Believing is seeing
Ps 27: 13, 14, John 20: 29
We have all heard people say, seeing is believing. But for the child of God who seeks to understand the Bible, he must take the opposite position, “Believing is seeing. The Psalmist confesses in Ps. 27: 13, 14, “I believed to see the goodness of the Lord…” None of us have seen Jesus, though most of us wish we had. All of us would have been astonished at His miracles and His preaching as those of the first century. But that was not meant for us. In fact, Jesus stated there’s something even more blessed for us. When Thomas finally saw the resurrected Christ, he said, “My LORD, and my God,” John 20: 29. Jesus’ response is very interesting, “…because thou hast seen me, thou has believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
Peter supports this great truth in II Peter 1: 19. He references his experience on the Mt of transfiguration as a great honor and privilege, but then states, “We have a more sure word of prophecy…” the Scriptures. Think of it; most people who saw Jesus did not believe on Him. In fact, they crucified Him. But those who believe in Jesus came to see Him for who He really was: the Son of God, the Son of righteousness who arose with healing in His wings, (Mal. 4:2). God presents the Gospel to every human heart in one way or another, (Rom. 10: 8). Each heart has a choice: believe or not believe. With unbelief is the preference of self-belief. With faith is the acceptance of the need of a savior. Once the heart believes in Jesus as personal Savior, regeneration takes place and the mind begins a renewal. The inner ear can hear and the inner eye is made to see. John 9: 25, “…once I was blind, now I can see.” I’m not suggesting we see images or pictures of Jesus by our minds eye, but we now can see what God reveals (I Cor. 2: 9) It’s not what I can imagine Him to be, it’s what Scripture reveals Him to be.
We must know who Jesus is to know what to look for in the Scriptures. To find Jesus in the Old Testament, we must become aware of the clues God gives us in the New Testament. These clues revolve around His person and work. In the previous lesson we established Jesus was the long awaited Messiah of the Old Testament and as such He was Prophet, Priest and King. For this present lesson we will further establish Jesus’ person as God, and man. Jesus possesses all the attributes attributed to God. An attribute of Deity is a characteristic or perfection that is uniquely true of God. If someone possesses these characteristics he must be God.
First is Eternal: No beginning or ending of existence. One who has no past or future, but who is eternal present. Jesus cannot be measured by time, though He came to earth for thirty-three years of time, he never left eternity. We must understand this is not a state of mind, but a state of existence. Heb. 13: 8 states Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever, He never changes. Change is measured by passage of time from moment to moment, but Jesus remains the same. Consider II Peter 3:8 and Ps. 90: 4. A Thousand years and a day or even yesterday are the same with the LORD. Jesus shocked the Pharisees in John 8: 56-58 by saying, “…before Abraham was, I am”. Those Pharisees understood exactly Jesus’ claim to be two-fold. I’m eternal and I’m Jehovah. They picked up stones to kill him. But Jesus demonstrates His power and self-existence by “going through the midst of them; and disenabling them from throwing any stones. In John 1: 1-3, Jesus is called God and He existed from the beginning. In Micah 5:2 Jesus is from ancient times from everlasting.
Second is Omnipotence, It means all powerful. Who or what can be stronger than Almighty God, Rev. 1:8? Jesus in His ministry demonstrated power over nature, disease, devils, and death. In Matt. 28: 19 He declares. “All power is given unto me.” He possesses all power. How can He possess any more if He has all?
Thirdly is Omniscience, it means all knowing and all wisdom. Col. 2: 3, all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hid in Him. John 2: 23- 25, Jesus not only knew about man, but He also knew them without learning anything about them. Its interesting that the Samaritan woman of John 4 associated all knowledge with the expected Messiah John 4: 27, and the disciples the same in John 16: 30.
Fourthly is Omnipresence, Jesus was everywhere present at the same time. Though Jesus’ humanity was under limitations of time and space, His Deity was not John 3: 13, Matt 28: 19, Heb. 13: 5.
Fifthly is creator, Jesus created the universe, the earth and all life on it. The secular world prefers to believe evolution and an accidental universe in the place of believing in a creator God. No one has to answer to an accidental universe, but the sure has to answer to a creator – God. Ps. 14:1 and Ps 53: 1 has something to say about that. Also Romans 1: 21, 22, “…they became fools.” Three passages established Jesus as Creator God, (John 1: 1-3, Col. 1: 15- 19, Heb. 1: 1-12). In Heb. 1: 10 even God the Father gives witness to God the Son when He said He “laid the foundations of the earth…”
Sixthly is Preservation, Col. 1 and Heb. 1 declares Jesus preserves and rules over what He created. Only Jesus is in charge and rules on Heaven’s throne as King. Satan is a rogue tyrant-god under limitations of scope and time. His authority is quickly winding down and the lake of fire awaits his arrival. Jesus is preserver. Col. 1: 17 states, “…by Him all things consist. Heb. 1: 3, “…and upholdeth all things by the word of His power…”
Seventhly is Miraculous, The miraculous was connected to Jesus ministry from beginning to end. No other man fed 5,000 with five loaves and two small fish, stilled the storm and the raging sea, walked on water and invited Peter to do the same, and healed a multitude of people without price or money. But the greatest miracle was His death, burial and resurrection. The miracle of the soldiers that came to arrest Him all fell down, the healing of Malcus’ ear, of Jesus laying down on the cross, of all the fulfilled prophecies, of the sun being blocked out for three hours in the middle of the day, of Jesus being resurrected victorious over death and defeating him who had the power of death. “Surely, this is the Son of God…”
We must not leave this study without reverencing the humanity of Christ as well. Not only must Jesus be Almighty God, He also must be very man. Jesus had to be a real man, not just the appearance of a man. Being God and man indeed can be confusing. Faith can see and sufficiently understand, though Jesus had Devine nature and a human nature, He was still one person. The God-man.
Jesus had to be very man in order to redeem man. Heb. 10:5 tells us that God prepared a body for Jesus by entering the human race by a natural way birth, but unnatural way, by a virgin. Jesus then is the promised “Seed” of Eve, of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Gal. 3: 16. Jesus’ lineage and human connection are well established. He also experienced limitations and weakness as that of other humans, such as tiredness, sleeping, hunger and thirst. Yet, we must not forget, at the same time, He would walk on water.
It’s vital in our study to accept that Jesus entered the human race totally without the stain of sin upon His nature. It was not his mother, Mary that had even the slightest impact on this fact. Mary, herself, was a sinner just like all other humans, Luke 1: 47. Jesus’ sinlessness was directly the result of His own Deity entering Mary’s womb. Jesus whole life was tempted and tried in all points like us yet without sin. (Heb. 4: 15, 7: 25, I Peter 1: 19) in fact, Jesus’ Deity so connected to His humanity into one person, that Jesus could not have ever sinned and therefore did not. He was not sinless because He did not sin; rather He did not sin because He is sinless.
Further suggested study into Jesus Deity and humanity can certainly be edificational. Phil. 2: 5-13, I Tim. 3:16, John 1: 1-14, Hebrews chapter 1 and 2
1. Even though Rom. 10: 17 states that faith comes from hearing the Bible, why must a person approach the Scriptures with faith not to get faith?
2. Since Jesus is God and contains all the attributes of God, why does Jesus say in John 14: 28, “…my Father is greater than I?”
3. Try writing a brief commentary of Hebrews 1 and 2. A Scofield study Bible would help. Indicate each place that chapter one, established Jesus’ Deity and each place that chapter two references His humanity. A great study! (II Tim. 2: 15)