anyone cheat you through philosophy and vain deceit, according to the
tradition of men, and not according to Christ. For in Jesus Christ
dwells all the fullness of God
Christ is God
only one God as the Holy Bible says. Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God,
the LORD is one! (Deuteronomy 6:4)
We also know that the Bible gives attributes of deity to God the
Father, Jesus Christ the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit of God. We also
know that there are not three God’s, they are One.
Trying to explain God with
human understanding is very limited, because we are limited. We can only
know about God by what He has revealed to us in His written Word, the Holy
Bible. The Bible gives us enough information to know that we can trust God
with our lives and believe that His word is truth. But we cannot
understand all that there is to know about God from our human perspective.
Man is created in the image of
God so we can understand some things about God by looking at ourselves.
There are three parts to humans we have a spirit, and a soul, and they are
contained in a physical body, but they are one person.
Now may the God
of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul,
and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1STThessalonians
The following is a
crude human analogy of God but it seems to fit with what we are taught in
the Bible about God. The soul would relate to God the Father. The body
would be Jesus the Christ, and the spirit of God would be the Holy Spirit.
The soul is a spiritual being,
it is the mind, the heart, the control center of a person, the
personality, it is the person. God the Father is Spirit. "God is
Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
Jesus the Christ represents the
body of God; He is God in physical form. For in Him all the fullness of
Deity dwells in bodily form, (Colossians 2:9). Just as the body
receives and obeys commands from the soul, or mind, Jesus receives and
obeyed commands from the Father. Jesus said that He only did what He saw
the Father do and He only said what He heard the Father say. Then Jesus
said to them, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know
that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me,
I speak these things. (John 8:28)
Jesus was a sinless example of how we are supposed to be, in total
obedience to the Father. The body is subject to the mind or soul.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit
of love. I believe that the Holy Spirit unites the Father and Son as One;
One in love, One in will, One in personality. The spirit that God has
given man is what the world calls our conscience. Then the dust will
return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave
it. (Ecclesiastes 12:7) The spirit that God has given man is our
source of life, (John 6:63). The moment that the spirit that God has given
us departs from our body we are dead, (James 2:26).
Our spirit gives us
understanding of truth from God.
But it is the spirit in a man, the
breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding. (Job 32:8)
Our spirit is always trying to unite us with God through Jesus
Christ, who is the only way to God. "Eye has not seen, nor ear
heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has
prepared for those who love Him." But God has revealed them to us
through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep
things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of
the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the
Spirit of God. (1 Corinthians 2:9-11) Our spirit is the only part of
our being that we can trust. Our spirit reveals truth to us in the way
that God sees truth. The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD,
Searching all the innermost parts of his being. (Proverbs 20:27)
Human souls have inherited
corruption from Adam’s sin, (Romans 5:12). Because a person is born a
sinner he cannot trust his own soul, which is his heart. The natural
tendency of our soul is to sin. Sin is disobedience to God and comes from
rejecting God as God and trying to be our own god. The natural tendency of
a corrupted human soul is to be his own god, which appeals to his pride
and selfishness. "The heart is deceitful above all things, And
desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the LORD, search the heart, I test
the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the
fruit of his doings. (Jeremiah 17:9-10)
Before a person accepts Jesus
Christ as Lord they are more sensitive to their body and corrupted soul
rather than to their spirit. When a person truly believes in Jesus Christ
as the only begotten Son of God their life is transformed by the Holy
Spirit. Believers receive the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, in them. A
person who has the Holy Spirit in them becomes more sensitive to their
spirit because God’s Holy Spirit communicates with us through our
spirit. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die;
but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will
live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For
you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you
received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba,
Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are
God's children. (Romans 8:13-16)
People who try to come to God
without accepting Jesus Christ as the way to God are deceiving themselves
and they often try to deceive others also. Now the Spirit expressly
says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to
deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy,
having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, (1st
Timothy 4:1-2) These people are insensitive to their spirit, or
conscience, that God has given them. Some of these people think that they
have found a higher consciousness in themselves but they are deceived by
their own corrupt soul.
