LOOKING AT JESUS THE ALMIGHTY GOD
LOOKING AT JESUS THE ALMIGHTY GOD
God Almighty called His Son God
A believer should be always looking unto Jesus as the author and finisher of our faith, as our Saviour, our Redeemer and as our Lord God Almighty because God referred to His Son as God. “But unto the Son he (God) saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.” (Heb 1:8 [KJV]) When God talks with His Son, He is talking to Himself, addressing Himself and consulting Himself as He did before creating man. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Gen 1:26-27 [KJV])
Jesus called Himself God
When God first appeared to Moses in a burning bush that was not getting consumed, Moses was daring enough to ask God for His name. And God gave Moses an interesting reply: God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.” (Exodus 3:14) When God says “I AM” he is speaking His name. In the Hebrew language that this verse was written in, the letters are yod, he, vav, he, from which we get YHWH. These four letters were very loosely translated into the English word ‘Jehovah.’ However, there is no ‘j’ sound in the Hebrew. So, a better approximation of the name of God would be Yahweh. For generations following this interaction between God and Moses, the Israelites revered the name of God (“I AM”) as a precious title that was not to be slandered or given to anyone or anything other than God himself. Then along came Jesus. Jesus told the Pharisees who were questioning His power and authority that “before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:49-58) Jesus said that He is the ‘I AM.’
Jesus in His glory appeared to John on the island of Patmos and revealed to him that He is God. “I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.” (Rev 1:9-20 [KJV]) “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” (Rev 21:1-7 [KJV])
Isaiah prophesied that a child shall be born who shall be the Almighty God
“For unto us a child is born (in the flesh by a virgin), unto us a son (of God) is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace, there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:6 [KJV])
Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 7:14 about Jesus being the Messiah: “Therefore Yehovah Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.” God here through Isaiah tells us that not only will Jesus be Himself in the flesh, but that His becoming a man will be the result of conception of a virgin by the Holy Spirit of God, not by the seed of a man. The Angel said “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit.” Thus the meaning of Jesus being born of a virgin meant that He was not conceived of by the seed of man, but by the seed of the Holy Spirit. Then the angel explains to Joseph what this Holy Spirit conception of the baby Jesus means in Matthew 1:21. The Angel explains, “‘And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.’” Here the angel and Matthew tells us that His name is to be “Jesus” which means “Yehovah is Savior.” He further tells us that Jesus will save us from our sins, thus telling us who Jesus is: Yehovah God in the flesh who will save us from our sinful flesh by His blood shed for the forgiveness of our sins. “For without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin.” (Hebrews 9:22) “But now He has appeared one time, at the end of the ages, for the removal of sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And just as it is appointed for people to die once and after this, judgment, so also the Messiah, having been offered as a sacrifice once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.” (Hebrews 9:26-28)
Thus Jesus is the only true God from eternity past who in time took on also a full human nature through Holy Spirit conception of the Virgin Mary so that He is now fully God and fully Man being the one and only person to save man from sin and will remain so forever. God tells us that because this is true, that Jesus will be called Immanuel. “Now all this took place that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel,’ which translated means, ‘God with us.”’” (Matthew 1:22-23) Jesus is never called by the title Immanuel in the New Testament. This is because it is not a title but a predicate adjective describing who Jesus is. Jesus is Yehovah God of the Old Testament in human flesh dwelling among us.
People called Jesus God
When Thomas saw the scars on the hands of the risen Christ, he called Jesus “My lord and my God.” “Eight days later the disciples were again together in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and examine my hands. Extend your hand and put it into my side. Do not continue in your unbelief, but believe. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me (that I was dead and now I am alive), thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” (John 20:26-29 [KJV]) The one who could not believe anything until he touched finally touched and realized that he had touched God and he believed that Jesus is both Lord and God and he instantly exclaimed “My Lord and my God!” Something else had earlier on shocked him. He was amazed at how Jesus fully dressed as a man passed through a wall and appeared to the disciples inside a tightly locked room. No man has ever walked through a wall except Jesus, the creator of all things because all things come to be by Him and for Him and they are all subject to Him because He is both Lord and God.
God and angels called Jesus Lord
In the Old Testament Scriptures the title of ‘Lord of lords’ is used to refers to God the Father. “For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:” (Deut 10:17 [KJV]) “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.” (Ps 136:1-3 [KJV]) Then the Lord called His Son Lord. “The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.” (Psalm 110:1 [KJV]) After Jesus Christ rose from the dead, an angel of the Lord told the women who had gone to view the tomb where Jesus had been buried that the Lord had risen. “And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that He is risen from the dead; and, behold, He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him: lo, I have told you.” (Matt 28:2-7 [KJV])
Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords
The titles of King of Kings and Lord of Lords refer to both God the Father and God the Son. The phrase ‘King of kings’ is used in the New Testament scriptures two times. Once, the title is applied to God the Father (1 Timothy 6:15), and twice to the Lord Jesus (Revelation 17:14; 19:16). “God will bring this about in His own time. He is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords, the only One who has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light; no one has seen or can see Him, to Him be honor and eternal might. Amen.” (1Tim 6:15-16 [HCSB])
After Jesus overcame the world for us, He is given the full title of “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS in Revelation 17:14 and 19:16. “The 10 horns you saw are 10 kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they will receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour. These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast. These will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings. Those with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.” (Rev 17:12-14 [HCSB]) The title of “Lord of lords and King of kings” indicates someone who has the power to exercise absolute dominion over all His realm. In the case of the Lord Jesus, the realm is all of creation. In John’s vision, Jesus is returning to judge the world and establish His earthly kingdom, as He predicted in Mark 13:26. When Jesus is called “King of kings and Lord of lords,” it means that, in the end, all other rulers will be conquered or abolished, and He alone will reign supreme as King and Lord of all the earth. There is no power, no king, and no lord who can oppose Him and win because He is lord of all. In Philippians 2:5–11, Paul discusses the extent to which Jesus went to atone for sinners; Jesus’ perfect obedience is the reason that “God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil 2: 9–11). The Suffering Servant becomes the King of kings (see Isaiah 53:10–12).
