Who is Jesus Christ?

The Age-Old Question:

Who is Jesus Christ?  Was He God?  Or, was He a subordinate god?  Or, was He just a good person or good prophet with good teachings?

Jesus Christ was (and is) God who came down and became Flesh.  His Love for us does not have any boundaries, and we have been told that if we believe in Him and repent of our sins, He will cast our sins as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).

Philippians 2:5-8 tells us, "You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.  Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.  When He appeared in human form, He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal's death on a cross."

Even Jesus, who was God, felt the need to humble himself before the Father when He became a Man.  How could we ever justify boasting of our good works.  Jesus Christ was the only one who could have legitimately been boastful as He lived a completely perfect life, and yet, even He humbled Himself before the Father, and as a Man did not cling to His Divine nature.  And, we still many times feel the need to boast of our good works.


"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'"
~~~John 14:6~~~

"You must make your choice. Either this Man was and is the Son of God or else a madman or something worse. You can either spit at Him and curse Him as a demon, or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God."
~~~C.S. Lewis~~~

The Gospel Message (in Genesis!!)

"The Old Testament is the New Testament Concealed.  The New Testament is the Old Testament Revealed."  ~Augustine

by:  Dr. Chuck Missler (www.khouse.org)

In Genesis Chapter 5, where we have the genealogy of Adam through Noah. This is one of those chapters which we often tend to skim over quickly as we pass through Genesis it's simply a genealogy from Adam to Noah.  But God always rewards the diligent student. Let's examine this chapter more closely.

In our Bible, we read the Hebrew names. What do these names mean in English?

Methuselah:

Methuselah lived longer than any other human, past or present. Yet, he died before his father, so how can he be the oldest?

Methuselah comes from muth, a root word that means "death"; and from shalach, which means “to bring, or to send forth“. The name Methuselah means, "his death shall bring".

Methuselah's father was given a prophecy of the coming Great Flood, and was apparently told that as long as his son was alive, the judgment of the flood would be withheld; but as soon as he died, the flood would be brought or sent forth.

Can you imagine raising a kid like that? Every time the boy caught a cold, the entire neighborhood must have panicked!

And, indeed, the year that Methuselah died, the flood came.

It is interesting that Methuselah's life, in effect, was a symbol of God's mercy in forestalling the coming judgment of the flood.

Therefore, it is fitting that his lifetime is the oldest in the Bible, speaking of the extensiveness of God's mercy.

If there is such significance in Methuselah's name, let's examine the other names to see what may lie behind them.

Adam:  Adam's name means “man“. As the first man, that seems straight forward enough.

Seth:  Adam's son was named Seth, which means “appointed“. Eve said, "For God hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew."

Enosh:  Seth's son was called Enosh, which means “mortal, frail, or miserable“. It is from the root anash, to be incurable, used of a wound, grief, woe, sickness, or wickedness.  It was in the days of Enosh that men began to defile the name of the Living God.

Kenan:  Enosh's son was named Kenan, which can mean “sorrow, dirge, or elegy“. (The precise denotation is somewhat elusive; some study aids unfortunately presume that Kenan is synonymous with Cainan.)  Balaam, looking down from the heights of Moab, uses a pun upon the name of the Kenites when he prophesies their destruction.  We have no real idea as to why these names were chosen for their children. Often they may have referred to circumstances at birth, and so on.

Mahalalel:  Kenan's son was Mahalalel, from Mahalal which means blessed or praise; and El, the name for God. Thus, Mahalalel means “The Blessed God“. Often Hebrew names include El, the name of God, as Dan-i-el, "God is my Judge", etc.

Jared:  Mahalalel's son was named Jared, from the verb yaradh, meaning “shall come down."

Enoch:  Jared's son was named Enoch, which means “teaching, or commencement“. He was the first of four generations of preachers. In fact, the earliest recorded prophecy was by Enoch, which amazingly enough deals with the Second Coming of Christ (although it is quoted in the Book of Jude in the New Testament):  Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, "Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against."
Jude 14, 15

Methuselah:  Enoch was the father of Methuselah, who we have already mentioned. Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah. Apparently, Enoch received the prophecy of the Great Flood, and was told that as long as his son was alive, the judgment of the flood would be withheld. The year that Methuselah died, the flood came.  Enoch, of course, never died: he was translated (or, if you'll excuse the expression, raptured ). That's how Methuselah can be the oldest man in the Bible, yet he died before his father!

Lamech:  Methuselah's son was named Lamech, a root still evident today in our own English word, lament or lamentation. Lamech suggests “despairing“.  (This name is also linked to the Lamech in Cain's line who inadvertently killed his son Tubal-Cain in a hunting incident.)

Noah:  Lamech, of course, is the father of Noah, which is derived from nacham, “to bring relief or comfort“, as Lamech himself explains in Genesis 5:29.

Now let's put it all together:

Hebrew

English

Adam

Man

Seth

Appointed

Enosh

Mortal

Kenan

Sorrow;

Mahalalel

The Blessed God

Jared

Shall come down

Enoch

Teaching

Methuselah

His death shall bring

Lamech

The Despairing

Noah

Rest, or comfort.

That's rather remarkable:

Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest.

Here's the Gospel hidden within a genealogy in Genesis!

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