Christ and the Bible
By Nick Bibile
Uniqueness of the Bible
Webster defines "unique" as: (1) "One and only; single, sole"; (2) "Different from all others; having no other equal."
It was written over a 1500-year span, during 60 generations, written in three continents, Africa, Asia and Europe, three different languages, Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek written by 40 authors from every walk of life including kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesmen, scholars, cupbearers, and others. Written in times of war and peace, written in different moods, joy and sorrow, written on hundreds of controversial subjects like, creation, origin of man, nature of God, sin and redemption, yet there is unity in the Bible.
Let’s get to the point. The Bible was written over a 1500 year span but lets get 10 people living today, not from three different continents but in one country, one city, not people from different languages but who speak one language, not people who have different occupation but one occupation give them one controversial subject, do you think they will be united in what they say? Certainly not.
Many tried to burn the Bible, ban the Bible yet still it is the number one seller. Voltaire the French atheist who lived in 1700’s predicted that Christianity would be swept from existence and pass into history within 100 years of his time. Fifty years of his death, the Geneva Bible society used his printing press and his house to produce thousands and thousands of Bibles.
1 Peter For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
The center of the Bible is Christ Jesus.
Psalms 40:7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me. (Written thousands of years before Jesus birth)
Joh Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
Why it is that Christ is the center? Because of redemption. Only the first two chapters of the Bible speak on the creation and the balance is all about redemption, meaning speaking of delivering the sinner from sin. It took God to speak his word in creation as he spoke and it was created out of nothing but in redemption it took a blood sacrifice.
Old Testament Prophecies of the Messiah
Jesus fulfilled hundreds of prophecies, meaning predictions of the prophets recorded in the Old Testament.
Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, and The Prince of Peace.
Mic 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
Crucifixion was prophesied.
Ps I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. 16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. 18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
The Book of Psalms is in the Old Testament. What was the death penalty in the Old Testament? Stoning to death. Crucifixion was invented by the Romans. Here in the book of Psalms speaking of a future event as it says they pierced my hands and feet, a clear prediction of the crucifixion given about thousand years before Christ was born.
Jesus is the Greek form of the Hebrew Joshua or Jehoshua derived from the Hebrew “Jehovah is salvation or LORD is salvation"
"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” ( Mt 1:21) He is the savior of the world. There is only one savior and that is God himself.
"Even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior." ( Isa 43:11)
God became man
in Jesus, as he came to save his people from their sins. "For
unto you is born this day in the city of
This is the New Testament form for the Old Testament 'Messiah,' which means 'the anointed one.' According to the Old Testament, prophets, I Kings 19:16, priests, Ex. 29:7, and kings, I Sam..10:1 were anointed with oil, which symbolized the Holy By this anointing they were set aside for their respective offices, and were qualified for them.
Christ was not anointed earthly oil but by the Holy Spirit. "....for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost." (Mat ) Lu 3:22 "And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased." (Luke 3:22) Christ was anointed with the Holy Spirit for the threefold office of prophet, priest, and king.
The Bible represents Christ as a Person having two natures, the one divine and the other human. This is the great mystery of godliness, God manifested in the flesh,
He is the God
who became a man. The word that became flesh.
Mal 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 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
Jesus is not only a prophet but God in flesh, some say that Jesus is a good person and he is a good teacher, he is a prophet of God. Prophet of God will never lie. Jesus himself claimed to be God.
John Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
John I and my Father are one. 31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? 33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
Only God can forgive sins but Jesus forgave sins.
Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. 6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Jesus is not just another prophet, a way but the way. Christ is not just truth of many truths but the truth. Many would say they believe in Christ and he is a great man. But they will not believe when Jesus said he is the only way to God. They are contradicting their statement as they are not telling the truth but Christ is telling the truth, as he is the truth. He is the truth regarding not only to what he said but regarding to his character, who he is. He is the life. The giver of life, the author of life. He is the way to eternal life. The only mediator between God and man is Christ.
Why he should be both God and Man? Because of Sin. Bible is unique as it define sin and expose sin.
The question is; God is righteous, man is unrighteous, then how can an unrighteous man dwell in the presence of the righteous God in heaven? The Psalmist cried out the following.
"If you, O LORD, kept a record of our sins, O LORD who could stand?" (Psalm 130:3)
The answer is negative, no one.
Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way.
Ro As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.
Ro For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
It was necessary that Christ should be both God and man. As man, he represented the believing sinner, he was the last Adam. The first Adam was made upright and perfect so was the last Adam. The first Adam was the federal head of all humanity, the first Adam sinned and in him death came to all and all died. (Romans 5:12) Jesus is called the last Adam, and he was our substitute came in our behalf, we violated the laws of God, disobedient to God, he as our substitute, did not come to break the law but to fulfill the law (Mat 5:17) and he was subject to the Father in full obedience as he came to do the will of the Father. As a substitute he was our mediator. Why we need a mediator? Because we were at enmity with God, we were carnal. (Rom 8:7) we were the children of wrath. (Eph 2:3) Christ came as a mediator to reconcile us back to God.
