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Title: Lesson Seven


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Title Page
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Lesson Seven
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John 824, 53-54
John 824, 53-54 24 I said therefore unto you,
that ye shall die in your sins for if ye believe
not that I am he, ye shall die in your
sins. . . . . . 53 Art thou greater than our
father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets
are dead whom makest thou thyself? 54 Jesus
answered, If I honour myself, my honour is
nothing it is my Father that honoureth me of
whom ye say, that he is your God
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John 855-58
John 855-58 55 Yet ye have not known him but I
know him and if I should say, I know him not, I
shall be a liar like unto you but I know him,
and keep his saying. 56 Your father Abraham
rejoiced to see my day and he saw it, and was
glad. 57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art
not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen
Abraham? 58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily,
I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
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John 859
John 859 59 Then took they up stones to cast at
him but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the
temple, going through the midst of them, and so
passed by.
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Matthew 1613-16
Matthew 1613-16 13 When Jesus came into the
coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his
disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son
of man am? 14 And they said, Some say that thou
art John the Baptist some, Elias and others,
Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15 He saith
unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And
Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the
Christ, the Son of the living God.
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Focus Verse
John 824 I said therefore unto you, that ye
shall die in your sins for if ye believe not
that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
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Focus Thought
People of all ages have struggled to identify the
Almighty. When Jesus announced Himself as the I
AM, He brought the God of the Old and New
Testaments into proper focus.
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Introduction
Introduction
Todays lesson is based on Jesus declaration, I
am he (John 824), or that He was and is God. In
theological vernacular, it is about the
Incarnation.
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Introduction
Outside a biblical context, the word incarnation
often is limited to an allegorical use, such as
when an ideology is embodied in a person. A
person might refer to a football cheerleader as
the incarnation of team spirit. One might call a
famous writer and lecturer the incarnation of
literary excellence. These are allegorical
representations.
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Introduction
In the context of world religions, one may hear
the term incarnation used in association with the
pagan notions of reincarnation (believed to occur
when the spirit of one who is dead is re-embodied
in another form). As Christians, we reject
outright such beliefs since they are strictly
repudiated in the Scriptures.
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Introduction
In its strictest theological context, however,
the Incarnation refers to the embodiment of the
eternal God within the body of the man Jesus
Christ. In Jesus Christ, we find the only true
example for all time of a genuine incarnation.
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Introduction
God is a Spirit and as such has always been
invisible. Despite many Old Testament
theophaniestemporary manifestations or
appearancesGod had never actually been seen
prior to the Incarnation. Jesus asserted that
truth on more than one occasion. He told the
Pharisees in John 537, Ye have neither heard
his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
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Introduction
Paul taught the Philippians several things about
the invisible God 1. He took on the form of a
servant. 2. He was made in the likeness of
men. 3. He was found in fashion as a man. (See
Philippians 27-8.)
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Introduction
Isaiah prophesied in ancient times, The LORD
shall go forth as a mighty man (Isaiah 4213).
That man would be Jesus, the incarnation or
express image of the invisible God.
16
I. Mistaken Identity (A-C)
Mistaken Identity
A missionary to Africa once told of his
experience with a primitive tribesman when he
heard the word Jesus for the first time in his
life. Abruptly, the tribesman queried the
preacher, Who or what is Jesus? The saddest
plight for any man or woman is to live and die
without knowing who Jesus is.
17
I. Mistaken Identity (A-C)
Jesus Christ was more than just a man. It should
have been obvious to everyone from the beginning,
but it was not.
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I. Mistaken Identity (A-C)
Angelic messengers supernaturally informed both
Joseph and Mary about the significance of the
impending birth of Jesus. Shortly thereafter,
Marys cousin Elizabeth experienced a
supernatural witness to Jesus divine conception
when the baby in her womb leaped for joy and
Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost at
Marys arrival and greeting. (See Luke 141-44.)
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I. Mistaken Identity (A-C)
Circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus,
from Nazareth to Bethlehem, fulfilled numerous
ancient prophecies. But the angelic host
praising, singing, and announcing His birth
should have been testimony to everyone that this
baby was no ordinary child. The Magi from the
East came to visit the child Jesus because their
own supernatural instincts had led them to follow
the star to the place where Jesus was.
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I. Mistaken Identity (A-C)
  1. Jesus Was Called the Son of Joseph

