The Son Who Lives part 1/5 – Week 9 / February 27th

Revelation 13:8; John 17:5

Jesus existed before the world, and indeed the universe, was created. Way back, before time began, He gave a promise to His Father that He would be prepared to die for humankind if God created them! (2Timothy1:9) He was therefore not created but begotten and thus He entered the world by way of a virgin. (John1:14)(Luke1:30-35)

That Jesus existed before time with God, as God proves that He is God! (John1:1)

A. His pre-existence
Scripture not only claims that Jesus pre-existed (John 1:1) (Genesis1:26) but Jesus Himself made this claim. (John 17:5; 18. 6:38)
Also, during the Old Testament period there were pre-incarnate appearances of Jesus as the Angel of the Lord. This Angel accepts worship and speaks as God Himself! He is a theophany couched in an anthropomorphism. (Genesis18; Joshua5:13-15; Exodus3:1-6; Judges13:1-22)

B. His direct claims to divinity
Jesus claimed to be God. (John8:19, 58. 10:30. 14:8-11)
It is important to note that it was on the basis of this claim that He was convicted and condemned to death. (Mark 14:61-65) If it were not true He would have been a liar and therefore a sinner like all of us and thus incapable of dying for our sins!

C. His biblical credentials
Passages only attributed to God in the Old Testament are attributed to Jesus in the New. In this regard note:
John 12:37-41 and Isaiah 6:8-10
Hebrews1:8-12 and Psalm102:25-27
Philippians2:9-11 and Isaiah 45:23
Revelation1:17; 22:13 and Isaiah41:4; 44:6
Matthew 1:21 and Isaiah 43:11; Isaiah 45:21

This disproves forever the bogus claims by movements and cults, like the Jehovah Witnesses, that Jesus is not God.

D. His New Testament credentials
The passages of the New Testament clearly attach attributes to Jesus that are only reserved for
God Himself. Jesus is described as: Creator, the One who upholds all things by the word of His
power, pre-existing in the form of God and being the express image of God. (Philippians1:15-
17; Hebrews 1:1-4)
Moreover, to accept Jesus into one’s life is to accept God into one’s life and all this is made
real by the Holy Spirit! (Colossians 1:27; 2Corinthians 6:16-18; Ephesians2:19-22; John 14:15-
20)

Jesus lived before time, was incarnated in time, died and rose again and lives forever more. (Hebrews 7:25) He is both perfect man and perfect God. He is a Godman and has been and is one with God from all eternity. God is thus triune in nature. That is, He is one but has three persons, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The word Trinity is not in the Bible but the facts that demand the use of the word are. If one comes to you, in the name of the Christian religion, and does not believe the above then this one should not be received! (2John 7-11)

Malcolm Hedding.

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