LGetting back to my series on the Holy Trinity, I would strongly urge readers to read part one which is foundational to the topic of the Trinity. Just an overview, we looked at the Hebrew thought of what a spirit was, and showed the case for the Deity of the Holy Ghost. We also showed that if both the Holy Ghost is God and Jesus is God than the Trinity can be the only logical conclusion.
Which leads us to to our third point in the three point syllogism.
3. Jesus is God.
If this point can be established than the Trinity logically follows.
There are many, many points to be taken into consideration and there are a plethora of verses on the topic, however, we will look several factors to start with:
- Nobody has seen the Father
- People have seen God
- Therefore the O.T. appearances of God were Christ.
Now many unitarians will object here and say this doesn’t mean that Jesus is God. They will say He is “a god” (as the watchtower teaches).
This however completely goes against the supposed concept of unitarianism, and the person demoting Jesus to “a god” will have to accept the existence of not one God but now two, which defeats the entire purpose of what they were allegedly trying to establish, that is, strict monotheism.
Moving on, the evidence for the Deity of Christ is different than the evidence for the Trinity as a whole. In breaking with what I stated in part one, when dealing with the Deity of Christ there are verses that plainly state Jesus is God. (Hebrews 1:8, John 1:1)
We won’t be looking at those two verses however.
Instead let’s take a look at some interesting statement made by John and Jesus about the Father.
John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
John 5:37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
John 6:46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.
Jesus is pretty clear here the Father was never seen. Not by any man. And not at any time.
Well, this is interesting because people have seen God all throughout the O.T., and one cannot say these were visions only, because we have actual appearances in reality.
Exodus 24:9-119 Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel:10 And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.11 And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.
Genesis 18:1-2 And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,
No one can say these were appearances of an angel representing God or merely visions, they plainly state the LORD appeared and was seen.
The LORD here is the Tetragrammaton, which is Jehovah Himself. Yet no one has ever seen the Father. These statements made in John are earth shattering for the Deity of Christ, because the LORD interacted with in the O.T. wasn’t always the Father.
So who did they see?
1st Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
Christ was in the O.T. following the Israelites
1 Peter 1:10-11Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
Christ was in the prophets of the O.T. speaking through them. This is significant because of the “the word of the LORD came unto”….(insert prophet) statements in the O.T.
No one has seen God the Father
Christ was in the O.T. interacting with the Israelites.
The Israelites have seen God
Therefore they saw God but not the Father.
There is only one God
Therefore they saw Christ
Therefore Christ is God
Of course much more could and will be said for the Deity of Christ in future parts. Christ has the names of the Father (Alpha Omega) and is given credit for creation (Hebrews 1:8-11) which we will look at in upcoming posts. Stay tuned