THE DEITY OF CHRIST
“And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”John 20:28
We pray to Jesus as Lord, worship Him, and sing praises to Him as God. No wonder Thomas, confronted with the very tangible evidence of Jesus’ resurrection could say in response “My Lord and my God”.
Jesus Christ Himself claimed deity. He taught His disciples to pray in His name. He claimed that He and the Father were one and that He was the Son of God. He claimed that to know Him was to know God, to see Him was to see God, to receive Him was to receive God, to believe Him was to believe in God, and to honor Him was to honor God, while to hate Him was to hate God.
To Jesus Christ are attributed works God alone can do. John declares that Jesus Christ is the eternal Word who made all things, who is with God, and who is God (John 1:1–18). Not one thing came into existence apart from that Word. The Word who is “in the beginning” is “with God,” directed toward God, and is God. This entails pre-existence. He is the only-begotten God.
In 1 Corinthians 8:6, “yet for us, there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.” Paul couples God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ in their respective work in creation. This throws light on incidents in the Gospels where Jesus displays the functions of deity, in sovereign charge of the elements. While presented as signs of the kingdom of God they point to his lordship over the world as its king.
The Old Testament stresses that deliverance could only come from Yahweh, not man.
The name Jesus, required by the angel, means “savior.” He was to save his people from their sins “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”-Matthew 1:21
His healings demonstrate him to be the lord of life. Beyond that, he delivers from sin and death. Since salvation is a work of God, Paul’s persistent description of Jesus as savior is an implicit attribution of deity “but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,”-II Timothy 1:10
Jesus’ participation in the unique divine sovereignty is not just a matter of what Jesus does, but of who Jesus is in relation to God.”
He gave himself to die for millions of others and, following his indisputable resurrection, he commissioned his disciples to go and proclaim salvation through him to the whole world. And this they did with much opposition and at great personal cost, many refusing to renounce his deity even at the cost of their lives. The pages of the New Testament are filled with thousands of people whose lives and words proclaim that Jesus is Lord. And their efforts have established believers in Christ who for ages have worshiped and lived for him.
FURTHER READING: Romans 14:7-9, I Peter 2:6-8
CONFESSION: I BELIEVE IN THE DEITY OF CHRIST, THAT GOD TOOK MY PLACE AS MAN TO SEE ME REDEEMED, THIS I BELIEVE IS TRUE AND HOLD FAST TO.