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The Deity of Christ

Part 7:  Why the Only-Begotten Son

by Bill Wong

 

 


 

God is Love

 

We have seen how the Lord Jesus Christ is truly the begotten of His father and is His only child. Eternity exists outside of our time and He was begotten in the days of eternity. This explains how as this son, He alone is heir of all things in heaven and earth and why He can, and did, die for the sins of us all. Indeed, to conquer death also is part of His inheritance.

 

But what is the reason for anything and everything in the first place?  Do we know the reason for the only-begotten Son of God?  Do we know why did Jesus have to die?

There is only one reason: God.

God is above all (Ephesians 4:6).

Love is above all (1 Corinthians 13).

 

God is love (1 John 4:7-16).

 

 

Love is the reason why God begat a son and through Him created all things for Him to inherit. Love is the reason why we can be adopted as children of God into His family and share in that inheritance. Love is the reason for everything.

 

Beliefs that state that God does not/cannot have a son, created a son, there are two or more Gods, or there is one God in three persons hide the truth about God and therefore take away from the full glory, love, reverence, praise, thanksgiving, and worship that rightfully belongs to God. These beliefs cannot explain why God is love – what that really means and the awesome depth and breadth of His love, without first knowing that when the Bible says God is only one God, then that is exactly what it means. God is love and God is one are intricately related and mean the same thing.

 

We must understand when the Bible says there is only one God who is above all and from and for which all things come, it is because of the reason that God is love:

 

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)

 

All things come from and for God. God is love. Therefore, love is the reason for all things. God begat a son precisely and very simply, because He is love and He loves us.

 

 


 

Love does not exist in a Vacuum

 

Those who believe that God cannot or has no reason to have a son miss the point. The very fact that God loves us and wants us to be part of His family is already proof of why and tells us that love is the motivating force. If God wants mankind to be children of God, why is it unbelievable that He can have a son in heaven? Are we saying God is incapable of such a thing?

 

At its most basic level, with an Almighty God where nothing is impossible, what is the difference in reasons for God begetting a son who is like Him and creating mankind? Truly, the reasons that God is love and expresses His love by creating us and giving us the privilege of being with Him for eternity are the very same reasons why He would have an only-begotten son who is not created.

 

Are we saying that the idea of God having loving children only came about with the creation of man which was only thousands of years ago? That is a very presumptuous and proud idea. Why would it be difficult to comprehend that God can have a son before us? Indeed, if we as flesh, blood and bone human beings can be called God’s children, why would God not have a son who is like Him?  

 

This is especially the case when the Bible makes it absolutely clear that atonement of our sins is required.  God’s son is also the perfect revelation of who God is and the very model of how we are to live in this world and how we can live in the next; He is the true heir through whom we are adopted into God’s family – this is a foundation of the gospel of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. Please also see article: ‘The Bride of Christ’: 


Romans 8:

14   For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15   For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16   The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17   And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.    (AKJV)



So those who doubt that God can have a son and/or say He has no reason for a son, either honestly do not see the truth or are purposely trying to rewrite history and do away with the truth of the Bible.

 

God said in Genesis 1:26 “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness”. Who is God referring to when He says “our” two times? God could not be speaking about the angels, unless one believes that the angels are like God and share His image? Which is blasphemous – saying the angels share God’s image or saying the Son of God shares His image? Does the Ancient of Days and the Son of Man look alike (Daniel 7:9-14; Revelation 1:13-18):

 

Daniel 7:

9     " I watched till thrones were put in place, And the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow,

      And the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, Its wheels a burning fire;

10   A fiery stream issued And came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; 

      Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, And the books were opened.

11   "I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the horn was speaking; I watched till the beast was slain,

       and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame.

12   As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.

13   " I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven!

      He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him.

14   Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.   (NKJV)

 

Revelation 1:

13   and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man,

     clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.

14   His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;

15   His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;

16   He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword,

     and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.

17   And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me,

     "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.

18   I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen.

     And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.   (NKJV)

 

 

God having a son has nothing to do with His self-sufficiency, but everything to do with love. Of course God is sufficient within Himself, but love is not about whether one is self-sufficient or not. Love is about giving and sharing. God shares of Himself by giving us His son, through whom we share in an eternal inheritance. Through His son we have intercession and are reconciled to a holy God. This is the way God chose to reveal Himself most completely to His fallen creation and also provide the salvation for His fallen creation – the payment for our debt of sin. Do not be fooled, all are sinful and the wages of sin is death:

Romans 6:

23   For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.   (NKJV)

 

 

If one does not make this payment for us, then we will die in our sins. Our works can never atone for sins, because we can never be sinless; only a sinless substitute can make atonement for us.

 

Using God’s self-sufficiency as a reason for not having a son is therefore a straw-man argument. Also, saying God cannot have a son is limiting the power and will of God. Giving life by begetting a son is an expression of love in itself. Giving this same son as a ransom is an expression of love from the Almighty toward us that is transcendent.

 

Some believe that there must be two or more eternal beings who have always existed, because they interpret one God begetting a son as God becoming lonely and then decided to start a family. However, such a view not only distorts the truth and minimizes the person and will of God, but also of the Lord Jesus Himself. For it could be said that if the Lord Jesus was always there, God’s son should be entirely sufficient in Himself to be God’s lone joy and company and angels and mankind would not “need” to be created in the first place, but yet we are here and through the Lord Jesus at that.

 


Of course, proponents of two or more God persons will say they are both God and therefore both created out of love. However, this ignores all the Bible truth about there being one God who alone cannot die, who gives the Lord Jesus life, who is the Lord Jesus’ God, etc. The Lord Jesus is God, because He is the Son of God, coming forth out of God – ‘exerchomai ek’, as we read in the previous ‘Part 5. He Proceeds Forth’ and revealed in Genesis in ‘Part 6 – The Gospel in Genesis’.


Jesus is not one of three persons in a “triune” godhead called God the Son, as a Trinity doctrine calls Him; nor is the Lord Jesus the equal of His father. Please also see articles about the Trinity in this section: ‘Nature of God’. Indeed, if they are truly equal in every way, would they not more accurately be described as twins rather than father and son?

 

The Bible truth is that the Lord Jesus was given life always with the intention of being the expression of God’s love, manifesting perfectly all that is God as His Word and express image, and saving us/bringing more children to glory by Him to inherit all creation. That the Lord Jesus is all these things tells us God being lonely has nothing to do with bringing forth a son. All the reason we need to know is that God is love and love is life.

