John 1- Jesus is God


Jesus is God.  Why is that so hard for people to accept?

 

I’ll admit, understanding the nature of God can be difficult.  How can Three be One, and One be Three?  What’s the difference between Them?  How exactly does the Holy Spirit live in us, and how does He move us?  Why didn’t God make another way for our sins to be forgiven, some other way that didn’t include Jesus dying?  How can He be eternal?  Why does He allow evil?

 

These are difficult things to understand, and I don’t know that any man can fully explain any of them.  But I don’t believe that they are difficult to accept.

 

Understanding and acceptance are not the same.  Sure they relate to each other, and even lead to each other.  But one cannot call them equals.  We do not need to understand God to accept what He says about Himself.  Why is it so hard for people to accept that Jesus is God?

 

There are a lot of things we do not understand, yet we accept them without reserve.  Do we understand how gravity works, what drives it?  Do we know why music impacts us so deeply?  Why a beautiful sunset makes any difference to us at all?  Do you know exactly how your brain is interpreting the words you’re reading right now?  How do you know for sure that you even have a brain?  If you’ve seen your own brain, how do you know it does all the things that you’re told it does?  Who can explain life itself? 

 

This list could probably go on for the rest of your life.

 

We accept so many things that we don’t understand.  We accept so much understanding based on what others tell us is true.  Certain truths force themselves upon us in the fact that we live in reality.  We accept them as true, or deny reality.  Our understanding of a thing does not always accompany acceptance of the thing.

 

Why is it so hard for people to accept that Jesus is God?

 

John 1:1 says, speaking of Jesus, “the Word was God.”  We accept the Bible as God’s truth, and that God is always true.  But some feel that God did not communicate exactly as He should have.  So they add in little words to alter the truth of the statement.  For those who don’t know what I’m referring to, I’m speaking mostly of the Watchtower here.  They are the authority of those who falsely call themselves “Jehovah’s Witnesses”.

 

It amazes me how people in general can be so blind.  This is an example of that.  One only needs to read the text here (without added words) to see the point of the entire passage: Jesus is God, and He has come to His own people.  Yet they take a few verses and alter them in an effort to take that meaning away.

 

It’s like taking a picture of a mountain, and writing a caption that says “This is an anthill.”  It’s like writing the biography of an 80 year old man and saying “He only lived to be two years old.”  It’s like pointing to the moon and calling it a firefly.  It’s a foolish and obviously desperately intentional attempt to use Truth to speak against Itself. 

 

But Truth can never speak against itself, for it is always True.

 

Jesus declared Himself to be God.  Jesus is God.  We are not called to fully understand that fact.  But we are called to accept, embrace, and love it. 

 

To accept, embrace, and love Him.

9 thoughts on “John 1- Jesus is God

  1. Cris, I love to see the talent that you have growing into something to glorify God. I struggle sometimes with the difference between knowing something and accepting something. I know God loves me for me and died for my sins, but accepting it again and again at times is hard for me to do.
    I loved the picture of an anthill mt. rainier… lol Good word play there. Thanks for sharing your heart. I love you! Know it, accept it. 🙂

  2. Many times he refers to himself as ‘son of man,’ and fewer times as the Messiah (Son of God).

    It is interesting to note that John doesn’t say in the following passages, the Messiah was a God-Man. Nor does he mention the Trinity.

    The Messiah’s humanity and following his teachings is emphasized in the following passages.

    We all have a human understanding of the divine nature, which is a very imperfect understanding at best.

    But the real question is what must I do to be saved? Jesus answers that question over and over.

    Nowhere does he require us do more than to follow his teaching of loving God and our fellow man, as evidenced by our actions.

    From The Message:

    2 John: 7 There are a lot of smooth-talking charlatans loose in the world who refuse to believe that Jesus Christ was truly human, a flesh-and-blood human being. Give them their true title: Deceiver! Antichrist!

    8-9 Anyone who gets so progressive in his thinking that he walks out on the teaching of Christ, walks out on God. But whoever stays with the teaching, stays faithful to both the Father and the Son.

  3. There are a lot of things John doesn’t bother to mention here. And there are a lot of truths that Jesus did not emphasize much about Himself. But any truth spoken either by Jesus or by John here in the Gospel stand firm just the same. Jesus (the Word) was God… not only a man here on earth, but also God. This is the foundational concept upon which John begins his entire work in this book.

    As ivankatz points out, 2 John 9 says if we abide in Jesus’ teaching then we have God. If we reject Jesus, then we reject God.

    And Jesus Himself declared that He is One with the Father, in many places and in many ways… enough times for an entire series of blogs.

    We need to accept the whole of a passage, not just the parts we like. Jesus is God, and Jesus became a man. That’s the whole point John was making, he wasn’t just babbling.

    What an amazing thing God has done!

