Jesus Then And Now
Jesus Christ The Same Yesterday, Today and Forever
This section provides some interesting information and compares scriptures, of Jesus then and now, when attempting to prove who Jesus is (or who he is not). One thing appears to be consistent with the scriptural presentation of Jesus; whoever Jesus was on Earth he is certainly the same person in Heaven with God today.
On Earth & In Heaven
(While On Earth)
(While In Heaven)
|Jesus Was a Man|
(Mark 15:39, John 8:40; Acts 2:22; Romans 5:15)
|Jesus Is a Man|
[Man, in this instance, refers to the human body's spiritual makeup (i.e., Jesus soul, his spirit or his glorified body) that part of Jesus humanity that separates his human spirit from that which is considered to be God (the spirit of man from the spirit of God)]
(1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 9:24, 10:12; Acts 17:30-31)
(Acts 17:29-31) Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: 31 Because he [God] hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man [Jesus] whom he [God] hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him [Jesus] from the dead.
|Jesus Was "the Son Of Man"|
(Matthew 8:20; 9:6; 16:13, 27; Mark 10:33; 14:62)
|Jesus Is "the Son Of Man"|
(Acts 7:55-56; Revelation 1:13, 14:14)
|Jesus Was "the Son of God"|
(Hebrews 1:5) "For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?"
(Matthew 16:16) "And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven."
(Matthew 8:29; 14:33; 27:42-43, 54; Luke 1:35; 3:22; 4:41; 8:28; John 1:34; 1:49; 3:18; 6:69; 10:36; 11:27; 20:31; Acts 8:37; 9:20; Romans 1:4; 2 Corinthians 1:19; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 4:13)
|Jesus Is "the Son of God"|
(Revelation 2:18) "And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass"
|Jesus Father Was God|
(Hebrews 1:5) “For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?”
(Mark 16:16) “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”
(2 Corinthians 11:31; Ephesians 1:3, 17; 3:14; 1 Peter 1:3; 2 John 1:3)
|Jesus Father Is God|
(John 20:17) "Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God."
(Revelation 3:5) "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels."
(Revelation 3:12) "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name"
(Revelation 3:21) "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne."
|Jesus Was The Lamb Of God|
(John 1:29, 36)
|Jesus Is The Lamb Of God|
(Revelation 5:12; 12:10-11; 13:8; 21:14, 22-23; 22:1, 3)
|Jesus Was Mortal (He Died)|
NOTE: Death is caused by the separation of body and spirit:
(James 2:26; Acts 2:30-32; Luke 23:46; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
See also (Genesis 25:8, 17; 35:29; Job 14:10; Mark 15:39; Acts 5:5, 10; 12:23)
|Jesus Is Immortal (He Was Resurrected)|
(Revelation 1:18) "I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death."
See also (John 2:22; 21:14;Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:20)
|Jesus Purpose Was:|
(Luke 9:20-22) “He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God. 21 And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing; 22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day”
(John 3:17) “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
(John 11:25-27) “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? 27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.”
(John 17:1-3) “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee (you) the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”
(John 20:31) “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (not God); and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
(1 John 5:10-13) “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
(Romans 10:9-11) “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”
|Jesus Purpose Is:|
(Hebrews 4:14) "Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession."
(Hebrews 9:24) “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:”
(Romans 8:34) “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”
(Hebrews 7:25) “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
(Revelation 20:6) "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him [Christ] a thousand years."
(Revelation 5:4-7) "And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. 6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 7 And he [Jesus] came and took the book out of the right hand of him [God] that sat upon the throne."
(1 Corinthians 15:24-28 (NLT)) "After that the end will come, when he [Jesus] will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having destroyed every ruler and authority and power. 25 For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet. 26 And the last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For the Scriptures say, “God has put all things under his authority.” (Of course, when it says “all things are under his authority,” that does not include God himself, who gave Christ his authority.) 28 Then, when all things are under his authority, the Son will put himself under God’s authority, so that God, who gave his Son authority over all things, will be utterly supreme over everything everywhere."
|Jesus Is at the "Right Hand" of God|
Most scriptures reflect Jesus as standing or sitting down at the right hand of God. It is irrelevant whether the "right hand" of God is stated as being figurative or literal, either way, it denotes Jesus at a position to someone other than himself.(Acts 7:55-56; Romans 8:34; Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 8:1, Hebrews 10:12, Hebrews 12:2; 1 Peter 3:22)
Jesus Is Still The Same Today
Jesus Is Still Interceding for You Today
(Hebrews 7:25 NASB) Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him since He always lives to make intercession for them.
While on earth, Jesus interceded in prayer to God the Father for His followers (Luke 22:32 NIV).
In addition to praying for His followers back then (John 17:9), Jesus also prayed for future believers (John 17:20), and that includes you!
Remember Jesus is attentive to and sympathetic to your needs, whether it be for forgiveness or any other need, “we have an advocate with the Father — Jesus Christ, the Righteous One” (1 John 2:1 NIV). Right at this moment, Jesus is seated at the right hand of God the Father in heaven (Acts 7:55-56; Romans 8:34; Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 8:1, Hebrews 10:12, Hebrews 12:2; 1 Peter 3:22).
Jesus Still Delivers Those That Are Bound Today
(Luke 4:18, 21) [Jesus said,] The Spirit of the Lord (God) is upon me because he (God) hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he (God) hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,” He spoke to the crippled lady, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity,” 21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
He spoke to the crippled lady, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity” (Luke 13:12 NIV)
Through Christ, deliverance from habits, addictions, mental and emotional bondage, and more, is possible today, as it was then, “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36 NIV, John 14:13-14 NIV).
Jesus Is Still Lord of All Today
Until the time appointed by God (1Cor 15:27-28 NIV), Jesus Christ is Lord (Master) of all (Acts 10:36; Eph 5:24).
(Matthew 28:18 NIV) “… All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
*Note: (1 Corinthians 15:27-28 (NLT))
Jesus is still Lord over everything — over sin, over sickness, over death … you name it, He has full authority over it.
There is no difficulty, no obstacle, no vice, no sin, no illness, no demonic harassment, which is outside Jesus’ power (of authority) that cannot be overcome in your life. The “same Jesus” who overcame all these things, by the power of God, is able and willing to do the same in your life today.
Jesus Still Saves Today
(1 Timothy 1:15) …Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…
While on earth Jesus led thousands from unbelief to faith in Him as the Son of God (John 3:16, 6:40; 1 John 4:14-15, 5:5, 5:10). He is still doing that today through His servants on earth, through men and women who speak of Him and God’s plan of salvation to others. (Ref: Frequently asked Questions About Salvation and Heaven)
Because of Jesus, believers around the world today have been filled with the Spirit of God (or “saved”) (Hebrews 7:25 NASB). Having received this promise from on high (Luke 24:49; John 7:39; Acts 1:8) we are able to go forth and be effective witnesses of Christ.