Can Jesus Be God Because He Was Made?

Jesus is God

Have you heard it said, ‘Jesus is not God because He was made by God?’ That is Jesus did not exist prior to being brought into this world by God the Father, and through his life of sinlessness then attained the status of great prophet. There are quite a few religions and people with this mindset, and their entitled to believe as they see fit.

To Err Is Human:
However I would like to touch on how this thinking results. Let’s take a classic example like Hebrews 1:4, “Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they”. It is easy to read this verse and then infer that Jesus was created by God and thus by that thought; deduce that Jesus was not God (who has always existed). How can someone be God, if they were created by God? Sounds pretty reasonable and valid assumption to me.

However could it be that we missing an intricate piece of the puzzle? Consider these three principles which could better guide us to the right answer about these words “Being made”.

Principle #1: When the alarm bells ring take action
Firstly it is natural to come to a portion of scripture, and then read it and come away potentially having concerns about God and the Bible. Why do these two portions say different things? Or how could the bible even say that? The thing to recognize and accept is that we are human. Prone to quick judgements and assumptions. However when we do feel this way the worst action we can take is to do nothing. The best course of action would rather be to resolve it immediately. Pray it through. Study it out. Speak to someone who is strong in the faith. Google it. Any one of these will do, so long as you do something to bring it to bed.

Principle #2: Ask yourself, is there a higher biblical principal being violated here?
The words “Being made”, speak to something being formed by materials or created. And this is the part that is causing the discomfort and the alarm bells to go off. Why? Because it is clashing with our current biblical principle that Jesus Christ is God. So when something is clashing, let’s apply the train of thought to it’s full conclusion. Test it!

Principle #3: Test the reasoning
If Jesus Christ is not God, then large portions of the Bible would be invalid (Matthew 1:23, Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 40:10,11, Revelation 1:7-18; Revelation 2:8, John 1:1-3; John 5:17-18; Colossians 2:9; Philippians 2:5-7 and much more). It’s not sound reasoning to look at a complex commonly misunderstood verse and weigh it up against a whole subset of plain and simple verses and then deduce a new principle or fundamental from it.

Secondly, if we read Hebrews 2:9-10; “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”. If Jesus was an ordinary man, and he died to atone for our sins, how would that even be possible? How could a man by the goodness of his life atone for thousands of years of men’s sin? The simple answer – he can’t. For our salvation to be perfect as described in verse 10; we needed God to manifest Himself as a man. Thus an eternal God crucified, pays a sufficiently high and eternal price for the sins of the world.

The Answer
Our reasoning here has clearly failed. It thus must be that Jesus is God and was God. But then how do we explain “Being made”. Simply, that it speaks to the timeframe on earth where Jesus Christ was created, born of Mary by immaculate conception. The confusion was brought about by a natural comparison being made in verse 4, where Jesus is being compared to the angels, and thus our minds naturally assumed the timeframe and location to heavenly.

The initial assumption based on verse 4 may have been over-simplistic…..but in this simplicity we were able to see how easily it is to open up ourselves to the wrong kind of thinking. We were also able to derive some principles for the future that could steer and guide us.

I hope you were blessed.

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The Bible: The Authority on Jesus

Glory

How can religion quickly be understood? One could answer, by it’s people. And sadly while that would be a great answer it’s not entirely practical, as often times from any religion comes a facet of extremism or liberalism that violates the religion itself. Perhaps another answer could be, by it’s sacred texts. For the Hindu’s the Vedas, for Islam the Quran and us as Christians the Bible. This is a highly accurate answer, but it’s only half the answer. Taken by itself and the nature of the sacred writings, it often takes time and effort before the sacred text can be understood correctly. So what is the answer then?

I would state the person, prophet and central figure of those sacred texts. Looking at a person, their life and what they have accomplished or done, is highly relatable to us as humans. And for understanding Christianity, there is only one person, one figure and that is the person of Jesus Christ. While there may be a plethora of sources regarding Jesus Christ, the final authority on who Jesus is, His life and what He did is the Bible.

Let’s turn to Hebrews 1 and gain a glimpse of Jesus.

Verse 1:
Literal Understanding of Verse:In the past, during different times and in different ways, God spoke to man by the prophets.
Explanation: There are two interesting things to note here, (a) Division and (b) Adaptation. Firstly, God spoke to His people at different times of history. Here is God breaking up His messages, across periods (or blocks) of time. These are divisions. Examples of these would be, God speaking to Adam and Eve in the garden and telling them to not eat the fruit. Another message and division by God would be Him speaking to Moses, and enabling him to lead Israel out of captivity.

In terms of our second point around Adaptation, we can look at the use of the word “manner” – the ways in which God acted. This speaks to God adapting how He said what He needed to say at different times. Examples of this; is Jeremiah who laments at God’s pending judgement. Another manner is the Holy Spirit working within us to teach us.

While the times may vary and the manner, the method remained the same (review latter part of verse 1). The method was always the Prophets.

Verse 2:
Literal Understanding of Verse: God in these last days times (that includes the time we are in); speaks to us by His Son. It is this Son, who God legally entitled to all things, and who also made our universe.
Explanation: Remembering in verse 1 while we saw the time and manner vary in which God worked, the method was always the same. In verse 2, we see a deviation in God’s method from Prophet; to God the father using His own Son – Jesus Christ. This change is dramatic and notable and reflected in the difference in the pages of the New Testament.

Next part of the verse indicates that this same Jesus is heir of all things. Heir is defined to mean, legally entitled, but also a person who inherits and continues the work of a predecessor.

