Scripture Affirms That Jesus Is Christ
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 12 March 2017
34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? 35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; 36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? 37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. 38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. 39 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,
4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
f the Jews who accused Jesus of blasphemy would not believe in Him, even for all the evidences that He gave them, then they should refer to the Old Testament Scriptures, which they possessed. (And they insisted that they were their divinely appointed interpreters.) So taking them at their word, Jesus referred to Psalm 82:6 to refute their charge of blasphemy.
The judges of Israel had been corrupt in their office. And God reproved them for it. Psalm 82:6 refers to God as calling the corrupt leaders “gods,” because they are His representatives. “I said, Ye are gods.” He did not say, “Ye are Jehovahs,” or equal to the true God of Israel. But “Ye are elohim.” God’s spokesmen who minister His Word are called “gods.” His point was that if Scripture can call such men “gods,” because they were the agents to interpret divine revelation, how could Christ be a blasphemer by claiming the title “the Son of God,” when He was sent from heaven as the very revelation of God Himself?
They said, “Thou blasphemeth,” because He said, “I am the Son of God” (v.36). They could not be true to their own Scriptures and so charged Him. So once again Jesus had silenced them.
His claim to deity was not just based on Psalm 82. He continued to affirm that “If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not” (v.37). He was willing to stake His claim to deity on His works. They might deny categorically His words, but His works stood as a great witness to His deity. “But if I do [the works of my Father], though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him”(v.38). The Greek is much more expressive than the English version in expressing His oneness with the Father. Literally, “in me the Father, and I in the Father.” This is tantamount to Jesus’ claim in verse 30. “I and my Father are one.” So Jesus closed the conversation by reaffirming His oneness with the Father, that is, His deity.
Jesus Christ is our eternal God.
Lord, may our preachers unashamedly declare Your deity.