Jesus is God (part 1)

Jesus is God!

As Yosemite Sam would say, “Them there is fightin’ words, mister.”

Seriously, a majority of people in the world would agree with Sam. Truly, many wars have been fought over those words. Furthermore, many people have been and are still being killed for believing and saying, “Jesus is God”.

Today, we are told public prayer can be offered to God, but not to pray in the Name of Jesus because that would offend some people.

Why does the Name of Jesus offend people?

Well, if Jesus is God as He claims and we proclaim, then He requires a response. If they choose not to believe Him, then a lot more people are going to Hell than they believe, including themselves. To deny this Truth, men have tried killing Jesus and His followers. Religions have developed to replace this Truth and to provide other ways to Heaven.

What do you believe? Is Jesus God? Is He speaking the Truth and worth losing your life?

Let us review some foundational Scriptures that define who God is:

Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

There is only one God. He has three parts: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God made us in His image with three parts: spirit, soul, and body. Nevertheless, we are just one person. God’s three parts have distinct roles, but they are not independent of each other. They form one unified God—one entity—one divinity.

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, "Let us make man in image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

1Thessalonians 5:23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Last week, we considered God the Father. God the Father is the soul of God; that is, He expresses the personality, the mind, the will, and the emotions of God. Jesus said the Father is the greatest even though He and the Father are one.

Jesus, the Son of God, represents the Body of God. He is the part of God we saw revealed on earth. He showed us the personality, mind, will, and emotions of the Father, for He did not say or do anything on His own. Jesus, the Son of God, is totally submitted to the Father. Therefore, Jesus said, if you have seen me, you have seen the Father.

John 14:5-11 Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?"

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."

Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us."

Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.

In response to Thomas’ question, Jesus declared that He is the way, the truth, and the life because the Father is in Him and He is in the Father. To know Jesus is to know the Father. If that seems incredulous, Jesus says to believe the evidence of the miracles. Could anyone other than God do them?

Colossians 2:9-10 For in Him (Christ) the whole fullness of Deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in Him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

Jesus possesses the fullness of the divine nature and attributes of God in bodily form. Jesus, along with the Father, is also the Creator and Ruler of the universe.

Colossians 1:15-17 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Jesus is fully God in every way. The term “firstborn” means He existed before creation. Jesus is the Word of God. The Father told Jesus what to speak into existence. When He said, “Let there be…”, it was immediately created.

John 1:1-3,10,14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made…He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

God is still speaking to us through the Word, that is, through His Son.

Hebrews 1:1-3 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

In the past, God spoke to His people through His prophets, but in these last days, God speaks the message of redemption through the Son. After Jesus sat down at His right hand, the Father sent God the Holy Spirit to speak to us, lead us, guide us, comfort us, and convict us through His written Word and through preaching.

1 John 5:20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true--even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

Jesus Christ came so we could know the true God. He the exact representation of the Father. Jesus taught and demonstrated His Divinity. What He taught would have been blasphemy and heresy if He had not backed it up with miracles that only God can do. His virgin birth, His miracles, His death and resurrection all proved He is God. If we understand this, it should cause us to love Him, obey Him, and worship Him as God.

John 5:16-26 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted him.

Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working."

For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him. I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself.”

In these verses, Jesus makes six claims of equality with God the Father: 1) He is equal in person; 2) He is equal in His works; 3) He is equal in His power and sovereignty; 4) He is equal in His judgment; 5) He is equal in His honor; and 6) He is equal in His ability to grant life.

John 8:54-59 Jesus replied, "If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and keep his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad."

"You are not yet fifty years old," the Jews said to him, "and you have seen Abraham!"

"I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I AM!"

At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

Jesus declared Himself to be Yahweh (I AM). The Jews understood Jesus’ claim and took up stones to stone Him for speaking heresy, which was according to the Law. They were unsuccessful because Jesus’ claims were true and it was not yet time for Him to atone for their sin. He was in control of His death and resurrection, not them.

John 10:24-38 The Jews gathered around him, saying, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly."

Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one."

Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, "I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?"

"We are not stoning you for any of these," replied the Jews, "but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God."

Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I have said you are gods'? If he called them 'gods,' to whom the word of God came--and the Scripture cannot be broken--what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, 'I am God's Son'? Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father."

For the third time, John records Jesus declaring He is one with the Father. They are one and the same divinity, just like your soul and body make up one person. Jesus did not expect to be believed merely on His own assertions, so He told them to believe what He claimed by the evidence of the miracles He performed.

Mark 2:1-12 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on.

When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven."

Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, "Why does this fellow talk like that? He's blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?"

Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, "Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, take your mat and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins," He said to the paralytic, "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home."

He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this!"

The teachers of the law were correct in saying only God can forgive sins, but they were incorrect in saying Jesus blasphemed. They refused to recognize Jesus’ power as coming from God, much less that He Himself was God. The miracle He performed gave proof of His claim and left them amazed.

Are you convinced that Jesus is God, the Son of God? Have you publicly acknowledge your faith in Jesus and given your life to God the Father? If not, you can do so today. Repent of your sin and die to yourself in baptism. Then you will be born again of the Spirit of God. He will give you a new life, and power to be a witness for Jesus Christ. By His grace, your life and words will testify that you know Jesus is God!

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