THE DEITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell? - Proverbs 30:4
While the Pharisees were gathered together,
Jesus asked them, Saying,
What think ye of Christ? Whose son is he?"
The question that our Lord Jesus puts here to the Pharisees is the most fundamental question concerning Christian thought and faith that can be put to anybody in any age. Jesus Christ Himself is the center of Christianity, so the most fundamental questions of faith are those that concern the Person of Christ. If a man really holds to right views concerning the Person of Jesus Christ, he will sooner or later get right views on every other question. If he holds a wrong view concerning the Person of our Lord Jesus Christ, he is pretty sure to go wrong on everything else sooner or later. "What think ye of Christ?" That is the great central question; that is the vital question. And the most fundamental question concerning the Person of Christ is, Is Jesus Christ really God? Not merely, Is He Divine, but, Is He actually God?
The Devil is shrewd, and subtle, and he knows that the most effectual way to instill error into the minds of the unwary is to use old and precious words and put a new meaning into them. So when his messengers masquerading as "ministers of righteousness" seek to lead, if possible, the elect astray, they use the old precious words, but with an entirely new and entirely different and entirely false meaning. They talk about the Divinity of Christ, but they do not mean at all what Christians in former days meant by it
So our subject is not the Divinity of Christ, but the Deity of Christ; and our question is not, Is Jesus Christ Divine, but rather, Is Jesus Christ God? Was that Person Who was born in Bethlehem two thousand years ago, and Who lived thirty four years hereupon earth as recorded in the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Who was crucified on Calvary's cross, Who rose from the dead the third day, and was exalted from earth to heaven to the right hand of the Father; was He God manifest in the flesh, was He God embodied in a human being? Was He, and is He, a Being worthy of our absolute faith and supreme love and our unhesitating obedience and our whole hearted worship. Should all men honour Jesus Christ even as they honour God the Father (John 5:23). Not merely is He an example that we can wisely follow, or a Master whom we can wisely serve, but is He a God Whom we can rightly worship?
Most of us do believe that He was God manifest in the flesh and that He is God today at the right hand of the Father, but why do you believe so? Are you so intelligent in your faith, and therefore, so well-grounded in your faith that no glib talker or reasoner, no Unitarian or Russellite (JW) or Christian Scientist or Theosophist, or other errorist can confuse you and upset you and lead you astray?
We are distinctly told in John 20:31 that "these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name." It is evident from these words of the inspired apostle John that this question is not merely a matter of theoretical opinion, but that it is a matter that concerns our salvation. It is to confirm and instruct you in your blessed faith, your saving faith in Jesus Christ as a Divine Person.
The first line of proof of the absolute Deity of our Lord Jesus is that many names and titles clearly implying Deity are used of Jesus Christ in the Bible.
Revelation 1:17, "And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last." The text shows clearly that our Lord Jesus was the speaker, and here our Lord Jesus distinctly calls Himself "The First and the Last." In Isaiah 44:6 we read, "Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God." In Revelation 22:12, 13, our Lord Jesus says that He is the Alpha and Omega. His words are, "And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." Now in this same book in the first chapter and the eighth verse the Lord God declared that He is the Alpha and the Omega. His words are, "I am Alpha, and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."
In I Corinthians 2:8, the apostle Paul speaks of our crucified Lord Jesus as "The Lord of glory." His exact words are, "Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory." There can be no question that "The Lord of glory" is Jehovah God, for we read in Psalm 24:8-10, "Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah." And we are told in the passage already referred to that our crucified Lord Jesus was the King of glory; therefore, He must be Jehovah.
In John 20:28 Thomas addressed the Lord Jesus as his Lord and his God: "And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God." Unitarians have endeavored to get around the force of this utterance made by Thomas by saying that Thomas was excited and that he was not addressing the Lord Jesus, but was saying "my Lord and my God" as an expression of astonishment, just the way that profane people sometimes use these exclamations today. But this interpretation is impossible and shows to what desperate straits the Unitarians are driven, for Jesus Himself commended Thomas for seeing it and saying it. Our Lord Jesus' words immediately following those of Thomas are, "Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed" (John 20:29).
In Titus 2:13 our Lord Jesus is spoken of as our "great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ." In Romans 9:5 Paul tells us that "Christ came, who is over all, God blessed forever." The Unitarians have made desperate efforts to overcome the force of these words, but the only fair translation and interpretation of these words are found in our Authorized Version. There can be no honest doubt to one who goes to the Bible to find out what It actually teaches, and not to read his own thought into It, that Jesus is spoken of by various names and titles that beyond a question imply deity, and that He in so many words is called God.
In Hebrews 1:8 it is said of the Son, "But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: A sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom." If we should go no further it is evidently the clear and often repeated teaching of the Bible that Jesus is really God.
