So Who Is Jesus?

Recently someone commented on Facebook that the Jews, Muslims, and Christians all worship the same God.

It sounds true. After all, the Jewish Scriptures form the bases of the Old Testament, and Muslims believe that God gave his promise to Abraham—just through Ishmael, not through Isaac. They refer to God as Allah, which is the Arabic word for God, and he, they say, is the creator, the one who is to be worshiped.

But if Christians worship the same God as do Jews and Muslims, who is Jesus?

As Muslims say, there is no one worthy anywhere in the universe who is to be praised other than Allah. I think Jews would probably say the same about the God of their Scripture. But Christians can only say this with the understanding that Jesus Himself is God.

The conclusion some could draw is that Christians believe in multiple gods—at least three. But that’s not the case. Rather, Christians believe in the mystery of the Trinity that reveals God as three persons in One. No, God is not three separate individuals. He is One. No, God does not have subordinates working for Him.

Rather He Himself manifests as Father, Son, and Spirit. All three in unit of purpose, unit of existence, unit of character. God did not create Jesus and the Spirit. They are not separate entities. One of the mysteries of our transcendent God is that He is like no other. Nothing can really illustrate His triune nature.

I’ve heard a few examples. One is water, which manifests as ice, liquid, and steam. The analogy breaks down because water is never all three simultaneously.

Another comparison is with an egg—shell, yolk, white. The problem there is that each is part of the egg, not the whole of it. Someone following this line of thinking could assume that Jesus is part of God, but not actually God Himself.

A third analogy I’ve heard is popcorn, though I don’t remember how it all works. I can see the unpopped kernel and the popped kernel, but what was the third of the trinity?

There are others. An apple came up in an internet search, for example. The sun was another. But with each of these there is some sort of problem. The fact is, God is like nothing in the created order. Not really. He’s only understood a little better by looking at these items that have some similarities.

The truth is that Jesus is God, that the Father is God, that the Spirit is God. But there are not three Gods. There’s only one God and He reveals Himself as a Triune being—having three persons, though His nature is One, His essence is One.

So, Jesus.

Why do Christians believe such a difficult doctrine as the Trinity? Well, simply, the Bible presents this truth in many places and in many ways.

For example Jesus made some bold statements about His existence, such as “I and the Father are One” (John 10:30).

Or there was the discussion with His disciples when He said,

“Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? (John 14:9)

Then there are the times that He referred to Himself by the name which God used in His encounter with Moses: I AM.

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.”

By the way, the Jewish leaders of Jesus’s day understood very well that He was claiming to be God. That’s why they accused Him of blasphemy and why they tried to stone Him.

John began his gospel by stating clearly, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Of course another book of the Bible begins with the words, “In the beginning . . .” That would be Genesis, and in the beginning was God.

Other New Testament writers understood that Jesus is God and they proclaimed it clearly. Paul said, “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form” (Col. 2:9) and earlier he explained:

[Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him

To another church, Paul wrote, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped” (Phil 2:6, emphasis mine).

The writer to the Hebrews made a clear statement also:

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. (emphasis mine)

All this to say, Jesus is not merely a prophet or a teacher or a healer. He did speak words of prophecy. He was a teacher. And, yes, He healed. But those were things that were actions He took, that stemmed from His personhood as God. They do not encompass Him.

Why am I making such a point about Jesus as God? Because only God qualifies as the Perfect Substitute to pay for the sins of those who believe on His name. No human being could accomplish what Jesus accomplished. No human is capable or qualifies. Only God.

And that’s who Jesus is.

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Published in: on November 9, 2017 at 4:52 pm  Comments (3)  
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  1. Dear Rebecca it is a pity you got caught up in the false teachings of the Trinity and do not want to believe God Himself Who declared Jesus to be His only begotten beloved son, His sent one who is authorised by God to speak and act in His Name.

    From your writing it looks like you do not understand certain Biblical as well common expressions, like “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” and perhaps also not the similar ““I have seen Abraham.” which is still currently used.

