As we seek to do as the Bible says and examine ourselves to see if Jesus is really among us, then one of the things that we must examine is what do we believe about Jesus. The Bible assures us there is no eternal life apart from Jesus. There is no salvation apart from Jesus. Those who believe that Jesus is the Christ are the children of God (See 1 John 5:1, 11-12). So what does it mean to say that Jesus is the Christ?
To believe that Jesus is the Christ is to accept the fact that He is God. Jesus is not just a good man or a great teacher. He is God. The Bible is full of testimonies to the fact that Jesus is God. Jesus Himself claimed to be equal with God.
“I and My Father are one.” John 10:30 (NKJV)
Did those who heard Jesus make this statement understand that He was claiming to be God?
“Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him.” John 10:31 (NKJV)
Why were they going to stone Him? Jesus asked the same thing.
“Jesus answered them, ‘Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?’ The Jews answered Him, saying, ‘For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.’” John 10:32-33 (NKJV)
Those who opposed Jesus obviously understood that He claimed to be God. Did those who followed Jesus understand that He claimed to be God? Let’s check out the writings of Paul to see what he had to say about Jesus.
“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)
The false teachers Paul was dealing with were telling people that Jesus was a created being. In fact, what they taught was that Jesus was the first being that God created. Paul tells them that this is not the case. Jesus existed before the creation process ever got under way.
The false teachers also believed that the physical world was evil. They taught that God Himself could not have created it. They reasoned that if Jesus were God, He would only be the creator of the spiritual world. But Paul explains that that Jesus is supreme over all creation because He is the one through whom God created all that exists. He created all the stuff we can see and He created all the stuff we cannot see because Jesus is God.
There are more Biblical testimonies to the fact that Jesus is God.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8 (NKJV)
It is very important for us to understand that Jesus did not come into being one night in Bethlehem. In fact, one of the main prophecies about His birth lets us know that Jesus is eternal.
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.” Micah 5:2 (NKJV)
Jesus is eternal, and therefore He is God.
Any teaching that does not affirm that Jesus is God is fundamentally flawed and must be rejected.
For further study read John 1:1-5. What are we told about Jesus in this passage? How many of the things attributed to Jesus here are attributed to God in other places? Does this passage affirm that Jesus is God?