Is Jesus God?

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You are filling out a job application and it asks you to provide three references. Whose names would you put down on that application that you trusted would properly give you a good report? Persons who know you the best. Right?

It seems that some people struggle and debate over the issue of who Jesus is.

Did you know that back in 325 AD, at the Council of Nicaea, Bishops holding various religious beliefs debated this very same issue as well as other matters of doctrine?

Keep in mind that no official Bible was in existence at that time. These debates were so intense that they were beginning to lead to civil unrest among the various church groups who did not see eye to eye on doctrinal issues.

The deity of Christ was one of those issues hotly debated back then. It took a politician, Emperor Constantine, to step in between the opposing religious Bishops to stop the conflicts and squabbling. It was a politician – Emperor Constantine – who told the Bishops “This is how it is going to be.” 

How was it going to be?

That Jesus is God. End of discussion! That the Father is God. That the Holy Spirit is God. This came to be known as the Nicene Creed (also known as the Athanasian Creed). This is the document from which the Trinity teaching sprang.

It was dictated into existence by a politician, dear reader !!! 

Emperor Constantine was not a follower of Christ and neither did he care about Christians. He just wanted the squabbling between the opposing Bishops to stop. His solution was a doctrine that all would be happy with and would comprise on. See my article, “Is The Bible The Word of God.”

Now, one must ask themselves, “Was what Emperor Constantine dictate, in harmony with Scripture?”

Who Would Give Jesus a Good Reference?

If someone wants to know who Jesus is, why turn to the Church-system in existence today who still squabble over the issue just like their predecessors did over 1680 years ago. You ask those who knew him the best.

What did Jesus’ disciples say of him? When Jesus asked his disciples who do they say he is, how did they answer?

He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. (Matthew 16:15-16)

So we see here that Jesus’ closest companions while he was on earth, correctly identified him as The Son of God.

And what did Jesus say to Peter after that?

And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

If any person answers in a way contrary to what is said of Jesus at Matthew 16:13-17, it comes from another source because Jesus said that what was revealed concerning him came from his Father in heaven.

What about the person who sent His only begotten Son? What does He say of His Son?

Well, at Jesus’ baptism, and when he came up out of the water, what did a voice out of heaven say?

And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (Matthew 3:17)

What about the transfiguration at Luke 9:35, what did God say concerning Jesus?

And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

So we have two instances – and there are more – where the Most High God calls His Son – His Son.

Even Satan – even though he is a liar, knows the truth – correctly identified Jesus.

At Jesus’ temptation at Matthew 4:3:

And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

And again at Matthew 4:6:

And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

So what is the problem with those who believe that Jesus is God?

They have unwittingly engaged themselves in a debate stemming back some 1380 years ago. The men back then feared and Emperor more than God and listened to an Emperor. They did not listen to God, and the Church today isn’t listening. They are simply making a lot of noise and fighting against God.

If God says Jesus is His Son, the Church opposes what God says and says that Jesus is God. They are saying “God, Jesus is you.”

Can God Be Seen With The Human Eye

I ask this question because it serves as a platform and teaching point that helps us to further identify from Scripture who Jesus is.

According to John 1:18, no man has ever seen God.

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

According to Exodus 33:20, no one can see God’s face. To see it would mean death:

And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

According to 1 John 4:12, no man has seen God:

No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

According to Colossians 1:15, God is invisible:

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.

Now, given these Scriptures what can we say about Jesus that does not fit them? That people saw Jesus. Therefore, in harmony with what the disciples said of him, what Jesus’ Father in heaven said of him, and even with what Satan says of him: Jesus is not God.

Does God Have An Equal?

According to the Trinity teaching, Jesus is God. If this were true, then he would be equal in ability to the other two God’s: The Father and the Holy Spirit. What does Jesus himself say about this?

Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

So God has no equal to him. The Father is greater.

Is Anyone Above Jesus?

Listen to what the Apostle Paul says in this regard at 1 Corinthians 11:3:

But I want YOU to know that the head of every man is the Christ; in turn the head of a woman is the man; in turn the head of the Christ is God.

So Jesus has someone who is over even him.

Does Jesus Know Everything?

Well, if he is God you would think so. What do Scriptures – not the Church or religious organization – say about this?

At Matthew 24:36 and at Mark 13:32, Jesus said concerning the time when his sign will be seen in heaven (His Coming) and the gathering of God’s Chosen Ones would occur, that he did not know. That information is known only by the Father in heaven. Quoting Mark 13:32, notice what Jesus says:

But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

At Acts 1:6-7, Jesus said knowledge of times and seasons was only in the power or jurisdiction of the Father only.

When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

What About John 1:1? Does It Say That Jesus Is God?

Decades before The Apostle John, there was a Greek Philosopher by the name of Philo. In his philosophy he wrote this formula: “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God.”

It must be understood that the texts and manuscripts of the Bible from Matthew to Revelation are written in Greek. In John 1:1, there are two instances of God:

1. In the beginning was the word and the word was with God …

2. And the word was God.

What was the Greek word for the first instance of God in John 1:1? The Greek word is “Ho Theos.” Theos means God and Ho Theos means “The God.”