    It also looks you do not understand the oneness of Christ with God, which would make you and us when we have to be one with Christ like he is one with God, becoming Christ and as such also becoming God. (A very dangerous theory).

    Never did Jesus claim to be God or said e was equal with God.

    You also write “Christians worship the same God as do Jews and Muslims” but Jews, real Christians and Muslims would never worship your Trinity. Real Christians like real Muslims worship “Allah”, The God”, the same as the Jews worship the elohim Hashem Jehovah, the Only One True God Who is One and Who is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

    May we remind you and your readers that not all Christians believe such a difficult and false doctrine as the Trinity and that nowhere the Bible ever presents such “truth” in many places and in many ways.

    The way you interpret verses reveals how much you are entangled in the Nicean doctrine and follow those clergy who betrayed the Nazarene Jew Jeshua (Jesus Christ) but also shows us how you did not come to see how the apostle John wrote his gospel in the manner of the Books of Moses, where God is shown as the One Who Spoke and every time God Spoke (expressed a Word) it came into being and as such that what God promised in the Garden of Eden (the solution against the curse of death and the curse of sin), that word Spoken had now come into being, into the flesh, and as such the second Adam was placed on the world by the Most High. It is that sent one from God, who is the way to God (and not to himself) that man should believe in and should be reconciled with God, him now being saved by the grace of God because the Almighty God accepting the ransom offer paid by His only begotten son.

    You ending with”Why am I making such a point about Jesus as God? Because only God qualifies as the Perfect Substitute to pay for the sins of those who believe on His name. No human being could accomplish what Jesus accomplished. No human is capable or qualifies. Only God.” nullifies the act of Jesus and makes God into a very cruel being, first having given commandments to man He knew they would not be able to keep them and secondly by not solving the problem there and then when it posed itself in the Garden of Eden, plus after His faking His birth, temptation,death and resurrection after the many lies he told, like “I am going up to my Father, mine and your God”. He still letting so many people suffer whilst they are so called saved.

    You also take away the hope for man to believe that a man would be able to come out of the dead, because now no man as ever come out of death (in your way of thinking).

    Please do remember that God is a god of order and not a god of confusion. When you would take the words of the Bible like they are black on white you shall see there is not at all any reason to have a difficult teaching in the Bible (of the trinity) but that everything is clear that there is Only One True God Who is One and Who is never lying, which can give us a marvellous hope if we are prepared to believe in Jesus who clearly recognised that God is greater than him and that he can not do anything without God.

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    • I gave you Scripture in another comment to show you that God is in fact a triune being. I don’t know what you believe about sin or salvation, but I really don’t want unsupported statements of a false gospel here.

      The point of this article is to make it clear that Christians worship a different God from that Jews and Muslims claim to worship. And we know this because Jesus said He showed the disciples God. So whoever rejects Jesus simply doesn’t have a clear view of God. That’s about as lacking in confusion as a person can get. It is black and white. I don’t know how you can interpret it any other way. Either it’s true, or it’s not. Either you believe what Jesus said or you ignore Him.

      Becky

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      • It looks more that you do not believe Jesus who said God is greater than him and that he could do nothing without God to Whom he went and to Whom in the end also shall hand over the Kingdom of God.

        “27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful. 28 ¶ Ye heard how I said to you, I go away, and I come unto you. If ye loved me, ye would have rejoiced, because I go unto the Father: for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe. 30 I will no more speak much with you, for the prince of the world cometh: and he hath nothing {1 } in me; {1) Or in me. But that…I do, arise etc }31 but that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.” (Joh 14:27-31 ASV)

        “ Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father doing: for what things soever he doeth, these the Son also doeth in like manner.” (Joh 5:19 ASV)

        “ Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I came forth and am come from God; for neither have I come of myself, but he sent me.” (Joh 8:42 ASV)

        You also seem to neglect the teachings of the disciples of Jesus who never took him as their god but clearly knew Jesus worshipped the God of Abraham and always is and shall be under that God, He Jehovah, being master over Jesus:

        “ But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” (1Co 11:3 ASV)

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