Was Jesus God?

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For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day.”  Exodus 20:11

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.”  Isaiah 40:28

I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.” Isaiah 43:15

(See Exodus 3:14.  The meaning of Yahweh is considered to be “I will be that I will be”)

The New Testament writers also shared the same belief that it was God who created the world.

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”  Romans 1:25

Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” 1 Peter 4:19

What then was the ‘creation’ of Jesus Christ?  If we look back at the verse, we shall see what it covered.  Was it mountains, trees, butterflies and animals?  No.  It was thrones and powers and rulers and authorities.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”  2 Corinthians 5:17

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.  Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation.” Galatians 6:14,15

The same writer again refers to Jesus Christ as the firstborn when writing his first letter to the Corinthians.

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.  But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.”  1 Corinthians 15:20–23

Paul here states that the resurrection comes through a man—Christ Jesus.  For as he writes elsewhere,

For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,  who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.”  1 Timothy 2:5,6

The relationship expressed here is both simple and logical.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”  2 Corinthians 5:17–19

The choice.

The Bible writers knew nothing of the philosophical Trinity as defined in the Athenasian Creed, developed many hundreds of years after the Bible had been written.  It is a false creed that can be shown to have been developed from pagan origins.  It could have had no relevance or bearing on the belief of Jesus or the apostles.

For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”  1 Corinthians 2:2

Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”   John 17:3

Paul gave an important message.

For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man…”  Romans 8:3

We would be fools to ignore the opportunity that Jesus Christ offers!

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