Is Jesus God?

Along side the Rapture, Spiritual Gifts and Mary, the question of “Is Jesus God” is one of the most debated theological issues so should I dare tackle it? You bet!

This subject surfaced yesterday in my Apologetics class where I was assigned to debate for Mormonism and my friend Josh was debating for Christianity. We got to discussing the issue of salvation and then the subject of Christ’s true identity came up. The teacher took over and we went over a number of points in the Bible that pointed to Jesus as being God. I want to share our findings and expound on them here.

Jesus forgave sins

If Bob offended Claire and you don’t know wither individual personally, can you approach Bob and say “I forgive you for what you did to Claire”? Of course not, the only person who can say “I forgive you” is Claire herself. Similarly how can Jesus tell sinners that they are forgiven of sin when they only sinned against a possible victim and against God? Because Jesus is God. Jesus is recorded saying “your sins are forgiven you” in two different instances in the Gospels.

No other person could forgive sins, High Priests could make offerings for sins but ultimately it was not them who was forgiving the person, it was God on behalf of their offering. When Jesus forgave sins even the Jews understood that this was only something God could do, and because they would not accept Him as God they labeled this blasphemy.

Mat 9:2 – Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”
Mat 9:3 – And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”

Luk 7:48 – Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
Luk 7:49 – And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

Jesus is God Revealed

A few times in the Old Testament some fortunate men have had God reveal Himself to them in some kind of human form, now we know that God is not a man so this seems strange. On top of that the scriptures say that no one has ever seen God (Exo 33:20, Jhn 1:18, 1Jhn 4:12) yet men are still recorded as seeing God (Gen 32:30, Exo 33:11,

  • Ezekiel saw a vision of a man on a throne above four heavenly creatures, his body was ablaze with fire, he was surrounded by rainbow like light, Ezekiel described him as the appearance of the glory of the Lord. (Ezekiel 1:25-28)
  • Daniel saw the Ancient of Days in a vision, He wore white garments, had hair like wool. (Dan 7:9)
    (^Thanks Peter for this addition)
  • Jacob wrestled with a Man who refused to tell him His name, Jacob assumed it was God. (Gen 32:30)
  • Moses and some others saw God on the mountain standing on a ground of sapphire. (Exo 24:10)
  • John saw Jesus in a vision as a man with hair white like wool, eyes of fire, feet like brass, and his countenance was like the shining of the sun. (Rev 1:11-18)

I believe that when men “saw God” they actually saw Christ who preexisted the birth of the human Jesus. In the scripture we find ground for this understanding of Christ’s part in the trinity, He is the image of God that we can see and perceive.
Hbr 1:3 – who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person
Phl 2:6 – who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
Col 2:9 – For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;

Jesus is Above Angels and Man

  • Jesus has angels or is in charge of select mighty angels. (2Thes 1:7)
  • God never called any angel His Son, but He did called Jesus Son. (Heb 1:5)
  • The Angels worshiped Jesus. (Heb 1:6)
  • No Angel ever sat at God’s right hand but Jesus does. (Heb 1:13)

The only living beings God is recorded as having made is Angels, Heavenly beasts, Humans, and Animals. Jesus Christ does not fit completely in any of the categories because He was part of creation and divine so He is not simply a human. He is given authority of angels yet is not an angel. The only other being who fits this description is God Himself.

Jesus Never Refuted His Divinity

The Apostles as well as John the Baptist and Paul were believed to be gods or divine people by different people but they were quick to correct their theology by saying they were not divine nor were they gods. Jesus on the other hand did not fight it when people thought He was God. The Jews understood some of His sayings as claiming that He was God and they wanted to stone Him yet Jesus did not correct them as He did with other theological errors they expressed. If Jesus was not God He did us a great injustice by not saying “I am not God”. We are left to perceive that by His inaction He agreed with peoples accusations of Him being God.

Jhn 10:33 – The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”
Jhn 5:18 – 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.

