Saturday, 24 September 2011

Did Jesus think he was God?


Did Jesus think he was God? In order to answer this question, let’s take a look at the words of Christ to see what he said on the subject. He said, “My Father is greater than all” (John 10:29). “My Father is greater than I” (John 14:28). If the Father is greater than His Son, could Jesus be equal to God? Jesus took it a little farther when he said, “The Son can do nothing of Himself” (John 5:19). The very source of Jesus’ authority was from the Father (Matthew 28:18) not his own nature. In fact on one occasion, Jesus denied that he was God: “And Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone’” (Mark 10:18). Jesus never referred to himself as God or a member of the Trinity. He knows exactly who he is—the Son of God.
The traditional view of Christ is that he is God in the flesh - he always existed as God - and one day, without ceasing from being God, also became man. Let’s test this idea against the testimony of Scripture. Consider the following:

If Jesus is God then …

How could he have a beginning (Matthew 1:18, Romans 1:3) when God has always existed (Isaiah 43:13)?

How could he keep “increasing in wisdom” (Luke 2:52) when God's “understanding is infinite” (Psalms 147:5)?

Why did he say, “I can do nothing on my own initiative” (John 5:30) while God “can do all things” (Job 42:2)?

Why did he spend “the whole night in prayer to God” (Luke 6:12) when there is never a time when God prays, but only receives prayer from others?

How could he learn obedience and become perfect (Hebrews 5:8 and 9), when God invented obedience and is already perfect (Matthew 5:48)?

Why doesn’t he know the day and hour when he will return, and yet his Father, God, does know (Matthew 24:36)?

Why didn’t he know who touched him (Mark 5:30), when God knows everything (Isaiah 46:10)?

How could he be tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1), when “God cannot be tempted by evil” (James 1:13)?

How could he die (Philippians 2:8), if God “alone possesses immortality” (I Timothy 6:16)?

Why should he be in subjection to the Father for all eternity (I Corinthians 15:28)?

Why was he asleep on the cushion (Mark 4:38) when God never sleeps or slumbers (Psalm 121:4)?

Jesus was very clear on his relationship to God. He said, “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God, and my new name” (Revelation 3:12). Jesus has a God! He said to Mary, “I ascend to my Father and your Father, and my God and your God” (John 20:17). Mary and Jesus had the same God, the Father.

Jesus' own words do not seem to support the belief of most churches. We must allow Scripture to be our only source for truth.

Jesus never said that he was God or the second member of the Trinity. But if Jesus is not God, then how can he save? Salvation depends on believing that Jesus is the Son of God, not God the Son! In fact, when Jesus prayed to the Father he said, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3). Eternal life depends on knowing God the Father and believing Jesus to be the sent Christ.

Jesus is the only begotten Son of God and the greatest man to walk the face of the earth. He is the King, the Messiah, and Lord. He is the highest exalted person in the universe next to his Father. He perfectly submitted to and obeyed his Father’s will. He said, “I did not speak on my own initiative, but the Father Himself Who sent me has given me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak ... therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told me” (John 12:49 and 50). Jesus is a great example and a model man for all of humanity.

Jesus came with the purpose of preaching the gospel of God’s coming Kingdom (Luke 4:43). After completing his ministry of preaching, he died on the cross as an atonement for the world. God raised him from the dead on the third day, which proved to all that Jesus was indeed the Christ, the Son of God (Romans 1:4). Forty days later he ascended to heaven and now sits at the right hand of God.

God is not a man, that He should lie, nor the son of man, that He should repent” (Numbers 23:19).

I will not execute My fierce anger … for I am God and not man ...” (Hosea 11:9).

... For God is greater than man” (Job 33:12)

Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him ...” (1 Corinthians 8:6).

For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).

There is one body and one spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; One Lord [Jesus], one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6).

Original by Living Hope International Ministries

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