Continuing on with this most important lesson in the subject of Jesus being a part of the Divine Nature is very important and critical. I felt led by the Spirit to persist on this liberating subject of His Divine Nature, and what it all means for us. Behest and commanded by all means by God to pen these words. Not trying to be immoderate in laying out a plethora of Scriptures to substantiate the topic for the sake of writing only! But writing to bequeath a concomitant of Scriptures within the contextual exercise of the Holy Scriptures to prove to you the greatest revelation bestowed for the benefit of man.
I’ll start with Micah 5:2, “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. “Notice the word “everlasting” emphasized. Micah prophetically is speaking ambiguously and not unambiguously concerning Jesus’ birth as recorded in Matthew 2:1-8. The Hebrew word for “Everlasting” in Micah 5:2 is “Owlam (O-lawm’) meaning; “ eternity or always” with the prepositional prefix. Micah stressed that His (Jesus) going forth or existence is EVERLASTING or eternal.
Let me say that angels are not eternal. Now you might be saying Keith, I thought angels are eternal? No! Angels are immortal, meaning that they were CREATED and will never ever die. So are the souls of men are immortal. Angels were created and therefore have a beginning, and so is man. Psalm 104:4, “Who makes His angels spirits; His ministers a flaming fire:” angels are created so they are only immortal and not eternal.
Only God is eternal. God is eternal because He always existed, and was not created, but is CREATOR! Deuteronomy 33:27, “ The eternal God is a dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms; And He drove out the enemy from before you, And said, ‘Destroy!” Job 36: 26, “ Behold, God is exalted, and we do not know Him; the number of His years is unsearchable. “ Psalm 48:14, “ For such is God, Our God forever and ever; He will guide us until death.”
With that being said, I’ll now reconvene with the heavy subject; He Was More Than A Man!. Well Micah 5:2 kind of dealt with Christ being eternal, and as we have already studied, only God is eternal in the sense that only God existed forever! No beginning or starting point. And that Jesus is God. God coexists as the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit; see 1 John 5:7. In Isaiah 48:12-16, “Listen to Me, O Jacob, And Israel, My called: I am He, I am the First, I am also the Last. Indeed My hand has laid the foundation of the earth, And My right hand has stretched out the heavens; When I call to them, They stand up together. “All of you, assemble yourselves, and hear! Who among them has declared these things?
The LORD loves him; He shall do His pleasure on Babylon, And His arm shall be against the Chaldeans. I, even I, have spoken; Yes, I have called him, I have brought him, and his way will prosper. ‘ Come near to Me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; From the time that it was, I was there. And now the LORD God and His Spirit Have sent Me.” In vs 16, we see that the LORD God and His Spirit sent the Word (Speaker) within the perspective of that context of Scripture. Isaiah the Prince of the Old Testament prophets hints covertly on the subject of the Triune God. Hmm!
I really appreciate the wild variety of the Scriptures, and the genre of the Bible as it is. In Hebrews 1: 1-12, “ God, Who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, Whom He has appointed heir of all things, through Whom also He made the worlds; Who being the brightness of His glory and the expressed image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For to which of the angels did He ever say: “ You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”?
And again: “ I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son”? But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “ Let all the angels of God worship Him.” And of the angels He says: “ Who makes His angels spirits, And His ministers a flame of fire.” But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” And: “ You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail.” Here the writer of Hebrews is dealing systematically with the elevation of God the Son by God the Father within the sphere of the Kingdom. We see the writer borrowing a support of Scripture texts from the Old Testament to corroborate his teaching on Jesus being God. Hebrews 1 emphasized that the Father is God, and that the Son Who is Jesus is God, as well. It is so conspicuously obvious to the average mind. John 8:58, “ Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am,” this Scripture points to His (Jesus) claim to Deity. The Greek present tense (“I am”) from the transliterated Greek words, ‘ego eimi’ is the present active indicative first person singular (I am). The I am in John 8:58 is connected to God in Exodus 3:14, “ And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM” ; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, “I AM has sent me to you.’ “ Jesus was simply claiming to be the great I AM identified in Exodus 3:14 and again in John 8:58.
We see other Scriptures such as Colossians 2:9, “ For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. “Colossians 1:15-18, “ He is the image of the invisible God, the FIRSTBORN over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers.
All things were created through Him for Him. And He is before all things, and in 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 may have the preeminence. “ I highlighted the word FIRSTBORN from the text to show you that the word conveys that Jesus is God, not created, but Creator! The Greek word “ Firstborn “ is “prototokos” which means “Preeminent or FIRST IN RANK,” meaning He is the Boss. It conveys the meaning or idea of One who is first or in charge. I could go on forever with Scriptures to prove to you unequivocally that Jesus is More Than A Man; He is God and as God He deserves our adoration. I love Him. This concludes our exegesis of the aforementioned topic at hand.