“When I saw him [Christ], I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last’” (Revelation 1:17).
I hadn’t realized how much the Divinity of Jesus Christ is debated, within some circles, until I began researching the Holy Trinity for Trinity Sunday. Jesus’ Divinity is revealed throughout the Old and New Testaments, and Jesus fulfills the Old Testament prophecies about God.
The following scriptures merely scratch the surface.
Jesus’ opponents sought to kill Him because “he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God” (John 5:18). After saying that He and the Father are one (John 10:30), Jesus’ opponents picked up stones to stone Him for blasphemy, because He, “a mere man”, claimed to be God. In His response, Jesus again authenticates His divinity by proclaiming, “the Father is in me, and I in the Father” (14:11). After the resurrection, Thomas fell to Jesus’ feet and exclaimed, “My Lord and my God!” (20:28).
Peter accused the Jews in the Temple of killing “the Author of life” when they asked that Barabbas be released and sent Jesus to be crucified (Acts 3:12–15), and Paul states that God is who gives life to all things (1 Timothy 6:13). According to Paul, Christ “Who, being in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the form of a servant, being made in human likeness” (Philippians 2:6-7); “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (Colossians 2:9). Peter calls Jesus “our God and Savior” in his second letter (1:1), as does Paul in Titus (2:13).
“When I saw him [Christ], I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last’” (Revelation 1:17). The Lord revived him by revealing Himself as the First and the Last, a title of Jehovah (Isaiah 44:6; 48:12). “To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again’” (2:8). “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (22:12-13). Again, Jesus identifies Himself as the Alpha and the Omega.
Paul’s admonishment of the Galatians seems remarkably applicable: “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!” (1:6-9).
To believe that Jesus is anything less than God, goes to minimize the glory of God manifested in the Son. Only God is sufficient to restore mankind from spiritual bondage and death. God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
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