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THE DEITY OF CHRIST
The Deity of Jesus ChristThis Doctrine is critical as a foundational doctrine of the Christian faith. There are religions who claim to follow the Bible and yet deny that Jesus is, in His very essence, the same as God His Father. It is also interesting to note that across all claims made by founders of religious movements throughout history we find that it is only in Jesus’ case that He made a claim to be God. Let’s begin looking at some initial reasons for His Deity as taught in Scripture:
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.
Isaiah 9:7 - Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.
In this prophetic passage in Isaiah chapter 9 of the Messiah’s first coming there are clear references to Jesus being named “Mighty God” and “Everlasting Father”. If we believe the truth and infallibility of Scripture then these passages clearly teach that Jesus was not just divine, but also that He and God the Father are one in essence.
Revelation 1:8 -“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Revelation 21:6 - He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.
Revelation 22:12 -“ “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
In these 3 incredible passages of Scripture in Revelation we see Jesus speaking in authority as the true Messiah who will come again to earth and take up His position as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. These references to Him being the Alpha and Omega indicate that He is uncreated; He is the beginning and the end. The most direct statement to this effect is contained in the words “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty”. This term is a direct name of God and Jesus claims it as His own.
Colossians 1:15 - He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Colossians 1:16 - For by him 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.
In the first chapter of Colossians Paul describes Jesus as the agent of creation, the Creator Himself. For Jesus to have been present at the time of creation, as God the Father spoke the words of creating, Jesus had to have been pre-existent to creation itself. He is therefore uncreated and by definition, Divine. Even the angels in Heaven are created beings. But Jesus was not. When he was born in Bethlehem He took on human form. The fact of His birth having been through the Holy Spirit (who overshadowed Mary) again shows the Divine seed (un-corruptible) being the source of life and not man’s corrupted seed, even though He was born in the lineage of David as prophesied in Scripture.
Mark 2:5 - When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:6 - Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, Mark 2:7 “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
This passage in Mark 2: 5-7 is very important when we speak about the Divinity of Jesus. In it He tells the paralytic that his sins are forgiven, and the immediate response from the teachers of the Law is “How can he do this, only God can forgive sin?” Again we see the consistent theme of Jesus laying claim to being Divine.
Mark 14:61 - But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” Mark 14:62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Mark 14:63 The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. Mark 14:64 “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?”
Perhaps the clearest references to the Deity of Christ are these verses in Mark 14:61-64. When Jesus confirmed the high priest’s question regarding Him being the Christ, He was considered to have blasphemed and made a claim to Divinity in that He would be seated at the right hand of God the Father, declaring Himself to be the expected Messiah.
When all these claims are considered together, it is clear that both the writers of Scripture and Jesus Himself considered Jesus to be Divine. To interpret these Scriptures in any other way would be to make nonsense of the clear intention of the writers themselves as well as the Divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Bible references are taken from the NIV translation.
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