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The Deity of Christ

Part 1.  Jesus is Deity

by Bill Wong




It is important to please read the other articles in this section: ‘Nature of God’ such as about the Trinity and Holy Spirit, the Trinity and Jesus, the Shema, etc. to get an understanding of how the Bible tells us the Trinity doctrine is not true, before proceeding with this series/sequence of articles about the Deity of Christ.




John 1 tells us the Lord Jesus is deity

 

Is the Son of God – the Lord Jesus Christ, God?

 

The term ‘God’ refers to several things, so we must first define what it means:

 

Definition:

 

 

1) The specific person God who is referred to in the Bible as the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

2)  It can be used like an adjective to describe someone that has the nature or substance and characteristics of God.  The words ‘deity’ and ‘divine’ are similar and can be used in this way.

 

 

3)  It can be used with lower-case ‘g’ – god, to mean a mighty one which can also be applicable to human beings.

 

 


The Bible tells us in John 1:1-2 that there is a specific person who is God and this person is the Lord Jesus’ father. It also tells us that though the Lord Jesus (the Word) is described as God, He is not the person God, is not the same person as His father God in any way, and He is not one of three persons yet one God as a Trinity doctrine teaches.  Our Heavenly Father is the definition of #1.  For more details, please see the articles ‘John 1 disproves a Trinity’ and ‘John 1:1 – Jesus is not “a” god and others in the section: ‘Nature of God’. It is a good idea before proceeding to read the articles on how though the Son of God is deity, it is not according to the Trinity doctrine.

 

The answer to the question at the beginning is yes, the Lord Jesus is God – He is divine and is deity, but He is not the person God who is His father only. The Lord Jesus is the definition of #2; He is God with ‘God’ being used as an adjective to describe His nature.

 

 

However, the translation of John 1:1-2 in English Bibles is not accurate and is misleading. Only a true word for word translation from the original Greek text is where the truth can easily be seen:

 

 

English:

 

John 1:

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

2     The same was in the beginning with God.   (AKJV)

 

Comment: The English can lead one to believe that the Father and His son are either both Gods or that they are the very same God or God person.

 

 

Greek:

 

John 1:

1    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with ‘the’ God, and the Word was God.

2     The same was in the beginning with ‘the’ God.  

 

Comment: The Greek tells us that the Word was with someone and this person is called ‘the’ God. The Lord Jesus’ father is ‘the’ God – God (definition #1). We can also see that though the Word “was God” it is by no means saying that the Word is the same ‘the’ God in a Trinity formula or otherwise. Without an indefinite article ‘a’ before the word God in “the Word was God”, Greek grammar dictates the word God takes on the function of an adjective and is descriptive. The Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the definition #2 and not #3.

 

 

 

The Watchtower Society (Jehovah’s Witnesses) inserted the indefinite article ‘a’ which is not grammatically correct and then proceeds to say that “the Word was ‘a’ god”. In addition to not using proper Greek grammar/syntax, calling the creator of all things a god or mighty one is very redundant and does not make sense in context, especially when we consider that men like judges are called mighty ones. Context reveals that the relation, power, nature, and function of the Word – the Lord Jesus, is on the level of His father God, and is not ‘a’ god.  The two articles mentioned above about John 1 provides more information.

 

The Bible tells us directly that the Word is God, but not ‘the’ God. The Bible tells us that the Lord Jesus is divine and deity, but He is not the Divine or the Deity, which is only His father.

 

 

 

Creator

 

There are other ways the Bible tells us that the Lord Jesus is deity. One such way is the Bible truth that the Lord Jesus is the creator of all things.

 

The Bible never tells us the Lord Jesus was created. Instead, it tells us only two persons have the power and prerogative of God to create – the Almighty God and His son Jesus. The Bible says that the Lord Jesus created all things, which means that He Himself is not created.

 

The Watchtower Society knows this and that is why in its version of the Bible, the New World Translation, it has inserted the word ‘other’ five times in Colossians 1:15-20 which deceives people to believe that He was created also and only creates all “other” things besides Himself.