Jesus declared to the Jews that He was Gods
bread sent down from heaven. They recoiled at
this bold assertion. They argued, Is not this
Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother
we know? how is it then that he saith, I came
down from heaven? (John 642).
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I. Mistaken Identity (A-C)
They wrongly assumed that it was Josephs seed
that had conceived Jesus. This was not possible,
however, because at the time of Jesus
conception, Mary had never known a man. More
specifically, the angel had explained to her that
it was the Holy Ghost of God that had
overshadowed Mary and caused her to conceive.
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I. Mistaken Identity (A-C)
Gods Spirit had impregnated the blessed young
virgin girl. Thus, Joseph was not truly His
father. God was His father. Joseph was only his
earthly guardian, or stepfather. Jesus is the
only human ever begotten of God in this fashion.
(See John 114, 18 316, 18 I John 49.)
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I. Mistaken Identity (A-C)
  1. Jesus Was Thought to Be Illegitimate

Is not this the carpenters son? they asked.
Is not his mother called Mary? Matthew 1354-58
reveals that these points offended many of the
Jews. They could not comprehend Jesus miraculous
conception. Jesus was, in their eyes,
illegitimate and unworthy of His claims to be the
Son of God. Their unfortunate blindness prevented
Jesus from doing many mighty works in His
hometown of Nazareth.
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I. Mistaken Identity (A-C)
  1. Jesus Was Seen as Just a Man

The entire fact of Jesus virgin birth was
incomprehensible to the general public. This
caused Joseph, Mary, and Jesus to become the
objects of much scorn and reproach from
unbelieving people.
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I. Mistaken Identity (A-C)
While Mary and Joseph had no personal doubts
about His miraculous conception, the public
crowds found it nearly impossible to come to
terms with the truth. The end result was public
rejection of Jesus claims to divine origin. Some
Jews called His many miracles and wonders works
of the devil. Jesus was said to be operating in
the power of Beelzebub, prince of the devils.
(See Matthew 1224.)
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II. Divine Revelation (A)
Divine Revelation
A sobering fact is that God never expected
everyone to comprehend Jesus divinity. The
knowledge of Jesus true identity was reserved
for those who truly hungered and thirsted after
righteousness.
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II. Divine Revelation (A)
In the first place, Jesus was sent exclusively to
the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matthew
1524). His presence on earth was redemptive. On
a variety of occasions, Jesus would have
completely ignored those who were not Israelites.
Even among the Jews, Jesus would have remained
anonymous. However, He could not resist
ministering to hungry-hearted inquirers who
demonstrated their desire to know Himto know the
truth of His identity.
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II. Divine Revelation (A)
Jesus said, No man can come to me, except the
Father which hath sent me draw him and I will
raise him up at the last day (John 644). When
Simon Peter demonstrated that he had received the
revelation of Jesus true identity, he said,
Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God
(Matthew 1616). Jesus responded by saying,
Flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee,
but my Father which is in heaven (Matthew
1617). Oh, marvelous revelation of God!
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II. Divine Revelation (A)
  1. Son of Man

Forty-three times Jesus was called the Son of
Man. This refers to the fact that he was human,
born of Mary. The doctrinal significance of this
is that although Jesus was divinely conceived, He
lacked nothing of the human nature. Everything
that might be said of mankind in general could be
said of Jesus within the context of His humanity,
except for the fact that He was without sin
(Hebrews 415).
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II. Divine Revelation (A)
Jesus exercised all the five senses of a
humantouch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. He
survived on food and water just like any other
human, with all the normal human appetites. He
had every human tendency common to us all. In
fact, He was tempted in every way that we are
tempted (Hebrews 415).
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II. Divine Revelation (A)
This clearly refutes any notion that He was
incapable of sin He had to refuse to succumb to
temptation just as we do. He might have yielded
to temptation in the Garden of Gethsemane had He
had not prayed agonizingly, Not my will, but
thine, be done (Luke 2242). Because He was the
Son of Man, Jesus might have sinned had He not
been consecrated to the will of the heavenly
Father. However, Jesus Christ resisted temptation
and was victorious over sinfree from sin!
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II. Divine Revelation (A)
Jesus suffered the agonies of temptation
victoriously, and He has become the captain of
our salvation, demonstrating clearly how we also
may overcome our temptations.
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II. Divine Revelation (A)
  1. Son of God

