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IS JESUS GOD? A DEFINITIVE BIBLICAL EXPLANATION

Updated: Jul 8, 2023



Is Jesus God? This is a commonly asked question. The answer will be revealed clearly by the end of this post.


A common problem with many of the interpretations regarding this topic is that many of the interpreter’s do not see the need to keep any of (Gods) YHWH’s commandments.


Why is this important? It’s important because when you have the intent to keep the commandments you’re more likely to read the scriptures, “read” being the operative word.

It’s no secret that many Christians unfortunately follow traditions and learned responses rather than the biblical scriptures themselves.


So let’s begin…


The Meaning Of God


It’s important to clarify what is meant here when we use the word God. The God that we are talking about is the “creator” of the world and man.


In the Hebrew language the word God is “Elohim” which means “Power” or “Authority”. This word is not solely used to describe God the Creator. It’s important to make this distinction so there’s no confusion.


What The Bible Says About Jesus


The bible tells us that a Saviour would come for the Israel (Matthew 1:21). This was the fulfilment of prophecy, because they sinned against the Most High.


The Most High said he would curse Israel and they would eventually lose their identity and be taken into slavery (Jeremiah 17:4) . All of this happened.


Daniel 9:11

11 Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.

As well as breaking many of the commandments the Most High gave Israel, they were also guilty of bring unworthy animal sacrifices.


It is the sacrificial portion of the commandments that Jesus came to full-fill. You can see these fulfilment’s here.


Prophecy About Jesus


What we are told in Bible prophecy is that the Messiah would come by way of a virgin birth. You find this in the Book of Isaiah.


Isaiah 7:14

14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Here we are told that a virgin shall be with child. This prophecy is then fulfilled, as we see it in a book of Matthew.


Matthew 1:19-23

19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

An angel of God visits Joseph Mary’s husband and tells him why his wife is pregnant, because he wanted to divorce her, for not knowing.


The angel also says the child is to be called Jesus, because he would save his people. Jesus meaning “God saves”. In the Hebrew it is Yahusha. You can read my article The name of God & the real name of Jesus exposed! for a better explanation.


Understanding these prophecies are significant because they highlight the separation between the entities that the Most High created. One of which is Jesus.


When we read other scriptures we are told that the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit make up the Godhead (1 Peter 1:2 ). All of these are separate entities, which work together for a single purpose.


The Difference Between Father Son And Holy Spirit


As the topic here, is whether Jesus is God. I will be using Jesus’ words here to differentiate between the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit.


The scriptures here will make it clear whether these three entities are the same or if they are different?


John 6:38-40

38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Jesus’s own words clearly teach us that the Messiah said that he came to do the will of the Father.


He says that the Father sent him. And as explained previously, he came to fulfil the father’s will and prophecy.


He tells us that anybody who believes in him has the chance to be raised up in the last days, and receive everlasting life.


These scriptures destroy any notion that Jesus is God. They clearly separate Jesus from God. He says he is sent by the “Father” i.e. God.


So by process of elimination Jesus could not be God, because he did not send himself.

Now let’s look at scripture, which distinguishes the Holy Spirit.


John 14:26

26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Here Jesus refers to the comforter which is the Holy Spirit as he explains in the scripture above. We are also given the purpose of the Holy Spirit, which is to bring “all things to our remembrance”.


Those “things” being the Commandments that the Messiah taught, which are highlighted throughout scripture (Exodus 20).


Did Jesus Say He Was God?


There’s no better place to start than with the actual person people are claiming is God. Fortunately the scriptures give us enough information to determine whether Jesus ever said he was God.


Let’s start with some scriptures that the Messiah himself used to describe who he was.


John 5:37

37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

So we see here the Messiah saying that nobody has ever seen God, or heard his voice.

How can this be, when many people claim that God and Jesus are the same person.

We also read that the Messiah refers to God as ‘the Father’, this clearly shows us that the Messiah did not declare himself to be God.


John 1:18

18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

The Messiah lets us know again in the above scripture that he is the ambassador of God for us.

Why Did God Choose Jesus?


Let’s look at the book of Hebrews so that we can get a greater explanation as to what the Messiah was talking about…


Hebrews 1:1-4

1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

The book of Hebrews here clears up any lingering questions that we may have had.

It is made clear that God only ever spoke through the Prophets. And sent his son the Messiah in these last days.


We are also made aware that God created the Messiah to make the Worlds. Which means the Messiah existed in the beginning with God.


If we read on we see that the Messiah was found by God to be more worthy than all the other angels…


“Being made so much better than the angels“.


It also let’s us know that the Messiah came in the image of the God.

“Image” here meaning the exact same intentions that God would have shown us if he came himself. This is not just a reference to Gods physical appearance, as some people would have you believe.


So after the Messiah purged sin, which was by his crucifixion he “sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high“. So we see here the the Messiah is sitting at the right hand side of God as we speak.


Jesus The Son Of God

If we read on in the same book of Hebrews below what else do we see…


Hebrews 1:5-8

5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

Here we get a clear indication of the Messiah’s status and how he has been given authority over the other angels.


To the extent that it is not a sin for them to worship him “…and let all the angels of God worship him.”


We also see (YHWH/Yahua) God calling the Messiah a “God”.


“But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever”


So the Messiah is a God but he is not the Father God, the Messiah is second after God the Father.


Is Jesus God Incarnate?


If you’re a Christian and you have never researched the doctrine of Incarnation i.e. Jesus being god incarnate this will be insightful.


The doctrine of incarnation purports to tell us that Jesus is God. This is a Catholic doctrine adhered to by many Christians today.


Scriptures themselves never support this idea. As you have read above Jesus God and the Holy Spirit are three separate entities that work in unison.


God himself never came down in human flesh and Jesus confirms this himself.


Jesus told us that no man has ever seen God or heard from him (John 1:18). This clearly nullifies any claim that Jesus was God in human form.


Conclusion


Is Jesus God? Well, clearly the answer is NO! Jesus is not God the Father.

He was sent as the final sacrifice to save Israel and those that believe from their sins against God the creator.


This is why we can pray to Jesus and through him get to “God the Father”.

People that say the Messiah was God are not reading the scriptures properly. Let’s learn together…


Shalom! And share this with someone that needs it!

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