By Dr. Richard Ing
Is Jesus God? The
answer is Yes. The Lord Jesus is not
just a baby in a manger, a mere human being that did a good job and was
elevated to god-like status, or someone hanging on a cross. He is the resurrected Lord. He is not just a human being or a Lamb. He is an awesome God. When John saw the Lord in His true form in
heaven, John fainted. Rev. 1:12-17. Jesus was God before He came to earth, He was
God while He walked the earth in human-form, and He is God now and forever
Some cults, such as Jehovah's Witnesses, claim that he was
originally Michael the archangel, was only a man when He walked the earth and was
made a "lesser" god because of His good deeds. But the Bible says, "... before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be
after Me." Is. 43:10. Could God be wrong? There is nothing in the Bible that even
hints that Jesus was formerly Michael, the archangel.
As the apostle Paul warned, do not accept a Jesus that is
different from the one in the Bible or doctrines not taught by the first
apostles. 2 Co.
11:3-4; etc. Don't accept any doctrine
not clearly found in the Bible, even if an angel from heaven comes and teaches
it. Gal. 1:8, 9. Both Mormonism and Islam are based on
"new" doctrines taught by an angel from heaven (Moroni and Gabriel, supposedly) and in
violation of Bible warnings. In fact,
many churches worship a Jesus that is not in the Bible.
The Jehovah's Witnesses changed the Bible wholesale - over
400 scriptures. They changed the word
"Lord" into "Jehovah" two-hundred and eighty-six times, but
refused to call Jesus "Jehovah" and left his name as the
"Lord" Jesus Christ. That's
dishonest. In the Bible, God is called
the "Saviour" in the Old Testament (Ps. 106:21; Is. 19:20; and many
other passages.) Isaiah 43:11 says, "I, even I, am the Lord; and beside
me there is no saviour."
Yet, Jesus is called the "Saviour." Jesus' mother, Mary, said, "And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my
Saviour." Lk. 1:47. Even before Jesus was born, He was already
called "Saviour." When He was
born, the angel of the Lord announced to the shepherds in the field, "For unto you is born this day in the
city of David a Saviour,
which is Christ the Lord." Lk.
2:11. Did the angel of the Lord make a
mistake? After all, God said that "beside me there is no Saviour." Jesus is called the Saviour in many verses in
the New Testament. Ac. 5:31; Ac. 13:23;
Phil. 3:20, etc. In 1 Timothy
1:1, the apostle Paul stated, "Paul,
an apostle of Jesus Christ by the command of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus
Christ, which is our hope." Yet,
Paul called Jesus the "Saviour" many times. Ac. 13:23; Phil. 3:20; 2 Ti. 1:10; Tit. 1:4;
Tit. 2:13. He also used the phrase or
title, "God our Saviour" many times, thus calling Jesus God. 1 Ti. 2:3; Tit. 1:3; Tit. 2:10; Tit.
3:4. The apostle Peter also called Jesus
"Saviour" many times. 2 Pet.
1:1; 2 Pet. 1:11; 2 Pet. 2:20..
There are many scriptures that tell us that the name of God
in the Old Testament, is The "Lord." "...
(A)nd they shall know that my name is The Lord." Jer. 16:21; 17:10, etc. The name of the Son is
"Jesus." Mat. 1:21, etc. The name of the Holy Spirit is
"Christ." Col. 1:27.
Yet, the Holy Spirit is also called the Spirit of Jesus (Phil. 1:19) and
the Spirit of the Lord. Jdg. 3:10; Is.
11:2; 2 Co. 3:17; etc. Jesus mentioned, "I am in My Father, and ye in Me, and I in you." Jn. 14:20.
At the same time, we are told that when we were born-again, the Holy
Spirit came to dwell in us as an earnest deposit of the Spirit. 2 Co.
When Jesus sacrificed His life on the cross for our sins and
rose from the dead, He completed His mission and became the fullness of the
"For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily." Col. 2:9.
Thus, His name became "The Lord Jesus Christ," the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost
in One. "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the
Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are One." 1 Jn. 5:7.