Finally, in the book of Revelation, we see the Kingship of Jesus made manifest. In chapter 5, the Lamb (Jesus) is the only one in all creation found worthy to open the scroll containing the judgments of God. “And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.” (Rev 5:2-5 [KJV])
We read of great voices in heaven proclaiming that the kingdoms of this world have become “the kingdom of our Lord and His Christ and that He will reign forever and ever” (Rev.11: 15). In chapter 12, we read that the authority of Christ is what causes Satan to be thrown down to earth. “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.” (Rev 12:7-10 [KJV])
In Revelation 17:12–14, the Lamb conquers all those arrayed against Him, and John stresses that He conquers because He is King of kings and Lord of lords. Finally, in chapter 19, we read of Jesus’ triumphant coming to strike the nations and tread the winepress of the wrath of God, having the authority to do so because He is King of kings and Lord of lords. “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Rev 19:11-16 [KJV])
This Jesus is so mighty that He created everything in heaven and on earth. Paul explained to the believers in Colossians that “Jesus is the all in all” (Col. 3:11) who created everything in heaven and on earth: “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us qualified to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation (the firstborn of all creation means that He is above all creation; that He is God’s beloved), for all things in heaven and on earth were created by him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through him and for him. He himself is before all things and all things are held together in him. He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that he himself may become first in all things. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in the Son and through him to reconcile all things to himself by making peace through the blood of his cross – through him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.” (Col 1:12-20 [NET])
The Gospel of John reveals to us that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4) “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 1:14 [KJV]) Begotten means one and only. “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” (John 1:10-12 [KJV])
God confirmed that His Son is the Lord who laid the foundation of the earth. “And God said unto His Son, ‘Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:’” (Heb 1:8,10 [KJV])
He measured the universe with the span of His hand (Isaiah 40:12), stretches the universe like a garment: “God is enthroned above the circle of the earth; its inhabitants are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like thin cloth and spreads them out like a tent to live in.” (Isaiah 40:22 [HCSB) He knows each star by its name. “To whom can you compare me? Whom do I resemble?” says the Holy One. Look up at the sky! Who created all these heavenly lights? He is the one who parades the stars in their ranks; he calls them all by name. Because of his absolute power and awesome strength, not one of them is missing.” (Isaiah 40:25-26 [NET])
Jesus had the power to lay down his life, and He had power to take it up again yet He offered Himself to be put to death on the cross to taste the death that was destined for us because He came into the world to die that we might live. “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” (John 10:17-18) Jesus walked on the water of the sea to demonstrate His power over the forces of nature. “And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.” (Matt 14:26-29 [KJV]) Jesus defied the laws of gravity when He ascended to heaven. “while the disciples beheld Jesus, he was taken up to heaven; and a cloud received him out of their sight.” (Acts 1:9 [KJV]) Jesus raised the dead, healed the sick, cast out devils, fed 500 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. He also said that He would give us power over all the power of the enemy. “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19 [KJV])
Jesus left behind another Comforter to abide with His followers forever
“If you love Me, you will keep My commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor/Comforter to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive Him because it doesn’t see Him or know Him. But you do know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you.” (John 14:15-18 [HCSB])
The main reason why Jesus Christ left us with His Holy Spirit was to enable us to preach the Gospel and be His witnesses to all nations. Without the Holy Spirit, the devil will send his evil agents to hinder you from preaching the Gospel. And when the disciples of Jesus were assembled in one place He showed Himself to them and said unto them, “you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost shall come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.” (Acts 1:7-9 [KJV]) And Jesus said unto His disciples, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:15-18 [KJV])
This same Jesus said that “greater things than the ones I do shall you do if you believe in me because I go to the Father.” (John 14:12) Examples of people doing greater things than the ones He did include Paul shaking off a deadly serpent that had bitten him on his hand into the fire and suffered no harm to the amazement of onlookers (Acts 28:5), Philip defied gravity and was airborne when he was carried by an angel from Gaza to Azotus to go and preach the gospel of Christ (Acts 8:39-40) and many other examples. “And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.) Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed everyone.” (Acts 5:14-16 [KJV]) The Apostles performed many other miracles only through the power of Jesus’ name, directing all praise and glory to the risen Lord!
Jesus in His glory is right now knocking at the door of your heart asking you to open for Him to enter so that He has fellowship with you and He will make your heart His dwelling place. “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” (Rev 3:20-21 [KJV]) “As it is said: Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” (Heb 3:15 [HCSB]) Accept Jesus as your Lord and your God and He will save you from the evil power of sin of this present evil world. “For we know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that sin’s dominion over the body may be abolished, so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin,” (Rom 6:6 [HCSB]) that we may enjoy the grace of God and His peace, the peace of God that surpasses human understanding. Brethren “may grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Gal 1:3-5 [KJV])
Just accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour of your life, the author and finisher of your faith and He will give you the power to be called a son of God. “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:” (John 1:10-12 [KJV]) “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;” (Rom 8:17 [KJV]) This is “the mystery of Christ which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, but it is now revealed unto His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ by the gospel:” (Eph 3:4-6 [KJV])
Just believe that He is Lord and God and then call upon Him to save you from the evil power of sin. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Rom 10:9-13 [KJV])