The Deity of Christ and the Doctrine of the Hypostatic Union.


October 31, 2018

Grace Bible Church
Pastor-Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Wednesday,
October 31, 2018

Point  2. The Deity of Christ and the doctrine of the Hypostatic Union.

 

When it says that He is the privileged-first-born, it doesn’t mean that He was born and that He didn’t always exist.

 

ISA 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.”

 

This was of course fulfilled in Mat 1:20-23.

 

The deity or Christ always existed as taught in Joh 1:2 He was in the beginning with God.

 

  1. The first born had the privilege of rulership.
  2. The second privilege was that the first-born in the Levitical tribe had the priesthood of the family.
  3. The third privilege was heirship.

The rulership of Christ is discussed such passages like COL 1:18.

 

COL 1:18  He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the first‑born from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything.

 

He is also the High Priest forever after the order of Melchizedek, HEB 5:6 “Thou art a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.”

 

Christ is also the Heir of all things, HEB 1:2  in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.

 

Heirship included the double portion and Christ has the double portion in eternity of both Israel and the Church.

 

He is also called the firstborn of every creature.

 

And the word creature is Ktiseos which means creature or the original creation including angels.

 

We do not know what type of redemption angels had but verses like this and Heb 2:2 seem to leave a door open for some eternal  mystery concerning angelic redemption.

 

A genitive of reference which means Christ was the first born with reference to all created beings”, that’s the way Col 1:15 should be translated.

 

The passage doesn’t say he is the firstborn among creatures but the firstborn with reference to all creation or creatures.

 

The Williams translation says “Who existed before any created thing”

 

While this is dull to some academic to others and repetition for some, this happens to be the most vital information you could ever possess.

In eternity past, Jesus Christ had the same essence as the Father and Spirit.

 

You can begin by pointing out that in GEN 1:1  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

 

Who created the Heavens and the earth?
God did and yet what does Col 1:16 say?

 

JOH 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.

 

JOH 1:3  All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

 

1JO 2:22  Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.

 

1JO 2:23  Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.

 

A syllogism is a logical formula consisting of two premises and a conclusion, a major and minor premise plus a conclusion, derived from deductive reasoning.

 

Every virtue is admirable (major premise), kindness is a virtue (minor premise), therefore, kindness is admirable (conclusion).

 

Following this formula: the Trinity is eternal.  Christ is a member of the Trinity.  Therefore, Christ is eternal.

 

We have the omniscience of God the Father mentioned by the word foreknowledge.

 

We have the omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit sanctifying the believer.

 

And obedience to TLJC.

 

2CO 13:14  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

 

MAT 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

 

Isa 48:16 “Come near to Me; listen to this. From the first, I have not spoken in secret.  From the time it took place, I was there.

 

And now the Lord God [God the Father] has sent Me [God the Son], and His Spirit [God the Holy Spirit].”

 

This same Hebrew word for eternity (olam) is used to affirm the eternal existence of the Father in many passages, Isa 40:28.

 

Joh 1:1 “In a beginning which was not a beginning there existed the Word [Jesus Christ].”

 

In EXO 3:13  Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I shall say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?”

 

EXO 3:14  And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”

 

“I am” in the Greek is “ego eimi” and it cannot be correctly rendered as anything except “I am.”

 

They translate “ego eimi” as “I am” in other verses in the same chapter as well as a host of other passages in the N.T., Joh 8:24,28.

 

Our Lord used the same terminology that the Father used to describe Himself in Exodus 3:14 (Septuagint Version) – “ego eimi” – “I am.”

 

The Jews understood His use of “ego eimi” to be the same as when used by the Father, as evidenced by the fact that they sought to kill him when He said it.

 

Jehovah is the traditional translation of the Hebrew consonants JHWH – the special name for the one true God.

 

They replaced it by a variety of names – such as “Lord” or “the Name.”

 

From Exo 3:14, we know that JHWH was derived from the verb “to be” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.”

 

JOH 6:35  Jesus said “I am the bread of life;”

 

JOH 8:18 “I am He who bears witness of Myself”

 

JOH 10:7 “I am the door of the sheep.”

 

JOH 10:14 “I am the good shepherd”

 

JOH 11:25 “I am the resurrection and the life;”

JOH 14:6 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life;

 

JOH 15:1 “I am the true vine”

 

Those are the ten I am’s of the Gospel of John and of course ten represents the number of completion of the divine order and TLJC was completely identifying Himself as the great I am!

 

Many people say that Jesus Christ never claimed to be God, is that true?

 

He said, “you have heard the blasphemy?”

 

There are many other roles or titles of Jehovah from the Old Testament used of, and by, Jesus, for example, the author of eternal law, light, rock, bridegroom, shepherd, forgiver of sins, redeemer, savior and judge.

 

But in Phi 2.10 Paul says “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”

 __In JOH 5:18  For this cause therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.

 

He was beginning to teach that the “unity” of God involved a true uniting of three “persons” in the Godhead or in the divine nature; and he was claiming to be one of them.

 

In Col 2:9 Paul writes “in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.”


In Titus 2:13 Jesus Christ is called God TIT 2:13  looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus;

 

You will recall doubting Thomas who at first could not believe in the resurrection of Jesus.

 

“If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord [Jehovah], and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

 

Question: Who is omnipotent (all powerful)?
The answer according to the Scriptures; God, 1CH 29:11.

 

In PHI 3:21 Jesus Christ is all powerful, “He exerts the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.”

 

Who is omniscient (all knowing)? 1JO 3:20  God knows all things.

In Col 2:2-3, Jesus Christ has all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

 

Who is Lord of Sabbath? Gen 2:3, God is!

 

Who is the great “I am”” Exo 3:14, God is!

 

Joh 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.”

 

Who is the only creator?  ISA 44:24  Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, “I, the Lord, am the maker of all things, Stretching out the heavens by Myself, And spreading out the earth all alone,”

 

In Col 1:16, we are told about TLJC  For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities‑‑ all things have been created by Him and for Him.

Who is the only Savior?  ISA 43:11 “I, even I, am the Lord; And there is no savior besides Me.”

 

ACT 4:12 “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.”

 

Who will judge mankind?  Jehovah! ISA 3:13  The Lord arises to contend, And stands to judge the people.

 

In 2CO 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,

 

Who will judge between the sheep and goats?  EZE 34:17 “And as for you, My flock, thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I will judge between one sheep and another, between the rams and the male goats.”

 

In Mat 25:31-34, TLJC will judge between the sheep and goats.

 

For example, Question: Who is omnipotent (all powerful)?
The answer according to the Scriptures; God, 1CH 29:11.

 

In PHI 3:21 Jesus Christ is all powerful, “He exerts the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.”

 

Who is omniscient (all knowing)? 1JO 3:20  God knows all things.

 

In Col 2:2-3, Jesus Christ has all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

 

Who is Lord of Sabbath? Gen 2:3, God is!

 

In MAT 12:8 “For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

 

Who is the great “I am”” Exo 3:14, God is!