The Godhead is also mentioned in Ac. 17:29; Ro. 1:20; Col.
2:9. The apostle Paul recognized this
great mystery of the ages.
The very first verse in the Bible states, "In the beginning God created the
heaven and the earth." Gen.
1:1. Who created the heaven and earth
and everything in it? It was Jesus. "He
was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him
not." Jn. 1:10. Paul says,
"And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery which from
the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus
Christ." Eph. 3:9.
Colossians 1:16 makes it clear that, "For by Him (Jesus) were all things created, that are in heaven,
and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or
dominions, or principalities, or powers, all things were created by Him, and
for Him." Who created the
heaven and earth? Genesis 1:1 says that
it was God. Jesus is God.
When Jesus walked the earth in the flesh, He gave up all His
glory and power as part of the Godhead in heaven. "Who,
being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made
Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made
in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled
Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Phil. 2:6-8.
In the flesh, Jesus had to call the Father in heaven, "My God," and ". . . for My Father is greater than I." Jn. 14:28.
How else could he humble? He
could not say, "My partner, or My Colleague, or My Equal." He had to be totally man in the flesh,
nothing and nobody. He could not be
humble and claim that He was God at the same time. He was in the form of humble man, but He was
more than man. Even if Jesus had said
it, the Pharisees and people would not have received it. They would have killed Him for blasphemy. They did.
At the same time, the Lord Jesus did hint at it by saying
that someone "greater than Jonas is
here" (Mt. 12:41; Lk. 31:32)
and "... a greater than
Solomon is here" (Mt. 12:42; Lk. 11:31). The Lord even hinted that He had come from
heaven and existed long before He came to earth as a man. "Verily,
verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." Jn. 8:58.
"... (H)e that hath seen Me
hath seen the Father." Jn.
14:9. Yet, neither the disciples nor the
priests nor people believed Him at the time.
Just the idea that Jesus was in any way the Son of God, even with all
the miracles He performed by the Holy Ghost, and all that He said, led the
priests and people to crucify Jesus.
Would it have been better if He had said outright from the beginning,
"I am God?" or "I created the heaven and earth?" I believe not.
One of the main reasons the Lord Jesus had to "not be
God on earth" was to teach all believers that when He walked the earth as
strictly flesh, He did all those marvelous miracles and rose from the dead
through the Holy Spirit. He didn't do it
as "God." He did it in the
same form as you and me - in the flesh by the Holy Spirit. That why He could say, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the
works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do;
because I go unto my Father."
Jn. 14:12. He sent us the Holy
Spirit to be our guide, counselor, teacher, power.
You and I have the same Holy Spirit that lived in
Jesus. The same Holy Spirit lives in us
too, and we can do the same miracles that Jesus did when he was walking in the
flesh as purely man. That is also why
Jesus could say, "And these signs
shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils; they
shall speak in strange tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink
any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and
they shall recover." Mk.
How could Jesus have taught us about the power of the
indwelling Holy Spirit if He did all those miracles as God on earth? We are not God; therefore we would not be
able to follow His example. He had to do
it as lowly man, with the Spirit of God living in Him. Same as you and me. As lowly man, He had to call the Father
greater than Him and "My God."
In Revelation 1:4, the apostle John calls Jesus "Him which is, and which was, and which
is to come; . . . ." "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the
ending, said the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the
Almighty." Rev. 1:8, 11,
17. Jesus said to John, "Fear not, I am the first and the last:
I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore." Rev. 1:17-18.
When John is taken to the very throne of God, he hears the
four beasts before and behind the throne say, "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to
come, ... who liveth for ever and ever."
Rev. 4:8, 9, 10. Then the
twenty-four elders worship Jesus said declare, "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power;
for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were
created." Rev. 4:11; Rev.
5:14. Who sits on the throne of
God? Jesus. Who created the heaven and earth and
everything in it for His pleasure? Jesus
did. Jn. 1:10; Eph. 3:9; Col. 1:16.
"In the beginning, God
created the heaven and the earth."
Gen. 1:1. Jesus is God.