  4. “But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.”

    we get so carried away arguing and developing all these divergences that sometimes we distract from the true purpose of our discipleship of Jesus: to love one another truly, deeply…

    Jesus himself said that the kingdom of heaven belongs to children (and those like children). Not to Lawyers.

    Because we are so small we can’t fully know, but Faith requires that we accept certain truths. Jesus was no ordinary man:

    1. He CAME to us. He appeared to us. he was the Word of God in the flesh.

    2. He intercedes for our sins. His blood was purifying. not in the physical sense, obviously (or only those that physically contacted His blood would be purified), but in the tremendous implication that His death has resonated for 2000 years. That the shedding of His blood, (in other words His death) and consequent resurrection have the power to clean sin. – 1 john 1:5-7

    3. He is the way the truth and the life. – John 14, 1 john 1:1-2

    all we need to know/understand about Jesus is in the bible and it will all culminate in selflessness, and brotherly love. As Jesus Himself says,

    “…anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” luke 14:27

    and as Peter says in 2 peter 1:1-9 Jesus is our God and Savior and His divine power drives us to work at our own lives and leads us to godliness and from godliness to love.

    imr

  5. It’s very true that to miss love for one another is to miss the heart of God, but we must remember that love includes correction and instruction.

    And we must also remember that above all, God Himself is our purpose. He Himself is above all.

    Rebuking false doctrine is a necessary part of the Christian life, for there are many wolves among us and there are many things that are difficult to understand. It’s not easy to deal with correcting people, it can break your heart to have to do it.

    Even though you cannot have Jesus without having love for other people, the fact that Jesus is God is still of a higher importance than how we treat others. We must have reverence for God first.

    The greatest command: Love God
    The second is like it: Love others

  6. Paul, who met our Messiah face to face, says we are all ‘peering through a mist!’

    Could this be why some say Messiah is God and others say Messiah is God-man? Both are peering through a mist at the same Messiah!

    Please read the following verses which tells us what is really important.

    1 Corinthians 13:13
    The Message –

    12We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

    13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

  7. To say Messiah is God is in agreement with saying He is God-Man. And sure it’s hard to understand what that means. Our minds are not capable of containing God (though certainly they are capable of understanding that Jesus is who He says He is, that is God).

    But as this blog set out to say, acceptance of the passage is what we need. Understanding will come as God sees fit. It is not up to us to change the premise and the purpose of a passage simply because we do not understand it. We must trust in THE LORD, and lean NOT on OUR own understanding.

    I’m so glad that I do not have to lean on my own understanding, that I can trust completely in God.

  8. Ivankatz.I notice every single quote of scripture you have come’s from “The Message-” That is just a paraphrase.Merely some random individual’s understanding of what the scripture’s are saying inserted and combined with parts of the bible(GODS WORD not just a paraphrase)Im not putting you down in any way.Most people dont know that the message is just a paraphrase and not just the scripture.It may do some good to take a look at King Jame’s version with a “Strong’s concordance” or “Vine’s concordance”

    Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you let him be accursed. King Jame’s

  9. You are correct, ‘The Message’ is a paraphrase.

    It is written by Eugene Peterson, a Presbyterian minister, and college professor. The version I am reading has commentary by Billy Graham and is endorsed by Warren Wiersbe, and others. I agree it is an individual’s understanding of scriptures.

    I use the Message in my blog responses, since that is the version I happen to be reading through at the present time. I am not going to defend it’s accuracy. I encourage you to check other versions, including the ‘King James,’ if you are uncomfortable with ‘The Message.’

    The ‘King James’ version is a translation of the Greek, as are other translations. Only the ORIGINAL Greek ‘New Testament’ is the original ‘Word of God.’

    I don’t know who has the original – we only have copies, human interpretations of the Greek. If I did have the original, I couldn’t read it – I don’t read Greek. So I have to rely on translations and the Holy Spirit.

    All translations have an ‘agenda,’ or ‘theological bias,’ but most don’t tell you that. The translators are not inspired, as were the original writers of the original ‘New Testament’ books.

    My favorite translation is David Stern’s translation, ‘The Jewish New Testament and Commentary.’ I recommend it to those who want a non-Gentile version of the ‘The New Testament,’ with a Jewish bias. He is a Messianic Jew, and does read Greek and Hebrew.

    For example, when a Greek word has several meanings, Stern’s commentary offers his rationale, from a Jewish perspective and insight, so you can understand his choice of words. He also gives alternate translations used in other versions.

    He doesn’t insist his translation is right, but is very open about the various points of view on each scripture verse.

    Even his version is imperfect, after all he is human, just as all Bible translators are. So I will let him defend his ‘Jewish New Testament and Commentary, and if you read it, you can decide to accept or reject it.

    Or if you are uncomfortable reading other versions, keep reading the ‘King James.’

    My memory verses are all from the ‘King James.’ It is a classic and is beautiful!

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