Jesus, God in the Flesh
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
– Isaiah 7:14 KJV
“For unto us a child is born, 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.”
– Isaiah 9:6 KJV
Here, the prophet Isaiah in these accounts is telling of the forthcoming of a child that will be the mighty God. Jesus was literally God manifested in the flesh. This prophesy came to past when Mary, a virgin, was confronted by an angel of the Lord. The angel told Mary she would have a child and he would be called the Son of God. This dialog is found in the first chapter of the book of Luke.
“And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”
– Luke 1:35 KJV
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
– Matthew 1:21-23 KJV
Matthew chapter one tells us of an angel of the Lord also came to Mary’s “fiancé” Joseph in a dream. The angel confirmed to Joseph that Mary was going to give birth to a child of the Holy Ghost. As what has been mentioned before, God is a Holy Sprit. The Holy Ghost or also known as the Holy Spirit is simply the spirit of God in action. When the Bible mentions the Holy Ghost it is talking about he spirit of God doing something. An example of this is found in first book of the Bible, Genesis.
“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
– Genesis 1:2 KJV
A question this may raise is why would an omnipotent God who lives infinitely come and dwell among finite humans whom He created? The answer to this is simple; God loves each and every one of us and does not want to see us suffer eternally. We are His perfect creation and as discussed in the first article God desires communication and a relationship with us. The only problem with this is God is a Holy Spirit and cannot communicate with sinful beings.
Sin is the result of disobedience to God. Because of the choices of Adam and Eve humans are inherently sinful (Romans 3:23, 5:10). As a result of disobedience in the garden the sinful nature of man was awakened. This sin broke the healthy communication between God and man. In order to restore the communication that both God and man desire a perfect sacrifice had to be made to reconcile the sins of man (Hebrews 9:22). Doing so would allow communication between God and man to once again thrive. The only problem was there was no perfect sacrifice to be found (Isaiah 59:14). Up to this point the sacrifice of animals was used for remissions of sins but Hebrews 10:4 tells us this was not a sufficient process. “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” God is the only one who is perfectly sinless. The only way for restoration was for God to manifest Himself in flesh and die for the sins of man (Hebrews 10:10).
“And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.”
– Isaiah 59:14 KJV
The omnipotent omnipresent God who created the entire universe with mere worlds manifested Himself in the flesh of a man with the purpose of dying a sinner’s death. Jesus was born of Mary and lived a perfect sinless life. He was both man and God incarnate. He felt the weight of temptation and pain of death. As Galatians 3:20 says, “Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.” Jesus was the intermediary between God and man. He bore the burden of our sins on calvary all so that we would not suffer the consequences of our own sinful nature. The death of Jesus literally saved us from ourselves. Below is a list of scriptures that further show this to be evident.
“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”
– 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 KJV
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”
– Hebrews 2:9 KJV
“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;”
– Hebrews 10:10-20 KJV
“For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
– Matthew 26:28 KJV
“And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”
– Luke 24:47 KJV
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”
– John 16:7 KJV
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
– 1 Peter 2:24 KJV
Through the death of Jesus we have been given a way of salvation. The process of death, burial, and resurrection gave us the power to overcome our sins. It was also a permanent sacrifice were all sins could be reconciled through the perfect blood of Jesus unto remission. This way of salvation and process of remission is through the steps of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Peter on the day of Pentecost told us what we must do to be saved.
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
– Acts 2:38 KJV
- Repentance – Asking God for forgiveness of sins and turning away from those sins.
- Baptism – Being wholly submerged in water while calling on the name of Jesus for a complete remission and washing of our sins. Doing so creates in us a new spiritual being.
- Holy Ghost – Receiving the Holy Ghost is essentially the process of God Himself coming and residing inside of you. When one receives the gift of the Holy Ghost they receive the fullness of God inside of them.
The next article will discuss the Godhead from a Biblical monotheistic standpoint.