Another line of proof that Jesus Christ is God, a proof equally convincing, and that is, all the five distinctively Divine attributes are ascribed to Jesus Christ, and "all the fulness of the Godhead" is said to dwell in Him. There are five distinctively Divine attributes that God alone possesses. These are Omnipotence, Omniscience, Omnipresence, Eternity and Immutability. Each one of these distinctively Divine attributes are ascribed to Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is all-powerful (omnipotent)
First of all, omnipotence is ascribed to Jesus Christ. Not only are we taught that Jesus had power over diseases and death and winds and sea and demons, that they were all subject to His word, and that He is far above all principality and power and might and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in the world to come (Eph. 1:20-23).
Ephesians 3:20-"Now unto him [Christ] that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us."
Philippians 3:20-21-"...the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself."
Colossians 2:10-"Ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power."
Revelation 1:8-"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."
Revelation 2:26-27 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
And in Hebrews 1:2-3 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Jesus Christ is all-knowing (omniscient)
We are taught in the Bible that Jesus knew men's lives, even their secret history (John 4:16-19), that He knew the secret thoughts of men, knew all men, knew what was in man (Mark 2:8; Luke 5:22; John 2:24, 25), which knowledge we are distinctly told in 2 Chronicles 6:30 and Jeremiah 17:9-10, that God alone possesses. We are told in so many words in John 16:30 that Jesus knew "all things," and in Colossians 2:3 we find that in Him "are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."
Matthew 12:25-"Jesus knew their thoughts."
Matthew 27:18-"For [Jesus] knew that for envy they had delivered Him."
Luke 6:8-"He knew their thoughts."
John 2:24-25-"But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man."
John 21:17-"And [Peter] said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee."
Revelation 2:23-"... and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: ..."
Jesus Christ, as to his divine nature, is everywhere present (omnipresent)
We are told in Matthew 18:20 that where two or three are gathered together in His Name, that He is in the midst of them, and in Matthew 28:20 that wherever His obedient disciples should go, He would be with them, even unto the end of the age, and in John 14:20 and 2 Corinthians 13:5 we are told that He dwells in each believer, in all the millions of believers scattered over the earth. In Ephesians 1:23 we are told that He "filleth all in all."
Matthew 18:20-"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." At any given moment there are literally thousands upon thousands of Bible studies, prayer meetings and church services being conducted around the earth. Jesus Christ says that He is present at each gathering. Only God can be at thousands of different places at the same time.
Romans 8:10-"And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.... [H]e that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you." No created being, no matter how great, can dwell in the millions of Christians throughout the world; it is impossible. But it is not impossible for Jesus Christ who is God.
1 Corinthians 10:4-"And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." Whenever believers partake of the Lord's Supper, Jesus Christ is spiritually present.
Revelation 2:1-"These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks." Jesus Christ is presented in Revelation as being present in the churches and being totally aware of each church's deeds in minute detail.
Revelation 3:20-"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." Jesus Christ will personally fellowship with each repentant believer. This would be impossible if He were merely human, for there are millions of Christians spread over the whole globe
Jesus Christ has eternal existence
We are told in John 1:1 that "in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." In John 8:58 Jesus Himself said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." Note that the Lord Jesus did not merely say that "before Abraham was I was," but that "before Abraham was, I AM," thus declaring Himself to be the eternal "I AM."
Isaiah 9:6-"For unto us a child is born,...and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father...."
John 1:1-3-"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him...." Jesus Christ existed with God prior to creation.
John 8:58-" Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." Jesus certainly did not mean He existed as the first created being, because the Jews wanted to stone Him for claiming to be God.
Revelation 1:8-"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty" (cf. Rev. 22:13).
Even in the Old Testament we have a declaration of the eternity of the Christ who was to be born in Bethlehem. In Micah 5:2 we read, "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." And in Isaiah 9:6 we are told of the child that is to be born, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." And in Hebrews 13:8 we are told, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."
Jesus Christ is unchanging (immutable)
His immutability is also taught in Hebrews, and in the first in verses eleven and twelve, we find that while even the heavens change, the Lord Jesus does not change. The exact words are, "They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as cloth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail."
Hebrews 13:8-"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." This passage disproves the idea that Jesus is a created being. For if Jesus was created, He was not the same yesterday. "Yesterday" (past) is contrasted with "forever" (future), and obviously refers to eternity past.
Jesus Christ is the Creator
The Bible teaches that God created everything that exists, whether spiritual or material. "God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands" (Ac. 17:24). "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created" (Rev. 4:11). "[Him] that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein..." (Rev. 10:6). Yet the Bible also teaches that Jesus Christ created everything. This can only mean that Jesus Christ is God the second Person of the trinity, for only God who is uncreated has the power to create from nothing. The Bible teaches that creation from nothing was an act of the triune God. That explains why Genesis 1:26 says, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." Following are some verses of Scripture which teach that Christ is the Creator.
John 1:2-3-" The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made."
John 1:10-"He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not."
1 Corinthians 8:6-"But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him."
Colossians 1:16-17-"For by him [Jesus Christ] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist."
Hebrews 1:2-3-"...his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power...."
Hebrews 2:10-"For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things...."
Hebrews 3:3-4-"For this man [Jesus Christ] was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God."
