De-Coding the DaVinci Code:
Seizing the Mars Hill Moments
Part 2 continued from September 12th
The Mars Hill Moment
The most important part of the novel (and perhaps the movie if it captures this scene) is the final scene as the hero falls on his knees in a profound spiritual connection to the sacred feminine. He can even hear her voice.
What Brown’s entire story misses is something that his feminine goddess bloodline tale never offers.
- The Christ of the Gospels and Christian faith is the reality of intriguing life-changing redemption.
- Jesus Christ revealed himself fully as the Son of God, died to take our punishment upon himself, and rose victorious from the dead.
- His power to heal and transform comes not from a secret bloodline, but through a living relationship today.
This is the astonishing mystery that redeemed Christians have been exposing throughout history.
Brown’s novel ends on a sad note; the secret remains. Many readers will be left hungering for something more, something much better. And we like Paul have a Mars Hill Moment.
Are you ready from God's Word the Bible to show to anyone who is seeking the truth—that the truth is in the Bible, God's Word? Are you ready to show them how the Bible reveals the real Jesus Christ, God the Son? Are you ready to tell them that by knowing God the Son, Jesus Christ in truth you can find the way of salvation that He has made through His death on the Cross for your sin?
Let’s begin with the deity of God the Son Jesus Christ, and conclude with why we can trust the Bible as God's Word.
HOW CAN I PROVE FROM THE BIBLE THAT JESUS IS GOD? (The Deity Christ)
There are five lines of biblical evidence that clearly demonstrate the deity of Christ.
1. By What Jesus Said about Himself (His Divine Claims): Jesus Himself claimed to be God.
- In John 10:30, He makes the startling statement, “I and the Father are one.” The Greek word translated “one” is in the neuter gender, indicating Jesus is one in essence with the Father, not merely one in purpose.
- John 8:58 records an even more astonishing claim: Jesus applied to Himself the sacred name of God from Exodus 3:14, “I AM (Heb., YHWH, “Yahweh” or Jehovah”). If Jesus were merely claiming to be a pre-existent being, He would have said “Before Abraham was born, I was,” instead of ‘I AM.” Unlike many today, Jesus’ opponents understood perfectly what He was claiming. That’s why both of these statements are followed by their attempts to stone Him for blasphemy (John 8:59; 10:31-33).
2. By What God said about Jesus (His Divine Titles): Many terms used in the Old Testament to refer to God are used in the New Testament to refer to Jesus.
- In Isaiah 6:5 says, “My eyes have seen the King, the Lord (YHWH) of hosts.” Yet the apostle John, referring to Isaiah’s vision, says in John 12:41, “These things Isaiah said, because he saw His (Christ’s--cf. v.36) glory, and he spoke of Him.”
- Other titles used of God in the Old Testament and of Jesus in the New include:
- There are also the attributing to God the Son, Jesus Christ of Divine Attributes (His Divine Attributes): Jesus possesses attributes unique to God:
b. omnipresence (Matt. 18:20),
c. omniscience (John 16:30),
d. omnipotence (Heb. 1:3), and
e. immutability (Heb. 13:8).
3. By What Jesus Did (His Divine Works): Jesus did things that only God could do.
- The first sentence of the Bible tells us God created the universe, but John 1:3 and Colossians 1:16 speak of God the Son, Jesus Christ as the One who brought all things into being.
- God the Son, Jesus Christ also sustains all things (Col. 1:17).
- Jesus, like the Father, has the authority to resurrect and judge men (John 5:21-29).
- He also has the authority to forgive sins--a right that, as His opponents pointed out, belongs to God alone (Mark 2:5-10).
4. By What People Say about Jesus (His Divine Names): Several passes refer to Jesus as God.
- John the Apostle in the Gospel by John 1:1 tells us “the Word Jesus-cf.v.14) was God.” Greek grammar and the context rule out the translation “the Word was a God.”
- Thomas the Apostle addressed the risen Christ as “my Lord and my God” (John 20:28). Note that Jesus did not correct him, but acknowledged his faith (v.29).
- Paul the Apostle in Titus 2:13 and Peter the Apostle in 2 Peter 1:1 refer to Jesus as our God and Savior. The rules of Greek grammar indicate that both titles describe Jesus. That is especially clear in the 2 Peter 1 reference, since the same grammatical construction appears in verse 11, where it is obvious that the titles there (Lord and Savior) apply to Christ.
- The author of Hebrews in 1:8-9 records God the Father’s testimony to Christ’s deity: He twice addresses the Son as God.