 

This is how the Jehovah’s Witnesses own New World Translation reads:

 

Colossians 1:

15   He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;

16   because by means of him all [other] things were created in the heavens and upon the earth, the things visible and the things

      invisible, no matter whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities. All [other] things have been created

      through him and for him.

17   Also, he is before all [other] things and by means of him all [other] things were made to exist,

18   and he is the head of the body, the congregation. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,

      that he might become the one who is first in all things;

19   because [God] saw good for all fullness to dwell in him,

20   and through him to reconcile again to himself all [other] things by making peace through the blood [he shed] on the torture stake,

      no matter whether they are the things upon the earth or the things in the heavens.

 

 

This is how all Bibles should read (all other Bibles read this way):

 

Colossians 1:

15   He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

16   For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible,

     whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

17   And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

18   And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,

     that in all things He may have the preeminence.

19   For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,

20   and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven,

     having made peace through the blood of His cross.   (NKJV)

 

 

 

Word

 

As we saw, John 1 states that the Lord Jesus is the Word of God. We see this again near the end of the Bible in the Book of Revelation:

 

Revelation 19:

11   And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat on him was called Faithful and True,

      and in righteousness he does judge and make war.

12   His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns;

     and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

13   And he was clothed with a clothing dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

     (AKJV)

 

 

Many people do not stop to think what this really means and therefore do not know how critically important this information is to understand the nature of God – who God is and who His son Jesus is.

 

The Word is ‘logos’ in the Greek text of the New Testament (in Hebrew, it is ‘dabar’ and in Aramaic, it is ‘memra’). Logos has many meanings, such as the spoken word as connected with inward thought and expression. In summary, it means more than just something spoken, but it is the voice which reveals and reflects all that lies within. The Word is God’s divine expression and reveals the mind of God; it is the manifestation and representation of all that God is. It is the perfect expression of God – the perfect manifestation and revelation of God.


When we say the Son of God is the Word of God, we are saying He is the Word of YHWH, His father. The name of God is YHWH, consisting of the 4 Hebrew letters: ‘yod’ (Y), ‘hey’ (H), ‘waw’ (W), ‘hey’ (H); and is pronounced YaHuWaH (but most often seen as just “the LORD” and sometimes as Yahweh or Jehovah – note that there is no ‘J’ sound in Hebrew).  God’s short-form emphatic name is Yah (YH) which appears 50 times not including in person and place names.  Whenever we say “hallelujah”, we are in fact really using God’s name Yah and are saying: “everyone praise Yah” (halleluYah).  For more information about how the name of God and Messiah should be pronounced (the real name of Jesus is Hebrew: Yahusha‘ – or Yahushua‘ / Yeshua, please see the article: ‘The Name of God and Messiah’).

 

In the Bible, we see that angels are messengers who only convey messages – the words of YHWH. However, the Lord Jesus is the message. He is the very Word of YHWH --- everything that is YHWH, the Almighty, and reveals Him – His will, His character, His mind, His essence, His glory – everything, expressed in a form that is approachable and can mediate between God and man.

 

The significance of the Word of God is that it is the revelation of everything that God is. It is how God expresses and manifests Himself. It is His Word, comes forth from Him and is a complete and true representation of God – all that is God is reflected in His Word. Since God is deity, than His Word which is a perfect manifestation of Him and comes forth from Him must also be deity.

 

 

 

Image

 

The Bible tells us that the Lord Jesus is the image of the invisible God:

 

2 Corinthians 4:

4     in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they

     might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.   (NASB)

 

Colossians 1:

15     He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.   (NKJV)

 

 

 

The Bible also tells us that the Lord Jesus is the exact representation of God’s nature:

 

Hebrews 1:

2    Has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

3    Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power,

       when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:   (AKJV)

 

 

The Bible truth that the Lord Jesus is the very image of God alone tells us He is divine and deity. Why? It is because since our Heavenly Father God is deity, that means the only way a person can be the exact image and representation of God is if the person himself is also deity. If the person who is supposed to be the image of God is not deity himself, how can this person realistically and truthfully be an exact image? And put the other way, if the exact image is not divine, then that must mean what it is an image of cannot be divine either. However, the Bible undeniably says God is divine and He has an exact image. Since God is divine, then His exact image must also be divine.

