Robert R. McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The TREE OF LIFE is a weekly teaching summary.
Tree of Life 06/07/98
The Doctrine of The Deity of Christ.
Tree of Life for 06-07-98
1PE 3:15 "but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;"This command is given to the church age believer, it is not an option but a divine mandate. The question you need to ask yourself is, can I give a defense on behalf of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Are you able to prove in the Scriptures that Jesus Christ is Lord and God? If not you are living in sin. You should be more than willing to accurately defend the One who died on your behalf. Many deceivers will come in who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as God nor do they acknowledge Jesus Christ as having come in the flesh. Many are arrogantly deceived, but many are ignorantly deceived and your ability to bring them to passages in the Bible which prove the deity of Jesus Christ could win souls.
Our verse in PHI 2:6 which reads "who [Jesus Christ] although He preexisted in the essence of God", has brought us to a study of the doctrine of the deity of Christ. In eternity past Jesus Christ, as God, possessed all the characteristics and divine essence of God and exercised all the qualities of God. But due to His incarnation His deity is constantly questioned yet the deity of the Father and the Holy Spirit are accepted. Deity being the essential nature or condition of the being of God. Such deity was always present with Jesus Christ even when He came and dwelt among us in human form. Now, the O.T. speaks of the three Jehovahs which make up the Trinity. Though there is one God, He is manifested in three forms, i.e., the Trinity. ISA 48:16 speaks of the "Lord God" as being Jehovah Elohim (God the Father), "sent Me" being Jehovah (God the Son), and of course "His Spirit" being God the Holy Spirit. GEN 1:26 also speaks of the Trinity.
In the N.T. there are at least three passages which present the deity of Christ in syllogistic form. A syllogism being, a logical formula consisting of two premises and a conclusion. A syllogism consists of the first major premise and a second premise leading to the conclusion which is derived from deductive reasoning. The first syllogistic passage is 1PE 1:1-2 which notes the Trinity as being eternal, Christ as being a member of the Trinity and the conclusion is therefore that Christ is eternal. The second passage is2CO 13:14 and the third passage is MAT 28:19, both offering the same premises and conclusion as the first.
There is an immense amount of Scriptural documentation concerning the deity of Christ. The Bible verses which flat out state Jesus Christ is God are: LUK 7:12-16; JOH 1:1,14,18; JOH 5:18; JOH 10:30-33; 14:12-13; 14:8-9; 17:4-5; 20:26-28; 2CO 4:4; PHI 2:6; COL 2:9; 1TI 3:16; 1TI 6:13-15; HEB 1:1-9 cf PSA 83:1; TIT 2:13-14; 2PE 1:1; REV 19:16; ISA 43:10-11;1JO 5:20. Micah 5:2 informs us that Jesus Christ is the One to come forth from Bethlehem and who has existed from eternity, i.e., is God. The word used in reference to Jesus Christ in the term "eternity", is the same Hebrew word (olam) used to affirm the eternal existence of the Father in GEN 21:33; PSA 41:13; 90:2; 103:17; ISA 40:28. Our Lord Jesus Christ used the same terminology the Father used to describe Himself, we see this in the ten "I ams":
1) JOH 6:35, Jesus Christ said "I am the bread of life".
2) JOH 6:41, He said "I am the bread who came down out of heaven".
3) JOH 6:51, He said "I am the living bread".
4) JOH 8:12, "I am the light of the world".
5) JOH 8:18, "I am He who bears witness of Myself".
6) JOH 10:7, "I am the door of the sheep".
7) JOH 10:14, "I am the good shepherd".
8) JOH 11:25, "I am the resurrection and the life".
9) JOH 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life".
10) JOH 15:1, "I am the true vine".
These ten "I ams" of Jesus Christ represent the number of completion in the divine order. In these verses Jesus Christ emphatically identified Himself as deity! Many say Jesus Christ did not claim to be God. But yes... He did claim to be God! All through the book of John Jesus Christ was teaching that the unity of God consisted of three manifestations and He was one of them!
In attempting to prove that Jesus Christ is God you would first take your listener to GEN 1:1 and cross reference it with COL 1:16 and then onto JOH 1:1,14. If you are dealing with a Jehovah's witness you can ask them who is the beginning and the end/ the Alpha and Omega? They will respond that Jehovah is according to ISA 44:6. You then take them to REV 1:17 in which Jesus Christ says He is the first and the last. And REV 1:8 where Jesus Christ says He is the Alpha and the Omega. How do we know it is the Lord Jesus Christ speaking here, because of verse 18 in which He states ..."the living One; and I was dead...". Deity cannot die but humanity can. The only member of the Trinity that was also humanity was the Son, Jesus Christ, cross reference this with REV 2:8.
Here are some questions you might ask the one whom you are feeding the truth concerning the deity of Christ to:
Q: Who is omnipotent?
A: 1CH 29:11, God is.
cf: PHI 3:21, J.C. is all powerful and all is subject to Him
Q: Who is the Lord of the Sabbath?A: is2%3A3" target="_blank">GEN 2:3, God is.cf: MAT 12:8, the Son of Man is the Lord of the Sabbath
(Either God has a problem with Jesus Christ and some type of rebellion, or there is unity between them.)
Q: Who is the rock of salvation?A: 1SA 22:32, our God.cf: rock was Christ
Well, if this is not enough information to bring someone to the point of considering Christ, they will contine to refuse to believer based on their arrogant preconceptions founded on dead traditions, let them stand before God, you have done your part in defending your Lord's deity!