WHO IS JESUS?
Many people think they know who Jesus is. When you ask most, the common answer is the Son of God, or the Messiah. However, surprisingly most don’t really understand the truth of Jesus. Using only the scriptures from the Bible, here is the truth about Jesus that you may have overlooked. I will place in bold key words to highlight key phrases that can easily be overlooked.
There is a claim by some that Jesus was God Almighty in the flesh. Others separate God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost as three separate persons. Now, if you have a Bible, look these scriptures up for yourself. I like the King James Version for example because it is just the literal scripture rather than expounded into modern English where further meaning may become lost in translation.
To know who Jesus is and His relation to God, we first need to understand who God is. It says in John:4:24: God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Then begs the questions, just how many God’s are there? Reading the Old Testament reveals that there is only one God, look to the Old Testament scripture Deuteronomy:6:4: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:” Numerous other scriptures reveal this, one in particular is found in Isa:45:21: “Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.”
So who was God talking to when He said in the first part of Gen:1:26: And God said, Let us make man in our image,…” I highlighted the “us” and the answer is also repeated later on in this lesson. “Us’ is “… the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (latter part of 1 John:5:7)
God is further revealed in the New Testament when reading John:1:1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” One may ask how can God be both the Word, and the Word was with God while at the same time the Word was God? Simple: God is a Spirit, not a person and can exist in all places at the same time because He is God. Now how does Jesus fit into this? Read on down to John 1:14 and here is an important revelation. It 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.”
We know the Word is both God and was made flesh. So who is this fleshly manifestation of God that John is talking about? The identity of the Word is further explained in John 1: 16: “And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
17: For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
Isaiah reveals Jesus in Isa:9:6: 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, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” I highlighted “The mighty God” as many read this verse and don’t catch that this child who is born who is later revealed in Matthew as Jesus is also mentioned as “The mighty God” in the above scripture.
We see the name Jesus Christ mentioned, but is that who John is really talking about. Further reading will reveal this when Phillip asked Jesus the following request:
John:14:8: Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
9: Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
10: Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
11: Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.
How can Jesus have said that? Because He makes identity plain in what He says in John 10:30: “I and my Father are one.” Also is says in 1 John:5:7: For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. Also look what is said in 1Jn:3:16: “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” God laid down His life for us? But God is a Spirit, yet He did this. How? Because He took on the form of flesh in Jesus Christ so that His blood could be shed for remission for our sins.
I placed the word “one” in bold to make a point. God had to become a Father to create a Son, so He made himself a fleshly being to inhabit while still being in all places and in Heaven because God can do anything that He wills.
Some get confused when they read what is said in Mark:16:19: “So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.” Does this mean that a little Jesus sat next to a big right hand that was God. No, because hear is the clarification as to what the “right hand of God is referring to as read in Matthew:26:64:” Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power,and coming in the clouds of heaven.”
Now some of you may argue, well, who was Jesus talking to when He prayed before facing crucifixion when He said in Matthew:26:39:”And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” That was the flesh praying to the Spirit. God had to experience as a human all the feelings and sufferings we felt so He could show that we could live sinless in spite of our flesh. Another way of putting it was He was literally talking to His eternal self through His physical self. Again, Jesus did not desire to suffer, but He had to bring the fleshly nature under the subjection of the Spirit.
Did Jesus just have some of God’s Spirit or just a part of God? In fact, He had all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Col:2:9: For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. This is also explained in 2 Cor:5:19: “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”
Though there a many more scriptures which I can provide upon request, I’ll conclude with Revelations 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.” Second and finally showing God having died in the flesh as Jesus Christ, I give you Revelations 1: 18: “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. “