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God The Son: Consubstantial with the Father, wholly man and wholly God.
Scripture is clear and repetitive about it: Jesus was both God, and Son of God; both man, and God, at the same time.
Vic Biorseth, Tuesday, July
For me, the Scriptural evidence of Jesus being not only man, but God, is everywhere, but especially concentrated in the first chapter of the Gospel of John. It is unmistakable. This whole chapter is spoken or chanted by the Priest in the "Last Gospel" of the Latin Mass liturgy.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God;
all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.
In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. --John 1-5
"The Word" refers to Jesus Christ. These passages explicitly states that the Word is God, Who made all things. The Word represents God's final revealed Truth to man, in its fullness. It is His will, laid out for man, through the incarnation, Life, Way, Church, teaching, sacrifice, resurrection and instruction of Jesus Christ.
The Jehovah's Witnesses rewrote these words in their Bible, not capitalizing the word "God" and inserting the word "a" before it, as follows:
"In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was a god."
Indicating that they are polytheists, believing in more than one god, in open defiance of the First Great Commandment, "Hear O Israel! The Lord thy God is ONE God ...", and also modifying the original Gospel, in open defiance of Gal 1:6-9, which forbids doing any such thing.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him.
He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light.
The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not.
He came to his own home, and his own people received him not.
But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God;
who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. --John 1:6-13
It would seem that if the world were made through Him, then He must be God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and
truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the
Father. --John 1:14
And there we have it; the only one Who became flesh and dwelt among us was Jesus Christ, here identified as the Son from the Father.
(John bore witness to him, and cried, "This was he of whom I
said, `He who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.'")
And from his fulness have we all received, grace upon grace.
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known.
And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?"
He confessed, he did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ."
And they asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the prophet?" And he answered, "No."
They said to him then, "Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"
He said, "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, `Make straight the way of the Lord,' as the prophet Isaiah said."
Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.
They asked him, "Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?"
John answered them, "I baptize with water; but among you stands one whom you do not know,
even he who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie."
This took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
This is he of whom I said, `After me comes a man who ranks before me, for he was before me.'
I myself did not know him; but for this I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel."
And John bore witness, "I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on him.
I myself did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize with water
said to me, `He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is
he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'
And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God."
The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples;
and he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!"
The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.
Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, "What do you
seek?" And they said to him, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are
He said to them, "Come and see." They came
and saw where he was staying; and they stayed with him that day, for it
was about the tenth hour.
One of the two who heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.
He first found his brother Simon, and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which means Christ).
He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, "So you are
Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas" (which means Peter).
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, "Follow me."Now Philip was from Beth-sa'ida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathan'a-el, and said to him, "We have found him of whom
Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son
Nathan'a-el said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."
Jesus saw Nathan'a-el coming to him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!"
Nathan'a-el said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him,
"Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you."
Nathan'a-el answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!"
Jesus answered him, "Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig
tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these."
And he said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven
opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of
man." --John 1:15-51
Here, in this one Chapter, Jesus is identified as God, Son of God, Man, Lamb of God, Messiah or Christ, and Son of Man.
Luke's Gospel describes the Visitation, in the first chapter:
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
And he came to her and said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!"
But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be.
And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High;
and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,
and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever;
and of his kingdom there will be no end."
And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I have no husband?"
And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you;
therefore the child to be born will be called holy,
the Son of God.
And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has
also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was
For with God nothing will be impossible."
And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me
according to your word." And the angel departed from her. --Luke 1:26-38
So here we see an Angel from the Father identifying a holy child to be born. The Holy Spirit would overshadow her, and thus the baby to be conceived would be called Son Of God. Which tells us that the Holy Spirit is God, and that Jesus, Who is to be born a mortal man, is also the Son of God.
And we have Jesus' explicit statement about Himself:
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.
If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him."
Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied."
Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not
know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father; how can you
say, `Show us the Father'?
Do you not believe that I am
in the Father and the Father in me? The words that I say to you I do not
speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does his
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me; or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves. --John 14:6-11
So the Jews gathered round him and said to him, "How long
will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly."
Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness to me;
but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me;
and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.
I and the Father are one."--John 10:24-30
So the Father and the Son are One. One and the same God. When anyone looks upon Jesus, they look upon God.
Scripture also holds The Prayer Of Jesus, in which He identifies with the Father, and with His Church, praying that He may be made one with His believers, even as He was one with the Father.
When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to
heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify thy Son that the
Son may glorify thee,
since thou hast given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom thou hast given him.
And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.
I glorified thee on earth, having accomplished the work which thou gavest me to do;
and now, Father, glorify thou me in thy own presence with the glory which I had with thee before the world was made.
"I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou gavest me out of the
world; thine they were, and thou gavest them to me, and they have kept
Now they know that everything that thou hast given me is from thee;
for I have given them the words which thou gavest me, and they have
received them and know in truth that I came from thee; and they have
believed that thou didst send me.
I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom thou hast given me, for they are thine;
all mine are thine, and thine are mine, and I am glorified in them.
And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am
coming to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast
given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.
While I was with them, I kept them in thy name, which thou hast given
me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of
perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled.
But now I am coming to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
I have given them thy word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
I do not pray that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from the evil one.
They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth.
As thou didst send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.
And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth.
"I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word,
that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in
thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that
thou hast sent me.
The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,
I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that
the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as
thou hast loved me.
Father, I desire that they also,
whom thou hast given me, may be with me where I am, to behold my glory
which thou hast given me in thy love for me before the foundation of the
O righteous Father, the world has not known thee, but I have known thee; and these know that thou hast sent me.
I made known to them thy name, and I will make it known, that the love
with which thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them." --John 17
Jesus even used the forbidden words "I Am", the name of God; blasphemy if what He said were not contextually true; but if what He said were contextually true, then, He was God.
Your father Abraham rejoiced that he was to see my day; he saw it and was glad."
The Jews then said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?"
Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am." --John 8:56-58
But he was silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?"
And Jesus said, "I am; and you will see the Son of man seated at the
right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven."
And the high priest tore his garments, and said, "Why do we still need witnesses?
You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?" And they all condemned him as deserving death. --Mark 14:61-64
The teaching of Jesus Himself, the testimony of His chosen Apostles, the Tradition handed down through the ages, Scripture and the consistent teaching of His Church all testify that Jesus Christ was fully man, and fully God.
He "emptied Himself" of Godliness to live, teach, suffer and die a horrible death, as man. An actual physical living man. To redeem us, and to show us The Way. To fulfill the prophesy of Isiah and the Old Testament, and to establish the New Covenant.
Yet, He was and is God. This is a mystery we will never understand, because it is not given to human understanding, unless and until we finally see Him in His Glory, if it be His will. Strive to find and do His will, and you will "come and see".
Blessed be the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, forever.
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