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Since the four gospel accounts of Jesus´ life constitute the only eyewitness record we have of Jesus´ teachings, let us consider what Jesus Himself actually claimed in those records.
Matthew 3:17; 17:5 At Jesus´ baptism and again at the Transfiguration, God the Father personally said regarding Jesus: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Matthew 16:13-17 Jesus said that God the Father had revealed Jesus to be, not just a great prophet, but the Son of the Living God.
John 20:28,29 Thomas addressed Jesus as my Lord and my God, then Jesus pronounced a blessing on all who believe the same thing.
John 3:13-16 Jesus claimed that He came down from heaven so that whoever believes in Him can have eternal life.
John 14:6 He said: I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Matthew 28:18-20 He claimed that people of all nations must obey Him, because He possesses all authority in heaven and on earth.
Matthew 25:31-46 He said that He will come again and will decree the eternal destinies of all people of all nations.
John 8:24 He said that people who do not believe in Him will die in their sins.
To deny these claims is to deny that Jesus spoke the truth. Those who would be followers of Jesus must acknowledge His own claims to be true.
(c) Copyright David E. Pratte, 6/2008
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