Deity of Jesus

January 12, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Many religions, in fact, all except orthodox Christianity, view Jesus as either a good man or a messenger of God, but not the God.  This is the foundational principle of Christianity, at least one of them.

That Jesus was and remains God is not at all difficult to ascertain and prove from Scripture.  Yet, many will view this same Bible and assert that Jesus was not God.  What they fail to realize is that Jesus had a dual character.  He was fully Man and at the same time was fully God.  He incarnated into humanity through the virgin Mary.  This does not mitigate His deity.  It simply clothed or hid it with His human shell.

Many are aware of the passages from Philippians 2 and Colossians 1, as well as Hebrews 1 and John 1.  These passages attest to the fact that Jesus was God in eternity past prior to becoming incarnate Man.  Philippians tells us that Jesus, “6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

 7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

 8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

I can imagine how difficult it was for Paul even under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to explain the incarnation, yet there it is for us.  Jesus was “in the form of God.”  What that means is that Jesus was fully God before He incarnated as a human being.  It’s so simply that even a child can understand it.  Paul is telling us that before Jesus was born into humanity, He existed and He existed as God.

However, because He loved us so much, He chose to become a Man, while retaining His deity.  He became a Man and lived as a Man only using His deity when it perfectly coincided with that of the Father.  Again I’ll say it; like begets like.  The Father tells us He has a Son and He begat Him.  He did not create Jesus.  He begat Him, which is a huge difference.  He simply anointed or appointed Jesus to be the Son of Man (cf. Hebrews 1:2).

I know that nothing I say will convince anyone who does not agree with this already.  Many constantly – no matter how many times they are corrected – wrongly believe that orthodox Christians worship more than one God.  This is absurd.  Orthodox Christianity does not worship multiple gods.  We worship One God who happens to be three in one.  Does that confuse me? A bit, yes, but that does not mean it is not true.  It simply means that my finite man cannot capture the true essence of God.  I simply have to understand that God – being infinite – has told me that He is three in one, yet there is only one God.  Okay, that’s what I go with.  Others who do not understand that or are not willing to understand it continue to accuse orthodox Christians of polytheism.  Wrong.

Let’s look at the biblical picture for a moment.  Matthew 8 is filled with miracles performed by Jesus.  Beginning with verse 5, we read of the Centurion and his ill servant.  The Centurion came to Jesus and asked Him to heal his servant.  Jesus said He would come and heal him.  The Centurion said that He did not have to trouble Himself.  All He had to so was say the word and the servant would be healed.  Jesus was amazed at the man’s faith, saying He had not seen such great faith in all of Israel.  That was not an exaggeration.

Why was Jesus so amazed?  Because He understood what the Centurion was saying.  The Centurion told Jesus that as he – the Centurion – also had people under him to whom he gave orders and they obeyed, Jesus could simply do the same thing.  What is he talking about?  He’s talking about the fact that whatever ailed his servant would have to leave if Jesus commanded it and the Centurion knew that Jesus could command the disease to leave, from a distance.  Like demons, diseases would have to flee.  Jesus did not need to be present for this to happen.

This is an attribute of God.  We cannot command that diseases leave (from a distance).  We can pray for people, but ultimately, it is up to God whether or not He will heal that person.  I prayed fervently for my sister to be healed when she was on her deathbed.  He chose not to heal her.  I do not have the authority to command diseases to flee.  Jesus did because He is God.

Immediately after this incident, starting with verse 14, Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law, which of course tells us that Peter was married.  This alone negates the situation where priests within the Roman Catholic Church are forced to remain single.  Marriage is a gift given by God, between one man and one woman.

Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law by simply touching her hand (cf. v. 15).  This is true healing, not the dramatic responses of people who are allegedly healed in the tent of some charlatan faith-healer.  Jesus was not that dramatic.  He simply and quietly did things like healing people.

In verses 23 and following, we see Jesus perform another miracle.  He calmed the sea.  As soon as He spoke, the winds obeyed.  This is something only God can do, folks.  Next time there is a storm, go out and speak to the wind.  If it obeys you, consider yourself lucky.  It’s doubtful that the storm would cease though.  We can pray that God will stop the storm, but we do not have authority over things like the wind or nature.  That’s God’s department.

Notice the apostles/disciples asked, “What kind of a man is this…?”  There is only one kind of man; the God Man.  Their eyes were starting to open but they were still blind to a great deal about Jesus.  Only God can do what Jesus did.

Jesus also cast out demons, as we read starting in verse 28.  But note that it is not so much that Jesus cast out demons, but their response to seeing Him that is noteworthy.  They knew who Jesus was and they were petrified! They were afraid Jesus was going to send them to hell before their coming time of judgment!  Note the demons called him “Son of God.” Again, this title is something that Jesus was given by the Father.  Jesus has always been God, the Son, but He was not God the Man until He was born of a virgin.

There are many, many more proofs of Jesus’ deity throughout Matthew.  However, other gospels like the gospel of John really go into depth concerning Jesus’ deity.

Jesus’ mission in life was twofold:

  1. to live a perfectly holy and sinless life so that He could willingly die for humanity
  2. to show human beings how we are to live; a life that is also holy and fully submitted to God the Father

The above two reasons for Jesus coming to earth in the physical form of a man is why we have a chance at eternal life.  Our chance comes through faith; believing that He is God and that He died for us.  Without that, we are completely lost.

Every other religion besides Christianity has for its base, works.  They are all works-related.  Satan has convinced people that they must work to earn something that is impossible to earn.

We cannot please God without faith in the One He sent to us.  The Bible tells us that:  without faith it is impossible to please God, (cf. Hebrews 11:6).  If that is the case, then why are you involved in a religion that requires you to do things in order to have any hope of salvation?  It doesn’t matter whether it’s Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, Islam, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Rosicrucianism, Yoga, New Age, or any number of other religious ideologies, because they all lead away from God, though you are deceived into thinking that you are actually approaching God.

I would encourage you to search the Scriptures because in them contains the truth (cf. John 5:39).  Salvation is but a “faith” away.  Romans 10:9-10 states clearly and unequivocally, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Becoming a Christian is extremely difficult because most people don’t believe it is as easy as believing in Jesus and what He has done for us.  Most people prefer to work for their salvation because that gives us something to do.

This does not mean that once we become Christians, there is nothing to do, but none of that is dependent upon our salvation.  Once we become a Christian, we actually enter into a relationship with Jesus Himself through the indwelling Holy Spirit (cf. John 3).  The Holy Spirit works to create within us the character of Jesus.

Jesus Himself is the Author and Perfector of our faith as we are told in Hebrews 12.  He does it.  We either cooperate with Him (making it easier on ourselves), or He will do it His way even if that is against our will.

We have been bought for a price and the price was Jesus’ shed blood.  Once we become Christians, we give up ownership of ourselves.  We understand that Jesus now owns us and can do what He will do to create us into His image.

Jesus is God.  He remains God.  He always was God and never gave that up when He became a Man.  He calls us to believe in Him and His finished work on Calvary’s cross.  Those who do not die in their sin and no matter how good they think they were in this life, it amounts to sin still.  All sin will be forever burned in the Lake of Fire and the people who choose to ignore such a great salvation will suffer the same fate.  Why?  Because they have chosen to side with sin and God hates sin.

My sin has been fully expunged.  It is gone.  He no longer remembers it and that is because of my faith in Jesus and His finished work on Calvary.

Please stop trying to do what you are completely unable to do.  Come to Jesus who will actually give you eternal life.  Please do it now.

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