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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Is Jesus God? (Colossians 1)

The deity of Jesus Christ is a topic that God has been pressing on my heart everywhere I turn for the last five years. So I'm not at all surprised to see it here in my daily reading this morning. Let's ask the question, "Is Jesus really God, according to the Bible?"

I think there are many people who would say "Jesus is their savior," but stop short of saying He is God, the second person of the trinity.

In fact, I wonder if many people who believe Jesus died on the cross for their sins would stop short of proclaiming that He is the Lord of their life.

I wonder if part of the reason for this is Scripture says very clearly that we are only to bend the knee in worship to God alone. So are we to worship Jesus?

Does Scripture say Jesus is fully God and not just a great man, born of Mary?

Colossians 1:15-17 He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on the earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things have been created through Him and for Him, He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

I think the confusing part of this passage might be "the firstborn of all creation." "Firstborn" does not mean that Jesus did not exist until He took on human flesh through the virgin birth.

"Firstborn" means the originator of all creation, the preeminent one, the sovereign one. That's why it goes on to say, "by Him all things were created."

Then we might think, "but where does it say Jesus created everything?" The answer is, in John 1:1-3 and in Genesis 1:

John 1:1-3 [1] In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God (God the Father), and the Word was God. [2] He (Jesus) was in the beginning with God (God the Father). [3] All things came into being through Him (Jesus), and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

So Jesus, God the Son, who is fully God, existed in the beginning with God the Father before anything was created.

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heavens and the earth.

The word for "God" here is Elohim in Greek and it is plural! It refers to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; the triune God who created absolutely everything.

How? How did God create everything?

Genesis 1:3, 1:6, 1:9, 1:11, 1:14, 1:20, 1: 24, 1:26 all say, "Then God said, .."

Who is Jesus? The Word of God.

Colossians 1:15 "by Him all things were created."

Isn't that amazing!!! God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, our triune God created everything together when God spoke everything into existence.

In fact, the last thing God created was us, mankind. And we were created in the image of God the Son who is the image of the invisible God.

Genesis 1:26 Then God (Elohim) said, "Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness."

We were created by One God who exists in 3 persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, each fully God.

One of the roles of God the Son, Jesus, is to be the image of the invisible God. We see Him in this role from Genesis to Revelation:

Genesis 18:1-2 Then the LORD appeared to him (Abraham) by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day. [2] So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing by him.

God and two angels appeared to Abraham as 3 men.

The LORD here is God the Son, Jesus. A pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus in the Old Testament is called a theophany.

Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication, then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.

Zechariah was written 700 years before Jesus, God the Son, took on human flesh through the virgin birth!!! But this is undeniably Jesus, God the Son, prophesying to Zechariah that at the end of the Tribulation, when Jesus returns, the Jews will look on Him, who they pierced, and realize He is God, their Messiah, who they rejected. They will mourn, repent, and believe in Him, and be saved by the Spirit of grace.

But does Scripture specifically say that Jesus is God? Let's look at a few more verses:

Isaiah 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me."

When Jesus said, "I am," which is "ego eimi" in the Greek, it means God's proper name, Yahweh.

Jesus is saying, "I am who always was, is, and will be."

No one can come to the Father except through Jesus because Jesus is God in human flesh who made the way for us to be united with Him eternally.

Colossians 2:9 For in Him (Jesus) all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.

John 10:30 I and the Father are one.

But one question still remains; where does it say we are to worship Jesus?

Revelation 5:13-14 And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang: "Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the One sitting on the throne and to the Lamb (Jesus) forever and ever." [14] And the four living beings said, "Amen!" And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb (Jesus).

Philippians 2:9-11 For this reason also, God highly exacted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

In the end every created thing will worship God the Father and Jesus, the Lamb. We can choose to worship Jesus now as our Savior and Lord or we can wait and be forced to worship Him from a distance, separated from Him for all eternity.

Which will you choose?

Matthew 7:22-23 Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles? [23] And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me.'"

What about you; do you know Jesus as God?

Will He say He knows you?

Do you know Him, as your Lord and Savior, who stepped off His throne in heaven, took on human flesh, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on a cross for our sins, was buried, and three days later arose to new life, returned to heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father on the throne of God, interceding for those who confess Him as their Lord?

Do you know Jesus personally as your Lord and Savior?

In the end, where will you worship Jesus from?

Dear Lord, Thank you for giving me a thirst to know you personally through Your Word, through prayer, and through worship. Thank you for forgiving me for my sins, filling me with your presence and joy, guiding me through the green pastures and the rocky paths, directing every aspect of my daily life, and giving me purpose. Thank you for allowing me to know you as my Lord and as my Savior. I gladly bow my knee in worship to You today and every day. For it's in Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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