 

The qualification of deity/divinity is an absolute requirement and the most fundamental criteria which must be met in order for the Bible to be able to call the Lord Jesus the exact image and representation of God’s nature. Without the image himself also being deity, than it is impossible for him to be an exact representation of God. It is His divinity that makes God perfectly holy and why we can say God is love. The only way the Lord Jesus can truly be these things as His father’s exact image and the one who reveals His father to us, is if He is deity as well.

 

It is because He is deity that the Lord Jesus is able to say:

 

John 14:

7     "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him."

8     Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us."

9     Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip?

     He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'?

     (NKJV)

 

 

If Jesus is not deity, than He will fall short of exactly representing His father to us and the Bible is labeled a liar when it states that Jesus is indeed this exact representation and when we see Jesus, we see the Father.

 

To be an exact representation of the divine means the image must also be divine. Otherwise, the image will not qualify to be an exact representation at all from the very start.




Agency

 

When the Bible states how the Son of God is the Word of God and also the image of the invisible God we must speak about the ancient Hebrew concept of ‘agency’ ("shalichut" or shelichut").  Agency is the practice where a person authorizes another person to be his agent ("shaliach or sheliach") to act in his stead. This will include empowering the agent in his mission to be as if he was the authorizing person himself.  This agent is then sent as a representative (a simple modern example is how an ambassador of a nation can be fully authorized to represent his nation and its leader).  In the ancient Hebrew concept of agency, this relationship is even more powerful and the agent is now, for all intents and purposes, as if he was the very person who sent him without actually being that person: the sender's agent is like himself, the sender.  The agent can act and speak accordingly with the full authority as if he was that person whom he represents and who sent him. Because of this, the person with whom the agent is communicating responds to the agent as if he was the sender – the very person he represents himself.    

 

We know that Messiah was sent as an agent of His father, because He clearly stated so – He was sent by His father with His father’s authority and only spoke what His father would have Him speak:

 

John 12:

44   Then Jesus cried out and said, "He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me.

45   And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.

46    I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.

47   And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.

48   He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him --- the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.

49   For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.

50   And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak."    (NKJV)


 

This includes the authority to execute judgment and raise the dead and the agency is very clearly shown where He states everyone must honor the Son just as they honor the Father:

 

John 5:

19   Then Jesus answered and said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.

20   For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.

21   For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will.

22   For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son,

23   that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.

24   "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.

25   Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.

26   For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself,

27   and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.   (NKJV)

 


However, since the Bible states He is not just the Son of God who is sent to speak and do according to His father’s will, but He is also the Word of God (reveals the mind, expression and action of God) as well as the image of the invisible God (represents who God is including the form of God we can see), then we must realize that the agency which the Son of God uses far transcends just someone being sent with appropriate authority.

 

At its most basic, a messenger (in Greek called ‘angel’, in Hebrew called ‘malak’) relays messages – the word of God, and can be a representative or ambassador.  Please note that the word ‘messenger’ (angel/malak) in itself is just a job function and a servant, and has nothing to do with whether a messenger is a created being or not.  Context determines whether the messenger/angel/malak represents the created spirit beings who serve God in the heavenly realm.

 

However, the Bible says the Lord Jesus IS the Word of God.  He is not merely a voice box, but the word itself. He is not merely a messenger just relaying a message – words, but He is God’s Word; Jesus is His Word.  He is part of God Himself; He is the Son of God who is the living Word of God.

 

Therefore, where angels are created beings and only give messages, the Lord Jesus is not created and He Himself is the message – the very word and expression of God, and is deity representing deity. 

