Jesus Christ - The Trilemma
Jesus Christ - Scripture That Reveals Him as Savior
The deity of Jesus Christ is revealed throughout the Old Testament scripture. The Old Testament prophecies foretelling the coming of the Messiah claimed God Himself would be the Messiah:
The Spirit through Isaiah names the Messiah "Immanu El", translated "God with us". (Matthew 1:23)
"Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14)
Again, the Spirit through Isaiah calls the Messiah "the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father."
"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)
The Spirit tells us through Micah that the Messiah will be an eternal being. In the prophecy foretelling the birthplace of the Messiah (Bethlehem), Micah claims the Messiah will be from everlasting... He will be eternal. God alone is without beginning or end.
"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." (Micah 5:2)
The Spirit through Isaiah also tells us that the Savior is God and that God alone is the Savior.
"I, even I, am the LORD; and beside Me there is no Saviour." (Isaiah 43:11)
In Hosea we read again, "Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no
god but Me: for there is no saviour beside Me." (Hosea 13:4)
Again in Isaiah, "Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? Who hath told it from that time? Have not I the LORD? And there is no God else beside Me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside Me. Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else." (Isaiah 45:21-22)
If this is true, why do we read in John, "And said unto the woman, 'Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard Him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world." (John 4:42)
In Luke we read, "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." (Luke 2:11-12)
Once again, 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.'" Again, it is the same Greek word translated "Lord" in Matthew 4:10.
Not only did they call Jesus "Lord" and "Saviour", titles reserved by Jehovah God for Jehovah God, but they worshipped Him as Jehovah God and offered Him gifts: "And when they were come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down, and worshipped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh." (Matthew 2:11)
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