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Is Jesus God?
August 12, 2008
-------Is Jesus God-------
How can a being who is the Son of God also be God? This is very difficult for our limited earthly minds to comprehend.
Jesus Himself declared to be equal with God. John 14:9 states, "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'?"
Other passages clearly teach that Jesus Christ was our creator which makes Him an equal with God.
Genesis 1:1 states, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
1 Colossians 12:29 states " 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood,the forgiveness of sins 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation."
This clearly states that Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God. This passage goes on to say "16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist"
This clearly identifies Jesus Christ as being God. Yet He is also separate from God. How can this be? To understand this concept in layman's terms God is a triune being. He is three beings in one. He also created man in His image. We, also, are three beings in one.
Man has a body which is made of flesh and will die one day. When that happens the other two parts of us (the soul - our personality and spirit - which guides us into Godly things) separate from the body. This separation will last until the resurrection. At that time, our bodies will be transformed into an immortal one in which our spirit and soul can once again reside in.
Jesus Christ is the body of God. God is the soul and the soul gives the body its personality. The Holy Spirit is the spirit of God which guides us into all things which are fruitful and of God.
When Jesus became a man, he became separated from his soul - God. His Father was the Holy Spirit which is also part of what makes up the being we call God. Yet as he was growing up, Jesus did not have the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. He was just a man who was perfectly in tune with God's will until He was 30 years old.
At that point, "21 When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. 22 And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, "You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased." Luke Chapter 3.
It was the presence of the Holy Spirit within Jesus that allowed Jesus to resist the temptations of Satan in the wilderness, to heal the sick, and command evil spirits. Jesus had got His power back. It was the Holy Spirit within Him that gave Him the strength to endure the sufferings of the cross. In fact, it was God Himself who laid His life down to paid the sin debt of mankind. Therefore all homage and worship should be directed to God whom scripture clearly identifies as being Jesus the Messiah.
Jesus had to reunite with His soul - God so He could send the Holy Spirit to earth to dwell within and give spiritual strength to those who respond to His call and accept His gift of pardon.
Everyone will see God at one point in the future. The majority of the world will be astounded by the fact that it is none other than Jesus Christ but He is the image of the invisible God.
"9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 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, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" Phil. 2:9 . You have two options: accept Jesus as your Lord now or later. Your eternal destiny depends on when you make that choice.
Copyright 2008 by Gary Goodworth
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