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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Jesus, God the Son

For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Col. 2:9 NKJV).

It never seizes to blow my mind when I think that at some point in human history, God literally came into this world and walked, lived among mortal humans whom He created and loved with an eternal and divine love. You see, Scripture teaches us that the man Christ Jesus who came, lived, and died some 2000 years ago, was no less than God Himself.

Paul gives us in this verse one of the clearest statements regarding the divinity of Jesus Christ. This was for Paul, as it is for all who have met Jesus personally, an experiential truth that had fundamentally transformed him and had made of him a new creation in Christ. Paul teaches us that God’s nature and person are in Christ’s human body, that the man Christ Jesus possessed all the attributes of deity. Marvin Vincent says: “The verse contains two distinct assertions: (1) That the fullness of the Godhead eternally dwells in Christ…; (2) The fullness of the Godhead dwells in Him…as one having a human body.”

Jesus Himself made the claim that He existed in eternity past before His birth in Bethlehem’s manger, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58). Christ has always been, in other words He never began and when He came as one of us, He came still being what He was. John concurs with the statements of both Jesus and Paul when he declares: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:1, 14).

The importance of this truth can in no way be overstated. Why is this doctrine so important, because Christianity stands or falls on the eternality, the preexistence of Christ. If it is true that Christ began at Jesus’ birth, then He is not God, He is not divine, He is not eternal, and it would mean that Jesus, Paul, and John, along with the others writers of Scripture, all lied.

So what other biblical evidence do we have to prove that the man Christ Jesus was indeed God incarnate? Let’s consider a few more biblical references:

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6).

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross (Phil. 2:6-8).

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together (Col. 1:15-17).

We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thess. 1:12).

But in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 3The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven (Heb. 1:2-3).

Without question the New Testament presents Christ as fully God. Jesus Christ is unlike any other religious leader; none can be compared to Him. Jesus is the eternal God who willingly came into this world to reveal the Father and to die on Calvary’s cross in order to make salvation possible for any and all who would acknowledge their sin, repent, and trust Him and Him alone for eternal life.

Followers of Christ do not simply follow a mere religious leader from among a multitude of religious leaders, or a good teacher, or a prophet. Biblical Christians follow the one and only, eternal, sovereign, almighty, Holy One.

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End (Rev. 22:13).

Behold What Manner of Love

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him (I John 3:1 NIV).

Whose family do you belong to? There are those who would have you believe that God is the Father of us all, regardless of our spiritual state. But is that true, is it biblical? Scripture teaches us that there are only two families in this world, the family of God and the family of the devil. Scripture also teaches us that all of us were born spiritually dead, alienated from God, and therefore as members of the devil’s family. Whether we realized it or not, we had as our father the devil. Yes, I realize that much of what I’ve said up to this point is politically incorrect. But honestly, do we really need more political correctness, or do we need the TRUTH?

Does God really love us? If He does, how much does He love us? We only need to look to the cross for the answer to those questions! He loves us with an everlasting love. John says that God’s love for us is so great, that He acted upon that love by sending, by giving His own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to die on that cross in our place in order to remove us from the devil’s family and bring us into His own.

Here is the dilemma every human being faces. We are all born sinners (Rom. 3:23) and the penalty of sin is death, both physical, but more importantly, spiritual (Rom. 6:23). As a result, from the time we were conceived we were already alienated from God, from the time we were born we were in enmity with Him, we were His enemies (Col. 1:21). The only hope of us being reconciled to God, the only hope of us having our sins forgiven, the only hope of us becoming members of God’s family would come through spiritual regeneration. Jesus told Nicodemus that unless we were spiritually “born again,” we would not see the Kingdom of God; much less enter it (John 3:3-7). Salvation is found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and in no one else, there is no one else who can save us (Acts 4:12). Even though virtually every religion in the world teaches that man can either save himself or at minimum contribute to his own salvation through some system of “good works,” that theology is completely inconsistent with what the Word of God teaches. There is absolutely nothing any of us can do, in part or in whole, to be reconciled to God (Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7).

Yes, God loves us, but that doesn’t mean we get a free pass. God is holy, righteous, and just, as well. And because He is holy, righteous, and just, He cannot allow sin in heaven. Unless we acknowledge our sin, repent, and by faith appropriate the gift of eternal life by trusting Christ and Christ alone for our salvation, we will remain as members of the devil’s family here on earth and after physical death, we will spend eternity with him in hell. Listen closely, God desires for all people to know the truth and to be saved (1 Tim. 2:4). The Truth, not political correctness, will set you free (John 8:32). Here it is folks, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

We all have a choice, to believe or not to believe. We all have a choice as to what we will do with this Jesus. What is at stake? Our soul is at stake! If what the Bible teaches is true, then no other decision we make in life will be more important than this one. Nothing else will matter much if we don’t get this one right. Are you willing to chance an eternity in hell, to risk an eternity completely, wholly, and utterly separated from God without ever even giving what the Bible teaches due consideration, without doing everything on your part to find out if Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be and to determine whether or not He did what the Bible claims He did for you? God will never impose Himself on you; He will never force you to do anything against your will. But know that if you reject His Son, if you reject the Gospel, then you have no one to blame but yourself for the consequences. By the way, not making a decision is a decision in and of itself.

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12). How great is God’s love for us? Christ died on Calvary’s cross so that through a personal relationship with Him we might become children of God and members of His family. God is NOT everybody’s Father, but the real question is, is He YOUR Father?

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).