 

The very person of the Lord Jesus Christ is an example of the purest and perfect form of agency.  If an agent is the representative of God who can speak and act as if he was God, than what about the only-begotten Son of God who is deity Himself and is the exact image and Word of God?  It is a pure and perfect agency and we see this most clearly when we consider the words of Christ who said:

 

John 1

18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.  (NKJV)

 

John 5:

37    And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form.    (NKJV)

 

John 6

46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father.   (NKJV)

 

 

This means that every time the Bible undeniably says God Himself is seen then it is really the Word and image of the invisible God who is seen.  It is an example of this purest and perfect form of agency where the Son of God is not just a person sent to speak and do in place of God, but the Son of God Himself – all that He is, is the way His father, God chose to manifest Himself visibly to His creation.  To see the Son, Word and Image is to see God, His father.

 


Here are a couple of examples.

 

1) 

 

In this example, even if this is a vision Isaiah saw, the apostle John clearly states that who Isaiah saw is the Son of God:

 

Isaiah 6:

1    In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.

2     Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.

3     And one cried to another and said: " Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!"

4    And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.

5    So I said: " Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts."

6    Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar.

7    And he touched my mouth with it, and said: " Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged."

8    Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: " Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me."

9    And He said, "Go, and tell this people: ' Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.'

10   " Make the heart of this people dull, And their ears heavy, And shut their eyes; Lest they see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And return and be healed."    (NKJV)

 

John 12:

37   But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him,

38   that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: " Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?"

39   Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again:

40   " He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, Lest they should see with their eyes, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them."

41   These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.    (NKJV)

 

 

2)

 

In this example we see that since the Son of God tells us Himself that no one has seen God, His father, and the Bible states the Son is the image of the invisible God, then who was the God who was seen by Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the 70 elders in Exodus 24?  

 

Exodus 24:

9     Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel,

10   and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity.

11   But on the nobles of the children of Israel He did not lay His hand. So they saw God, and they ate and drank.    (NKJV)

 

 

3)

 

And again, who can this be but the Son of God since no one has seen His father and the Son is the image of the invisible God? 

 

Exodus 33:

12   Then Moses said to the LORD, "See, You say to me, 'Bring up this people.' But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, 'I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.'

13   Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people."

14   And He said, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."

15   Then he said to Him, "If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.

16   For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth."

17   So the LORD said to Moses, "I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name."

18   And he said, "Please, show me Your glory."

19   Then He said, "I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion."

20   But He said, "You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live."

21   And the LORD said, "Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock.

22   So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by.

23   Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen."     (NKJV)




Shema

 

Since we have just read how the Son of God as the Word and Image of God in the purest form of agency is

identified as God Himself, when we talk about the ancient Hebrew concept of agency we must also mention

the Shema.  The Shema is God’s declaration of how He is one (Deuteronomy 6:4 “YHWH our God is one

YHWH”).  Here in Deuteronomy and in many other places in the Bible we are told YHWH is one and that

there is only one God and this one God is the one person YHWH, and there is no other.  Yet, as we have

seen, there is another – the Son of God, who the Bible tells us is the express and visible image of YHWH

God. 

 

Indeed, there are verses in the Bible which seem to indicate that though the context shows the person

speaking is YHWH, yet He refers to another (and greater) YHWH.  In Isaiah 48, YHWH tells us He is the one

who stretched out the heavens and says “From the time that it was, I was there”, but yet goes on to say that

the Lord YHWH has sent Him:


Isaiah 48:

12   " Listen to Me, O Jacob, And Israel, My called: I am He, I am the First, I am also the Last.

13   Indeed My hand has laid the foundation of the earth, And My right hand has stretched out the heavens; When I call to them, They stand up together.

14   " All of you, assemble yourselves, and hear! Who among them has declared these things? The LORD loves him; He shall do His pleasure on Babylon, And His arm shall be against the Chaldeans.

