Is Jesus Really God? Pt. 2 – Bible Study Series by Bro. Jimbo Braden

Is Jesus Really God?

This is the second part of a series; Is Jesus really God? 

December 2nd

By Jimbo Braden

In the last part of this series, we talked about the Triune God.  God is the only one that has one being and in that being there are three persons that are co equal in nature and each person in that one being, is called Yahweh who has an individual will of their own. We will also research to see if Jesus referred to as Yahweh in the Bible later. But now let’s remember the standard we were to apply and it was; 

Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: I am the First and I am the Last Besides Me there is no God!!! (Isaiah 44:6)

……….Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me.(Isaiah 43;10)  

I know what your thinking; didn’t Jesus say: (“Is it not written in your law, I said, “You are gods”?) Yes he did, and this is where the New age religion gets the idea where they can become a god.  But let us look at the Scripture and see what was going on. Jesus was quoting from (Psalm: 82) It reads: 

God stands in the congregation of the mighty; He judges among the gods. How long will you judge unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked?    Selah

Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; Free them from the hand of the wicked. They do not know, nor do they understand; They walk about in darkness; All the foundation of the earth are unstable. I said, “You are gods” And all of you are children of the Most High. But you shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.”

So we see that it is God who is judging, among these gods, but who are they? Some would say they are angels, I highly doubt that, considering they were judging falsely, some would say they are judges, governors, spokesmen or leaders appointed by God to stand in for him. Let me explain, when Moses was talking with God and God wanted him to speak to Pharaoh but Moses said;

(I am slow of speech and slow of tongue)

a few verses later God says

Is not Aaron the Levite your brother? I know that he can speak well. And look, he is also coming out to meet you. When he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. Now you shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth. And I will be with your mouth and with his mouth, and I will teach you what you shall do. So he shall be your spokesman to the people. And he himself shall be as a mouth for you, and you shall be to him as God. (Exodus 4:10-16)

Here Moses is standing in for God, and likewise Aaron standing in for Moses and  Moses would be to Aaron as God. But Moses really wasn’t God, he was just God’s spokesman  like what you see in (Psalm 82) when He said (I said you are gods). But in reality they were judges standing in for God. God’s own representatives but they were judging falsely so God sends His judgement and says you shall die like men.

Back to what Jesus said; (I said you are gods?) Let us start at (John 10:31) 

Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from my father. For which of those works do you stone Me? The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You being a Man, make Yourself God.”  

Ok pause, they just said you being a man make Yourself God.  Now Jesus answers back and says… Is it not written in your law, “I said,” you are gods” pause again, remember these are  judges that are standing in for God. Not really gods but are spokesman’s leaders standing in for God like Moses did. Continue…. 

If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, You are blaspheming, because I said, I am the Son of God.  

Now  Jesus is saying  if God can call these judges gods,(that were judging falsely) How much more the Son of God can be called God. 

Proclamation Against The King of Tyre

Let’s see what happens when someone tries to be a god. In the book of (Ezekiel ch 28) God is sending judgment against the King of Tyre. (verse 1)

The word of the LORD came to me again, saying, Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, “Thus says the LORD God: Because your heart is lifted up, And you say,’I am a god, I sit in the seat of gods, In the midst of the seas,’ Yet you are a man, and not a god……      

(verse 6) Therefore thus says the LORD God: “because you have set your heart as the heart of a god, behold, therefore, I will bring strangers against you, The most terrible of nations; and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom, and defile your splendor. They shall throw you down into the Pit, And you shall die the death of the slain In the midst of the seas. Will you still say before him who slays you, ‘I am a god’? But you shall be a man, and not a god, In the hand of him who slays you. You shall die the death of the uncircumcised By the hand of aliens; For I have spoken,” says the Lord God.'”   (Ezekiel ch 28)  

Note; The king of Tyre said “I am a god”and he said “I sit in the seat of gods.” Where does this type of thinking come from one might ask. I mean did he just come up with it on his own, or is there something more than meets the eye?  Then the LORD tells Ezekiel to take up a Lamentation for the King of Tyre now. But it seems like God is talking about someone else besides the king of Tyre. Someone working behind the scenes, namely; Satan.         

You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in “Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created. You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you. By the abundance of your trading You became filled with violence within, And you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing Out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones. Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground; I laid you before kings, That they might gaze at you. You defiled your sanctuaries By the multitude of your iniquities, By the iniquity of your trading; Therefore I brought fire from your midst; It devoured you, And I turned you to ashes upon the earth In the sight of all who saw you. All who knew you among the peoples are astonished at you; You have become a horror, And shall be no more forever. (Ezekiel 28:11)

And again 

How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit. (Isaiah 14:12)

Here Satan has an “I” problem. He says I, I, I want to be like God. He says, I will be like the Most High. And did not the serpent tell Eve if she ate of the fruit that her eyes would be opened and she would be like God knowing good and evil. Well by reading this, it’s not hard to figure out where this type of thinking comes from. That I can be a god. Certainly not the thinking that would come from God. I mean look what happened to them. There are other passages as well, I’m just trying to keep it short however the message is clear.  And people are still falling in this trap today and it grieves me to my most inner being, to see this go on. I’m writing this, so that you may know, the one and true God. And that God would get all the glory, and my prayer is that some would listen and come to know the one and true God. 

To the Mormons

Before we begin, I want to say whoever is reading this I love you and I care enough about you to write this, than just to keep silent. I hope you would do the same for me but A look at Joseph Smith, the prophet of the Latter Day Saints, or known as the Mormon church. This was in one of his sermons called The King Follett discourse.  You can look at it on their website. He describes the being of God like this; 

it is necessary we should understand the character and being of God and how He came to be so; for I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see.

These ideas are incomprehensible to some, but they are simple. It is the first principle of the gospel to know for a certainty the character of God, and to know that we may converse with Him as one man converses with another, and that He was once a man like us; yea that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ Himself did; and I will show it from the Bible. 

Then he goes on to say

you have got to learn how to be gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all gods have done before you    

He said the first principle of the gospel is (WHAT?)

 That God was a man and you have to learn to be gods….the same as all gods have done before you.

This is called polytheism! The belief in or worship of more than one God.

The bible says; 

Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. (Psalm 90:2)                       

Remember the standard;

Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: I am the First and I am the Last Besides Me there is no God!!! (Isaiah 44:6)

……….Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me.(Isaiah 43:10) 

The prophet of the Latter day Saints; Joseph Smith, was clearly teaching that you have to learn how to become gods when God’s own word says the opposite. I have asked Mormons; how do you know that you’re not believing in a false Jesus or a false gospel? And they say just trust your heart.  If it feels good it’s from God and if it feels bad it’s not from God.

The bible says

“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9)

A person has to let God’s words say who He is, and just don’t take it from me read it for yourself. Just test what I have been saying to you, to see if it is of God. And then choose in whom you will serve. Whether it be the Mormon God or the God of the bible.

Next series Jehovah Witnesses and I love you guys too!!!  

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