Deity of Christ 4

deity of Christ 6

(Continued from yesterday)

i) There is no such word as “Trinity” found in the scriptures itself and so is something that came after Christianity breaking off from Judaism as the first generation of the early church was primarily Judaism.

The word Trinity itself is not found in the Bible, but the concept certainly is. Christians did not invent the notion themselves, which is so extraordinary and raises so many questions that to dream up such an idea would be foolhardy had it not been revealed in Scripture. Christians were backed into this deduction by the weight of the evidence. The logic itself is simple enough: If
The Father = God, and
The Son = God, and
The Holy Spirit = God, and
There is only One God, then
The Father = The Son = The Holy Spirit = The One True God

No one would dispute that the Father is God, but how do you prove that the Son and the Spirit is God too? Again, the logic is straight forward. Do they have the functions (or roles) e.g. Creator, and properties (or characteristics) of God e.g. omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience etc. In other words, if they exhibit all the work and attributes of God, then they are God. There are so many references that I can only give you a representative sample. We looked at Jesus assuming the names of God in the OT and His omniscience already. Here are a few more:

Omnipotence:
Mt 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
• Php 3:21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Omnipresence:
Mt 18:20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.
• Mt 28:20 And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Eternality
Jn 1:1 In the beginning was the Word

Forgiving sins
Mk 2:7 “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (see also Lk 5:21)

Receiving worship
Jn 20:28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
If Jesus were not God but claimed equality with God and received worship, He would be acting like Satan!

In short, we can conclude that Jesus is God:
Col 2:9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.

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