If you’ve not tuned in to the last two Apologetics calls, let me tell you that you’ve missed out tremendously! In typical UI fashion, we’ve been turnt up for Christ and asking the question…Why? Don’t worry, I got you totally taken care of! This past week, Unashamed Impact gave the mic over to our very own Bishop Kendrick Whaley. I’m kinda biased since I share the same home state of Bishop Whaley, but the brotha’ preached like no other on the topic of The Deity of Christ.
Let The Church Say Amen
Get this; You ever notice that, as long as we say “Oh yea, Jesus was a good man” or “Ah, I mean I think Jesus was a prophet,” everyone is okay. They see nothing wrong with declaring those statements but the very moment we make the state that Christ is God, strife is on the horizon. As believers, our faith and belief system need to be based on Christ as God. In Christianity, many of us are scared of other religions and beliefs.
Example, I don’t know about you but in the neighborhood I grew up in the Jehovah’s Witness were synonymous with any other “gang” in the area. Like seriously, you saw those brothers or sisters coming, you put out the “hood” call and all you saw were people running, closing up doors and screaming not to touch the mini-blinds in hopes they’d just go away. Many of us Christians, in a sense, do the same thing because we don’t want to deal with other religions or beliefs, scared of our unknowing of the bible or ability to not answer correctly. Honestly, we need to have a reality check, study more and show God just how much we are workmen or work women. Most of us are just too lazy when it comes to studying God’s word. We must slave over the text and our studying habits in order to become efficient vessels.
Contend for our faith and what we believe, we need to strive for it. - Bishop Whaley
What Does Man Say?
“Who do men say that I the Son of Man am?”
Honestly, many people value what MAN says about God rather than what the word actually says. We need to be sure that we’re valuing what the word of God says and not what men are saying about him. Jesus asked, “Whom do men say that I the Son of Man am?” Some said Elias. Yet again, some said John the Baptist.
Jesus then asked his disciples, “But whom say ye that I am?” Simon peter answered, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said, “Blessed art thou…for flesh and blood have not revealed it unto you but my Father which art in Heaven.” We have what our flesh reveals or we can go with what the God the Father has revealed. Look at what Peter said. You are the Christ! Son of the living God. He showed how he didn’t get it from man but from God. If we’re going to build our spiritual lives, we have to build it on the solid rock. Jesus tells us the gates of Hell shall not prevail against this.
The enemy fights against it, Jesus being God, because he knows that Jesus Christ ultimately payed the price for our sin. If he didn’t, we’d have to pay the price so the enemy starts to challenge Jesus after his baptism. After God spoke about the son, the enemy comes in the wilderness constantly questioning the deity of who Christ is. The enemy tries to get us with the question, Who is He? (Bold)
Jesus Is Eternal
Proof: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give them eternal life…” - John 10: 28-30
Listen, you can’t give what you don’t have. By making the statement “And I give them eternal life,” Jesus is saying HE has eternal life. He is the giver of eternal life. Jesus makes the statement “NO man is able to pluck him out of my Father’s hand. I and My father are one.” People always state Jesus never said he was God; I’m going to give you a second to reread that previous sentence then you can meet me at our next point.
Jesus Claimed Equality
Proof: And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go yet therefore, and teach in all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” - Matthew 28:18-19
Baptized them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Jesus stated that to show that equality lies across all for all are one. See how much power is spoken in the word? How so many other things become clearer? We need to learn scripture more and “say it with our chest” when confronted with the chance to speak on spiritual things. As Bishop Kendrick states, we need to get a few bullets in the gun chamber! Most of us walk around with an empty chamber, meaning we don’t have our life together nor do we delve into the word of God. Either we got the word and no spirit OR we got spirit but no word OR have the spirit and the word but the lifestyle we live is messed up.
More Proof: Jesus saith unto him, “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Phillip? He that hath seen me hath seen the father and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?” - John 14:9
Jesus once again shows that all parts are equal! If you’ve seen Jesus, you’ve seen the father so why was Phillip asking him to “Shew us the Father?” Jesus is hammering the point home that he is God, that he is claiming equality. Ever read the scripture that states, ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and I will open! Well listen…Jesus knocking, he beating that door down.
Jesus Is Omnipresent
Proof: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” - Matthew 18:20
“There am I in the midst of them.” This statement means Jesus is omnipresent, meaning Jesus is EVERYWHERE. Think of that for a second. Let me hit you with a little additional information. The bible says that there is no name greater than Jesus Christ. No name family. So when we call on Jesus, we have a savior who can be anywhere and everywhere upon our cry for help! Powerful.
As Christians, we lack power with God. Think of the relationship as a well polished weapon of God! We need to get all things right, starting with the trigger mechanism; inserting our spiritual ammunition into the chamber and staring down the scope, seeing things better and in faith. As Christians, we sometimes need things to help us see the world of God more clearly.
Knock down the argument that would suggest that Jesus is not God!
“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” - Matthew 28:20
Jesus is God, God is everywhere, therefore Jesus omnipresent! #Food4Thought
Follow Bishop Kendrick Whaley on Twitter @BishopWhaley and stay tuned for watching him on Periscope!