IS JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF GOD?
1. Did Jesus Christ tell anyone in Scripture that He HIMSELF is God?
Matthew 22:32 - Jesus says,"I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
John 8:58 - Jesus says, "Before Abraham was, I am."
"All the communion between heaven and the fallen race has been through Christ. It was the Son of God that gave to our first parents the promise of redemption. It was He who revealed Himself to the patriarchs. . . . It was He who gave the law to Israel. Amid the awful glory of Sinai, Christ declared in the hearing of all the people the ten precepts of His Father's law. It was He who gave to Moses the law engraved upon the tables of stone. ." [Book: Ellen G. White, God's Amazing Grace, p.43, paragraph 3].
2. Is there another Scripture that tells of Jesus Christ as God?
John 1:1 says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
So who was the "WORD" that was with God the Father?
John 1:14 says,"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."
Jesus Christ was the WORD. He was God in heaven with God the Father before He came down to earth. When Jesus Christ came down to earth in flesh [with a fallen sinful nature] like us to be mankind's Savior, He was still God. On earth, He had both natures in Him - the human and the divine. His Father was God in heaven when Jesus Christ came down to earth.
GOD THE FATHER AND GOD THE SON ARE TWO DIFFERENT DIVINE BEINGS FROM EACH OTHER.
3. Is there another Scripture to tell us that Jesus Christ is God?
Matthew 1:23 says, "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."
Isaiah 7:14 - His name shall be called - "Immanuel"
Jesus Christ was God in the flesh. He did not leave His divinity in heaven when He became human. While being human, He hid His divinity. He veiled His divinity because none of us could see Him in His divinity and be still alive.
Jesus Christ being divine and human at the same time in the same person is a mystery to mankind but not to God.
4. Is Jesus Christ REALLY God?
Revelation 1:8 - "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
5. What Did the Old Testament tell us of who Jesus Christ is?
Isaiah 9:6 says, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
Jesus Christ was also called - Wonderful, Cousellor, The mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Jesus Christ holds the same title as God the Father - He is also called, "The everlasting Father." Don't forget, both of them are two different divine beings.
6. Since Jesus Christ is God; Is He ALL KNOWING?
Isaiah 46:9 - Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
Isaiah 46:10 - Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
Jesus Christ is GOD.
Jesus Christ is SELF EXISTENT.
Jesus Christ is ALL POWERFUL.[He can create anything out of nothing. He made the worlds].
Jesus Christ is ALL KNOWING. [He knows the end from the beginning].
Jesus Christ is OUR SAVIOR because He is GOD.
8. Does Jesus Christ know the day and hour of His second coming to take the righteous to heaven?
Since Jesus Christ is God, it is obvious that He knows the day and hour of His second coming to take the righteous to heaven. Though Jesus Christ says in Matthew 24:36 that only His Father knows the day and the hour of His coming, nevertheless, we do know that He as God, He knows it too. As far as Jesus Christ's humanity is concerned, He does not know the day and hour of His coming. But as God, of course He knows the day and hour of His second coming.
Jesus Christ could have told His hearers of the day and hour of His second coming without any problem. If Jesus Christ told his disciples the day and hour of His second coming, then, it would contradict the Scriptures that say - His coming will be like a thief in the night - [1 Thessalonians 5:2; 2 Peter 3:10].
Jesus Christ told us in Scriptures all the signs and prophecies leading to His second coming.
Jesus Christ told us of His first coming as a baby in prophecies and they fulfilled exactly. He told us in prophecies the rise and fall of nations in the dream of of Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 2; it fulfilled accordingly.
Ellen G. White says, "There is a day that God hath appointed for the close of this world's history: "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." Prophecy is fast fulfilling." [Book; Last Day Events, p.16, paragraph 4].
9. What would be the evil consequences for You to believe "that Jesus Christ does not know the day and the hour of His second coming"?
(i) Indirectly, YOU are saying -
- Jesus Christ is NOT GOD
- Jesus Christ is NOT ALL KNOWING.
- Jesus Christ is a LIAR because He says, "HE DOES NOT KNOW."
- Jesus Christ cannot be our SAVIOR.
- The Bible CONTRADICTS itself.