The life-blood of Christianity is this: Jesus is God, the Father is God and the Holy Spirit is God. The Father is not Jesus the Son. The Son is not the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is not the Father. And yet, there are not three gods, there is only one God. This teaching is the biblical doctrine of the Trinity.
I will not address every point of the Trinity, but I being with Jesus. The exhilarating triumph of God in Creation includes the grand and marvelous revelation that Jesus is God. To help you remember the path I am taking, I will explore the deity of Christ by the way of John 1, Colossians 1, Hebrews 1 and Revelation 1.
Jesus is God
A. John 1 — John uses “With and Was” to describe the relationship of Jesus to God:
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…. (v. 14) And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.
God is the Creator (Genesis 1) and that is exactly how we are to think of the Word, Jesus–as Creator. He is not made, but through him all things were made.
John 1:2 He was in the beginning with God; (3) all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.
B. Colossian 1 — Scripture reveals that Jesus is not made; he is the showing-up of the the one and only invisible God:
Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; (16) for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities–all things were created through him and for him. (17) He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
C. Hebrews 1 — Hebrews records God the Father addressing Jesus as God:
Hebrews 1:8 But of the Son He says, “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever, the righteous scepter is the scepter of thy kingdom.”
D. Revelation 1 — In Revelation, Jesus is identified with the titles that belong to God alone:
The Title of “First and Last” — which belongs to God — is the title of the one who died and rose again:
Revelation 1:17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand upon me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one; I died, and behold I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.”
“First and Last” belongs to the one who says, “besides me there is no god”, and by so locating this same title with Jesus, we know we are indeed dealing with Very God of Very God:
Isaiah 44:6 Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.”
Jesus is God. It is not an act of humility to deny the deity of Jesus (as if to feel unworthy to arrive at such a grand conclusion), it is an act of pride. God has revealed himself in Jesus and we bow before him and submit our own ideas to His revelation regarding what is and what is not divinity. Sadly, the identity of Jesus is underestimated in some Christian churches. I hope this post will be the occasion to inspire some teacher or pastor to keep a sharp focus on a central truth of our faith: Jesus is God.