Colossians 1:15-20 (AMP)
"He is the exact living image [the essential manifestation] of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible], the firstborn [the preeminent one, the sovereign, and the originator] of all creation. For by Him all things were created in heaven and on earth, [things] visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [that is, by His activity] and for Him. And He Himself existed and is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. [His is the controlling, cohesive force of the universe.] He is also the head [the life-source and leader] of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will occupy the first place [He will stand supreme and be preeminent] in everything. For it pleased the Father for all the fullness [of deity—the sum total of His essence, all His perfection, powers, and attributes] to dwell [permanently] in Him and through [the intervention of] the Son to reconcile all things to Himself, making peace [with believers] through the blood of His cross; through Him, [I say,] whether things on earth or things in heaven."
Jesus is God. He became a human being, died by crucifixion, and was buried. He rose again from the dead.
We know Jesus as Man, but do we know Him as God?
Christ Jesus, the Son of God, is God and Man:
We connect to Son Jesus more, Jesus in the flesh because we are flesh, but we need to know Him as God.
He is the only, all-sufficient Savior of the world. He will come again to this earth.
Jesus Christ is God:
1 Corinthians 8:6 (AMP)
"Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, who is the source of all things, and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things [that have been created], and we [believers exist and have life and have been redeemed] through Him."
He was sinless, as only God can be.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (AMP)
"He made Christ who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God [that is, we would be made acceptable to Him and placed in a right relationship with Him by His gracious lovingkindness]."
He forgives sin, as only God can.
The Scribes said: “Who can forgive sins but God only?”
Mark 2:7 (AMP)
“Why does this man talk that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins [remove guilt, nullify sin’s penalty, and assign righteousness] except God alone?”
Jesus said: “But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins...”
Matthew 9:6 (AMP)
"But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority and the power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your stretcher and go home.”
Who do you believe Jesus Is?
We know Jesus to be Our savior, but do you know Him as God?
Isaiah 7:14 (AMP)
"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Listen carefully, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and she will call his name Immanuel (God with us)."
Just want to remind you that God is with you and in you!
"God is with us" describes the nature of Jesus. He is God who has become a human.
The Bible shows us that Jesus is one person, in two natures: fully and truly possessing our human nature, and fully and truly possessing God’s divine nature.
Jesus also made claims of divinity about himself. In John 8:58 Jesus spoke of his eternal pre-existence when he said “before Abraham was, I am,” echoing God’s description of himself to Moses in Exodus 3 as YHWH, “I am who I am.”
In John 10:30 Jesus claims that “I and the Father are one,” and then his fellow Jews try to kill him for blasphemy because they realize he’s claiming to be God.
The bible teaches that Jesus Christ is God in human flesh.
In John 14:9 Jesus says that “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.”
John 10:30-38 (AMP)
"I and the Father are One [in essence and nature]. Again the Jews picked up stones to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works [and many acts of mercy] from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?” The Jews answered Him, “We are not going to stone You for a good work, but for blasphemy, because You, a mere man, make Yourself out to be God.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods [human judges representing God, not divine beings]’? If He called them gods, men to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be undone or annulled or broken),
[if that is true] then do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and set apart for Himself and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I do not do the works of My Father [that is, the miracles that only God could perform], then do not believe Me. But if I am doing them, even if you do not believe Me or have faith in Me, [at least] believe the works [that I do—admit that they are the works of God], so that you may know and keep on knowing [clearly—without any doubt] that the Father is in Me, and I am in the Father [that is, I am One with Him].”
Because Jesus is God, we should reverence Jesus. Let’s not treat him as a buddy or a boyfriend, as a therapist or a consultant, as a genie or a co-pilot. He is God himself. So let’s worship and listen to him and obey him with reverence, with humility, with awe, recognizing that I and my desires are nothing, and he and his desires are everything.
Because Jesus is God, we should strive to know God in and through him. Many people think that the God of the Old Testament is mean and the God of the New Testament is nice. But Jesus is the one God of the entire Bible, of the entire universe, of all eternity. In him we do see God’s fearsome anger against sin and selfishness, against hypocrisy and apathy, against death and Satan. But we also see in Jesus God’s marvelous merciful, compassionate, grace toward anyone who will receive it.
Colossians 1:27 (AMP)
"God [in His eternal plan] chose to make known to them how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in and among you, the hope and guarantee of [realizing the] glory."
Luke 1:37 (AMP)
"For with God nothing [is or ever] shall be impossible.”