Jesus is God
The event that comes after believing that Jesus is the Son of God is becoming born of God. “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God”(1 John 5:1). Why do you think the relationship between believing in Christ and becoming a child of God exists? I believe it’s due to the Oneness that Jesus and the Father have. I believe that if you see Jesus, you see God. If you choose Jesus, you choose God.
Look at Colossians 1: “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you…He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. (verses 3, 15-23)
Do you see how Paul describes Jesus in Colossians? “He is the image of the invisible God”, if you’ve seen Jesus you’ve seen God. God is invisible, what He does is not; His creation is not, His love is not, His Son is not. We don’t see God but we see Jesus (Hebrews 2:9). This kind of goes back to what Jesus told John that He makes the blind see – we who are spiritually blind get to see God. Did you ever pray for that? “God, just let me see You, to see your face!” I understand that prayer but the world has seen His face and it looks like Jesus.
Paul also says that Jesus is “the firstborn over all creation.” This might be hard to get your head around, it was for me. But look closely at the words, there are two things here; first, Jesus is THE firstborn. THE firstborn. The only one, there aren’t any others. The second part is that Jesus is OVER all creation. He wasn’t the firstborn OF creation. What’s the difference? Well, if He was firstborn OF creation than He would be part of the creation, not the creator. But we know that’s not true, that He is OVER all creation because He is the Creator. He is before all things because He has existed for all eternity with His Father (In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. John 1:1-2).
He is the head of the body, the church (For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Ephesians 5:23) I think sometimes we lose sight of this and we put people in as the heads of our churches. There are a lot of great pastors out there but none of them should be the head of the church, that spot is taken. It’s sad to me to see churches split or changed negatively because their head pastor leaves. We need to think about who we come to see each week; do we want to see Jesus or our pastor?
God’s fullness dwells in Jesus (In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. Hebrews 1:1-3) I love this. It’s not that Jesus resembles His Dad or kind of has some of His qualities; He is the EXACT representation of His being.
Jesus reconciles us to the Father (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. 1 Corinthians 5:17-19).
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