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A Christmas Message that Keeps on Giving - His Person.

Last time we looked at Jesus Christ Pre-existence; now His Person.

I. His Deity.

A. Proper names.

1. God.

The name God is applied to Him (Jn.1:1; 20:28/Rom.9:5/Tit.2:13/Heb.1:8-9).

"And we know 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, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life." 1 John 5:20

It is true that the name God is sometimes applied to creatures, especially in the plural (Jn.10:34-35/Psa.82:1,6,7/Ex.4:16; 7:1; 22:28) but it is always clear whether God or the creature is meant. When the singular is used, there are modifiers that make it plain.

2. Son of God.

Over 40 times this title is applied to Christ: Mat.16:16-17; 8:29; 14:33/Mki.1:1/Lu.1:35/Mt.27:40,43/Mk.14:61-62/Jn.5:25; 9:35-37; 10:36; 11:4.

If this meant only a son of God, why did the Jews accuse Him of blasphemy?

"63 But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest said to Him, "I adjure You by the living God, that You tell us whether You are the Christ, the Son of God." 64 Jesus *said to him, "You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you will see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN." 65 Then the high priest tore his robes and said, "He has blasphemed! What further need do we have of witnesses? Behold, you have now heard the blasphemy;" Matthew 26:63-65

Note the force of John 5:18.

Five times He is called the "only-begotten Son" - Jn. 1:14,18; 3:16,18/1 Jn.4:9. This distinguishes Him from the many sons of God.

3. Lord.

This title is applied to Him hundreds of times in the N.T. Rom.14:9/1 Cor.2:8/Ja.2:1/1 Tim.6:15/Rev.17:14; 19:16/etc.

The title Lord means "over all" and indicates sovereighty. Furthermore, it is the N.T. translation of Jehovah as well as indicating deity.

The epression "Lord of lords" (Rev.17:14 and 19:16) is the highest possible indication of Deity.

4. Jehovah [Yahweh] of the O.T., is Jesus Christ of the N.T.

a. The Shepherd (Psa.23:1)..............Jn.10:11/Heb.13:20/etc.

b. Called upon (Joel 2:32)................Rom.10:13/Ac.2:21/etc.

c. Savior (Isa.45:15,21-22)................Lu. 2:11/Mt.1:21/etc.

d. I AM (EX.3:14)..............................Jn.8:24, 58/etc.

e. Rock (Psa.18:31)...........................1 Cor.10:4; 3:11/etc.

f. Judge (Psa.75:7-9).........................Jn.5:22

g. Creator (Isa.45:18)........................John 1:3

h. Omniscient One (Jer.17:9)............Jn.16:30; 2:24-25/etc.

i. Almighty (Gen.17:1).......................Rev.4:8-11/etc.

j. Omnipresent (Jer.23:24)................Mt.18:20; 28:20/etc.

k. Eternal (Isa.44:6)...........................Rev.1:8; 21:6; 22:13/etc.

l. Immutable (Mal.3:6)......................Heb.1:10-12; 13:8/etc.

Not an exhaustive list...

B. Praise is given to Christ.

The Scripture recognize that worship is to be paid only to God, not to the creature.

"'Then Jesus *said to him, "Go, Satan! For it is written, 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'" Matthew 4:10


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