If Jesus is God, Adore Him; if Jesus is not God … you are in serious trouble!

I and my Father are one.  John 10:30

Recently, I was questioned in one of my writings about the revelation in the Bible that Jesus is God. The experience helped me not only because I could review and refresh the doctrine as stated in the Bible, but also because I could see that there are many people who find it difficult to believe that Jesus is God. And that, not so much because they are perverse people or because they are near to the apostasy, but because they have not been taught about the subject.

The doctrine of Christ was preached and proclaimed from Jerusalem, and spread throughout the known land; in the early years identified as the doctrine of the apostles,[1] but over the years as the doctrine of Christ, which is why the disciples were called Christians for the first time in Antioquia of Syria.[2]

The revelation that Jesus is God manifested in the flesh for the redemption of humanity has been the central theme of the proclamation of the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven, since it was proclaimed as such by the Apostles.

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 glory. 1st. Timothy 3:16

The church of the Lord was built upon the foundation of the doctrine of Christ. The reader can find an additional summary of the theme in the entry, The Doctrine of Christ.

Thus, understanding the relevance for salvation, and the need to have a clear understanding about who Jesus is, around the doctrine of Christ, we have seen it necessary to discuss, clarify and establish about his divine nature as author and finisher of the faith.

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

Many people, including believers and men and women of faith, have had difficulty assimilating Jesus as God. Although in their doctrinal confession they affirm that Jesus is the Son of God, they cannot reconcile the idea that Jesus being a man can be at the same time God. So, we’ll start right there, knocking down that difficulty.

Being the Son of God means Being God Himself. According to the human conception, a son is a fruit of the father, and a completely different being, despite genetic traits, behaviors and similar habits; however, the designation in Jesus of the Son of God is not to distinguish in Him a different being, but to identify His divine nature.

Notice in the text of the Gospel of John, in chapter ten, the very testimony of Jesus about his relationship with the Father:

I and my Father are one.  John 10:30

If we verify in the reading of the same chapter, in the testimony of the writer who collects the words of the protagonists of the event, the Jews understand perfectly that Son is equivalent to God himself,

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. John 10:33

And what He had said earlier was that He was the Son of God,

Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? John 10:36

Therefore, being the Son of God is being God himself. With the use of the expression is established essence and divine nature. The reader of the Gospel of John had been previously notified of this because, in the very introduction of the book, the writer clearly stated it,

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. 4In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehendedit not. John 1:1-5

This is also what we read in the text of the epistle of the apostle Paul to the community of faith of Philippi,

He always had the nature of God, but he did not think that by force he should try to remain equal with God. 7Instead of this, of his own free will he gave up all he had, and took the nature of a servant. He became like a human being and appeared in human likeness. 8He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death—his death on the cross. Philippians 2:6-8 (GNT)

Nevertheless, let us continue to establish the person of Jesus in human manifestation. Until this moment, many have not been able to reconcile the fact that Jesus is a man and God himself at the same time.

Let us start from the idea that Jesus is a man, and that the designation of Son of God it was given him by virtue that the Holy Spirit overshadowed upon Mary, and by his nature of being without sin.

How can it be possible for a human being to descend and ascend to heaven if, until that moment, the destiny of the men who left the earth was not heaven?

And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. John 3:13

The text indicates that its original place was always the heaven: which is in heaven. The text does not state that it was because of his sinless nature that He ascended into heaven.

Another similar text that shows his ascent-descent from heaven is found in the book of the Acts of the Apostles,

For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Acts 2:34

In the explanation that Jesus gave of this same text, he explained that to whom David refers as Lord is to the Messiah (Jesus), and not referring to himself.

And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David? 36For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool. 37David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly. Marks 12:35-38

Therefore, Jesus was not designated Son of God only by virtue of his conception by the Holy Spirit, nor does he ascend to heaven because of his sinless nature. Jesus is God.

  • But, what if Jesus was designated son of God because he is an angel?

Already the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews had previously written about it, and stated bluntly that Jesus is not an angel,

For unto which of the angels said God at any time, “Thou art My Son; this day have I begotten Thee”? And again, “I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son”? – Hebrews 1:5

The answer to the question of the writer of the epistle to the Hebrews is: NO, flatly, to no angel God gave him such recognition. The writer to emphasize that Jesus is not an angel quotes a text from the book of Deuteronomy taken from the Septuagint (32:43), in which the angels worship the Son.

And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. Hebrews 1:6

  • But what if the designation that Jesus is the son of God was given to him because he is a spirit-being different from the angels?

If that were so, such a spirit-being would have to have been a being superior to Luzbel, because the text of the prophet Ezekiel assures that Luzbel was the seal of perfection,

Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.  …  14Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. Ezekiel 28:12-15

And, second, how can a spirit-being sit at the right hand of God? …

The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. Psalm 110:1

… how can be seated, if the Scriptures state that God does not share his glory with anyone?

I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Isaiah 42:8

So, no; Jesus is not a spirit-being, nor by virtue of this was designated as the Son of God.

What do we have left?

Jesus is God!


And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Marks 14:62


Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. John 14:10,11

 

 

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[1] Hechos 2:42

[2] Idem 11:26

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