When Thomas touched the wounds of the resurrected Christ he said “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28) ^Thanks Mathetes for this contribution

Jesus Fulfilled Prophecies about God

Many scriptures in the Old Testament speak of things God promised to do but had not done, until Jesus came along. It’s not a coincidence that Jesus fulfilled these prophecies or promises of God, because He is God. God did them while He was Jesus on this Earth.

Psa 107:29 – He calms the storm, So that its waves are still.
Who does that sound like? Can you think of anyone else but Jesus who is recorded as calming the storm in Biblical or secular history? Didn’t think so…

Isa 45:17 – But Israel shall be saved by the LORD With an everlasting salvation; You shall not be ashamed or disgraced Forever and ever.
Isa 51:5 – My righteousness is near, My salvation has gone forth, And My arms will judge the peoples; The coastlands will wait upon Me, And on My arm they will trust.
Israel will not always be oppressed by the people of the Earth! They will rule and reign with Christ in the New Jerusalem. Jesus will also judge all nations.

Isa 59:16 – He saw that there was no man, And wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him.

Jesus’s Own Claims

I and the Father are one (John 10:30)

He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? (John 14:9)

If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him. (John 14:7)

Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me… (John 14:11)

You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. (John 13:13)

… And the governor asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.”
(Matthew 27:11)

“I am the bread of life” (John 6:35,48,51) manna, bread from God (Exodus 16:12)
“I am the light of the world” (John 8:12)
“I am the door of the sheep”(John 10:7,9)
“I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11,14) correlation between Christ and God (Ezekial 34:6-16)
“I am the resurrection, and the life” (John 11:25)
“I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6)
“I am the true vine” (John 15:1,5)

…And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” -Matthew 26:63-64

Jesus is God made Human

Do you remember the story of the Angel Gabriel announcing to Mary the name of her son? It wasn’t “Jesus”, but “Immanuel” which means “God with us”. This was even prophesied in Isaiah 7:14. Later Isaiah prophesies that the child or Son that will be born will be called “Mighty God” among many other Godlike titles. This is exactly who Jesus was – God made born of a virgin. He humbled Himself by becoming a man and enduring a normal life and dying a natural death. He became one of us so that we could be one with Him.

Hbr 1:3 – who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person…
Phl 2:6 – who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
Col 2:9 – For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;
1Tim 3:16 – And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.
Mat 1:23 – “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

The wonder and power of Christs dual nature is beautifully expressed Cyril of Alexandria (376 – 444 AD) says, ‘Indeed, the mystery of Christ runs the risk of being disbelieved precisely because it is so incredibly wonderful. For God was in humanity. He who was above all creation was in our human condition; the invisible one was made visible in the flesh; he who is from the heavens and from on high was in the likeness of earthly things; the immaterial one could be touched; he who is free in his own nature came in the form of a slave; he who blesses all creation became accursed; he who is all righteousness was numbered among the transgressors; life itself came in the appearance of death.  All this followed because the body, which tasted death, belonged to no other but to him who is the Son by nature,

Jesus is Uncreated & Eternal

Never is the being of Christ mentioned as being a created being, instead Christ is mentioned as partaking or administering the creation of the Worlds, thus He is uncreated and existed before the Biblical account of everything being created.

Jhn 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
God is eternal and uncreated, since the Word (Jesus) is God, Jesus is eternal and uncreated.

Rev 1:11 – saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,”…
Rev 1:18 – “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore…

Jhn 8:56-59 – Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”
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…

Not only is Jesus saying that He existed before His own birth in Bethlehem even back to when Abraham walked the Earth but Jesus is claiming to be “I AM”. “I am” is the name God gave Moses when he asked for a name to give the Israelites after presenting God’s message to the Israelites in Egypt.

Exd 3:13 – Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?”
Exd 3:14 – And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”

Only God Can Save Man

In the Old Testament it was always God’s hand that saved those who were faithful to Him simply because they could not save themselves. This principle of God’s character and our depravity carries in to the New Testament where God Himself saved man kind, by coming to Earth as Jesus and dying on the cross for our sin. God saved us.
Has it ever occurred to you that no one from the human race has every been able to surpass the boundaries of their sinful nature? Looking back through the Bible no one did it perfectly, no one was able to be “good enough” to attain true righteousness on their own except one – Jesus Christ. Only Jesus could save the human race from their sin because He never sinned!

