Matthew 5:21-44 – But I Say to You

The argument is being made that Jesus Christ claims to be equal to God in the following verses: Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28, 31-32, 33-34, 38-39, 43-44. The assertion is that Jesus makes Himself equal to God when He declares, “You heard it said…but I say to you..”

There is nothing in any of these scriptures that says that Jesus was making himself equal to the only true Supreme Being who had sent him. If Jesus was actually making himself equal to the only true Supreme Being, then there he would have been claiming that there are two only true Supreme Beings. — John 17:1,3.

Elsewhere, however, Jesus very plainly stated: “”My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.” (John 7:16) “He who sent me is true; and the things which I heard from him, these I say to the world.” (John 8:26) “The word which you hear isn’t mine, but the Father’s who sent me.” (John 14:24) “As my Father taught me, I say these things.” (John 8:28) “I say the things which I have seen with my Father.” (John 8:38) “I spoke not from myself, but the Father who sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.” (John 12:49) Jesus also stated: ” The words that I tell you, I speak not from myself; but the Father living in me does his works.” (John 14:10) Jesus was proclaiming himself to be the prophet like Moses as foretold in Deuteronomy 18:15-19, and at the same time he identified his Father as being Jehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This is confirmed by Peter. (Acts 3:13-26) The default reasoning from this is that Jesus is the not Jehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The default reasoning is that Jesus was sent by, and that he speaks for, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Just as Jehovah spoke through his prophet Moses, so he now speaks through His son. — Hebrews 1:1,2.

More replies to this series of assertions will be, God willing, addressed under the archived category: “Jesus Claimed to Be Equal to God’

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