In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-3,14
Jesus, the Word, God Himself, became flesh and dwelt among us.
John magnificently, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, pens the words that most of the world does not want to hear, refuses to believe and will kill those who propagate it.
If this was all the New Testament had to say about the Deity of Jesus, it would be completely sufficient.
But Jesus Himself makes the extraordinary claim in John 14:7 when speaking to the disciples:
“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
Jesus spoke these words right after telling the disciples that He was the way, the truth, and the life. No one, according to Jesus, comes to the Father except through Him.
But Philip, not in full belief of what Jesus just said, shows his ignorance of the Truth standing before him:
“Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” John 14:8
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? John 14:9
Jesus almost seems heartbroken over Philip’s request to see the Father. “Have I been with you so long,…..” After all the things Jesus has said…after all the miracles He performed.
One can almost hear the disappointment in Jesus’ voice as He says, “….and yet you have not known me, Philip?
Philip had the very words of Jesus’ claim of Deity and that should have been enough for him.
Had Philip heard Jesus' claim of deity before, could that be one reason for the way Jesus spoke to him here in chapter 14?
Let's go back to chapter 8 where Jesus is speaking to the Jews.
Jesus, proclaiming He was before all things, made a scandalous statement. Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” John 8:58
This is a statement of eternity past!
John MacArthur says of this statement;
"If we were to translate the Greek literally in verse 58 it would read like this, "Truly, truly I say to you, before Abraham became..." What it means is there was a definite point in time when Abraham began, a point in past history when the man who did not exist came into existence. Jesus says, "Before that, I AM." That's the eternal present that indicates no beginning. To become is to pass from nothingness and non-existence to existence.
But "I AM" denotes a mode of existence which is not due to any such transition. It is a statement about eternity. It is a statement about ever-lasting life, no beginning, no end. And thus does Jesus attribute to Himself eternal existence in the absolutely divine sense. And even the word "before" is symbolic, it is a concession to human comprehension of time, for in the life of God there is no before and there is no after. Jesus says, "Then I Am the eternal existing one who eternally existed whereas Abraham at some point in time began."
And thus is Jesus claiming to be the eternal God.
This is what angered the Jews to pick up stones and stone Him. They knew exactly what Jesus was claiming; Deity.
Jesus is God.
Because all have sinned (humans), only God could come to the Earth and live a perfect life. Only a perfect God could offer Himself up for the atonement for those he created. Only a perfect God could reconcile man back to Himself from the sin that separates perfection from imperfection.
Will you repent today?
Will you put your trust in Him today?
A perfect God from eternity past has given Himself for you. Jesus Christ, fully man and fully God, took your punishment and placed it on Himself. He died on a cross to reconcile you back to Himself. He rose on the third day conquering death. He paid for your sins in His life's blood.
Repent and trust Him today and He will save you from the wrath to come.
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