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THE DIVINITY OF CHRIST

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A) TO THE CONTROVERSY.

B) JESUS AS THE GOD OF THE OLD TESTAMENT.

C) JESUS IS GOD.

 

 

A) TO THE CONTROVERSY

 

In an attempt to solve the controversy (at that time) of the nature of Christ, whether fully human, fully Divine, or both, an ecclesiastical council was convened in 451 A.D., in the city of Chalcedon (near what is not modern-day Istanbul, Turkey).  The council put together a statement, which is now known as the “Chalcedonian Definition.”  Besides other issues (sticking to this issue) it affirmed that Christ was “truly God and truly man,” and that “the distinction of natures,” was “by no means taken away by the union,” taken from Phillip Schaff, “Creeds of Christendom,” Volume 2, pages 62 & 63.  Although still debated, this basic concept of the Bible has stood throughout most of Christendom.

 

Now since the Human and the Divine natures were united in Christ, what was experienced by One was also experienced by the Other.  As an example, when the human nature was hungry or thirsty, the Divine nature experienced in a unique and direct way what it meant for the Human nature to go through.  Stay with me for a minute.  On the other hand, when the Divine nature used its Divine power to heal (keeping in mind that Christ used no Divine power for Himself; only for others; otherwise using the Holy Spirits power), the human nature became the vehicle through which that power reached out.  A case in point would be when the sick woman touched the cloak of Jesus and was healed, Jesus realized it by:  “immediately knowing in Himself that virtue had gone out of Him,” Mark 5:30.  Notice that Divine power had healed the woman, but Christ’s Human nature had experienced it -- in a unique way -- by the Divine power passing through Him.  This was as a result of the two Natures dwelling with One.

 

“. . .  the two natures were mysteriously blended in One Person,” LHU:76.  The Divine nature “was not humanized, neither was humanity Deified by the blending or union of the two natures, each retained Its essential character and properties,” MR16:182.

 

We know that only Divinity is Omnipresent (being in all places at once), Omnipotent (Almighty, being all powerful), Omniscient (all-seeing, being all knowing).  Therefore, if we can demonstrate that Christ possessed any one of these traits, then we can conclude that He possesses all, and then we can safely be assured that He was Divine.

 

The fact that Christ is NO LONGER Omnipresent, is seen in the fact that He is present with Mary and tells her He has “not yet ascended to” His “Father,” John 20:17; meaning He was not in all places at one time.  “[John 14:16 & 17 quoted].  This refers to the Omnipresence of the Spirit of Christ, called the Comforter.”  14MR:179.  Thus, Christ is only Omnipresent through the Holy Spirit; of which He is One (try to explain that!).

 

The fact that Christ was/is Omnipotent, is seen in First Corinthians 1:24:  “But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”  The fact that Christ was/is Omniscient, is seen in First Corinthians 1:24 (verse above already quoted), and verse 30:  “But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”  Also, Ephesians 1:8:  “Wherein He hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence.”  And lastly, Colossians 2:2-3:  “[2] That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; [3] In Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

 

 

B) JESUS AS THE GOD OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

 

 

The FACT that there is only ONE God should be sufficient.  However, let’s identify Jesus specifically.

 

Isaiah 44:6 refers to “the LORD” as “the First and the Last,” Whom Jesus calls Himself in Revelation 1:8 &17.

 

“Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer [that makes this personality Christ Jesus], and He that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by Myself.”  Isaiah 44:24.

 

Joel 2:32a:  “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the Name of the LORD shall be delivered.”  This verse is quoted by both Peter in Acts 2:21 and Paul in Romans 10:13, confirming Jesus as the God of the Old Testament.

 

John 12:40-41:  “[40] He [Jesus] hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that thy should not see with theireyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted and I should heal them. [41] These things said Esaias [Isa. 6:5], when he saw His glory, and spake of Him.”

 

“[1] Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; [4] And did all drink the same spiritual drink:  for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them:  and that Rock was Christ.”  First Corinthians 10:1 & 4.

 

 

C) JESUS IS GOD

 

 

The following verses show that Jesus is God:

 

“This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.”  Genesis 2:4.  [Remembering, that Jesus created all things:  John 1:1-3 & 14]. 

 

“[14] And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM [this is Jesus; the God of the Old Testament; see above]:  and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. [15] And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you:  this is My Name for ever, and this is My memorial unto all generations.”  Exodus 3:14-15.  [Remembering, that Jesus created all things:  John 1:1-3 & 14].

 

“For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day:  wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.”  Exodus 20:11.  [Remembering, that Jesus created all things:  John 1:1-3 & 14].

 

“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of His understanding.”  Isaiah 40:28.  [Remembering, that Jesus created all things:  John 1:1-3 & 14].

 

“[11] I, even I, Am the LORD; and beside Me there is no saviour. [14] Yea, before the day was I Am He.”  Isaiah 43:11 & 14.

 

“[61b] Art Thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? [62a] And Jesus said, I Am.”  Mark 14:61b-62a.

 

“[27] The Sabbath was made for man[kind], and not man[kind] for the Sabbath: [28] Therefore the Son of Man [Jesus] is LORD also of the Sabbath.”  Mark 2:27-28.

 

“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He [Jesus] expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.”  Luke 24:27.  

 

“[1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [2] The Same was in the beginning with God [The Father] [3] All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. [14] And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.”  John 1:1-3 & 14. 

 

“Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill Him, because He not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.”  John 5:18.

 

“Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.”  John 8:58.

 

“The Jews answered him, We have a Law, and by our Law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God.”  John 19:7.

 

“But to us there is but one God, the Father, of Whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom are all things, and we by Him.”  First Corinthians 8:6.  See also Ephesians 4:4-6.

 

“[1:8] I AM Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to Come, the Almighty. [22:13] I AM Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the First and the Last.”  Revelation 1:8 & 22:13.

 

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