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Jesus is God

Divinity Of Jesus Christ

Scripture

John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

Text

John 1:1 "...and the Word was God."

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What is the big stir about?

Going to go through a little Theology today
Hope for you to see
that Jesus Christ is God

I realize that probably everyone seated in this auditorium
believes that Jesus Christ is God

But one day
someone is going to tell you
or your children

That Jesus was not God

You may even come to the conclusion, yourself
"What does it matter, as long as you believe?"

That is probably one of the most damning statements of our time.
What does it matter what church you belong to, as long as you believe?
What does it matter what Bible you use, as long as you believe?
What does it matter if something is sinful or not, as long as you believe?
What does it matter if you are Baptized or not, as long as you believe?
What does it matter if you are a Member of a church or not as long as you believe?
What does it matter if you Tithe or not as long as you believe?
What does it matter if you come to Sunday School or not, as long as you believe?
What does it matter if you are a witness for Christ or not, as long as you believe?
What does it matter if everyone else goes to Hell or not, as long as you go to Heaven?

The problem is this,

If you do not do what Jesus says to do
you may not be
one of His own.

If you are one of His own
and still do not do
what He says to do,
you certainly are not
the believer
you think you are.

And,

There is no point doing what He says to do
If He is not God.
If He is just another man like you and me
If He is just another prophet like Moses or Elijah who made their own mistakes
If He is just another martyr looking for a cause to involve us in
If He is just another person minding our business instead of His own.

But He is not just another whatever
Jesus Christ is God in the Flesh
The Emanuel, God with us.

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The Word is Jesus Christ

John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

We can readily see that the Word is God and God is the Word.
So the first question then, should be who is the Word? Because the Word is God

Please look at John 1.14

John 1:14 "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,

Now we are making some headway. Now we are getting to the bottom of the matter

John 1:14 "And the Word was made 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."

The Word was born of flesh
The Word being God looks like an ordinary man but of course, He is no ordinary man because the Word is God. God and man.

Everyone at the time saw the Word and He had the same Glory as God the Father.
He is the same as God the Father.
It also says that He is the only begotten of the Father.

Go back to John 1.1 please ...

John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

There are some
whose tribe is on the increase
who call themselves Christians
who do not trust in Jesus Christ as God they take John 1.1 and begin to manipulate it.

They do not understand Greek Grammar
and they place an indefinite article "a" in front of God and let it read ...

John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was "a" God."

They do this
to eliminate the problem, TO THEM, of Jesus Christ being God, the same as God the Father so they relegate Him to being "a" God.

This sounds like to me a much bigger problem.
Now we have a pluralistic God where Jesus Christ is only one of the many "a" God, but it plainly states in ...

John 1:14 " ... (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."

Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten of the Father.
God the Father did not have a bunch of Gods. Jesus Christ is His only Son
This problem with Jesus being the Son of God and thereby making himself equal to God is a little hard to understand for you and I but look at what the people of the day thought about this, they knew what this meant, they understood fully what this meant.

Please turn to John 5.18

John 5:18 "Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God."

These Jews
understood the language
understood the Theology

These Jews understood exactly what this meant
That to be the Son of God
meant emphatically
that Jesus was God Himself.

We ought to not listen to what man thinks
We ought to listen to the Scriptures,
The actual Word of God
The real Utterances of God Himself.

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Jesus and the Father are One

John 10:27 "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:"
John 10:28 "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."
John 10:29 "My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand."
John 10:30 "I and my Father are one."
John 10:31 "Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him."
John 10:32 "Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?"
John 10:33 "The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God."

The Jews fully understood the words ...
"I and My Father are One."
This did not mean only in full agreement.
This did not mean only in one accord
This did not mean only they were in harmony on the same sheet of music
This did not mean only they were traveling the same concourse
The Jews who perfectly understood the full meaning of the words in their language when Jesus Christ was saying, "I and My Father are One", knew full well that He meant He and the Father both were God.

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God's Blood

Brought close by the Blood of Christ

Eph 2:13 "But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ."

