Jesus: Divine Language

One strong evidence to the Deity of Christ is the language used in connection with Him.  I would suggest to you that no other man was so spoken of as Jesus.

First, consider Matthew 28:18-20.  Matthew 28:19 reads, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”  To analyze this, consider first the words “in the name,”  literally “into the name.”  Edward C. Wharton writes, “The phrase, eis to onoma … does not mean that we are to be baptized ’at the command of’ or ’on the authority of’ (as in Acts 2:38 where the phrase is different epi to onomati).  In the Greek papyri into the name was a common phrase for transference of ownership” (The church of Christ, page 46-47).  Arndt – Gingrich’s “A Greek – English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature” says of this wording “Through Baptism … the one who is baptized becomes the possession of and comes under the protection of the one whose name he bears.”  The wording is used of the transferring of ownership.

With the above in mind, listen to brother Roy H. Lanier, Sr., “Would you wish to be baptized into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of Martin Luther?  Or the name of any other human being?  Paul would not allow people to be baptized into his name (1 Cor. 1:13)” – (The Timeless Trinity for the Ceaseless Centuries, page 307).  Jesus is not a mere man.

Second, consider 2 Corinthians 13:14 which reads, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all.  Amen.”  Brother Lanier again asks, “How would it sound to you if you heard this: The grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of Peter be with you?  Or the communion of Martin Luther be with you?  Or the communion of Joseph Smith be with you?  Even the followers of these last two men should object to such a connection of persons.  This is ‘holy ground’ and no mere man – sinners all – can be permitted to enter into this circle.  Only persons of Deity may be allowed in the hallowed triumvirate (page 306-307).

Third, Jesus is called the “I am.”  In John 8:58 Jesus said of Himself, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”  These words are reminiscent of Exodus 3:14, where God said to Moses, “Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.”

Fourth, Jesus is referred to as “God” (Heb. 1:8).  And not just “God” but “the Mighty God” (Isa. 9:6).  Wayne Jackson says of this verse, “The term ‘mighty God’ does not suggest an inferior ‘god’ as the watchtower cult contends.  Note the usage of the expression in connection with ‘Jehovah’ in 10:21 and in Jeremiah 32:18 (end note of chapter 3, page 30 of Jackson’s Commentary on Isaiah).  [Robert Morey says, “Note: In the Hebrew of Isaiah 9:6 “Mighty God”  appears without the definite article.  But this is also true in such places as Isaiah 10:21; 49:26.  Since YHWY is called “Mighty God” without the definite article in Isaiah 10:20-21, the absence of the article cannot be interpreted to … reduce Jesus to a god – found on page 96 of the book “How to Answer a Jehovah’s Witness].  He is also referred to as “the eternally blessed God (Romans 9:5 NKJV).  Moreover, He is called “the great God and Our Savior Jesus Christ” (Tit.  2:13).  There is a Greek grammar rule known as the Granville Sharp Rule.  The rule states that when a solitary definite article (the) precedes compound nouns which are joined by “and” (e.g. the great God and Savior).  The latter noun refers to the same person as the first noun (contrast Matthew 28:19).  Jesus is herein called “the great God.”

Fifth, Jesus is called Jehovah.  This is an important point because while others may be called “god” due to their position, power or might {Exodus 7:1-2; Ex. 22:28 (ASV); Psalm 82; John 10:34-35}, the term Jehovah (YHWY) is never used of a mere human.  The forerunner was to prepare the way for the Lord (Jehovah)- See Malachi 3:1 cf. Matthew 11:10.  The New World Translation, produced by the Jehovah’s Witnesses, translates 1 Peter 3:15, “But sanctify the Christ as Lord in your hearts…”  But, this is a quotation/reference from Isaiah 8:13.  The NWT there uses the term “Jehovah”!  Jesus is pictured as the great heart searcher (Revelation 2:23).  Yet such is said of Jehovah (Jer. 11:20; 17:10; 20:12).  Also, compare the following: John 1:23 cf. Isaiah 40:9-11; Acts 3:14 cf. Isaiah 43:3; Hebrews 1:10-12 cf. Psalm 102:1-2, 25-27).

About Bryan Hodge

I am a minister and missionary to numerous countries around the world.
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