Jesus Christ is the Judge of all mankind
The Bible teaches that on the last day of this age God will judge all men who ever lived. "Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth" (1 Chr. 16:33). "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened...and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works" (Rev. 20:12). Only God is capable of judging all men. God is all-knowing and therefore knows every act. He is all-powerful, and therefore can carry out His punishments. He is perfectly holy and therefore can judge every sin without injustice. Only God who is moral and just in character has the authority to judge the human race. Yet the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ will judge the world. Christ Himself claimed the total authority and jurisdiction over mankind on the final day that can only belong to God. In fact, the judgment seat of God Almighty and the judgment seat of Jesus Christ are one and the same seat. Jesus said, "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord.... And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Mt. 7:22-23). The fate of each and every person rests upon Christ's decision; He has the power and authority to render sentence and to cast men into hell-an authority reserved exclusively to God. Following are some biblical references which unmistakably establish that Jesus Christ is the Judge of all mankind.
Matthew 25:31-33, 41-"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.... Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels."
John 12:48-"He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day."
Acts 10:42-"And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead."
Acts 17:31-"He hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man [Jesus Christ] whom he hath ordained."
Romans 2:16-"In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ...."
Romans 14:10-12-"But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As]I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God."
This passage of Scripture not only presents Christ as Judge, but clearly teaches that on the day of judgment everyone will bow to Christ; that is, everyone will acknowledge that Christ is the LORD God. By introducing his quotation of Isaiah 45:23 with the familiar prophetic formula, "As I live, saith the LORD" (cf. Num. 14:28, Isa. 49:18, Jer. 22:24, Ezek. 5:11, Zeph. 2:9, etc.), and applying it to Christ, the Apostle Paul self-consciously and deliberately calls Christ Jehovah. Note also that at the Judgment Seat of Christ, everyone will give account of himself to God. This passage is a powerful and unmistakable statement of Christ's deity.
2 Corinthians 5:10-"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."
2 Timothy 4:1, 8-"...the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom.... Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."
Hebrews 10:30-"10:30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people
Jesus Christ is Worshiped as God
THE WORSHIP ISSUE
God’s Word is explicit in teaching that YHVH alone is to be “worshipped” (Ex. 34:14; Ps. 81:9; 97:7; Matt. 4:10, Luke 4:8; Rev. 19:10). We are given examples in God’s Word of people who were rebuked, chastised, or judged for worshipping
the creation (Zeph. 1:5; Acts 7:42; Romans 1:25),
God says, “I am YHVH: that is My Name: and My glory I will not give to another ... For My own sake, even for My own sake, will I do it: for how should My Name be polluted? and I will not give My glory to another.” - Isaiah 42:8 and 48:11.
“gods” (Joshua 24; 2 Kings 17; 1 Cor. 8:5),
idols (Lev. 19:4; 26:1; 1 Chr. 16:26; 2 Chron. 34:7; 1 Cor. 10:14; 1 Jn. 5:21),
images (Ex. 20:4; Isa. 42:8, 17; 44:15; Jer. 8:19; Rom. 1:23; Rev. 16:2; 19:20),
“relics” (2 Kings 18:4),
material things (Matt. 16:26; Luke 12:20; Acts 17:29; Col. 3:5),
“saints” (Matt. 17:4; Acts 10:25-26), and even
angels (Col. 2:18; Rev. 19:10).
With the above in mind, now read the following passages of Scripture concerning none other than Jesus Christ :
1. “ ... (the wise men) saw the young child (newborn Jesus) with Mary His mother, and fell down, and worshipped Him (JESUS- not His mother!) ... “ Matthew 2:11
2. “And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped Him ...” Matthew 8:2
3. “Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped Him, saying, ‘It is true You are the Son of God.’” Matthew 14:33
4. “And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, ‘All hail.’ And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshipped Him.” Matthew 28:9
5. “And when they saw Him (JESUS), they worshipped Him; but some doubted.” Matthew 28:17
6. “But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped Him.” Mark 5:6
7. “And it came to pass, while He blessed them, He was parted from them, and carried up into heaven, and they worshipped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy ...” Luke 24:52
8. “And he (a ‘sinner’) said, ‘Lord, I believe,’ and he worshipped Him.” John 9:38
9. “And again, when (The Father) brings in the First-begotten into the world, He says, ‘And let all the angels of God worship Him (JESUS- Psalm 148:2).’” Hebrews 1:6
10. “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, ‘Worthy is the Lamb (JESUS) that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing, And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard, I saying, ‘Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sits on the throne, and unto the Lamb (JESUS) forever and ever. And the four beasts said, ‘Amen.’ And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped Him that lives forever and ever.” Revelation 5:12-14
There is no way around this fact of Scripture : Jesus Christ is worshipped. God says that He will not share His glory with “another.” Yet those who deny Christ’s Deity must insist that He do just this, because if Jesus is worshipped but is not God Himself, then God has given His glory to “another.” Next time you speak with one who denies that Jesus is God show them the above words penned by Isaiah the prophet. As he/she reads the passage say : “You’ve got a serious problem there, friend!”
