Who Is Jesus Christ
Course X: Who Is Jesus Christ
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Who is Jesus?
Jesus is God with us. He is the Son of the living God. He is the beginning and the end. Jesus is the savior of the world.
Jesus is the only sacrifice for sin. Jesus is the resurrection and the life. Jesus has been given the name above every name that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.
All who are on earth, under earth and in heaven? He is the only way to God. He is the only truth of God and the only eternal life.
The only way to inherit eternal life is to be born again. Bow our knees to the Lordship of Jesus the king of kings and Lord of Lords.
Did Jesus preexists Creation?
Revelation 13:8 says,
“Whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world?”
There are two points. Jesus is spoken of in this context as preexisting before the world begins. Jesus is crucified before the world began in God’s mind.
It was always the plan for Jesus to die for sin and to make us literal children of God in the Spirit. Literal son ship in God can only happen through the second Adam, not the earthly Adam. God is showing His plan for a family in spirit from the beginning.
John 1 says,
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Jesus is the Word of God.
John 8:58 says,
“Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”
Jesus is stating that He is the great I AM of the burning bush in God’s revelation of Himself to Moses. Micah 5:2 states that Jesus Christ is “from everlasting”
Was the world created by Jesus?
Colossians 1:16-17 says,
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things are held together.”
Is Jesus God in the Flesh?
Isaiah 9:6 says,
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.
Quoting from Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23 says,
“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.”
John 1 says,
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
I Timothy 3:16 states,
“God was manifest in the flesh.”
Is Jesus God?
Jesus is called Lord and God in John 20:28. Jesus in John 8:58 says most assuredly I say to you before Abraham was “I AM”. Jesus in John 8:24 states unless you believe that “I AM HE” from above. God is reveals through the prophets many names concerning Himself.
Jesus makes reference to Himself using the same names:
- God is light in Psalm 27:1, Jesus says I AM the Light in John 8:12.
- God is the shepherd in Psalm 23:1, Jesus says I AM the good shepherd John 10.
- God is the Alpha and Omega in Isaiah 44:6, Jesus says I AM the Alpha and Omega in Revelation 1:17.
- Jesus is called the everlasting Father in Isaiah 9:6.
- God is the “Rock” of Deuteronomy 32:4, Jesus Christ is the rock in I Corinthians 10:1-4.
These are some of the many scriptures that prove that Jesus is God. The God of the days of old as well that reference the Father. Jesus and the Father are one in the same God, the only God.
Jesus received worship as God?
Jesus received worship throughout His public ministry (John 20:28; Mat. 8:2; 9:18; 15:25; 28:9; John 9:38). The Bible says that you shall worship the Lord your God and Him alone. If Jesus is not God, then why did He receive worship as God.
Can Jesus forgave Sins?
Mark 5:5-12 says,
“When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the paralytic, Son, your sins is forgiven you. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, why does this man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned among themselves, he said unto them, why reason you these things in your hearts? Which is it easier to say to the paralytic, your sins be forgiven you; or to say, Arise, and take up your bed, and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man has power on earth to forgive sins, (he said to the paralytic) I say unto you, Arise, and take up your bed, and go your way into your house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; so that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, we never saw it in this fashion.”
Jesus shows that He has the power to forgive sins by healing the man. The Bible says that only God can forgive sin. John the Baptist bore witness that Jesus is the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.
Jesus has power over Nature
Mark 4:36-41 says,
“And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say to him, Master, care you not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said to them, why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, what manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
The evidence that Jesus has authority over nature is shown by the wind and the waves obeying His command.
Jesus has power over death
I Corinthians 15:3-8 says,
“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brothers at once; of whom the greater part remain to this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.”
Jesus said, “No man takes My life. I lay it down and pick it up again” Death had no power over Jesus, because Jesus did not sin. Jesus was able to pick His life back up again. The Bible says that Jesus was born of incorruptible seed. God cannot be corrupted. The Bible says that God remains the same forever. Jesus being God was tempted in all points, yet without sin.
What was God’s plan for man?
God wanted a family. God wanted to have a family that would be literal sons and daughters of God. God is a Spirit. God is self-existent, immortal and is the eternal source of life. God in eternity spoke the creation of the heavens and the earth into existence.
