WHO IS JESUS?

 

 

Who is Jesus?  This question has been a source of debate over the centuries.  Of all men Jesus is the most talked about and debated figure of human history.  Some have said he was just a man, others a prophet and some have even claimed him to be an angel.  It is vital that we know who Jesus is, so we can gauge the importance of what he taught.  If he were just a man, then his teachings would not carry much weight.  As a mere man, he would be subject to the flaws and passions that we know and we would not be able to depend totally upon his teachings.  So, let’s start out by looking at the scriptures to see what it says about this man of all ages.

 

Man and God

 

Isaiah 9:6    For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

 

What a beautiful scripture about Jesus!  He was a Son (man), and he was also called the Mighty God and Everlasting Father.  Obviously this Jesus was not just a mere man.  He was a man (son), but there were divine qualities in him that also made him God!  Many have asked the question, “How can this be?”  This fact is revealed to us in his conception and birth. 

 

Luke 1:30-35   And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. [31] And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. [32] He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: [33] And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. [34] Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? [35] And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

 

According to Matthew the Holy Ghost was the father of this child.

 

Matthew 1:18-20    Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. [19] Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. [20] But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

 

In the natural birth of people we all understand that the qualities of both husband and wife are placed into their offspring.  This too was the case with Jesus Christ. He had the nature of his mother (humanity) and the nature of his father (divinity).  According to the above scripture every time he spoke of the father he would be referring to the Holy Ghost.  The Greek word for father is: (pat-ayr’)- [a father or parent].  Within Jesus was a dual nature. 

 

First there was the nature of the son (man).  This nature or part of him became thirsty and hungry.  This is what cried out when he was on the cross of Calvary.

 

Matthew 27:46   And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

 

The humanity of our Lord prayed in the garden and expressed his disdain for Calvary’s cross.

 

Matthew 26:39   And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

 

On the other hand, the Divinity of Christ revealed itself when he spoke to the winds and the waves and they obeyed.

 

Mark 4:39   And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

 

He spoke to disease and even death and they obeyed.

 

John 11:43-44    And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. [44] And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

 

He even forgave sins which is something that only God can do!

         

God Manifest in Flesh

         

The Greek word for manifest is: (phane-roo) [to render apparent; to show].  The apostle Paul declared that God (the father, the holy Ghost, the redeemer etc…) was seen or made apparent in the flesh (son).

 

1 Timothy 3:16   And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

 

So then, when you see Jesus Christ you have seen the Old Testament God.  We also find this taught in the book of John.

 

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

 

The word or Logos (Greek) was with God and was God.  The beautiful revelation of God in Christ comes to us in verse 14.

 

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.

 

We can also see in verse 10 that he was in the world and that the world was made by The God that dwelt in him was the creator of all things.  This same God came to this world in a body of flesh to sacrifice himself on the cross of Calvary.

 

The Teaching of the Trinity

 

Many are confused today because of this teaching.  The word Trinity, coined by Catholic theologians, is not found anywhere in the scriptures.  It is assumed that because there are New Testament references to Father, Son and Holy Ghost that there are three separate gods.  How many gods are there according to scripture?  I will list some for your consideration and study.  It should be apparent to the honest hearted person that there is only one God.  We know from the Genesis account that it was God who created the heavens and the earth.  Was Jesus the great creator?  Did he make all things?  The answer of course is yes! 

 

Deuteronomy 6:4    Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:

 

2 Samuel 7:22    Wherefore thou art great, O Lord God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

 

Isaiah 43:11   I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour.

 

Isaiah 44:6-8  Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. [7] And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them. [8] Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.

 

Isaiah 45:21  Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the Lord? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

 

In addition, it should be noted that Israel who knew God through Moses, was a purely Monotheistic nation.  In other words, Israel believed strictly in one God and no other.

A clearer understanding comes to us when we look at the New Testament titles of God.  God is one but has many titles or offices that he fills.

 

He is our father in creation.

 

Genesis 1:1   In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

 

He is the son in the redemptive sacrifice.

 

Matthew 1:21   And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

 

He is the Holy Ghost in our sanctification.

 

1 Corinthians 6:11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

 

In light of these scriptures we see that there is only one God, yet this same God has many titles.  A man may be a father, son and husband yet at the same time be only one man.  Our great God is so many things to us, yet at the same time he is only one.  He is so great that he manifested himself to humanity in the form of a man. 

 

2 Cor. 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

 

The Apostle Paul wrote that God (Holy Ghost) was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself.  What a beautiful revelation of the great and mighty God!

         

Origin of the Trinity

         

The doctrine of the Trinity was developed by Catholic theologians who mixed Greek mythology with the scriptures.  In the time that it took to develop (about 500 years) they still could not understand it themselves, finally declaring it a mystery.  The Bible teaches us that his Godhead is clearly seen and understood.

 

Romans 1:20    For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

 

The Godhead is not a mystery but in fact, easy to understand.  The disciples of the Lord asked Jesus to show them his father as if he were another person.  His response was very telling.

 

John 14:8-9   Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. [9] Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

         

In Jesus Christ was not three persons but simply two natures.  They were humanity and divinity.  This belief is very important to salvation. 

 

John 8:24   I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

 

John 8:27 They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.

 

Who is Jesus?  He is God!  God is the creator, redeemer, father, savior, healer and many more things.  Since Jesus is God then his words are the words of God.  They must be believed, lived and practiced.  His word is truth.  If Jesus said it you can count on it.

 

CONCLUSION

 

Thanks so much for going through this lesson with me.  I pray that these scriptures have enlightened you.  If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear from you.  Simply click here and send them to me.  If there is a subject you would like to see in this site let me know about it.  Freedom comes from knowing the truth.  Jesus and him alone can give us the truth that can set us free.  Hope to see you soon!

 

Sincerely

 

Greg Wirths

 

Focus on Freedom

 

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2 Responses to WHO IS JESUS?

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  2. Wonderful? The Most-est wonderful!!!! It is amazing what Jesus has taught us, and continually teaching us . In every way everyday. !

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