Beliefs,  Christ Ahnsahnghong

Whom Does the Bible Testify about? : “Second Coming Jesus”

Nowadays, many people claim to believe in Jesus, even from their childhood. It is quite common for people today to grow up as a Christian, learning about Jesus from the Bible at a young age. But how did people come to believe Jesus when He first appeared 2000 years ago? Understanding the answer to this question will help understand how we can recognize the Second Coming Jesus, who is prophesied to appear in our time.  Will you recognize Him when He comes a second time? What tools do we have to be able to recognize our Savior? God gave us the Bible. In fact, there is no other way can we truly recognize our savior, aside from the Bible. Even Jesus Christ testified that God’s purpose of giving the Bible to mankind was to testify and lead us to the Savior. 

John 5:39: “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me”

When Jesus Christ appeared 2000 years ago, the New Testament had not yet been recorded. It was written by the saints who believed in Him well after He ascended back to heaven. So, how can Jesus confidently say that the Bible testifies about Him? It is though prophecy. The Old Testament records numerous prophecies about the coming Savior, which Jesus alone fulfilled. As God’s people read the prophecies in the Bible and saw Jesus fulfilling every one of them, they came to believe in Him as the Messiah.

In the same way, the Bible contains numerous prophecies about the Second Coming Jesus as well. As we study the prophecies about Second Coming Jesus and find the One who fulfills them all, we can recognize and have true faith in our Savior.

How did Jesus testify about himself being the savior?

Jesus directly said the Bible testifies about him, the Savior. This means the Bible and the Savior go hand and hand. Without understanding the Bible we cannot understand the Savior. If we reject the Savior that the Bible testifies about it is the same act of denying the Bible. We have to make sure we receive the Savior that the Bible testified about so we won’t lose out on our salvation. 

The saints believed that Jesus was the savior because He was the one the Bible prophesied about. Even when Jesus testified about himself, He used the Bible prophecies.

Luke 24:15-16 “As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.”

In this scene we can see Jesus appeared before his two apostles, but they couldn’t recognize him. He walked with them for three years, yet they couldn’t recognize his face. What did Jesus do to have them believe he was the savior? He used the Bible to testify who he was.

Luke 24:25 – 27 “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.”

Jesus used “Moses and all the prophets” this is referring to the Old Testament of the Bible since it was written by Moses and the prophets. Like this, Jesus used the Bible to testify about himself. He explained to the two disciples that He was prophesied to suffer and then rise from the dead. The Bible prophecy is the best and most reliable way to believe in the Savior. After seeing through the bible who Jesus is, they were able to understand that he was the prophesied Savior.

How did the apostles testify that Jesus is the savior?

The apostles also preached about the savior. What did they use as evidence to prove that Jesus is the Savior? Following Jesus’ example, Philip preached to the Ethiopian eunuch that Jesus was the prophesied savior using the scriptures, the bible. 

Acts 8:35 “Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.” 

Apostal Philip came across an Ethiopian eunuch reading the book of Isiah. Although he was a worshipper of God, he could understand who or what Isaiah was prophesying about. Apostle Philip explained to him that the passage he was reading testified about Jesus Christ, who fulfilled the prophecy by His crucifixion.  Through these examples, we can see the bible is the way for us to understand our Savior.

Why did the religious leaders reject Jesus?

It is clear that the scriptures alone can help us recognize our Savior. However, 2,000 years ago, no one studied the scriptures as much as the religious leaders, yet they came to reject Jesus, even conspiring to crucify Him. They should have been the first ones to recognize who he was and welcome him with open arms as the Messiah who they had been waiting for. Instead, they vehemently denied the savior. Why couldn’t they accept him, despite studying the Bible and its prophecies so diligently? 

Unbelief in the Bible

John 5:46-47 “If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?” 

Here Jesus explains one of the reasons they couldn’t accept Jesus Christ is because “you do not believe what he [Moses] wrote.” In other words, they didn’t believe inthe Bible that Moses and the rest of the Old Testament prophets wrote. Jesus explained that their lack of faith in the Bible, which is the word of God, was the reason why they failed to recognize the savior that the bible testifies about. Their faith in the Bible was very limited; regarding it as literature, history, or a collection of moral laws and teachings. They didn’t believe the words of the Bible could be fulfilled and manifest in reality. If they believed the words would be fulfilled, they would recognize Jesus’ fulling the words and showing he was Christ.

Not Knowing God Correctly

Let us see another reason why they failed to believe in Jesus.

John 15:20-21 “Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master. ’If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.”

Jesus explains the reason why the believers were being persecuted. He said the reason why the religious leaders persecuted His disciples was that they didn’t know the One who sent him. This means they didn’t know God. Why is that? Only through the Bible, we can truly come to know our God. The religious leaders at that time boasted about their supposed knowledge of God, yet they always tried to fit God into their own thoughts. They only superficially knew and believed in God who sits enthroned in Heaven, but they could never know God who came as a man. They couldn’t believe God could come as a man and made no effort to understand him.  That’s why they persecuted Him and His disciples.

What can we learn from 2,000 years ago?

There were two kinds of people 2,000 years ago: those that rejected Jesus and those who accepted Him. Even though many people claimed to have faith in God not all the believers accepted God when He appeared in the flesh right in front of them. What if we become like them? Will we still receive salvation? That is why we must understand and believe in the Bible so we can receive our savior who appears in this last age. What if we don’t have faith in the Bible or fit God into our own ideas? It would be impossible to recognize the Second Coming Jesus the Bible prophesies about.

Hebrew 9:28 “so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”

It says he will bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. For us to receive salvation we must receive it from the Second Coming Jesus, who appears in fulfillment of all the Bible prophecies. 

How will we recognize the Second Coming Jesus?

John 5:39: “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me”

Just like how the bible testified about Jesus the bible also testifies about the second coming of Christ. Like the saints who accepted Christ 2000 years ago, we must rely solely on the Bible to understand who will come as the Second Coming Jesus, carefully studying the prophecies and accepting the one who fulfills them.  Let’s not miss out on our opportunity to receive salvation and study the scriptures to see who has come to give us salvation.