The Old Testament contains numerous references to
angels as sons of God however, there are no
references to men as sons of God.
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II. Divine Revelation (A)
King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon saw a fourth man
in the fiery furnace with the three Hebrew
children, and he exclaimed that the one he saw
looked like the Son of God (Daniel 325). He
certainly had no point of reference for that
statement because there were no other mentioned
sons of God in the Old Testament. However,
Nebuchadnezzars statement was consistent with
many other references to angels as sons of God.
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II. Divine Revelation (A)
Lukes gospel tells us that Adam was the son of
God. Adam was personally fathered by God in
creation, yet without passing through the womb of
a woman therefore he was not begotten. All other
men were fathered by earthly men, and as such
they are not called sons of God.
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II. Divine Revelation (A)
Ultimately, Jesus Christ is the only Son of God
who was begotten, sired, or fathered by God
within the womb of a woman. Jesus is the Son of
Man because Mary carried Him to birth, but the
Son of God because God was His Father.
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II. Divine Revelation (A)
One subtle proof of the nature of God is revealed
in Jesus divine conception. The Holy Ghost
actually overshadowed Mary and performed the act
of conception according to Luke 135. Since the
Holy Ghost caused Marys conception, we must
conclude that the Holy Ghost and the heavenly
Father are one and the same. If the Holy Ghost is
not the same Spirit as the Father, then the
Father is not the father of Jesus Christ.
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II. Divine Revelation (A)
Were the trinity a true doctrine and the Holy
Ghost the third person of the trinity, then the
first person of the trinity would not be the
father of Jesus Christ. However, God is not three
persons. Plainly, God is one Spirit, incarnate in
the Son of God.  
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II. Divine Revelation (A)
  1. Son of Prophecy

Countless miracles attest to Jesus true
identity, not the least of which are the many Old
Testament prophecies that foretold His coming and
identity. Time and space would not allow for a
complete listing or treatment of those prophecies
here. We may, however, address three especially
significant prophecies that also are quite
convincing.
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II. Divine Revelation (A)
1. Son of Adam and Eve. And I will put enmity
between thee and the woman, and between thy seed
and her seed it shall bruise thy head, and thou
shalt bruise his heel (Genesis 315). Jesus is
the promised seed of Adam and Eve that would
avenge God of Satans ruinous acts in the Garden
of Eden. For this purpose the Son of God was
manifested, that he might destroy the works of
the devil (I John 38).
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II. Divine Revelation (A)
2. Son of God. Gods promised seed would be far
greater than Abraham, Moses, David, or any other
Old Testament hero. He would surely be the Son of
Adam and Eve in descent, but, more importantly,
He would be the tabernacle of God in flesh. Only
by this would He overcome the world, the flesh,
and the devil. His deity would empower His
humanity as a model of our own victoryGods
Spirit within us, giving us the victory in our
own spiritual warfare.
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II. Divine Revelation (A)
3. Son of David. David played the lead role in
establishing the kingdom of Israel on the earth
in his time. David conquered the land, drove out
the enemies, established first the Tabernacle,
and then provided for the first great Temple to
be built. David touched the heart of God with his
fervent love and unabashed worship.
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II. Divine Revelation (A)
God was moved by Davids devotion and entered
into an everlasting covenant with him, saying,
David shall never want a man to sit upon the
throne of the house of Israel (Jeremiah 3317).
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II. Divine Revelation (A)
Gods covenant with David was an eternal one.
And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt
sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed
after thee, which shall proceed out of thy
bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He
shall build an house for my name, and I will
stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever (II
Samuel 712-13).
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II. Divine Revelation (A)
Many of the promises David received appeared to
be fulfilled in his son Solomon, but a closer
look will show that Jesus Christ is the only One
who can completely fulfill the Davidic covenant
in Gods behalf. I will settle him in mine house
and in my kingdom for ever and his throne shall
be established for evermore (I Chronicles 1714).
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Jeremiah 235-6
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I
will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a
King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute
judgment and justice in the earth. In his days
Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell
safely and this is his name whereby he shall be
called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jeremiah
235-6).
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II. Divine Revelation (A)
The angel Gabriel carefully identified Marys
child, Jesus, as the heir to the Davidic covenant
and to Davids throne. And, behold, thou shalt
conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and
shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and
shall be called the Son of the Highest and the
Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his
father David (Luke 131-32).
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II. Divine Revelation (A)
Ezekiel prophesied of the restoration of Israel
in Jerusalem during a one-thousand-year reign of
Messiah. (See Ezekiel 40-48.) Other prophets,
including Daniel and John, revealed that the
Messiah would return to earth with the saints of
all the ages, defeating Satan and his earthly
warriors, and that He would conquer the earth in
the end of time.
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II. Divine Revelation (A)
The scenario portrayed by Ezekiel is of a
glorious earthly kingdom in the fully inherited
land of Israel. Jerusalem will be larger and more
magnificent than at any other time in history.
There will be a newly constructed Temple ruled by
none other than Jesus Christ as King and High
Priest sitting on the throne of David.
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III. Eternal Deity (A)
Eternal Deity
What is more exciting than to know that the
eternal and invisible Spirit of God who created
the universe has actually appeared on this earth
as a man? Jesus was not one-third of an alleged
triune being Jesus is the fullness of God bodily
(Colossians 29).
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III. Eternal Deity (A)
John made a crystal-clear observation in I John
316 Hereby perceive we the love of God,
because he laid down his life for us. What a
revealing statement that God laid down His life!
The eternal God did not die because as Spirit, He
cannot die. Rather, He took upon Himself the body
of a man, and He suffered the agonies of death
Himself in that body. He experienced the pain of
death in a human carcassfor us.
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III. Eternal Deity (A)
The reality is that the man on the cross was not
the second person of a triune entity, suffering
while the first and third persons stood watching
from a grandstand in heaven. All the fullness of
God was robed in flesh, and that fleshly body
died for all of us. That is the depth of love!
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III. Eternal Deity (A)
  1. The Word of God

