The Undisputed Power of Christ Deity

Nothing heightens the power of Christ’s Deity more than the fifth chapter of John’s Gospel. It’s here where God establishes Jesus as the judge over His kingdom. And in those scriptures, they remove the confusion over God’s real truth—Jesus the Supreme Ruler.

As we continue looking at John’s Gospel its obvious Christ and God are the same. In his first four chapters, he captured their inseparable alignment.

John’s Gospel begins with Jesus’ existence at the time of creation and His manifestation into flesh (John 1:1-18). Then he reveals Christ as the Lamb of God (John 1:29-34).

Next, John shows us the origin of Discipleship (John 1:35-51), followed by a miracle (John 2:1-12). Another significant highlight is Jesus’s purification of God’s Temple (John 2:13-22). And the 2nd chapter ends with Christ’s uncanny ability in understanding man’s heart (John 2:23-25).

Chapters three and four show other examples of the parallel between Jesus and God. Here John unveils Christ’s supernatural powers by unfolding the Lord’s plan for a rebirth (John 3:1-21), and Jesus role as the Godhead (John 4:1-14).

The Pharisee Evil Plot

In John’s fifth chapter he starts with Jesus healing a cripple man. This miracle done on the Sabbath day stirred up controversy amongst the Pharisees. And this started the Jewish leaders plot to kill Christ because in their minds Christ disregarded Moses law (John 5:16).

In verses 10-12 John unwraps the disrespect the Pharisees had for Jesus. They viewed this event in a negative way. Instead of rejoicing and praising God they twisted it into a way of rejecting Christ. Their reaction captures a self-righteous approach in interpreting God’s word.

In fact, God’s timing to deliver Christ to the world exposed the Pharisees disbelief. The Lord became intolerable to their lack of faith because they hid behind Moses’s teaching and led others to a dead faith. Their refusal to accept the Messiah led them to self-destruction.

Christ Faithfulness

In this chapter, Christ smashed their beliefs by uncovering His faithfulness to God (John 5:19). Its main theme is to illuminate the Lord and Christ as one. The Prophets foretold this doctrine, and they didn’t remember God’s promise of a Messiah.For this reason Jesus removed them from heaven.

It’s important to realize God gave Christ the power to judge and put right His children from a wrong interpretation of His Word. As noted above the Pharisees engulfed themselves in Moses writings but became blind to the real meaning of scripture, their mentor tried to impose on the Israelites (John 5:26).

The key focus in verses 16-23 is the way Jesus relied on God. Here we catch a perfect example of His intercession with the Lord and sets up the first two parts of the Holy Trinity. Christ illustrates the Father’s plan for Him to judge the living and the dead. Here the power of salvation takes shape.

Jesus God’s Voice

Verses 24-30 of the chapter leaves no doubt of the power God gave Christ (John 5:29). This defines God’s New Covenant because it unearths Christ as His redeemer.

Jesus confronted them with God’s truth and set right their spiritual arrogance (John 5:27). In this section of Scripture, we see Christ speak for God and put right them with the Lord’s real message of faith. The first thing to remember is believing in Jesus as the Son of Man is favorable in God’s eye. Here our Messiah shatters their distrust in Him by attacking the way they understand God’s word.

Verse 30 gives a most compelling evidence to Christ Deity.

I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge: and My judgement is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent me.                                                                                                                                                 John 5:30

This scripture intertwines Christ with God and places Him together with the Holy Spirit. It pinpoints Jesus direct link with God. John elevates the Messiah oneness with God and teaches us the significance

Christ Discredits the Pharisees Knowledge of Moses

The last 17 verses continue Christ’s correction of God’s word. He reemphasizes Himself as God’s Son (John 5:31-37) and shows their hardened hearts (John 5:38-44). His stern speech erases centuries of impaired vision from understanding the Lord’s law.

Since the Pharisees accepted Moses but didn’t receive Christ, He called them out by exploiting their spiritual pride. Jesus brought Moses revelations to light and used them to bring forth their unfavorable faith (John 5:45). Another key point in those verses is Jesus revelation of their lack of love to God (John 5:42). He held nothing back and spoke boldly.

When I meditate over this chapter, it helps me understand God’s way of believing in Christ. I’m able to grasp Christ message and put my faith in His hands. It draws me closer to the Lord and aligns my will with Christ.

Given these points, it opens our eyes to the real markings of a believer in Jesus. The more we rely on Christ our consciousness with God increases. And to experience God’s living Spirit allows us to live in a world riddled with disbelief.

Kindness in Times of Tragedy

God designed kindness as a way to comfort others during times of disharmony. Christ understands the cruelty of the world and uses goodness as the means of easing the unremitting suffering sin causes to the human heart. The way people mistreat each other makes it tough to reach out in kindness. But as a Christian, I must try my best to help ease the pains of life.

To be polite is easy because it doesn’t take much effort to say nice words. Kindness is an action requiring personal exertion to reach out in selfless service. Christ takes notice when our actions speak louder than our words. And the more we serve others without expecting a reward God blesses us with His love.

