The Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ
The doctrine of the deity of Christ is crucial to the Christian faith. “What think you of Christ?” is the paramount question of life (Matt. 16:15-17 ; 22:41 – 45) Surely Jesus Christ is the greatest of all men, but he is infinitely more than mere man. It can be demonstrated that He is God in several ways.
Christ Possesses five attributes which are uniquely and distinctly divine: Eternity, Omnipresence, Omniscience, Omnipotence, and Immutability.
1) He is Eternal. He was not only before John (John 1:15), Before Abraham (John 8:58), and before the world came into being (John 17:5, 24), but He is “The first born of all creation” (Col. 1: 15), Being in existence “In the beginning” (John 1:1, 1st John 1:1 – 2) and in fact, “From the days of eternity” (Mic. 5:2). And as to the future, He continues forever (Isa. 9:6 –7; Heb. 1:11 – 12 ; Heb. 13:8) The Father’s communication of life to him is an eternal process (John 5:26 – 29 ; John 1:4).
2) He is Omnipresent. He was in heaven while on earth (John 3:13) and is on earth while He is in heaven (Matt. 18:20 ; 28:20). He fills all (Eph. 1:23).
3) He is Omniscient. Ω Jesus knows all things (John 16:30 ; 21:17). In fact, in Him “Are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3). Several examples of His omniscience are given in the Gospels. He Knew what was in man (John 2:24 – 25), and He knew the history of the Samaritan woman (John 4:29), the thoughts of men (Luke 6:8; 11:17), the time and the manner of his exit out of this world (Matt. 16:21; John 12:33; 13:1), the one who would betray Him (John 6:70 –71), and the character and termination of the present age (Matt. 24 – 25). He knew the Father as no mortal could (Matt. 11:27).
Now it is true that there are certain statements which seen to indicate something less than omniscience. Jesus was ignorant of the date of His return (Mark 13:32), marveled at people’s unbelief (Mark 6:6), and went to the fig tree expecting perhaps to find figs (Mark 11:13). However, it must be recognized that in the days of His humiliation, Jesus surrendered the independent exercise of His divine attributes. The Father did not permit the use of His omniscience in these cases. Without doubt, Jesus now knows the time of His second coming.
4) He is Omnipotent Ω(John 5:19). He is the mighty God (Isa. 9:6 – 7; Rev. 1:8), He “Upholds all things by the word of His power” (Heb. 1:3), and all authority is given to Him (Matt. 28:18). He has power over demons (Mark 5:11 – 15), Disease (Luke 4:38 – 41), death (Matt. 9:11 – 25; Luke 7:12 – 16; John 11:38 – 44), the elements of nature (Matt. 21:19; John 2:3 – 11), indeed all things (Matt. 28:18). During Christ’s ministry on earth, He subjected himself to the will of God, and, though done in the power of the Spirit, His miracles are cited as proofs of His deity (John 5:36; 10:25, 10:38; 20:30 – 31). Jesus Himself declared, “The Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner” (John 5:19).
5) He is Immutable (Heb. 1:12; 13:8). This is true of His plans, promises, and person. But this does not preclude the possibility of a variety of manifestation on His part, nor of a restriction of some of His instructions and purposes to particular ages and persons. *1
The Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ is the terminology Christians use to express that Jesus Christ is and was God in the flesh. Many cults will not recognize the fact that Jesus is God as a way to circumvent the atonement (A sinless Jesus Christ dieing on the cross as total payment for our sins) or to negate that Jesus is the ONLY way of salvation (as to make themselves the way to salvation).
Being that most of these groups believe that God is All-powerful this, above notion that Jesus is not equal to God can also be disproved by the simple equation:
∞/2 = ∞
Ω Many examples demonstrating Omniscience or Omnipotence could also be attributed to Jesus as a man having the Spirit without measure John 3:34
*1 Lectures in Systematic Theology by Henry C. Thiessen