According to the system of the Western nations, when there is a proper noun, they start with a capital, such as God. A common noun would have a small “g” such as god.

In Hebrew and in Greek, there is no such thing as capital letters and there is no such thing as small letters. The same holds true for the Arabic language, by the way.

The second instance of “god” in John 1:1 “And the word was God,” is Ton Theos. Thon Theos in Greek means “a god.” “A god” would have a small “g” according to the Western system.

So in John 1:1, why do the popular Bible translations place a capital “G” again in that second instance of “god?”

Is this not cheating and deceptive? 

The first instance of God in John 1:1 is fine. It is correct and acceptable. However, the second instance of “god” in John 1:1 should not be a capital “G” but a small “g.”

The proper and correct translation of John 1:1 should be:

In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word a god.

“A god” means someone who was godly. Such was Jesus.

The Devil called “Ho Theos” or The God

In the second book of Corinthians, verse 4:4, we see the same Greek word “Ho Theos” used with regard Satan the Devil.

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Him being “The god” of this age. But translators deviated and placed a small “g” in that Scripture. Why would translators not stay consistent in their translation? If Ho Theos is translated in the first instance of John 1:1 as “The God,” it should be the same with regard what is said of the Devil at 2 Corinthians 4:4. But no, the early translators cheated and translated Ho Theos at 2 Corinthians 4:4 as “a god.”

This shows that the Scriptures where loosely translated and translated as one saw fit. Sadly, many today look the other way and go along with this deception because they want to make Jesus “Ho Theos” or [The] God. Their translations were not honest and today millions believe Jesus is God based on a dishonest foundation in the translation of Scripture.

Only One Is Good

I have challenged many who believe Jesus is God to produce a single Scripture where Jesus himself said he was God and to worship Him.

Not one person has been able to produce a single Scripture. I am willing to have my neck placed on a guillotine and have it removed if one can produce a Scripture where Jesus said: “I am God and worship me.”

Notice an exchange Jesus is having with a man at Matthew 19:16-17:

And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

Jesus refuses that he himself should even be called good! So how would he ask you and I to call him God?

With regard, the quality of goodness, a man or a woman might say to one another, “Good man or good woman.” And, in humility, a man or a woman might say, “No I am not such a good man or woman because I have done and still do many bad things and have a lot of shortcomings.”

Yet, if Jesus is God, it would be hypocrisy on those believing such because Jesus refused to be called good. God alone is good! And Jesus should such humility before his Father (and also men) that there is only One who is good.

So in Jesus’ own words, he is disclaiming any type of divinity and that he is God.

Can God Be Tempted?

Jesus was tempted. You all know the account at Matthew 4:1-7.

Notice what the Apostle Paul says concerning Jesus’ temptation:

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Jesus had the same weakness that you dear reader and I have. How can God have a weakness to be tempted by anyone?

Yet, James 1:13 says that God cannot be tempted. That Scripture says:

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.

Jesus was tempted was he not? Then how can he be God?

Scripture shows that Satan spent 40 days in the wilderness with Jesus tempting him. What is God (If Jesus is God) doing with Satan for 40 days? Now one must think. That God could be tempted by anyone! Is this a quality of God. God is God! He is Almighty.

Not to mention that Jesus felt hungry after the 40 days. Does God get hungry?

Keeping it Real (Scripturally)

For those of you who cling stubbornly to the idea that Jesus is God is simply perpetuating a 1680-year-old debate. And, you are not listening to the voice of your Lord and Master or even your God and his God in heaven.

Additionally, you have a responsibility to teach Scripture clearly – not add to it or confuse it.

I tell you when persons I meet on a daily basis who believe that Jesus is God, they presume I know nothing. They never ask me what I think about Jesus. They almost always proceed to tell me who they say he is because their Pastor told them so or it is a Church doctrine that cleverly assumes itself a teaching of Christ. Their loyalty and discipleship is really to their respective organizations not to Christ. They rarely say “God’s says” or “Jesus says.” They place what men say – who claim some special knowledge – before what God and Christ say. Especially when you hear them utter phrases such as “My Church teaches” or “My Pastor says.” What does God say? What does Christ say?

I am quietly letting them explain their rationale behind their belief that Jesus is God before I show them the Scriptures presented in this article.

What I find the most interesting in almost all of them, is that they bypass the Scriptures I present in this article. Furthermore, when I get an opportunity to explain to them from Scripture what you are reading now – and getting an opportunity to get a word in is a challenge –  many of them get downright hostile. Many of them act as if the Scriptures I showed them are not supposed to be there.

I understand what has happened to them because it happened to me many years ago. I too used to believe that Jesus is God.

The Scriptures I present here hurt. They sting and upset the comfort zone. That is because they are truthful and go against the 1680-year-old squabble and Nicene Creed.

Those who cling to the Trinity teaching must consider that they are going to encounter persons out there – like myself – who have been where they are now and who will present these Scriptures to them and press them hard to explain to why they are saying Jesus is God.

