Absolute Deity of Jesus

Absolute Deity of Jesus

Jesus is God! Do you believe this?

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…

Genesis 3:22 Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil…

Isaiah 6:8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

Notice the plural pronouns God uses to refer to Himself. Why does He do that?

Here is a clue to the answer: 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God is one entity, having three co-equal parts—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To understand this, look how we are made. We are made in the image of God, having three co-equal parts, spirit, soul, and body. Our soul is our mind, will, and emotions. The Father is the mind, will, and emotions of the Trinity, who remains seated on the Throne. Like our body, the Son is the body of the Trinity. He is able to appear in several different forms as described in Scripture, doing the work of God. The Holy Spirit of God is the presence and power of God. We can sense someone’s presence when they are in the room. But unlike our spirit, the Holy Spirit is able to be everywhere at all times.

Whatever decision we make and whatever we do, all three of our parts of our being are completely involved and united. So it is with God. For example:

John 1:1-14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth [the Holy Spirit].

This Scripture points out that the Word of God is the Son of God. Much of the hatred the religious leaders had for Jesus (and the hatred people have for Jesus today) stems from the fact that Jesus claims to be the Son of God; thus, equal to God the Father and full grace and truth, which is God the Holy Spirit.

Jesus declared in John 10:30 “I and the Father are one.”

Is Jesus God? Each of us must answer that question.

Many men have believed they were a deity—that is divine or a god. The Pharaohs, Alexander the Great, the Caesars, and other world conquerors thought they were divine. Today, the New Age philosophy teaches that you are a god and you should act accordingly. Those who believe there is no god, are their own god.

However, the essential characteristics of Deity are holiness, immortality, and divine power. Man does not possess these characteristics. He lost them when he sinned in the Garden of Eden. At that time, Adam was holy (without sin), immortal, and had divine authority to name all of Creation. He walked and communed with God.

In an unholy state, man cannot walk and commune with God. God loves mankind, whom He created, so He sent the Son to reconcile mankind to Himself. The Son, who created all things through His spoken Word, became the weakest thing we know—a baby. He left His glory and humbled Himself by experiencing development in a womb and a birth—a unique birth by a virgin—becoming obedient to death on a shameful cross.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Immanuel means God with us. The absolute Deity of Jesus is demonstrated in His becoming one of us. Even though He created everything, no one recognized Him except John the Baptist who was appointed to be His witness. However, deep in a filthy dungeon, even John needed reassurance that he was not mistaken. Until they were filled with the Holy Spirit, the disciples did not know Jesus was God.

John 14:8-11 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

The characteristic of a Christian is that he knows the absolute Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. When we are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ, our minds are opened by the incoming of the Holy Spirit and we understand the Scriptures—the Word of God! The essence of Christianity is not adhering to a creed or a doctrine, but a revelation—“Now, I see Who Jesus is!” It is always a surprise to the new believer!

Jesus said in Matthew 11:27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

The Christian revelation is not that Jesus Christ represents God to me, but that He is God! If Jesus Christ is not your God, then you have a false god, who is no god at all! Any theology which ignores Jesus Christ as God ceases to be Christian theology.

John 14:5-7 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Jesus Christ declares that He is the only way to the Father, and furthermore, that He and the Father are alike. Jesus, the Son of God, is equal with God the Father, and filled with God the Holy Spirit. The fundamental characteristic of God the Father is the fundamental characteristic of God the Son, which is the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ is God and Man in one body. Jesus Christ was not a man who became Divine, He was the Absolute Deity who became a man. He emptied Himself of His glory to identify as one of us. Jesus Christ became Man for one purpose, that He might atone for sin and bring the whole human race back into oneness with Himself through His death on the cross. Never separate the Christ’ birth from His Atonement for our sin on the cross.

John 10:17-18 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”

Jesus Christ proved He is God by laying down His life and taking it up again, but that was not the purpose of His death. The one great purpose of His birth, life, death, and resurrection was to bring us back into oneness with God.

Romans 5:6-11 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

The Son of God came down from Heaven to identify with us. He lived in our domain in order to do what no man could ever do—He made the way for man to get back to the position he had lost in the Garden of Eden. In the Garden, man had eternal life, fellowship with God, and enjoyed God’s favor. By the divine power of His death on the cross, Jesus made it possible for us to have forgiveness of sin, eternal life, fellowship with God, and God’s favor again!

How does it happen? John 3:3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

This is not a command, it is a foundation fact. It is the condition for seeing the Kingdom of God. Like Nicodemus, we wonder how we can be born again.

Our Lord’s birth was an advent of the new birth we are to experience. Just as Our Lord was born into human domain, so we must be born into His domain. We cannot enter the realm of the Kingdom of God unless we are born of the Spirit by a birth totally unlike natural birth. To be born again, we must die to our old life by believing Jesus Christ is the Son of God and obeying Him as our way of life.

The evidence of the new birth is not some spiritual gift, or going through some religious ritual, but a life yielded so completely to God that you exhibit the fruit of the Spirit and are progressively transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces, all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever increasing glory which comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

When Christ is born in us, every detail of our life reflects Jesus. Our Lord was not an abstainer, nor prohibitory, nor fanatical. He went to parties and feasts, ate and drank with sinners, and changed water into wine, all without sinning. There was a holiness and purpose to everything He said and did—to fulfill the will of the Father and reconcile mankind to God. We are to have the same purpose for what we do and say, for the Gospel of reconciliation between God and man has been given to us.

John 5:19-24 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

Therefore, as Christ identified with our life, we must identify with Jesus. Whatever Jesus does is what we are to do. When we are rightly related to God, the golden rule for our life is the sacrifice of our will to Jesus Christ. We die to our life and the life of Jesus becomes our walk in this world.

Colossians 2:6-10 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him [Jesus] the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

Jesus Christ, the Wisdom of God, the Word of God, the exact expression of God, was visible in human flesh. That is the great doctrine of the New Testament—dust and Deity made one. There is only one God to the Christian. He has many names, but the Name that is above all names is Jesus Christ. He is the perfect oneness of God and man. Consequently, we can become one with God through faith in Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Sooner or later, every man will recognize that Jesus Christ is Lord—the Absolute Deity. This recognition glorifies God the Father, who sent His Son to reconcile us to Himself.

Since Jesus has absolute authority, He has the power to reproduce Himself in us by His own Spirit. Have you allowed your life to become a ‘Bethlehem’ for the Son of God, where Christ is born in you by His Spirit? Or have you turned Him away because you have no room for Him? Today is the day of salvation—the day you can be reconciled to God through faith in Jesus Christ!

Acts 2:36-39 “Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”

The life of Jesus Christ is made ours not by imitation, but by the grace of God through faith in the Atonement of Jesus and by the rebirth and filling of His Spirit. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, the evidence is the fruit of the Spirit in us. The fellowship of the Spirit gives us the grace to say, “God led me here” or “God spoke to me”. This is not crazy, it is an everyday occurrence for a Christian.

Is this your everyday experience? If not, perhaps you have not experienced the new birth of the Spirit. Or, perhaps you have grieved the Spirit (that is God in you) because you are walking in sin instead of obeying Him. If you are not walking by the Spirit, repent, die to yourself, pick up your cross daily, ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and follow Jesus again.

If you believe Jesus is the Son of God and you desire to repent and follow Him through baptism, or if you need prayer, or wish to join this congregation of believers, come forward as we stand and sing.