"For God so loved the
world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him
should not perish but have everlasting life. "For God did not send
His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through
Him might be saved. "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he
who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in
the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:16-18)
is not a created being. People are created and we can be adopted by God to
be His children. But Jesus the Christ is the only begotten Son of the
Father. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His
Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under
the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are
sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying
out, "Abba, Father!" (Galatians 4:4-6)
Christ is the Word of God. He is the very communication of God, and the
revelation of God to man. 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 came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into
being that has come into being. (John 1:1-3) Jesus
Christ is the Creator of the universe and the only begotten Son of the
Father. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who
is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. (John 1:18)
Jesus Christ issues out of the
Father. Just as a solar flare, as part of the sun, issues out of the sun.
"for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved
Me, and have believed that I came forth from God. "I came forth
from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and
go to the Father." (John 16:27-28)
The word “forth” above is the Greek word exerchomai, it
means to issue out of. The same word translated as “came” is
used in (John 19:34) But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his
side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
out of the Father, just as blood comes out of a person.
The issue of the deity of
Christ is the line in the sand that God has given to man to separate truth
from error, because Jesus Christ is Truth. “Jesus said to him, I am
the way, 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; and
from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him,
"Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us." Jesus
said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known
Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say,
'Show us the Father'? Do you
not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that
I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who
dwells in Me does the works.” (John 14:6-10)
People that deny the deity of
Jesus Christ seek to bring Him down to their level; this is the spirit of
antichrist. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits,
whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into
the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses
that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that
does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.
And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming,
and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have
overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the
world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and
the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is
not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the
spirit of error. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and
everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does
not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested
toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we
might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that
He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John
The issue of the deity of
Christ as the only begotten Son of the Father is what separates true
Christians from every cult, even those that may accept some of the Bible.
It is also the issue that separates every other religion from true
Christianity. That is the line that God has given us to test the spirits
to see if they are from the true God or from the god of this world. Who
is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who
denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the
Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. (1 John
People that are offended when
Jesus is called God do not know Him or His Father. If they think that they
are honoring the Father by belittling His Son they are mistaken. Whoever
honors the Son honors His Father also.
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. (John 5:21-23) We are to honor Jesus in the same way that we
honor His Father.
We can give no greater honor to
Jesus Christ than to call Him God.
Therefore God also has highly
exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the
name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on
earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians
2:9-11) The word “Lord” is the Greek word kurios, it means supreme
in authority, God, master. Every person will admit that Jesus Christ is
Lord (God) sooner or later.
The true church is made up of
believers in Jesus Christ. The church is called the “body of Christ”
we are now Christ body on earth.
Now you are the body of Christ, and
members individually (1 Corinthians 12:27). Jesus Christ is our head
(Colossians 1:18), our mind, and we are to obey Him just as He obeys His
Father. "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love,
just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. (John
15:10) We are in Jesus Christ and He is in the Father and His Holy
Spirit, the Spirit of love, unites us all.
"At that day you will
know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. (John 14:20)
When a person gets a revelation
of who Jesus is they will be like Thomas when he declared to Jesus “My
Lord and my God”. Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger
here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My
side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing." And Thomas answered and
said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him,
"Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are
those who have not seen and yet have believed."
David also spiritually discerned that Jesus is His God. While the
Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, "What do
you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?" They said to Him,
"The Son of David." He said to them, "How then does David
in the Spirit call Him 'Lord,' saying: 'The LORD said to my Lord,
"Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your
footstool"'? "If David then calls Him 'Lord,' how is He his
Son?" (John 20:27-29)
The deity of Jesus Christ is
known by His followers and can only be understood by His followers. And
we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding,
that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His
Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. (1 John 5:20)
People that can only see with
their soul or mind are very short sighted and easily deceived. We have
not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that
we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not
in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit,
expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit
does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are
foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are
spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:12-14)
But even if our Gospel is
veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of
this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the Gospel of
the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. (2
Beware lest anyone cheat
you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of
men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to
Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you
are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
Below are some other scriptures that point to Jesus
Christ being God.
Old Testament Passages
Isaiah 7:14-"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a
virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel"
(Immanuel literally means "God with us").
Isaiah 9:6-"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the
government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful,
Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the
increase of his government and peace there shall be no end...."
