Over the years, at least for some couple of years, I have consistently stated in my teachings that Jesus is God, he isn’t just the son of God as people understand it literally, he is not different from the “Godhead”. So, if Muslims accuse us of worshipping Jesus, they are right! We worship him because he is God.
However, we need a proper understanding of this to be able to clearly defend our faith. Merely believing that Jesus came doesn’t make one a believer as defined scripturally. Many people including atheists don’t dispute the fact that Jesus is not some myths or legend but a person who walked on this earth.
Some believe however that Jesus was just a scammer, someone who brainwashed people and manipulated them into believing that he is “the son of God”. Whether you chose to know him as Yeshua or Jesus, we are talking about the same person, the one who was born of a virgin and was crucified on the cross or tree.
Yes, the one against whose resurrection people were paid money to deny the resurrection story and claim that the disciples who had run into safety looted the highly secured grave and made away with the body of Jesus.
I don’t just have an idea that Jesus is God, it is not an opinion or mere speculation but rather what the scriptures teach. If we believe in the validity of scripture, then we must have to look at the Bible to see what it says.
For a more in-depth understanding, you may want to read my article titled “Fellowship of the Holy Spirit” which is also a chapter of my latest book “Helped! Of the Lord”. The Spirit & The Word is also another in-depth resource.
Jesus is God’s way of being with man and man’s way of being with God.
I strongly hold it to be true that Jesus is God’s way of being with man and revealing his true self to man and man’s way of being united with God. This is God’s greatest miracle! No wonder Jesus said in John 14:6
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
In verse 9, He said to Philip who found it difficult to digest the mysterious revelation Jesus gave to them concerning himself and God
“Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”
Jesus and the Holy Spirit are not distinct or separate from God, you wouldn’t see different persons if you were ever made to see God with your eyes. Jesus is how we can see God, how we can feel him and speak with God and the Holy Spirit is how God is in us and how he has fellowship with us.
By the Holy Spirit, God is in us
Concerning the Holy Spirit, Jesus said in John 14:17
“The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”
He was talking to his disciples and at that time, the Holy Spirit had not yet being released upon them but Jesus said: “…you know him, he lives with you and will be in you.” In the Old Testament, the coming of Jesus was prophesied Isaiah 7:14
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
Immanuel means “God with us” but after Jesus had come to “be with us”, he promised, “I will be in you”. In verse 20 of John 14, we see Jesus saying concerning the indwelling of the Holy Spirit
“On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you”
Often we see Jesus talking about the Holy Spirit and when it seems the disciples are not understanding him, he would point them to himself as the person he is talking about. We can see that the Holy Spirit is God’s way of being in us, not just with us.
Jesus is God, the Holy Spirit is God.
Carefully read this.
- The Word – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – John 1:1
- Jesus is the word – “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” – John 1:14
- The Spirit alone is the giver of eternal life – “The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” – John 6:63
- Jesus gives eternal life – “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” – John 10:28
Please don’t get confused here, it is very simple and there is nothing deep about these statements.
Firstly, John introduces the word of God as God and then we see him answer the question of who this word is. Secondly, we see Jesus say that the Spirit alone gives eternal life and that his words are spirit and life!
We can comfortably say that just as Jesus is referred to as God’s word, the Holy Spirit can be referred to as the word of Jesus. The Spirit produces life, however, this Spirit and the life it produces is the very word of Jesus.
Jesus, the son of God or God?
In the last verse we quoted, we see that even after saying that the “Spirit alone” gives eternal life, Jesus presents himself as the giver of eternal life. Now we know, that when the Bible refers to Jesus as the Son of God, it didn’t reduce who Jesus is, it was not just talking about the humanity of Jesus but also the manifestation of God in the flesh.
The humanity of Jesus wasn’t the only one that was called the son of God. Adam, peacemakers and others were also called the sons of God though not in the sense that Jesus was called. Jesus was called “the only begotten son of God” because his humanity was born not by natural means but by the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God.
While Joseph possibly adopted “baby Jesus” as his son, he wasn’t the biological son of Joseph and the only explanation there is to this is that he is the “biological Son of God” because he was conceived by God’s spirit and made the form in the womb of Virgin Mary.
In John 17:12 we see Judas being called “son of perdition” but we know that Judas was the son of Simon. He was called the son of perdition because of the character he manifested and Jesus is the son of God because he manifested the very character of God. The Bible tells us in Colossians 1:15 NLT
“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,”
Jesus is supreme over all creation, he can only be God! The Bible says in Acts 20:28
“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.”
See, God bought you with his own very blood, the blood of Jesus. Hallelujah!