Pastor's Library

Putting Jesus in His Place (the Case for the Deity of Christ)

Robert M. Bowman, Jr. and J. Ed Komoszewski, Kregel Publications, 2007, ISBN 9780825429835, 392 pages, $18.99, softcover.

Jesus is God, coequal with the Father. That is the thesis that Bowman and Komoszewski explore. When Jesus was on earth His enemies chided Him when He stated that He came from the Father, and in fact, was equal with His Father. Conservative Christians settled that argument long ago, but cultists and liberals still attempt to make Jesus into someone other than "Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace" (Isa. 9:6 NASB).

Using the acrostic H-A-N-D-S, the authors present a persuasive argument for the deity of Christ Jesus, as well as providing the outline of the book:

Comparing Old Testament passages with those in the New Testament, Bowman and Komoszewski show that Jesus was accorded the same honors as the Lord (Jehovah): Psalm 72: 18-10 and Hebrews 13: 20-21. Their chart on page 35 compares passages in Revelation that ascribe honor to God the Father and to Jesus the Lamb.

Jesus also exhibits the attributes of God. He is Creator, He is eternal, He is all wise. He is the exact imprint of God, He never changes, and He existed before He was born.

Both Jesus and God share the same names. Both are called Holy, Redeemer, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, King of kings and Lord of lords, I AM, the Beginning and the End, and the Word of God.

The Lord (Jehovah) and Jesus share deeds. Both are named Creator, All Powerful One, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and the Judge.

Finally, both the Father and the Son share the seat of honor, glory, and power. Mark 14: 62 and Psalm 110:1 describe the Son on the right hand of the seat of God the Father. Jesus, like His Father is exalted above all things.

An appendix gives a chart of the HANDS analogy, with the Scripture verses that demonstrate that Jesus truly is equal with God the Father.

This volume is so thoroughly researched and documented that pastors and other Christian workers will profit by having this book in their library.

Glen H. Jones

Target: All
Type: Doctrine
Take: Highly Recommended



I Want to Believe (Finding Your Way in an Age of Many Faiths)

Mel Lawrenz, Regal Books, 2008, ISBN 9780830744527,232 pages, $16.99, hardcover.

Mel Lawrenz has written a book for the multitude of those who feel the need of Someone greater than themselves-who want to believe-but aren't sure how to sort out all the conflicting claims in today's religious marketplace.

I Want to Believe assures the seeker that God does, indeed, want him to believe; introduces biblical authority ("Whom Should I Believe?"); shows how and why we can know for certain that God is real and that He is the only true God; and explains how to deal with doubt.

Then it turns to a comparison of Christianity with other major religions: Each is briefly sketched, including its attractive points, and then the superiority of Christianity is urged. For example, atheism seems to offer freedom from outside control, but offers neither help nor hope. Hinduism offers mysticism, enticing to many-but Christianity also offers mysticism, as well as the Way (Jesus). Islam offers an explicit pattern for living life-but God offers much more than a lifestyle based on law. Other faiths discussed are Buddhism and earth religions.

Lawrenz, who pastors Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, next builds on the Apostle's Creed to develop chapters on "I Believe This About God" and I Believe This About Life," followed by "No More Excuses."

I Want to Believe is a good book to put in the hands of anyone looking for God; but would be equally useful as a teaching resource.

Ted Kyle

Target: Seekers
Type: Apologetic
Take: Highly Recommended



What Does the Bible Say About?

Ron Rhodes, Harvest House Publishers, 2007, ISBN 9780736919036, 395 pages, $14.99, softcover.

Ron Rhodes provides easy-to-understand answers to many perplexing Bible passages. His approach is conservative and evangelical. Readers will find simple-but not simplistic-answers to many Scriptural questions they may have wondered about.

The author begins by answering "common" questions from the Old and New Testaments: Is the "gap" theory supported in Scripture? How long were the days of creation? Why did Adam and Eve not die literally when they ate the forbidden fruit? How did Judas Iscariot die-by hanging or by falling on some rocks? The New Testament tells us that elders shall be the husband of one wife; what does this mean? Will heaven be populated by only 144,000?

Rhodes discusses the inspiration and reliability of the canon of Scripture. What does inspiration mean? Are there mistakes in the Bible? What about the Apocrypha? Is the King James Version the only reliable one?

The writer answers many questions on the person and work of Christ. What do we mean by the incarnation? Is Jesus less than the Father in honor and might? Is Jesus God? Did Jesus physically rise from the dead or was it a spiritual resurrection?

He also addresses questions about humanity and culture: How did the world get in such a mess? Why did God make humans who would rebel against Him and create chaos? What did God do to remedy the sinful plight of humanity? How can a person be saved? Are works and baptism necessary for salvation?

Spiritual questions are not left out either. Will the world ever be cleansed of sin and injustice? When will Jesus come again? What about judgments of the saved and the lost? What will heaven be like? The reader will find Scriptural answers on the New Age Movement, and the "name it and claim it" Word-Faith Movement.

Glen H. Jones

Target: All
Type: Bible Answers
Take: Highly Recommended

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