6 | Is Jesus Really God? Pt 3

So, last week we touched on what the Father says of Christ. We established that YHWH gave Christ authority over heaven and earth and charged Him with the ability to judge all flesh. Today, I’ll be dealing with the topic: What Christ Says of Himself.

What Christ Says of Himself

In the last series, we see Yeshuah is called ‘God’ by the Father. However, many can easily argue against this point, saying that the author might have just said that and Christ never said this of Himself.

The best place to look when talking about the deity of Christ is right there in John. Jesus said He kept these things as secret, speaking in figurative language during His ministry. However, when He was about to die, He began to reveal to the disciples His relationship with the Father as seen here:

“These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father. In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God. I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father.” (John 16:25-28)

Christ Claims to Be God

John chooses to use his book to highlight the God-nature of Christ and His authority over humanity. Throughout the Gospel of John, Christ teaches about His oneness with the Father, and this often got Him in trouble.

As a matter of fact, the Sanhedrin even sought to kill Christ because they claimed He blasphemed against God by claiming to be God. And below is a snapshot of that conversation.

Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in My Father’s name testify about Me, but you do not believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and the Father are One.”

Again, His Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone Him, but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone Me?”

“We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”

Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’? If He called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside—what about the one whom the Father set apart as His very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse Me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? Do not believe Me unless I do the works of My Father. But if I do them, even though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.” Again, they tried to seize Him, but He escaped their grasp. (John 10:25-39)

When Jesus replied to them, He replies, quoting from Psalms 82.

Psalms 82:1-7, God speaks to mighty men, and in verse six He says of them ‘you are gods and you are children of the Most High, but you shall die like men and fall like one of the princes.’

In John 14:30-31, Jesus talks about the ‘prince of this world’ who is Satan. In the above Scripture, it is clear that these ‘gods’ being referred to are spiritual beings who dishonored God. Thus, God curses them, saying they will die like men and fall like the princes.

The last verse in Psalms 82 says ‘Arise O God, Judge the nations, for you shall inherit the earth’. This was a direct reference to Christ (as we saw in the previous series, Christ is given authority to judge the earth) and it is the reason why He quoted the scripture.

For He, YHWH, called those spiritual beings ‘gods’, but the Son, who the Father has set apart, is higher than them.

The Son’s Purpose on Earth

The Son came on to earth for a purpose, and the disciples were curious to know the will of the Father.

Then they asked Him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one He has sent.” (John 6:28-29)

To do the work of the Father is to believe in Jesus Christ. As seen below, Christ came not to do His own will but to do the will of the Father. But, curiously, the will of the Father is that everyone believes in the Son, to whom all people are given.

“For I have come down from heaven not to do My will but to do the will of Him who sent Me. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of all those He has given Me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” (John 6:38-40)

By this alone, we can see that the Son and the Father are one and equal in purpose. The Son’s purpose is to do the Father’s will, and the Father’s will is to exalt the Son so that whoever believes in the Son will have eternal life.

We can see this illustrated in John 17 when Christ prayed.

After Jesus said this, He looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You. For You granted Him authority over all people that He might give eternal life to all those You have given Him. Now this is eternal life: that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. I have brought You glory on earth by finishing the work You gave Me to do. And now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with the glory I had with You before the world began.” (John 17:1-5)

Jesus prays to have the Father glorify Him so that He may also glorify the Father. So, let’s take a look at what the word glorify means. First, we’ll take the Greek definition that was used in John.

The Greek word ‘glorify’ (doxazo) can be found sixteen times in the book of John, including in the above verses.

The word means:

  1. to think, suppose, be of opinion
  2. to praise, extol, magnify, celebrate
  3. to honor, do honor to, hold in honor
  4. to make glorious, adorn with luster, clothe with splendor
    1. to impart glory to something, render it excellent
    1. to make renowned, render illustrious
      1. to cause the dignity and worth of some person or thing to become manifest and acknowledged

The Miriam-Webster Dictionary describes glorify as:

  1. to make glorious by bestowing honor, praise, or admiration
    1. to elevate to celestial glory
  2. to light up brilliantly
  3. to represent as glorious: EXTOL
    1. to cause to be or seem to be better than the actual condition
  4. to give glory to (as in worship)

Some synonyms for glorify include deify, worship, adore, exalt. It is clear that Jesus says of Himself that He is God, being one with the Father. And one may wonder why. Well, here’s a refresher below:

Therefore, when Christ came into the world, He said:

“Sacrifice and offering You did not desire,
but a body You prepared for Me;
with burnt offerings and sin offerings
You were not pleased.
Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about Me in the scroll—
I have come to do Your will, My God.’” (Hebrews 10:5-7 & Psalms 40:4-8)

Why Yeshua is One with the Father

When there needed to be an atonement for the sins of the world, Christ offered Himself as a living sacrifice to the Father so that the world, through Him, may be saved. He took on the form of the word spoken in Genesis 3, literally making Himself the way, the truth, and the life.

He becomes the way because He was the only person to willingly offer Himself as a sacrifice to save humanity. He becomes the Truth because He fulfilled God’s declaration over mankind, thus making God’s word true. He becomes the Life when He laid His own life down and took it up again so that we all may have eternal life.

Because of this, no one can get to the Father but through Him. But there will be more on that, so keep this in mind.

Preparation for the Next Series

Next week, we’ll be dealing with the Holy Spirit, but before that, later today, I’ll be showing you an interesting comparison between Joshua and Yeshuah (and no, it’s not just that they share the same name).


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2 thoughts on “6 | Is Jesus Really God? Pt 3

  1. Undoubtedly, Jesus Christ is very God of very God.

    Of the several Scriptural facts I’ve studied one of them is when He said, “I am the resurrection.” Is it not only God who has the indescribable power of resurrection?

    The second one is when the Lord Jesus made the asseverative pronouncement of Matthew 12:8, “For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.” The question is, what is ‘Lord’ in the Greek? And what is the Sabbath day? The ‘Lord’, Kurios, means: ‘supreme authority’; the same as the Hebraic Jehovah. The Sabbath is God’s institutionalisation.

    If Christ is the LORD of God’s rest, what does that make Him? God, of course!

    Jesus is very God of very God. Amen.

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  2. Reblogged this on Becoming the Oil and the Wine and commented:
    Throughout the ages people try to deny the authenticity of Jesus Christ but this post outlines some factual truth why Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The Church is built on the solid foundation of that rock and as a result, the gates of hell cannot prevail against the Church.

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