“Is He God Or Not?

Posted: September 9, 2016 in Gospel of John

John 8:49-59

“What you say is blasphemy,” shouted the Jewish religious leaders against Jesus. And they picked up stones to kill Him. What had He done or said that riled them up? He graciously had healed a man on the Sabbath which they said He shouldn’t have done (John 5:1-18). He had said that the devil was their father (John 8:44). But to top it all, He said, “…before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58). He was claiming to be the eternally existent One without beginning or end (See Revelation 1:8). [1] He was not claiming to be the first one whom God the Father created as some cults teach. He was claiming to be Jehovah who spoke to Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 3:14). He also encountered Abraham, the father of Ishmael and Isaac (Genesis 12:7-9; 22:11-18), Hagar, the mother of Ishmael (Genesis 16:7-14), Jacob, the father of the Jews (Genesis 32:28) and others as “The Angel (Messenger) of the Lord” in humanoid form. Such pre-incarnate appearances of God the Son are called “theophanies” [2] or “Christophanies.”

Immanuel. Isaiah the prophet had said that the Messiah would come through a virgin (Isaiah 7:14) as Jesus was (Matthew 1:22, 23). He would be called “Immanuel” which means “God with us.” The Prophet Micah said that the Messiah was/is an eternal being, not One who was created (Micah 5:2; See Matthew 2:6; John 7:42). Jesus asserted His equality with God the Father by forgiving sins (Mark 2:5-7). He demonstrated before others some of the Divine attributes: omnipotence (Matthew 28:18; Luke 7:14), omnipresence (Matt. 18:20), and omniscience (John 2:24, 25; 11:11-14).

Worship. Jesus received worship from people (Matthew 14:33; 28:9; John 20:28, 29). Had He not been God in human flesh (John 1:1-18), He should have told His worshippers not to worship Him (Exodus 20:3; Jeremiah 25:26; Revelation 22:9).

Resurrection. The crowning evidence for His being God is His bodily resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:4). It is the basis of a believer’s justification (Romans 4:25). Who are antichrists – those opposed to the Christ of the Scriptures (2 John 1:7)? They are the people who deny that He died for our sins, and that He was buried for three days, that He rose again bodily from the tomb, that He appeared to over 500 people for 40 days to let us know that He had risen from the dead, and then ascended back to heaven in the presence of His disciples with a promise to return (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:9-11; John 14:1-3). Christ’s bodily resurrection guarantees the bodily resurrection of every person who was ever conceived (1 Corinthians 15:22-24). Life begins at conception (Psalm 51:5; Psalm 139). In which of the five resurrections will you participate? No one can hide from God and keep Him from raising everyone from the dead, including you (Psalm 139:7). Jesus will be the righteous Judge (John 5:22; Hebrews 9:27; 2 Timothy 4:8).

Summary. “For in Him [Jesus] dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9). God the Son added to His deity a true human nature (not a sin nature – Hebrews 4:15) and a real body (Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 10:5-10). His temporary subordination to God the Father during time didn’t diminish His Deity. But He did veil the outward manifestation of His deity while He was here on earth (Philippians 2:5-11).

Questions. Is your hope of getting into heaven some day resting in the Christ of the Scriptures alone and not the Christs of the cults or false religions?  We are not saved by our good works, or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).  What do you have to do to be saved?  “Believe on The Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins… and rose again bodily on the third day” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43; 1 John 2:2). If He isn’t your personal Savior yet, why not believe on Him right now and be saved (John 3:16, 18, 36; Acts 16:31)? You can have assurance of your salvation too when you believe in/on Him (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16) .

Sharing? If you have been saved, are you sharing the Good News with others so they can be saved (Romans 10:0-17)? God commands His children to do this (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8). Where would you be today if someone hadn’t shared the Gospel with you? Don’t keep the Good News from others that can keep them out of hell and enable them to enter heaven if they will believe on Him alone as their Savior.

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[1] Is Jesus God?  http://www.gotquestions.org/is-Jesus-God.html

[2] Theophany. http://www.gotquestions.org/theophany-Christophany.html

Clear Gospel: http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

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