God in the Flesh Part I

Romans9-5

Watering the Tulips

May 27, 2015

 

“To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.”Romans 9:5

 

Jesus is God. The man Who walked on Earth as Jesus of Nazareth some 2000 years ago was the same God that created this world. John wrote, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). This “Word” that “was God” speaks of Jesus. John makes this plain when he says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). And just a few verses later, John refers to Jesus as “the only God, who is at the Father’s side…” (John 1:18). Clearly, John (who received his learning at the feet of Jesus Himself) believed Jesus is God…and he was right.

 

The Apostle Paul affirmed that Jesus is God. Our text verse declares Jesus to be “God over all”. That couldn’t be much plainer! He said again that we are to be “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). So, the very God Who is over all is the same God Whose return we are now awaiting. This Jesus is both “our Great God and Savior”.

 

Peter made a similar statement to Paul when he declared Jesus to be “our God and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:1). As was the case with John, Peter learned these things at the feet of Jesus.

 

When Thomas saw the risen Jesus standing before him, his declaration was “my Lord and my God” (John 20:28). None of the apostles corrected him. Jesus didn’t correct him. For Jesus certainly is God manifested in the flesh.

 

Certainly this is difficult to comprehend with a human mind. Paul spoke of the difficulty of grasping this with our minds when he said, Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory” (1 Timothy 3:16). Paul said, “For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily” (Colossians 2:9). He was 100% man and 100% God at the same time. A momentary consideration of that makes our head want to explode – but it’s true!

 

Jesus was hated by the Jews for declaring Himself to be God in the flesh. The Jews clearly knew what He meant when He said “I and the Father are one” for they “picked up stones again to stone him” (John 10:30-31). This was not merely his CLAIM. It was a declaration of the truth. He is God manifested in the flesh.

 

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