We are accustomed to the Creation story In the
beginning God . . . (Genesis 11). God spoke
His Word and created the universe as we know it,
complete with sun, moon, stars, land, oceans, and
all the living creatures. His Word was the
creative force. Then John 11 revealed, In the
beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God.
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III. Eternal Deity (A)
Further, the Word was made flesh. It was not a
fragment or part of the Wordbut the Word. 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
(John 114). Jesus was the earthly manifestation
of the eternal Word.
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III. Eternal Deity (A)
1. Creator. The same Word that said, Let there
be in Genesis is now embodied in Jesus Christ.
That is why Paul taught the Colossians, 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 (Colossians 116).
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III. Eternal Deity (A)
It is important to recognize that this does not
teach us that the Son of Man was present at
Creation. Rather, it reveals that the Word of God
was present in Creation and that the Word was
made fleshincarnate. The same Word who created
all things resides in the body of Jesus Christ.
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III. Eternal Deity (A)
That is how we understand that Jesus is the
Creator. God in Him is the Creator. The Son of
Man did not exist in Creation, But when the
fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his
Son, made of a woman (Galatians 44). The
invisible Creator could now be seen in the body
of Jesus Christ.
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III. Eternal Deity (A)
2. Savior. Gods people have always worshiped one
deity God, their heavenly Father. Moses stressed
to them, The LORD our God is one LORD
(Deuteronomy 64). Moreover, the one Lord that
they worshiped declared to them, I am the LORD
thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour
(Isaiah 433). Their Father and Lord instructed
them to hold only to one SaviorHimself.
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Isaiah 4521
There is no God else beside me a just God and a
Saviour there is none beside me (Isaiah 4521).
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III. Eternal Deity (A)
When Jesus Christ was born, the angels
declaration was astonishing For unto you is
born this day in the city of David a Saviour,
which is Christ the Lord (Luke 211). Jesus was
the Savior! The heavenly Father always had
jealously guarded that title for Himself.
Further, He boldly declared in Isaiah 428, My
glory will I not give to another.
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III. Eternal Deity (A)
The only way to call Jesus the Savior is to
recognize that He is the Father Savior come in
flesh. Moreover, Jehovah Savior is the meaning
of the name Jesus!
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III. Eternal Deity (B-C)
  1. The Mighty God

1. Omnipotent. Omni means all. Potency is
power. As God, Jesus is all-powerful. That is why
He clearly stated, All power is given unto me in
heaven and in earth (Matthew 2818).
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III. Eternal Deity (B-C)
2. Omnipresent. Jesus is all-present. Even though
Jesus has ascended bodily into heaven, He has
returned to us in the form of His Holy Spirit. He
promised, I will not leave you comfortless I
will come to you (John 1418). He also stated,
And, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end
of the world. Amen (Matthew 2820). In the form
of the Spirit, Jesus now inhabits all of eternity
(Isaiah 5715).
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III. Eternal Deity (B-C)
3. Omniscient. Science is the knowledge of a
particular field of study. To have omniscience is
to have all knowledge of all things. Jesus
demonstrated abilities far beyond human
abilities. He knew how to heal blind eyes, open
deaf ears, repair crippled limbs, raise the dead,
and even calm storms. He knew individuals names
without meeting them, and He knew the thoughts of
their hearts. His knowledge is not only superior
to ours, but it is divine and limitless.
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III. Eternal Deity (B-C)
  1. The Eternal God

