I am not worthy to have You come under my roof. But only say the word, and my servant will be cured.


9 For I too am a man under authority, having soldiers under my command. I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.”

10 Hearing this, Jesus was amazed and said to those following Him, “I assure you: I have not found anyone in Israel with so great a faith!


11 I tell you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.


12 But the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

13 Then Jesus told the centurion, “Go. As you have believed, let it be done for you.” And his servant was cured that very moment.

  The man's declaration of faith that Jesus could heal his servant was not just surprising coming from a Gentile, but Jesus even calls it extraordinary faith. And with good reason. The man understood that Jesus' power was such that His Presence was not even required for the healing to take place.


  Somehow he knew that Jesus would not have to touch the man, or even be in the same room with him. The Roman knew that all Jesus had to do was speak the word, and his servant would be healed. 


  Read those words again slowly: he knew that Jesus had only to speak a word, and his servant would be well again. Only One has that kind of power over disease, the very same One Who could walk on water and calm the storm. Again, simply by speaking it into stillness.


  In his commentary on this passage, Bible scholar John Gill writes that Jesus' response to the man...

  "... is a clear proof of our Lord's divinity: for had he not been truly God, he would have rebuked, and not have commended this man's faith in him: who ascribed that power to him, which is peculiar to God..."
  Note as well that Jesus was fully aware that the man was a Gentile and that He would be making Himself ritually unclean by entering his  home, yet the Lord was untroubled by this. To make things even worse in the eyes of the legalistic Pharisees, the centurion was a Gentile who was also an officer in the military force that had been oppressing the Jewish nation for almost a century (and who would continue to do so for another 300 years). And yet Jesus had no qualms about coming to his aid.

  So why didn't Jesus tell this man, "I was sent only to the Lost Sheep of Israel?"


  As we have shown in our two previous posts, Jesus came for all mankind: to the Jew first, and then to the Gentile. But Jesus had a knack for turning what might have been ordinary events in His life into moments which would teach generations of His followers not just Who He was, but who we can be when we are around Him. And that was wonderfully demonstrated by the centurion who showed us humility, great love and compassion for others and, most importantly, God-honoring faith.


  But our lesson doesn't end there. 


  After commending the centurion's great faith, Jesus delivered a stinging rebuke to His Lost Sheep, lamenting the fact that no one in Israel -- in short, no Jew -- had shown greater faith than this Gentile. The Christ then went on to address the Muslim contention head on as He said:


11 I tell you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.


  Jesus announced quite clearly that many would come from outside of Israel, outside of the Lost Sheep, people from among the Gentiles who would join the Jewish patriarchs in heaven, while some from among the Jews would be cast out of the Kingdom because of their lack of faith.


  So does God play favorites and save only Jews?


  Absolutely not. He sent us Jesus to demonstrate that He came to save all who will believe in Him. 


  Jesus had this to say to some hard-hearted Jews He was speaking with:


24 "Therefore I told you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” John 8


  What about you, dear reader? Do you believe that Jesus is Who He says He is?


Jesus is Lord!
     See also:

  Did Messiah Come Only for the Lost Sheep of Israel? (Lost Sheep Series)


  http://www.apologika.blogspot.com/2015/07/was-messiah-coming-only-for-lost-sheep.html


  Jesus and the Samaritan Woman (Lost Sheep Series)


  http://www.apologika.blogspot.com/2015/07/jesus-and-samaritan-woman-lost-sheep.html




How Has the Bible Changed Through the Millennia?

  Without providing much in the way of evidence, Muslim critics of the Bible claim that the Bible has undergone so many revisions over the last 19 centuries that we can no longer tell what it originally said. Is this true?

  Here is a screenshot of the Gospel of John, chapter 3, verse 16, in the Codex Sinaiticus, which is dated at around 330AD:


  Here is that same Koine Greek text:

John 3:16 οὕτως γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν κόσμον ὥστε τὸν υἱὸν τὸνμονογενῆ ἔδωκεν ἵνα πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν μὴ ἀπόληται ἀλλ’ ἔχῃζωὴν αἰώνιον. GNT (Greek New Testament)


  If we were to translate the above verse literally word for word, it would read this way:


  "thus for loves the God the world so that the Son of Him the only unique He gives that every the one believing into Him no should be perishing but may be having life eonian."


   
As we have explained in a previous post, this is why translation becomes necessary. This word soup results because, obviously, English grammar is different from Greek grammar. That is why we need scholars to do the translation for us into English or any other language. The Bible can be translated into any other language in the world and still be considered the Word of God. Unlike the Quran, which Muslims say is only the word of Allah when it is in its original classical Arabic, which only 16% of the world's Muslims can understand.

  So let's take a look and see how English Bible versions have changed over the last 5 centuries, even as the language itself has evolved into today's 21st century English. The names of the Bible versions are followed by their dates of publication:

Tyndale Bible (1526)
For God so loveth the worlde yt he hath geven his only sonne that none that beleve in him shuld perisshe: but shuld have everlastinge lyfe.

Geneva Bible (1557)
For God so loveth the world, that he hath given his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Douay-Rheims Bible (1582)

For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting. 

King James Bible (1600s)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Webster's Bible Translation (1833)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.

English Revised Version (1881)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Darby Bible Translation (1890)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believes on him may not perish, but have life eternally.

Young's Literal Translation (1898)
for God did so love the world, that His Son -- the only begotten -- He gave, that every one who is believing in him may not perish, but may have life age-during.

