Why The Lord Jesus is Not God
BIBLICAL EVIDENCES THAT PROVE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
IS NOT THE TRUE GOD
THE Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) firmly believes that the Lord Jesus Christ is man in nature and He is not God because this is what the Bible explicitly teaches. If we are going to examine the teachings written in the Bible, the evidences are overwhelming that the Lord Jesus Christ is indeed not the true God the Holy Scripture teaches.
IF JESUS IS GOD THEN THERE WILL BE TWO GODS
The father alone is the true God. This is the teaching explicitly written in the Bible. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself, the apostles, and even the prophets of ancient Israel clearly declared that there is only One True God, the Father. And the Lord Jesus Christ also declared that to attain eternal life is to accept that the Father is the only true God:
John 17:3, 1 NIV
“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
“After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: "Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.
There is no contradiction in the Bible. This teaching of the Holy Scripture that the Father alone is the True God must not be contradicted. Thus, if a belief contradicts this teaching of the Bible that there is only One True God, the Father, that belief must be rejected. The apostles admonish the Christians to reject the “gospel” different from the one they preached:
Galacia 1:6-8 NIV
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel- which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!”
Did you know that the belief that the Lord Jesus is God contradict the teaching of the Bible that the Father alone is the true God?
JESUS IS A MAN WHO HAS TOLD THE TRUTH
WHICH HE HEARD FROM GOD
John 8:40 NKJV
“But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this.”
If Jesus is the true God then who is the God that from Him Jesus heard the truth? Hence, there will be two Gods.
JESUS IS THE SERVANT OF GOD
Acts 3:13 NKJV
“The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go.”
If Jesus is God, then God (Jesus) is a Servant of another God because Jesus is the Servant of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Thus, there will be two Gods.
JESUS IS SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD
Colossians 3:1 NKJV
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.”
Accepting Jesus as God is like saying that God is sitting at the right hand of another God because Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God.
JESUS IS THE CHRIST OF GOD
Luke 9:20 NKJV
“He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered and said, ‘The Christ of God.’”
Christ is God? Then “God is Christ of another God.” Truly, the belief that Christ is God deviate from the teachings of the Holy Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ of the One True God, the Father.
JESUS IS GOD’S MESSENGER AND HIGH PRIEST
Hebreo 3:1 LB
“Therefore, dear brothers whom God has set apart for himself-you who are chosen for heaven-I want you to think now about this Jesus who is God's Messenger and the High Priest of our faith.”
Thus, accepting Jesus as God is like accepting that God’s messenger is also God, and God’s High Priest is also God. Two Gods? God (Jesus) is the messenger of another God? God (Jesus) is the High Priest of another God? Truly, the teaching that Christ is God is a “different gospel.”
JESUS IS THE LAMB OF GOD
John 1:36 NKJV
“And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God!’”
Jesus is the “Lamb of God.” If Jesus is God, then God is the Lamb of another God. Two Gods? Is that acceptable to the Bible? No.
GOD MADE JESUS LORD AND CHRIST
Acts 2:36 NIV
“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
Thus, accepting Christ as God is like accepting that God was made Lord and Christ. And who is the God that made Him Lord and Christ? Then there will be two Gods.
These are only some of numerous verses in the Bible that prove that if we are going to accept that the Lord Jesus Christ is God, there will be two Gods, and this contradicts the teaching clearly written in the Bible that the Father alone is the True God.