From The Master's Table Web Site
Is Jesus God or of the Godhead just as the Holy Father?
This short study is to answer questions by our readers concerning the Divinity of Jesus. One question asked along with the question of Jesus being God as The Holy Father is God was why did Jesus state that we should not call anyone good except God which implies even Jesus Himself should not be called good. Why would that be the case if Jesus is God also? The answer is that we should ONLY call God Good because the Godhead is the only good (Righteous) in all the universe.
What many don’t understand because many misguided men have taught that Jesus could not sin is that (although Jesus never sinned) He was flesh in part thus not good in the way The Godhead is good. When Jesus allowed Himself to become flesh He also became subject to sin as we find Satan working to cause Him to sin knowing that would destroy the only hope for mankind. Many never understand that Jesus could have sinned but overcame the flesh and its lusts therefore becoming worthy to be our eternal sacrifice that had no blemish or fault although He was flesh. That is why as we read in the book of Revelation that no one in heaven was found worthy to open the seven seals except the Lamb that was slain which was Jesus the Messiah.
In John 8:16 Jesus states…"And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent Me.” which is one in many scriptures which shows that Jesus was sent by the Holy Father to bring a message to mankind. I also want to point out that when Jesus was baptized a voice from Heaven stated “This is My Son whom I’m well pleased…Hear you Him.” Also when Jesus was dead in the grave He was truly dead so who raised Him from the dead? The Holy Father raised Him with the power of the Holy Spirit as there was no other that could and if Jesus had sinned He would then receive the curse of death which is to never receive life as was pronounced on Mankind through Adam and Eve.
Now these scriptures above only prove that there are two of the Godhead …The Holy Father and His Son Jesus but not so much that Jesus is Eternal and of the Godhead. If we are to understand that Jesus is of the Godhead we MUST fully understand what was written in the first chapter of John. The first chapter of John makes it very clear who Jesus is and we also find more proof in the Old Testament so let’s go to an Old Testament prophecy that states who Jesus is in Isa 7:13-15. It states…Then he said, "Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. "Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good.”
And we find this very statement in Matt 1:22-23 which states…”So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us."
It stated that they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." So if Jesus was not God how do men explain these scriptures above?
Some will state that this name "Immanuel," does not mean "God with us." But I have found that it does through research into the Hebrew language such as the word 'el (ale); which only means mighty one; and especially the Almighty Elohim.
We find in Gen. chapter one that the first form of the Divine name in the Bible is ‘Elohim’, and is in most cases translated “God” (Genesis 1:1). Elohim is the most frequently used name in the Old Testament for “God” however Theos is what we find in the New Testament which is a Greek word for Almighty. Although the languages of Greek and Hebrew are very different the basic definition for "Elohim" and "Theos" are identical in use and meaning which are "Master" or sovereign Almighty Creator God. Latin for God is Deus, Irish and Gaelic Dia, all of which means the same.
Jesus also shares the glory of God as we read in Matt. 25:31; 1 Cor. 2:8; and Heb. 1:3. and very importantly we find Jesus referring to Himself as the "I AM" in John 1:22-23 when a man was looking for the Messiah and asked Jesus if He was the One Jesus stated… "I Am" The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord, 'as the prophet Isaiah said."
Let's look at this name of God "I AM" from the Old Testament and find the understanding of the fact that His names are there to convey Who and what God is. As you read the below information keep in mind that Jesus stated in John 1:23 that He is the"I AM"
(Some of this information is from Nelson's Bible Dictionary)
Yahweh. One of the most important names for God in the Old Testament is Yahweh, or Yehovah, from the verb "to be," meaning simply but profoundly, "I am who I am," and "I will be who I will be."The four-letter Hebrew word YHWH was the name by which God revealed Himself to Moses in the burning bush (Ex. 3:14).
God (Elohim) is the author of life and salvation. His "I am" expresses the fact that He is the infinite and original personal God who is behind everything and to whom everything must finally be traced. This name, "I am who I am," signals the truth that nothing else defines who God is but God Himself. What He says and does is who He is."
We also find in the book of Revelation that Jesus announces just who He is by saying, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last," and then Jesus instructs John to write in a book all he sees and then send the book to the seven churches which are in Asia.
Notice the term "I Am" is the same as what the answer was to Moses when he asked"Who are you" and Jesus used this Name "I Am" as well many times as recorded in the New Testament.
Also we find that Jesus was also Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God in Heb 7:1-3. It states…For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated "king of righteousness," and then also king of Salem, meaning "king of peace," without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.”
Please notice the statement without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life which means He has always existed which means He was not created.
Jesus is of the God family and is eternal. If this was not the case then He could not be our perfect sacrifice.
I do hope this information is helpful and as any study much must be presented so I will provide some links to other studies that will help concerning this subject about Jesus being God or as stated of the Godhead just as the Holy Father is.
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Timothy M. Youngblood