What God Meant When He Called Himself a God?
2:55 PM ET Sat, 22 Dec 2017 | 02:30:45 by Christopher O. MillerThe divine miracle of Jesus Christ and the miracles of his disciples, such as the Resurrection and Ascension, and the miraculous healing of the sick and dying, all of which are well documented in the Bible, are celebrated in the book of Acts.
But, of course, we do not have the Bible to back it up.
We know that God created the world in six days in 6,500BC and in the year 2120BC, and that God resurrected Jesus Christ in Bethlehem, Israel, after His crucifixion and burial in the tomb.
But how does the world, and God himself, do that?
What is the meaning of this miracle, what is the origin of the name “God” in Hebrew?
We explore these questions in this episode of Time.
What God Meants When He Called Himself a “God?”
In the first chapter of Acts, Jesus and his disciples are sitting in the temple on Mount Tabor, which is in Jerusalem, and are about to depart for the temple.
There is a man there, named James.
He is a Samaritan named Simon, and he tells them about what happened in the days when Jesus was a man.
He says, “When I was a young man, a Pharisee named James, an enemy of Jesus, came to me.
And he said to me, ‘James, you say that Jesus was crucified, but how do you know that?’
‘Because the Son of God has not yet come to be.
He was born in Bethlehem.’
Then I heard him say, ‘The Son of Man is not yet born.’
I was struck dumb and went to my father, and I told him, ‘Why did you not tell me that Jesus is not born?
Because I have seen the Son in the flesh.’
And Peter answered, ‘No, father, the Son has been sent from God.'” “
James is a believer, so he tells Peter, “I also said to him, You are the man of God; you say the Son is not here, because you do not know.
“And Peter answered, ‘No, father, the Son has been sent from God.'”
So, James was a Pharisaic Jew, and this is what he said: ‘Why do you not believe the Scriptures?’
“And he said, ‘Because I do not believe in the Messiah, who is coming.’
And he gave him a stone to stone him.
So he said [to Peter], ‘What will you do?’
‘I will tell you that Jesus has come.’
And Peter went to him and said, “Father, tell me the truth.”
James said to Peter, ‘I heard you say to me that the Son will come.
He went to the tomb and wept and said to the Jews, ‘Forgive them.’ “
And when the time came, Jesus came and stood before him and took his cross and gave thanks.
He went to the tomb and wept and said to the Jews, ‘Forgive them.’
They did not forgive him.
Then he was taken up to heaven.
Peter was afraid to come, because he feared the wrath of God.
But he came to Jesus and he saw him crucified.
And when he saw the Son, he was afraid and he said unto him, Son of man!
Jesus said unto Peter, If I were to go into the tomb, and behold the Son sitting on his right hand, would you follow me?
Peter said, Yes.”
So, we see that the Jews do not forgive, they do not say, “We forgive,” they do nothing but give him a cross to stone and say, you can’t go into that tomb.
Peter, we know, was a Samarite, and we can see that Peter was fearful.
And so, Peter left.
He came to the temple, and when he went in, Jesus said, I am the way and the truth and the life.
And Peter said to Jesus, I believe in Jesus, and you do as I command you.
And Jesus said to you, I will be with you always, and with you in the world to the end of the age.
Peter went into the temple and said [again], You are my disciple, and your life is my gospel.
And the next day, he left the temple as Jesus was going out of it.
In fact, Jesus was so amazed by Peter’s faith that he said in his own words, ‘And what did Peter do?’
“What Jesus meant was that he saw Peter’s true faith, and Jesus knew that Peter had believed.
And this is why Peter did not say to Peter that Jesus did not exist, but rather that the disciples who heard Peter’s testimony of Jesus were his followers.
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