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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Jesus is Jehovah

Jehovah's Witnesses are well-known for their denial of the deity of Christ. According to their theology, Jesus was an incarnation of the supreme archangel, not God in human flesh. And I am convinced that those who reject Christ's deity must therefore also reject the plain meaning of the Word of God.

We need only sample of few key passages to make the point:
Psalm 2 is a Messianic Psalm and was recognized as such by Jewish scholars centuries before Christ. In Acts 13:33, Paul affirms that this psalm has a Messianic meaning. The psalm closes with these verses, "Worship [Jehovah] with reverence, And rejoice with trembling. Do homage to the Son, lest He become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!" (vv. 11- 12).
There the phrases "Worship [Jehovah] with reverence" and "Do homage to the Son" are parallel. And as is typical in Hebrew poetic parallelism, this means the two phrases are logical equivalents. Worship [Jehovah]" means "do homage to the Son." Moreover, this psalm presents the Son as Someone in whom believers can take refuge—a Savior who is God's own Son, identical in character and rank with God the Father.

How Do We Know Jesus Is Jehovah God?
Although the word Trinity is not in the Bible, the word Godhead is.
Colossians 2:9.

Here are some reasons we know Jesus is God:
1. Jesus, the 2nd person or being in the one true God has always
existed. Micah 5:2. Isaiah 44:6. Revelation 22:12-13,16.

2. He created everything that exists. John 1:1-3,14. Malachi 2:10.
Isaiah 44:24. Colossians 1:15-18. Hebrews 1:2,8-10.

3. He is to be worshipped. Matthew 4:10. Hebrews 1:6. John 20:27-28.
Matthew 2:11; 8:2; 9:18; 14:33; 15:25; 28:9,17.

4. Scripture identifies Jesus as God. (Isaiah 9:6 = mighty God). [(Zechariah 12:1,10 = they shall look upon me whom they have pierced). Fulfilled in Revelation 1:7.] (John 5:18 = The Jews wanted to kill Jesus because he also said that God was his Father, making himself equal with God). [(John 8:57-59 = The Jews tried to stone Jesus because he said, Before Abraham was, I am.) They believed Jesus was claiming to be Jehovah God the "I AM" of Exodus 3:13-14]. [(Isaiah 44:6 = Jehovah the King of Israel, and his redeemer Jehovah of hosts says; I [am] the first, and I [am] the last; and beside me [there is] no God.) Revelation 1:8,11,17-18; 22:12-13,16 = Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last]. (Genesis 19:24 = Jehovah here on earth rained fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah from Jehovah in heaven). [(Isaiah 42:8 = Jehovah will not share his glory with another). John 17:5 = Jesus evidently had shared Jehovah's glory before the world was]. (1st Timothy 3:16 = God was manifest in the flesh). [(Isaiah 45:18,23 = Jehovah said that unto Him every knee will bow, and every tongue shall swear). Philippians 2:10-11 says that every knee will bow to Jesus and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father]. (Hebrews 1:8 = unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, [is] for ever).

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