Hebrews Chapter 1: Who was Jesus: prophet, teacher, revolutionary, God in human flesh or none of the above?
“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.” Hebrews 1:1-2NIV
Yesterday we discussed the personhood of Christ, who and what He is claimed to be: one in the same with God yet separate, the biblical claim. We find direct discussion in Gospel of John Ch 1. Today we see reiteration of the same. The claim then becomes clear, whether one buys into it remains.
We often hear Christ referred to as teacher, prophet…etc. Those titles can certainly be assigned as subtitles to a divine nature. A Jesus transcending time would be a prophet of sorts, batting 100% in that He knows and plans future outcome. Also a teacher, having infinite knowledge of every topic. Outside of the claims made in John and throughout scripture, teacher or prophet would only be that to a much limited degree.
In actuality, a host of disqualifiers ensue once He is no longer equated with God. A teacher or prophet claiming to be one in the same with God would be a liar or mentally ill. It then follows He has in effect disqualified Himself.
It would appear then, He is all He claimed to be or, at best, a man who made history.