Jesus Christ: Fully God And Fully Man
The New Testament affirms that Jesus is God. Jesus is described as: “the brightness of His [God’s] glory and the express image of His [God’s] person” (Heb 1:3); the “image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15) with “all the fullness of the Godhead bodily dwelling in Him (Col 2:9).
Jesus and God the Father are One (John 10:30). The Greek language in this verse indicates that They are one in substance but not the same Person; this supports the theology of the Trinity.
Jesus is called “our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13);“my Lord and my God“ (John 20:28); and “God ...manifested in the flesh“ (1 Tim 3:16). Christ also possessed – and demonstrated by His life, ministry and sacrificial death – the character of God. Christ ‘s moral attributes include:
- Love – John 3:16; 13:34; 15:12,13; Rom 8:35
- Truth – John 8:31-36; 14:6; Rev 3:7
- Servanthood – Matt 20:25-28; John 13:13-17; Phil 2:5-8
- Holiness – Luke 1:35; Acts 4:27,30; Heb 7:26; Rev 3:7
- Righteousness – Rom 5:17-21; 2 Tim 4:8; 1 John 2:1,29; 3:7
It is abundantly clear that the Scriptures teach that Jesus Christ was and is God. He was both fully man and fully God at the same time. Other religions acknowledge Christ’s existence, but attempt to deny His deity and do not believe what the Bible so clearly teaches about Him. Any teaching that denies Who Jesus Christ is according to the Bible is heretical – and must be rejected.
B. Jesus Christ’s Work
As stated, Jesus affirmed His Divine nature when He said, “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30). The Jews’ reaction clearly reveals that they understood the implications of Jesus’ statement – He was claiming to be God (10:31,33). ·
But Jesus did not just claim to be God, even though that was and is true. He validated (proved the reliability of) His claim by the works He did. He repeatedly told His listeners that (a) His works were of God and(b) His works proved that He was/is God. “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him ” (John 10:37,38; see also John 5:17,36; 9:4; 10:25; 14:10,11; 15:24).
- His Ministry
Jesus, in His earthly ministry:
- healed the sick, blind and deaf;
- raised the dead;cast out demons;
- supernaturally fed the hungry;
- thwarted the devil;
- confronted the religiously self-righteous;
- taught repentance from sins and forgave sins;
- revealed the loving heart and character of God the Father in both His Person and His teaching.
2. The Cross
Death and eternal separation from God are the consequences of man’s sin. However, Jesus Christ “wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us ...[and has] taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Col 2:14). By dying on the Cross as a sinless sacrifice for mankind, Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sin and reconciled us back to God. [For more on the Cross, see the “Salvation” doctrine.]