Jeremiah 23:5-6-"Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will
raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and
shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be
saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be
called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS." Christ's name in Hebrew is YHWH
Tsidkenu, Jehovah Our Righteousness.
Micah 5:2-"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the
thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be
ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from
everlasting." Christ has always existed because He is not a created being;
He is God Almighty who has existed from everlasting.
Malachi 3:1-2-"Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare
the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his
temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall
come, saith the LORD of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who
shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like
fullers' soap." God's temple is Christ's temple. Christ comes as an
Psalm 45:1, 6-7-"I speak of the things which I have made touching the
king.... Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is
a right sceptre. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore
God, thy God, hath anointed thee...." The Hebrew word translated
"anointed" is the verb form of the noun "Messiah."
Psalm 110:1-3-"The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand,
until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of thy
strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Thy people shall
be willing in the day of thy power...." The LORD (Jehovah) will subdue all
Christ's enemies. Yet Christ's rod and Christ's power will subdue all enemies.
Christ's rule and power are clearly equal to God's. See Psalm 2 where a similar
theme is discussed: "Serve the LORD [Jehovah] with fear, and rejoice with
trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way..."
(vv. 11-12). Note how "the Son" is set poetically in parallel with
New Testament Passages
Matthew 1:23-"Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring
forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is,
God with us."
John 1:1-3, 14-"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things
were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.... And
the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory
as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."
"The late New Testament Greek scholar Colwell formulated a rule which
clearly states that a definite predicate nominative (in this case theos meaning
'God') never takes an article when it precedes the verb ('was') as we find in
John 1:1. It is therefore easy to see that no article is needed for theos (God),
and to translate it 'a god' is both incorrect grammar and poor Greek, since
theos is a predicate nominative of 'was' in the third sentence-clause of the
verse and must refer back to the subject, 'Word' (logos). Christ, then, if He is
the Word "made flesh" (Jn. 1:14), can be no one else except God,
unless the Greek text, and consequently God's Word, be denied." 
John 1:18-"No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son,
which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him."
John 20:27-28-"Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and
behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be
not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and
Romans 9:5-"...Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God.
Philippians 2:5-8-"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ
Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with
God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant,
and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he
humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the
"'Who was in the form of God' are his [the Apostle Paul's] words: and
they are words than which no others could be chosen which would more explicitly
or with more directness assert the deity of...Jesus Christ.... Let us remember
that the phraseology which Paul here employs was the popular usage of his day,
though first given general vogue by the Aristotelian philosophy: and that it was
accordingly the most natural language for strongly asserting the deity of Christ
which could suggest itself to him.... 'Form,' in a word, is equivalent to our
phrase 'specific character.'... With God...the 'form' is that body of qualities
which distinguish Him from all other spiritual beings, which constitute Him God,
and without which He would not be God. What Paul asserts, then, when he says
that Christ Jesus existed in the 'form of God,' is that He had all those
characterizing qualities which make God God, the presence of which constitutes
God, and in the absence of which God does not exist. He who is 'in the form of
God' is God."
Colossians 1:15-16-"Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn
of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and
that are in earth, visible and invisible...."
When the Apostle Paul says that Christ is the firstborn over all creation, he
does not mean that Christ is the first created being. For he goes on to explain
that Jesus Christ created everything in heaven and on earth, visible and
invisible. Jesus Christ could not create Himself. The idea among various cults
that Christ is the first created being is an impossible absurdity.
Colossians 2:8-10-"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and
vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and
not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And
ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power."
1 Timothy 1:16-17-"Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me
first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them
which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. Now unto the King
eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever
and ever. Amen."
1 Timothy 2:3-4-"For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our
Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of
1 Timothy 3:16-"And without controversy great is the mystery of
godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of
angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into
1 Timothy 6:14-16-"...the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in
his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of
kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which
no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour
and power everlasting. Amen."
Titus 1:3-"But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching,
which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour."
Titus 2:10-"...showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the
doctrine of God our Saviour in all things."
Titus 2:13-"Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our
great God and Savior Jesus Christ" (NKJV).
Hebrews 1:1-3-"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in
time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto
us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made
the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his
person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by
himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on
Hebrews 1:8-"But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever
and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom."
