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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Friday, August 01, 2014

The Deity of Christ

[The following blogpost is re-edited from a post originally published on 7/23/10. The first part of this post is the outline I used for the 7/22/10 devotion at the pre-work prayer meeting that I had with my friends from UPS on Thursdays.]

The Deity of Christ

I. Jesus is identified as God by His own words: John 10:30-31; 14:8-9.

II. Jesus is identified as God by His actions: Mark 2:1-12.

-NOTE: The above points need only assume that the Gospel records are accurate eyewitness testimony (or, in the case of Luke, based upon careful investigation of several eyewitnesses [Luke 1:1-4]), as they claim to be: John 19:35. By these points we know, if we have any sure historical knowledge of Jesus at all, that it is beyond a reasonable doubt that Jesus considered Himself divine.

III. Jesus is identified as God by theological statements made by the apostles: John 1:1; Colossians 2:9.

IV. Jesus is identified as God by titles used for Him by the apostles:

A. Savior: 2 Timothy 1:10 [Isa 43:11];

B. Lord: 1 Peter 3:15.

-NOTE: The above points assume that the apostles' teaching, recorded as New Testament Scripture, comes from God: John 14:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 3:15-16. By the teaching of the New Testament regarding the deity of Christ, we know that Jesus is to be worshiped and served in a way that befits Him as God.
In their book Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, 2007), Robert Bowman and Ed Komoszewski give the acronymn HANDS to help readers remember the biblical evidence for the deity of Christ. HANDS stands for: Honors, Attributes, Names, Deeds, and Seat. [More examples could be given for each lettered sub-point that follows.]

I. Jesus deserves the Honors only due to God

A. Whereas worship is to be given to God alone, Exo 34:14; Deut 6:13,

B. Jesus receives worship, Matt 2:11, 28:9-10, 17; John 5:23, 9:35-39).

II. Jesus shares the Attributes that only God can possess

A. Eternity, Isa 9:6; John 1:3;

BImmutability, Psa 102:25-27; Heb 1:10-12; 13:8.

III. Jesus is given Names that can only be given to God (as noted above)

ASavior: 2 Timothy 1:10 [Isa 43:11];

BLord: 1 Peter 3:15.

IV. Jesus performs Deeds that only God can perform

A. Jesus reads thoughts and forgives sin: Mark 2:1-12.

B. Jesus created everything: John 1:3; Col 1:15-16; Heb 1:2.

C. Jesus sustains everything: Col 1:17; Heb 1:3.

V. Jesus possesses a Seat on the throne of God (Rev 3:21)



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