 

 


 

Love is Life

 

God is above all which we can also see where there is no one higher so He swears by Himself (Hebrews 6:13).

 

God is holy and God is love. As such, He is perfection personified, and will always do the right and perfect thing. Love is also choice and action that expresses that love. In the case of the Almighty God, because He is Himself love personified, that means the expression of God’s love and the very expression and manifestation of God Himself are intricately bound together and inseparable. God expressing Himself because God is love and God expressing His love will be exactly the same.

 

Therefore, in the case of God only, because God is above all and God is love and love is action – the very expression of God Himself, the expression of His love and His choice to love, are all the very same thing and are manifested the one and very same way. God’s choice was to express and reveal Himself and express His love.

 

God chose to do this by bringing forth life. Love is life. God begat a son.

 

John 5:

26"For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself;    (NASB)

 

John 6:

57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.     (NKJV)

 

 

God did not beget a son, because He was lonely.

 

God begat a son, because love can do nothing else.

 

Love is giving life and sharing.

 

 

Love is greater than all things as we read in 1 Corinthians 13. There is absolutely nothing negative about love. One should love simply because one wants to and cannot do otherwise; not because one is lonely. This does not work with man, why would it apply to God? We know that love which is based on filling a void – any real or perceived lack of something, is really just a display of selfishness and dysfunction. These are not attributes of our Heavenly Father.

 

However, true love is positive and powerful and is not reactive. Love is all about giving and sharing. It is about giving life and building and creating. Love is totally selfless. It gives because it can do nothing else. It is ever positive and is good.

 

Why do people marry and have children? Not because they are lonely, but it should be because they have the immense desire to love and share. How indescribable is the love we have when we choose to and then give life to a child? Do we do it because we are lonely or because it is the just, natural and loving thing to do? Should it be because we cannot help it? Of course. If pure human love can be so great and giving, then how much more so God’s love?

 

But now remember that God is love personified – God cannot help but bring forth life.

Did He have the choice not to? Of course. All sentient beings have the ability and the right to do something or do otherwise. But God is perfectly holy and He makes the right choice. He is love, so whatever He does is the manifestation of Him and His love. They are the same. So in essence, everything about God is all about love – who He is and what He does.

 

We are told that God loves a cheerful giver:

 

2 Corinthians 9:

7   Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver. 

   (AKJV)

 

 

But if God is love, what does God give? God gives of Himself. So God gives love. God gives of Himself, so He gives life in an only-begotten son. Through His son we also live as 1 Corinthians 8:6 which we read earlier also attests to.

 

 

God is holy. God is love. Love is choice. Love is action.

 

Therefore, God’s will, His expression of love and the most complete manifestation or revealing of God Himself who is love personified, are all the same. They all come together in one way – in the form of His only-begotten son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord Jesus is simultaneously the purest manifestation of God Himself and is the expression of God’s love. The Bible states that the Lord Jesus is the exact representation of God’s nature.

 


 

Love and the Image of God

 

The Bible tells us that God is love:

 

1 John 4:

7    Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

8     He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

9     In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world,

     that we might live through Him.

10   In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

11   Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

12   No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.

13  By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

14   And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.

15   Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

16   And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love,

     and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.   (NKJV)

 

 

The Bible tells us the only-begotten son is His express image:

 

Colossians 1

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

 

Hebrews 1:

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 at the right hand of the Majesty on high,   (NKJV)

 

 

Therefore, the Bible truth is that the Lord Jesus is also love.

 

The Bible tells us that the Lord Jesus laid down His life in the ultimate display of love – giving up His deity to suffer and die undeservedly for our sins so that we may have eternal life:

 

John 10:

14   "I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me,

15   even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.

16   "I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.

17   "For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.

18   "No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father."   (NASB)

 

John 15:

13     Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.   (NKJV)

 

Philippians 2:

5     Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,

6     who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,

7     but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

8     Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,

     even death on a cross.   (NASB)

 

2 Corinthians 8:

  9     For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor,

       so that you through His poverty might become rich.   (NASB)

 

 

Here is where we must stop and think deeply about God and the Lord Jesus. If the Lord Jesus said laying down His life for us is the greatest example of love and we are told Jesus is the express image of His father, who learns and does from His father’s example, what then should we think about the father in all this? After all, we know that God is love.

 

What this means is that the Lord Jesus is only doing what God Himself would do.

But think of what this means….

 

The Bible truth then, is that if God can die for us, He would, because He is love. But since He is immortal (1 Timothy 1:17; 6:16) and cannot die for His creation, He does it in the only way possible: giving up part of Himself in the form of the Word of God, the only-begotten son:

 

1 Timothy 1:

17   Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.    (NKJV)

 

1 Timothy 6:

16 who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.    (NKJV)

 

 

God provides this redemptive death of Himself by creating the family structure whereby the father gives all things to his heir.  God created all things through the Lord Jesus (John 1:1-3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 3:9; Hebrews 1:1-2) so it can truly be said in the cases of both father and son that the Creator dies for His creation – and the son is completely justified and deserving of inheriting all His father gives Him.  It is also through His son that God expands His family by adopting us to share in the inheritance He has given to the Lord Jesus.

 

This is what underlies the gospel of salvation and the entire Bible.

 

The truth that God is love shows the true monotheism of God: that YHWH (the 4-Hebrew letter name of God translated as the LORD and usually pronounced as Yahweh or Jehovah) is God and He is one YHWH, and everything comes forth from Him.

It is all His thoughts and plans, and why He is the one who gives life to all things.

 

It shows us what God is love means, because everything coming forth from Him means the reason for everything is God’s love.

 

It shows us that because God is love, He has an only-begotten son who is the exact representation of His being. The Lord Jesus Christ is both the perfect manifestation of God who is love and the expression of God’s love.

 

It shows that in His infinite love, power and foreknowledge, He foreknew when He brought forth all things, redemption must be provided.

 

It shows that because God is love, in His perfection and holiness, God’s desire to love and bring forth life in an only-begotten son perfectly coincides with how He will redeem His creation and adopt children into His family: the only-begotten son is the very expression of God that also represents His bringing forth life and through whom He will reconcile His creation.  

 

And again, it shows that the provision of this sacrifice through which the Almighty can die for the creation, perfectly matches the structure of family, where the only-begotten son is the true heir through whom we share in His inheritance by being the bride of Christ.

