Re: Jesus is God... yes & no!
[This post was created from a comment in the Jesus is God… yes & no! thread.]
I decide to login to OST for the first time in a while, hoping against hope that I might discover some sign that my Eemerging brothers are embracing the Christ of Faith only to find myself left gasping with disbelief at the nature of this conversation! Good grief! I only thank God that the Disciples weren’t this confused else they’d still be in that Upper Room now with not one jot of the New Testament ever seeing papyrus! I’m tired of hearing the perennial argument elsewhere — even from pulpits of those who should know better — that the Bible never claims that Jesus is God. Doesn’t it? What about the ‘I AM’ statements of Jesus in the Gospels — a blatant identification of Himself with the God of Israel. This link with the Old Testament reminds us of the Genesis 1 utterance by God: “Let US make man in OUR image.” God speaking, not schizophrenically, but as an entity comprised of three persons yet one. Remember the Kendrick hymn? “Hands that flung stars into space, to cruel nails surrendered.” Now I’m no Kendrick fan, actually, but hey, credit where it’s due, those few words alone will see more souls won to Christ than a million written on this site at the current state it’s in! My last plea is to Isaiah 9v6: “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, Prince of Peace.” If that ain’t a prophecy that Jesus IS God, then… what?? No doubt I shall be enlightened by my more learned colleagues.