... he that cometh to God must believe that he is ... (Hebrews 11:6)
For lack of a better word this is what I call Historical Faith. We must believe that he is whoever he claims to be. He claimed to be the Son of God, the Messiah, deity. How can we know this to be a fact? John declares in John 20:30-31 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. We have the record of a competent eye-witnesses concerning the mighty signs that Jesus did, the apostles. Their competency was never questioned during their life time therefore we can trust their testimony. John said that they saw him, they heard him, they touched him.
Jesus proved that he was the son of God, deity, by his control of the elements. We read the account of he and his disciples being overtaken by a vicious storm in Matthew 8:24-27. The concluding thought in that passage was, the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him! No man, not even the apostles, were able to do this.
He proved that he was the son of God, deity, by his control of the material things of life. We read of his multiplying the loaves and fishes in Matthew 14:17-21 so that over 5000 were fed. This demonstrates that he had at his command the material needs of mankind. No man other than he ever was able to do this..
He proved that he was the son of God, deity, when he forgave sins. The people all agreed that only God can forgive sins. Read Mark 2:3-7. Men make claims today to be able to forgive sins but the fact remains that only God can forgive sins.
Except you believe that I am he, you shall die in your sins.
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