Jesus: Was He Created, or is He God?

Gals, in complete sincerity, this is the most important question you will ever answer…

“Who is Jesus?”

Was He just a good man? A wise teacher? An example regarding “enlightenment?” To answer these, we need to know Who Jesus really is. Was He created by God or did He actually claim to be God? Please pray before you continue reading… as the answer to the above question is life changing! Ladies, there is ample evidence for Jesus’s life on earth, His claims to be God, His death on a cross, and His Resurrection. Historians such as Bart Ehrman acknowledge that Jesus was a real man who was crucified, and that His tomb was found empty. More than 500 witnesses saw His resurrected body. Those who didn’t believe in His Lordship and Deity beforehand (ie James and Paul) were followers afterward…even to the point of martyrdom. Friends, please open the Bible and read it for yourselves. God gave us the Scriptures as He knew we would need them. They point to the only One who could save us. At some point in our lives…or at the end of our time here, we will certainly come face to face with Truth. With this in mind, it’s my genuine prayer that you treat the above question with the utmost seriousness.

Jesus is God. He is the second Person of the Godhead. Sisters, this is essential Christian Doctrine. Dr James White explains Jesus’s Lordship in this way, “Within the one being that is God, there exists eternally three coequal and coeternal persons, namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” Jesus was not created but was instead the Creator of all things. (John 1:1; Genesis 1; Col 1:16) Let’s look at the verses utilized by Arianism (the claim Jesus was created), and then read the context of those scriptures:

Psalm 2:7 “I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, ‘You are my Son; today I have begotten you.’”

Acts‬ ‭13:30-33 “But God raised Him from the dead, and for many days He appeared to those who had come up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now His witnesses to the people. And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this He has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm, ‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you.’ Therefore He says also in another psalm, ‘You will not let your Holy One see corruption.’ (Psalm 16) For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption, but He whom God raised up did not see corruption. Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by Him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.

Colossians‬ ‭1:13-23‬ ‭“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything He might be preeminent. For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, He has now reconciled in His body of flesh by His death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.”

Instead, We are His creation. (Genesis 1:26) We are made in His image, but due to Adam and Eve’s disobedience, sin entered into our condition. Adam and Eve then had hearts bent toward self…with an imperfect knowledge of God and His purposes. The self-focused heart that has been passed down spiritually, emotionally, and physically to us. Given the sin that we have inherited, we are not able to be in fellowship with our Creator…as God is both good and Holy; therefore, He cannot be in the presence of sin. But He didn’t leave us to fend our ourselves. Jesus came down to save His creation from sin…Something only God could do. Fully man, as to sacrifice on our behalf (without ever sinning). And fully God…as to provide an eternal rescue from death that only He could gift us. Jesus’s Resurrection made a way back to God for God’s creation. And therefore by believing in Him, we are made new…adopted as children into His Kingdom. Paul chronicled this in 1 Corinthians 15, written possibly less than 10 years after the Resurrection: “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” This was God’s plan from the very beginning. It is the free gift of His Grace and mercy to us. (Ephesians 2; Romans 5:8) Sisters, please allow Truth to soften your heart. You can stop striving! Put down that ladder you’ve been building. And turn from living in your own strength and for your own purposes. Rest in the reality that God came down to save you! He not only wants to give you new life, but will, Himself, be your life. The cross was enough!

“But to all who did receive Him, who believed in his name (Jesus), He gave the right 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 1:12-13

Knowing Jesus Accurately

“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
95 minutes with Anna Kitko
6 minutes. “Who is Jesus?”
12 minutes w/ Nabeel Qureshi. The Importance of the Trinity.
45 minutes w/ Mikel Del Rosario.
75 minutes w/ Gary Habermas. Excellent evidence for the Resurrection!

Council of Nicaea, Arianism, Christ Consciousness, and Panentheism

12 minutes w/ Jon McCray
3 hours w/ Steven Bancarz and Alisa Childers. The New Age Teachings of “Christ Consciousness” and the “Universal Christ.”
16 minutes w/ Melissa Dougherty. “When People Say They’re ‘A Christian’ These Days”
4 minutes w/ Stand to Reason. “What is Panentheism?”

