Scriptural Topics

The Scriptures are all powerful in breaking down strongholds, raising up those who are pressed down, and guiding us into experiencing the Lord’s victory over all things. In this segment we set forth a series of subjects with appropriate Scriptures that strengthen faith, and lead to overcoming in the Lord.

Subject areas will be changed regularly, and previous scriptural readings and commentaries may be accessed by clicking different weeks in the calendar below.



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REPENT


The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.
Mark 1:15.


The time may have been fulfilled for the gospel message to be preached, but now the end of all things is at hand, and Marks message is repent, and believe in the gospel. The message of salvation is timeless, and still reaches out to those who are unsaved, saying believe, repent, and be saved.


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REPENT


Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call. Acts 2:38-39.


Here the message of salvation is taken one step further, repent and receive the Lords salvation, be baptised, and then be filled with the Holy Spirit. The promise is not restricted to those in the early Church, but to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.


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REPENT


And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, I repent, you shall forgive him. Luke 17:4.


The outcome of repentance must be forgiveness. If the Lord forgives us no matter how many times we sin, we have no other option than to forgive all sins against us.


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REPENT


Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. Rev 3:3.


The outcome of our lives is eternal existence in heaven or hell. We cannot afford to be complacent, for the Lord warned, Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. Matt 24:41-42. In the first reading we are encouraged to remember the words of our salvation and hold fast to them.


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REPENT


From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matt 4:17.


This is a timely warning. Satan endeavours to delay or even abandon our decision to receive the Lords salvation. But the bible says, NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION. We cannot afford to wait for a more appropriate time, when we have done this or that. Now is the time to receive the Lords salvation, or male a new commitment to the lord.


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REPENT


The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel. Mark 1:15.


The time may have been fulfilled for the gospel message to be preached, but now the end of all things is at hand, and Marks message is repent, and believe in the gospel. The message of salvation is timeless, and still reaches out to those who are unsaved, saying believe, repent, and be saved.


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REPENT


Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.
Acts 2:38-39.


Here the message of salvation is taken one step further, repent and receive the Lords salvation, be baptised, and then be filled with the Holy Spirit. The promise is not restricted to those in the early Church, but to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.


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REPENT


And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, I repent, you shall forgive him. Luke 17:4.


The outcome of repentance must be forgiveness. If the Lord forgives us no matter how many times we sin, we have no other option than to forgive all sins against us.


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REPENT


Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. Rev 3:3.


The outcome of our lives is eternal existence in heaven or hell. We cannot afford to be complacent, for the Lord warned, Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. Matt 24:41-42. In the first reading we are encouraged to remember the words of our salvation and hold fast to them.


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REPENT


Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. Ezek 18:30.


Now, as the end of the age approaches, we should know that we will soon face the final judgment. This is the time to repent of our sins, and receive the gracious forgiveness of God, and the salvation He is inviting us to receive.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Eph 2:8-9.


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REPENT


Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.
Acts 3:19-20.


Peter was addressing a crowd of unbelievers after Jesus was crucified. His message was not one of condemnation, but a plea for everyone to repent and be converted, so that they would receive refreshment from the abiding presence of the Lord.

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REPENT


As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
Rev 3:19-20.


To those who are experiencing the refining discipline of the Lord, this is an assurance of the Lords love. Dining with Him speaks of entering into a personal relationship with Him.


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The Blessings Associated with Unity


Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Eccl 4:12


We can be sure that any genuine ministry initiated by the Lord will be opposed by Satan. Without the covering of united prayer, a single person is particularly vulnerable. When the Lord sent His disciples ahead of Him to prepare the way, He sent them out in pairs. When two people ministers to another person, one may lead the ministry, but the one supporting him is equally important as he discerns the Spirit, and presents additional direction, or engages in silent prayer, like binding oppositions.
Early churches were local, autonomous, and overseen by a team of elders. This prevented a fellowship being led astray from the path of truth.


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The Blessings Associated with Unity


Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. Ps 133:1-2.


