The Deity of the Lord Jesus ChristBy: Pastors Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne
Publish date: 09/06/2020
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. 1 Timothy 3:16 KJV
1. My Absolutes.
a. John 8:32 NKJV — And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
b. Truth is not relative—it is absolute, and it is only found in God.
c. God’s Word is absolute Truth—and all wisdom, knowledge and understanding is measured against His Truth—anything contrary is a lie.
d. Compromise means: to arrive at a settlement by making concessions; to reduce the quality, value, or degree of something.
e. There are Bible Truths that cannot be compromised without penalty—these are My Absolutes.
f. 3 John 4 AMPC — I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my [spiritual] children are living their lives in the Truth.
2. His Virgin Birth.
a. The Virgin Birth is central to the Gospel.
b. Genesis 3:15 KJV — And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
c. Isaiah 7:14 AMPC — Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, the young woman who is unmarried and a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel [God with us].
d. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin—Mary—who was unmarried, pure, and had never been intimate with a man (Luke 1:26-38; Matt. 1:18-25).
e. Matthew 1:16 confirms that Jesus was born of Mary, not Joseph: “and Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary out from whom [feminine relative pronoun, singular number, referring to Mary only] was born Jesus, He who is called Christ.” (K.S. Wuest)
f. Galatians 4:4 AMPC — But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman…
3. Jesus Christ, God in Flesh.
a. 1 Timothy 2:5 AMPC — For there [is only] one God, and [only] one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.
b. Jesus was God, born in the body of a man; the Word made flesh (Isa. 9:6-7; John 1:1-14; 8:58; 10:30; Rom. 8:3; Philippians 2:5-8; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 1:5-7; 2:6-18).
c. Jesus had a Divine Nature and a human nature, yet He was one person, not two.
d. He was the Son of God and the Son of Man.
e. He was Christ, the Messiah, and He was Jesus of Nazareth.
f. Every spirit that denies that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is an antichrist spirit and is not of God (1 John 4:2-3).
4. His Sinless Life.
a. Isaiah 53:9 AMPC — And they assigned Him a grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in His death, although He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.
b. Sin is passed down in the flesh, from generation to generation, and only a sinless Christ could redeem fallen man (Romans 8:3).
c. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
d. He was born without sin and remained sinless all His life.
e. 1 John 3:5 NKJV — And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.
f. 1 Peter 2:22 AMPC — He was guilty of no sin, neither was deceit (guile) ever found on His lips.
g. Even though He was tempted with everything that tempts us (Heb. 2:14-18; 7:26-28).
h. Hebrews 4:15 KJV — For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
5. His Death and Burial.
a. Luke 18:32-33 KJV — For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles… And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.
b. Jesus was crucified; nailed to a cross; breathed out His last breath, His spirit left His body and He died (Matt. 27:50; Mark 15:37; Luke 23:46; John 19:30).
c. A soldier pierced His side and blood and water ran out—proof that He died there on the cross (John 19:31-37).
d. Jesus’ dead body was wrapped in linen, and placed in a new tomb with a huge stone covering the entrance, and guarded by soldiers (Matt. 27:57-66; Mark 15:43-46; Luke 23:50-53; John 19:38-42).
6. His Resurrection.
a. 1 Peter 1:3 NKJV — Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
b. Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25-26).
c. Jesus Christ fulfilled the Scriptures concerning Himself when He died for our sins, was buried, and then on the third day, by the power of God, was raised, bodily, from the dead (1 Cor. 15:3-4; Matt. 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-7; Luke 24:1-8; John 20:1-18; Acts 2:23-28; Rom. 1:3-4).
d. After His resurrection, He appeared to many different people—His disciples, both men and women—more than five hundred at once (1 Cor. 15:6).
e.. He spoke to them, instructed them, ate with them, and they touched Him and the piercings in His hands, feet, and side (Matt. 28:16-17; Mark 16:9-14; Luke 24:13-43; John 20:19-31; 21:1-25).
7. His Ascension.
a. After Jesus had been with His disciples for forty days, teaching and instructing them, they saw Him taken up into heaven, where He was seated at the Father’s right hand (Mk. 16:19; Lk. 24:51; Jn. 3:13; Acts 1:9-11; Eph. 1:20; Heb. 1:1-3; 1 Pet. 3:22).
b. They watched as Jesus was taken up and a cloud received and carried Him away out of their sight.
c. Two men (angels) in white robes told them, “This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come (return) in the same way as you saw Him go.” (Acts 1:11)