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Descended From Heaven

God's NameJesus called Himself God. Because Jesus was truly God he could use the descriptive God name, the "I am" of himself. For example, Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him in John 8.58, "'Very truly I tell you, before Abraham was born, I am!'" In John 3.13, Jesus again acknowledged that he had descended from heaven. He said, "No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven — the Son of Man." The writer to a group of Jewish Christians in Hebrews 1.3a emphasized another truth about the powerful Jesus, "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word."The powerful Jesus was the powerful word.

Malcolm Muggeridge

Malcolm MuggeridgeVarious worldwide meetings of leaders of the church called Councils in the Early Church have affirmed these truths about the "Godness" of Jesus. The Council of Nicaea in 325 AD stated "Jesus to be truly God," and the Council of Constantinople in 381 AD added that "Jesus was truly man." In 431 AD, Christian leaders from all around the Roman Empire and beyond met at the Council of Ephesus and agreed that "though God and man, Jesus is one person rather than two." Twenty years later, yet another Council at Chalcedon clarified that "though one person, Jesus was both God and man perfectly united." The Christian writer Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990 AD) in his book "Conversion" added his own supportive and helpful comment, "Jesus was in the eyes of God a man and in the eyes of men a God."

Jesus Control

Jesus HealsJesus was shown to be complete control over evil spirits, over sickness and insanity, over sins and even over nature. God's power was apparent to the disciples in Jesus' miracles over natural forces during his ministry. In Mark 4.39 we read that when Jesus was aboard the ship on the Sea of Galilee and a storm arose, "He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, 'Quiet! Be still!' Then the wind died down and it was completely calm." Here, Jesus controlled the weather, or as some people might say nowadays "mother nature." The story of the water turned to wine in John 2.13 again exhibited Jesus' creative hand in changing one liquid, "water," into something entirely different, "wine." We read "and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, 'Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink, but you have saved the best till now.'" Jesus proved his deity by not only controlling the natural elements but also by physically healing a disabled person. Only a powerful spiritual force could heal but Jesus' word in John 5.8-9 was enough. "Jesus said to him, 'Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.' At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked." Jesus showed that he had control over the medical sphere which was the province of God alone.

Over Evil Spirits

Jesus PowerJesus healed the sick and also cast out a demon spirit in Mark 1.25-26, "'Be quiet!' said Jesus sternly. 'Come out of him!' The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek." In this way, Jesus not only healed the paralytic man but also authenticated his person as God who alone could forgive sins and in this way shared his credentials with the world! Note the particularly unusual words that Jesus used on this occasion in Matthew 9.2. "Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, 'Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.'" Jesus forgave this man's sins thus showing that he had God's spiritual authority to forgive sins. This was one of the aspects of Jesus' ministry most objectionable to the Pharisees for only God himself could forgive sins. As the One Almighty God, Jesus even had a final victory over death.

Jesus Deity

Jesus ResurrectionJesus deity was acclaimed at his baptism as equal to the Holy Spirit who came as a dove and the Father with a voice from heaven saying, 'this is my son.' At Jesus baptism in Matthew 3.17, the Heavenly Father acknowledged the deity of his son in the presence of many people, "And a voice from heaven said, 'This is my Son, whom I love. With him, I am well pleased.'" All three persons of the Trinity are seen here. The Holy Spirit came upon Jesus to equip him for his work as the human and divine Messiah. The Father's voice was heard by all those standing there and Jesus was at the center. The Expositor's Study Bible comments, "The Father speaks, the Spirit descends and the Son prays." "Whom I have chosen" or "the Chosen One" is related to a Palestinian Jewish title found in the Dead Sea Scrolls literature possibly echoing back to Isaiah 42.1. "Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations."

Transfiguration Deity

At the Transfiguration of Jesus Jesus appeared with Moses and Elijah on the mountain. Again a voice from heaven in Luke 9.35 confirmed the deity of Jesus. "A voice came from the cloud, saying, 'This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.'" "Listen to him" is in the present continuous tense and means "be constantly listening to him." All Christians need to be constantly listening to Jesus! A heavenly angel also verified this truth in Mark 16.6 when Jesus had risen from the dead and that this was another proof that he was indeed God. "'Don't be alarmed,' the angel said, 'You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.'" The Expositor's Study Bible declares, "The phrase 'he is risen' is without a doubt the greatest statements ever made in the annals of human history!"

Holy Spirit Deity

Jonah And The whaleThe resurrected Jesus, the Holy Spirit deity and the Heavenly Father were one in the godhead. Resurrection authenticated Jesus claims to be God.The Holy Spirit deity declared Jesus to be the Son of God by raising him from the dead. Jesus said in Matthew 12.40 "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." We note that "three days and three nights" according to common Jewish reckoning of time would include at least part of the first day and a part of the third day. Christ would be dead during this time and would be in Paradise where he would preach to the spirits in prison. Saint Peter refers to this in 1 Peter 3.18-20, "He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. After being made alive, he went and proclaimed to the imprisoned spirits - to those who were disobedient long ago." We note that the phrase "after being made alive" may be translated "but made alive in the spirit." The only sign that the people would be given would be the sign of Jonah or three days and nights dead in the belly of a sea creature before being reintroduced alive into the world. The Greek word for "huge fish" does not mean "whale" incidentally but "sea creature."✞

Resurrection Authenticated Jesus

Saint Paul reminded his readers that the resurrection authenticated Jesus' deity. Being raised showed that Jesus was, without doubt, the Son of God. Saint Paul wrote in Romans 1.4, that Jesus "who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord." The "Spirit of holiness" is another name for the "Holy Spirit." The phrase "was appointed the Son of God in power" may be translated "was declared with power to be the Son of God." The Holy Spirit also asserted in 1 Timothy 3.16 "Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit." This last phrase could mean "vindicated in spirit." Death could not pin down Jesus. God interrupted and raised him. The "mystery from which true godliness springs" is according to the NIV Study Bible, "the revealed secret of true piety." 1 Timothy 3.16 is thought to have come from an early creedal hymn. In Acts 2.24 we also read, "But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death because death couldn't keep its hold on him."

Jesus Form

Jesus LaughingJesus as a human person and as a spiritual being are compared to the same characteristics in the Holy Spirit. The Apostles realize eventually the true significance of Jesus' life. Saint Paul wrote in Philippians 2.5-7, "In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness." Note here that the phrase "the very nature of a servant" may be read as "the form of a servant." Jesus left the glory of the angels and his Father's presence to come to earth in the form of a tiny helpless baby and as a servant to bring all human beings back to himself.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon BonaparteAs if to emphasize this point, Saint Paul added in Philippians 2.8 "And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross!" Jesus form as God was seen but he still became a man child. Jesus Christ, therefore, deserved our praise and worship. The former French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) once said, "If the philosopher Socrates would enter the room, we would rise and do him honor. But if Jesus Christ would come into the room, we should fall on our knees and worship him." He was right, Jesus was God!

Abba Father

SocratesThe Holy Spirit in our hearts brought us to our Father as sons and heirs. Saint Paul wrote to his Christian friends in Galatians 4.6 "Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, 'Abba, Father.'" "Abba" is the Aramaic in the people's language of the day for "Father."✞

"Powerful Jesus"
by Ron Meacock

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