#1 – Jesus Christ is not God (CP Series)

Assertion:

The Bible does not teach that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh.

Counterpoint: 

You won’t find this claim among orthodox denominations, yet it is pushed in the public by Jehovah’s Witnesses and other lesser known cults. They make the serious (and dangerous) assertion that Jesus Christ is not God, but either a divine being created by God, or simply a man endowed with the Holy Spirit. They change passages such as John 1:1 to say that “the Word was a god” instead of “the Word was God.” Instead of going to their proof texts and trying to refute their understanding of the Greek (an exercise in futility), I will point to 2 uncommon passages I believe prove the Deity of Jesus Christ without question.

1. “Return to your home, and declare what God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what Jesus had done for him.” (Luke 8:39)

Years ago I read this passage and was so amazed at how casually Luke drops this truth right in the middle of the story. Here we have Jesus delivering a demon-possessed man and telling him to proclaim the great things that God had done for him. Luke could have ended it there, but he notes, “and he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what Jesus had done for him.” What God had done, Jesus had done. Luke assumes the Deity of Christ here is such a simple but powerful way.

2. “Do not be afraid, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Death and Hades. ” (Revelation 1:17-18)

The full title of Revelation is “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” Here is Jesus revealed in all His glory and majesty, like on the mount of transfiguration. I want to focus on one phrase: “I am the first and the last.” Any Jew would have known exactly what Jesus was saying and claiming with this statement. As the Lord spoke through Isaiah,

This is what the Lord says, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.” (Isaiah 44:6)

Jesus’ words to John in the book of Revelation are stunning when we take into account who the first and the last was in the Old Testament. Here we have Jesus Christ flat out saying, “I am God in the flesh.”

 

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