Christ As God

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Some people assume without warrant that Jesus is not actually God. For some people, this unwarranted assumption appears to stem from a belief in Him as Son of God.

To paraphrase the words of one intransigent Jehovah Witness, “God” and “Christ” stand not as one in union, but two separate, divine entities acting independently from each other…

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Christ crowned with thorns – Albrecht Bouts

Jesus is the Son of God, and God is God. He offered no authoritative support for these assertions.

His unsubstantiated inference of a difference between God and Christ assumed Jesus’ existence as God’s son also purportedly precluded Him from representing God incarnate.

This Jehovah Witness could not reconcile Jesus’ status as representing both God’s Son and the divine personification—living, human embodiment—of God in flesh.

But the Bible reveals otherwise. Consider the following examples:

(1) When Jesus asked Thomas to put his hand inside Jesus in an appearance after the resurrection so he may, “Stop doubting and believe,” Thomas, astonished beyond belief proclaimed, “My Lord and my God.” John 20:27-28.

Notice Thomas’ emphasis of both “My Lord” and “my God.” The added “my God,” after “My Lord,” suggests not only his recognition of Jesus as Lord and Savior but God.

One might contend he perhaps invoked God vainly in his astonishment—a valid, but tenuous conclusion. Thomas never said just “God” “Oh God,” or “Oh my God,” as if to suggest such typical prosaic platitudes commonly referenced for vain, utter amazement. Rather, Thomas uttered “my God,” after my Lord,” in dumbfounded wonder, strengthening the conclusion his sudden awareness reasonably suggested an awareness of Christ as God.

The double my, with God following Lord, both in capitals, strongly suggests both an emphatic recognition of Jesus as God distinguished even from Lord and Savior. Therefore, Thomas’ incredulous reaction to Jesus with the words “My Lord and My God” most strongly support an assumed recognition and belief in Jesus as God.

(2) Jesus cries in prayer, “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me, and I am in you.” John 17:20-21. These words speak perhaps most strongly to Jesus’ divinity as God—a oneness between Him and God in human flesh. The import from this prayer is that only Jesus is “one” with God. The prayer assumes this inference as indicated by Jesus’ desire for all believers to “become one with Him.” Why?

Only He, Jesus Christ, “the Way, Truth, and Life,” coexists with God. John 14:6. That desire indicated in His prayer assumes a future hope by the Holy Spirit He subsequently provides that they, “may” become “one in Him,” as He with God. See Supra. Thus, the assumption inferred here is His identity as God, or one with God, and a craving that all may get to Father God through Him at some later time. Why? No one exuded such oneness in Jesus as He with God at that present time preceding the Holy Spirit subsequently to subsume all disciples. Thus, this testimony of prayer speaks powerfully to Jesus’ divine identity as God.

(3) Hebrews acknowledges the “unchangeable” nature of God’s righteousness as exemplified in His inability to contradict, “lie”, or espouse a duplicitous disposition with opposite outcomes. Hebrews 6:17-18. Human nature—spiritually, anthropologically, philosophically, and ontologically speaking—with its imperfect qualities—tends to change. But not God. This same book of Hebrews also asserts, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8. This assertion assumes Jesus is not only human but divine—not only of Himself—but lives as God because only God—not man—remains immutable, constant, unchangeable.

(4) Some Bibles contain the red letters to indicate Jesus’ words. In Revelation, the red lettering signifies Jesus Christ as God. In Revelation 1:8 the red letters of Christ read, “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” followed by black letters, “says the Lord God…” The remaining portion of verse 8 resumes in red letters, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8.

No words speak more lucidly here to Jesus Christ speaking as God, for the Bible here plainly provide it in pertinent part! To say otherwise, neglects the Word of God, placing faith in some other source. If that source lacks evidentiary support, it constitutes no more than a mere valueless, subjective opinion that anyone may espouse. But the Bible relies on historical fact as its source of information.

