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THE DIVINITY OF JESUS
While the word Trinity is not in the Bible, the facts that demand the use of the word are. The term itself came from an early Church father called Tertullian who lived around about 198 A.D. He was an Evangelical by today’s standards and he could also be called a Pentecostal because he belonged to a group called the Montanists. They believed in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
THE HEBREW SCRIPTURES
1. The “let us” statements of Genesis (Genesis 1:26)
Here God refers to Himself in the plural which indicates more than one person in the Godhead.
2. The Angel of the Lord (Genesis 16:7-13)
This is an angelic appearance of God in human form. Clearly this being in human form is God and thus worshipped and recognized as such (Genesis 18). In reality this is a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus, since the names attributed to the angel are those given to him (Judges 13:13-20, Joshua 5:13-15).
3. The Prophetic Scriptures (Psalm 2:10-12; Isaiah 9:6-7; 7:14; 6:1-5)
These passages all attribute divinity to the Messiah. John’s Gospel declares that when Isaiah saw the Lord high and lifted up, he in fact saw Jesus! (John 12:37-41).
THE NEW COVENANT SCRIPTURES
1. John’s Gospel (John 1:1; John 8:58; John 10:30; John 14:6-10)
Jesus is God’s mind in human form, He is the same “I Am” that Moses encountered, He is one essence with God and He is the perfect manifestation of the Father. When all of this dawned upon Thomas, he worshipped Jesus as God! (John 20:28-29).
2. The Pauline Statements
Jesus is the very form of God before His incarnation (Philippians 2:5-8). He, God, was found in appearance as man. He is a perfect Godman! In Jesus dwells the fullness of God Himself (Colossians 2:9-10). Moreover, Jesus constitutes the “Mystery of God” (Colossians 2:1-3). God was manifested in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16), our great God Jesus (Titus 2:13).
3. The other New Testament books
In the epistle to the Hebrews, Jesus is the perfect outshining of all that God is (Hebrews 1:1-4). It is worthy of note that He is also the Creator of “the worlds” (universe) and upholds and sustains it by the word of His power (Colossians 1:15-18). In the book of Revelation, Jesus is worshipped – a practice according to the Bible only reserved for God alone (Exodus 20:3-5; Revelation 5:8-14). Also names reserved in the Hebrew scriptures for God alone are attributed to Jesus (Revelation 1:10-11; Revelation 22:12-13). Compare with Isaiah (Isaiah 41:4 and Isaiah 44:6). Moreover, God affirms in the Hebrew scriptures that there is no other Saviour apart from Him (Isaiah 45:21), and that all the earth must look to Him to be saved and declare that He is Lord (Isaiah 45:22-24). The New Testament attributes these passages to Jesus (Philippians 2:9-10; Titus 2:13).
One could write much more but these passages prove beyond doubt the true identity of Jesus. Acknowledging His divinity is the foundational stone of our salvation experience. After all, we accept Jesus into our lives but scripture states that, by doing this, we have God dwelling in us by His Spirit (2 Corinthians 6:16).
©Malcolm Hedding Ministries