WHO IS JESUS?
The question of Jesus is of vital importance because while many people believe that Jesus lived, was a good teacher, or a very spiritual man, there remains many erroneous perspectives of Him that deny that He is God. The Apostle Paul spoke of this propensity to reduce the majesty of the real Jesus in favor of a diluted and diminished Jesus that in the end is no longer truly Jesus at all. In 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 Paul writes, “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.”
JESUS CHRIST: The ultimate expression of the Father’s glory and personality
The Bible declares that Jesus is God; the Son who in His incarnation (birth into human history as fully God and fully man) provided for us the clearest and most important revelation of God that has ever been or ever will be and He alone can forgive our sins and grant us salvation. In Hebrews 1:3 we read, “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”
Jesus Christ the God-Man (Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1, 14; 10:30), the one who humbled and formed Himself as a man (Philippians 2:8), to be born in a manger (Luke 2:6-7), who stops the threatening wind and waves with a single word (Luke 8:24-25), who commands the dead and they live (John 11:43-44), who makes the lame walk and the blind to see and the deaf to hear (Matthew 11:5), who feeds five thousand with a few loafs of bread (Mark 6:41-42), who lived a perfectly sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29), by becoming sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21), who suffered (1 Peter 2:21), and died a horrible death in our place so that we might be justified (1 Peter 3:18), and made holy through the sacrifice of His body (Hebrews 10:10), who is the risen King of the universe (Acts 2:24), who created the universe and everything in it (John 1:3), and upholds the universe with the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3), and says, “All authority has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18), He has a name which is above every name and at that name every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord (Philippians 2:9-11).
Concise Description of the Glories of Jesus: Colossians 1:14-20
In Him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (v. 14).
He is the image of the invisible God (v.15a).
He is the firstborn of all creation –that is, the specially honored, first and only Son over all creation (v. 15b).
By Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers
or authorities (v. 16a).
All things were created through Him (v.16b).
All things were created for Him (v. 16c).
He is before all things (v. 17a).
In Him all things hold together (v 17b).
He is the head of the body, the church (v. 18a).
He is the beginning (v. 18b).
He is the firstborn from the dead (v. 18c).
In everything He is preeminent (v. 18d).
In Him all fullness of God was pleased to dwell (v. 19).
He reconciles all things to Himself, whether on earth or in heaven (v. 20 a).
He makes peace by the blood of His cross (v. 20b)
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” —Acts 4:12