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Deity of Christ

(this page is a draft, lifted from the 1999 archive version of Over time, I’ll add pages behind each reason. )

The central truth of Christianity is the incarnation and Deity of Jesus Christ. All of Christianity hinges on the person and redemptive message of hope found in the babe in the manger whom the Prophet Isaiah called “Mighty God”. The line in the sand between Christianity and cults is the doctrine of the Deity of Christ.

The Deity of Christ has the key dividing line between believers and heretics. During His earthly ministry, Christ was nearly stoned, accused by a mock trail, and then crucified for the crime of blasphemy. All because they understood so well, that His message was that He is YHWH, the living and true God, the Ancient of Days.

In the fourth, fifth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries Christ’s claim to Deity continued to be attacked by many heresies. Yet, the scriptural proofs for the Deity of Christ are specific, throughout the Holy Scriptures, and simply overwhelming.

A Study of the Deity of Christ
Any study of the Deity of Christ must begin with the strong Scriptural doctrine that there is only one God, who has revealed Himself to us in three persons – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in Deity and power.

1 – Salvation is of the Lord
The first Biblical reason that Jesus is God comes from His name, Jeshua (same as Joshua, and Jesus in English), which literally means “Jehovah is Savior”. Jesus is repeatedly called savior.

Throughout the Holy Scripture, the Lord God adamantly proclaims that there is no other savior besides Himself..

Salvation belongs to the LORD – Psalm 3:8 ESV

I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior  – Isaiah 43:11

Only God can save. The sin debt of the world is an infinite debt against an infinite God. Only God can possibly pay that debt. If Jesus is anything less than God then He could not have paid the debt, and there is no hope of salvation.

Christ’s Titles
Intro text

2 – Lord means Deity
The title Lord was first applied to Jesus by Simon Peter just prior to his declaration that “You are the Christ, the son of the Living God.” Thereafter, Lord is increasingly applied to Jesus. Although the title of Lord may mean simply a master, to the Jews “Lord” was a reverent title of Deity. The Bible of their day was the Septuagint – a Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures. The Septuagint translated the Hebrew word for God (YHWH) as the Greek word meaning Lord. In fact, it was the early church’s refusal to agree that Caesar was Lord that caused the Christians to be martyred.

3 – Christ means Messiah
The very title of Christ means God’s Holy One or God’s Anointed One. The Jews looked forward to this person’s coming as the Messiah.

4 – Son of God
When the scribes and Pharisees understood that Jesus was claiming to be the Son of God, they wanted to stone Him for blasphemy because he was claiming to be equal with God. Jesus and Hebrews also explain that the Son of God means deity.

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