A final and profound statement is made in the next part of the verse – that God not only used Jesus to be the method in these last days, but also used Jesus to create the worlds. Not only is He a method of God, our propitiation, our Lord God, but also the creator of all around us!

Verse 3:
Literal Understanding of Verse: Jesus is the immediate image of God. Jesus holds together all things word of his power. Jesus wiped away our sins. Jesus thereafter sat down on the right hand of God the father.
Explanation: This verse is so beautiful in capturing who Jesus Christ is. God’s glory when it shines forth, that shine, that awe, that light is Jesus Christ. Secondly, the direct image of the person of Great and Mighty God is Jesus Christ Himself. They are one. Thirdly, the Bible doesn’t say by the power of His (Jesus) words, but the word (singular) of His Power (the Father’s power). That’s an interesting read. Jesus Christ upholds all things, by the promise of God the Father’s power. Then it goes on to depict how Jesus himself, purged our sins. Purged there means “to cleanse or purify by separating and carrying off whatever is impure”.? And lastly, as a fifth point, Jesus is seated at the right hand of God in heaven. Wow, our Lord God is amazing!!!

Finally….

In three simple verses of Hebrews 1:1-3 we have seen such bold and definitive statements about who Jesus Christ IS. The central figure of the Bible is Jesus Christ. He permeates it’s pages, and it’s pages embody Him. Without Jesus Christ as the centre of the Bible, Christianity is not christianity, merely another fairy tale. Without Jesus Christ, there is no salvation, and no hope in death. He is the essence of all things by Him do all things exists.Friends, the simple message this morning is this, the Bible is the final authority on Jesus. Not men. Not historic records or personal accounts. Not men filled in the Spirit. Not in other books. And while these alternate sources have their legitimacy and efficacy, only the Bible defines Jesus Christ authoritatively. For it is the authority on the man, on the God, Jesus Christ

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God’s Promise: Assurance of Salvation

Heaven

God’s Promise: Assurance

~ To a Christian who is saved or born again

 

Question: So you say you are “saved” through faith in Jesus Christ? But here is a question for you, if you sinned today and died there after would you go to heaven or hell? 

 

Scenario:

Here is a scenario to help you understand the question. Consider a man, named Fred who is “saved”, as you are, and one day got into a really bad situation. The situation got so out of control that he ended up killing a man. Imagine just for a moment, before Fred could confess his sin, before he could repent, he himself died, and was taken before the LORD JESUS, to be judged. Would the LORD JESUS CHRIST let Fred into heaven; or cast him into hell?

 

Truth:

The answer is simple – Fred would enter into heaven. But how can that be so, after he did one of the worst sins imaginable, he took the life of another? Yes Fred is guilty, and he committed a sin, but friend, no one get’s to heaven by their own merit, in fact no one who trusts in their “good works” (charity, prayer, reading the bible) can ever enter into heaven. 

 

The qualification for “heaven” is being without sin, having broken no law of GOD in your entire life, that is – “PERFECT” and “SINLESS”. If you had but broken the law once or committed the smallest of sins, then you stand guilty before God. If a man raped your wife, your sister, or daughter, and stood before a judge, and that judge let the rapist go; would that judge be a fair and righteous judge? Of course not, so why do we expect any different, or any less from GOD who is the HIGHEST and MOST RIGHTEOUS of all judges.

 

So yes Fred is guilty, but can Fred do anything to earn favor with God? Can Fred give God something to let him escape from the wrong he has done? No, because if God did have to accept something from Fred, that would be bribery, and again this cannot be God, and so nothing you do, no matter how good, pure or holy, can be sufficient payment for your sin.

 

That is why, God the Judge, sent His only Son to this earth to die, and be that “ransom” that payment for your sin, and for all that you have done wrong in breaking his law. And so now because the “merit” of your entrance into heaven is not you, but Jesus Christ, it doesn’t matter what you did, done or will do – you enter into heaven by the payment of JESUS, by HIM laying HIS life down FOR YOU, by HIM being that payment.So Fred enters into heaven, because He believed Jesus Christ by “faith” – that JESUS died and rose again the third day, and that the work of JESUS was payment enough for his (Fred) sins. Thus we are PROMISED HEAVEN, by WHO JESUS IS and WHAT JESUS DID, and our belief in HIM.

 

  1. Rom 3:23 – “For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (All guilty)
  2. Rom 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the LORD Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raise him from the dead, thou shalt be SAVED 
  3. Eph 2:8-9“For by GRACE are ye SAVED through FAITH; and that not of yourselves: it is the GIFT of God. NOT of WORKS, lest any man should boast.”
  4. 1 John 5:11-14“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the confidencethat we have in him…” (Also 1 John 4:15-17)
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The King Shall Come

1 Thess 4:13-18

Across the earth voices cry, 

oh when will precious justice reign? 

When will He, the God of all eternity, 

dwell with me.

 

The heathen mock and rage,

 spit and curse that Holy Name,

Yet Christian martyrs still His Name Avail.

Stay the storm brothers, till that blessed coming reign.

 

Oh the anguish, trials and sorrows our hearts oft cry,

But there is hope, there is hope I say.

For the King of Glory shall come again, 

Look up High, His splendour draweth nigh!

 

For on a horse, justice rides,

For He gathers against the fallen tides,

And in a swift voice and powerful cry,

Shall he vanquish the prince of demonic lie.

 

Down from the heavens and through the clouds He’ll descend,

Bearing all His saintly brethren friend,

And as we shout, exclaim and proclaim that Holy Name,

Our King would have surely come again.

 

And on that day joy and peace will come our way,

For in His presence we shall live day by day.

Yes I say,

Our Lord is coming back soon

 

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