01 Dec Jesus Christ: Son of God, God Himself, or Man?
Many people have different views on who Jesus Christ is. Some think he was just a prophet. Some think he is the son of God. However few believer Jesus Christ is God himself. Jesus Christ is all three in one. He is a man, God, and son of God. We will explain in details how this is possible.
How God Was Born into this World
In Genesis, it mentions that God formed Adam (Hebrew word for mankind) from the dirt of the ground and breath his spirit into him(Genesis 2:7). The reason for this is that a spirit can not function properly without a vessel made of the same substance of the planet he is residing. This is why even though we can not see angels or demons, they truly exist. So in order to come into this world as Jesus Christ, God had to be born of a woman. Not just any woman but a virgin through the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:34-35).
Why God Became Man
1. Adam’s mistake
God’s plan was for humans to reign on Earth forever (Revelation 22:5). However when Adam sinned, all of humanity was cursed into being sentenced to Hell or known as the realm of the Dead in the Old Testament (Romans 5:12-14). In order to fix this mistake, God had to come into human form, live a sinless life, bore our sins even though he is sinless, and die on the cross. This is why it is written, Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life. – 1 Corinthians 15:22.
2. The Lamb of God
God became Jesus Christ in order to be a lamb of God (John 1:29, Leviticus 14:13). Before Jesus Christ, people would have to sacrifice animals in exchange for their lives because the heavy penalty of sin. In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness. – Hebrews 9:22. Since God is timeless, his blood will shed forever (Revelation 1:8). This is why Jesus Christ states, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” – Matthew 5:17.
3. The Demonstration of Righteousness
This is where the confusion comes as far as Jesus Christ being God or man. Even though Jesus Christ was God in the flesh, he humbled himself in order to demonstrate to humanity how it is to truly live a righteous life (Philippians 2:6). Jesus Christ fasted and prayed all the time (Matthew 17:21). Even though he performed miracles Jesus Christ did not fill himself with pride. When Satan tempted him, Jesus Christ counter attacked with Bible scriptures (Matthew 4:3-10). Jesus completed his mission on Earth even though he didn’t want to suffer (John 19:30, Matthew 26:39). This is how we should live on this Earth. God expects us to give ourselves completely to him in order for his will to be done on Earth. This is why Jesus states, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. – Luke 9:23.
4. Spread the Truth
Around the time God came on Earth, there were division among the Judaism. The four major Jewish religious/political groups at the time were the Pharissees, Saducees, Essenes, and Zealots. Each of these groups along with Gentiles had their own interpretation of God and the Law of Moses. So God came to spread the truth through his teachings and parables.
5. Fulfill all Prophecies
God came to Earth to fulfill all that he has spoken through his prophets in the Torah. From Moses to Isaiah, God has made promises to Israel for salvation through the Messiah. So when God came to this world, people were expecting the arrival of the Messiah (Matthew 2:2, John 4:25, Matthew 21:9, John 7:41, Luke 2:38, Luke 2:26).
How God Can be God the Father and God the Son?
We can not put God in a box. This is why God made it clear with this scripture, “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool…” – Isaiah 66:1. God is more complex than we are. God made both the spiritual and physical world so there is no limit on what God can do (Matthew 19:26). When God came into the world as Jesus Christ, he made a carbon copy of himself (John 1:1). Jesus Christ became God’s only begotten son when Mary became pregnant by the Holy Spirit (John 1:18).
How is the Father greater than the Son?
Jesus Christ stated that the father in Heaven is greater than him (Matthew 19:26). With this scripture some people attempt to prove that Jesus Christ is not God after all or a lesser God than God, the father. However in the beginning God created laws and limitations on Earth such as time, gravity, space, etc. (Genesis 1:1). Since Jesus Christ was God in human flesh, the same flesh that is connected to the Adam’s sin. So the father in Heaven is greater than him. But how was he able to raise from the dead if he has limitations? Jesus Christ was able to raise from the dead through the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:11). Without the Holy Spirit we can not do anything supernatural on Earth such as raising the dead, casting out demons, and making the blind to see.