- Both the God of the Old Testament and Jesus as written in the New Testament claim to be the first and the last (the Alpha and the Omega):
“Behold, I come quickly. My reward is with me, to repay to each man according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who do his commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter in by the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify these things to you for the assemblies. I am the root and the offspring of David; the Bright and Morning Star.” – Revelations 22:12-16, WEB
This is what the LORD, the King of Israel,
and his Redeemer, the LORD of Armies, says:
“I am the first, and I am the last;
and besides me there is no God.
-Isaiah 44:6, WEB-BE
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” – Revelations 1:8, WEB-BE
- Jesus, before becoming a man, already existed in the form of GOD.God is His Father, and Jesus is the Father’s only Son. Jesus is not considered a Son because He has been created, for then every creature will be a Son, but He is the “only” Son. Not even an angel can claim to be God’s only Son. God has begotten God, from the Father to the Son. True God from True God. The Son is in the same substance as the Father. And since there is only ONE GOD, here is the mystery of the TRINITY – ONE God in three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).
Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, didn’t consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, yes, the death of the cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:5-11, WEB-BE
For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. – John 3:16, WEB-BE
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one. – John 10:29-30, WEB-BE
- Jesus said that whoever has seen Him has also seen the Father
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on, you know him, and have seen him.”
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you such a long time, and do you not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father. How do you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I tell you, I speak not from myself; but the Father who lives in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Most certainly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and he will do greater works than these, because I am going to my Father. Whatever you will ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
-John 14:6-13, WEB-BE
- John reveals to us who Jesus is, that He is the Word, and through Him all things were made.All the things in the world were made by God’s Word, is it then impossible to believe that the Word should become flesh and dwell among us?
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 through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn’t overcome it. There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John. The same came as a witness, that he might testify about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but was sent that he might testify about the light. The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world didn’trecognise him. He came to his own, and those who were his own didn’t receive him. But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God’s children, to those who believe in his name: who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. The Word became flesh, and lived amongst us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth. John testified about him. He cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me, for he was before me.’” From his fullness we all received grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses. Grace and truth were realised through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The one and only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him.
-John 1:1-18, WEB-BE
If I told you earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven, but he who descended out of heaven, the Son of Man, who is in heaven. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. – John 3:12-15, WEB
…the LORD, your Redeemer,
and he who formed you from the womb says:
“I am the LORD, who makes all things;
who alone stretches out the heavens;
who spreads out the earth by myself..
-Isaiah 44:24, WEB-BE
… giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love; in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins; who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in the heavens and on the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things are held together. He is the head of the body, the assembly, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For all the fullness was pleased to dwell in him; and through him to reconcile all things to himself, by him, whether things on the earth, or things in the heavens, having made peace through the blood of his cross. – Colossians 1:12-20, WEB
- The Names of the Messiah (Jesus) and GOD.
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child,
and shall give birth to a son.
They shall call his name Immanuel;”
which is, being interpreted, “God with us.”
-Matthew 1:23, WEB-BE
For to us a child is born. To us a son is given; and the government will be on his shoulders. His name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, on David’s throne, and on his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from that time on, even forever. – Isaiah 9:6-7, WEB-BE
Moses said to God, “Behold, when I come to the children of Israel, and tell them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you;’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ What should I tell them?”
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM,” and he said, “You shall tell the children of Israel this: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” God said moreover to Moses, “You shall tell the children of Israel this, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and this is my memorial to all generations. – Exodus 3:13-15, WEB-BE
Jesus said to them, “Most certainly, I tell you, before Abraham came into existence, I AM.” Therefore they took up stones to throw at him, but Jesus was hidden, and went out of the temple, having gone through the middle of them, and so passed by. – John 8:58-59, WEB-BE
- The reason why Jews sought to kill Jesus was because He claimed equality with God.
The man went away, and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. For this cause the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill him, because he did these things on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them, “My Father is still working, so I am working, too.” For this cause therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the Sabbath, but also called God his own Father, making himselfequal with God. – John 5:15-18, WEB-BE
- The declaration of Thomas.Note that Jesus did not rebuke Him nor sought to clarify the issue after what Thomas said.
After eight days again his disciples were inside, and Thomas was with them. Jesuscame, the doors being locked, and stood in the middle, and said, “Peace be to you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Reach here your finger, and see my hands. Reach here your hand, and put it into my side. Don’t be unbelieving, but believing.”
Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen, and have believed.”
-John 20:26-29, WEB-BE
- Paul’s letters.
These things I write to you, hoping to come to you shortly; but if I wait long, that you may know how men ought to behave themselves in God’s house, which is the assembly of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. Without controversy, the mystery of godliness is great:
God was revealed in the flesh,
justified in the spirit,
seen by angels,
preached amongst the nations,
believed on in the world,
and received up in glory.
-1 Timothy 3:14-16, WEB-BE
Exhort servants to be in subjection to their own masters, and to be well-pleasing in all things; not contradicting; not stealing, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God, our Saviour, in all things. For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we would live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present age; looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify for himself a people for his own possession, zealous for good works. Say these things and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no man despise you. – Titus 2:9-15, WEB-BE
But of the Son he says,
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.
The sceptre of uprightness is the sceptre of your Kingdom.
You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity;
therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.”
-Hebrews 1:8-9, WEB-BE
- God purchased us with His own blood
Take heed, therefore, to yourselves, and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the assembly of the Lord and God which he purchased with his own blood. – Acts 20:28, WEB-BE
Now when he had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. They sang a new song, saying,
“You are worthy to take the book,
and to open its seals:
for you were killed,
and bought us for God with your blood,
out of every tribe, language, people, and nation,
and made us kings and priests to our God,
and we will reign on the earth.”
I saw, and I heard something like a voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousands of ten thousands, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who has been killed to receive the power, wealth, wisdom, strength, honour, glory, and blessing!”
I heard every created thing which is in heaven, on the earth, under the earth, on the sea, and everything in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb be the blessing, the honour, the glory, and the dominion, forever and ever! Amen!”*
The four living creatures said, “Amen!” Then the elders fell down and worshipped.
-Revelations 5:8-14, WEB-BE
- There is no other name by which men may be saved.
“It will happen afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
and your sons and your daughters will prophesy.
Your old men will dream dreams.
Your young men will see visions.
And also on the servants and on the handmaids in those days,
I will pour out my Spirit.
I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth:
blood, fire, and pillars of smoke.
The sun will be turned into darkness,
and the moon into blood,
before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes.
It will happen that whoever will call on the LORD’s name shall be saved;
for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who escape,
as the LORD has said,
and amongst the remnant, those whom the LORD calls.
-Joel 2:28-32, WEB-BE
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “You rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, if we are examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, in him does this man stand here before you whole. He is ‘the stone which was regarded as worthless by you, the builders, which has become the head of the corner.’ There is salvation in none other, for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given amongst men, by which we must be saved!” – Acts 4:8-12, WEB-BE
- The statement of Jesus that the Father is greater than He is.
You heard how I told you, ‘I go away, and I come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I said ‘I am going to my Father;’ for the Father is greater than I. – John 14:28, WEB
Acknowledging that someone is greater than you are does not always mean that you have a nature that is different from another. One example is when one human being is greater in authority from another person such as when someone has parental authority, or is a teacher or is an employer. That doesn’t mean however that the child is no longer a human being, since both the parent and the child has the same human nature. It just so happens that the parent is greater than the child in many ways, such as in knowledge and in authority. The same is true with the above statement. Even if Jesus says that the Father is greater than He is, it doesn’t mean that Jesus is no longer God’s Only Son. It doesn’t mean that Jesus is no longer God.
It is important to know that Jesus is God because in knowing this, we know more about God Himself.
We know more about God’s Love – that God Himself came down, became flesh and suffered even death to save us.
We know more about God’s Humility – that God took on the form of a slave and lowered Himself for us.
God did not just send a creature that is apart from Him to save us. He Himself came down from heaven. He knew it is not within our capacity as human beings to ascend to where He is, so God Himself came down and dwelt among us to reveal Himself to us. He is not a God who is faraway. He is a God who lived among us “GOD WITH US”. He is Someone who knows our pain, our weaknesses as human beings because He became one of us. He is Someone who can understand our sufferings, our deepestgriefs, our sense of abandonment in our darkest hours. He is Someone who knew even death, what it was like to die, He who is immortal and sinless, became Himself the ransom paid for our transgressions. In this there is no human wisdom that can help us. Only Grace can. This is not something we can invent on our own. This is a revelation that comes from God alone. Who can comprehend the depths of God’s love for us? Who can equal His humility? Who can fathom His Infinite Mercy?