Hbr 4:15 – For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
2Cor 5:21 – For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Only Jesus was sinless, how could He accomplish this if He did not have intervention from outside of the genepool of mankind? The Spirit of God somehow created life in Mary’s womb thus instilling divinity in to Jesus’s genetic or spiritual makeup. Thus He was human and God, natural but also divine!

Isaiah 59:16 – He saw that there was no man, And wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him.

Bible Verses Stating Jesus is God also
Jesus was: “God Among Us”
 
 Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad.”
“Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord”
Deuteronomy 6: 4

But, our one God is Spirit and Light, with 3 natures
Jesus is God also, a part of the same spirit and the same light of the Father.

The Son differs to the Father nature as being Greater than the Son. When Jesus was fully man (and fully God), He was “positionally” inferior to the Father.  The Son is also the Logos, and the Word of God, who made everything seen & unseen by His Word.
The Father differs to the Son nature for our Salvation (our only mediator).
The Holy Spirit permeates all to bring us knowledge of God.
For more on this, and Jesus’ statement: “I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater [meizon] than I

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Reference to the Trinity
16 Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me. 17 Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel;  Isaiah 48:16-17

The New Testament doctrine of the Trinity is evident in such a verse as John 15:26, where the Lord Jesus said:  “But when the Comforter is come whom I will send unto you from the Father, He shall testify of me.”

The baptismal formula shows 3:

“baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19).

1st. Note how Jesus always cast out demons, cured the sick, and did miracles in His own name. Also, on several occasions Jesus deliberately said; “I AM”.  This would never have been taken lightly by any Jew of Jesus’ time.

Think!  Take for example Jesus’ words in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.” When first encountered, this might not seem to be a claim to be God. However, when we look at the Jews’ reaction to His statement, “For a good work we stone thee not; replied the Jews, but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.” (John 10:33). Now we see an actual claim.  The Jews understood Jesus’ statement to be a claim to be God. In the following verses, Jesus never corrects the Jews by saying, “I did not claim to be God.” That indicates Jesus was truly saying He was God by declaring, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30).

John 8:58 is another example. Jesus declared, “I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. ” Again, in response, the Jews take up stones in an attempt to stone Jesus (John 8:59). Why would the Jews want to stone Jesus if He hadn’t said something they believed to be blasphemous, namely, a claim to be God? John repeatedly tells us of the Lord’s connection to “I Am”.  See John: 4:26, 8:24, 8:28, 8:58,and 13:19.  The Apostle Paul tells us that Jesus “..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, 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 consist.” (Colossians 1:15-17)

John 1:1 says that “the Word was God.” John 1:14 says that “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” This clearly indicates that Jesus is God in the flesh. Acts 20:28 tells us, “…Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood.” Who bought the church with His own blood? Jesus Christ. Acts 20:28 declares that God purchased the church with His own blood. Therefore, Jesus is God!

To try and grasp the Trinity, first understand that God the Father the Son and Holy Spirit are Spirit, light, awesomeness, power, justice and love — and He in no way conforms to a human’s understanding.  Jesus told us God is Spirit.  Shine two beams of light on the same spot, and you have the light of one, separate, yet also the same as the others.  An example of Jesus’ light and the Father’s light as the same is at this true Near Death Experience here

Next, try to grasp Jesus’ nature as being both totally human and totally God. To help you with this consider these paradoxes by early church father Gregory of Nazianzus (329-390 A.D.). Gregory used these to argue against Arianism.

“He was baptized as a man — but He remitted sins as God…He was tempted as man, but he conquered as God…He hungered — but He fed thousands…He was wearied, but He is the rest of them that are weary and heavy-laden. He was heavy with sleep, but He walked lightly over the sea…He pays tribute, but it is out of a fish; yea He is the king of those who demanded it…He prays, but he hears prayer. He weeps, but He causes tears to cease. He asks where Lazarus was laid, for He was man; but He raises Lazarus, for He was God. He is sold, and very cheap, for it is only for thirty pieces of silver; but He redeems the world, and that at a great price, for the price was His blood. As a sheep he is led to the slaughter, but He is the shepherd of Israel, and now of the whole world also…He is bruised and wounded, but He heals every disease and every infirmity. He is lifted up and nailed to the tree, but by the tree of life He restores us. He dies, but he gives life, and by His death He destroys death.”

