Thursday, April 12, 2007
Jesus Is God: Does It Matter, Really?
A question came up on the bulletin board I used to frequent, a good question that deserves careful consideration by all believers in Christ.
I don't see where understanding the deity of Christ is a requirement for salvation in scripture. Consider the fact that Acts does not record Peter bring this up in his presentation of the Gospel to a monotheistic audience in Acts 2.
Let's take this another step up .. Think through this with me.
Can a created spirit being like an angel die for my sins on the Cross?
Can a figurative metaphor that personifies the highest ideal of God shed blood for me?
Can an extraordinarily good man - born of human parents - actually atone for my sins just by being framed and murdered by a jealous status quo?
How about one that was so good that God decided to adopt him as His "Son"?
All of these bogus spiritual conceptions of who the Savior was and IS and IS to Come are what have been circulated among mankind since He ascended. Many are the counterfeit religions of today that at some point assert all of these and other heretical views of Christ in their teaching. And I contend that this is no different an error than that of the Catholic who can affirm every bit of the deity of Christ that we can and who will bow before a piece of bread and call it the mystical flesh of Christ Himself. That is where your assertion would lead us. If ANY of these options were the possible explanation for who Jesus was, then He could not be divine. That's just plain logic in action. Jesus is God completely apart from human convention or He is as C.S. Lewis has well said "liar or lunatic."
And what of Acts 2:36-37?
Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what
shall we do?
BOTH Lord AND Christ in ONE PERSON! Both eternal servant and King at once, and whose revelation in Peter's sermon blew away the religiosity of the pilgrims and convicted thousands. That truth hooked them and turned them to throw themselves head long into a confession of faith in that Holy One who saw no corruption, whom they knew of .. and whose visitation they missed.
That kind of conviction sounds like something only God can do ..
Of Himself, Jesus said this ..
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. John 8:58.
The prophet Isaiah foretold and the apostle Matthew clarified ..
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
The deity of Christ is well attested to in Scriptures like these and this:
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and
the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a
And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And,
Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but
thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be
heirs of salvation?
Those who resist grappling with the Bible's revelation of God are in
danger of found fighting against him .. those who hold fast to the
truth need to be aware of the warning of the author of Hebrews found also
in verse 15:
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which
we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip