According to George Barna Research, 92% of Americans say they believe Jesus actually lived in history, but only 56% believe he was God in the flesh. Half Americans believe he sinned like everybody else. Sixty percent say they have accepted Jesus as their Savior; 80 percent of African Americans say that. Now here are some things the Apostle Paul wrote about the identity of Jesus in his epistle to the Colossians Ch 1: “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,  and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” So the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ was God in human form. As a result, we are all accountable to Him. So it makes good sense to know Him, to love Him, and to pursue His Kingdom agenda of worshiping God and of loving and treating others with justice and respect.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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