Is Jesus Christ God?
NOTE: In obedience to His commands as recorded for us in the Christian Bible, we use the Creator’s Self-given Hebrew Name, YHVH, (which we pronounce Ye-hu’-a) and the original Hebrew name given by the angel Gabriel to be the Messiah’s name, Yeshua, (pronounced Ye-shu’-a) which means “he will save” (Strong’s H3442), as Gabriel indicated (Matthew 1:21). We also use El or Elohim (capitalized) as a title for our Father YHVH where appropriate. Finally, we refer to what Christianity calls the “Old Testament” as the Tanakh, the Hebrew name for it, and to what Christianity calls the “New Testament” as the Renewed Covenant Scriptures. Details on request to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sub-note: Before we go any further, you need to know that the Hebrew word for the numeral one, echad, never has contained and never will contain any sense of “compound unity” as is claimed by many of those who seek to establish a multiplicity in the “godhead”. It is an assertion utterly without basis in fact, i.e., a lie. Echad means ONE, a singularity, and nothing more. Which is why it is used without modification or qualification in the Shema, the Hebrews’ declaration of the uniqueness of their (and our!) deity, YHVH Elohim:
Shema, Yisroel! YHVH Eloheinu, YHVH echad!
“Hear Oh Israel! YHVH our God, YHVH is one!
Do you believe that “Jesus Christ”/Yeshua of Nazareth is GOD (deity)? FYI, John 17:3, Ephesians 4:6, 1 Corinthians 8:6, 1 Timothy 2:5, Revelation 3:14 (quoted below), all plainly state that he IS the prophesied Sent One (Shaliach) from YHVH Elohim, and The Son of God (a messianic term applied ONLY to the Jews’ expected human Messiah), but he is NOT GOD, as all of Judaism, in agreement with the written Tanakh, also asserts concerning HaMashiach, the Promised One.
In fact, the Apostle Jude found it necessary to warn the Church that false teachers were already trying to corrupt that “original faith which was once given to the saints” (Jude 6)!
Words of the the Apostle Sha’ul (“Paul”):
3 But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
4 For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. (2 Corinthians 11:3-4)
6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—
7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.
8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.
9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:6-9)
So, what was the singular foundational truth of the gospel which Sha’ul and all of the other original apostles and disciples of Yeshua of Nazareth preached? It was the true identity of the Father and of His only begotten (born of a human mother) Son, as follows:
But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 8:6)
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Ephesians 4:6)
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Yeshua Messiah; (1 Timothy 2:5)
Therefore, he (Yeshua) had to be made like his brethren in all things, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people.
For since he himself was tempted in that which he has suffered, he is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted. (Hebrews 2:17-18) [God cannot be tempted – James 1:13]
Words of Yeshua:
And this is life eternal, that they might know You (Father YHVH) the ONLY TRUE GOD, and Yeshua HaMashiach, whom You have sent. ( Yochanan/“John” 17:3)
And Yeshua answered him, “The first of all the commandments is, ‘Hear, O Israel; YHVH our God, YHVH is one:’ (Quoting the “Shema” from Deuteronomy 6:4 – “Shema Yisroel, YHVH Eloheinu, YHVH echad”) (Marcus/“Mark” 12:29)
And the scribe said unto him, “Well, Rabbi, you have said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but He:” (Marcus/“Mark” 12:32)
And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through your own name those whom You have given me, that they may be one, as we are. (Yochanan/“John” 17:11) [How can we 100% humans be “one”/echad AS Yeshua and the Father are, if they are “really” a 3-in-1 trinity? Answer: We cannot!]
Words of YHVH Elohim (“the LORD God”):
10 You are my witnesses, says YHVH, and my servant whom I have chosen: that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He: before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me. (Isaiah 43: 10)
24 Thus says YHVH, your Redeemer, and He that formed you from the womb, I am YHVH Who makes all things; Who stretches forth the heavens alone; Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself; (Isaiah 44:24)
5 I am YHVH, and there is none else, there is no God besides me: (Isaiah 45:5)
18 For thus says YHVH Who created the heavens; God himself Who formed the earth and made it; He has established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am YHVH; and there is none else. (Isaiah 45:18)
Testimony of the Apostle Kefa (Peter):
“You men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know.” (Acts 2:22)
“For Moses truly said unto the fathers, ‘A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me.’ ” (Acts 3:22) Was Moses God?
Testimony of the Apostle Ya’acob (James):
You believe that there is one God; you do well: the demons also believe, and tremble. (Ya’acob 2:19)
Testimony of the angel Gabriel:
And the angel answered and said unto her, “The holy Spirit shall come upon you, the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: for that reason (his miraculous conception by the power of YHVH) also that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35) (NOT “God the Son”, a pagan concept which appears nowhere in Scripture). [Also, if the holy Spirit really IS a separate “person in the godhead”, WHY is “He” never referred to as the actual father of Yeshua? Why not?]