Cyril of Alexandria (376 – 444 AD) says, ‘Indeed, the mystery of Christ runs the risk of being disbelieved precisely because it is so incredibly wonderful.  For God was in humanity.  He who was above all creation was in our human condition; the invisible one was made visible in the flesh; he who is from the heavens and from on high was in the likeness of earthly things; the immaterial one could be touched; he who is free in his own nature came in the form of a slave; he who blesses all creation became accursed; he who is all righteousness was numbered among the transgressors; life itself came in the appearance of death.  All this followed because the body, which tasted death, belonged to no other but to him who is the Son by nature,’  [On the Unity of Christ]

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. 1 Timothy 3:16

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14  (written: 712 BC (Before Christ)  

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. Matthew 1:23

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder: and his name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (written: 712 BC (Before Christ)

And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people. Luke 7:16

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

because he had not only broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making Himself equal with God. John 5:18

Jesus said:
I and my Father are one.
John 10:30

The Jews answered him [Jesus], 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

When many were about to stone Jesus for blasphemy (John 10:30-39), He said to them that said he blasphemed “because I said, I am the Son of God?” (John 10:36).

You call Me Teacher and Lord; and ye say well; for so I Am. John 13:13

But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?
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.
Mark 14:61-62

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

he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? John 14:9

“Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?  The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.” ( John 14:10)

And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. John 17:5

And Thomas answered and said unto him [Jesus], My Lord and my God. John 20:28

…lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2 Corinthians 4:4

In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 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, 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 consist. Colossians 1:14-17

…Who [Jesus], being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: Philippians 2:6

…For in him [Jesus] dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Colossians 2:9

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. 1 Timothy 3:16

…who [Jesus] is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 1 Timothy 6:15

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 high. Hebrews 1:2-3

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. Hebrews 1:8

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Titus 2:13

And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. Revelation 19:16

I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. John 8:24

Zechariah 12:10 – And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. John 8:58

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 Matthew 7:21

And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel (means God Among Us).

Note: “his wings” Isaiah 8:8 …See the prophecy of the Tzit-Tzit (fringes of His gown) that Jesus fulfilled here

“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 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. Jeremiah 23:5-6Once, a paralytic man was presented before Jesus for healing (Luke 5:17-26), and Jesus said, “Man, thy sins are forgiven thee” (Luke 5:20).  And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? (Luke 5:21).  But Jesus (God in flesh) knew their thoughts and queried,

 

But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. (Luke 5:22-24) And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God

Revelation 19:11-14 – speaking of Yeshua/Jesus leading the Army of Heaven:

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

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. (Revelation 1:8)

Jehovah shares His glory only with Jesus

In Isaiah 42:8 Jehovah himself is speaking, and He emphatically declares “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” Again, in Isaiah 48:11, Jehovah is speaking, and He declares: “For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.”

John 17:5 tells us Jesus said; “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”

Of course that is Jesus speaking of being part of the Godhead Himself. Since God will not share His glory. And Jesus tells us He had this glory with Yahweh/Jehovah before creation. What more proof from Jehovah or the lips of Jesus do you want?

The Scriptures bear unmistakable testimony to the creative activity of God’s Son, distinguishing Him from among the “things” created, as the Creator and Sustainer of  “all things.”

The Book of Colossians:

The entire context of Colossians 1:15-27 is filled with superlatives in its description of the Lord Jesus as the “image of the invisible God, the first begetter [or according to Erasmus ”original bringer forth”] of every creature.”