Aaron is a type of Christ, our High Priest, and so this is a picture of Jesus Christ dispensing the oil of the Holy Spirit throughout His body of believers. It flows from the head to the borders of His garment, or encompassing all believers. However, this is conditional to believers living in unity and harmony. The Holy Spirit will not be dispensed where there is discord and lack of unity.


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Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tender hearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:8-10.


Peters call for compassion and forbearance towards one another should be obvious to all believers as we remember Gods forbearance and forgiveness towards us despite our many sins, and that we are forgiven according to our forgiveness of others. It is our love for one another that defines us as Christians.


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I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. John 17:20-22.


Jesus prayer went beyond His disciples to all future believers, asking God to unite us as one on the basis that God was in Him, and He in God, and that we are made one by their presence in us. It is a sober and humbling thought that we as humans are indwelt by the Trinity, and that this is a basis for our unity with one another.


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Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 1 Cor 1:10.


Pauls earnest plea is for all brethren be of the one mind in their discernment of truth. We should all realise our need to be guided by the Holy Spirit, and our responsibility to forsake carnal mindedness, laying our carnal minds on the altar of the cross daily to be put to death be the Spirit, and replaced with the mind of Christ.


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I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with long suffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Eph 4:1-4.


To be worthy of our calling is to be worthy as representatives of Jesus Christ, who dwells in us, and manifests His life through us. We should manifest His lowliness, gentleness, long suffering, love, and peace making.


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...fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Phil 2:2-4.


Paul wrote to the Philippians that to live in love and harmony with each other, the basic need was denial of self. To esteem others better than himself, was to consider the needs of others to be more important than their own. This points to the necessity of consigning our self-lives to the cross daily, so that it is put to death by the Spirit.


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Restoration


Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.
Acts 3:19-21.


In Revelation 13, we are told that Antichrist was given leave to attack the saints and overcome them. God allowed this to test the allegiance of the saints, and to bring Antichrists works out into the open, so that they may be refuted and destroyed by the truth. Now, at the end of the age, we see the results of Antichrists war on the Church, which has been reduced to spiritual deadness, and contaminated by apostasies. But now is the time of restoration of all things that Peter predicted. Peters first instruction was to repent, and this we must do as a whole Church, turning to God so that our sins may be blotted out, and that He will restore all things. We must learn to refute world opinion and all worldliness brought into the Church, and return to the pattern of the Spirit filled early Church, seeking the Spirits guidance in all things.


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Restoration


Half of the city the Church shall go into captivity, but the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations the oppressors of the Church, as He fights in the day of battle. Zech 14:2-3.


We are told that the Lord will enter into this conflict, but this is not in His physical presence, but by His Spirit. His Spirit is moving among us, revealing truth and empowering ministries. At this crucial time, we, as members of the Church, should be seeking to be filled afresh with the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. Rev 21:6.


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Restoration


When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob, says the Lord. Isa 59:19-20.


When the enemy, Antichrist with his hosts of wickedness, confronts the Church with a flood of deception and persecution, the Lord will lift up a standard bearing His name, which will be a rallying point in the heat of the battle. He will come to those who have turned to Him in repentance, and His Spirit will put words in their mouths that will expose and nullify all deception, will confound and destroy the power of Satans hordes of wickedness.


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Arise, shine; for your light has come! and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles unbelievers shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.
Isa 60:1-3.


This speaks of the Spirit and glory of the Lord alighting on those who have received His invitation in their hearts. They are told to stand, or be ready for the Lord to use them. They do not need to seek ministry, for the glory of the Lord will be seen to rest on them, and people will come to them. Unbelievers will see that they have something that is missing in their lives, and the Spirit of the Lord will open the door to ministry.


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And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
Joel 2:28-29


This reading comes after the Lord promises to overthrow those who have devastated the Church. He will pour out His Spirit on all who are open to receive it, and they will be equipped to minister truth and life to those who have been bound in darkness by Satan.


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Lift up your eyes all around, and see: they all gather together, they come to you; your sons early converts shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and become radiant, and your heart shall swell with joy; because the abundance of the sea unbelieving nations shall be turned to you.
Isa 60:4-5.


