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What Jesus Said About Himself

 

John 5 Jesus said….
39
Search the scriptures;
for in them ye think ye have eternal life:
and they are they which testify of me [JESUS CHRIST].
46 For had ye believed Moses,
ye would have believed me [JESUS CHRIST];
for he wrote of me [JESUS CHRIST].
47 But if ye believe not his writings,
how shall ye believe my words [JESUS CHRIST’s words]?

 

There are some who reject the DEITY of CHRIST because, according to them, JESUS never claimed to be GOD anywhere in Scripture.

We know, however, that just because there is no recorded instance in Scripture where JESUS actually said the words “I AM GOD” it does NOT mean, in fact, that He is NOT God.

Rather, it is very meaningful to us that there is no Bible account of JESUS denying His DEITY.

In other words, there is NO recorded instance in Scripture where JESUS actually said the words “I AM NOT GOD,” nor did He ever restrain or reject the actions of those who worshiped Him as God–even though He obviously knew and upheld the very plain commandment of the Scripture, “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve!” [See Matthew 4:10.]

 

 

It is very telling and compelling to note the things that JESUS actually DID SAY about Himself.

Many people have said many things about Him, but HIS OWN WORDS about HIMSELF paint a very persuasive picture of the ABSOLUTE DEITY OF CHRIST!

 

John 15:5
I am the vine….
Without me you can do nothing.

 

John 8:12, 9:5
I am the light of the world

 

John 10:7, 9
I am the door

 

John 10:11, 14
I am the good shepherd

 

John 6:35, 51
I am the bread of life, living bread

 

John 14:6
I am the way, the truth, and the life

 

John 11:25
I am the resurrection and the life

 

John 14:9
He that has seen me has seen the Father

 

John 10:30
I and [my] Father are One

 

John 14:1
You believe in God believe also in me

 

John 8:58
Before Abraham was I am

 

John 8:24
If you believe not that I am [he] you will die in your sins

 

John 14:18
I will not leave you comfortless (orphans, fatherless children);
I will come to you.

 

Matthew 11:28
I will give you rest.

 

John 18:5-6
 (In the garden to the arresting soldiers) I am

 

John 2:19
Destroy this temple (body) and in three days I will raise it up.

 

John 10:18
No man takes it [my life] from me; I lay it down.
Revelation 1
8
I am the Beginning and the End

11, 17 I am the First and the Last

8, 11 I am the Aleph and the Tav

18 I am He that lives and was dead and am alive forevermore.

18 I have the keys of hell and death.
Matthew 28:18
All power (authority) is given to me in Heaven and in Earth.

 

Speaking of Himself in the third person….

 

Rev. 2:1 [Ephesus]
he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks

Rev. 2:8 [Smyrna]
the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive

Rev. 2:12
[Pergamos]
he which hath the sharp sword with two edges

Rev. 2:18 [Thyatira]
the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass

Rev. 3:1 [Sardis]
he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars

Rev. 3:7 [Philadelphia]
he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth

Rev. 3:14 [Laodicea]
the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God

 

His Final Words….

Revelation 21
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Aleph-Tav [Alpha and Omega], the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Revelation 22
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
13 I am Alpha and Omega [Aleph & Tav], the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

 

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
Apostolic Faith Tabernacle

For Christ’s Sake….

 “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Ephesians 4:32

It used to bother me when I read this verse, because I couldn’t quite wrap my head around what exactly was being said. God, it seemed, had forgiven us “for Christ’s sake”, i.e., because of or for the sake of Christ. Being thoroughly convinced beyond any shadow of a doubt that God is ONE[1], and there is only ONE person in the Godhead or Deity[2], it was confusing, to say the least, to consider the implications of this passage. According to the scripture, Jesus Christ is the mighty God and the everlasting Father[3]; so why does this verse seem to be implying the involvement of two separate and distinct entities in the process of forgiveness?

Looking deeper into the original language of this passage reveals the answer. Note the original text for the words “God for Christ’s sake”:[4]

Original Koine Greek: θεὸς ἐν Χριστῷ

English transliteration: Theos en Christo

The translation of the Greek phrase “Theos en Christo” is “God in Christ”. This, indeed, is the translation given in many versions of the Bible, including but not limited to English Standard Version, American Standard Version, Amplified Bible, Darby Translation, New American Standard Bible, New King James Version and Young’s Literal Translation.

With this more concise translation in mind, the meaning of our text is much clearer:

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ hath forgiven you.”

Or, in other words, God has forgiven us our sins in the person of Christ. As a MAN (the INCARNATE WORD, God manifest in Flesh)[5] He forgave HUMANITY. Notice the words of Paul to the Colossians and the Romans:

“Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;”[6]

“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”[7]

We are crucified with Jesus Christ when we repent of our sins – to Jesus Christ! We are buried with Jesus Christ when we are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins! We are risen from the dead with Jesus Christ when we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost – or, more precisely, the Spirit of Jesus Christ! Each phase of the New Birth experience (death, burial, resurrection) involves identity with and connection to Jesus Christ![8] This, then, gives the true sense of Paul’s words to the Ephesians “even as God in Christ hath forgiven you.”[9]

It is interesting to note that this more accurate rendering of the phrase “Theos en Christo” corresponds closely with the following words of the apostle to the Corinthians:

“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself….”[10]

Original Koine Greek: θεὸς ἦν ἐν Χριστῷ

English transliteration: Theos ēn en Christo

Jesus plainly said that He was in the Father and the Father was in Him![11] It is relatively simple to grasp the notion that Christ, the Son or Flesh/Body of God was in the Father – the eternal, invisible omnipresent Spirit; it is equally easy to comprehend that the Spirit of God was dwelling in Christ: this, cried the Voice of God, is my beloved Son (Body of Flesh) in whom I am well pleased![12]

In HIMJesus Christ! – dwells all the fullness of Deity bodily![13]

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifest in the flesh,
justified in the Spirit,
seen of angels,
preached unto the Gentiles,
believed on in the world,
received up into glory.”[14]

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
27 August 2011


[1] Deut. 6:4; James 2:19

[2] Col. 2:9; Heb. 1:3

[3] Isa. 9:6

[5] John 1:14; 1 Tim. 3:16

[6] Col. 2:12-14

[7] Rom. 6:3-6

[8] Acts 2:38

[9] Eph. 4:32

[11] John 14:10-11

[12] 2 Pet. 1:17; Col. 1:19

[13] Col. 2:9

[14] 1 Tim. 3:16

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