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January 15th, 2014

From one of my Liberty University classes back in 2012.

Jesus Christ had made an impact in his lifetime and has affected humankind ever since.  As a man, Christ claimed to be God, the Son of God, and to have a divine nature.  The Jewish leaders took offense and persecuted Christ from the beginning of his ministry until the time of the crucifixion.  In that short period of time Christ exhibited his divine nature and spoke of God to the benefit of the world.  At his crucifixion, Christ’s deity was able to take on all of humankind’s sins and forever guarantee our salvation.  Because of Christ’s sacrifice for us and through his revelations and divine living we, as Christians, need to attempt to follow in his way and strive to learn through his special revelation.

      Throughout history many different views of Christ have come into play in the process of disproving that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and God also.  After his crucifixion, humankind began labeling the person of Christ as something different then he really was.  Two examples of this are the Ebionites and the Arians.  The Ebionites chose to believe that Jesus, the son of Mary and Joseph, so fulfilled the Mosaic law that God chose him to be his Messiah (Thiessen 206).  The Arians believed that Christ was created.  He, the Logos of God (…) entered a human body, taking the place of the human spirit.  Thus, Christ was neither fully God nor fully man (Thiessen 207).  This has continued in one form or another into modern times.  Just recently Jehovah’s Witnesses started reshaping the meaning of Christ in their belief system to reflect that Christ was just a god not the God.  This was accomplished when the Jehovah’s Witnesses summed up their latest blast at the Trinity doctrine by informing us that John 1:1 should be rendered, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was a god” (Martin 60).  Humanity is always looking to lessen the truth of the Word of God, to give it less meaning.  By doing so they attempt to lessen their own sin nature.  Since the Word of God is the truth and Christ is part of the trinity, though the Son of God, still God.  Christ suffers the most persecution.  It happened when he was alive and it still happens today.

      What the large variety of different belief’s try to deny or change is that the Jesus Christ is not only the Son of God but also God.  Christ appears in the Old Testament over and over again as part of the Godhead, the Trinity, though the word trinity never enters the bible.  God the father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are there from the beginning.  As Christ stated in Joh 14:9 “he that hath seen me, hath seen the Father.”  The prophet Isaiah in chapter 9 verses 6-7 mentions his coming as a man.  In the New Testament, Christ was not only a man but also God.  John states this in his Gospel in chapter 1 verse 1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (The Holy Bible).  In the Gospels, the authors tell us that John the Baptist tells of the coming Christ “whose shoes I am not worthy to bear” Mat 3:11 and “there cometh one mightier then I after me” Mark 1:7.  After John baptizes Jesus, God pronounces in Mat 3:17 “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”.

      After Jesus Christ was baptized and tested, he began his earthly ministry.  In this he began to upset the current Jewish leadership.  This so affected the Jews that even a prominent Jewish leader (Nicodemus) snuck by night to speak to Jesus about who he was and what he was proclaiming.  Nicodemus was curious and willing to listen, but not so willing to been seen with Jesus.  Whereas other Jewish leaders were neither so willing nor happy with what Jesus was teaching and proclaiming.  This attitude was exhibited in Joh 10:22-33 when a group of Jews attempted to stone Jesus after he claimed to be God.  The Pharisees also tried to test Jesus many times as shown in Mat 9:32-34 and say “his powers were not from God but from the prince of devils” (The Holy Bible).  This attitude carries on until the arrest and trial of Jesus, his crucifixion, and even when Pilate had it be written “Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews” Joh 19:19 (The Holy Bible).

      In Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, he fulfilled his purpose on this earth.  He spread his gospel and developed a core group of people to further his teachings.  As he set about to do God’s will, his divine nature was always present.  His divine nature or deity was unquestionable.  He was perfect and holy.  Even the demons he confronted thought so when they spoke “Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.” (The Holy Bible).  He was sinless in all his deeds and was sent to us by God as a spotless lamb.  An illustration of what God did for us is shown to us in Genesis when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac.  The Gospels also show his holiness to us in the temptation of Christ by Satan.  His purpose on the cross for our sins would be lessened if his deity, his divine nature were questioned.  He was a Son of Man so that he would suffer as we do and experience death so that we would be covered by his blood, but he was also the Son of God so that God’s sacrifice of his Son would make us perfect in God’s eyes.

      Jesus Christ was placed as the head of the body.  God sent his only Son as a blood sacrifice and by His authority; Christ became the church’s bridegroom.  Christianity would not be the same if Christ were not the Son of God.  Christ time on earth was part of God’s plan from the beginning.  If Christ is limited and new beliefs try to take away from Christ’s sacrifice on the cross then Christianity becomes weaker in it’s faith and fewer and fewer people will come to understand the meaning of being born again as Jesus explained it to Nicodemus in Joh 3.  If we, as Christians, limit Christ and change the Word of God to reflect anything else other then a belief that Christ is both deity and man then we are not following God’s plan or his Commandment. As one Theologian states in his essay on the Deity of Christ “The belief in Jesus Christ being of the same essence as God the Father began with Jesus himself, was taught to His Apostles, who in turn handed down this belief to the early church Fathers and apologists. Christ’s deity is the foundation upon which the Christian faith rests.” (Closson).  Eph 2:20 states “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;” (The Holy Bible).  Albert Barnes states, “The Lord Jesus is called the ‘cornerstone,’ because the whole edifice rests on him, or he occupies a place relatively as important as the cornerstone of an edifice. Were it not for him, the edifice could not be sustained for a moment. Neither prophets nor apostles alone could sustain it;” (Barnes) therefore all of Christianity rests on Jesus Christ.

            Christ taught his apostles to pass on his directions to the world and Christians.  He also reveals his truth and directions in the Holy Word.  As Christians, we have the added benefit of the Holy Spirit, which uses the Holy Word to reveal the way we should act.  According to Christ we are to be “…and ye shall be witnesses onto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8 The Holy Bible).  There are directions and guidance throughout the epistles on how Christians are to act and behave as they strive to be more Christ like.  In Romans 12, Paul writes “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”  In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul speaks of pursuing charity (love).  In Galatians 5 “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”  In Ephesians we are to put on the whole armor of God.  In Philippians we are to “Do all things without murmurings and disputings:  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God,”

In Colossians “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.  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.”  Each book in the New Testament has more then one lesson to pass on to Christians and how they should live in Christ. 

            Unfortunately, some of the most important directions from Christ are not being followed on a regular basis.  The ability for most Christians; to pray, to share the gospel, to be prepared, to study the Word, and to focus on Christ is becoming more difficult as more views on the Deity of Christ surface to muddy the waters.  As Christians we are sealed by Christ and will be with him in Heaven.  Fortunately Christ has sent his comforter to guide us.  Fortunately He is the Word and has been here since the beginning.  Fortunately He is God.  As Christians, we have His Deity to stand on and to cover us with His blood,  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (Joh 3:16) and “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (Joh 3:36).

Works Cited

Barnes, Albert.  Notes on the Bible.  11 June 2002.  E-Sword.  <http://www.e-sword.org/      commentaries.html/>

Closson, Don.  “The Deity of Christ.”  5 August 2003.  2 August 2005 <http://www.leaderu.com     /orgs/probe/docs/deityofx.html/>.

Martin, Walter.  The Kingdom of the Cults.  Minnesota: Bethany House, 1982.

Thiessen, Henry C.  Lectures in Systematic Theology.  Michigan:  William B Eerdmans
      Publishing, 1979.

The Holy Bible, King James Version.  Belgium:  Nelson, 2001



 
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