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The Deity of Jesus Christ

November 13, 2012

John Allan

Our Bible reading schedule has moved into the New Testament. It has rightly been said that the Old Testament points toward Jesus Christ, and now that we have arrived in the New Testament we see the arrival of Jesus Christ and his redemptive work. The gospel had been foretold and now we read as it unfolds!

The fundamental fact on which the Church is built is that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God (Matthew 16:16 etc.). The gospel message is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Yet, in spite of such things there are those who deny that Jesus is the Christ.

There are even some who recognize that Christians believe in the deity of Christ, but deny that Jesus ever made that claim himself. As you read through the gospel accounts (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) there is sufficient evidence to refute that. Since our reading schedule has us in John this week let us consider a few verses from that book which prove that Jesus did (in spite of what some might say) claim to be divine.

As John 8 comes toward a close, Jesus told the Jews that “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” This prompted the Jews to press Jesus on the matter: “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?”

Jesus’ reply in John 8:58 is testimony of the fact that Jesus had always existed: “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

Jesus used unmistakable language to show the Jews that he had always been. The Jews knew the force of what Jesus said, because in the next verse we read that they took up stones to throw at him. This clearly indicates that they understood what Jesus was saying, and they refused to believe him.

Consider a similar occurrence just a few chapters later (John 10):

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and My Father are one. (John 10:27-30, NKJV)

On this occasion the reaction of the Jews was, once again, to pick up stones to throw at him. Why would they do such a thing? They explain it themselves in John 10:33. “The Jews answered Him, saying, ‘For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God” (NKJV).

Once again, the Jews knew the force of what Jesus had said. They knew the implications of his words, and took those claims seriously.

These are not all the references that could be considered. These are sufficient, however, to show that Jesus Christ did claim divinity for himself. That means Jesus has always existed, but there came a time when he became flesh and dwelt among men. This is perfectly consistent with the biblical record and John’s inspired testimony in John 1.

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 at 4:32 pm and is filed under Bible Reading Notes.

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