Jude 25-"To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty,
dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen."
Jesus Christ Clearly Taught His Own Divinity
Revelation 21:6-7-"And he [Jesus Christ] said unto me, It is done. I am
Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst
of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit
all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son."
John 8:57-59-"Then the Jews said to Him, 'You are not yet fifty years
old, and have you seen Abraham?' Jesus said to them, 'Most assuredly, I say to
you, before Abraham was, I AM.' Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but
Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple..." (NKJV).
John 5:17-26-"But Jesus answered them, 'My Father has been working until
now, and I have been working.' Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill
Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His
Father, making Himself equal with God. Then Jesus answered and said to them,...
'For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives
life to whom He will.... For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has
granted the Son to have life in Himself'" (NKJV).
John 10:28-39-"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never
perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave
them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my
Father's hand. I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to
stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from my
Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying,
For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou,
being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them,... If I do not the works
of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the
works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand."
Mark 2:5-11-"When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the
palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes
sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak
blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?... [Jesus] said unto them, But
that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he
saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed,
and go thy way into thine house" (cf. Lk. 5:20-24).
The scribes' theology was correct: "Who can forgive sins but God
only?" Jesus didn't disagree with their conclusion; rather, through the
miraculous healing He proved that He in fact was God and had the authority to
The Spirit-inspired writers of the New Testament applied Old Testament
passages which specifically refer God-Jehovah to Jesus Christ; therefore, Jesus
must be God-Jehovah.
|"The voice of him that crieth in the
wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a
highway for our God" (Isa. 40:3).
||"For this is he that was spoken of by
the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness,
Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight" (Mt. 3:3).
|"Behold, I will send you Elijah the
prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And
he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children..." (Mal.
||"He [John the Baptist] will also go
before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the
fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to
make ready a people prepared for the Lord [Jesus Christ]’" (Lk.
|"...I am God, and there is none else. I
have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness,
and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue
shall swear" (Isa. 45:22-23).
||"We shall all stand before the judgment
seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee
shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God" (Rom.
14:10-11; cf. Phil. 2:10).
|"The Lord is among them, as in Sinai,
in the holy place. Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity
captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also,
that the LORD God might dwell among them" (Ps. 68:17-18).
||"But unto every one of us is given
grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith,
When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto
men" (Eph. 4:7-8).
|"Thy throne, O God, is for ever and
ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. Thou lovest
righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath
anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows" (Ps.
||"But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne,
O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of
thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore
God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy
fellows" (Heb. 1:8-9).
|"Hear my prayer, O LORD [Jehovah]....
The heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt
endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt
thou change them, and they shall be changed: But thou art the same, and
thy years shall have no end" (Ps. 102:1, 25-27).
||"To the Son he saith,... Thou, Lord, in
the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are
the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they
all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them
up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall
not fail" (Heb. 1:8-12).
|"Be strong and of a good courage, fear
not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go
with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee" (Dt. 31:6).
||"Let your conversation be without
covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath
said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee" (Heb. 13:5).
The Bible Ascribes Attributes to
Jesus Christ, Which Can Only be Predicated of God
1. Jesus Christ is all-knowing
Matthew 12:25-"Jesus knew their thoughts."
Matthew 27:18-"For [Jesus] knew that for envy they had delivered
Luke 6:8-"He knew their thoughts."
John 2:24-25-"But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he
knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what
was in man."
John 21:17-"And [Peter] said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things;
thou knowest that I love thee."
Revelation 2:23-"All the churches shall know that I am He who searches
the minds and hearts. And I will give to each of you according to your
2. Jesus Christ is all-powerful
Ephesians 3:20-"Now unto him [Christ] that is able to do exceeding
abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh
Philippians 3:20-21-"...the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile
body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the
working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself."
Colossians 2:10-"Ye are complete in him, which is the head of all
principality and power."
Hebrews 1:3-"[Jesus Christ is] upholding all things by the word of his
Revelation 1:8-"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,
saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the
Revelation 2:26-27-"He who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end,
to him I will give power over the nations-'He shall rule them with a rod of
iron; as the potter's vessels shall be broken to pieces'-as I also have received
from My Father" (NKJV).