The Apostle Paul lauds the Son of God as Creator of all things (v.16) and describes Him as existing “before all things” and as the one by whom “all things consist” (v.17). This is in perfect harmony with the entire picture Scripture paints of the Eternal Word of God (John 1:1), who was made flesh (John 1:14) and of whom it was written: “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3). The writer of Hebrews also pointed out that God’s Son “[upholds] all things by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3) and that He is Deity in all its fullness, even as Paul wrote to the Colossians: “For…in him should all fullness (of God) dwell” (Colossians 1:19)

Reference for above, “Jehovah shares His glory only with Jesus…” -The Kingdom of the Cults (Walter Martin & Ravi Zacharias), page 96

WHAT ABOUT THIS “SON OF MAN” THING?

The expression, “son of man,” was used in the Old Testament by Daniel as the term for the Messiah Who, at His second descent to earth at the end of this age, would come “…with the clouds of heaven” (Daniel 7:13,14).  This same scene was described in more detail by John:

And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. (Revelation 14:14).

Concomitantly, Jesus’ favorite term for Himself was the “Son of Man” (Matthew 8:20, 9:6, 10:23, 12:8,32,40, 13:37,41, 16:27,28, 17:9,12,22, 18:11, 19:28, 20:18,28, 24:27,30,37,39,44, 25:31, 26:2,24,45; John 1:51, 5:27, 6:27,62, 8:28, 9:35, 12:23, 13:31).  Using “Son of Man” really was an expression of humility, an indication of how God actually had been willing to lower Himself to mankind’s level by being born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25).  Now, it generally was accepted by the chief priests and teachers of the law that “Son of Man” meant “Son of God.”

When Jesus was led before the council of the elders of the people (Luke 22:66-71), He made the statement that “Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.,” they asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” (22:69,70a).  Jesus replied, “Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am. His enemies confirmed that they understood this to be a claim by Jesus to be the Son of God by their response, “And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth. ”

One Must be a Christian to be Saved!

References for this is found in John 14:6; Acts 4:12, and 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16. One cannot be a Christian without verbally confessing the deity of Jesus the Christ. One cannot even pray to God, let alone have sins remitted by Him, without approaching Him through Jesus (John 14:6 and 13, 15:16; 16:23-24; Romans 5:2, and Ephesians 2:18).

“The Father judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son, so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.” ( John 5:22-23)

“If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” ( John 10:37-38)

I know Muslims and Mormons, Christian Scientists, Jehovah Witnesses, Unitarians, Scientologists, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Seventh Day Adventists -and many others – will not want to hear this, but the Bible declares that Jesus was the FINAL revelation of God to man (Hebrews 1:1-3). There have been no others.

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  1. The crux of Peter’s testimony about Jesus, which Jesus said was what He would build His church upon, is that Peter finally spoke aloud the One Big Truth about Jesus: He was the Son of God and the Son of Man.

    God the Father revealed this to Peter. And right afterward, Jesus then went into Jerusalem to be crucified. It was as if He needed someone to finally “get it”, before He would lay His life down for us all.

    My two cents.

    Jesus is God, indeed. Thomas exclaimed, “My Lord and my God!”, after he had confirmed Jesus’ identity by putting his fingers in the wounds of Jesus. If Jesus would not have been God, I can say confidently that He would have rebuked Thomas right then and there.

    • I totally missed that! Thanks for the mention, needless to say I will be adding to this post as I discover more and am reminded about more great truths.
      That’s a great thought about Peter finally getting it!

      Nice to see you on here and I love your comments!

  2. Hebrews 1:3 tells us the following: “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the EXPRESS IMAGE of his person….” This scripture tells us that the Lord Jesus Christ is the EXACT DUPLICATE of God in the flesh!

    Daniel 7:9 describes God as follows: “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the HAIR of his head like the PURE WOOL…”—Now compare this with Revelation 1:13-15 which says: “In the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his HAIRS were WHITE like WOOL, as WHITE as SNOW….” The description of God in Daniel and the the one in Revelation are EXACTLY the SAME!!! The LORD Jesus Christ is the SAME God as the God of the Old Testament…who, in the New Testament, was clothed in flesh in the person of Jesus Christ our LORD.

    • Peter thank you so much for this post haha, I tries so hard to find that passage and could have sworn it was in the story where Moses sees God’s backside! But when I could not find it in that passage I was so frustrated and wondered where I had read it, would have never guessed Daniel, even though it does talk about the Messiah!

