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Was Jesus God?
If you look among many religions, there is actually a debate about whether or not Jesus was God.
Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe he was. Muslims only believe he was a prophet, and not even as good a prophet as Muhammad. Catholics do not believe he was, although they have no problem saying he was the son of God.
So, does the bible say that he was?
Philippians 2:6 tells us that Jesus thought it not robbery to be equal with God.
The reason Jesus was crucified was because the Jewish Chief Priests said he was blaspheming because they knew he was telling them that he was God. And they didn’t like it!
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” John 1:14
I John 5:7 is the key verse regarding the trinity:
“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father [God], the Word [Jesus], and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
Did you know that all three are present in Genesis chapter 1?
“In the beginning God [the Father] created the heaven and the earth. And the spirit [the Holy Ghost] of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said [Jesus], Let there be light: and there was light.” Genesis 1;1-3. We know vs. 3 is referring to Jesus because Colossians 1:12-18 tells us so. Go look it up for yourself!
This also helps us understand why God said is Genesis 1:26 Let US make man in OUR image, because God is a 3 part being. See the post on patterns to study this further.
Maybe you wonder why God just doesn’t come out and say that Jesus is God. Why is it so mysterious? Well, God does say that this truth is a mystery. And God reveals this mystery through his Word! He reveals the identity of the Word – in His Word!
I Timothy 3:16 “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh,..”
Here are 2 other nuggets God put in his word to help us find out the truth.
Genesis 22:8 “And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering;”
Abraham could have said God will provide a lamb, but no, he stuck that little word “himself” in the middle of it. Jesus is called the lamb of God (Revelation 5:6), and he provided himself to die on the cross for us willingly, as an offering.
Acts 20:28 “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”
Where in the bible did God shed his blood? It can only be referring to Jesus!
By the way, Matthew 1:23 also says they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
The truth is that Jesus was God, but a more important truth is that Jesus had to be God. Because his sacrifice had to be the offering of a spotless lamb. And because Jesus rose again from the dead three days after he died on the cross, he IS God! Hallelujah!
If you’d like to know how you can be assured of a home in heaven when you pass from this Earth take the Good Test here.
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