Jesus, the Son, is God
|Topic: Jesus||Type: Articles||Author: J. G. Machen|
In modern days the terms "deity of Christ" and "God" in reference to Jesus are used in so many different senses that the use of these terms have lost their meaning. Unbelievers, whether Modernists or Liberals whithin the churches or the many cults, which have a low view of Jesus, are perfectly willing to say that Jesus is God. They are willing to say that Jesus is God not because they have a Biblical view of Jesus, but because they have a low view of God and His Word, the Bible.
When the true Christian says that Jesus is God, or when he says that he believes in the deity of Christ, he means that the same person Who is known to history as Jesus of Nazareth existed, before He became man, from eternity past and is infinite, eternal and unchangeable God, the second person of the Trinity. God did not simply attach Himself to or indwell an Earthly, natural man, Jesus. Jesus was not simply an ordinary man exceptionally holy.
When the Bible tells us that Jesus is God, it does not do that by dragging God down. It does not ask us to forget a single thing that it has said about the mighty majesty of God. No, it asks us to remember every one of those things in order that we may apply them all to Jesus, the Christ.
The Bible tells us in the very first verse that God in the beginning created the Heavens and the Earth. Does it ask us to forget that, when it tells us that Jesus is God? No, it says of Jesus: All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made [JOH 1:3].
When the Scripture tells us that God is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, does it ask us to forget that when it tells us that Jesus is God? No! It is written I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last [REV 22:13]. Or again, He is before all things, and by Him all things consist [COL 1:17]. In John 8:58 we read: Before Abraham was, I am. John records: In the beginning was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God and the Word was God [JOH 1:1].
When the Bible tells us that God is holy. Does it ask us to forget that when it tells us that Jesus is God? It certainly does not. It says of Him: He did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth [1PE 2:22], and to this the whole New Testament bears witness. The Bible from Genesis to Revelation presents a majestic view of God and then it tells us that Jesus is all that God is.
What difference does it make whether Jesus is the eternal God or not? Unbelievers of every shade say it makes no difference and that it is simply impossible. To the true Christian it means everything. Jesus is the Christ. He is the only Savior. He is our only Mediator. To the natural man the Bible teaching about Jesus is foolishness but to the true Christian He is the power of God unto salvation [ROM 1:16]. God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has eternal life: and he who has not the Son of God has not life [1JO 5:11, 12].
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