Sun, Jan 22, 2012

Jesus: Deity or Dust

 

Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe." Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:24-31 ESV)

Honors - Praise Him
Attritibutes - Know Him
Names - Bless Him
Deeds - Thank Him
Seat - Worship Him
  1. Jesus shares the Honorsdue to God
    1. Glory
      1. YAHWEH - Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. (Psalm 29:1, 2 ESV)
      2. JESUS - The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. (2 Timothy 4:18 ESV)
      3. JESUS - But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18 ESV)
    2. Worship
      1. YAHWEH - And he said to him, "All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me." Then Jesus said to him, "Be gone, Satan! For it is written, "'You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'" (Matthew 4:9, 10 ESV)
      2. JESUS - And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, "Let all God's angels worship him." (Hebrews 1:6 ESV)
      3. JESUS -  when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. (Matthew 28:17 ESV)
    3. Song
      1. YAHWEH - And Miriam sang to them: "Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea." (Exodus 15:21 ESV)
      2. JESUS - And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth." (Revelation 5:9, 10 ESV)
      3. JESUS - And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Ephesians 5:18-20 ESV)
  2. Jesus share the Attributesof God
    1. Omnipotence
      1. YAHWEH - "I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. (Job 42:2 ESV)
      2. JESUS - who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him. (1 Peter 3:22 ESV)
    2. Omnipresence
      1. YAHWEH - Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. (Psalm 139:7-10 ESV)
      2. JESUS - Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!" Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" (John 1:47-49 ESV)
    3. Omniscience
      1. YAHWEH - then hear in heaven your dwelling place and forgive and act and render to each whose heart you know, according to all his ways (for you, you only, know the hearts of all the children of mankind), (1 Kings 8:39 ESV)
      2. JESUS - And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question these things in your hearts? (Mark 2:8 ESV)
  3. Jesus shares the Names of God
    1. Lord
      1. YAHWEH - then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. (Genesis 2:7 ESV)
      2. JESUS - As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, "Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, the voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,'" (Mark 1:2, 3 ESV)
    2. Savior
      1. YAHWEH - For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you. (Isaiah 43:3 ESV)
      2. JESUS - Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: (2 Peter 1:1 ESV)
    3. First and Last
      1. YAHWEH - Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: "I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. (Isaiah 44:6 ESV)
      2. JESUS - I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end." (Revelation 22:13 ESV)
  4. Jesus shares the Deeds that God does
    1. Creating and Sustaining
      1. YAHWEH - "You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you. (Nehemiah 9:6 ESV)
      2. JESUS - All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:3 ESV)
    2. Forgiving sins
      1. YAHWEH - The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, "The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation." (Exodus 34:6, 7 ESV)
      2. JESUS - And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven." (Mark 2:5 ESV)
    3. Raising the dead
      1. YAHWEH - The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up. (1 Samuel 2:6 ESV)
      2. JESUS - So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me." When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out." The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go." (John 11:41-44 ESV)
  5. Jesus shares the Seat of God's throne
    1. YAHWEH - At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, "What have you done?" (Daniel 4:34, 35 ESV)
    2. JESUS - The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. (Revelation 3:21 ESV)
    3. JESUS - He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, (Hebrews 1:3 ESV)
(For further reading, Bowman, Robert J., Jr. And J. Ed Komoszewski.  Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ.  Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007.)


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