4-24-2017 – Walking In Truth – Devotional Update

Walking In Truth Devotional Update

What do you think about the Christ?

 Guy Roberson

 

During the time of Christ, the Pharisees had some wrong ideas about “Who He Was?”  Jesus endeavored to correct their misunderstanding about Him and asked the question “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?”.  They said to Him, “The Son of David.” He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying: ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”’?  If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?” And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore” (Matt. 22:42-46).  Their view of Him being the son of David was correct, but their view was incomplete. They had overlooked the inspired evidence that He also was called David’s Lord in Psalm 110:1. Jesus referred them to this prophetic scripture that acknowledged Him to be David’s Lord as well as David’s seed.  Jesus was openly declaring to the Pharisees that He was the Christ, the prophesied One whom David “in the Spirit” wrote about 1000 years before the birth of Christ.

The question asked by our Lord, nearly 2000 years ago, remains the most important question for our time and, in fact, for all time.  There are many questions you may want answered regarding your life, but this question is the most important because it has to do with your life, both now and in eternity.  Therefore, any study about Jesus Christ, while including His time on earth, must include also His eternal existence.  Is he God or man? Did He preexist before becoming man? Is he eternal? These are questions that one must solve in seeking a solution to the question that Jesus asked the Pharisees: “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?”

The apostle John declared, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God…. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1,2,14).  Therefore, it is crystal clear from this passage and many others that Jesus Christ possessed an essential glory as the Son of man which is different from the humanity He possessed at His birth.  The Hebrew writer wrote: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word” (Heb. 1:3 NIV).  Paul, the great apostle, wrote: “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (Col. 2:9 NIV).  This means that in the single person of Jesus He had both a human and divine nature, He was both God and man.  The divine nature was not changed when the Word became flesh.  Therefore, the man Jesus could declare shortly before His death, “And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began” (John 17:5).  Furthermore, Jesus had said earlier, “No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man” (John 3:13).  Jesus also claimed omnipresence as He spoke to His disciples saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:18-20).  From these passages, Jesus claimed divine properties and either He possessed them or He is a complete imposter, claiming a false identity for the purpose of deceiving mankind.

Some well-meaning people, while denying the deity of Jesus said, “He was a great moral teacher.”  In his famous book, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis makes this statement, “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic–on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg–or he would be the devil of hell. You must take your choice. Either this was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us.”  One cannot appreciate and understand all other doctrines taught by Jesus until His two natures are understood and accepted.

The whole of Scripture is about God loving His creation and preparing the world for the coming of His only begotten Son who would die to purchase man’s redemption so the Father could prepare a people for His own possession and enable them to live eternally with Him in Heaven.  Therefore, one could say the Bible is about Jesus Christ, the God-man and His love for us.  Who then is Jesus?  Your Lord and mine.

 

By Guy Roberson

 

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