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Wordwise Insight, Issue #056
June 14, 2009

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BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Is Jesus God?

WORDWISE HYMNS: a New Blog called Wordwise Hymns for you to check out!

MORE ARTICLES: The Shack (A Critique); Faith and the Gift of Faith

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Some Biblical Evidence

QUESTION: The following query comes from Ireland. "Why you believe that Jesus is God? Or the Son of God?"

ANSWER: You ask an excellent question–and an important one. Whole books have been written on the subject. My answer must necessarily be shorter than that! However, I will try to give you some of the evidence for the deity (the Godhood) of the Lord Jesus Christ.

A) What the Old Testament says about the coming Messiah.

The promised Messiah of the Old Testament (Mashiyach in the Hebrew language), is the Christ of the New Testament. The latter title (Christos is Greek for Messiah) is used of Jesus over 500 times from Matthew to Revelation. So what does the Old Testament prophesy about Him? And how do the two Testaments connect? Here is a brief sampling.

1) "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel [literally meaning, God with us]" (Isa. 7:14).

This title is applied to Christ in Matt. 1:21-23, as an angel announces to Joseph the coming birth of Jesus to Mary: "‘She will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.' So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,' which is translated, ‘God with us.'"

2) "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to...

To see the full article, click on Jesus Is God.


Come and Pay Us a Visit!

Those of you who have been readers of this newsletter for awhile know that I've been including a "Meditation on Our Hymns" month by month.

But this month signals a change--an exciting one for me. In the last few weeks I have developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.

But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will do that!

A Special Feature
There is something unique about this blog that I don't believe has ever been done before. It contains what we could call a Hymn Almanac. If you want to know what happened in the history of hymn writing on any particular day, just click on the blog and you'll see!

My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.

What happened on this day in hymnology? To find out, click Wordwise Hymns.


I'm still getting questions about The Shack, a recently popular novel. For a lengthy study on the book, laying out the many problems with it, see the critique below. And for a discussion of the difference between faith and the gift of faith, see the second article.

The Shack (A Critique)

Faith and the Gift of Faith

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