3. Jesus Christ is unchanging
Hebrews 1:8-12-"But unto the Son he saith...Thou, Lord, in the beginning
hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine
hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth
a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed:
but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail."
Hebrews 13:8-"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and
forever" (NKJV). This passage disproves the idea that Jesus is a created
being. For if Jesus was created, He was not the same yesterday.
"Yesterday" (past) is contrasted with "forever" (future),
and obviously refers to eternity past.
4. Jesus Christ, as to his divine
nature, is everywhere present (omnipresent)
Matthew 18:20-"For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them." At any given moment there are literally
thousands upon thousands of Bible studies, prayer meetings and church services
being conducted around the earth. Jesus Christ says that He is present at each
gathering. Only God can be at thousands of different places at the same time.
Romans 8:10-"And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin;
but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.... [H]e that raised up Christ
from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth
in you." No created being, no matter how great, can dwell in the millions
of Christians throughout the world; it is impossible. But it is not impossible
for Jesus Christ who is God.
1 Corinthians 10:4-"And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they
drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ."
Whenever believers partake of the Lord's Supper, Jesus Christ is spiritually
Revelation 2:1-"These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in
his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks."
Jesus Christ is presented in Revelation as being present in the churches and
being totally aware of each church's deeds in minute detail.
Revelation 3:20-"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear
my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and
he with me." Jesus Christ will personally fellowship with each repentant
believer. This would be impossible if He were merely human, for there are
millions of Christians spread over the whole globe.
5. Jesus Christ has eternal
Isaiah 9:6-"For unto us a child is born,...and his name shall be called
Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father...."
John 1:1-3-"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were
made by him...." Jesus Christ existed with God prior to creation.
John 8:58-"Jesus said to them, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, before
Abraham was, I AM'" (NKJV). Jesus certainly did not mean He existed as the
first created being, because the Jews wanted to stone Him for claiming to be
Revelation 1:8-"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,
saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the
Almighty" (cf. Rev. 22:13).
6. Jesus Christ is the Creator
The Bible teaches that God created everything that exists, whether spiritual
or material. "God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that
he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands"
(Ac. 17:24). "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and
power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were
created" (Rev. 4:11). "[Him] that liveth for ever and ever, who
created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things
that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein..." (Rev.
10:6). Yet the Bible also teaches that Jesus Christ created everything. This can
only mean that Jesus Christ is God, for only God who is uncreated has the power
to create from nothing. The Bible teaches that creation from nothing was an act
of the God. That explains why Genesis 1:26 says, "Let us make man in
our image, after our likeness." Following are some verses of Scripture
which teach that Christ is the Creator.
John 1:2-3-"He [Jesus Christ] was in the beginning with God. All things
were made through Him and without Him nothing was made" (NKJV).
John 1:10-"He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the
world knew him not."
1 Corinthians 8:6-"But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom
are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all
things, and we by him."
Colossians 1:16-17-"For by him [Jesus Christ] were all things created,
that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they
be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created
by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things
Hebrews 1:2-3-"...his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by
whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the
express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his
Hebrews 2:10-"For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom
are all things...."
Hebrews 3:3-4-"For this man [Jesus Christ] was counted worthy of more
glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour
than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all
things is God."
7. Jesus Christ is the Judge of all
The Bible teaches that on the last day of this age God will judge all men who
ever lived. "Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of
the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth" (1 Chr. 16:33). "And I
saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened...and
the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books,
according to their works" (Rev. 20:12). Only God is capable of judging all
men. God is all-knowing and therefore knows every act. He is all-powerful, and
therefore can carry out His punishments. He is perfectly holy and therefore can
judge every sin without injustice. Only God who is moral and just in character
has the authority to judge the human race. Yet the Bible teaches that Jesus
Christ will judge the world. Christ Himself claimed the total authority and
jurisdiction over mankind on the final day that can only belong to God. In fact,
the judgment seat of God Almighty and the judgment seat of Jesus Christ are one
and the same seat. Jesus said, "Many will say to me in that day, Lord,
Lord.... And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye
that work iniquity" (Mt. 7:22-23). The fate of each and every person rests
upon Christ's decision; He has the power and authority to render sentence and to
cast men into hell-an authority reserved exclusively to God. Following are some
biblical references which unmistakably establish that Jesus Christ is the Judge
of all mankind.