This is the crux of all debates concerning the Deity of Christ : He is worshipped, and that with His Own approval and the approval of the Father. He is often worshipped by Jews in the above passages - Jews who would never deny their monotheistic faith! How much clearer can it get? If this fact alone were all the proof I had for Christ’s Deity, I would be on solid ground.
THE NEW TESTAMENT
1. “And (Mary) shall bring forth a son, and you shall call His Name JESUS (YHVH Saviour): for He shall save His people from their sins. Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet (Isa. 7:14), saying, ‘Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His Name Emmanuel,’ which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:21-23
2. “You have heard ... but I (JESUS) say ... “ (2) Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28
3. “And, behold, one came and said to (JESUS), ‘Good Master ... ‘ ... But (JESUS) said to him, ‘Why do you call Me good? there is none good but One, that is, God.” Matthew 19:16-17 (Mark 10:18/Luke 19:19)
4. “While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, ‘What do you think of Christ? Whose son is He?’ They said to Him, ‘The son of David.’ (true - see Matt. 1:1) He said to them, ‘How then does David in spirit call Him Lord, saying, YHVH said to my Lord, Sit Thou on My right hand, till I make Thine enemies Thy footstool (Psalm 110:1)? If David called Him Lord, then how is He (merely) His Son?’ And no man was able to answer Him a word, neither did any man from that day forward ask Him any more questions.” Matthew 22:41-45 (Mark 12:35-37/Luke 20:41-44)
5. “ ... baptizing (disciples) in the Name (4) (singular) of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19
6. “When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the sick of the palsy, ‘Son, your sins be forgiven you.’ But there were certain of the sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, ‘Why does this man speak blasphemies in this way? Who can forgive sins but God only?’” Mark 2:5-7
7. “Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but said to him, ‘Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and has had compassion on you.’ And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis what great things Jesus (God - Luke. 8:39) had done for him ... “ Mark 5:19-20
8. “ ... whoever shall receive Me (JESUS), receives not Me, but Him that sent Me.” Mark 9:37 (Matt. 10:40; Luke 9:48)
9. “And then shall they see the Son of Man (JESUS) coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall He (JESUS) send His angels (cf. Matt. 13:41 and 24:30-31), and shall gather together His elect (cf. Luke 18:7; John 15:16; Romans 8:33; Col. 3:12; Titus 1:1) ... “ Mark 13:26-27
10. “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks; and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, ‘Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, except this stranger.’” Luke 17:15-18
11. “In the beginning (Gen. 1:1) was the Word (JESUS - cf. v. 14; 1 John 5:7; Rev. 19:13), and the Word was with God (Gen. 1:26; Isa. 48:16; John 17:5; 1 John 1:1-3),
and the Word was God (1 John 5:20).
The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made (1 Cor. 8:6; Eph. 3:9; Col. 1:15-19). In Him was life (itself - Jn. 5:26);
and the life (John 14:6)
was the light of men (Jn. 8:12) ...
That was the True Light (Jn. 3:19; 1 Jn. 1:5),
which lights every man that comes into the world (Psalm 36:9; Jn. 8:12; 9:5).
He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not (1 Jn. 3:1)
... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (Matt. 1:23; 1 Tim. 3:16),
[and we beheld His glory (Isa. 40:5; Lu. 9:32),
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father (Jn. 17:5)],
full of grace and truth (cf. v. 17).
John (the Baptist) bore witness of Him, and cried, saying, ‘This was He of Whom I spoke, He that comes after me is preferred before me: for He was before me (John 8:58).’
And of His fulness (Col. 1:19 and 2:9 cp. with 2 Peter 1:3-4)
have we all received ... No man has seen God at any time; the only-begotten Son, Who is in the bosom of the Father (John 3:13 and 8:41),
He has declared Him (2 Cor. 4:6). John 1:1-4,9-10,14-16,18
12. “Jesus answered and said to (His disciples), ‘Destroy this temple (i.e., God in flesh!), and in three days I will raise it up (cf. John 10:18 - proves Divinity - see Acts 3:26 and Romans 8:11) ... (JESUS) spoke of the temple of His body (Col. 2:9; Heb. 10:20).” John 2:19,21
13. “Verily, verily, I (JESUS) say to you (Nicodemus), ‘We (i.e., the Father and the Son - v. 34) speak (of) that We do know, and testify (to) that We have seen; and you receive not Our witness (1 John 5:7 KJV). If I have told you earthly things, and you believe not, how will you believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man has ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven (see ref.s on #14- Jn. 3:31- below), even the Son of Man which is (present tense - i.e., Christ here claims to be simultaneously present both on earth and in heaven) in heaven.” John 3:11-13
14. “He (JESUS) that comes from above is above all; he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaks of the earth; He that comes from heaven (Matt. 20:28; Mark 10:45; John 3:13; 6:38,51; Eph. 4:9) is above all (Romans 9:5).” John 3:31
15. “But Jesus answered (the Jews), ‘My Father works hitherto, and I work.’ Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill Him, because He not only had broken the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.” (7) John 5:17-18
16. “For as the Father raises up the dead, and quickens them; even so, the Son quickens whom He will. For the Father judges no man, but has commited all judgment to the Son; that all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father (i.e., recognize His Deity). He who does not honour the Son does not honour the Father Who sent Him.” John 5:21-23
17. “(Jesus speaking) What and if you shall see the Son of Man ascend up where He was before?” John 6:62
18. “Then they said to Him, ‘Where is your father?’ Jesus answered, ‘You neither know me, nor My Father: if you had known Me, you should have known My Father also.” John 8:19
19. “And He said to them, ‘You are from beneath; I am from above: you are of this world; I am not of this world. Therefore, I said to you that you shall die in your sins: for if you believe not that I am He, you shall die in your sins.’ Then they said to Him, ‘Who are you?’ And Jesus said to them, ‘Even the same that I said to you from the beginning. I have many things to say and to judge of you: but He that sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of Him.’ They understood not that He spoke to them of the Father.” John 8:23-27