15   I, even I, have spoken; Yes, I have called him, I have brought him, and his way will prosper.

16   " Come near to Me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; From the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord GOD and His Spirit Have sent Me."     (NKJV)

 


Also, as we see in the other articles in the ‘Nature of God’ section, Jesus undeniably calls His father the one

true God, calls His father His God and says His father is greater than He is.  So how can all this be

reconciled?  If YHWH our God is one YHWH, then how can there seem to be two? 

 

The only way we can even begin to even remotely understand how this can be is if we see Messiah for who

He is: the Son, Word and Image of God – in the light/perspective of Him being the purest and perfect form of

agency of His father, God, to represent His father in the fullest way possible.  This agency in the fullest way

possible includes Him being almost indistinguishable from His father in many cases, but yet the Bible still

shows in other cases that there are many differences.  This is not a contradiction, because how our Heavenly

Father chooses to be manifested, in a form we can relate to, infers that the image is not greater than what it

is the image of – remember, we cannot look at God or we will die, so a different (and still great but just not as

great) form is needed so we can deal with God. And God does this by providing His Son, Word and Image

who can only fully represent His father only if He is deity/God Himself.

 

And this helps explain what the Shema means and how it can declare God to be one, but yet there is clearly

another who is God/divine and represents God in visible form.

When God says He is one, this includes His Son, Word and Image who is the visible and exact image of God

who is invisible.  Why?  This is because the Son of God is how YHWH God manifests Himself in a visible

form and both the image and the person of which it is an image point to the same one person.  This is similar

to how both my photograph and my standing in front of you are both me: Bill.  There are two things that are

Bill, but yet clearly they are one in the fact that they represent one person: me.  In another way, someone’s

voice is one with the person himself.  And in yet another way, someone’s signature on properly-authorized

documents is also one with the person himself.

 

Perhaps this is how we can understand the Shema.  The statement God gives in the Book of Zechariah

seems to support this truth that God being one includes the perfect agency of Lord Jesus as the Son, Word

and Image of God – because He is the visible form of God:

 

Zechariah 14:

9    And the LORD shall be King over all the earth.

     In that day it shall be --- " The LORD is one," And His name one.     (NKJV)

 

 

The reason why this affirms that God being one includes His Son, Word and Image who represents Him in

visible form is because the events in Zechariah 14 identify two people, but makes sure to tell us that one day

we will all understand how YHWH (“the LORD”) is one.  In the Bible, references to YHWH represent God who

is the Heavenly Father and Zechariah 14 does the same here: 


Zechariah 14:

3   Then the LORD will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle.

4   And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east.

        And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, Making a very large valley;

        Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south.    (NKJV)



However, when Zechariah 14:3-4 tells us that YHWH’s feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, the Bible tells

us it is actually the Lord Jesus who will stand upon the Mount of Olives when He returns.  We see this in Acts

1 when Jesus ascended back to heaven; the Bible plainly tells us that He will return the exact way He left. 

How did He leave?  He left from the Mount of Olives into the clouds:


Acts 1:

6    Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?"

7    And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.

8    But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

9    Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

10   And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,

11   who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven."

12   Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey.    (NKJV)



Zechariah 14 is the fulfillment of the truth revealed in Acts 1.  In Acts 1 when He returned to heaven, the Son

of God stood upon the Mount of Olives and ascended into the clouds and heaven.  In Zechariah 14 we see

the Son of God will return “in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven”:  He comes from heaven,

appearing in clouds of glory and His feet will once again stand upon the Mount of Olives.

 

Though it says YHWH will come, it is His son who actually comes.  The Bible is telling us in Zechariah 14

(with Acts 1) that yes, there are two people: the Heavenly Father – YHWH, and His son, but they are one as

Zechariah 14:9 states: “YHWH/the LORD is one, and His name one”.  This is because when we see the Son,

we see the Father:  the Lord Jesus is the Son, Word and Image of the invisible God in the purest form of

agency.  Two people who represent the one God, YHWH, who is the Heavenly Father: one person is the

Heavenly Father Himself who is invisible and the other person is the Son/Word/Image of the other/the Father

through whom the Father creates, interacts with and gives His creation (as we have also previously read in

Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1:2-3): 


1 Corinthians 8:

6    yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him;

      and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.  (NKJV)



 

Perfection

 


And there is yet another way the Bible shows us that the Son of God is deity and not a created being.