All information assumes faith as to its validity. Ultimately, you decide where to place your faith. Nonetheless, a conjectural conclusion based not on “any firm foundation,” of evidence—e.g., one’s unsupported opinion—provides no authoritative value or reason to infer validity. Matthew 7:25; 1 Timothy 6:19; 2 Timothy 2:19. The Holy Bible features a formidable historical account of truth, grounded in empirical observation by people who entrusted their faith in God. The Scripture here stands uncontroverted.

The volumes speak to Christ and God as one. Christ walked the Earth as a man. Many witnessed Him and trusted in Jesus Christ as Son of God. But the authority above speaks even greater to His divinity, walking as a pure Holy, sovereign human embodiment of God. Thus, the totality of evidence offers probative support to infer that Jesus lived on Earth as God in flesh.

5 Comments
  1. Gloryteller says

    Amen!

  2. Michael W Staib says

    All the highest of imponderable blessings to you, dear Gloryteller, in Jesus’ name! May He saturate you infinitely more with every foreseeable, fertile fruit of the Holy Spirit in inexhaustible abundance!!! Thank you so very much, Michael

  3. Anonymous says

    im going to make this unequivokely logical for you. God can do math but you cant. God calls himself God all the time, name one time jesus said im God…not only that was he invisible his entire life? your doctrine is based on paganism. adopted into christianity by a greedy church and a roman emporor who didnt give a rats ass about God. and heres the diabolical genius of the lie….romans 10:9, 10. the legal standard for obtaining salvation is believing that Christ died. God cant die or we would all be ins erious trouble. his enemy cant die. also a problem. but the man jesus of nazareth was stone cold dead. and if you believe he wasnt, or he was half dead. or follin around in heaven for a few days you technically dont qualify for this salvation contract. read the fine print kid.
    many will say lord lord we did all these good works in your name and he will say, depart from me i never knew you….

  4. Michael W Staib says

    Jesus Christ, the Living God, walked as “man” in human flesh. Since all humans die, and Christ constituted a human being, he therefore, died in His physical flesh. However, the third day, He ascended, and speaks authoritatively as God–which you Scriptures reveal in an “unequivocally logical” manner for you. God can spell, but apparently “you can’t,” at least as evidenced here!

    Ultimately, the ostensible “legal standard”–which frankly, Christ fulfilled not us–for minimum, necessary, though perhaps insufficient, saving knowledge–or grace by salvation—is that “CHRIST DIED and ROSE AGAIN THE THIRD DAY, following His death!” Matthew 5:17; Luke 24:7-8, 44-53.

    Secondly, CHRIST DEFEATED DEATH, and by extension, THE ENEMY’S GRIP ON DEATH! Therefore, the ENEMY shall perish at CHRIST’S RETURN AS GOD:

    “But fire came down from heaven and consumed them. And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, into which the beast and the false prophet had already been thrown. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” Revelation 20:9-10.

    You may choose not to follow the Holy Word of God, placing your faith elsewhere. But the Holy Bible constitutes God’s word! While people incorporated teachings, CHRIST our GOD impliedly authorized it, by virtue of its presence, in a book entitled “The HOLY Bible.”

    Shame on you to denounce the doctrine as Paganism—Woe to you, for GOD SHALL NOT BE MOCKED! Galatians 6:1-7.

    “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16.

    If true, assuming your faith rests on the assumption of Scripture as legitimately God’s word, a questionable inference given your foregoing scurrilous slander–e.g., “the diabolical genius of the lie,” 2 Timothy 3:16 for “unequivocal logic” eviscerates your vacuous argument.

    Since the aforementioned Word stands as a testament of truth, I shall not engage you in such “foolish and stupid arguments,” for they they tend vaingloriously “produce quarrels.” 2 Timothy 2:23.

    Therefore, in JESUS’ name, I pray for your mercy, salvation, and forgiveness with all the highest of love! May you, anonymous, experience “an inner peace that surpasses all understanding,” always, fraught with unprecedented, ineffable joy always by the Holy Spirit! Philippians 4:6-7. JESUS, OUR GOD, LOVES YOU! EMBRACE HIM WITH OPEN ARMS, AND MAY HIS PEACE EVERMORE REST ON YOU!!! – Michael

  5. Michael W Staib says

    Thank you, always, dearest Angie, for publishing my writings! Michael

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