Jesus Christ brought us in close by His Blood

Redemption & Forgiveness by the Blood of Christ

Col 1:12 "Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:"
Col 1:13 "Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:"
Col 1:14 "In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:"

Jesus Christ has redeemed us from slavery and sin, and has forgiven us of our sin through His own Blood.
We have redemption and forgiveness through the blood of Jesus Christ

We were purged from our sins and brought close to God by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Heb 9:12 "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us."
Heb 9:13 "For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:"
Heb 9:14 "How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?"

The sacrifices of animals will not save anyone.
But the Blood of Jesus Christ when He offered Himself to God the Father took away all the dead works of sin and brought us in close to serve God the Father.

How was all this accomplished?
By the Blood of Jesus Christ.

Redeemed from the slavery of sin by the Blood of Jesus Christ.

1 Pet 1:18 "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;"
1 Pet 1:19 "But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:"

The blood of Jesus Christ redeemed us from the slavery of sin and even sin itself.

Cleansed from the stain of sin, by the blood of Jesus Christ

1 John 1:7 "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."

Not only has the blood of Christ redeemed us and forgiven us but has cleansed us as well

How was all of this accomplished?

By Jesus Christ
when He gave His blood for us.

Now watch this verse please turn to Acts 20.25 ...

Paul is speaking ...

Acts 20:25 "And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more."

Paul is leaving and they will not see him again this is just part of the context but has nothing to do with my point ...

Acts 20:26 "Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men."

Again Paul is saying in context here
that he has been faithful to be a witness for Christ and that the eternal punishment of any who go to hell of that area of the country are not going to be able to blame him, Paul.

Acts 20:27 "For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God."

Paul has been faithful
to tell them
everything that he knows
leaving out nothing

Especially the next verse

Acts 20:28 "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood."

The men to whom Paul is speaking are to do the same as he did.
Not shun to tell the people whom they pastor all of what they know.

They are to feed the Church of God
God purchased the church with His blood. God the Father did not bleed. God the Holy Spirit did not bleed. But the blood of Jesus Christ, God the Son.

It says here in this sacred book that God's blood was used to redeem man from slavery to sin.
That God's blood was used to pay for the sins of man
That God's blood was used to forgive man of his sins
That God's blood was used to cleanse man of all his sins

How could this be???

It could only happen
if God and Jesus are the same.
Jesus is God

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Image of God

Col 1:15 "Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:"
Heb 1:3 "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person ..."
Phil 2:5 "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:"
Phil 2:6 "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:"
Phil 2:7 "But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:"

Jesus was the form of God
but by His own power and might decided to become the likeness of men to serve as a servant and notice in verse 6 was equal with God.

Equal means the same, identical
3 + 3 = 6
3 + 3 is the same as 6
The words "equal" and "the same as" are the same thing, only different words are used.

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Fullness of the Godhead, bodily

Col 2:9 "For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily."

Jesus is the fullness of the Godhead
There are some that say that Trinity does not appear in the Bible the word does not appear but the Trinity sure does.
The Trinity is the Godhead.

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Honor the Father and the Son

John 5:23 "That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him."

Whatever honor that is due to the Father is due to the Son

Whatever good that can be said of the Father must be said of the Son
Sounds like that the Son and the Father are the same. Both are God.

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In the beginning with God

John 1:2 "The same was in the beginning with God."

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My Lord and My God

John 20:26 "And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you."
John 20:27 "Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing."
John 20:28 "And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God."

Throughout the divine Word every thing is gradually revealed

An angel first declares the glorious event
Christ is risen

The empty sepulchre confirms the women's report.
Christ is risen

Christ's appearance to Mary Magdalene showed that he was alive.
Christ is risen

The disciples on the road to Emmaus realized Jesus walked with them.
Christ is risen

To the eleven
Jesus showed the reality of his body and the conviction given to Thomas proved it the self-same body that had been crucified.

Everything is explained gradually, in order, at the proper time.
Adding precept to precept, verse to verse that they whole of the Scriptures is used to prove
Christ has come
Christ has lived without sin
Christ has died for sin
Christ has risen from the dead
Christ has gone to the Father to make intercession for the saints
Christ is coming again
Christ can do all of this, because Christ is God.

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Do you believe?

John 20:29 "Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."

Have you fully trusted in the Son of God?
Are you saved?
Are you assured of Heaven?

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