How to Lovingly Deal with Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses, part two

And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘”I Am has sent you.’” (Exodus 3:14) I AM is God’s name for Himself that He wanted Moses to identify Him by to the Hebrew children. Now, the cults one and all deny the deity of Jesus Christ. In this second part of our teaching on the cults we will give you solid Scriptures that proclaim the truth of Christ’s deity as the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity.

Compare the above Old Testament Scripture with this statement Jesus made to His enemies concerning His own identity: Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM, (John 8:58). I AM is God’s name; in addition Jesus claimed to exist before Abraham existed, again pointing to His deity! These claims are why the Jews were always trying to kill Him. They saw His words as blaspheme. See this pointedly in the following text:

But He kept silent and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”  Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”  Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “What further need do we have of witnesses?  You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?” And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death, (Mark 14:61-64).

The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John testified concerning Him. He cried out, saying, “This is He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me, because He was before me.’” From His fullness we have all received grace upon grace, (John 1:15). Here John the Baptist echoes our Savior, testifying that Jesus was before him, not only in status but in time.

The answer to those who would deny the deity of Jesus Christ is given with clarity by John the Apostle: Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.  Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also, (1 John 2:22-23). This strikes directly at the false doctrine of the cults.

In the beginning, God created… (Genesis 1:1) connects perfectly with this pronouncement from the Christ: I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, says the Lord, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty, (Rev. 1:8). Again, here Jesus’ deity is undeniable. The Alpha and Omega, Beginning and the End, the Almighty are all terms for God!

Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer [Jesus Christ], the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.  And who can proclaim as I do? Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me, since I appointed the ancient people. And the things that are coming and shall come, let them show these to them.  Do not fear, nor be afraid; Have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one.’” (Isa. 44:6-8)

For unto us a child is born [Jesus], unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this, (Isaiah 9:6-7). Again, these are the names wholly reserved for deity. Jesus Christ is the mighty God, the everlasting Father. Jesus Christ is God! He will sit on the throne of David as King of kings and Lord of lords, the Almighty! Forever and forever. Amen!

To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:1) The Apostle Peter clearly points to Jesus Christ as God and Savior. Peter knew Jesus as an intimate friend and leader, but he also recognized Him as Almighty God.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men, (Phil. 2:5-7). Language so eloquent that only fools would deign to change or twist it. Jesus is equal to God; Jesus Christ is God the Son!

Then those who were in the boat came and worshipped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God,” (Matt. 14:33). (Son equal to the Father) Any self-respecting Jew knew that worship is reserved for God alone. The disciples were worshipping the Son as God.

 

 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,  has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;  who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,  having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

 For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”? And again: “I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son”? But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” And of the angels He says: “Who makes His angels spirits And His ministers a flame of fire.”

 But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God [Jesus Christ], is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.  You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God [the Father], has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions,”(Hebrews one). Realize the importance of this: God the Father is saying to God the Son, Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. This is undeniable, irrefutable truth from the mouth of God that Jesus Christ is equal to God. He is God the Son!

And: “You, Lord [Jesus Christ], in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth (see John one), And the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You [Jesus Christ, the Son] are the same, And Your years will not fail.”

While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, “The Son of David.”  He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying:  ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool”’ If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?”  And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore, (Matt. 22:41-46).

His enemies were always trying to trip Jesus up or accuse Him in some way. Here He turns the tables on them with a question they cannot answer. How could Jesus be both David’s descendant and His Lord unless He truly is who He claims to be? Just as Jesus was before Abraham and Moses and John the Baptist, He was also before David. As God He has no beginning and no end. None of these religious elitists, His enemies, could stand against the Lord’s irresistible wisdom.

We are going long, so by God’s grace we will finish looking at the Scriptural defenses against false teaching in our next study. After that we’ll begin Romans 13. God bless all…mike.

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