Contemplating Christ Through The Bible

 

Many heretical sects are attacking the divinity of Christ. Let us endeavour to contemplate this divine Christ through the Bible.

He is in fact the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament: He is the one prophesied in the Bible to have prepared salvation for mankind beginning in the Book of Genesis (Genesis 3:15). He was the Lord of King David; He will be King forever (Psalm 2:6-7, 110:1). He is the one prophesied by the prophet Isaiah: His name shall be “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6). His origins are from of old, from ancient times (Micah 5:2).

 

The testimony of John the Baptist regarding Christ, John the Baptist admitted that he was not worthy to untie the thongs of Christ’s sandals. He introduced Jesus as the Lamb of God, who would take away the sin of the world (John 1:26-29). He also testified that he baptized people only with water, but Christ is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit, and is the Son of God (John 1:32-34).

 

The self-proclamation and deposition of Christ:

Christ proclaimed several times that He has the status belonging only to the Deity. For example, He declared Himself “the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26)  “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:5) “No one takes (my life) from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father." (John 10:18) “So that you may know that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” (Matthew 9:6) Because Christ acknowledged several times His own divine status, He was declared by the listeners to have blasphemed and indicted with a crime punishable by death, so that they resolved to stone Him. He affirmed that He is the Son of the Blessed One, who will sit at the right hand of the Mighty One in the future and come on the clouds of Heaven (Mark 14:61-64). “Before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58) “I am He” (John 18:5-6). “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30-33).

 

Without the self-proclamations of Christ, the testimonies of all the witnesses would not have tangible significance, and Christ was in fact killed by the religious leaders of the day because of this testimony.

 

Other people testified that Christ is God:

Many others in the Bible had also testified that Christ is God. For example:

The apostle John: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” (John 1:1-2)

The apostle Paul:“Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.” (Romans 9:5) “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.” (Colossians 1:15-20) “While we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13)

The apostle Peter: “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” (Matthew 16:16)

The author of the Book of Hebrews: “The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” (Hebrews 1:3) “But about the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.’” (Hebrews 1:8)

When we have all these witnesses, we cannot but be awed that this God loves us so much. And we cannot but be most thankful, for our perfect Lord had descended to earth in human form, was nailed to death for our sins, and rose on the third day to complete for us the perfect salvation. “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) How can we disdain this “Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come”?

 

By: Esther Lau