 

The full impact of the Scriptures is only felt when we realize this truth and then the context of all things becomes clear. This is the only way we can know how truly awesome Jesus' sacrifice was, by knowing the how and why of who He really is as the image and son of His father.

 

It is the only way we know how truly awesome God’s plan is and how painful it really was and how much He really loves us to do everything He can to redeem us, for God Himself to give us His only-begotten son so we do not perish in our sins.

 

Just think of the sacrificial love God demonstrates in all aspects that show us what God is love means. To give us eternal life, redemption must be provided by the atoning death of another, so He knows that for us to live, another must die. He nevertheless still gives a part of Himself and ensures that the very expression of God, the holy Word of God, is also the only-begotten son who will die for our transgressions. It is like giving up one child so that the other might live. This is the pain God endured. But truly God thought of all things and had everything accounted for in our redemption to have a family adopted in through His one true heir.

 

God is love means if He could die for us, He would, but since He could not die, He does it the only way possible – by His son Jesus who is the express image of God's character. The Lord Jesus does choose to die for us and did.

 

The Bible message of the love of God is magnified two-fold in His son Jesus. He perfectly in humility and by His own freewill gave up His deity to take upon Himself the great burden to redeem us all. Jesus is His own person and He did not think twice to give up everything for us. He was humiliated and suffered and died an agonizing death so that we may have eternal life.

 

The Bible’s message is that the love of God and the love of Christ – both doing their part, is the underlying theme of everything and will one day restore all creation and grant us eternity with God and the Lamb:

 

1 John 4:

10   In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.   (WEB)

 

We must always be mindful that we are not deserving of such great love, but must ever be grateful of their love and sacrifice.

 

 

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       Why Jesus is deity

 

All this should just remind us that above all, God is holy and God is love. His holiness and love are a million percent pure; so pure that He gives of Himself for our salvation. It shows that though He would die for His creation, but He cannot, He gave us the purest thing for our salvation, a part of Himself – His own son who is begotten directly from Him, not created; for no created thing can ever be perfect in holiness or purity to die as an unblemished substitute. Men and angels fell in sin.

 

God is perfect so His atonement coming from Him as representing Him, can only be perfect, because it must be – to meet God’s holiness. This is another reason why the son is deity and not created, but comes forth from God. Perfection is required and this is the only way perfection can come. What comes forth from God Himself, who is deity, is also deity.

 

We must also never forget what it really means that the Lord Jesus is the Word of God. Many people do not realize the significance of what being the Word of God is. The Greek word ‘logos’ for the ‘word’ means the divine expression of everything that is God Himself. The Word of God is the purest expression and manifestation that God can give.  So if God is deity, then His Word which is perfectly the representation of God, must also be deity.

Jesus, the Word of God, is how God reveals Himself most fully to His creation. Jesus is the express image of God and so again, the express image of deity must also be deity – otherwise, it would not be an express image. The Lord Jesus is the purest form of agency that represents His father YHWH. Agency is where God gives another the full authority to represent God and not just to merely represent Him, but to actually BE as God – acting and speaking as if he was God Himself and the people respond to this agent as if he was God Himself.  This agency is used by God all the time.  We will speak more later about how Jesus, the Son and Word of God is the ultimate form of agency that the Heavenly Father uses to represent Him.  Please see Part 1 of this series for more information about the important concept of agency: ‘Part 1. Jesus is Deity’.



This son is the very expression of God who is love and who brought forth life in this love. Jesus as His only-begotten son is as close to being the person of God Himself as one can be – and therefore He willingly sacrificed Himself for us. God very literally gave a part of Himself for us.


Only God Himself and the only-begotten son who proceeded forth from Him qualify to be this perfect sacrifice.  But therein lies the truth about God and His son – God alone possesses immortality and cannot die.  So God interceded for us through the gift of His Son:

 

James 1:

17     Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights,

       with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.   (NASB)

 

Isaiah 9:

6     For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called

      wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

7     Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to order it,

      and to establish it with judgment and with justice from now on even for ever.

      The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.   (AKJV)

 

 

The Lord Jesus is deity in all respects just as His father is, except that He is able to die where His father cannot. This is why when the Bible says the Lord Jesus is the only-begotten son it is exactly what it means: the Lord Jesus proceeded forth out from God as a son. The Father is the begetter and the son is the begotten. The son had a beginning from His father in the days of eternity outside of time and the creation, and therefore was also able to die.

 

This is the only way that the Lord Jesus is able to die and it is as the foreordained unblemished and spotless lamb in 1 Peter 1:19-20 who dies for our sins. It is the only way God can die for His creation – through His Word/Son.

 

 

 


The sacrifice of the only-begotten son supports the Shema

 

This is the Shema:

Deuteronomy 6:

4    Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:     (KJV)

 

4    "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!    (NASB)

 

This translates to:

“Hear, O Israel: Yahweh our God is one Yahweh”

 

“Hear, O Israel!  Yahweh is our God, Yahweh is one!”

 

The Shema explains what it means that there is only one true God and there is no other God, because He is above all from which all things come forth and why all things are done through the Lord Jesus, His son.

 

The Shema shows the Bible says what it means and means what it says. It shows words like father, son, begotten, die, immortal, etc. mean exactly what they are supposed to mean.

 

It explains the true power of what it means for the Lord Jesus to be the exact image of God.  He is so much like His father that just as the Father would die for His creation, so would the son.  The Father gives Jesus the right to decide for Himself, and He does decide to lay down His life for us.  Like father, like son.  

 

It makes us see in a whole new light the Lord Jesus’ statements that he who believes and honors Him, also believes and honors His father who sent Him (Luke 10:16; John 5:23-24; 12:44; 14:6-11). It makes us understand how God gives life and judgment to His son.

 

The Shema at once shows us why God is Almighty and what God is love means. It shows us how He is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. God who cannot die, dies for His creation in the only way He can – by giving a part of Himself, His Word and only-begotten son. From the will of God everything comes forth and He has seen to the redemption of His creation.

 

This is why God’s plan of salvation is so awesomely perfect: two walk together in perfect agreement. The son is the exact image of His father, but is able to die, and makes the same decision His father would make: the Lord Jesus chooses to atone for our sins and die for us. If God is love, do we expect His son to be any less since He is the very image of His father?


Everything we have discussed tells us why the Lord Jesus Christ is deity. He is the expression of God who is love; the expression of God’s love which begets life – an only-begotten son; the Word of God who is the divine expression of God and how God reveals/manifests Himself most fully to us; the image of the invisible God who is the exact representation of God’s nature; the purest form of agency; the heart of God’s plan of salvation where the Creator dies for His creation.

 

These things sometimes make Jesus appear to be identical to God – YHWH. There are many who believe Jesus is YHWH, but He is not. The Bible tells us Jesus’ father is YHWH and there is one YHWH. Much of the confusion comes from the Trinity doctrine which teaches that Jesus is one of three co-equal persons in a one Godhead, thereby making it “possible” to have up to 3 YHWHs, but this is false. The idea of a Trinity has been in existence for almost 1700 years and is therefore unfortunately firmly entrenched in peoples’ minds. There are also other beliefs such as two Gods and that Jesus is created and not deity which also add to the confusion. But we should not be confused at all.  

What has the Bible been saying all along as we have been discussing? Look carefully at the list we just read 2 paragraphs above about everything that makes Jesus deity. Do we see a theme running through it? What is that theme? The thing in common to them all is that it shows everything about the Lord Jesus Christ comes forth from His father YHWH God as an extension of YHWH, so that YHWH in His love can work and reveal/manifest Himself in the greatest way possible through His son Jesus, to even die so that we might live.

Jesus should be closely linked to His father YHWH, because God has intended to do all things through Him and be made manifest in His son, so God can save His creation and reconcile it to Himself through Him:

 

2 Corinthians 5:

19    namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.    (NASB)

 

God being in Christ reconciling the creation to Himself is an example of the Son of God and Word of God being the purest form of agency by which God will both save and rule over His creation.  Everyone will one day finally understand the true monotheism of God who alone cannot die, but by the agency of His son saves us all and is above all:

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)

 

 

This is not a oneness of a Trinity or other multiple God/person doctrine, but it is the act of agency with God using the best representation of Himself: His Son and Word.  Any confusion comes from the Trinity doctrine that makes 1 person alone who is God (YHWH) into 3 persons who are God, in combination with not knowing the concept of agency where as God’s Word, the Word of God can be considered to be God as representative of God, but the Word/Son is not actually the person whom He represents. 

 

For example, when I speak, my word and voice can be considered to be “me”; my word is one with me – it is mine, expresses my thoughts, comes forth from me and is representative of me with complete authority as if I was present myself, but it cannot be said to be my actual person.  When someone hears my voice, they can say: that is Bill, but it is not my person or being.  Similarly, my photograph and signature can be said to be “me”, but are not my actual person and are really just modes of agency authorization and representation.  This agency is even more magnified since we know God sends His only-begotten son, like a king sending his son to reign through him.

 

Why does God do all this for us? It is because God is love and there is no greater love that one lays down His life for His creation, so God dies for us the only way an immortal being can – giving up of Himself by the Word of God and only-begotten son. It is because God is love and in His glorious plan, He expands His family by adopting us through the marriage and inheritance of His son. However, being this image of God does not mean the Son of God is YHWH.  Jesus being the Son of God does not break the Shema.  The Shema says YHWH God is one God, one person, and He is our Heavenly Father.





The Word of God

 

It is the apostle John who tells us exactly who Jesus is. He does this at the very beginning of his writings in John 1:1 and also at the end of his writings in Revelation 19:13. John tells us Jesus is the Word of God. In Judaism, God’s word is active and understood to be God’s way of communicating and revealing Himself, also showing His authority and creative power. The personification of the Word of God (in Aramaic, the “Memra”) as deity even occurred long ago in many of the Targums (Aramaic Tanakh/Old Testament translations/paraphases; some pre-dating the birth of Christ). John describes the Word of God (Greek ‘logos’) as being divinity – the divine expression of God.  However, in the Aramaic language which Christ spoke, the Word of God or Logos of God is actually the Memra of God.


In the first chapter of the Gospel of John, the apostle tells us in the original Greek that our Heavenly Father is “the” God and does not say that the Word of God is “the” God.  This Greek phrasing: “the” God, identifies the Heavenly Father as the one person who is God.  For more information, please see the article: ‘John 1 disproves a Trinity’.   


The Scriptures, meanwhile, say that the Lord Jesus is divine (the word ‘God’ used as an adjective describing His nature; like father, like son), but Jesus is not God the person who is His father alone.  Scriptures say that Jesus is the Son of God, the Word of God, the Image of the invisible God – it is very evident that the reference to ‘God’ in both these titles speaks of the one person God, His father and tells us that Jesus is of His father.  Jesus is not God (the person, who is His father), but because Jesus is of God (the Son, Word and Image of God), He is divine/deity/God (the adjective). 


This God is His father, from whom Jesus has His divine nature and is the Word of God and Son of God; His father is the only true God in Jesus’ own words:


John 17:

3    And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.    (NKJV)



In John 1:1, to say the Word was with God in the beginning is to say the Word was with YHWH. To say the Word of God is the same as saying the Word of YHWH. The apostle John does not say the Lord Jesus is YHWH; he says Jesus is the Word of YHWH and because Jesus is God’s Word, He is deity. Jesus is an intimate, exact image of the character of YHWH. He is an extension of God – it is by His Word that the Almighty reveals Himself most fully to us. His Word is a part of Him – “the face” God uses to manifest Himself in the most personal manner possible without us perishing by the glory of His unapproachable light. So it should not be surprising that Jesus is described with the same terms as His father.

So to say the Word of God has created is the same as saying God Himself has created. And to say God has created is to say the Word of God has created.  And yes, the Lord Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 17:14; 19:16), but we must understand that when we call Jesus the King of kings and Lord of lords, it is because His father God is the King of kings and Lord of lords who fights and rules through the purest, most perfect agency of His son.  But it is the Heavenly Father who is the true King of kings and Lord of lords who alone has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light:


1 Timothy 6:

15   which He will bring about at the proper time--He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,

16   who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.     (NASB)


Now why would both be called King of kings and Lord of lords where God, who is the father of the Lord Jesus, is immortal and cannot die, but yet His son can die?  The ultimate result and reason of this purest agency which includes the creating of all things through His son, is so that it can truly be said: the Creator dies for His creation – in the only way the immortal God and father of the Lord Jesus can.


Remember, the Bible says in many places that there is only one God; that there is only one person YHWH who alone is God, and there is no one else like Him.  The truth that the Heavenly Father cannot die while the Word and Son of God was able to die for our sins, is evidence that it is our Heavenly Father who alone is YHWH God, and why He rightly says that there is no other who can compare to Him.


In the lowly human way, my voice, signature/seal and picture all represent me, but the Word of God is the best representative of God Himself, His deity and glory, in the form of an only-begotten son who has His own mind and is exactly like His father. It is for this reason when we look at the Word of God, Jesus, we can say we are looking at the Father, but Jesus is not His father, not YHWH; this is what God being in Christ reconciling the world to Himself means:

John 14:

5   Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?"

6   Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

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'?

10   Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.

11   Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.    (NKJV)

 

His father YHWH is the one YHWH who is the Almighty God of the Shema from which everything comes forth – including providing the approachable mediator through whom we can approach God’s unapproachable light and not die.


Again, just as my word or picture can be called “me”, it is not my very person, but only an image or representation of me.  In a similar way, Jesus as the Word of God can be called God, but He is not actually the person YHWH God, but is an image of YHWH God.  Only the father is the one YHWH of the Shema.  The Word of God is a person Himself in His own right as God’s Word and represents Him and behaves as if He was the person God Himself, but He is not the person God.  An agent is not greater nor the same as the one who sends him.

This is why though some Bibles say it is God who was manifested in the flesh (note that other Bibles translate “God was manifested” as “He who was manifested” instead, because most ancient manuscripts have “He who” and not “God” was manifested):    

 

1 Timothy 3:

16    And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.    (NKJV)

 

 

That despite the above, we know it is really the Word of God who became flesh and walked among us and was seen, heard and touched.  It is God becoming flesh by the agency of His Word becoming flesh, not God Himself directly:

 

John 1:

14   And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.   (NASB)

 

1 John 1:

1   That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life ---

2   the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us ---

3   that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.    (NKJV)

 

 

There is no contradiction, because to say it was God who was manifested in the flesh is to really say that it is actually God’s Word who was manifested in the flesh, through the purest form of agency when God sends His only-begotten Son.  God’s Word is only an accurate representation of who the person, God, is.  God’s Word belongs to Him and comes from Him.  However, someone’s word is not actually the person himself (the image is not actually the person God/YHWH), just like my word or picture is only an image of me and can be called "me", but are not my actual person. 

 

This is also why Thomas can cry out:

 

John 20:

27   Then He said to Thomas, "Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing."

28   Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!"    (NASB)

 

 

Thomas and the other disciples finally realize what Jesus meant when He told the disciples that the person who has seen Jesus has seen the Father and will know the Father is in Him and He in His father, with Jesus coming only by His father’s authority (as we read in John 14:5-11 earlier).   The disciples now know without a doubt that as the Word and Son of God, Jesus is divine Himself – the only way He can perfectly represent God as the express image of God, and thus have divine prerogatives and power, far over and above that of the created angels (which they can never have since they are not God’s Son or Word). 

 

When Jesus was resurrected and stood before them, the disciples had no more doubt that Jesus is God – not God the person Himself (who is His father only as Scripture declares), but the divine Word of God who proceeded forth out from God (‘exerchomai ek’) as His son and His word; as when one speaks, his word comes out from the speaker and is part of him, representing him.  This son and word was made flesh, and now risen; the disciples finally know what it means that the Word of God who is the only-begotten Son of God and the promised Messiah is the express image of the invisible God whom the Father sends and through whom the Father works the reconciliation of all things (God being in Christ to reconcile us as we read earlier in 2 Corinthians 5:19).  In other words, they know the Son of God is the one who Moses spoke to and saw in Exodus 24:9-11 and 33:12-23 as we read in Part 1 of this series.

 

The disciples now know how God who alone is immortal can provide for our atonement and die for His creation – through the purest agency:  by God’s Word, His only-begotten Son Jesus, who comes forth from God and is the truest reflection/image of God Himself. Jesus can be called God not only because He is God’s Word and agent representing God, but as the only-begotten Son of God, Jesus is also God (divine/deity), coming forth from God and therefore having the same nature (just as if I had a son, we are both men).  However, though Jesus is His own person and deity, He is not the person God, who is His father alone.

 

And again, when God and Jesus are both called our Savior, it does not mean they are two persons of a two- or three-person Godhead, or they are two Gods.  It means that God, the Lord Jesus’ father, is the one who saves us, but He saves us (reconciles us) – through His son, so they can both be called Savior:

 

Titus 3:

4   But when the kindness of God our Saviour, and his love toward man, appeared,

5   not by works done in righteousness, which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy he saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

6   which he poured out upon us richly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour;    (ASV)

 

 

We see that God’s son is a representation of God’s love, kindness and mercy who appeared for us.  God is the principal, called the Savior in verse 4, who sends His son Jesus as His agent – the Lord Jesus (by His atonement/resurrection and God’s spirit poured out upon the faithful in Christ) is the agency by which God’s salvation is given to mankind and all creation.  We see God’s son Jesus is God’s “love toward man, appeared” from verse 4 through whom we are saved, and therefore Jesus is also called Savior (in verse 6). 

 

Some people believe the Book of Titus calls Jesus, God.  Some translations try to make it look like this is so and have deceived some people when they read quickly over it:

 

Titus 2:

10   not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.

11   For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

12   teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously,

          and godly in the present age,

13   looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,   (NKJV)

 

However, this is not an accurate translation and it should not be read so quickly.  This is another translation which shows what the truth is more clearly:

 

Titus 2:

10   not purloining, but showing all good stedfastness, that the teaching of God our Saviour they may adorn in all things.

11   For the saving grace of God was manifested to all men,

12   teaching us, that denying the impiety and the worldly desires, soberly and righteously and piously we may live in the present age,

13  waiting for the blessed hope and manifestation of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ,    (YLT)

 

 

Do you see the difference?  In the first translation of Titus 2:13 (NKJV), Jesus is being called the God and Savior appearing in glory, but in the second translation of Titus 2:13 (YLT) we see it should really correctly be read as Jesus appearing as the glory of God our Savior which is supported by John calling Him the image of God’s glory in John 12:37-41 which refers to Isaiah 6:1-10.  There is a huge difference in the two.  The first calls Jesus, God, and the other calls Jesus the glory or glorious image of God our Savior.  However, we know the second translation is the truth, because believers know Jesus is the representation of God’s glory. 

 

One thing we must take note of is that Greek does not use punctuation marks, so verse 13 would be even more clear if, for example, it had a comma after the word ‘savior’ to further emphasize it is referring to Jesus as the manifestation of God’s glory and not as God appearing.  Nevertheless, we can still see that Jesus is being referred to as the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, and not that Jesus is the great God and Savior.

 

We also know the second translation is the true one with Jesus appearing as the glory of God our Savior, because verse 10 shows that the Heavenly Father is called God our Savior.  Then, verse 11 sets the stage for verse 13 for Jesus appearing as the glory of God, when verse 11 states “the saving grace of God was manifested to all men” – the saving grace of God being manifested is equal to/the same as, the manifestation of the glory of our God and Savior.  In other words, the Bible shows it is the grace and glory of God our Savior that is revealed in the Lord Jesus, and not that Jesus is the God and Savior who reveals Himself.

 

This is also reconfirmed with Titus 3 we just read earlier.  The Heavenly Father is again called God our Savior and Jesus is the representative/manifestation of God our Savior, and therefore Jesus is called “His love toward man, appeared”, which is the equivalent to Titus 2 stating Jesus is “the saving grace of God was manifested to all men”.  Jesus is not being called God in Titus, but He is being called the revelation to man of God our Savior’s grace and glory.

 

This truth that the Lord Jesus is not called God (He is not the person God who is His father alone, but Jesus is God in nature (deity, an adjective)) can be seen in the apostle John’s writing as well.  In the passage below, Jesus is once again referred to as the love of God manifested like He was in Titus 3:4.  The Lord Jesus being called the love of God manifested is similar to how He is the Son/Word/Image of God:

 

1 John 4

9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.   (NKJV)

 

 

And again, the Bible reminds us who the one God is.  It is YHWH who is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and Jesus is His son:

 

Acts 3:

13   The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go.   (NKJV)

 

 

Giving glory to Jesus, the Word of God and treating Him as if He is God, is not idolatry and not making Him a 2nd or another God.  It is the understanding that we can give due honor to the Word of God as if He is God Himself, because as the purest form of agency He represents God in the truest way in authority and character, and He alone is also deity as God’s Word and only-begotten Son.  We honor the Word of God much the same way we give proper respect and are honoring someone’s word/voice or signature as official and authentic representations of the person as if they were the person himself.

 

In the case of Jesus, He is the Word of God not in an abstract sense, but He is the Word of God personified – He is God’s word in the form of a person, His son.  So not only do we give Him honor because He is the Word of God, but we also give Him glory because He is the only-begotten Son of God who also has the rights of a father to a son (similar to a king to a prince).  And the Son and Word of God is also the express image of the invisible God.  However, this does not make Jesus somehow the person God which the Bible states is His father only.  Jesus is God’s agent in the capacity as both God’s Word and Son; He is not the person God, but Jesus is the person who is the Word of God and only-begotten Son of God.

 

Therefore, though we can bow our knee in reverence and worship to the Son of God, it must be with the understanding that though He is God (divine/deity to describe His nature), He is not Himself also God (the person who is His father only; multiple God/God-person doctrines say Jesus is also a God person); but He is the Word, Image and only-begotten Son of the one person God, His father.  Worship should really be directed to His father, God, in Jesus’ name, because both as the Word, Image and only-begotten Son, everything about Jesus always points back to His father.  Though it is not wrong and can be accepted, because Messiah is the divine Word and Son of God, worship should really not be to the agent or image, but it should be to the one who sends Him and the one who is being represented.  This is why it is important to know the concept of agency – that everything goes back to the Heavenly Father. This is why though He is the only-begotten Son of God and deity Himself, Jesus nevertheless says it is His father who is the one true God who seeks glory and seeks true worshippers in spirit and truth.

 

 

The Word of God and the Image of the invisible God, God’s only-begotten Son – who He is, who He stands for and what He does, is the purest form of agency God has chosen to express Himself and His love, representing God in all His totality, and though God cannot be contained, the Word of God who is divine Himself, is the perfect representation of God that can take a bodily form and die for our sins:

 

1 Kings 8

27   "But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You, how much less this house which I have built!    (NASB)

 

Colossians 2:

9    For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,    (NASB)     

 

 

Remember again, the Lord Jesus Himself says that He is not the one true God:

 

John 17:

3   And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.   (NKJV)

 

 

But what does He also say in John 17:3? He says we must know the only true God and Jesus Christ whom He sent – in this truth is eternal lifeContained in these words of Messiah is the truth of His father God’s perfect and purest act of agency through Him, the Word and Son of God.

 

Jesus is the literal extension and revelation of YHWH Himself, but He is not the same or equal to YHWH, His father.  

 

This has caused much confusion which we see today in the differing views of the nature of the Lord Jesus: that He is either one of two Gods or two God persons in a God family (Binitarian view), one of three equal persons in one God (Trinitarian view), or a created being (Arian/Jehovah’s Witness view). It is the monotheism of Judaism and the Shema that is correct – there is only one true God from which everything proceeds. Unfortunately, Judaism does not believe that the Tanakh (Old Testament) and the New Testament (B'rit Hadashah which it does not consider holy) reveal that the greatest thing that proceeds forth from God is His divine son. Judaism does not understand the love of God; that God is love, and how God/love conquers death and atones for sin by the extension of Himself through His only-begotten son.

 

Though the Lord Jesus is deity Himself, all these things that make Jesus look the same as His father do not take away from the truth of the Shema – that there is only one God and He is the Lord Jesus’ father. Instead, all these things together are the exact reasons why the Shema is truly monotheistic with only one God.

 

It is because all of these things we have been discussing are only proofs that everything is done only according to the will and power of God, our Heavenly Father, to relate to and reconcile His fallen creation to Himself. Everything starts with God: it is His plan and He brings forth all things – even giving of Himself by giving life to an only-begotten son. God does everything and provides everything for us through His son Jesus, because it is really God working to save us the only way that is possible for an immortal being to die for the creation He loves.

 

Once we know and fully understand this, we will never confuse the persons of Jesus and His father or their relationship, or be confused about the nature of God and what true monotheism is. One is one, and from this one true God everything else comes forth.





To the Glory of God the Father

 

And this is the most vital reason why worshipping God in spirit and truth is to glorify the Father and understand that bending our knee to Lord Jesus is to the glory of the Father:

 

Philippians 2:

 

5     Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,

6     who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,

7     but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

8     Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

9     For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,

10   so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11   and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

     (NASB)

 

 

And again:

 

Romans 16:

27   to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen.   (NASB)


 

Because the reason for everything, including Jesus’ life and all He is and all He does – and why, all come from His father. It is all according to God’s will and the fact that God is love. All things are done for God’s glory through Christ.

 

The Lord Jesus humbling Himself even unto death and being able to die is not a weakness that reduces His deity. Rather it elevates Him. Why? Why did Jesus have to die?  Because the Lord as the exact image of His father is only doing what the Father Himself would do. All that the Lord Jesus is – His humility, love, patience, etc., are all exactly perfect demonstrations of the Almighty Himself. And He also does the one thing that His father cannot do – suffer and die for our sins. He does all this as His very own person with His own mind and freedom to choose.

 

He is exalted for this position and that is why He has the name above every other name:  YHWH is savior/is salvation (Matthew 1:21). Even His name expresses the supreme will of God and the Bible truth that God is love.

 

For what greater love is there to lay down one’s life to save His creation?  This is what God does in the only way an immortal being can: through His only-begotten son who is the Word of God – the divine express image of God.  God created all things through His son so that as the one true heir, the Lord Jesus inherits everything and dies for the creation: the Creator dies for His creation in both respects of father and son.  This is the answer to the question of why did Jesus have to die?  Jesus is love just like His father is love.

 

The Lord Jesus Christ deserves to be and should be exalted (as we can see even His father highly exalts Him), and believers do.  However, any glory given to the Lord Jesus must be done in truth, which is with the thorough understanding that everything about the Lord Jesus – His very being, purpose and even life, comes directly from His father to whom all glory and worship truly belongs.  Everything about Jesus comes from His father and God’s will to make Himself known to us and to save us.  In truth, the Lord Jesus is Himself to the glory of His father. 


The truth of Philippians 2 where Jesus deserves glory, but this glory is ultimately to the glory of His father is verified in 1 Corinthians 15 which gives more information about what it means that all knees will bend to Christ to the glory of His father.  We are told the Lord Jesus will subject everything under Him, but after this, He will be subject to His father:


1 Corinthians 15:

20   But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

21   For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.

22   For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

23   But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming.

24   Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.

25   For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.

26   The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.

27   For "He has put all things under His feet." But when He says "all things are put under Him," it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.

28   Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.     (NKJV)



The Bible tells us clearly that His father is above all, even His son, but this truth does not diminish Christ at all (remember, He selflessly took hardship and gave up everything – and was obedient unto death, and is greatly exalted).  An example can be seen in the patriarch Jacob/Israel’s son Joseph who is a type of Christ figure. Joseph reigned in Egypt second only to pharaoh himself.  The pharaoh set Joseph over everything except pharaoh, even to the point that pharaoh commands all must bow the knee to Joseph which would be to his glory as well.  In the words of pharaoh to Joseph:


Genesis 41:

40   You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you."

41   And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt."

42   Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph's hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.

43   And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried out before him, "Bow the knee!" So he set him over all the land of Egypt.

44   Pharaoh also said to Joseph, "I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no man may lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt."   (NKJV)



We are not saying the Father is pharaoh, but just showing how in ancient days, there is a supreme ruler and also a ruler under him – there is a hierarchy of sovereignty.  Similarly, just like we also know in ancient days that though a son is a ruler, his father is greater.  This hierarchy of sovereignty comes together as one when a son rules for his father and his father’s glory.



Therefore, if we bow down to Jesus, it should only be because we know who, what and why He is – it is all by the will of God and His awesome plan, and to God’s glory; and we know we are really bowing down to His father, as Philippians 2:9-11 states.  To bend the knee to the Lord Jesus is to give glory to God, His father.  We cannot isolate any glory Jesus receives from His father, because everything about Jesus, including His own glory, only comes from, and because of, His father.  

 

Because all things come from God, all things go to God.  All our worship should go to God; again:

 

 1 Corinthians 8:

  6    yet to 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 we live through him.   (WEB)

 

 

And as the Lord Jesus said Himself, it is His father who seeks and should receive all glory:

 

John 7

18 He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true,

    and no unrighteousness is in Him.

 

John 8

50 And I do not seek My own glory; there is One who seeks and judges.  (NKJV)

 

 

This is why the Shema is not broken, but instead supported and strengthened.  Everything – including everything about the Lord Jesus, comes forth from God, His father, and is for God’s glory.  The Lord Jesus is God’s son, God’s Word, God’s image, God’s expression of love, God’s Messiah, God’s gift.  It is God's plan of redemption.  This is why Jesus does not seek His own glory, but His father’s. 

 

Indeed, Jesus Himself – everything He is and everything He does, is only a reflection of His father’s glory. 

 

 

God is indeed one and above all, where there is none like Him and who alone receives all glory:

 

Isaiah 42:

6     "I, YAHWEH, have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand, and will keep you,

      and make you a covenant for the people, as a light for the nations;

7     to open the blind eyes, to bring the prisoners out of the dungeon, and those who sit in darkness out of the prison.

8     "I am YAHWEH. That is my name. I will not give my glory to another, nor my praise to engraved images.   (WEB)

 

Isaiah 46:

9    "Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me,   (NASB)

 

Ephesians 4:

6    One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.   (AKJV)

 

 

The Bible tells us that our worship must be to the one true God, the Lord Jesus’ father YHWH. 

 

Our love for the Lord Jesus must not take us away from this all-encompassing truth.  If we know who, what and why the Lord Jesus is, it will not take away from the true worship that belongs to God the father.  Instead, it will add to it, because we will know what God is love really means and how twice blessed we are that the Lord Jesus is also love, as His father is, and humbly, willingly, became a man to suffer and die for our sins. 

 

It is so crucially important to know why there is an only-begotten son – it is at the very heart of the gospel of God.

 

However, many people glorify Jesus almost exclusively while ignoring the Father.  In other words, they worship Jesus as if in the place of God, His father.  This is wrong.  Many people also exalt Jesus as the equal of His father, but do not understand when one is elevated not according to Bible truth, even Christ, than we are actually reducing another, our Father in heaven.  This is also wrong.

The main reason for this is because most Christians are deceived by the Trinity doctrine and so believe they are the same God, but “just” different persons in this one Godhead.  This is not true.  The Trinity doctrine (and other multiple God/person doctrines) totally distorts the nature of God and monotheism, so that we do not know who is who and can never truly know our God.  A Trinity confuses everything and makes it impossible for us to worship God in spirit and truth with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength – which is what God wants and I am sure you do, as well.