Does the Bible teach that anything or anyone except deity can be perfect?


What is the Bible truth – God’s truth, about the significance of being sinless and perfect means?


What does this Bible truth tell us about Jesus and whether He was a created being or deity?

 

In the Bible, God tells us very clearly and straightforwardly the truth about who His son is and the divinity of His son. It can be defined in the core truth of the Bible: perfection – to be without sin, is proof of divinity.

 

It sounds like a simple formula or fundamental definition of what being God is. It is.

                                            

However, many overlook this truth and do not stop to think about what this truth actually means. But they should, because it is evidence that the Lord Jesus is deity as the perfect, unblemished, sinless Son of God and cannot be a created being such as an angel.

 

 

Let us look at what Job says:

 

Job 4:

18   If He puts no trust in His servants, If He charges His angels with error,   (NKJV)

 

Job 15:

15   "Behold, He puts no trust in His holy ones, And the heavens are not pure in His sight;   (NASB)

 

 

A distinction is being made. The angels of God are servants and not sinless, but we know that the Lord Jesus, God’s only-begotten son, is sinless. Therefore, the Lord Jesus is not an angel or created being.

 

And again, the sinless and perfect Lord Jesus was not a servant – until He chose to become a servant, a man, as indicated in Philippians 2:6-7. This means He was not a servant before that and can never be said to be a created being or angel.

 

Philippians 2:

6     who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped,

7     but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men;   (ASV)

 

 

What the Bible states then, is that the Lord Jesus was deity and directly became a man – there is no indication that He was ever a created being or angel at any time.

 

 

Who was created perfect and it is not the Lord Jesus

 

Another indication that the Lord Jesus is not a created being can again be found when the Bible talks about the enemy Satan. In Ezekiel 28:11-16, God describes the enemy.

 

Ezekiel 28:

11   Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

12   "Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him,

     'Thus says the Lord GOD: " You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.

13   You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering:

      The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold.

      The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes Was prepared for you on the day you were created.

14   " You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God;

     You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones.

15   You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you.

16   " By the abundance of your trading You became filled with violence within, And you sinned;

     Therefore I cast you as a profane thing Out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub,

     From the midst of the fiery stones.   (NKJV)

 

 

The reader must carefully note what God is saying in Ezekiel 28 to see why the Lord Jesus cannot be a created being.

 

God is telling us that the enemy is a created being and not only that, but the enemy was created perfect. God mentions it no less than three different times (twice in verse 12 and once in verse 15); when God wants us to know something, He tells us and He repeats it:

 

Verse 12:

      ‘Thus says the Lord GOD:
      “ You were the seal of perfection,
      Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.

 

Verse 15:

      You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created,
      Till iniquity was found in you.


 

The first question directed at those who believe the Lord Jesus was created, would be:

If the enemy was created perfect, than what was the Lord Jesus???

 

The meaning of the word perfect means “being entirely without fault or defect; flawless”. (MerriamWebster.com).  

 

According to those who believe Jesus was created such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, this means Jesus must be created more perfect. However, this does not make sense, because the meaning of the word perfect already signifies the highest level of being/condition. If the Lord Jesus was a created being as some believe, than at most He can only be another perfect created being like Satan and be His equal. Otherwise, if He is a greater created being than Satan, then the Lord Jesus would be called the perfect created being, not Satan, but the Bible never says Jesus is created, but only says it is Satan alone who is created perfect.

 

However, the viewpoint which people such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses have assumes that the Lord Jesus is Himself a perfect created being who created all “other” things. Therefore, it wants us to believe that a perfect created being created another perfect being? What? Doesn’t that mean that Jesus is greater? And then He would be the perfect created being???

 

And just where exactly does the Bible say He created a perfect being who created a perfect being and all other things?