Matthew 25:31-33, 41-"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and
all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one
from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set
the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.... Then shall he say
also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting
fire, prepared for the devil and his angels."
John 12:48-"He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one
that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the
Acts 10:42-"It is He [Jesus Christ] who was ordained of God to be Judge
of the living and the dead" (NKJV).
Acts 17:31-"He hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the
world in righteousness by that man [Jesus Christ] whom he hath ordained."
Romans 2:16-"In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus
Romans 14:10-12-"For we shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
For it is written: 'As I live, says the LORD [Jehovah], Every knee shall bow to
Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.' So then each of us shall give
account of himself to God" (NKJV). This passage of Scripture not only
presents Christ as Judge, but clearly teaches that on the day of judgment
everyone will bow to Christ; that is, everyone will acknowledge that Christ is
the LORD God. By introducing his quotation of Isaiah 45:23 with the familiar
prophetic formula, "As I live, saith the LORD" (cf. Num. 14:28, Isa.
49:18, Jer. 22:24, Ezek. 5:11, Zeph. 2:9, etc.), and applying it to Christ, the
Apostle Paul self-consciously and deliberately calls Christ Jehovah. Note also
that at the Judgment Seat of Christ, everyone will give account of himself to
God. This passage is a powerful and unmistakable statement of Christ's deity.
2 Corinthians 5:10-"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of
Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to
that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."
2 Timothy 4:1, 8-"...the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick
and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom.... Henceforth there is laid up
for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give
me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his
Hebrews 10:30-"For we know Him who said, 'Vengeance is Mine, I will
repay,' says the Lord. And again, 'The LORD [Jehovah] will judge His
The Bible Teaches That God the Holy
Spirit, Proceeds From Both the Father and the Son (Spiration)
Matthew 3:11-"I [John the Baptist] indeed baptize you with water unto
repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not
worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire."
Jesus Christ not only has the authority to baptize believers with the Holy
Spirit but also to baptize unbelievers into hell-fire. While this passage
technically does not deal with spiration, it shows that Christ has the authority
of God: only God can send the Holy Spirit to His church.
John 15:26-"But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you
from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he
shall testify of me."
Romans 8:9-"But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be
that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of
Christ, he is none of his." Here Paul equates the Spirit of God with the
Spirit of Christ.
Galatians 4:6-"And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit
of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father."
Revelation 5:6-"And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of
the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been
slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God
sent forth into all the earth." Seven in Scripture often represents
completion and perfection. The perfect Holy Spirit of God proceeds from Jesus
Christ unto the whole earth.
Jesus Christ is Worshiped as God
There is probably no sin more condemned in the Bible than that of idolatry.
The Bible teaches that we are to worship God alone. Why? Because only God is
worthy to be worshiped. God's law says, "Thou shalt have none other gods
before me.... Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them" (Dt.
5:7-9). When tempted by Satan, Christ said, "Get thee behind me, Satan: for
it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou
serve" (Lk. 4:8). When the Apostle John fell in worship before one of God's
mighty angels, the angel rebuked him and told him to worship God. "And I
John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell
down to worship before the feet of the angel which showed me these things. Then
saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy
brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship
God" (Rev. 22:8-9). When Cornelius the centurion fell in worship before the
Apostle Peter, Peter clearly rejected the offer of worship: "And as Peter
was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.
But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man" (Ac.
The contrast with the Lord Jesus Christ is startling: from His birth (Mt.
2:1-2) to His ascension (Lk. 24:51-52), Christ is openly and continuously
worshiped by His disciples. Did Jesus reject this worship, as Peter and the
angel did? No, Jesus openly accepted and even commended such activity. What
could this mean except that "That same person who is known to history as
Jesus of Nazareth existed, before He became man, from all eternity as infinite,
eternal and unchangeable God" ?
Passages in Which Jesus is Worshiped
Matthew 2:1-2-"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the
days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in
the east, and are come to worship him."