20. “Jesus said to them, ‘If God were your Father, you would love Me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of Myself, but He sent Me.” John 8:42
21. “’Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day (Heb. 11:16): and he saw it, and was glad.’ Then the Jews said to (JESUS), ‘You are not yet fifty years old, and you have seen Abraham?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Verily, verily, I say to you, Before Abraham was, I am (God’s title - Exodus 3:14).’ Then they took up stones to cast at Him ... “ John 8:56-59
22. “’My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give to them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck out of My hand. My Father, which gave them (to) Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.’ (8) Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, ‘Many good works have I showed you from My Father; for which of those works do you stone Me?’ The Jews answered Him, saying, ‘For a good work we stone you not; but for blasphemy (cf. Lev. 24:16); and because that You, being a man, make Yourself God.’ Jesus answered them, ‘Is it not written in your law: (God) said, You are gods? (Psalm 82:6) If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came, and the Scripture cannot be broken; Say you of Him Whom the Father has sanctified, and sent into the world, You blaspheme; because I said, I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of My Father, believe Me not. But if I do, though you believe not Me, believe the works; that you may know, and believe, that the Father is in Me, and I in Him. Therefore, they sought again to take Him ...” John 10:28-39
23. “When Jesus heard that, He said, ‘This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.” John 11:4
24. “Jesus cried and said, ‘He who believes on Me, believes not on Me, but on Him that sent Me (i.e., God); and he who sees Me sees Him that sent Me.’” John 12:44-45
25. “Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God, and went to God ... “ John 13:3
26. “You call Me ‘Master’ and ‘Lord’; and you say well; for so I am.” John 13:13
27. “Now I tell you before it comes, that, when it is come to pass, you may believe that I am He. Verily, verily, I say to you, he that receives whoever I send receives Me; and he that receives Me, receives Him that sent Me.” John 13:19-20
28. “Do not let your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” John 14:1
29. “Jesus says to (Thomas), ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man comes to the Father, but by Me. If you had known Me, you should have known My Father also: and from henceforth you know Him, and have seen Him.’ Philip says to (JESUS), ‘Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.’ Jesus says to (Philip), ‘Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He that has seen Me has seen the Father; how then do you say, Show us the Father? Believe you not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you, I speak not of Myself: but the Father Who dwells in Me, He does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me ... ‘” John 14:7-11
30. “’And I will pray (to) the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth; Whom the world cannot receive, because it sees Him not, neither knows Him: but you know Him; for He dwells with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world sees Me no more; but you see Me: because I live, you shall live also. At that day you shall know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He that has My commandments, and keeps them, it is he that loves Me: and he that loves Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.’ Judas, not Iscariot, says to (JESUS), ‘Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If a man love Me, he will keep My words; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him.’” John 14:16-23
31. “He that hates Me (JESUS) hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no other man did, they had not had sin; but now they have both seen and hated both Me and My Father.” John 15:23-24
32. “’These things have I (JESUS) spoken to you in proverbs: but the time comes, when I shall no longer speak to you in proverbs, but I shall show you plainly of the Father. At that day you shall ask in My Name: and I say not to you, that I will pray (to) the Father for you: for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came out from God. I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go (back) to the Father.’ His disciples said to Him, ‘Lo, now You speak plainly, and speak no proverb. Now we are sure that You know all things, and need not that any Man should ask You: by this we believe that You came forth from God.’ Jesus answered them, ‘Do you now believe? Behold, the hour comes, yea, and is now come, that you shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave Me alone: and yet I am not alone,because the Father is with Me.’” John 16:25-32
33. “And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine Own Self with the glory that I had with Thee (9) before the world was (John 1:1-2).” John 17:5
34. “And all Mine (JESUS) are Thine (the Father), and Thine are Mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep through Thine Own Name those whom Thou has given Me, that they may be one, as We are.” John 17:10-11
35. “And Thomas (a monotheistic Jew) answered and said to (JESUS), ‘My Lord and My God!’” John 20:28
36. “And (Jews from the synagogue - 6:9) stoned Stephen, (who was) calling upon God, and saying, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’” ACTS 7:59
37. “Then Ananias answered, ‘Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he has done to Thy saints at Jerusalem: and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all that call upon Thy Name.’ But the Lord said to him, ‘Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel to Me, to bear My Name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel; for I will show him what great things he must suffer for My Name’s sake.’ And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared to you in the way as you came, has sent me ... ‘” ACTS 9:13-17
38. “The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ; [He is Lord of all] ... “ ACTS 10:36
39. “And they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved ... ‘ ... And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.” ACTS 16:31,34
