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Objections to the Deity of Jesus Christ


Objection 1

If Jesus is God, then why did He say that the Father was greater then He?

Jesus said the Father was greater than He not because Jesus is not God, but because Jesus was also a man and as a man he was in a lower position.

Heb 2:9 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.

Philippians 2:5-8,... says that Jesus "emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men . . ."

Satan had to be defeated, not by God but by a sinless man. Jesus emptied Himself of His God ship and defeated Satan in behalf of Mankind.

Jesus has two natures. Jesus was not denying that He was God. He was merely acknowledging the fact that He was also a man. Jesus is both God and man. As a man, he was in a lesser position than the Father. He had added to Himself human nature.

1Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh,...

Colossians. 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

An Illustration

Biblically, a husband is greater in position and authority than his wife. But, he is no different in nature and he is not better than she. They share the same nature, being human, and they work together by love.
So, Jesus was not denying that He was God. He was simply acknowledging that He was also a man and as a man, he was subject to the laws of God so that He might redeem those who were under the law; namely, sinners.

Galatians 4:4-5  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

Vs.5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

People are not wrong when they speak of the humanity of Jesus. They are wrong because they deny His deity.


Objection 2

If Jesus is God then who did He pray to?

This is a very common question and the answer is found in understanding the Trinity and the incarnation of Jesus.

The Trinity is the doctrine that there is only one God in all existence. This one God exists as three persons: The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are not three gods, but one God. Each is a separate person, yet each of them is, in essence, divine in nature.

A close analogy of the Trinity can be found by looking at the concept of time. Time is past, present, and future. There are three "aspects" or "parts" of time. This does not mean that there are three "times," but only one. Each is separate, in a sense, yet each shares the same nature, or essence. In a similar way, the Trinity is three separate persons who share the same nature.

The Incarnation

The doctrine of the incarnation in Christian teaching is that Jesus, who is the second person of the Trinity, added to himself human nature and became a man. The Bible says that Jesus is God in flesh.

John 1:1, 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.....and the word became flesh and dwelt among us.

Colossians 2:9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.

He is worshiped  - Matt.2:11; 14:33; 28:9
He is prayed to - Acts 7:59; 1 Cor. 1:2
He was called God - John 20:28;  Heb.1:8

1 Timothy 3:16,   Revelation 1:8
He is that eternal life 1John1:2

Fullness of Deity - Colossians.2:9

He forgave sins - Luke 5:21

As a man Jesus prayed to His Heavenly Father. As a sinless man Jesus did the works that He did by the anointing and power of the Holy Ghost.
Luke 4:1-14, Acts 10:38

Objection 3

If Jesus is God then why does the Bible say that He was created?

Colossians 1:15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  Some people interpret the word firstborn to mean first created.

The Greek for "firstborn" is proto with tikto which would give us "firstborn" and that is what we find here in Colossians 1:15. The Greek for "first created" would be proto with ktizo and it is not used here.

The biblical use of the word "firstborn" is most interesting. It can mean the first born child in a family (Luke 2:7), but it can also mean "pre-eminence." In Psalm 89:20, 27

First born of every creature simply means before any other creature.

Jesus said of Himself:

Revelation 1:8  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

Isaiah 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

(Only God can partake of Godís glory.)


Isaiah  44:6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life:

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

John 1:1-3  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 
Vs.2  The same was in the beginning with God.
Vs.3  All things were made by him;

God and His Word are one.

Jesus Christ in His pre-Bethlehem existence was the word of God, the very essence of God, the expression of God.

John 1:14 ...and the word became flesh.

 

Hallelujah! Praise God for Jesus our Savior!

Jesus is Lord !