Jesus Christ - The Trilemma
Jesus Christ - Scripture That Reveals His Role as Redeemer
God the Son, Jesus Christ, came to earth as a man...
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of
the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (John 1:1-3, 14)
And taking on the likeness of man, Jesus Christ submitted Himself to the death of the cross...
"But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." (Philippians 2:7-8)
As the propitiation for mankind's sins...
"In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins." (1 John 4:9-10)
After His death and resurrection, Jesus Christ took up again what He had voluntarily laid down...
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth." (Matthew 28:18)
At the close of His earthly ministry, His crucifixion drawing near, Jesus prayed to the Father, "I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was." (John 17:4-5)
Jesus Christ was true Deity living as true humanity for the death on the cross and the redemption of man. If we read beyond verse 8 in the Philippians passage, we read, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:5-11)
The Greek word translated "Lord" in verse 11, kurios (koo'-ree-os, Strong's 2962), is the same word translated "Lord" in Luke 4:8, "And Jesus answered and said unto him, 'Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.'" It is the same Greek word translated "Lord" in Matthew 4:10.
Philippians 2:11 reads, "every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Jehovah, to the glory of God the Father." Romans 14:11 reads, "For it is written, 'As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.'"
Philippians 2:10-11 and Romans 14:11 are a direct quotation from Isaiah 45:23, "I have sworn by Myself, the word is gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that unto Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear." (Isaiah 45:23)
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