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Jesus Christ is God
Day 16

by Gini Crawford, MSW

     It is very important that we know who the Jesus is that we are putting our faith in. This is because to be saved from our sins we need to believe in the Jesus Christ of the Holy Bible, not some human author's invented or imagined Jesus, and not a religious leader's opinion about Jesus Christ.

     The Bible calls Jesus Christ God. In the gospel of John as well as in many other places in the Bible, Jesus calls Himself God; God the Father calls Jesus God; and the Spirit teaches us Jesus is God. Jesus said, in John 14:9-10

Jesus said to him, "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 do you say, 'Show us the Father?' Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works." NASB®

     In John 8:24b Jesus said, "...unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins."(NASB) (Note that "I am" is God's proper name from Exodus 3:14). What Jesus is saying is, if you don't really believe I am the One true God then your sins will not be forgiven! So, if you don't believe that Jesus is God then you do not believe in the Jesus of the Bible! In other words, you believe in a false Jesus and your sins aren't forgiven.

     C. S. Lewis explained in his book, Mere Christianity, "Jesus didn't leave it open for us to believe He is just a good man or a great moral teacher because Jesus claimed to be God in the gospels." I know some of you are struggling (probably right now) with who Jesus is; but do not try to fit Him into a warm and fuzzy title, such as a great moral teacher. You should either call Him God, because He claimed to be God, or you must think of Him as the most evil liar in history or a very dangerous nut case, because He asks all of us to believe in Him for eternal life and if He isn't God you are doomed to hell for eternity.

Life Application

     Read Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 7:14 also Matthew 1:23 (Immanuel means "God with us"), John 10:38, 14:7-11; Philippians 2:6-7, Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:1-3. Do you struggle with the fact Jesus is God? Do you feel the Bible clearly states Jesus Christ is God?

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