The Two Natures Of Jesus Christ I: His Divinity
The divinity of Jesus Christ is one of the most important and vital subjects in the Christian doctrine. Many heresies (false teachings) arose against it during various periods in the life of the church, but the church confronted them. Whiles the Bible affirms that Jesus is fully divine and fully human but without sin, some religious sects hold the view that Jesus was born merely human and that He became divine and later adopted as the son of God at his baptism. Others also assert that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who was created by God the Father at a point in time, is distinct from the Father and is therefore subordinate to the Father. The Jehovah's Witness, for instance, believe that Jesus was the first natural son whom Jehovah brought forth and that He's Michael, the archangel, in human nature. There's this believe also, that Jesus is two separate persons, one human and one divine. Whilst these assertions about the nature of Christ may sound good and pleasing, it is worth noting that they are biblically unsound. It is therefore against this background that the early church taught the doctrine of "hypostatic union" which means that the two natures of Jesus Christ (divine and human) are united in one person in the God-man.
Let us consider the biblical proof envidencing the divinity of Jesus.
All The Fullness Of God Dwells in Christ
The Bible attests to the fact that Jesus is divine or truly God. The apostle Paul states in his letter to the Colossians, "For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him" (Colossians 1:19). Jesus filled with the fullness of God indicates that he is the embodiment of the total essence of God's nature and authority. There is nothing of God's personality and character lacking in Jesus Christ. Again, Paul declares, "For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodly form" (Colossians 2:9).This tells us nothing but that Jesus Christ is the fullness of the Godhead. Thus, Christ is the only one who reveals God most fully, he is the one whom God is encountered as the gospel is proclaimed and heard.
The fact is that, if the fullness of the Godhead dwells in the Lord Jesus Christ, then he lacks nothing and he is God , and there is no other God but Him, because there is absolutely nothing outside the fullness.
Divine Names And Titles Attributed To Him
Jesus Christ is fully divine because all the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Him. What is more, Christ accepted the title "My Lord and My God" as stated by Thomas in John 20:28. Similarly, in John 1:1, Jesus was described as the Word of God which was with God and was God. According to Romans 9:5, Jesus Christ is not God over certain people only, as the pagan gods are, but Lord over all. Drawing from this premise, it is a wrong assertion to believe that Christian is for only Israelites. The word 'eternal' used in this passage signifies the infinity and continuity of His divinity. Other divine titles which were applied to Jesus Christ are Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:8), and the I AM (John 8:58).
Divine Attributes Ascribed To Him
Furthermore, the Bible teaches us that Jesus is divine because he shares the exact nature and attributes of God. In the book of Colossians, Paul writes about Jesus being the image of the invisible God, and hence the Creator of all things—the visible and invisible things. Therefore, Jesus is before all things in existence, and in His power, He upholds all things. Put differently, Jesus is all-powerful (John 1:3), all-knowing (John 16:30), all-present (Matthew 28:20), and all-loving (Ephesians 5:25), immutable (13:38), infallible (1 John 12:46), etc. Also, Jesus witnessed to His own preexistence (John 1:1-3,27,30).
The doctrine of the divinity of Jesus Christ helps us to understand and appreciate that we worship one God. It is the one infinite God who works in creation, and rules in heaven, and pleads with our spirits, that dwell fully in Christ. Christ is perfectly Divine, for the one God dwells perfectly and fully in Him. Thus, when when worship God and Christ we are not worshipping two beings, but the one God revealed in Christ. In Conclusion, all that we see and know of Christ is the full revelation of God.
© 2020 Ernest Festus Awudey