Discover the will of God for you – Part 4

Heb 1:2, 3 Not only is Jesus the “express image” (exact representation) of God, but He is God Himself — the very God who spoke in Old Testament times.
Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide

Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide
Heb 1:2, 3 Not only is Jesus the “express image” (exact representation) of God, but He is God Himself — the very God who spoke in Old Testament times. He is eternal; He worked with the Father in creating the world (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). He is the full revelation of God. You can have no clearer view of God than by looking at Christ. Jesus Christ is the complete expression of God in a human body.

“My Lord and my God!” (Jn 20:28). The Scriptures declare that Jesus is God. This is the foundation of the Christian faith and is of utmost importance for our salvation. Without Jesus Christ being divine, He could not have made atonement for the sins of the world. The deity of Jesus Christ is shown by the following:
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(1) Divine Names Are Given To Him In Scripture: (a) God (20:28; Is 9:6; Rom 9:5; Tit 2:13; Heb 1:8); (b) the Son of God (5:25; Mat 16:16-17; 8:29; 27:40,43; Mark 14:61-62; Luke 22:70); (c) the First and the Last (Rev 1:17; 2:8; 22:13); (d) the Alpha and the Omega (Rev 1:8; 22:13); (e) the Beginning and the End (Rev 22:13); (f) the Holy One (Hos 11:9; Acts 3:14); (g) the Lord (Luke 2:11; Acts 4:33; 9:17; 16:31); (h) Lord of all and Lord of Glory (Ps 24:8-10; Acts 10:36; 1 Cor 2:8).

(2) Divine Worship Is Given To Christ (John 5:23; 13:13; 20:28; Mat 14:33; Luke 5:8), and prayers are addressed to Him (Acts 7:59; 1 Cor 1:2; 2 Cor 12:8-9).

(3) Divine Offices Are Assigned To Christ: (a) creator of the universe (John 1:3; Col 1:16; Heb 1:8,10; Rev 3:14); (b) sustainer of all things (Col 1:17; Heb 1:3); (c) forgiver of sins (Mark 2:5,10; Luke 7:48-50); (d) bestower of resurrection life (John 5:28-29; 6:39-44); (e) judge of all people (5:21-23; Mat 25:31-46; Acts 17:31; 2 Tim 4:1); (f) giver of salvation (John 5:24-26; 6:47; 10:28; 17:2).
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(4) The NT Sees Christ In OT Statements About The Lord. Compare Ps 23:1 with John 10:11; Ps 102:24-27 with Heb 1:10-12; Is 8:13-14 with 1 Pet 2:7-8; Jer 17:10 with Rev 2:23; Ezek 34:11-12 with Luke 19:10.

(5) The Name Of Jesus Christ Is Associated With That Of God The Father (14:1,23; Mat 28:19; Rom 1:7; 2 Cor 13:14; Col 2:2; 1 Thes 3:11; Jas 1:1; Rev 5:13; 7:10).

(6) Christ’s sinlessness and holiness testify to His deity (Luke 1:35; 2 Cor 5:21; Heb 4:15).

(7) Christ Was Declared To Be The Son Of God By His Resurrection (Rom 1:4).
These conclusive proofs of Christ’s deity mean that believers must act toward Christ in exactly the same manner as they act toward God the Father. They must believe in Him, worship Him, pray to Him, serve Him and love Him (see also John 1:1; Mark 1:11).

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