We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Jesus is God

Jesus is God

Recently a Christian young man asked me to help him understand the deity of Jesus. In Philippians 2 Paul states that Jesus did not regard his equality with God a thing to be grasped–to be held onto. While on this earth, Jesus was known to be someone much more than a man, or a prophet, or an angel; Jesus had the power to heal, to give sight, to calm the sea, to raise the dead, and to forgive sins. Only God can give life and only God can forgive sins.

With open eyes, an open heart, and a desire to find, you will soon discover that the Scriptures are filled with abundant proof that . . .

. . . Jesus was indeed God in the flesh. In John 1 we read: “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).

. . . Jesus was God before the world existed. In Colossians we read: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth . . . all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. (Colossians 1).

. . . Jesus is equal with God. In John 5 we read that “the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He . . . also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God” (John 5:18).

Furthermore, the prophet Isaiah is emphatic that God will not share or give his glory to another (Isaiah 42:8). Since God, who cannot lie and did give His glory to His Son on the mount of Transfiguration, it can only be concluded that they are one and the same, yet distinct. The beauty about the unexplainable distinct cooperation of the Godhead (Father, Son, and Spirit), is that if God could be explained, He would no longer be God.

Lastly, Jesus angered His opponents quite severely when he said that “before Abraham was, “I AM.”” The “I AM” of the OT was none other than God Himself and everyone who was standing there, knew exactly what Jesus was communicating. But that only stands to reason, that if you are the creator, then you must also be the God of the OT.

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