God is eternal, from everlasting to everlasting.
Although the Son was created in the fullness of
time, His kingdom and power are now eternal.
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III. Eternal Deity (B-C)
Of the increase of his government and peace
there shall be no end, upon the throne of David,
and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to
establish it with judgment and with justice from
henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of
hosts will perform this (Isaiah 97).
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III. Eternal Deity (B-C)
1. Theophanies. One of the reasons many people
assume that God exists as more than one person is
that He took on several forms throughout the Old
Testament. These forms, however, were temporary.
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III. Eternal Deity (B-C)
Burning Bush. God appeared to Moses in a
burning bush. The ground was deemed holy. Moses
received his calling and mission at the burning
bush, but no one else ever received a commission
in that way, and there is no record of God ever
again appearing in a burning bush.
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III. Eternal Deity (B-C)
Pillar of Fire. By day, the people of Israel
were led by a pillar of cloud at night, by a
pillar of fire. After Moses died and Joshua took
the people over Jordan into the Promised Land,
the pillar of fire was never mentioned again.
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III. Eternal Deity (B-C)
Angel of the Lord. The angel of the Lord
appeared numerous times throughout the
Scriptures. An angel often is defined as a
messenger of God. In some cases, the messenger is
perceived as God Himself. However, God is no mere
angel. An angel is a creature of God, and God is
not a creature. The angel is at best an emissary
or ambassador for God.
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III. Eternal Deity (B-C)
Moses Vision. The cloudy pillar descended,
and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the
LORD talked with Moses (Exodus 339). Verse 11
then reveals that The LORD spake unto Moses face
to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.
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III. Eternal Deity (B-C)
Even though God was face to face with Moses,
Moses did not actually see a face. The only
physical manifestation was a cloud, for in verse
20 God said, Thou canst not see my face for
there shall no man see me, and live.
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III. Eternal Deity (B-C)
The cloud obviously did not satisfy Moses, so he
said, Shew me thy glory (Exodus 3318). To this
God replied, I will make all my goodness pass
before thee (verse 19). Was His glory or
goodness a body?
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III. Eternal Deity (B-C)
God agreed to put Moses in a clift of the rock,
and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by
and I will take away my hand, and thou shalt see
my back parts but my face shall not be seen
(Exodus 3322-23). Moses did not actually see
God. Gods hand covered and shielded Moses. Was
Gods hand six feet tall? And how could an
invisible Spirit extend a hand?
75
III. Eternal Deity (B-C)
Exodus 345 describes exactly what happened And
the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with
him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.
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III. Eternal Deity (B-C)
The hand of the Lord must have been the cloud
because, in fact, that is all Moses saw. Again,
there was no actual view of God. We look
painstakingly for a description of what Moses
saw, but we find no evidence of any literal
physical body of God at allonly a cloud.
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III. Eternal Deity (B-C)
But God had not promised to show him a bodyonly
the back parts (Exodus 3323) of my goodness
(verse 19) and my glory (verse 22). Fifteen
hundred years later, on the Mount of
Transfiguration, God resurrected Moses from the
dead to show him the glory of God in the face of
Jesus Christ.
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III. Eternal Deity (B-C)
2. Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only permanent
image of the invisible God.
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Colossians 115
Who is the image of the invisible God, the
firstborn of every creature (Colossians 115).
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Hebrews 13
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the
express image of his person, and upholding all
things by the word of his power, when he had by
himself purged our sins, sat down on the right
hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 13).
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III. Eternal Deity (B-C)
When we see Jesus, we are seeing the
Father-Savior incarnate. Jesus stated, I and my
Father are one (John 1030).
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John 149
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time
with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?
he that hath seen me hath seen the Father and
how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? (John
149).
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III. Eternal Deity (B-C)
The one Lord of the Old Testament was the Father.
The one Lord of the New Testament is Jesus
Christ. There is only one Lord. (See Deuteronomy
64 Ephesians 45.)
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Reflections
Jesus Christ was not the incarnation of a second
person of the trinity. Jesus was and is the
incarnation of the entire substance, nature, and
revelation of God as Father, as Son, and as
Spirit. Every nature and attribute of God is
embodied in Jesus Christ. He is the human visage
of the Creator, the Holy Spirit of the heavenly
Father. For this reason, Jesus said, I am he
(John 824).
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Reflections
Paul called Jesus Christ the image of the
invisible God in Colossians 115. He also
described the concept concisely in II Corinthians
519 God was in Christ, reconciling the world
unto himself. God was in Christ. Here is a
profound declaration that is seldom understood in
its fullest sense.
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Reflections
In Jesus Christ dwelled all the fulness of the
Godhead bodily (Colossians 29). Jesus was the
embodiment of everything we know about God His
Fatherhood, His Spirit nature, and His
humanityall wrapped up in one. Further, this is
His only permanent body or image.
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Reflections
The God who had been invisible forever, and who
had never been seen except through numerous
temporary manifestations, or theophanies, was
finally made visible forever and permanently when
God took on the form of man.
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