It may appear being kind is pointless in a world riddled with atrocities. Even though the world may reject our good-spirited actions, we need to remind ourselves we are living for Christ and not ourselves. God’s grace has placed us in Christ and when show kindness the Lord is glorified. God is pleased when we stay kind regardless of the way others respond to our goodness.

The tragedies caused by evilness is an invitation for us to reach out in kindness and show others God’s grace. Christ is in us, and He guides to show compassion in times of cruelty by extending our love to others. Embracing others with our kindness comforts the hearts of others and helps heal the human spirit from the wicked acts inflicted by evil doers. Remember, God loves those who cast aside preference for serving His purposes.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32).

How do you show kindness in times of tragedy?

Love According to the Greek and Hebrew

 

There are three main types of love spoken of in the New Testament. The first one is agape and it is the kind of love that God loves us with. It means love as in affection or benevolence or charity. The second one is Philadelphia, which means brotherly love or kindness. The third type of love is philoteknos and it means fond of one’s children as in a maternal love for their children.

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There are 16 things scripture teaches us we are supposed to love:  God, neighbors, strangers, salvation, God’s name, God’s word, wisdom, good, mercy, truth, peace, enemies, one another – saints, brethren, husband, wives, and children.

There are 14 ways we are told how and how much to love: with all the heart, soul, mind and strength; as one loves himself; exceedingly, as Christ loves us; enough to lay down our life for others; without hypocrisy; by the Holy Spirit; in sincerity; by service to one another; forbearing one another; with a pure heart fervently; as brethren, not in words but in deed; and without fear.

There are nine ingredients of divine love

  1. Patience – love passive: no hurry; suffers long; bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things.
  2. Kindness – love in action: never acts irrationally or insolently; not inconsistent, puffed up, or proud.
  3. Generosity – love and competition: not envious or jealous.
  4. Humility – love in hiding: no parade; no airs; works then retires.
  5. Courtesy – love in society: does not behave unseemly; always polite; at home with all classes; never rude or discourteous.
  6. Unselfishness – love in essence: never selfish, sour, or bitter; seeks only good of others; does not retaliate or seek revenge.
  7. Good temper – love in disposition: never irritated; never resentful.
  8. Righteousness – love in conduct: hates sin; never glad when others go wrong; always gladdened by goodness to others; always slow to expose; always eager to believe the best; always hopeful, always enduring.
  9. Sincerity – love in profession: never boastful and conceited; not a hypocrite; always honest; leaves no impression, but what is strictly true; never self-assertive; does not blaze out in passionate anger, nor brood over wrongs; always just, joyful, and truthful; knows how to be silent; full of trust; always present.

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 There are 8 blessings of love:  a pure heart; a good conscience; a faith unfeigned or sincere; confirmation that we are of the truth; assurance of a clean heart before God; freedom from condemnation; faith and confidence in God; answers to prayers

There are 20 reasons we should love others:

  1. To prove that we are of God
  2. It proves sonship
  3. It is proof of knowing God
  4. Because God is love and we should imitate him as children of God
  5. God has imparted love to us
  6. God sent his Son to make it possible
  7. That we might live
  8. Because God first loved us
  9. We have been loved and forgiven so much
  10. It is our duty
  • God loved us and we were on global
  1. God dwells in us
  2. God’s love is perfected in us
  3. Because of the indwelling Holy Spirit
  4. We believe in love
  5. We dwell in God
  6. We are like Him
  7. It proves we love God
  8. It is a command
  9. It is natural as sons of God

 

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I will leave you with a poem that I wrote early in my Christian walk when I wanted a close walk with the Lord Jesus and I was willing to do whatever it would take to get that.  I hope you will also find the same desire within your heart today also.  There is a little prayer at the end of the poem, if you would like to pray it also, feel free.

You have given to me, What few people find

Answers to questions, In words that have

rhymed

Emotions so strong, There weren’t any words

Words that weren’t spoken, But still could be

heard

Moments we shared, In my quietest hour

Helped me to realize, All Your wonderful

power

The doubts that I had, Were all washed away

When it all fit in place, On that glorious day

I no longer live, In so much fear

‘Cause in my heart, It’s You I hold dear

The love I now feel, So tender and pure

Will be my guide, Through all I endure

You are now the one, I will serve day and

night

My Lord and My Master, My Love and My

Light

Though I may not be perfect, I feel you are

near

Always by my side, Forever you are here

I pray that I may keep, Your Holy Temple

clean

I pray for your guidance, That on You I may

lean

I pray that I may love, With all of my heart

I pray that Your Spirit, Will never, ever

depart

Teresa Marie 1984

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Teresa is a poet first of all, and a writer second, and as a side endeavor she also loves to help other people get their books finished and downloaded into e-books.  She has an Associates in Theology from Beacon University.  She also has diplomas in business and office management. She has recently published the book “How To Get Near God’s Heart” which is currently available on Kindle.  She would invite you to subscribe to her blog if these kind of articles are something you may be interested in. Her blog is located at www.telepublishingink.com.  She looks forward to meeting you there.

 

Keywords:  Love, Greek, Hebrew