The Divinity of Christ
A. I believe that Jesus was fully God…
I guess the best place to start with this truth is the beginning. Genesis 1:26 says, “Then God said, ‘Let US make man in our image, after our likeness…” Here we see that God is referring to Himself as plural so who does this include? The answer is in John 1:1-2, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” So we see in the Gospel of John that the Word was in the beginning and that the Word was God. The next question is, “Who is the Word?” As we jump down a couple verses to John 1:14 we find that, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” So John declares that Jesus was with God and he also WAS God.
The prophet Isaiah says in Isaiah 9:6 that, “to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called ‘Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God…” Then we see in comparison Luke 2:11 which says, “For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” The Greek word here for “Lord” is used in the Old Testament Hebrew to mean Yahweh or God. So Jesus was a human child who was born also as Yahweh!
Going back to Jesus being tempted by Satan in the wilderness, we see that Jesus tells Satan the he is, in fact, God. Luke 4:5-12 tells the story of the next two temptations. The second one is Satan tempting Jesus with all authority and glory, to which Jesus replies, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.” This is showing that Jesus is being in submission to God’s will. The last temptation is where Satan tempts Jesus to cast himself off a ledge, and Jesus responds, “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.” Jesus is telling Satan, “Don’t tempt ME!”
In 451 A.D. the Chalcedonian Creed was written by a large group of priests who wanted to quell several heresies of their day about who Jesus was such as Docetism, Arianism, Nestorianism, and Monophysitism. The entire creed is based heavily on Scripture and states that,
“We, then, following the holy Fathers, all with one consent, teach men to confess one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the same perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood, truly God and truly man, of a reasonable [rational] soul and body; consubstantial with us according to the Manhood; in all things like unto us, without sin; begotten before all ages of the Father according to the Godhead, and in these latter days, for us and for our salvation, born of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, according to the Manhood; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, Only-begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures, inconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably; the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved and concurring in one Person and one Subsistence, not parted or divided into two persons, but one and the same Son, and only begotten, God, the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, as the prophets from the beginning [have declared] concerning him, and the Lord Jesus Christ himself has taught us, and the Creed of the holy Fathers has been handed down to us.”
The Chalcedonian Creed is screaming the truth about Jesus; that he is one “who” with two “what’s” and those two “what’s” experience no confusion, no change, no division, and no separation.
Jesus also claims the title of “I AM” that God did with Abraham when he said that “your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was Glad.” So the Jews asked Jesus how he could have seen Abraham. Jesus responds in John 8:58, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, ‘I AM.’” This is a huge statement by Jesus. He was saying that, before something in the past occurred, he was something in the present. This meant that he was eternal. This meant that he was God.
The writer of Hebrews sums up who Jesus was in the first three verses of Hebrews 1 saying, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature…” Jesus was the exact imprint of God’s nature.
Jesus was clearly fully God.
In Conclusion, “…he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.” Before any of the proof I have presented or believed was even written down here, I still believed it was all that I’ve said it is simply because I have faith that it is.