Examine the Verse - Acts 13:23
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Acts 13:23
This verse is claimed to provide the basis of the Iglesia ni Cristo belief
Jesus is not an ordinary man but a very special Man,
who was sanctified; made Lord, Christ, Savior, Mediator and Judge by God.

   It was Jesus, a descendant of David, whom God made the Savior of the people of Israel, as he had promised.
(Acts 13:23,  Good News Translation)
  Iglesia ni Cristo belief in God and Jesus Christ:
Iglesia ni Cristo believes in the absolute oneness of God, that "the Only True God is the Father" in heaven; The Father is the Lord God Almighty, the Creator of all things. God is Spirit, eternal, immortal and invisible; He is the God and Father of Jesus Christ and His Apostles; and that of Moses,
Abraham and the ancient Israelites.
Iglesia ni Cristo believes that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. As the Son of God,
Jesus is a Man.  However, Jesus is not an ordinary man but a "very special Man",
who was sanctified; made Lord, Christ, Savior, Mediator and Judge by God.
  Apostle's admonition, warning and unique way of teaching:
1. No prophecy of scripture is a matter of personal interpretation. (II Pt. 1:20, NAB)
2. Do not go beyond  what is written. (I Cor. 4:6, NIV)
 3. We do not use words of human wisdom. We speak words given to us by the Spirit,
using the Spirit's words to explain spiritual truths. (1 Cor. 2:13, NLT)
  Points to Consider:  
  1.  The above verse clearly say that "God made Jesus the Savior of the people of Israel, as He had promised". Thus, Jesus became Savior because God made Him so.
2.  Please note that many people are unwittingly led to believe that Jesus is God because Jesus is also called Savior in the Bible.  It is true that God the Father is Savior (Isa. 45:21-22)  and that Jesus Christ is also Savior (John 4:42; Eph. 5:23). However, to assume that Jesus is also God because He is Savior is to ignore the teachings of the Holy Scriptures on how and why Jesus became Savior. In Acts 5:31, this is explained:  "God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. (NRSV)
Now, if Trinitarians insist that Jesus is God because He is a Savior, then comes the absurd conclusion that Jesus became God because He was made as such by another God.

3.  THEREFORE, Jesus is a very special Man (Acts 2:22), who was made Savior by God (Acts 13:23) whom He (Jesus') recognize as His  is His Father and His God (John 20:17).
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  Acts 13:23 in other versions of the Bible:  

Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:   (King James Version)

From this man’s seed, according to the promise, God raised up for Israel a Savior—Jesus (New New KIng James Version)   

“As he promised, God has brought one of David’s descendants to Israel to be their Savior. That descendant is Jesus.  (Easy to Read Version)

So God has brought Jesus, one of David's descendants, to Israel to be its Savior, as he promised.   (New International Version)

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