The Positions Of Jesus Part Three
by Curt Klingeman
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And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth (Genesis 1:26, emphasis added, KJV).
In the last two installments of The Positions of Jesus, we examined His position as the Son of man and the Son of God. Now we turn our attention to God the Son. We start at the beginning (creation) in order to establish a truth. In the One True God, there are three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and Holy Spirit (see Ephesians 4:4-6). In our opening passage, we see an interesting phrase where God said, “Let us.” Often, it is the small details in Scripture that reveal the mysteries of God. Paying attention to singular and plural forms is one of those fine points. Throughout Genesis one, we see the phrase, “And God said,” which is in singular form, and points to One, yet the plural is used in verse twenty-six, “us.” This reveals the plurality of His nature. Colossians 1:12-18 shows us that Jesus is part of the “us,” as we read:
“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence” (emphasis added, KJV).
Therefore, we find that by Jesus, all things were created, and they were created for Him. We find that He is before all things, and by Him, all things consist. Again, we read in John 1:1-4, “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. In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (emphasis added, KJV). Then we read in verse 14, “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” (emphasis added, KJV). There are still more scriptures that could be mentioned here that plainly state that everything was created by Jesus; however, due to time restraints, they will be left to the reader to investigate.
Philippians 2:5-7 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 (emphasis added, KJV). Jesus humbled Himself in order to pay for humanity’s sin, but before His coming to the earth, He had the same glory as the Father. Jesus prayed, “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was” (John 17:5, emphasis added, KJV). This underscores what we read in John 1:1, “The Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Jesus gave up the riches of His glory so that we might be rich in Him. Thus we read, “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9, KJV). One final Scripture where Jesus makes it very plain that He is God: “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I Am” (John 8:58, KJV). I Am is the emphatic that only God uses. Selah!
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