GOD MANIFESTED IN THE FLESH, 21.01.19
Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.
Rabbi Cal Goldberg, Beth Shechinah, House of Glory, “Yeshua HaMashiah, Part 3, The Mystery of Godliness,” Message from the Bema, 29.12.18, posted Jan. 4, 2019,
It is all so clear; yet we have not only people in the world who question Yeshua’s DEITY, but christian denominations, individuals, and groups who not only question, but actually challenge/deny the Divinity of Jesus/Yeshua.
“From the moment Yeshua began his ministry, He became the most controversial religious figure in all history . . . . in spite of all the amazing things He did,” Goldberg states (Message From the Bema, 29.12.18). “God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory” (1 Tim.3:16); and this is “another mystery, that He was able to manifest His omnipotent presence in the flesh” (Goldberg, 29.12.18).
“Yeshua came to earth to reveal the love of the Father (Lk.10:21); God chose to reveal Himself to us as a man so that we could know the Father”(Goldberg, 29.12.18). In his teaching, Goldberg explains, too, that “Yeshua set Himself apart from all other religious leaders in history. Yeshua declared His Deity on many occasions,” says Goldberg, quoting more passages than this brief article can include. Suffice it to say that when, in John 8:23-26, Jesus/Yeshua was telling His disciples of His pending death and resurrection, and He said: “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” Then they said to Him, “Who are You?” And Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning,” it is amply clear that He was identifying Himself as having divine status, not just as a human being. He makes it clear that He did not originate from this earth; He came down from Heaven, from the Father. In addition to that, He states unequivocally, that if one does NOT believe He is who He says He is, they have no hope of spending eternity with Him. Topping that off is Rev. 8:1, and 22:13, when Yeshua identifies Himself as the “Alpha & the Omega, the beginning & the End . .” it should be pretty clear – i.e., if He was present in the beginning, His existence did not begin on this earth. … so Who/What was He before He came down from Heaven, if not God Almighty Himself?
Goldberg points out, also, that it was when He clearly stated: “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30), that the Jews stoned Him, and tried to kill Him “for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.” (John 10:33). While “the Deity of Yeshua is one of the most challenged claims . . . . If they would study the Scriptures there are many which clearly indicate that Yeshua is One with the Father . . . . the deity of Yeshua is identified in Isaiah (Isa.9:6) many places . . . . the name “Immanuel” means “God with us” says that Yeshua is God in the flesh.” Goldberg points out, also, that the Hebrew term “El” which translates “God” is applied to Yeshua in several OT passages. He points out, too, that many modern-day Jewish scholars have altered the translations in ways that change the word/meaning so that it undermines the intent of portraying the Deity of Yeshua. “Yeshua is the visible image of the invisible God.” (Goldberg, 29.12.18, Message from the Bema).
From Old Covenant to New, God’s Word is consistent: Yeshua and the Father are ONE; Yeshua IS the Son of God, fully DIVINE:
“I am the first, and the last,
and there is no God beside Me” (Isa.44:6).
“I am He; I am the first; I am also the last” (Isa.48:12).
“In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 All things were made through Him, and apart from Him nothing was made that has come into being . . . .
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him; but the world did not know Him.
11 He came to His own, but His own did not receive Him” (John 1:1-3,10,11).
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says Adonai Elohim, “Who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty!” (Rev.1:8).
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (Rev.22:13).
“I and the Father are one” (John 10:30).
Yeshua ties it all together so simply in John 10:30, integrating Himself into that ONENESS with the Father. Add to that, John 17:
5 “Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world came to be.”
11 I am no longer in the world; but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name that You have given Me, so that they may be one just as We are.
21 that they all may be one. Just as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You, so also may they be one in Us, so the world may believe that You sent Me.
22 The glory that You have given to Me I have given to them, that they may be one just as We are one—
23 I in them and You in Me—that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them as You loved Me.
24 . . . for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 Righteous Father, the world did not know You, but I knew You . . .”
“While these direct citations are sufficient to establish that the Bible claims Jesus is divine, a more indirect approach may prove to be more powerful. Jesus repeatedly placed Himself in the place of Yahweh by assuming the Father’s divine prerogatives. He was often doing and saying things that only God has a right to do and say. Jesus also referred to Himself in ways that hinted at His deity. Some of these instances provide us with the strongest proof of Jesus’ divine self-understanding” (https://www.gotquestions.org/divinity-of-Christ.html ). The writer refers to Scripture, such as “But keeping silent, Yeshua did not answer. Again the kohen gadol questioned Him, “Are you Mashiach, Son of the Blessed One?” “I am,” said Yeshua, “and you shall see ‘the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Powerful One,’ and ‘coming with the clouds of heaven’!” (Mk.14:61,62); “I was watching in the night visions. Behold, One like a Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days, and was brought into His presence. Dominion, glory and sovereignty were given to Him that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will never pass away, and His kingdom is one that will not be destroyed” (Dan.7:13,14). “In this reference to Daniel’s vision, Jesus is identifying Himself as the Son of Man, a person who was given “dominion, glory, and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and men of every language might serve Him.” The Son of Man has a dominion that is everlasting and will not pass away. One immediately wonders what kind of person has a dominion that is everlasting. What kind of a person is given a kingdom and will have all men serve Him? The High Priest, who immediately recognized Jesus’ claim to divinity, tore his robe and declared Jesus guilty of blasphemy” (https://www.gotquestions.org/divinity-of-Christ.html ).
Matt. 25 deals out a final blow to those who would contest the Divinity of Messiah Yeshua:
31 “Now when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.
32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them from one another, just as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
33 And He will put the sheep on His right, but the goats on His left.
34 Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
In these passages, Yeshua identifies Himself as a King Who descends from heaven with authority from heaven, to bring final judgment to the world/nations. One would have to be entirely delusional to claim such authority, unless it were true. And if it is not true, then there is no salvation, no Messiah, no hope for eternity. Salvation is attained through Yeshua Messiah’s Divine status; and in no other way could it suffice.
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