Prophecy of Moshe (Moses):
YHVH Elohim will raise up unto you a Prophet from the midst of you, of your brethren, like unto me; him you shall obey. (Deuteronomy 18:15) [Was Moshe God?]
Prophecy of King David:
<A Psalm of David.> The LORD (YHVH) said unto my Lord (Hebrew: adoni, a term of address always used exclusively for angels or humans, as opposed to adonai, a term always used for YHVH Elohim only), Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool. (Psalm 110:1)
In Matthew 22:45 and Luke 20:44, Yeshua claimed that this clearly Messianic prophecy (addressed to a human Lord, Adoni) referred to him! This is just one more block of evidence that the Jews NEVER EXPECTED that HaMashiach would BE God! Yeshua was accepted by many of the righteous Jews of his day PRECISELY BECAUSE HE FIT THE COMPLETE PATTERN of Messianic prophecies perfectly!
So if “Jesus Christ”/Yeshua is NOT GOD (not deity), then anyone who worships him AS GOD is surely commiting IDOLATRY (Exodus 20:2-3), which IS transgressing Torah, which IS sin (1 John 3:4), and the wages of sin IS death (Romans 6:23), annihilation in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:15).
It is a matter of historical fact that belief in the deity of “Jesus Christ” was INVENTED by the pagan Roman emperor Constantine, and that belief compelled by him via the Council of Nicæa in 325 A.D., and the later councils of Chalcedon, Laodicæa, etc., and enforced thereafter by Rome (and the Roman Catholic Church) on pain of death. This is a matter of both Church and secular history, and can be discovered by anyone with a “love of the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:10), without which we are all doomed, regardless of our “sincerity” and “good works”.
Constantine eventually succeeded in killing off all of the original talmidim/disciples of Yeshua of Nazareth, who actually called themselves followers of “the Way” (Acts 24:14), not “Christians”. The label “Christian” was originated by pagans as a derogatory term, and only later “legitimized” by the paganized Roman Catholic Church (along with much of Mithraism – pagan sun god worship).
So anyone who worships “Jesus Christ”/Yeshua HaMashiach AS GOD is actually obeying a pagan Roman emperor instead of YHVH Elohim and His 100% human Son (Luke 1:35), and is also denying the “Shema” (the true nature of YHVH). Such belief also diminishes the accomplishments of Yeshua as the 100% HUMAN Son of God, who was conceived, born, lived and died (which God cannot do!) precisely according to everything prophesied about him in the Tanakh.
So, is “Jesus Christ” God (i.e., deity)? By his own testimony and the consistent testimony of all of the rest of Scripture, he is NOT. He IS the miraculously begotten Son of God, the Shaliach of Father YHVH (His fully empowered agent, the Sent One of the Father), the Mashiach/Messiah, the Promised One of the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures), the only “name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12), but he is NOT God, and anyone who worships him AS God is commiting idolatry, and is obeying the Roman emperor Constantine and the Roman church, instead of the one true God, YHVH Elohim, as we have the honor and privilege to proclaim.
Here are some more reasons . . .
Why Yeshua Can’t Be God
1. The Messiah had to die for our sins. Scripture states that God is immortal. He can’t die.
2. To fulfill the Messianic prophecies in the Hebrew scriptures, the Messiah had to be born of a woman, as a descendant of David, etc., not just show up as a pre-existing deity in “human” shape.
3. God knows everything, all the time. Yeshua occasionally did not know things.
4. God doesn’t “get tired” or hungry. Yeshua did both of these.
5. Worshiping Yeshua as God, when he is NOT God, is worshiping a false god, and is idolatry.
6. Worshiping Yeshua as God, when he is NOT God, diminishes the unique character and position of YHVH Elohim the Creator, who tells us that He was ALONE when He created everything, and that He will NOT share His glory with another.
7. Worshiping Yeshua as God takes away from his accomplishments, which, if he were God, would be meaningless, utterly without significance.
8. God is a logical being and He made us like Himself in this way. But when we accept the illogical idea of a “3-in-1” “triune” god, which is a purely pagan concept predating the birth of Yeshua by thousands of years, we surrender our God-given logic, and with it, our very salvation.
For a further discussion of the person and authority of Yeshua of Nazareth as the Father’s Shaliach, the Sent One of God, please see our article http://tinyurl.com/The-Sent-One
In our Lord Yeshua’s Blessed Service,
Bob & Suzanne Hamrick
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