Commentary By: Gordon King
The evidence is before us, there are no excuses given by man for which we should not believe that Jesus Christ is God!
The heavens declare the glory of God!
“The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.“
I spoke with a couple of Jehovah’s Witnesses today and they invited me to an Easter celebration at their church. I told them that I am an evangelical Christian and that I could not attend their service. They said that’s alright, there are many other people coming who are not Jehovah’s Witnesses either. I said that it matters to me, I believe that Jesus Christ is God and you do not. They attempted to argue with me about it in a nice way, I told them to read the book of John, it says in very clear terms that Jesus Christ is God! They said that there are some differences in what we believe about Jesus, and I told them that they are very significant differences, differences which determine our salvation! I said that we shall disagree, thanks but no thanks, God bless and have a nice day!
What do we believe about Jesus Christ, and does it really matter? Of course it does, it makes all the difference in our eternal destiny! If we believe that Jesus was merely a man then we are not placing our faith in God, therefore we cannot be saved. Jesus Christ was not just a man but God in the flesh! We must place our faith in God not in man, it is only God who can save.
But, you may say, Jesus was the Son of God, but He was just man, God sent him as a ransom for our salvation, this doesn’t mean that he has to be God! Well, I will tell you, how can a man save the world? If Jesus were just a man then he must have sinned, and if he sinned then he was blemished, and if blemished then he was not perfect, and it takes perfection to save, a perfect sacrifice, untarnished blood.
1 Peter 1:19
“but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.“
Scripture tells us that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, if this is true and if Jesus were just a man then he also would have sinned making him blemished and tarnished, an imperfect sacrifice, in other words no sacrifice at all! Man cannot save man, only God can do that!
Scripture tells us over and over again that Jesus Christ is God. The first verse from the book of John tell us is no uncertain terms that Jesus Christ is God.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.“
So who is the Word that the apostle John is speaking about? Verse 14 from the same chapter tells us.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.“
Jesus never came out and said “I am God”, but He did claim to be God.
“I and My Father are one.“
Jesus said that He and His Father are one, meaning that He is God! You can see this perfectly clear when the Jews accused Him of claiming that He was God.
‘The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.” ‘
Jesus claimed to be God when He told the Pharisees that He is “I AM”.
‘Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” ‘
Scripture tells us that God is “I AM”, read from the book of Exodus.
‘And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ‘
Jesus said that He was “I AM”, therefore claiming to be God!
The apostle Thomas was doubtful until Jesus told him to touch His wounds, then he declared that Jesus Christ was God!
‘And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” ‘
Jesus healed a blind man, the blind man believed that Jesus was God and worshiped Him.
“Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.“
We are told over and over again to not worship anything or anyone other than God, we are also told over and over again in the new testament that people worshiped Jesus, God. If Jesus were a mere man, a good teacher, then people in the new testament would not have been worshiping Him!
‘Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.” 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” ‘
The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Why would He say that unless Jesus is not God?! Jesus Christ is God, the bible is the story of God’s love for us, and the spirit of prophecy is the testimony of God, Jesus Christ!
You can believe that Jesus Christ was merely a good man, but if you do then you are not understanding what the bible tells us is the truth, you are missing the point of scripture itself, the meaning of what God is trying to tell us! He loves us so much that He gave Himself as a sacrifice for our sins, He came down to earth in the flesh, actually God Himself in the flesh! This is what scripture is all about, it’s the prophecy of Jesus Christ, the prophecy of God.
God bless my friends! Maranatha!