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Watering the Tulips
June 10, 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
True Christian believers are the minority today. Few people know, understand and believe who Jesus of Nazareth truly was. Yet, we do know. He was (and is) God. The natural mind struggles with even beginning to ponder this. Even the regenerated mind has great difficulty. We agree with the Apostle Paul that “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). God became a man…and yet God continued to run this universe as God the entire time. You must be God to comprehend that.
“No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known” (John 1:18). God is not visible to us. We don’t see Him. Yet, when people saw Jesus, they were looking at God in the flesh. Jesus declared to Thomas, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Think of it. The very God of Creation became a man and men of this world sat around Him and were His company and friends.
Some would try to persuade us that Jesus never declared Himself to be God. This is not true, however. The Jews of Jesus’ day knew full well of His declarations of deity. They picked up stones to stone Him “…because you, being a man, make yourself God” (John 10:33). Jesus had just said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). He said He was God…and He is.
Again, they sought to stone Him when He declared Himself to be God saying, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58-59). Notice closely, Jesus did not say merely “before Abraham was, I was”. He declared Himself to be timeless by saying “before Abraham was, I am”! He, as God, dwelled before time and is the Creator of it! As we have said, they knew full well who He was declaring Himself to be.
In his writing to the Colossian saints, Paul said, “For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily” (Colossians 2:9). This is a striking statement! In Jesus of Nazareth, “the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily”. He is God in the flesh! Remember, Paul saw Him on the road to Damascus with his own eyes (Acts 9). And yet, even having seen Him, Paul declared the difficulty for the human mind to comprehend this entire truth (1 Timothy 3:16).
Child of God, find comfort in this blessed truth. Jesus had the ability to overcome sin and death because He is God in the flesh. Our friend and our Savior is the Creator Himself! We believe the truth of our text verse which declares Jesus to be “God over all”.
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