Is Jesus God?
There are a variety of questions that divide Christianity and this one has been dividing believers a long time. The question “is Jesus God?” has been one of those top questions asked. Since right after the beginning of the church, the battle over words and the meaning of those words has created doctrinal stances in which denominations adamantly persevere to get their point across.
The thing is, once you start looking at scripture, you see Jesus is always pretty clear about who He is. We observe from His birth the Magi find Jesus and they bow down and worship Him.
The word worship is defined as “reverence paid to a divine being.”
During the recorded instance of His miraculous walking on water, those who were in the boat bowed down and worshiped Him (Matt 14:33). After His resurrection, Jesus appears to some women and they bow down and worshipHim as well (Mark 16:1, Luke 24:10) .
We have many moments that transpire where Jesus willingly accepts worship, which only God is worthy of according to the old testament. For God is a jealous God, there is no other God.
“Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” –Exodus 34:14
““You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no Savior.” Isaiah 43:10-11
The thing is that in the book of Isaiah, we also see the prophecy of the virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14) and a description of what they were going to call Him. It says they would call him “God with us”.
Then Isaiah 9:6 says, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Those are huge claims yet there is sufficient evidence to point us rationally to the same conclusion. The book of John ch. 1 explains the divinity of Christ within the first few verses starting in verse 1, ” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” If you go down to verse 14 after that it states, “the word became flesh and dwelt among us”.
There are other instances where this is obvious, such as when Jesus is asked by Phillip to show him the father and Jesus says,
“Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”
Other verses that are clear in expressing this idea,
1 Timothy 3:16 – And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.
Titus 2:13 – looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our greatGod and Savior Jesus Christ.
Understanding God’s Person
The question as to the whether there exists a separation between Jesus and God. A trinitarians view is a yes, the oneness view is a no. Yet fundamentally both agree at the end of their reasoning in God being “One God”.
There is a separation regarding what the word person actually means and this has divided so many believers throughout the centuries.
I want to be clear in stating that the purpose for humanity has been the same since the time of Adam and Eve. We are fallen and have turned away from our creator. God wants to restore that original relationship He had with us, yet it can only be done if we are willing. Once we turn back in genuine repentance, we are fulfilling our purpose. We all come from various worldviews and denominations and religions and have different ideas of who God is. Yet, the word of God is clear in stating that when anyone repents and is seeking God, God’s Spirit alone guides that person to all truth. We have no right enforcing our views to other believers, only God changes a person!
We can read scripture together, and express what we feel God is telling us, and show where in scripture we Get our ideas from, but we should not divide ourselves over these things. We must stick together and pray for each other like never before. God will guide His children, that is anyone who turns back to His loving arms. Regardless of your knowledge and expertise of His Person, or even lack of it. We will all stand before God, being judged for the condition of our hearts, not our finite understanding of His infinite nature.
When I take what is written in scripture from old and new testament I see clearly who God is. I would never use terms like oneness or trinity. I simply believe what scripture says. Scripture says God is one. Scripture says Jesus is God. Scripture says Jesus is the Word of God. Scripture says Jesus is the Son of God. These are all things I accept. Scripture says there is one sitting on the throne. Scripture says God is the first and the last, and scripture says Jesus is the first and the last. When I look at scripture, and I understand that we are made in the image of God. I am comprised of 3 things, a body, a mind (soul), and a spirit. The spirit in me is the breath of life which connects my mind to my body. There is a separation in the 3 but they make up one person. I do not contain 3 different persons within me, but my makeup is comprised of 3 separate parts. I believe Jesus is the word of God, which came from God, just like your words come from you, but are not separate from you, because without you they don’t exist. God is an eternal mind and Spirit, and when He spoke through His Word, Jesus was already within Him, but through His Word, He created the physical universe. All of this done by the same Eternal Savior, who used His very Word to Speak everything into existence. This is my view of God as revealed to me in the scriptures. Again I wish my brothers and sisters did not place so much time in arguing the specific meanings of words, and understand that most believe in One God, even Trinitarians. But like James says, “even the demons believe, and tremble.”
Our purpose is to pray for other believers as well as ourselves. That God may continually work in us, so we may preach His message of repentance. God wants to live in us and use us to reach the world. We must focus on truly turning from our old ways and embracing our Lord and Savior. This alone will guide us to truth. Not dividing ourselves every time we see things differently.
Let’s stand for unity. For there is real and fake believers within all denominations, and God is calling out a generation from within all denominations. Those who will worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.