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A Battle To Dilute The Truth
4/2/2018

“You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also.” John 8:19 (NKJV)

There are many people who claim to know and love God, but they deny Jesus.  Some deny He is the Messiah and simply call Him a prophet, while others believe He is the Son of God, but no more.  In other words, they don’t believe Jesus was God incarnate.  Some people don’t really care either way, and they would even say it doesn’t make a difference as long as they believe He existed. 

It is sad to hear these things, as they are evidence of a long battle between Satan and mankind to dilute the truth of God’s Word and to somehow make “a lesser Jesus.” As I have said before, if Satan can get us to compromise on who Jesus really is he can distort our beliefs and lead us right off a spiritual cliff.  I believe there is no room for such compromise, and if we are to trust and believe in what Jesus spoke then we need to hold fast to these truths. 

Q: So, how did Jesus claim equality with His Father, and how does this equate to His deity?

In John 5:17-24 we can see Jesus make five claims of equality with God, and they are:

· Jesus claimed to be equal with God in His person (John 5:17-18; 10:30) 

· Jesus claimed to be equal with God in His Works (John 5:19-20)

· Jesus claimed to be equal with God in His power and sovereignty (John 5:21)

· Jesus claimed to be equal with God in His judgment (John 5:22)

· Jesus claimed to be equal with God in His honor (John 5:23-24)

Jesus claimed to have the power over life and death—both physically and spiritually—something the Bible clearly teaches belongs only to God (Deut. 32:39; John 4:14; 5:21; 2 Cor. 1:9). It was Jesus who said, He who has seen Me has seen the Father;” and, “He who hates Me hates My Father also” (John 14:9; 15:23). Jesus clearly possesses the same divine nature, attributes, and abilities—ones the Bible clearly states are limited to God. 

Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. 1 John 2:23 (NKJV)

Q: Why is it so important for us to acknowledge Jesus as God?

Because to do so would be to dilute the truth of God’s Word. I think it is important to remember that even the Jewish religious leaders chose to kill Jesus for making himself God — not “a god,” but “God Himself!”

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 10:33 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today. Don’t accept any teachings depicting our Lord as a “lesser Jesus” than what God’s Word clearly teaches. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 John 2:23 what are we given when we acknowledge and accept Jesus for who He is and for what He has done?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Who is Jesus to you personally?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to rightly divide the Word of God so you can detect the lies of the enemy and defend the truth of the Gospel message.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for sending Your Son to deliver us from the bondage of our sin (Rom. 6:4).  Thank You for teaching me about the unique Godhead of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—how You are three distinct persons in One. Help me to clearly see any false teachings detracting from who Jesus is. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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