Reaffirming The Deity Of Jesus-matlab 等高线�

Religion It is very clear from the Bible that there are three co-eternal, co-equal and co-self-existent Persons in the Godhead (1 Jn. 5:7). With His incarnation as Son of God and Son of man, the Word, who is also God (Jn. 1:1), humbled Himself in wonderful, down-stooping grace to take the form of man and thus fulfil His office as Son and Lamb of God. In His humiliation He became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross (Phil. 2:6-8). The erroneous doctrine of Origen, Arius and other church fathers lies at the root of further efforts to deprive the Lord Jesus of His deity and self-existence, thus depicting Him as another Jesus (2 Cor. 11:4) who is no more than a mere human being with divine characteristics. Such a person, who did not descend from heaven to be born in a miraculous way from a virgin, would, as all other people, be born with a sinful nature. He would then not be able to be the spotless and perfect Lamb of God who propitiated the sins of the whole world and now intercedes for us as High Priest and Mediator at the throne of God (Heb. 7:26; 1 Pet. 1:18-19). Although Jesus took the form of a servant when He accepted His office as Son He never relinquished His essential deity, therefore He could explicitly describe Himself to people as the eternal I AM (Jn. 8:24,28,58). In this way His self-existence and unity with the eternal I AM of the Old Testament (Ex. 3:14) is confirmed. Because of His unity with the I AM, only He can save us: I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour (Is. 32:11; cf. Hos. 13:4). It is one of the three Person of this great God who became flesh. If anyone does not believe this awesome fact, he will die in his sins (Jn. 8:24). Before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit who would guide us into all truth (Jn. 16:13), and also before the further revelations in the letters of Paul, Peter and other apostles in the New Testament, even the disciples of Jesus did not realise who He truly was. After a special revelation by the Father, Peter could say: Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God (Mt. 16:16). However, the disciples initially did not realise that He was Yahweh Elohim (the Lord God) who created the earth with everything in it, that He still sustains His creation, and that even the wind and the sea are subject to His will. When He calmed a storm on the sea they said: What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? (Mk. 4:41). The problem was that they still did not know that Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit were the same Triune God. Jesus said to them: If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; and from now on you know him and have seen him. Philip said to him, Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us. Jesus said to him, 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? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? (Jn. 14:7-10 NKJV). After Jesus ascended to heaven, was glorified and the Holy Spirit poured out, it was emphatically proclaimed and confessed that He is Lord and God. In his letter, Peter refers to God and our Saviour, Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 1:1). John says that Jesus is the true God and eternal life (1 Jn. 5:20). Paul often describes Him as the Lord Jesus (Eph. 1:15). Because of the ongoing discrediting of the virgin birth and Deity of the Lord Jesus we should explicitly proclaim Him as Lord and God. We must use His exalted Name as Lord (Yahweh) because God also has highly exalted him and given him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and those on earth, and those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Phil. 2:9-11 NKJV). When the Son of man .es again He will not .e as a lowly servant, but in power and majesty as King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev. 17:14). Zechariah says: the Lord my God [Yahweh my Elohim] shall .e, and all the saints with thee (Zech. 14:5). John says the following about His illustrious appearing: I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And he who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except himself and his name is called the Word of God (Rev. 19:11-13 NKJV). About the Author: 相关的主题文章: