Archive for December 4, 2007

This is one of the most important questions in the bible. Was Jesus just a good man? Was he just a prophet as the muslims believe? Or was he actually God himself manifested in the flesh? If he was God, then why did he constantly speak to himself?

Well I think that the thing that throws most people off and is a big stumbling block, including some christians, is their understanding of the trinity. I will not cover it here extensively now but here is a quick overview.

Even though the word ‘trinity’ cannot be found in the bible, the bible makes it clear through different passages of scripture that God is triune. In a word, the trinity describes the nature of God (OK, I described it in four words). It is the doctrine that God is one being who exists, simultaneously and eternally, as three distinct persons (not to be confused by “person”): the Father, the Son (incarnate as Jesus), and the Holy Spirit. They are not the same, they have different functionalites, yet they are one God. THEY ARE NOT THREE GODS. Yes, I know. It is a difficult thing for our finite minds to get our head around but hopefully, the diagram below will help you to get a better understanding.

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This explains passages when the Son is talking to the Father as he did in Matthew 26:39

He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.

And then you have passages where all three are present, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,

And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:21,22)

I think that this is foundational to a correct understanding of Jesus. So lets get back to the original question. Is Jesus God? Well I think that the best person to answer that question conclusively is God himself through his revealed word in scripture. So click here to see a list of over 180 verses in the bible that show that Jesus is indeed God. This was taken from one of the lessons out of The School of Biblical Evangelism.