The heavens and the earth both play a role in God making mankind literal sons and daughters of God. Jesus said that man is born of water and then of the spirit. What Jesus is saying is that the natural birth happens first, and then the spiritual regeneration in Christ has to happen to inherit salvation. The context of Romans 5 is important to understand God’s plan for mankind to become sons and daughters of God.
Romans 5:12-21 says,
As by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
But not as the offense, so also is the free gift. For if through the offense of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offenses unto justification. For if by one man’s offense death reined by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
Therefore as by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
God’s plan was to create the first Adam as a material being of the earth. The Bible says that sin entered into the world through the first Adam’s disobedience and death was the result of sin. The original sin of Adam is passed to all of mankind. Adam’s offspring are born and sharpened into iniquity. All of mankind is guilty of original sin from Adam.
God gave man the law, which is the knowledge of sin. When the law came man was aware of their sin. They knew that they were guilty of sin and would be judged.
The Second Adam was the Lord from Heaven. Jesus came to be a man born of a virgin of the seed of the Holy Spirit. Jesus came in the likeness of sinful flesh, having no sin. Jesus lived a perfect life and fulfilled the whole Mosaic Law.
Jesus condemned sin in His flesh by taking by taking its penalty upon Him for the entire world. Jesus took the handwritten ordinances and the law that was against us nailing it to the cross.
Jesus died as an offering without blemish acceptable and pleasing to the Father. Jesus did not sin, had no sin and knew no sin. Since Jesus did not sin, death could not hold Jesus.
Jesus was able to raise His life up again. Jesus conquered sin and triumphed over death as a forerunner for those who will believe by faith.
There are three laws that the scripture mentions:
- The book of Romans says that there is the law of sin and death. It came into the world through the eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
- The Mosaic Law was given to Moses by the angels on Mount Sinai.
- There is the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.
Jesus took the penalty of the law of sin and death upon His sinless body condemning it in His flesh. The Mosaic Laws are the handwritten ordinances that were against us. Jesus fulfilled the whole Mosaic Law with all of its ordinances nailing the law to the cross triumphing over the devil in it.
Jesus rose from the dead establishing the law of the spirit of Life in Christ to free all under the law of sin and death. All that you need is to believe in His finished work to be saved. We become a new creation in Christ. Since Christ fulfilled the law, we fulfill it in Him.
What must a person do to be saved?
They must be born of God. Here is what to do to be saved. Acknowledge that you are a sinner. Then repent which means to turn away from sin and ask God to forgive you. Ask Jesus to become the Lord and savior of your life by faith in what He did for you. Jesus will come to live in your heart and he will forgive you.
The Bible says that the purpose of the scripture is to produce the testimony of Jesus. The hearing of the Word of God produces faith in the testimony of Jesus. When a person hears the testimony of Jesus and mixes their hearing with faith. They accept Jesus by believing in your heart unto righteousness. Then confession is made with your mouth that Jesus is Lord unto salvation.
Christ is Prophet, Priest and King
The first prophecy was given from God Himself in Genesis 3:15. God called Moses the first Prophet. In Deuteronomy 18:15 says, “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelite’s. You must listen to him.” In the context God Mentions that Moses is like the Super Prophet that is to come. Christ is the Prophet in the context that is to come. Moses is a type of the one to come.
I Peter 1:10-12 says,
“As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven– things into which angels long to look.”
It is Jesus that was in the prophets speaking forth the things that were to be fulfilled in Jesus. Hebrews says that in the days of old did the prophets speak to the fathers. In these last days God speaks in Son.
Jesus is called a Prophet in:
- Matthew 13:57 says. “They were offended by him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and in his own house.”
- Matthew 21:11 The multitudes said, “This is the prophet, Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”
The scripture shows that Jesus functioned in the office of Prophet. Jesus said and did all that the Father commanded Him. John 12:49 says, “For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken.” John 5:19 says, “Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”
- Matthew 13:34-35 says, “All these things spoke Jesus to the multitude in parables; and without a parable spoke he not to them: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.”
- Luke 24 says that Jesus after His resurrection opened the eyes of the disciples concerning all the law and the prophets concerning His sufferings.
The Levite priesthood offered sacrifices for sin under the law. There was always a remembrance of sin every year. The Levite priesthood was a type of the true priest and the true sacrifice that was to come.