- Finally, John the Apostle again writes in 1 John 5:20 refers to Jesus as “the true God and eternal life.”
5. By What Jesus Allowed Others to Do for Him (His Divine Worship):
- Jesus affirmed the Old Testament truth that only God is to be worshipped (Matt. 4:10). Yet on several occasions He accepted others’ worship of Him, obviously considering it appropriate (Matt. 14:33; 28-9, 17; John 9:38, 20:28-29).
- Unlike Peter (Acts 10:25-26), Paul and Barnabas (Acts 14:11-18) or angels (Rev. 19:10; 22:8-9), Jesus never refused the worship offered Him.
The second area that we as Mars Hill Moment believers need to be prepared to explain carefully in light of TDC’s assertion that the Gnostic texts are the ‘unaltered gospels’. This takes us to the basic apologetic (or defense of the faith) as to the inspiration and authority of the Scriptures.
Why is this book like no other book? Why can you trust the Bible? Here are seven reasons why I believe that the Bible is God's Word.
1. Reason #1—Jesus Christ. The first reason why I believe the Bible is utterly true can be distilled down to two words: Jesus Christ.
- Jesus Christ was utterly convinced that the Book you hold in your hand was the Word of God. Now that does it for me. I don’t need anybody else’s opinion.
- Jesus believed this book, and over and over we find the Lord Jesus asking everyone who questioned Him, “Haven’t you read? The scriptures say…” (Mark 12:26-27) That’s how He answered those who came to Him.
2. Reason #2—Apostles and Prophets. The second reason why I believe the Bible is true is that it was believed not only by Jesus Christ, but also by His apostles and prophets.
- All the apostles and all the prophets, thousands and thousands of times, over and over repeated that the words that they were saying were not their own. Do you know what they said? The apostle Paul said, “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing because when you received the Word of God, which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men but what it is in truth, the Word of God.” (1 Thessalonians 2:13). That’s an apostle speaking. The prophets said the same thing.
- In the Old Testament 8,000 times it is written, “The Lord said.” Did you know that the apostles and prophets believed that this Book came from God?
- If Jesus Christ believed it, that settles it for me. Jesus and all those who were closest to Him, those who knew God face-to-face, who were His emissaries, believed in the Word of God. They said that the Bible is the breath of God. The apostles and the prophets said thousands of times that they were totally convinced that they were sharing the words that were not originating with them.
- Peter said that holy men of old spoke as they were ‘pheromenoi’—the Greek word meaning ‘borne along like a sail of a ship being blown in the wind’. They were borne along by the spirit of God.
- As the apostle Paul said, every word of God is ‘theopneustos’—meaning ‘the breath of God’ God was breathing His Word through them.
- The apostles’ and prophets’ belief is the second reason why I believe the Word of God.
3. Reason #3—Survival. The third reason why I believe the Bible is that the Word of God has survived. There is no other reason that can explain why this Book exists. There has never been any book on this planet ever more targeted for destruction than this Book. This Book has endured through the ages despite being the target of empires and emperors, despite armies being sent and dispatched to utterly destroy it and to rid the earth of it. Infidels have waged their war against this Book; dictators and regimes have sought to stamp it out; but the Bible stands and will stand to the end of days!
4. Reason #4—Absolute Unity. The first reason I believe the Bible is true is Jesus Christ believed. The second reason I believe the Bible is true is all the apostles and all the prophets believed it. The third reason I believe is because it has endured; in spite of all of the attacks against it, the Bible has survived. Reason number four is the absolute unity of God's Word. You say “What do you mean by that?”
- If you look at the Bible, there is an incredible unity demonstrated in the fact that, 40 different men, most of whom never saw each other, wrote the Bible. Most of the people who wrote the Bible didn’t even know each other.
- They were living on three different continents. They were writing over 60 generations of time, 1,600 years.
- Most of them never saw what the other one wrote, and yet this book has an absolute unity. It fits together better than the most machined parts. It completely unites.
- When you look at this Book, you find that there’s an unmistakable fabric that was woven from prison to palace, from desert to dungeons, from hillsides to holy places and there’s one common denominator. There’s one shared theme, there’s one united message, there’s only one system of doctrine, one system of ethics—and there’s only one plan of salvation. That theme, message, doctrine and Savior is Jesus Christ! There is a supernatural, unearthly unity to this book.
This sermon will continue tomorrow September 14th as we look at reason 5 “Prophetic Accuracy”.
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