Matthew 2:10-11-"When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding
great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with
Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him."
Matthew 8:2-"And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying,
Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean."
Matthew 9:18-"While [Jesus] spake these things unto them, behold, there
came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead:
but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live."
Matthew 14:33-"Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him,
saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God."
Matthew 15:25-"Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help
Matthew 28:9-"And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met
them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped
Mark 5:6-"But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped
Luke 24:51-52-"And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted
from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to
Jerusalem with great joy."
John 9:35-38-"...he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus
said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And
he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him."
Hebrews 1:6-"And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the
world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him."
Revelation 5:8-14-"And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and
four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them
harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And
they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the
seals thereof.... And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and
under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I
saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth
upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said,
Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth
for ever and ever."
Revelation 15:3-4-"And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God,
and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God
Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear
thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations
shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest."
In Revelation 5:8 the living creatures and elders worship the Lamb (Jesus
Christ) and offer Him prayers. In verse 13 Christ is offered the same worship
that is given to the Father. In Revelation 15:3-4 the worship of the Lord God
Almighty and Jesus Christ the King of the saints are indistinguishable. All
nations will come and worship before Jesus Christ (Ps. 22:27-28). The fact that
the apostles, and an angel of God, totally rejected worship, while Christ openly
accepted it, indicates that the New Testament use of "to worship" (prosekun_san
aut_-"worshiped Him") is not mere homage to a king but the worship of
God Himself. No created being, no matter how great, is allowed to accept
Jesus Christ is the Object of Saving
John 14:1-6-"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe
also in me.... Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no
man cometh unto the Father, but by me." No angel, prophet or apostle could
speak such words; only God can be the object of saving faith. Christ doesn't
just point to God, He points to Himself. When Jesus says, "I am the way,
the truth, and the life," He declares that He is the foundation of all
truth and all life. He is God, who is absolute Truth personified.
There are Instances in the Bible
Where the Names "Son of God"
and "Lord" Indicate
Christ's Essential Deity
1. Jesus Christ the Son of God
Matthew 11:27-"All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man
knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the
Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him." "Just think about
what these words mean, my friends. They mean that there are mysteries in the
person, Jesus, which none but the infinite and eternal God can know."
Matthew 14:26, 33-33-"And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea,
they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.... And
when they [Peter and Jesus] were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they
that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the
Son of God."
Matthew 16:16-"Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the
Son of the living God." "Peter's declaration that Jesus is 'the Son of
the living God' can mean no less than that, in a unique way, a sense not
applicable to any mortal, Jesus is, was and always will be the Son of that God
who not only is Himself the only living One, over against all the dead so-called
gods of the pagans (Isa. 40:18-31) but also is the only source of life for all
Matthew 26:63-65-"But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered
and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether
thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said:
nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on
the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high
priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need
have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy." When Jesus
ascribed to Himself the title "Son of Man" and then openly claimed to
be the fulfillment of Daniel 7:13-14-the One who is coming on the clouds of
heaven who will judge the nations and have everlasting dominion-the high priest
accused Him of blasphemy. Why? Because Christ was claiming for Himself things
that the high priest knew could only be attributed to God. Christ claimed to be
the divine Son of God. The high priest refused to accept this claim and
therefore rejected Christ.
2. The Lord Jesus Christ
Luke 2:11-"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour,
which is Christ the Lord." "Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the
Anointed; he is the Lord, Lord of all; He is a sovereign prince; nay, He is God,
for the Lord, in the Old Testament, answers to Jehovah. He is a Savior, and He
will be a Savior to those only that accept Him as their Lord."
Luke 3:4-6-"The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'prepare the way
of the LORD [Jehovah], make His paths straight.... And all flesh shall see the
salvation of God'" (NKJV).
1 Corinthians 12:3-"No man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the
Philippians 2:11-"And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ
is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." "Jesus Christ, therefore, is
Lord to Christians in the same sense that Jehovah was Lord to the Hebrews. The
usage referred to is altogether peculiar; no man-not Moses, nor Abraham, nor
David, nor any of the prophets or apostles-is ever thus prevailingly addressed
or invoked as Lord. We have but one Lord; and Jesus Christ is Lord."