40. “ ... the church of God, which He has purchased with His Own blood.” ACTS 20:28b
41. “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God ... For God is my witness, Whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son ... “ Romans 1:1,9
42. “But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.” Romans 8:9
43. “ ... of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, Who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.” Romans 9:5
44. “ ... For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written (in Isaiah 45:23), ‘As I live, says the Lord (YHVH), every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.’ So then, every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” Romans 14:10-12
45. “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world, to our glory; which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory (i.e., YHVH Himself - see Psalm 24:7-10; (10) also James 2:1).” 1 CORINTHIANS 2:7-8
46. “ ... we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God, but one. For though there be (those) that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth (as there are gods many, and lords many), but to us there is but one God, the Father, of Whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom are all things, and we by Him.” (11) 1 CORINTHIANS 8:4-6
47. “The first man (Adam) is of the earth, earthy; the Second Man (JESUS) is the Lord from heaven.” 1 CORINTHIANS 15:47
48. “In whom the god of this world (Satan) has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, Who is the image of God, should shine to them.” (12) 2 CORINTHIANS 4:4
49. “And all things are of God, Who has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them; and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be reconciled to God.” 2 CORINTHIANS 5:18-20
50. “Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what concord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has he that believes with an infidel? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God; as God has said (in Lev. 26:12 and Isa. 52:11), ‘I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Wherefore, come out from among them, and be separate,’ says the Lord (YHVH), ‘and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,’ says the Lord Almighty.” 2 CORINTHIANS 6:14-18
51. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich (i.e., as Deity - cf. Phil’p. 2:5-11), yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty (i.e., becoming man) might be rich.” 2 CORINTHIANS 8:9
52. “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery which from the beginning of the world has been hid in God, Who created all things by Jesus Christ (John 1:1-3) ... “ Ephesians 3:9
53. “He that descended (i.e., from heaven to earth) is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that He (JESUS) might fill all things (cf. Eph. 1:23).” Ephesians 4:10
54. “ ... Christ Jesus, Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God (John 1:1); but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, (13) and was made in the likeness of men (John 1:14): and being found in fashion (14) as a man, He humbled Himself (type: John 13:3-5; also see 2 Cor. 8:9), and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God (the Father) has also highly exalted Him (i.e., a reclaiming), and given Him a Name which is above every name: that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11
55. “(JESUS) is the Image of the invisible God, the Firstborn of every creature (cf. Proverbs 8:22-31): For by Him (JESUS) were all things created that are in heaven, or in the earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him and for Him (cf. Jn. 1:1-2), (14) and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist (i.e., Jesus is literally the One Who ‘holds together’ reality! - see Neh. 9:6 and Acts 17:28). And He is the Head of the body, the church; Who is the beginning (Grk. ‘arche,’ signifying His rank, power, and authority), the Firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in (JESUS) should all (the) fulness dwell (i.e., Deity - Col. 2:9) ... “ COLOSSIANS 1:15-19
56. “That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement (Grk. ‘epignosis’ - discern, recognize, become fully acquainted with) of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ (1 Timothy 3:16); In Whom (singular) are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” COLOSSIANS 2:2-3
57. “For in (JESUS) dwells all the fulness of the Godhead (Grk. ‘theotes’ - literally, Deity) bodily (cf. John 1:16 and 17 (16) ).” COLOSSIANS 2:9
58. “Now God Himself, and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ (note the grammatical structure), direct our way to you.” 1 THESSALONIANS 3:11
59. “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain to the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord (Rev. 21:3; 22:3-4).” 1 THESSALONIANS 4:14-16
60. “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope.” 1 TIMOTHY 1:1
61. “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, (God was) justified in the Spirit, (God was) seen of angels, (God was) preached to the Gentiles, (God was) believed on in the world, (God was) received up into glory (all referring to JESUS!).” 1 TIMOTHY 3:16
62. “ ... God and the Lord Jesus Christ, Who (singular) shall judge the quick and the dead at His (singular) appearing and His (singular) kingdom ... “ 2 TIMOTHY 4:1
63. “(God) has in due times manifested His word through preaching, which is commited to me (Paul) according to the commandment of God our Saviour; to Titus, mine own son after the common faith: grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour (cf. 3:4-6).” TITUS 1:3-4
64. “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ ...” TITUS 2:13
65. “God, Who at various times and in different manners spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, Whom He has appointed Heir of all things, by Whom also He made the worlds; Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express (Grk. ‘charakter’ - an exact copy or representation) Image of (God’s) Person, and upholding all things by the word of His (JESUS) power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; being made so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance (because He is God’s “fellow” - His family relation - see Zech. 13:7) obtained a more excellent Name than they.” Hebrews 1:1-4
