Jesus is God (part 2)

 JESUS IS GOD!

(Part 2)

Three weeks ago, we looked at a list of attributes that are characteristic of God and God only. We saw in Scripture that God is three parts: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; and at the same time only one deity—one God. We are made in His image. Likewise, we are a three part being: spirit, soul, and body; and yet only one person.

The three parts of God have different roles but are not independent of each other. They are completely one. We saw last week how Jesus is the Body of God, which we saw when He came to earth. As the Body of God, Jesus did not do or say anything other than what the Father, who is the soul (mind, will, and emotions) of God did and said. Jesus was also full of the Holy Spirit.

So, is it correct to say, “Jesus is God”? Look the attributes of God. Do they fit Jesus Christ?

  1. God is all-knowing (omniscient)
  2. God is all-powerful (omnipotent)
  3. God is unchanging (immutable)
  4. God is everywhere (omnipresent)
  5. God has eternal existence
  6. God is the Creator
  7. God is the Judge of all mankind

 

Today, we will consider the first four attributes. Next week we will look at the remaining ones.

  1. Jesus Christ is all-knowing (omniscient). He knows all things: past, present, and future, including the thoughts and intents of our heart.

For examples:

Matthew 9:3-4 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, "This fellow is blaspheming!" Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?

Luke 9:46-48 An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all—he is the greatest."

Luke 6:6-11 On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, "Get up and stand in front of everyone." So he got up and stood there. Then Jesus said to them, "I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?" He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He did so, and his hand was completely restored. But they were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.

These examples show that although the Son of God humbled Himself by becoming a man, Jesus is still fully God, and therefore, omniscient.

John 2:23-25 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs he was doing and believed in his name. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. He did not need man's testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man.

Only God truly knows the hearts of men. And only God knows the future. Jesus has knowledge of both. He knows what is in men’s hearts and He knows what will happen.

Jesus said in John 13:19 "I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am He.”

Jesus told Peter in John 13:38 Then Jesus answered, "Will you really lay down your life for me? I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!

After Peter denied Jesus exactly as Jesus foretold, Peter was convinced Jesus was omniscient. His comments in the future would reflect this. For example:

John 21:17-19 The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep. I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go." Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, "Follow me!"

Acts 1:24 Then they prayed, "Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen.

The Bible is often called the Word of God. Jesus is also called the Word of God. What does this indicate? It indicates that the words in the Bible are the words Jesus is speaking to us today.

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ” (Romans 10:17).

That is why there is power in the Word when we read it or hear it. It is omniscient. It reveals what is in our heart and judges our thoughts.

Hebrews 4:12-16 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

  1. Jesus Christ is all-powerful (omnipotent). He has all power in Heaven and in earth.

Although we are made in God’s image, we are finite; whereas, God is infinite. God is larger than all of Creation. However, Jesus, with all His power, limited Himself and became a man. Even so, Jesus still possessed the fullness of the divine nature and the attributes of God in the body of man.

It is said of Jesus in Philippians 2:6-7 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

That is why Jesus is fully God and fully man. That is also why Jesus referred to Himself as the Son of God and as the Son of Man. The Resurrection proved His deity, power, and glorification by the Father. After the Resurrection, the time of His limitation as a man was over.

Therefore, Jesus said to His disciples before His ascension in Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”

Hebrews 1:3 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.

As the Word of God, Jesus sustains all things by His word until He destroys it all with His word. When He speaks that Word, what exists now will be gone, and He will reveal a new Heaven and new earth that He has been preparing for us since His ascension. He will also transform our bodies to be like His glorified body. That is divine power. Only God can do that.

Jesus said in John 14:1-3 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”

Philippians 3:20-21 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Jesus Christ is the Creator and Ruler of the universe and all spiritual beings. He is not a lessor being emanating from God. He is God! He is one with the Father and full of the Holy Spirit.

Colossians 2:8-10 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

  1. Jesus Christ is unchanging (immutable). Jesus does not change.

Hebrews 1:8-12 But about the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy." He also says, "In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end."

Verses 8 and 9 are a quote from Psalms 45:6-7 where God the Father declares, through a prophet, the Son’s deity and lordship over all creation. Verses 10-12 are a quote from Psalm 102:25-27 where God the Father declares, through a prophet, that the Son did the work of creation and it will be destroyed. However, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit will remain and never change.

The immutability of Jesus Christ is simply and clearly stated in Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

  1. Jesus, as to his divine nature, is everywhere (omnipresent). Only God can be everywhere

all the time. It is hard to understand how Jesus can be omnipresent without understanding God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus was never independent from the Father nor from the Spirit. He was in Them and They were in Him. Wherever God is (and God is everywhere at once), God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are there.

Jesus said in John 4:24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Therefore, Jesus could declare in Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."

And, in Matthew 28:20 “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Jesus is with us in spirit. One of the Names given to the Son of God is Immanuel, which means “God with us”. True to His Name, Jesus promises to be with us until He returns bodily once again to judge the world.

Ephesians 1:22-23 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

While we wait for Jesus’ bodily return, God has left the Church here to be the Body of Christ and as a witness to the Son of God. To empower the Church to fulfill this commission, the Father sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in every believer of His Son. The Father has given the Son all authority, including the headship over the Church. The Church is to think and act like Jesus. The Church is to be an exact representation of Jesus; just like Jesus, the Son, is the exact representation of the Father. We are to be one with Him and full of Him.

How can we do that? Certainly, not by our own efforts. As the Son could do nothing on His own apart from the Father, neither can we do anything apart from Christ.

John 15:4-5 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in me and I in him, bears much fruit, for without me you can do nothing.

Jesus said He was in the Father and the Father was in Him. Likewise, we are to be in Christ and Christ is to be in us. This is not a one-time salvation experience, but an abiding faith—a faith that remains. This kind of abiding faith produces much fruit.

Romans 8:9-11 You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

The Spirit of Christ is the Holy Spirit, who dwells in every person that has faith in Jesus, the Son of God. A person has no legitimate claim to Christ as Savior and Lord if there is no evidence of His Spirit. That evidence is the fruit He produces,

Galatians 5:22-24 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

What about you? Does the Spirit of Christ dwell in you? Are you producing the fruit of the Spirit? Examine yourself by the Word of God. Jesus is omniscient. He knows your heart. Listen to His voice.

If you find yourself lacking the Spirit of Christ, or if you have never made Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior, I have good news for you. Jesus is omnipresent. He is everywhere and He is speaking to you now through His Spirit. He desires an intimate relationship with you. He wants to change your life to one of blessing. Jesus in omnipotent. He has the power to do it.

Jesus said in Revelation 3:20-22 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.

Jesus is immutable. His promise has not changed. If you will listen to His voice and open the door of your life to Him, you will receive His promise. Here is how you open that door:

If you have faith that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who atoned for your sin on the cross, publicly confess your faith, repent of your sin and your independence. Give your life to Jesus by dying to self in baptism. You will be forgiven of your sin and you will be born again of the Holy Spirit, who will dwell in you and produce the fruit of the Spirit in you. Jesus will give life to your mortal body through His Spirit who will live in you.