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Divinity of Christ, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III
30- The Lord Jesus Christ Examines the Heart and Knows the Thought
(B) The Lord Jesus Christ Examines the Heart and Knows the Thought
(1) Christ the Lord says, as we have already mentioned: "And all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works" (Rev.2:23). There are many examples in the Gospels which denote that Christ the Lord reads the thoughts and answers them without hearing anything. For example:
(2) The Holy Gospel says that the disciples "reasoned among themselves, saying, 'It is because we have taken no bread. 'But when Jesus perceived it, He said to them, '0 you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you have brought no bread?"' (Matt. 16:8); (Mk. 8:16,17)
(3) When the Lord said to the paralytic, "Your sins are forgiven you", the Gospel says that the scribes reasoned in their hearts, saying: " 'This Man blasphemes!' But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, 'Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier...' " (Matt. 9:3,4); (Lk. 5:21,22); (Mk. 2:6,8).
(4) After the Lord Jesus Christ healed the demon possessed blind and mute man, the Gospel says: "But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, 'This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.' But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them, 'Every kingdom divided against itself brought to desolation' " (Matt. 12:24,25); (Lk. 11: 17).
(5) In the miracle of Christ healing the man with the withered hand, the Gospel says: "And the scribes and Pharisees watched Him closely, whether He would heal on the Sabbath, that they might find an accusation against Him. But He knew their thoughts, and said to the man... then said to them, 'I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil?' (Lk. 6:7-9)
(6) When the disciples were tempted by the thought of being great, the Gospel says: "A dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by Him..." (Lk. 9:46,47).
(7) In the incident of the sinful woman who washed the Lord's feet with her tears, the Lord replied to the thoughts of Simon the Pharisee. The Gospel says: "Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, 'This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner. And Jesus answered and said to him..." (Lk. 7:39,40).
(8) With regard to Christ knowing the unseen, we give as examples:
(i) The Lord's words to Peter about the hook and the stater (the exact temple tax for two) (Matt. 17:27).
(ii) The Lord's knowledge of Thomas's doubting and discourse with the other Apostles (Jn. 20:27).
(iii) The Lord's knowledge of the death of Lazarus (Jn. 11: 11).
(iv) The Lord's knowledge of what had happened to Nathaniel under the fig tree (Jn. 1:47-50).
(v) The Lord's knowledge of the past life of the Samaritan woman (Jn. 4:18).
(C) Conclusion: Christ Is God
Here we will leave aside Christ's knowledge of the unseen and talk only about His knowledge of man's thought.
(1) The Holy Bible says: "For the righteous God tests the hearts and minds" (Ps. 7:9), and the Lord Jesus Christ says: "And all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts" (Rev. 2:23), and we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other pages. Is this not an explicit declaration that Christ is God?
Let Christ be God and let God be true.
(2) The Holy Bible says distinctly about God: "For You, only You, know the hearts of all the sons of men" (1 Kin. 8:39), and it has been proved that Christ has read the thought and known the secrets of hearts and souls. Does the Holy Book contradict itself or are Christ and God One, and thus Christ knows the hearts of men?
Let Christ be God and let God be true.
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