      Again, thanks for the mention, it is amazing the connection between the Old Testament Father God and His New Testament Son.
      He literally did the things the Father spoke of.

      • One of those “Mom, wheres the scripture that says…” moment.

        Great post! This is by far the single most important and pivotal subject EVER in Christian Theology.

  3. >>>…This is by far the single most important and pivotal subject EVER in Christian Theology.

    Indeed, the Catholic/Protestant “Beast” is better described as “Trinitarianism.”

    But no matter how you bend the scriptures this way and that, they will never say anything other than that there is but one God: the father:

    Joh 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

    1Co 8:6a But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him;…

    Joh 17:3a And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God…

    So who is the worshiped Jesus? None other than what Paul described as “the man of sin”:

    2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
    2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

    “But” you say “Jesus worship is what ALL Catholics and Protestants do!”

    Rev 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
    Rev 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
    Rev 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
    Rev 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
    Rev 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
    Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
    Rev 13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.

    • Satan imitates what God does (he’s not very creative) so it makes sense that his last attempt would take the form of the Holy Trinity, only now it’s the unholy trinity Beast, Prophet, and antiChrist.

      If Jesus is the man of sin he would have had to of sinned during his earthly life. This however is unbiblical since 1 Peter 2:22, 1 John 3:5, Isaiah 53:9, all declare Christ to of never sinned.
      Also I find it strange that Paul would have been referring to Jesus when he spoke of the man of sin as you suppose yet in Hebrews Paul said he was without sin (Heb 9:14), Paul says similar in 1Corinthians 5:21. So my question is how can Jesus be the man of sin when he never sinned?

      But the bigger problem with your interpretation of the passage in Thessalonians is it’s chronology. Paul was speaking of someone who had not yet come, who had not been revealed at that time. However, when that letter was written Jesus had already been revealed.

      Thirdly if the son of perdition is Jesus then Thessalonians is saying that Jesus “opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” and this Jesus preached heresy and error. Did he preach heresy and error as the “son of perdition” will (or in your opinion did)? From what I understand you believe people in their error have made Jesus equal to God saying that he is God but the scripture you used is speaking about a man promoting himself as equal and higher status than God. This man is clearly not Jesus Christ, it’s the coming and final antiChrist.

  4. Heb 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

  5. grove, apparently you misunderstood me…

    The *scriptural* Jesus needs to be distinguished from the “synthetic Catholic-Protestant fabrication” of Jesus.

    In the scriptures, Jesus is the son of man/son of God. In the tradition, he is “God.”

    Also, a careful reading of scripture will reveal that not only did Jesus sin, he *had* to sin in order to qualify as a faithful high priest:

    Heb 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
    Heb 2:18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

    Heb 5:1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:
    Heb 5:2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
    Heb 5:3 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.

    Did Jesus offer for his own wins?:

    Heb 7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
    Heb 7:27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for **this he did once**, when he offered up himself.

    • Could you please show me the scriptures that say that Jesus sinned? And by “a careful reading of scripture” are you sure you’re not being too careful so as to insert your own assertion that supports a weighty theology that follows?

      Heb 2:17-18 says Jesus was tempted but did not consent, thus he did not sin but can relate to us who are tempted and struggle with temptation.

      Heb 7 26-27 says Jesus was holy and undefiled. Verse 27 is telling what the Levitical Priests did what Jesus did, they were different things. The Levite had to offer daily sacrifices for his own sins and then for the peoples sins. Jesus however offered a sacrifice once and for all and it was for the peoples sins (he had none). I think you are reading the part “first for his own sins, and then for the people’s” as describing Jesus’s actions but it is still talking about the human, Old Covenant Priest.

      Why would Paul say in 2 other places that Jesus did not sin and then say (as you believe) that he had sins to sacrifice for here in Hebrews? It’s contradictory. Also Peter who was very close to Jesus said he had no sin, Jesus himself challenged people to convict himself of some sin and no one could find anything on him.

  6. >>>Could you please show me the scriptures that say that Jesus sinned?