They may give the cop out and canned response, “You are taking Scripture out of context?”

But these Scriptures speak for themselves. There is no taking or lifting out of context. There is only the refusal of those who believe that Jesus is God to see that they have been in error.

OK. You were in error.

Get over it and accept what is written in Scripture about Jesus in it. Be thankful that you received a valuable gift from God: The Truth about His Son.

 

R. Jerome Harris

A Disciple of Christ in the strictest sense. I belong to no religious organization. I view Christ as my only Head, Master, Teacher, Owner, and Lord. (John 8:31-32, 1Cor 11:3) His God is my God and I champion his teachings above anything issuing out of ANY religious organization.

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  1. My previous comments scrubbed. Interesting. One last thought Jerome. You left off the part in John 1 about “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” You dissect that to diminish it and leave off verse 14 which says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.” So the Word he is talking about is the original Word from verse 1 which is Jesus whom John came to testify about.

    It is odd that you strip the Bible of its authority on one hand but like to use scripture to make your points on the other. If that is your position on the Bible, how do you have confidence in the veracity of the scripture you use to make a point? I don’t have any problem with scripture you bring to bear as I believe it as it is written just not merely in the context you try to isolate it in. It is written, “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Tim. 3:16 You will doubtless say that when that was written it was not canonized as scripture. Why would you care? You don’t acknowledge the authority of “man written” scripture anyway even if referenced from the Old Testament such as Heb. 1:8,9 taken from Psalm 45. You can’t have it both ways. There must be a standard. You can’t cherry pick scripture for your own agenda and dismiss other scripture. Folks could say, ‘You know Jerome you sure do like to stand on such and such scripture as valid to your argument but didn’t you just say in your manifest that you don’t accept the Bible as the Word of God. I don’t believe the scripture you reference has any standing either based on your own words’. Do you see how you undermine what you say you believe? Why would you accept Matthew, Mark, Luke, or Johns testimony? They were just men. So was Paul. Just men. What credibility do they have in your eyes that you would quote them? You just need to accept that the Holy Spirit has inspired men to record the words that give life. You will receive no other “revelation” from Jesus Christ apart from the Bible as credible if it does not agree with the Bible. Again, where is the standard if it is not the Bible? I’m sure you will just scrub this comment also so this will be my last posting unless you indicate otherwise that you would like to keep the dialogue open.

    • No I did not leave it off. I only highlighted the portion speaking about “The Word.” Good try though. I know what the rest of it says. Do you? Many of you think you are trapping or tripping people up. I am far to experienced in matters of Christs teachings.

      John 1:1 says:

      “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

      Now look at that Scripture. We are told that in the beginning the word was “with” God. If the Word was “with” God then the Word is not God. There are two persons being spoken of here.

      Now look at the last part of the Scripture: “and the Word was God.”

      Is there a contradiction? Not at all.

      YOU must look at the Greek translation. Look at the “actual” Greek and you will discover that the two instances of God in John 1:1 are NOT the same. The FIRST instance is Ho Theos or The God. The Second instance of God does not have “Ho” in front of it.

      That second instance of god is more accurately translated “a god” or “a god-like one” or a “divine one.”

      In fact if you look at 2 Cor 4:4, were it says: “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

      That very same Greek word that you see for the “second” instance of God in John 1:1 appears here with reference to Satan. Question: Why did the translators translate this word as “god” (lower case) for Satan in 2 Cor 4:4 but at John 1:1 decided to make that SAME word “God?”

      I will tell you why? So try to pass off the Trinity teaching and make Jesus appear as God.

      John 1:1 should be translated:

      “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god like one.”

      Let me show you another reason why John 1:1 is a mistranslation. Just go down to John 1:18. What does it say?

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

      NO MAN HAS EVER SEEN GOD. Yet, men have seen Jesus. So how can he be God? Because he is not, he is the Son of God. Many of you ignore this because you want Jesus to be God so badly you are willing to bypass and ignore Scriptures such as this while at the same time claiming you believe in the Scriptures.

      The BIBLE HAS NO AUTHORITY. IT IS JUST A BOOK. ALL AUTHORITY HAS BEEN GIVEN TO CHRIST JESUS. Is this not what he says at Matthew 28:18:

      “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

      That is why The Most High God says listen to His Son.

      What is wrong with some of you. Why are you elevating a book to such lofty heights?

      Your attempts are futile. I will NEVER place a book ABOVE my Master and assign to it an “authority” God did not give it.

      He gave all authority to His Son and He commands you and I to “Listen to him.” (Luke 9:35)

      You seem to resist, oppose, and “anti” doing that.

  2. Stop quoting from it then if it carries no authority with you. You once again do not fully deal with scripture I referenced in v. 14. You keep hammering your own convoluted thoughts about certain scripture and ignore the ones that I bring into the subject. Dissect the Greek for John 1:14 if you don’ t mind.

    • Again, this is my blog and my thoughts. You overstep a boundary where you do not belong to presume to tell me what to stop quoting from. No book can have authority about the one – the person – who is The Word of God. You seem like an intelligent individual and emotionalism should not enter into this discussion.

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