A Question I Was Asked:


My Girlfriend Works Overseas. A Follower of a Different Religion Told Her That Acts 3:22 States That Jesus Was Only a Prophet! How Do I Answer Her?...I Need Some Scriptures!”


It is very odd how certain religions claim that Acts 3:22 states that Jesus was only a prophet when any consideration of the entire New Testament makes it abundantly plain that Jesus was - and is - much, much more than a prophet! In fact, even the context here in Acts 3 shows that, while Jesus is certainly a prophet, He is much much more than that. Look at verses 20-23. In verse 20 He is called 'the Christ' (the anointed one). Verse 21 states that Jesus is in heaven until the restoration of all things as He (Jesus) promised long ago through His holy prophets. Putting this all together shows that Jesus is the Anointed One and He is currently in heaven until His involvement in the restoration of all things (His Second Coming and the Judgment!), and His prophets foretold this. So while Jesus certainly is a prophet, to say that He is only a prophet is a nonsense even from these few verses. Okay, let us broaden this out:


Daniel 7:13-14; Matthew 28:18; John 3:31,35-36; 17:2; 1 Peter 3:22.


Matthew 18:29; Matthew 28:19,20; Ephesians 1:23.


John 4:17-18, 25-26, 29; 6:64; 13:11; 19:28; 21:17.

He knew their thoughts:
Matthew 9:4; 12:25; 22:18 Mark 2:8; 12:15
Luke 5:22; 6:8; 9:47; 11:17 John 2:24-25;x5:42; 6:6;x16:19,x30; Acts 1:24.

He knew the future:
Matthew 16:21; 20:18-19; John 2:19, 21-22; 12:23-24, 32, 33.


Hebrews 13:8.


Isaiah 44:6; 48:12; 1 Timothy 1:17; 6,16; Hebrews 7:25; Revelation 1:4-5, 8,17; 2:8; 21:6; 22:12-13.

pre-existent to creation:
Genesis 3:22; Proverbs 8:22-36; Isaiah 48:12, 16; Micah 5:2; John 1:1-3,10; 3:13; 6:62; 8:35,58; 17:5, 24; Romans 11:36; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 3:9; Philippians 2:5; Colossians 1:15-19; Hebrews 1:2-4; Revelation 3:14; 13:8.

In the face of all this, to quote just one Scripture in order to propose that 'Jesus was only a prophet' becomes a complete nonsense!

Robin A. Brace, 2005.

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