 

 

So we must know our God. He is the father of the Lord Jesus Christ whom He sends to save us.

 

 

Everything comes forth from God and fits perfectly together in the Lord Jesus Christ:

 

  • He is the Word of God and exact image of God's nature. He is how God expresses and reveals Himself in the purest form of agency.

 

  • The Lord Jesus is also the very expression and meaning of what God is love means: God brought forth life in an only-begotten son. As the Son of God, this is another perfect form of agency.

 

  • As God is love, His perfect son and image is love also. By His own choice, the Lord Jesus lays down His life for the creation to redeem all things. Messiah, as the purest form of agency being the Word, Son and image of God, does the one thing the Father cannot do Himself.

 

 

 

All these things are according to God’s will and all-knowing power: that the Creator dies for His creation in the only way possible. God made sure of it by giving a part of Himself in a form that can die for the creation. It is in the person of the only-begotten son and one true heir.

 

All these things show that because God is love, His revelation of Himself and His expression of His love in bringing forth life in the only-begotten son perfectly comes together with His plan to redeem His creation and expand His family by adopting us as co-heirs with His son.

 

 

The Lord Jesus is our Redeemer, Messiah, High Priest, and King, who is not ashamed to call us brethren (Hebrews 2:10-15) – He is the Rock that grinds to powder all that oppose Him (Luke 20:18) and the cornerstone that cannot be moved.  This is all by the will and power of His father.

 

HalleluYah!   Glory to God in the highest in the precious name of our Lord Jesus!

 

 

 

Why the Bible alone is truth

 

Christianity stands apart and is unlike any and all religions (the Bible or the true faith in God in Christ is not a religion). Why? It is not just the acknowledgment of sin and how it must be reconciled to a holy God, where anything that is sinful, of darkness, would be instantly and utterly dispelled by the light of God’s holiness. We can see Christianity is different than anything else by the extreme lengths that the Almighty God would go – “bending over backwards” as it were, to save His creation from itself – from sin and eternal death.

 

It is God Himself who defines and separates Christianity. We can see by His actions the proof of who He is – God is love and a God of relationship with His creation.

 

Therefore, we can easily say what sets Christianity apart and why it rings resoundingly true, is because it is based entirely on love – and God is love. As God is love, this is why He does and gives us everything in order that we might be saved.    

 

John 3:16 says that God so loved the world that He gave us His only-begotten son to save us.

This is perhaps the most often quoted verse in the entire Bible. But do we really know what it means?

 

There is a lot more meaning behind giving us His son; it is who His son is and what He represents. His son is the express image of God's nature and the Bible truth that the Almighty God, who is love, would die for His creation, but because He cannot die, brings forth a son who is exactly like Him in all respects – so much so that His son even makes the same choice to humble Himself to die for us.  Why did Jesus have to die?  It is because just as God is love and love can do nothing else but give life, the greatest love likewise can do nothing else but die undeservedly for others – as God is love, so His son is also love.

 

The Bible message to all, the gospel from beginning to end, in the Old and New Testaments (Tanakh and B’rit Hadashah) is the unfolding of God’s great loving action through His son who is just like Him --- the greatest rescue mission ever set in motion to deliver all creation and mankind, His loved ones, from the clutches of sin and death.

 

This is the Bible truth that underlies everything: the true monotheism of God where YHWH alone is God and shares no glory and there is no one like Him. It is the monotheism of the faith once delivered to the saints.

 

Search the Scriptures and see if this is so – the monotheism of God in the Bible will explain everything, such as the truth that the Bible’s words plainly mean what they say (father, son, begotten, immortal, why God is truly one and greater than His son, etc.); why though God’s son is deity, yet He can die; what God is love really means; how Jesus being the exact image of God is a reflection of God Himself, etc.

 

We must earnestly seek God’s truth to truly and fully know our God, so that we can worship Him in spirit and truth which is what He seeks in us (John 4:23-24). We must know our God; we must know who He really is and how awesome He is.

 

Remember, the Lord Jesus said eternal life is to know the one true God and His son Jesus the Messiah who He has sent (John 17:3). God wants us to know Him. Doctrines like a Trinity and others make God and His son unknowable and distort God’s truth and glory. This is not what God wants and contradicts the entire purpose of revealing Himself in the Bible. He did not send His son so that God will remain hidden and mysterious, or to confuse us. Rather, God sent His son to completely reveal Himself, to unveil Himself. Through His only-begotten son, God opens up to us as our Heavenly Father to His children, and loudly declares His holiness, glory and love.

 

He gave us His son, in which we have all our hope, so that in knowing Jesus, we will know Him. To think how great our God is already and then He also gives us His son who is an exact image of Him. The Lord Jesus loves us so much that He suffered and died for our transgressions so that we may one day be with them:

 

Isaiah 53:

3     He was despised, and rejected by men; a man of suffering, and acquainted with disease.

      He was despised as one from whom men hide their face; and we didn't respect him.

4     Surely he has borne our sickness, and carried our suffering; yet we considered him plagued, struck by God, and afflicted.

5     But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities.

      The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed.

6     All we like sheep have gone astray. Everyone has turned to his own way; and YAHWEH has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7     He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he didn't open his mouth. As a lamb that is led to the slaughter,

      and as a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he didn't open his mouth.  (WEB)

 

 

God has set a time to destroy pain and suffering, sin and death, the evil one and the enemies of God, and He will do through this through His son Jesus.  One day, and it will be soon, we will bow to the name of Jesus and confess Him as Lord to the glory of God the Father. Everything comes from the Almighty God who alone is above all (Ephesians 4:6) and therefore though Messiah deserves and has His own glory, all glory goes to the Heavenly Father through His son. The glory given to God shines through and is reflected off His son. He does all things through His Word the only-begotten son so it can truly be said that God who is immortal, dies in the only way He can to save His creation. It is why God can say through His son Jesus:

 

John 14:

6   Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

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

 

John 8:

32   And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.   (AKJV)

 

 

 

 

This is the final part, 7 of 7 about the Deity of Christ. 

 

Please return to the 'Nature of God' section --- the articles in this section should be read together with this to get the big picture view and understanding of what the Bible teaches about the deity of Jesus and God's nature.