Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Self-Harmony of the Bible - 5 (Part Eighteen)

Is Jesus a Shepherd or a Sheep?
            He is both in a figurative sense. For, in regards to his protective role and leadership of his disciples, he is “the fine shepherd” that “surrenders his life in [our] behalf.” (John 10:11 NWT) But, in that he is an offering for sin, he is “the Lamb of God.” – John 1:36 WEB

Does Jesus Change?
            Luke 2:7 is one of many verses that notes that Jesus changed. However, Hebrews 13:8 (NWT) says: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever.” So the skeptic is confident that the Bible contradicts itself. However, he has to define “change” and “yesterday” in a way consistent with his view to make this contradiction work; his interpretation is far for solid, though. The skeptic assumes that “yesterday” means “forever in the past,” but it does not need to mean such. For, certainly Paul, the author of Hebrews, knew that Jesus’ position was exalted due to his faithful service, and that he was also made man. Therefore, we recognize that “yesterday” does not stretch into infinity, but must refer back to now to a certain point, but no further. Similarly, “change” is not meant in an absolute sense, for example, if Jesus changes his view on a person, it does not mean Jesus’ himself has changed.

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