    There is not, to my knowledge, any passage of scripture that makes the simple assertion, “Jesus sinned.”

    >>>And by “a careful reading of scripture” are you sure you’re not being too careful so as to insert your own assertion that supports a weighty theology that follows?

    It was reading scripture that convinced me, despite my bias, that Jesus did sin.

    >>>Heb 2:17-18 says Jesus was tempted but did not consent, thus he did not sin but can relate to us who are tempted and struggle with temptation.

    First of all, it doesn’t say that he didn’t “consent.”

    Secondly, what the scriptures teach is that every high priest is only qualified by failure, not by unbroken success.

    Heb 5:1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:
    Heb 5:2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with [moral] infirmity.
    Heb 5:3 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.

    But note that Hebrews argues that these moral failures are the raison d’etre of “offering for sins.” And note that the high priest must offer **for himself as well as for the people.**

    In fact, he argues that it is pointless to offer an offering for sins if one has no sin:

    Heb 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
    Heb 10:2 For then **would they not have ceased to be offered?** because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

    But Jesus did in fact make an offering for himself and for the people:

    Heb 7:27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, **first for his own sins**, and then for the people’s: **for this he did once, when he offered up himself**

    The background for this is Yom Kippur:

    Lev 16:5 And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering.
    Lev 16:6 And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make an atonement for himself, and for his house.

    We also see that Hebrews teaches that this was his purification rite, in preparation to serve God as a compassionate, holy high priest:

    Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness [reflection] of his [God’s] glory, and an impression of his [God’s] substance, and upholding all things by the word of his [God’s] power, when he had made purification of his sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty high up;

    We also note that Jesus refused to be called “good.” He refused to cast the first stone. Paul says that Jesus’ death was “death to sin”:

    Rom 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
    Rom 6:10 For in that he [“Christ”] died, ***he died unto sin once***: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
    Rom 6:11 **Likewise** reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    >>>Heb 7 26-27 says Jesus was holy and undefiled.

    He *became* holy and unblemished when he died to sin and raised forever free of sin:

    Heb 7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
    Heb 7:27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

    >>>Verse 27 is telling what the Levitical Priests did what Jesus did, they were different things. The Levite had to offer daily sacrifices for his own sins and then for the peoples sins.

    No, he is referring to the Yom Kippur, which came once per year. Each year on that day the priest offered a goat for himself and for the people as an appeal to God (an atonement). Then, it was the living goat that actually took their sins away. The difference is that they did it annually, he did it once and only once.

    >>>Jesus however offered a sacrifice once and for all

    “Once and for all” is a twisted reading. The Greek says “once.” “One time.”

    >>>and it was for the peoples sins (he had none).

    Not only do the words themselves clearly say that he did make offering for himself, but he is in the middle of an elaborate argument based on Lev 16 which can bear no other meaning for his words. You are not only violently ripping out his clear assertion and snipping it in two, but you are undermining his whole argument. Note that he argues that Jesus had to be “made perfect”:

    Heb 5:8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience through the things he suffered.14
    Heb 5:9 And by being perfected in this way, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,

    >>>I think you are reading the part “first for his own sins, and then for the people’s” as describing Jesus’s actions but it is still talking about the human, Old Covenant Priest.

    He is giving the background, and then says “THIS (referring to the act of offering for himself and also for the people) he did once.”

    >>> Why would Paul say in 2 other places that Jesus did not sin and then say (as you believe) that he had sins to sacrifice for here in Hebrews? It’s contradictory.

    Paul did not write Hebrews. But you have misread Hebrews if you think at any place he says that Jesus never sinned.

    >>>Also Peter who was very close to Jesus said he had no sin,

    Peter said that Jesus left a good example. He was slandered and responded with silent deference to God. In that example, he did not sin.

    But in other places, he loudly berates his disciples for being “slow on the uptake.”

    Mat 17:17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation [race], how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.

    >>>Jesus himself challenged people to convict himself of some sin and no one could find anything on him.

    Many people at different times stand unchargeable. This is not to be taken as bespeaking impeccability:

    Luk 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

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