He was also God, and as God the sacrifice of Christ had infinite value as it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins, there remain no more sacrifice for sins.
Adam's righteousness was an earthly righteousness, but Christ's righteousness is the heavenly righteousness, it is the righteousness of God, it is the holiness of God. Not only our sins are forgiven but Christ's righteousness is imputed to us!
"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." (2 Corinthians 5:21)
At the cross the guilt and the penalty due to the believing sinners were imputed (charged, or credited) to the account of Jesus. Then the righteousness of Jesus was imputed (credited) to the believing sinners account. Now the believing sinner has become righteous, and it is not the believing sinner’s righteousness but a righteousness that is outside of that believing sinner and that is the righteousness of Jesus.
The question was God is righteous, man is unrighteous, and then how can an unrighteous man dwell in the presence of the righteous God in heaven? The answer is not by our righteousness not by our merit, not by our sacrifices but by Christ work alone on the cross by Christ’s righteousness we go to heaven. The human righteousness of Adam failed; but the believer has a divine righteousness, which can never fail! Now the sinner can be pardoned, justified through the blood of Jesus Christ! As God, he was able to forgive our sins, and remove our sins as from the east to the west.
Ps 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
We say we are saved by grace alone. This is the amazing grace of God to an unworthy sinner, we did not come to God but he came from heaven to earth for us, we did not chose him but he chose us, we did not love him but he loved us first.
Nothing in my hands I bring,
Simply to thy cross I cling;
Naked come to Thee for dress;
Helpless look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly,
Wash me, Savior, or I die.
(From the Hymn: "Rock of Ages" by A.M.Toplady 1740-78)
Christianity is centered on the person of Jesus Christ, his life, character, death and the resurrection, but all other religions focus on the teachings of the teacher and not on the teacher. A dead teacher or a prophet cannot save anyone. In Christianity we don’t have a dead savior but a living savior who has conquered death as he rose from the dead.
Resurrection of Christ Jesus
The Old Testament again predicted that the Savior cannot stay in the grave.
Psalm For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Frank Morrison, a competent lawyer said, “This Christianity business is rubbish. I will prove that it is rubbish. I will write a book, and it will be the expose of the Christian faith. I will call the book Who Moved the Stone? I will show and demonstrate as I would in a court of law that all the evidence when taken into consideration will demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is the greatest hoax in human history.” Frank Morrison set out to prove that the story of Christ's Resurrection was only a myth. But in the book after looking for all the evidence he could not prove that Christ did not rise from the dead, he became a Christian and the book is available today.
Apostle Paul said, “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.” (1 Cor )
Again he said, “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” (verse 17)
If you go to a court to prove a case you need eye witnesses. This is what Apostle Paul said. “3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present…” (1 Cor 15:3)
At the crucifixion
the disciples had their worst day, even Peter denied Christ because of fear, it was a day of gloom, a day of darkness, a
day that they lost hope, a day that the world ridiculed them, mock them and
they could not face the public. But after the resurrection of Christ their life
changed, there was boldness; they preached the resurrection at the heart of the
The best way they could have done to disapprove the resurrection of Christ is to bring the dead body of Christ and parade on the street but they could not do it as there was no dead body Christ rose from the dead. They told a story that the disciples stole the body of Christ.
One man who was
highly skilled at dealing with evidence was Dr. Simon Greenleaf. He was the
famous Royal Professor of Law at
Greenleaf examined the value of the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ to ascertain the truth. He applied the principles contained in his three-volume treatise on evidence. His findings were recorded in his book, An Examination of the Testimony of the Four Evangelists by the Rules of Evidence Administered in the Courts of Justice.
Greenleaf came to the conclusion that, according to the laws of legal evidence used in courts of law, there is more evidence for the historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ than for just about any other event in history.
An Englishman, John Singleton Copley, better known as Lord Lyndhurst, is recognized as one of the greatest legal minds in British history. . . .
Upon Copley’s death, among his personal papers were found his comments concerning the resurrection in the light of legal evidence and why he became a Christian: “I know pretty well what evidence is; and I tell you, such evidence as that for the resurrection has never broken down yet.
Christianity alone is based on historical and objective facts rather than the subjective ideas of man. Its truthfulness stands on the validity of historical records which are subject to investigation and examination. (J. Hampton Keathley III)
All of the apostles except John were martyred for their belief. The early Christians were tortured, crucified, beheaded, burned alive and some were thrown alive to be eaten by lions. They never denied the faith as they cannot lie what they have seen. The resurrection changed the year of our calendar as it changed the course of history from B.C. (Before Christ) to A.D. (the Latin Anno Domini--the year of our Lord).
Only a living savior can save a sinner. There
was a British tourist visiting some parts of