Isn’t saying that Jesus is God a big absurdity?

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By BibleAsk Team


The assertion that Jesus is God the Son is a central tenet of Christian faith, yet it is a concept that has been met with skepticism and criticism throughout history. To many, the idea of a human being also being fully divine seems contradictory. However, a closer examination of the biblical evidence reveals theological truths that support and affirm the deity of Christ. In this exploration, we will delve into the biblical foundation for the divinity of Christ while highlighting key passages from the New Testament.

The Incarnation

At the heart of the Christian faith lies the belief in the Incarnation, the miraculous union of divinity and humanity in the person of Christ. While this concept may seem paradoxical, it is rooted in the biblical revelation of Godhead’s redemptive plan for humanity and His unfathomable love for His creation.

1. John 1:1-3: The Word Made Flesh

The Gospel of John opens with a profound declaration of Jesus’ divine nature: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” (John 1:1-3, NKJV). Here, the Son of God is identified as the “Word” (Greek: Logos), who existed from the very beginning with the Father and played a central role in the creation of the universe. This passage affirms Christ’s eternal existence and divine nature as the pre-existent Son of God.

2. John 1:14: The Word Became Flesh

Continuing in John 1, we read of the Incarnation: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14, NKJV). Here, the apostle John testifies to the miraculous reality of Christ taking on human form and dwelling among humanity. This passage emphasizes the dual nature of Christ as both fully divine and fully human, a mystery that transcends human understanding yet lies at the heart of Christian faith.

Affirming Christ’s Divinity in the New Testament

Throughout the New Testament, we find a wealth of evidence supporting the divinity of Christ, affirming His role as the second Person in the Godhead and the Savior of humanity. Let us explore some additional passages that underscore Christ’s divine nature.

1. Colossians 1:15-20: The Supremacy of Christ

In Colossians 1:15-20 (NKJV), the apostle Paul offers a lofty depiction of Christ as the pre-eminent and sovereign Lord of creation: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist” (Colossians 1:15-17, NKJV). Here, Paul emphasizes Christ’s role as the divine Creator and sustainer of the universe, affirming His eternal existence and supreme authority over all creation.

2. Philippians 2:5-11: The Humility and Exaltation of Christ

In Philippians 2:5-11 (NKJV), Paul presents Christ as the ultimate model of humility and obedience, who willingly humbled Himself to the point of death on a cross, only to be exalted by God to the highest place of honor: “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11, NKJV). This passage highlights Christ’s divine status and the universal acknowledgment of His lordship over all creation.

Christ’s Deity Required for Redemption

Christ is the second Person of the Godhead. If He was not divine, His death would not have been sufficient to pay for the lives of all humans (1 John 2:2). A created being, which Christ would be if He was not divine, could not pay the infinite penalty required for sin. If Christ was only a created being, he could atone for only one human life. A life for a life (Exodus 21:23). Christ is Divine and His life is more equivalent than the lives of all humans because He is the Creator of all (Colossians 1:16). Therefore, Christ is indeed God the Son (John 1:1-3).

And because Christ is divine, He took upon Himself the redemption of mankind. Ever since Adam’s sin, every human has been guilty of breaking the Creator’s righteous laws. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Therefore, because of sin, everyone was sentenced to death and eternal separation from the Almighty (Ezekiel 18:20).

A judge who simply pardons law-breakers isn’t a righteous judge. Likewise, Ignoring sin would make God an unjust judge because death is the divine judgement for sin. “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Even good works cannot atone for sin because compared to the Almighty’s goodness, our works “are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).

And because “God is love” (1 John 4:8), He offered to sacrifice His own Son to redeem His fallen creation. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16). “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13). Thus, by Christ’s sacrificial death, divine justice and love were fully satisfied and fulfilled.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the belief in Jesus as God incarnate lies at the heart of Christian faith, affirming His divine identity and role as the Savior of humanity. While the concept of the Incarnation may seem mysterious and paradoxical, it is grounded in the rich tapestry of biblical revelation, which testifies to the eternal nature and divine authority of Christ.

As believers, we embrace this truth with awe and reverence, acknowledging Christ as the Word made flesh, who dwelt among us full of grace and truth. May our hearts be filled with gratitude and adoration for the one who humbled Himself for our sake, that we might have eternal life through faith in Him.

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In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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