Christ is Lord

The title "Lord" per see means a higher ranking or status & not necessarily God. HOWEVER, the title LORD when given to JESUS connotes more than just a person of higher authority. For example, Jesus in Revelation is also alluded to as the LAMB or the WORD OF GOD [Rev. 19:13] & this is what the Bible says about the LAMB/WORD OF GOD:

These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is LORD OF LORDS, and KING OF KINGS: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. [
Rev 17:14]

And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. [
Rev 19:16]


This TITLE is in conjunction with:

For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. [Deuteronomy 10:17]

which God will bring about in his own time--God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, [1 Timothy 6:15]


These verses by themselves say that Jesus is more than just human or a prophet but something greater- Son of GOD or plainly GOD himself! How come? Can we have 2 Gods if the Father is God & Jesus is God?


To this Jesus has an answer:



All that belongs to the Father is mine. [John 16:15] because I and the Father are ONE. [John 10:30

{The highest mathematical expression is multiplication & not addition as with Father (1) + Son (1) = 2 Gods. It should be as what I have read from the Blog of Father Abe, The Splendor of the Church, Father (1) x Son (1) x Holy Spirit (1) = 1 God (Please note that I will deal about the Divinity of the Holy Spirit next).}

For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself EQUAL with God. [John 5:18]

And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. [John 17:5]


Jesus is God according to Himself. This theological truth is summarized in the Gospel according to John more vividly:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. HE was with God in the beginning. Through HIM all things were made; WITHOUT HIM nothing was made that has been made. In HIM was life, and that life was the light of men. [John 1:1,2,3,4]

The Word became FLESH (cross-reference Philippians 2:6-7) and made his dwelling among us. We have SEEN (cross reference
1 John 1:1) his glory, the glory of the "One and Only", WHO came from the Father, full of grace and truth. [John 1:14]

From the fullness of HIS grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. "No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side", has made him known. [John 1:16,17,18]

Therefore it can be justified that Jesus is Lord & Lord is God

"our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ" [Titus 2:13]
"our God and Savior Jesus Christ" [2 Peter 1:1]


In 1 John 3:1-8 the book talks about how the Father loved us... He (God) was MANIFESTED to take away our sins... So the SON OF GOD WAS MANIFESTED (came to the world or was given by the Father to us) to destroy the works of the devil (sin).

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form [Colossians 2:9]

Who (Christ), being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. [Philippians 2:6-7]

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true--even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. [1 John 5:20] 


The Father as Witness for the Son


And again, when God brings (GIVES as in Jn 3:16) his firstborn (ONLY SON- THE WORD) into the world, he says, "Let all God's angels WORSHIP HIM (SON)." In speaking of the angels he says, "He makes his angels winds, his servants flames of fire." But about the Son he says, "Your throne, O God (TALKING to the SON), will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God (FATHER), your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy (cross-reference Jn. 16:10)."He also says, "In the beginning, O Lord (cross-reference Jn. 1:1-18), you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. [Hebrews 1:6,7,8,9,10]


Is Jesus God according to GOD the FATHER then? You decide...



Concerning Other Titles of God

Alpha & Omega is the title of God. God is called: "The ONE who is & who was & who is to come- the Almighty" [Rev. 1:8; 4:8; 11:17; 16:5] & NO ONE is like God [Deuteronomy 4:35; Exodus 15:11; Exodus 8:10; Deuteronomy 33:26].

Jesus attributed this to himself when he said the EXACT WORDS God said. Let's take this parallelism AGAIN:

1)
The angel said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place." [Rev 22:6]

contrasted against:

"I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star." [Rev 22:16]

2)
"Behold, I am (LORD GOD) coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book." [Rev 22:6]

contrasted against:

"Behold, I am (JESUS CHRIST/SON OF GOD/ALPHA & OMEGA/LAMB) coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. [Rev 22:12]

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. [Rev 22:13]!

Addendum:
The LORD is God, and he has made his light shine upon us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar. [Psalm 118:27]



Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!" [John 20:28]

Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'" [Luke 4:8]



Comments

  1. nice explanation. truly penetrating.

    May God bless you.

    c.pio

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