 

The Bible only says once that a perfect being was created – and it was the enemy, not the Son of God.

 

Of course, the real point when the Bible says that the enemy was created perfect is that he is the most perfect of all created things and the Lord Jesus is greater than the enemy, and His perfection is greater, because it is true perfection. This is so, because the Lord Jesus is deity and is not created.

 

We know this to be true, because what God tells us in Ezekiel 28 is the only time there is any mention of God creating someone perfect while on the other hand, there is absolutely no mention of the Lord Jesus being created at all – remember, the word “other” had to be inserted 5 times in Colossians 1 to try to support this lie!

 

 

What God is telling us in Ezekiel 28 is this:

 

1)   There is mention of a perfect created being only once in the Bible and it describes the enemy.

 

2)   The Lord Jesus cannot be a perfectly created being since God’s Word reserves this

       description for the enemy only.

 

3)   As seen in the enemy’s example, even a perfect created being cannot be sinless.

 

4)   Therefore, only something greater than a perfect created being can be sinless.

 

5)   The Lord Jesus was perfectly sinless.

 

6)   The Lord Jesus is greater than the perfect created being.

 

7)   Since the Lord Jesus is greater than the perfect created being,

       and He is the creator as well as the perfect sinless atonement, then He cannot be said to be created.

 

8)   As the only-begotten Son of God, the Lord Jesus is also God. He is deity and not created.

 

 

 

The declaration the Bible makes is this:

 

Nothing created can atone, because it is not God/deity and therefore not truly perfect.

It can only be called perfectly created.

 

Angels can sin – even ones created perfectly.

 

But God cannot sin and neither can His only-begotten son. These facts are irrefutable.

 

True perfection is God.

 

Nothing created can be sinless and atone. Perfection is required and cannot come from a created being.

 

However, the Lord Jesus is sinless and has atoned for our sins. God provided the atonement for our sins in His only-begotten son Jesus. Perfection is required and the only way perfection can come was in the person of the Lord Jesus.

 

Therefore, the Lord Jesus Christ is not a created being – He is deity.



Of course, the Bible also tells us very directly that the Word and Son of God is divine and not created – the Heavenly Father Himself calls His son God who creates while angels worship the Son of God and serve those who inherit salvation:

 

Hebrews 1:

5    For to which of the angels did He ever say: " You are My Son, Today I have begotten You"? And again: " I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son"?

6    But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: " Let all the angels of God worship Him."

7    And of the angels He says: " Who makes His angels spirits And His ministers a flame of fire."

8    But to the Son He says: "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.

9    You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions."

10   And: " You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.

11   They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment;

12   Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail."

13   But to which of the angels has He ever said: "Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool"?

14   Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?    (NKJV)

 

 


 

Conclusion

 

We reviewed several reasons why the Lord Jesus is not a created being or an angel, but is God/deity/divine (the term ‘God’ used as an adjective to describe His nature).  As the only-begotten Son of God, He is God by nature, but He is not a person God which the Bible says is His father alone.  We see that the Son of God is the purest form of agency representing His father as the Son, Word and Image of God.  Indeed, He is the visible manifestation/form of the invisible God.  However, the most important reason why the Lord Jesus is deity is because He is the only-begotten Son of God. To understand what, how and why He is the only-begotten Son of God is the most crucial aspect of Bible truth. Why? Because it fully explains who our God is and who His son is. This is absolutely necessary to worship in spirit and truth and love God with all our hearts, minds, soul, and strength.

 

Knowing this truth also prevents us from going down the path of heresy such as idolatry and the worship of multiple Gods veiled as Christian monotheism. The truth of the Lord Jesus’ deity from His being the only-begotten son is the center of everything, because it explains everything – and it does not deny our God and the pure monotheism that is God which the Bible teaches.

 

What it means to be the person who is the only-begotten Son of God will be discussed further in parts 2 to 7 on the Deity of Christ.

 

 

 

This is part 1 of 7 about the Deity of Christ.  Please proceed to part 2: 'He is a Person'.