66. “But to the Son (the Father) says (in Psalm 45:6-7), ‘Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever; a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Thy kingdom. Thou has loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even Thy God, has anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows.’ And (17) (in Psalm 102:25-27), ‘Thou, Lord (YHVH), in the beginning has laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of Thine hands ... ‘” Hebrews 1:8-10
67. “ ... consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to Him that appointed Him (the Father), as also Moses was faithful in all his house. For this Man (JESUS) was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He Who has built the house has more honor than the house. For every house is built by some man, but He that built all things is God. And Moses truly was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; but Christ as a Son over His Own house ... “ Hebrews 3:1b-6a
68. “(Melchizedek) without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God ... “ Hebrews 7:3
69. “By a new and living way, which He (JESUS) has consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh ... “ Hebrews 10:20
70. “Searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ which was in them (the OT prophets, proving Christ’s preexistence and equating Him with the Holy Spirit) did signify ... “ 1 PETER 1:11
71. “ ... to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour (Grk. ‘of our God and Saviour’) Jesus Christ.” 2 PETER 1:1
72. “That which was from the beginning (John 1:1) which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life (JESUS - John 1:1,14) [for the Life was manifested (John 1:14; 1 Tim. 3:16) and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show to you that Eternal Life, which was with the Father (John 1:1-2), and was manifested to us ... “ 1 John 1:1-2
73. “Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God; therefore the world knows us not, because it knew Him not (John 1:10). Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is ... And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins ...” 1 John 3:1-2,5
74. “Hereby we perceive the love of God, because He laid down His life for us ... “ 1 John 3:16
75. “For there are Three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word (JESUS), and the Holy Spirit: and these Three are One.” 1 John 5:7
76. “And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life (1 John 1:2).” 1 John 5:20
77. “ ... the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” JUDE 4
78. “To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.” JUDE 25
79. “’I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending,’ says the Lord, ‘which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty’ (this is JESUS! - see Rev. 1:11,16-18; 2:8; 21:6; 22:13 - this proves His Deity - Gen. 17:1; Isa. 44:6).” Revelation 1:8
80. “These shall make war with the Lamb (JESUS), and the Lamb shall overcome them; for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings (see 1 Tim. 6:15!) ... “ Revelation 17:14
81. “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne (singular - not ‘thrones’!) of God and of the Lamb ... And there shall be no more curse; but the throne (singular) of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and His (singular - not ‘their’!) servants shall serve Him (singular - not ‘them’!); and they shall see His face (not ‘their faces’!); and His Name (not ‘their names’! - cf. Zech. 14:9) shall be in their foreheads.” Revelation 22:1,3-4 (see also 11:15, which uses the same type of grammer)
82. “ ... the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel ... ‘I, Jesus, have sent My angel ...” Revelation 22:6,16
The above 82 New Testament passages, along with the rest of the evidence submitted, cannot be explained away. Surely all of the passages are not “mistranslations”! what is clear from Scripture is that the Father and the Son are distinct, yet both are actually “one” God (the same of course is true of the Holy Spirit as well). Further, Jesus Christ is truly “God manifest in the flesh.”
Old Testament Passages
Isaiah 7:14-"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel" (Immanuel literally means "God with us").
Isaiah 9:6-"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end...."
Jeremiah 23:5-6-"Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS." Christ's name in Hebrew is YHWH Tsidkenu, Jehovah Our Righteousness.
Micah 5:2-"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Christ has always existed because He is not a created being; He is God Almighty who has existed from everlasting.
Malachi 3:1-2-"Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap." God's temple is Christ's temple. Christ comes as an all-powerful judge.
Psalm 45:1, 6-7-"I speak of the things which I have made touching the king.... Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee...." The Hebrew word translated "anointed" is the verb form of the noun "Messiah."
Psalm 110:1-3-"The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power...." The LORD (Jehovah) will subdue all Christ's enemies. Yet Christ's rod and Christ's power will subdue all enemies. Christ's rule and power are clearly equal to God's.
See Psalm 2:11-12 where a similar theme is discussed: "Serve the LORD [Jehovah] with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way...". Note how "the Son" is set poetically in parallel with "Jehovah."
The Way the Name of God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son Are Coupled Together
Aother line of proof of the absolute Deity of our Lord is found in the way in which the name of Jesus Christ is coupled with that of God the Father. In numerous passages His name is coupled with the name of God the Father in a way in which it would be impossible to couple the name of any finite being with that of the Deity. We have time for but a few of the many illustrations that might be given. A striking instance is in the words of our Lord Himself in John 14:23 where we read, "Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." Here our Lord Jesus does not hesitate to couple Himself with the Father in such a way as to say "We," that is, God the Father and I, will come and make our abode with him. In John 14:1 He said, 'Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me." If Jesus Christ was not God, this is shocking blasphemy. There is absolutely no middle ground between admitting the Deity of Jesus Christ and charging Christ with the most daring and appalling blasphemy of which any man was ever guilty.
