Last Sunday I had the privilege to address a group of Bible believing, Christ exalting Christians during a chapel service affiliated with our local Christian Bible Institute. The message was focused on the Second Person of the Godhead, namely our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There are many things that you and I can differ with as born again Christians. One example is our eschatological points of view. The Deity of Jesus Christ, however, is a nonnegotiable doctrine that all true blood washed saints heartily agree upon. It is an essential doctrine: end of the conversation.
Ancient heretics who questioned His Deity were the Gnostics and the Arians to name a couple. There were others as well. The book of Colossians was actually written in order to validate the doctrine of the Deity of Jesus Christ and refute the Gnostics who believed in another Jesus, and not the Jesus of scriptures. Read Colossians 1:15-20 for a comprehensive teaching on Christ the Creator.
I wrote the above in order to say this. We had an interloper in our congregation on that Sunday morning who did not believe Jesus is Lord and God. He challenged me after the service, and he will now share his viewpoints with the leadership of the Bible Institute. The beauty of this occurrence is that this wolf in sheepskin was unmasked and fully exposed. He previously made overtures revealing his desire to be involved in the chapel service and school. MAKE NO MISTAKE. He knew what we believed, yet desired to surreptitiously slip into our ranks under the radar. A few of the modern day “Gnostics” who believe in another Jesus are the Jehovah Witnesses, the Mormons (LDS), and the group the aforementioned man represents called “The Way.” There are many others as well. The teachings of the groups who represent a false Jesus Christ are diverse and long, and there are many versions. That is why prior to His crucifixion Jesus asked His disciples: “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus also said: “Many will come in my name.” An excellent method of unveiling the counterfeit is being thoroughly versed with the genuine. The following passages and Bible verses are provided in order to assist you and I in providing answers to skeptics why we believe Jesus is God:
Jesus The Creator (Only God Can Create)
1)Colossians 1:15-20 King James Version (KJV)
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him 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:
17 And he is before all things, and by 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 might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
2)John 1:1-4, 14 King James Version (KJV)
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.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Hebrews 1:8-11 King James Version (KJV)
8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:
11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
Other Evidences Of Jesus’ Deity
Three Things Jesus Did That Are Attributes Of God Alone: 1)He claimed to be God, referring to Himself as “I Am.” This is who God called Himself before Moses at the burning bush. 2)He accepted worship from people and did not forbid them from worshipping Him. The apostle John was twice warned in the book of Revelation to NOT worship angels, because they are our fellow servants. The angel told him twice to not worship angels but to worship God. See Revelation 19:10 and 22:8-9. Only God is to be worshipped and no one else. 3)Jesus forgave people for their sins! Who, except God can do this? We are all sinners and lack the credentials to forgive others. Only God can forgive people for their sins.
*** Note *** The Pharisees wanted to stone Jesus to death because of these three claims of Deity listed above. The Pharisees would have accepted Jesus as a prophet but they refused His claims of Deity, accusing Him of heresy and being demon possessed.