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Deity of Christ-His Actions Part 1

Cliff Sabroe continues his study of the deity of Christ.  You can catch up on the study by clicking here and here.

Many of the actions of Jesus show Him to be God. If actions of Christ are actions that can only be done by God, then one must conclude that Jesus is God.

Christ Created All Things

One of the clearest claims for Deity in the case of Christ is the many passages that declare Him to be the Creator. Hebrews 3:4 states “….He who built all things is God”. If it can be shown through Scripture that Jesus built/created all things, then Jesus must be divine. John 1:2-3 declares “He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made”. Later on in that same chapter John writes “He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not” (John 1:10).

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Deity of Christ-Jesus’ Claims Part 2

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Christ Claimed to be Omnipotent

Not only did Jesus preach His eternal existence, He also declared the great power He possessed. Jesus wanted those in His presence to understand that He had the equal power to the Father. He once stated “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will” (John 5:20-21)

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Deity of Christ-Jesus’ Claims

Cliff Sabroe continues his discussion concerning the Deity of Christ.  In this section Cliff is looking at the claims Jesus makes about Himself in the gospels.  Basically we are saying how did Jesus view himself.  For earlier articles in this series click here, here, and here.

Christ Claimed to be Eternal and Infinite

Jesus, in several places preached His eternal existence. In John 8:58 “Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM’”. In this passage Jesus could not have been merely saying that He existed as the first created being, because in the very next verse the Jews were taking up stones and wanted to stone Him for claiming to be God. Jesus later speaks to the apostle John in the Revelation letter declaring “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last” (Rev. 22:13, cf. Rev. 1:8).

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Deity of Christ– Attributes Part 2

This is part three of Cliff Sabroe’s series on the Deity of Christ.  You can read parts 1 and 2 (here and here).

Christ is Omnipotent

Omnipotence is the characteristic of having unlimited power that can only be attributed to God. This characteristic of omnipotence is often observed in Jesus. In Philippians 3:20-21 Paul explains that Jesus has the power to “subject all things to Himself”. The only way that Jesus could have the power to “subject all things to Himself” is if He had the full power of God. The only way that Jesus could have the full power of God, was for He Himself to be God.

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Theology of 1 Thessalonians–God the Father

We are looking now at the theology of 1 Thessalonians. (Check out archives for our exegetical look through the book).  Our goal is to answer the question what does 1 Thessalonians teach on some core doctrines of the Christian faith.   You can see our first two articles here and here.

I want to look now at what does 1 Thessalonians teach us about God the Father.

Here are few truths I’ve gathered from the book:

  1. God is a personal God:  Our first introduction to God is as Father (1:1).  Paul repeats this title throughout the book.  However, God is not just Father in general, He is our Father.  In fact Paul would say, He is our God (2:2).  God is not the God of the deist (unconcerned with human affairs now), but instead He is our personal God today.
  2. God is a revelatory God.  He has a message (2:13).  He has a will (4:3).  He has a gospel (2:2). All of these are revealed to mankind in such a way that we can know them.  Not only can we know them, but the revelation of God is such that we can understand and obey it.
  3. God is a relational God.  God is prayed to (1:2).  We put our faith in Him (1:8).  We turn to Him from our idols (1:9).  We can please Him (4:1) or we can be displeasing to Him (2:15).  Depending upon our relationship status we will either receive His wrath, or His salvation at the return of Jesus (5:9).
  4. God is an omniscience God.  He knows all things. Our God is witness to our outward actions (2:10) and our inward motives (2:4).  He knows all.  This puts him in the perfect position to either approve or disapprove us (2:4).
  5. God is a working God.  God works within us for our sanctification (5:23).  God also works with us as we continues His mission in the world (3:2).  This goes back to the personal nature of God, He is truly concerned with us and comes along side us.
  6. Our God is a saving God.  The gospel of God (and thus God Himself) calls men to a relationship with God through His Son.  This relationship with God’s Son is the means by which God saves us from His wrath (5:9).

What other aspects of God did you see in 1 Thessalonians?

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