Incidental Proofs of the Deity of Jesus Christ
Our Lord Jesus says in Matthew 11:28, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Now any one that makes a promise like that must either be God, or a lunatic, or an impostor. No one can give rest to all who labor and are heavy laden who come to him unless he is God, and yet Jesus Christ offers to do it. If He offers to do it and fails to do it when men come to Him, then He is either a lunatic or an impostor. If He actually does it, then beyond a question, He is God. And thousands can testify that He really does it. Thousands and tens of thousands who have labored and were heavy laden and crushed, and for whom there was no help in man, have come to Jesus Christ and He actually has given them rest. Surely then He is not merely a great man, but He is in fact God.
Again in John 14:1 Jesus Christ demands that we put the same faith in Him that we put in God the Father and promises that in such faith we will find a cure for all trouble and anxiety of heart. His words are, "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me." It is clear that He demands the same absolute faith to be put in Himself that is to be put in God Almighty. Now in Jeremiah 17:5, Scripture with which our Lord Jesus was perfectly familiar, we read "Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man," and yet with this clear curse pronounced upon all who trust in man, Jesus Christ demands that we put trust in Him just as we put trust in God. It is the strongest possible assertion of Deity on His part. No one but God has a right to make such a demand, and Jesus Christ, when He makes this demand, must either be God or an impostor; but thousands and tens of thousands have found that when they did believe in Him just as they believe in God, their hearts were delivered from trouble no matter what their bereavement or circumstances might be.
Again, the Lord Jesus demanded supreme and absolute love for Himself. It is clear as day that no one but God has a right to demand such a love, but there can be no question that Jesus did demand it. In Matthew 10:37 He said to His disciples, "He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me," and in Luke 14:26, 33, he says. "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple." There can be no question that this is a demand on Jesus' part of supreme and absolute love to Himself, a love that puts even the dearest relations of life in an entirely secondary place. No one but God has a right to make any such demand, but our Lord Jesus made it, and therefore, He must be God.
In John 10:30 the Lord Jesus claimed absolute equality with the Father. He said, "I and my Father are one."
In John 14:9 our Lord Jesus went so far as to say, "...he that hath seen me hath seen the Father." He claims here to be so absolutely God that to see Him is to see the Father Who dwelleth in Him.
In John 17:3 He says, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." In other words, He claims that the knowledge of Himself is as essential a part of eternal life as knowledge of God the Father.
Jesus Christ Clearly Taught His Own Divinity
Revelation 21:6-7-"And he [Jesus Christ] said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son."
John 8:56-58 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
John 5:17-26 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth [them]; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all [men] should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
John 10:28-39-"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them,... If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand."
Mark 2:5-11-"When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?... [Jesus] said unto them, But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house" (cf. Lk. 5:20-24).
The scribes' theology was correct: "Who can forgive sins but God only?" Jesus didn't disagree with their conclusion; rather, through the miraculous healing He proved that He in fact was God and had the authority to forgive sins.
The Spirit-inspired writers of the New Testament applied Old Testament passages which specifically refer God-Jehovah to Jesus Christ; therefore, Jesus must be God
There is no room left to doubt the absolute Deity of Jesus Christ. The Saviour in Whom we believe is God, a Saviour for Whom nothing is too hard, a Saviour Who can save from the uttermost and save to the uttermost. We should rejoice that we have no merely human Saviour, but a Saviour Who is absolutely God in all of His fullness and perfection. On the other hand, how black is the guilt of rejecting such a Saviour as this!
Whoever refuses to accept Jesus as his Divine Saviour and Lord is guilty of the enormous sin of rejecting a Saviour Who is God. Many a man thinks he is good because he never stole, or committed murder, or cheated. "Of what great sin am I guilty?" he complacently asks. Have you ever accepted Jesus Christ? "No." Well, then, you are guilty of the awful and damning sin of-rejecting a Saviour Who is God. "But," you answer, 'I do not believe that He is God." That does not change the fact nor lessen your guilt before God. Questioning a fact or denying a fact never changes it, regardless of what Mary Baker Eddy may say to the contrary. Denying the Deity of Jesus Christ does not make His Deity any less a fact, but it does make the denier of His Deity guilty of awful, incredible blasphemous slander against the Lord God of Heaven.
There is only one God. Jesus said in (John 10:30) I and my Father are one. Trying to explain God in human terms is only possible through what we know from His Word, the Holy Bible. The Bible gives us just what we need to know, and enough information to know that we can trust God with our lives, and believe His Word is true. The Bible clearly teaches that God the Father, and the Son of God, Jesus Christ are one.
The deity of Jesus Christ is what separates true Christianity from the cults that hold to much of the other doctrine contained in the Bible. These cults have one other thing in common they discourage their members from reading the Bible except through the interpretation of their headquarters. Just reading the Holy Bible alone, the way God intends us to, sets people free from cults.
Colossians 2:8-10 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
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