Saturday, 17th September, 2022
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:11-13 NIV)
The Word of God is replete with incontrovertible proofs that Jesus is Himself, God. He’s our great God! Sadly, there’re Christians who haven’t come to this realization. That’s why they still wonder how come He says He’s the Son of God if actually He is Himself, God. Well, the expression “Son of God” means God in human flesh!
In His manifestation in the flesh, Jesus put aside His glory so He could be a hundred per cent man and a hundred per cent God. That’s what legitimized His substitutionary work in our behalf; otherwise, it would have been questionable. The Bible says He “…made himself of no reputation, and…was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:7-8).
Jesus is God’s perfect imprint, the icon of the unseen God (Colossians 1:15, Hebrews 1:3). Hallelujah! But who was He before He came as a man? He was the Word, God’s Word: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Then the 14th verse says, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us….” The Word that was God, became flesh and He was named Jesus. Hallelujah!
In John 10:30, He said, “I and my Father are one.” When He made that assertion, the Bible says the Jews picked up stones to stone Him to death, because they understood what He meant. They said, “…For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God” (John 10:33). He wasn’t making Himself God; He was, and He is, God!
He said in John 14:7, “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.” Who did they know and see that He equated to the Father? Jesus! When Philip expressed doubt in the ensuing verse 8, the response from Jesus climaxed the discussion in a most unambiguous way. He said, “…Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father…” (John 14:9). Hallelujah!
"Blessed Lord Jesus, you’re awesome, glorious, Lord of heaven and earth; you alone are God; I extol your greatness and worship your holy Name. Your kingdom is forever, your reign is everlasting! To you be all glory, honour, majesty, dominion and praise, forever and ever. Amen."
John 1:10-11; Hebrews 1-3 AMPC; Colossians 1:15-19
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Galatians 3:1-14 & Songs of Solomon 3-5
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
1 Timothy 3:8-16 & Jeremiah 35