ON THE DEITY OF CHRIST
Amongst us have been people challenging us on the deity of Christ. Questions such as “where did Jesus Christ himself claim to be God” or “why is Jesus Christ the Son of God” have always been a tool against the Christian faith. But their assumptions are purely hypothetical. May I state that the knowledge about Christ is far much important because to deny the deity of Christ is to deny the work of Christ which is salvation to all people.
The Bible explains itself if it is let to do so. To begin with John 10:30, Christ declares “I and the father are one.” I think this clearly explains how Christ equates himself to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Many people do not ask this question: why would the Jews insist on killing Christ? It is because He claimed a deity which the Jews considered as a blasphemy.
In John 8:58 Jesus’ answer to the Jews goes this way, “very truly I tell you, before Abraham was, I AM.” Note the use of the term I AM and not I WAS. The word I AM is the very name God gives Moses to describe to the people of Israel in Exodus 3:14;-
“God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites; I AM has sent me to you.”
By saying this, Jesus Christ was claiming eternity which is only an attribute of the divine God.
The word Son of God in Hebrew context did not only mean a product of physical birth. In this context, son meant a King just in the same way it is used in 2nd Samuel 7:14 “I will be his father and he shall be my Son.” It is used in a similar way in Exodus 4:22-23
“22And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh: Thus saith the LORD: Israel is My son, My first-born. 23And I have said unto thee: Let My son go, that he may serve Me; and thou hast refused to let him go…”
This term King or Prince is used by prophet Isaiah to describe the coming Messiah.
“…and he shall be called Wonderful counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and the Prince of peace.” This is the Christ’s kingship over all creation.
Lastly, let me repeat what Paul says in Philippians 2:6-7;-
“Jesus Christ who, being in the very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used for His own advantage. Rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant being made in human likeness.”
Paul tries to rule out the presupposition that just because Christ is God, he should have bragged about it in any way. That is not the case however. He came not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many (Mathew 20:28)
Be sure that in Christ there is all fullness. All who believe and receive Him to them he gives the power to become the children of the Holy God.