The Deity of Christ

When we read of the teachings, miracles, and life of Jesus the Christ, we cannot help to be impressed with who He is as the divine Son of God. While Jesus was on the earth and living among men, He revealed unto mankind the Father, who is full of grace and truth (John 1:14). The Son of God came here to do as the Father had commanded; He did not come by His own initiative and authority (John 5:19). However forceful the teachings of Christ were, and as amazing His miracles impressed people, still people rejected Him and His bold claims to be eternal in nature, and to be equal with the Father.

Pre-Existence Before Time (John 1:1a2)

The Word, the same Word which became flesh, existed at the beginning of time. “In the beginning was the Word...” The Word was in existence in nature, in function, and in person. Jesus claimed this pre-existence even in His teachings. In one of His many confrontations with the Jews about His ministry, He said that father Abraham looked forward to the day in which Christ would come to fulfill the promise (John 8:56). Abraham had been dead for many hundreds of years by the point of Christ’s ministry. The Jews asked Jesus how He had seen Abraham, and His reply:  “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am,” (John 8:58). “I AM” was a reference to the name of God by which Moses was to identify the Lord unto the Egyptians in freeing the Israelites. This was an audacious claim of Christ to claim existence before the day of Abraham. 

Fellowship With God (John 1:1b)

The Word which became flesh had also dwelt with God. The Word had been in close communion with the Father, seeing God as no other had ever done before (John 1:18). Christ, in His heavenly state, was in the bosom of the Father - a place of closeness and intimacy. Jesus had dwelt with God and shared a unique relationship with the Father, being able to see God in His full power and majesty. By implication, we see there are two distinct persons, i.e., rational individualities, that make up two persons in the Godhead. These two persons in the Godhead unified, and are one in purpose (John 10:30). 

The Word’s Divine Nature (John 1:1c)

The Word was God. We noted that the Word was distinct from God the Father, but the Word is God. The Father and the Son are not two different gods, but they are both partakers of the one divine nature, i.e., the state of being God. Jesus said, “I and the Father are one,” (John 10:30). Jesus also claimed that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God (John 5:17,18). 

The Word’s Divine Power (John 1:3)

The Word was instrumental in the creation of the heavens and the earth. Jesus Christ possessed the power of God which was evidenced during His time on earth by the miracles He performed. The miracles that He performed were to substantiate His claims to be God, and prove Himself to those who heard Him. The purpose of those miracles were to instill belief in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God (Jn 20:31).

By believing in Jesus, the Son of God, then we may have eternal life (John 3:16)