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:9

What is the Gospel?

“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. …”

1 Corinthians 15:1-28
Made in God’s Image. 20 minutes w/ David Wood
10 minutes w/ Alan from STR. Is Jesus the only way to God as He claimed to be? How do we interpret John 14:6?

Trust God’s Word

Per GotQuestions: “How we respond to God’s written Word and the Word made flesh has an eternal impact on us. Since God’s Word is truth, rejecting the Bible and rejecting Jesus is rejecting God Himself. Believing, cherishing, studying, and obeying God’s Word is the key to salvation, understanding God, and living abundantly (John 10:10). No matter what we may face in this world, we are sustained by the truth prayed over us in Jesus’ prayer: “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17).”

80 minutes w/ Wes Huff. Comprehensive Study of the Historical Reliability, Sufficiency, and Relevancy of the Bible.
3 minutes w/ Greg Koukl. What is Sola Scriptura?
35 minutes w/ Daniel Wallace, PhD. New Testament Reliability.
50 minutes w/ Voddie Baucham. “You can believe the Bible!”

Essential Christian Doctrine

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.”

Jesus (John 14:6-7)

Per Dr. Kevin Lewis from Biola University, “We need to know the essential Doctrine of Christianity. It’s not enough to be Theists. We need to be Christians!” He goes on to define essential Doctrine by saying, “We believe in inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible. We believe in the Trinity. We believe in the full deity and humanity of Christ. We believe in the lostness of mankind, and spiritual death of mankind. We believe in the Incarnation of Christ. We believe in His virgin birth, His Resurrection, His full atonement for sin, and that by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone, one can be saved – and add to that, you know, a couple other things – you know, Christ is going to come back to judge the living and the dead…”

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Acts 4:12
70 minutes w/ Alisa and Krista Bontrager
33 minutes w/ Dr. Kevin Lewis Biola

1 Corinthians 15

The Resurrection of Christ

15 Now I would remind you, brothers,[a] of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

The Resurrection of the Dead

12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope[b] in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For “God[c] has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

29 Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf? 30 Why are we in danger every hour? 31 I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day! 32 What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” 33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”[d] 34 Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

The Resurrection Body

35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” 36 You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.38 But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. 39 For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. 40 There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another.41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

42 So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”;[e] the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual.47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall[f] also bear the image of the man of heaven.

Mystery and Victory

50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 “O death, where is your victory?
    O death, where is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

20 minutes w/ David Wood of Acts17Apologetics

Scripture References: Jesus Claims to be God

“And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” But he remained 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, “What further witnesses do we need? You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭14:60-64‬

Jesus uses “Son of Man” as His title more than 80 times. This title references Daniel 7 in the Old Testament. This title points to His Deity. His own words. Per Gary Habermas from Biola, “Coming on the clouds” is used over 100 times in scripture and is always a reference to Deity.

Gary Habermas shows that the historical evidence in the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) is there for skeptics… The Jesus Seminar declares 2 evidences to make it authentic. The Bible provides 4… Four documentation sources of Jesus using the words, “The Son of Man” and “the Son of God.”

Daniel 7:13-14 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.”

John 17:5 “And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

John 1:14 “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 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

John 20:28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

Deuteronomy‬ ‭6:4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.” (Old Testament Shema)
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1 Corinthians‬ ‭8:6‬ “yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.” (Paul adds Jesus)
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John 10:30-31 “I and the Father are one.” The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

John 5:17-29 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

John 9:35-38 Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.

John 20:31 “But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

Matthew 28:8 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.”

Matthew 16:15-16 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am? Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Luke‬ ‭24:24-27 “Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

John‬ ‭12:23‬ “And Jesus answered them, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.’”

Luke‬ ‭22:48 “but Jesus said to him, ‘Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?’”

Matthew‬ ‭24:37‬ ‭“For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

✏️ Top 40 Messianic Prophecies, by Jews for Jesus

45 minutes w/ Professor Gary Habermas from Biola University

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