Those you have ministered to and have drifted away, will return to you, earnestly seeking your spiritual nurture. Unbelievers shall come from afar to seek your ministry, and you will have joy in your hearts because of the fruit of your ministry.


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Putting to Death our Carnal Natures by the Spirit


For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Rom 8:13.


Speaking spiritually, the flesh is self-orientated, self-predominant, with the desire to satisfy the desires of the mind, body, and emotions. It is the compulsion to govern all activities from an attitude of what self wants, rather than what is the will of God, which is shown to us by our spirits.
As young Christians, we attempt to overcome the demands of the flesh by our will-power, but this never works, because it is using the flesh to overcome the flesh. Paul tells us that it must be by the Spirit that the flesh is overcome. We do this by testifying to what Jesus has done for us in incorporating our old man with its carnal nature in His death, burial, and resurrection. Testifying allows the Holy Spirit to do a work that makes this a reality.


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Putting to Death our Carnal Natures by the Spirit


Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Rom 6:2.


Being in Christ means that we have been incorporated into His living experience - in this case, His death, burial, and resurrection. Paul could now say, I the carnal man of the flesh am crucified with Christ. We can now say by faith, I, with my carnal nature, have been crucified with Christ, trusting that the Holy Spirit will do a work that make it a reality.


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Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Rom 6:4.


Not only were we baptised into Christs death, but also His burial. This burial means that we can consider our old man with its carnal nature put to death, it and everything to do with that carnal nature has now been buried, and need not be brought to mind.


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For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. Rom 6:5-6.


When we were baptised into Jesus Christ, we were united with Him in His death, burial, and resurrection. When speaking about the resurrection, the words in the likeness of have been added by translators. Paul is saying, having been taken into His death we will certainly be in His resurrection. We were united with Him in the likeness of His death, for it was our old man or carnal natures that were subjected to His death, not our physical bodies, but then we became new creations, which were united with Christ in His resurrection. Now we are to consider our carnal natures as having been taken into Christs death, and pray to the Holy Spirit to make it a reality.


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Putting to Death our Carnal Natures by the Spirit


For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Rom 6:10-11.


To reckon yourselves to be dead to sin is an act of faith. Spiritually, your carnal natures were taken into Christs death, and the act of faith says that we can claim it, and we can now ask the Holy Spirit to do a work that makes it a reality.


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Putting to Death our Carnal Natures by the Spirit


I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Gal 2:20. KJV.


It is by faith that we can claim the death of the carnal nature, and by faith Paul could say I am crucified with Christ. However, this translation from the King James Version differs from other translations, in that it states that Paul receives the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe this is essential, because our faith often falls short. Jesus asked us to feed on Him or His indwelling life, and His faith is part of His indwelling life in us. In our morning prayers we can put off our old man with its carnal nature, and clothe ourselves with Jesus Christ, claiming His faith to receive the blessings He acquired for us.


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Putting to Death our Carnal Natures by the Spirit


For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
Gal 5:17.


In this reading the words lusts against, is made clearer if we use the words, wars against. Christians, knowingly or unknowingly, are engaged in a war, where God endeavours to lead us and teach us through our spirits, with Satan endeavouring to take control of us by interfering with our thoughts and emotions. We must learn to discern what is being initiated by God, and what is of Satan, who is continually trying to make us walk after the flesh, or be controlled by the flesh in all of our activities.


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Stepping on the Path of Holiness Putting to Death the Old Man


For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. Gal 5:17-17.


What the bible calls the flesh, is the ego and desire of the natural man to accomplish all things by our own abilities, rather than by the Spirit. The spiritual man knows that we cannot tame our carnal natures by self effort and
determination, and continually testifies to what Jesus did on the cross to set us free. The flesh and the spirit are incompatible, the flesh wanting to do all things by self effort, and the Spirit overcoming the flesh by the power of our testimony to what Jesus procured for us, by His death on the cross.


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Stepping on the Path of Holiness Putting to Death the Old Man


For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Rom 8:13.


