Lesson 9 The Deity of CHRIST
Let´s continue our scriptural search of proof of the deity of CHRIST.
JESUS CHRIST forgave sins
Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
Only GOD can forgive sin.
Mark 2:7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
The Jews were correct for only GOD can forgive sin. Sin is transgression against the law and only the aggrieved person can forgive the guilty person.
In forgiving sin JESUS either blasphemed or was GOD.
JESUS claimed equality with the FATHER and the HOLY SPIRIT.
This is evident in the baptism formula of Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Also the names of GOD the FATHER, SON, and HOLY SPIRIT are linked together in II Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
JESUS claimed omnipresence.
To be omnipresent is a characteristic of GOD ALMIGHTY only.
Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
JESUS promises to be anywhere and everywhere at the same time.
JESUS claimed omniscience.
Omniscience is to know all things and is a characteristic exclusive of GOD HIMSELF.
This fact is evident in the description of the colt used for the triumphant entry as described in Mark 11:2-6 And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.
And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.
And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.
And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt?
And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.
JESUS also exercised the gift of prophecy in Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
HE exercised this gift again in Matthew 24:3-31 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Behold, I have told you before.
Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
JESUS claimed omnipotence.
Omnipotence, all power, is another attribute exclusive to GOD HIMSELF.
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
This claim supersedes the power of man, spirit, angels, demons and supermen.
JESUS CHRIST had creative power.
To bring something into being from nothing is creation. It is possible only to GOD. JESUS CHRIST was active in the creation of the world and HE continues to maintian the world.
John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Also see Hebrews 1:3 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:
JESUS used creative power in order to perform some of HIS miracles such as enough food for the 5,000 and turning water into wine.
JESUS CHRIST the true GOD had power over the elements.
Luke 8:25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.
JESUS rebuked the wind and it obeyed HIM and all was calm once more.
Mark 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
JESUS calmed the raging sea. This is not a power given to man, but of GOD only.
Matthew 14:25-26 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
JESUS walked on water, an ability denied to ordinary men.