Jesus is God (part 3)

 JESUS IS GOD!

(Part 3)

Last week, we looked at a list of attributes that are characteristic of God and God only. God is three parts: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; and at the same time only one deity—one God. To understand this, we can look at how we are made. We are made in God’s 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. 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, we asked this question, “Is it correct to say, “Jesus is God?”

To answer this question, we considered the first four attributes of God last week. We saw how Jesus has those attributes. This week we will consider the last three to determine if Jesus is God. And if He is God, should He be worshipped?

  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

5. Jesus has eternal existence

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

This prophesy is about God, the Son, coming to mankind and the authority He will have. The virgin birth of Jesus fulfilled this prophesy. He was one with the Father and full of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, He carried the Father’s Name just like we carry our earthly father’s name.

Most of the communication Jesus had with the Father took place privately. However, near the end of His time on earth, He prayed openly for the benefit of His disciples. John 17 is a long recorded prayer of Jesus. In it, we see Jesus describe His eternal existence.

John 17:4-5 I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

John 17:23-24 I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

Many doubt the divinity of Jesus, but Jesus revealed to John what everyone will eventually see. When they see His glory, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that “Jesus Christ is Lord!”

Revelation 1:7-8 Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen. "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."

Revelation 1:17-18 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

If you believe Jesus Christ is God, repented of your sin, been born again by the Holy Spirit through baptism, and you live for Him now, then you have no reason to fear when you see Jesus in His glory. You may be awestruck and prostrate yourself, but He will welcome you.

  1. Jesus is the Creator

John 1:1-3, 10 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 Son of God is called the Word. He is not a created being. He existed with the Father and the Spirit in the beginning. All things were made through the Word. When God (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) created something, it was done through the Word. He said, “let there be…”, and it came into being.

Colossians 1:16-17 For by him (the Son of God) all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Revelation 4:11 "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being."

  1. Jesus is the Judge of all mankind

Matthew 25:31-33 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.”

It can be hard to tell who is a sheep and who is a goat, for they often mingle together. They may attend the same church. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, knows which we are and He will separate us.

Matthew 7:21-23 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'”

Before Jesus judges us, it would be best to judge ourselves and repent.

2 Corinthians 5:9-10 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

Everyone will face Christ’s judgment. We also have a duty to warn others of this impending judgment and the salvation offered by Jesus Christ.

Acts 10:41-43 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

Acts 17:30-31 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.

2 Timothy 4:1-5 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

From the many Scriptures we’ve read over the past three weeks, I hope you are convinced Jesus is God.

John 20:30-31 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

So, if Jesus is the Son of God, should we worship Him? Worship is a reverent devotion and allegiance pledged to God; including the obedience and ceremonies by which this reverence is expressed. The word worship comes from the Old English word worthship, a word which denotes the worthiness of the one receiving the special honor or devotion.

Satan wants to be worshipped. He wants our honor, devotion, and obedience. He tempts us with pleasures to get our worship. He even tried to get Jesus to worship him.

Matthew 4:8-10 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”

Worship is for God alone. John was rebuked for attempting to worship an angel in Revelation 22:8-9 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, "Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!"

The angels would not accept worship. The disciples would not accept worship. Satan wants worship. These verses clearly say to worship God and only God.

Therefore, is it appropriate to worship Jesus? Yes, because He is God—one with the Father and Holy Spirit. Furthermore, because He is God, Jesus accepts worship.

Matthew 2:1-3,11 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him…On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

Matthew 14:32-33 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."

John 9:35-38 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" "Who is he, sir?" the man asked. "Tell me so that I may believe in him." Jesus said, "You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you." Then the man said, "Lord, I believe," and he worshiped him.

Matthew 28:8-9 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.

Luke 24:50-53 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

That is to be our response. We are to continually worship Jesus with great joy and praise. We are also to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is our spiritual worship. (Romans 12:1)

Jesus is worthy of our worship. He has all the attributes of God. And, He sacrificed Himself for our atonement and forgiveness. Shouldn’t we worship Him with our lips and our lives?

If we could see Jesus now, I believe we would have no doubt He is worthy of our worship. Listen to what John saw:

Revelation 5:11-14 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!" The four living creatures said, "Amen," and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Are you convinced Jesus is God—one with the Father and Holy Spirit? Do you worship Jesus as your Lord and Savior? If not, you can start today.

If you believe Jesus is the Son of God, who atoned for your sin on the cross, was buried, and rose again from the grave, then express your faith publicly. Repent of your sin and of being your own god. Give your life to Jesus through baptism. The Father will forgive your sin and you will be born again of the Holy Spirit, who will give you grace to worship Jesus with everything you do and say. You will be a living testimony to others that Jesus is alive and He is God.

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