If you live according to the flesh, to satisfy the desires of the body and mind, you will die spiritually, losing spiritual discernment. Paul says that you must put to death the flesh by the Spirit. In other words, you cannot control the desires of the flesh by self determination, because that is using the flesh to tame the flesh, and the result is continual failure. It is only by testifying to what Jesus has done for us on the cross that the Spirit can make it a reality.


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Stepping on the Path of Holiness Putting to Death the Old Man


For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do...for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Rom 7:15-19.


What Paul is describing here is often the experience of young Christians. They are confronted by a besetting sin, but no matter how hard they try to overcome it they fail. They are yet to learn how Jesus was united with our carnal man that we grapple with, in His death. We can now say the old man was incorporated in Christs death on the cross.






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Stepping on the Path of Holiness Putting to Death the Old Man


Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. Rom 7:20-23.


Paul asks, why am I doomed to continual failure? Then Paul presents a surprising conclusion - that there is a law of sin in his members that compels him to sin. That law of sin is a legacy of the fall, when Adam and Eve disobey Gods direct command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This gave Satan the right to implant a law of sin, or a propensity to sin in mans nature.


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Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:3-4.


How do we overcome that nature of sin implanted into our nature? Paul tells us how in Romans 6:3. Our old man, with its law of sin, was incorporated into Christs death and burial, which occurred spiritually in our baptism. When we testify to the death and burial of our old man, the Holy Spirit can undertake a work to make it a physical reality. This does not happen instantly, but the more we testify in faith, the weaker that old man becomes.


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Stepping on the Path of Holiness Putting to Death the Old Man


...that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Eph 4:22-24.


In this reading, Paul tells us how to divest ourselves of the old man with the body of sin. He uses the analogy of putting on and off our clothes. This should be our daily spiritual exercise in prayer. We should declare our old man incorporated in Christs death and burial. Paul stated,
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Gal 2:20-21. KJV. We should then reckon our old man united with Christ in His death, and ask the Holy Spirit to make it a reality.


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Stepping on the Path of Holiness Putting to Death the Old Man


For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Gal 3:27-28.


Putting off the old man is the negative side of our testimony. It should be followed by the assertion that we have been baptised into Christ, and so we have put on Christ. We are now clothed in the Spirit of Jesus Christ, and partakers of His fullness.


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Stepping on the Path of Holiness Putting to Death the Old Man


...knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin...reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom 6:5-11.


Here is the conclusion of the matter. Spiritually, our old man has been incorporated in Christs death and buried in the water of baptism. When we claim this by faith, and walk in the light of this spiritual truth, the Holy Spirit begins to make it happen in reality. We are to reckon ourselves dead to the power of sin in the old man, and alive to righteousness in Christ Jesus.


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New Testament Scriptures Verifying the Divinity of Jesus Christ


“If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” John 10:37-39.


Here Jesus states that the miraculous works that he did, were done through the indwelling Spirit of the Father in Him. If His works were miraculous, we know that Jesus did not do them as a man, but as the Son of God, who was beating witness to Christ’s divinity.








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New Testament Scriptures Verifying the Divinity of Jesus Christ


“I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father's name, they bear witness of Me.” John 10:25-26.


To do works in His Father’s name, was to do all through the attributes of the Father in Him. Jesus was saying that if we cannot believe in His divinity by His appearance and demeanour, we should believe His works were clearly miraculous and of the Father, and because God the Father did them through Jesus, they were a testimony to Christ’s own divinity.


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New Testament Scriptures Verifying the Divinity of Jesus Christ


“If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” John 10:37-39.


Many thousands witnessed Jesus’ works, and their accounts were recorded by the writers of the gospels, the epistles, and historians. The lame walked, the blind received sight, dead were raised, demon spirits were cast out, thousands were fed by five loaves and two small fish, Jesus walked on the water and calmed the storm. Such works were undeniably by the power of God, and were entrusted into the hands of Jesus to accomplish. Knowing this, we should believe that God the Father was in Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ in Him – again testifying to His deity.


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