‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”
[Jesus is saying if they don’t believe him, believe the miracles he has performed, so they might understand that the Father (God) is in him because he is the son of God] One claim Jesus made about his nature in this passage was that he is the son of God and the good shepherd. Here he also talks about his sheep, who are his followers. He says he knows them, and we follow him because of this. We, his sheep, follow his voice because we believe his is the saviour and the son of God. Saying “The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me” tells us how he has performed many miracles at this time, and besides his words he plainly showed who he was before to the people. He leads us at all times and has shown to us plenty of times who he is and that he is the son of God. He declares here his followers will believe him and see him. The purpose of his ministry was to lead us and teach us about God. We must follow him if he truly believe and understand the workings of God. He does not exactly say he is the saviour and Messiah here, but we believe in his works and what he said, so we, as his sheep should know. The definition of Messiah is, “A term based on a Hebrew word meaning, ‘an anointed person’; equivalent to the Greek word christos, i.e. Christ”(Selman, Manser, Travis, 2002). He also says here that his Father gave the people to him, and no one will be able to take them from him, as long as we follow his voice and teachings. He says he and God are one, and to trust him is to trust in God as well. This is his promise to us, that God knows us and claims us as his own. 3.3 How would you personally answer Jesus’ question, “But who do you say that I am?” Describe your own beliefs about Jesus, BASED UPON YOUR READINGS. (250 words) To me, Jesus is a reflection of how mankind should be. From my readings, I learned that Jesus didn’t need to prove to us how he is the son of God. He just wanted to show us, because if we truly believed, we would know. An analysis I read on Matthew 8:43-48 read, “Though men are ever so bad
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- Fall '10
- Christianity, Trinity, God in Christianity, God the Father