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Jesus is God. Part 2.

02/01/02

 Turn to GEN 16:13

 Jesus Christ is the only Person of the Trinity to ever be seen, JOH 1:18; JOH 6:46; 1TI 6:16; 1JO 4:12. Turn to JOH 1:18

Turn to JOH 5:37 Turn to JOH 6:46 Turn to JOH 14:6

“What do the Buddhists, Mormons, Muslims, Hindus, Moonies, Way International, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Scientists, Scientology, the New Age movement, etc. all have in common?”

They all deny the doctrine of the deity of Jesus Christ or that Jesus is Lord, or that Jesus is Jehovah and God.

The doctrine of the Deity of Jesus Christ. 

Point 1. Definition. Jesus Christ is eternal God, coequal and co-eternal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, and He created the universe, COL 1:15-17.

GEN 1:1  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 

ROM 10:9  if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved;

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. Turn to JOH 5:21

Point 2. The Syllogism of Deity. 

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.

1PE 1:2  according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, that you may obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in fullest measure.

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,

The syllogism is that the Trinity is eternal, Christ is the member of the trinity; therefore Christ is eternal.

Point 3. The Claims of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

TLJC claimed to share God’s nature, and He taught no one has lived a sinless life, except for Him, JOH 8:28-29, 36-47.

He claimed to be the ONLY way to God, not one of several ways, but the one and only way, JOH 14:6.

He also claimed to have shared the glory of God in Heaven, JOH 17:5

He claimed that He pre-existed the people He spoke with, JOH 8:54-59

He claimed to be able to forgive sins, and God is the only one who can do that, LUK 5:20-21.

Our Lord claimed to be equal with God, JOH 5:18

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 claimed to be a Heavenly king, LUK 22:69

 He claimed to be the King of the Jews, LUK 23:3

He claimed to be the Son of God and the King of Israel, JOH 1:49

  He claimed to be able to give eternal life, JOH 6:40

He claimed  He would die and come back to life, JOH 10:17

 He claimed  He would return again to judge the world, MAT 25:31-34

Point 3.  Scriptural Documentation. Turn to MIC 5:2

 eternity - olam - used to affirm the eternal existence of the Father, GEN 21:33; PSA 41:13; 90:2; 103:17; Isa 40:28.

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” “ego eimi”“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 the Father used to describe Himself, EXO 3:14 (Septuagint Version) - “ego eimi” - “I am.”

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

Exo 3.14 - 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.’”

The Ten “I AM’s” of The Lord Jesus Christ”JOH 6:35, JOH 6:41, JOH 6:51, JOH 8:12, JOH 8:18, Joh 10:7,JOH 10:14, JOH 11:25, JOH 14:6, JOH 15:1

The ten I am’s of the Gospel of John - ten represents the number of completion of the divine order, and TLJC was completely identifying Himself as the great I am.

Turn to MAR 14:60

Many other roles or titles of Jehovah from the O. T. used of, and by, Jesus - the author of eternal law, light, rock, bridegroom, shepherd, forgiver of sins, redeemer, savior, and judge.

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