What did Jesus Believe and Say about Himself?    

Contrary to universal practice, Jesus spoke and taught in his own name, elevating his words to be equal to God's; i.e. "thus says the Lord, but I tell you --"

Matt. 5: 20, 22, 26, 28, 32, 34, 44: "For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven ... But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca,' is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell ... I tell you the truth, you will not get out [of prison] until you pay the last penny ... But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart ... But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery ...  But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King ... But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you ..."  (NIV)


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