Hebrews 10:1 says that all of these types were a shadow of things, but now we have Jesus the substance of the shadows. Hebrews 11:1 says that now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Jesus is the substance that they were hoping for and the evidence of the things not seen.
This is the context of Hebrews 10 and 11. It is Jesus. Jesus is better than all of the shadows. Jesus offered His body as the sacrifice for man’s sin once and for all.
Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father. Jesus entered into the Holy of Holies as the High Priest once and for all. Jesus entered as forerunner for us. Jesus is of a better priesthood according to the order of Melchizedek.
The priesthood is eternal. Jesus entered into the tabernacle not made with Hands, not of this creation. Jesus cleanses us of all sin through faith in His finished work. (Hebrews 6:20; 9:11, 26-27; 10:12; I John 1:7)
The wise men were looking for Jesus when Jesus was born. We have heard that the king is born and we want to offer gifts. Jesus fulfilled the prophecy as the king riding in on a donkey in the triumphant entry.
Jesus is asked by Pilate, “Are you a king?” Jesus said, “It is as you say.” Jesus died with the inscription king of the Jews as the prophecy said that it would.
Jesus preached that the kingdom of God is at hand. Jesus is the King of that Kingdom. A kingdom is not a kingdom without a king. Jesus said that the kingdom of God is not of this world system. Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of Lords. (Matthew 2:2; 27:11; 21:5; Revelation 19:11; 19:14)
Jesus is Divinity
Philippians 2:6-8 says,
Jesus, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Jesus is Sinless
Jesus knew no sin. Jesus had no sin. In Jesus there was no sin. There was no guile found in His mouth.
Hebrews 1:3 says that Jesus is the express image of His person and the radiance of His glory. Jesus was asked to show the disciples the Father. Jesus said concerning Himself that you have both seen Him and heard Him. Jesus said that I and My Father are one. I only say what My Father says and I only do what the Father does.
Hebrews 1:1 says that in the days of old God spoke through the prophets to the fathers, but in these last days that God speaks through the Son. Luke 16:16 says that the Law and the prophets were until John. Jesus said that He came to fulfill the Law and the prophets. Luke 24 says that when Jesus was on the road to Emmaus, the disciples were told everything from the Law and prophets that was fulfilled concerning Jesus. Hebrews 10:1 says that Jesus is the fulfillment of all of the Old Testament shadows.
Was Jesus God? Yes!
- Jesus said that He is I AM THAT I AM of Exodus 3 in John 8:58.
- Jesus received worship as God. (Matt. 2:2, 11; 14:33; John 9:35-38; Heb. 1:6)
- Jesus is prayed to as God. (Acts 7:55-60; 1 Cor. 1:2 with Psalm 116:4; John 14:14)
- Jesus forgave sin. (Matt. 9:1-7; Luke 5:20; 7:48)
- Demons are subject to Jesus. (Mark 5)
- Jesus has authority over nature. (Mark 4:35-39) Jesus is seated at the right of the Father in Heaven. Jesus is the one mediator between God and man. (I Timothy 2:5) Jesus is the name above every name and every knee will bow to that name. Jesus is over all things in Heaven and in Earth. Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords. (Revelation 19)
Cross & Ascension
- Jesus created a spiritual race. (I Corinthians 15) When someone trusts in the finished work of Jesus, they are a new creation in the spirit. They are children of God. The child of God rests in Sabbath rest when they cease from their own works to rest in the finished work of Jesus through faith for salvation. (Hebrews 4)
- Jesus is God in the flesh. Jesus has two natures, human and divine. The divine nature allowed Jesus to be able to live a sinless life of obedience unto the death on a cross. Jesus became the curse for us. (Galatians 3:13) Jesus nailed the Law to the cross that was against us and triumphed over the devil. (Colossians 2:14-18) Jesus as a human was able to take our sins upon His body as a sinless offering to take our judgement. (Romans 8:2) Jesus body was rent to make a new and living way into the most holy place in Heaven. Jesus went into Abraham’s bosom in the bowels of the Earth to lead captivity of the Old Testament Saints on high. (Ephesians 4) Jesus’ body was not left in death to see corruption. (Acts 2:27) Since Jesus did not sin, he was able to take up His life again. Jesus rose from the dead in the same body with the wounds. (John 20:27) Forty days later Jesus ascended into Heaven. Jesus will return in the same way that they watched Jesus ascend. (Acts 1:9-11)