American Standard Version (1901)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Weymouth New Testament (1903)

For so greatly did God love the world that He gave His only Son, that every one who trusts in Him may not perish but may have the Life of Ages.

New International Version (1973)
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

New American Standard Bible (1995)

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

International Standard Version (1998)

For this is how God loved the world: He gave his unique Son so that everyone who believes in him might not be lost but have eternal life. 

Holman Christian Standard Bible (1999)

For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 

English Standard Version (2001)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

New Living Translation (2004)
For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

  So there is the evidence. The only major difference between the versions after 478 years of English translations (from 1526 to 2004) is in their translation of that one word "τὸνμονογενῆ" which, transliterated, is "monogenes."


  What does the Greek word "monogenes" mean? 


  It means "pertaining to being the only one of its kind or class, unique in kind," which is how our first English translation, the Tyndale, and our modern translations are now rendering it. 

  While Muslims are quick to pounce on the word "begotten" in the older translations of this verse, they do so purely out of ignorance, as they take it to mean that Jesus was the product of sex between God and Mary, even the thought of which is blasphemous to Christians. The Bible teaches no such thing, and neither did the Early Church. Scripture is clear from beginning to end that the Son of God, Himself God, is eternal, not created.

  In response to our Muslim critics then, we can say that Bible translations have remained true to the original Hebrew and Greek texts, despite the passage of millennia.

  It is just as our Lord and Master, Jesus the Christ, said:

  "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away." Matthew 24:35

  See also:

  Comparing the Bible and Quranic Manuscripts

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/04/comparing-bible-and-quranic-manuscripts.html

  Much of the Quran is Gone!

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/07/is-yours-weakest-ink.html

  Lost in Transmission?

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/10/lost-in-transmission.html



Jesus and the Samaritan Woman (Lost Sheep Series)


  In John 4 we find yet another example of Jesus coming not just for the Lost Sheep of Israel, but for the rest of the world as well.

  In this passage, Jesus is talking to a Samaritan woman, a Gentile. As Jesus speaks to her, He makes a clear distinction between them saying, "you Samaritans" and "us Jews." 

  The Samaritans and the Jews hated each other and would never be seen talking to one another, but here Jesus has gone out of His way to make what would be nothing less than a Divine Appointment.

  Jesus began His ministry to the woman by addressing her past as well as what was going on in her life at that moment. And that is how she knew that this was no ordinary man. He was, at the very least, a prophet. But He was there to tell her much more.

Woman at the Well
by Simon Dewey

21 Jesus told her, “Believe Me, woman, an hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 

22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know. We worship what we do know, because salvation is from the Jews. 


23 But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship Him. 


24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”


25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will explain everything to us.”


26 “I am He,” Jesus told her, “the One speaking to you.”


  The Christ continues to make the distinction between Samaritans and Jews in this passage, but the woman's response tells us that it was not just the Jews who were awaiting the coming of the Messiah, but the Samaritans, too. 

  In His reply, Jesus tells her more than she may be expecting. Yes, He tells her He is that One, the Messiah, but He has also done a little bit of... shall we call it "Divine Name-Dropping" to reveal, not just to her,  but to us as well, Who He really is.

  Christian apologist and theologian Dr. James White writes:
"In [John] 4:26 Jesus says to the woman at the well, "I am, the one speaking to you" (ego eimi, ho lalon soi) which is strangely reminiscent of the LXX rendering of Isaiah 52:6 (ego eimi autos ho lalon)."
  What does Yahweh say in Isaiah 52:6?

 6 "Therefore My people shall know My name; therefore in that day I am the one who is speaking, ‘Here I am.’” NASB

  This is perhaps why the Orthodox Jewish Bible uses the Divine Name in its rendering of John 4:26,

26 "Yehoshua says to her, Ani Hu (I am He), the one speaking to you." OJB


  So Jesus has told her, not just that He is the Messiah, but also that He is "Ani Hu," Yahweh God of the Bible. "Ego Eimi" in the Greek. 
But we have not quite forgotten the other point of this article in all our excitement. Here's the clincher:

John 4


39 Now many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of what the woman said when she testified, “He told me everything I ever did.” 


40 Therefore, when the Samaritans came to Him, they asked Him to stay with them, and He stayed there two days. 


41 Many more believed because of what He said.


42 And they told the woman, “We no longer believe because of what you said, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this really is the Savior of the world.”

  The Savior of the world, they called Him. Where many had already begun to believe in Yeshua, Jesus, through the testimony of the Samaritan woman, many more became His followers from among the Samaritans through His teaching.

  In echoing the words of Isaiah 52:6, Jesus was saying that these Samaritan believers were among His People, those who would know His name. He was also fulfilling "the Law and the Prophets," just as He said He would in Matthew 5:17.

  This passage from John 4 shows us yet another passage in which Jesus says that He is God, but it also proves that He did not come only for the Lost Sheep of Israel.


  Truly...
Jesus is Lord!  


  With thanks to Arshavin S. for leading us to a discussion of this verse. May you soon come to deeply and personally know this Yeshua of Whom we speak, brother!


  More proof still to come in the next part of our Lost Sheep of Israel series.

  See also:


  Purpose and Meaning of "Ego Eimi" in the Gospel of John
In Reference to the Deity of Christ, by James White

  http://vintage.aomin.org/EGO.html 

  Wise Men Still Seek Him!

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/10/wise-men-still-seek-him.html


  Did Messiah Come Only for the Lost Sheep of Israel? (Lost Sheep Series)

  http://www.apologika.blogspot.com/2015/07/was-messiah-coming-only-for-lost-sheep.html



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