Divinity of Jesus - is it man made?
Why write about this?
Recently I have been noticing the rise of some old arguments denying the divinity of Christ, and the doctrine of the Trinity so I decided to write out a quick synopsis of why the Divinity belief is a central theme in the New Testament and has been one Christians have defended since the beginning.
With the advent of YouTube some preachers are getting more attention (that probably should not) and doing their best to convince seekers that these doctrines are the result of conspiracy by the “Catholic” church in the 4th Century. This is an old (and well refuted) argument.
For those who will not seek honestly nothing will convince them because they are looking for reasons not to believe. However the humble truth seeker knows the truth when he or she hears it. If a person has not ever heard the truth presented however they could be easily deceived by the lie.
I believe and have seen that the world is ripe for the Good News that God has made a way but with all the noise out there the truth must find its way to the surface so that people can be fully informed. Whether you believe or not is up to you. I trust in the Holy Spirit to lead you and guide you to the truth as long as you do your part to humbly seek it.
Did Jesus claim divinity?
In the New Testament Jesus Himself did claim to be the Son of God but as some like to point out it did not happen often. He did call Himself the Son of Man as well. A study of the Old Testament where this phrase "son of man" comes from reveals that He was in fact saying He was THE promised Messiah.
When we look at what He did (miracles of healing, casting out demons, and most importantly raising from the dead)it is impossible to honestly deny He at the very least possessed the power of God. Jesus himself also forgave sins and raised Lazarus from the dead which are powers reserved only for God. He was in fact crucified by the Sanhedrin (using the Romans) because they said He claimed to be the son of God. Those around Him (both His enemies and His friends) believed He was saying He was the Son of God, making Himself equal with God.
Mark 14: 61 Again the high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am; and you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”
Jesus is referring Himself as the subject of Daniel 7:13-14 - “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed"
One of most important of all the statements is in John 8:24 after He tells them I am not of this world.
"Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins." . To the Jews this was blasphemy because He is communicating to them he is the same I AM that Moses met at the burning bush which commissioned him.
Mark 4:5-7 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?
Matt: 16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Obviously Jesus was affirming that Peter was in fact correct.
No one else but Christ dared to say, "I am the resurrection and the life." John 11:25
No one else but Christ dared to say “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Jesus first followers believed it.
There are many scriptures which claim the full divinity of Christ by His disciples, Matthew John, James, Matthew, Mark, Peter and of course the Apostle Paul. To discount these the reader must have some notion that they are untrue or fabricated for some reason.
The disciples were ALL murdered (beheaded or crucified) for what they believed. Had they been lying knowingly, some of them would have eventually recanted. None did. They believed it even unto death.
The divinity of Christ (Jesus is the Son of God and is in fact God in the flesh) is addressed most especially by Paul, John and Peter because there were certain sects which arose after Christ's departure which were denying it. The same is true for the church starting with the 2nd Century through even to today. To deny Jesus full divinity is to deny His perfection (all mankind is sinful but a Virgin born Son of God has no sin) and His authority to forgive the world's sin by His sacrifice and resurrection.
1 John 4: 2-3 Here’s how you test for the genuine Spirit of God. Everyone who confesses openly his faith in Jesus Christ—the Son of God, who came as an actual flesh-and-blood person—comes from God and belongs to God. (The Message)
1 John 4: 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
OLD Testament Prophet assigns divinity to the Messiah; IS 9:6 a prophecy of the Christ - "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
Why does this matter?
If Jesus was not the one and only Son of God then He has no power to be the one true sacrifice for Mankind. He had to be sinless, and a man however good he might be, is not sinless. If the Devil is in fact real, (and Jesus taught that he is) that Devil would do everything in his power to convince people that their faith and hope is useless so that they will not believe. To do that he attacks the object of our faith, tries to deceive us into thinking it is all a fairy tale.
If you are in fact a truth seeker, then I dare you to pray and ask God to prove to you whether Jesus is real. Be humble and ask Him to open your eyes to see His truth. I have never seen this prayer given humbly not answered in full. But if you are just looking for reasons to discount the Bible or reasons to carry on with your own selfish desires, then call us all crazy and move on. I pray you'll be back when life humbles you.
Jesus is who He and His disciples said He was. In Him we have certainty of eternal life here and now and when we die. When we accept His sacrifice for our own sin the Spirit of God comes to each of us individually and we experience the only true Love that is not tainted by selfishness. Accept this (Believe) and you will be changed.
This is just a synopsis of the reason why Christians believe that Jesus was God in the flesh, one with the Father, fully man and fully God.
There are many other convincing scriptures and scholarly works written by men much more qualified than I out there on this subject.
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