The Name, Jesus, is in my opinion the most popular Name in history. Different sects have different opinions about Him.
But amid differing opinions, the truth remains the truth, and the truth remains paramount. And what better way to know the truth than from the only true source. The book of all books. The Bible itself.
Before I proceed, let me first state that the Bible is a compendium of deep mysteries. A lifetime won’t be enough to uncover all the deep truths hidden in scripture. Hence, all I speak about here is not all there is to Jesus.
You may be going through the scriptures yourself and God will open your eyes to something entirely new and different from all I state here. Please, be open to it.
So, what does the Bible reveal about Jesus’ nature? I’ll be showing you four things. Once again, the nature of Jesus includes, but is not limited to these.
- JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD.
Regardless of what people think, the Bible is very clear on this.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
In Matthew 3:17, God refers to Jesus as His beloved son.
And lo a voice from heaven, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Matthew 3:17
- JESUS IS IDENTICAL TO GOD.
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person… Hebrews 1:3a
Some translations like the New International Version translate Hebrews 1;3 thus “The Son is the radiance of God’s Glory and the exact representation of His being”.
Philippians 2:6, referring to Jesus says;
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: Philippians 2:6
The amplified version (AMP) states that Jesus existed in the form and unchanging essence of God.
What this implies is that if God, the Father, and Jesus, the Son were to stand together, you would not be able to tell the difference between them. They are two different personalities with an identical nature.
And so, if you want to know God, look at Jesus. The gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) tell us a lot about the kind of life Jesus lived on earth. Whatever Jesus did in any situation, was what God would have done (John 5:30).
- JESUS IS THE SECOND PERSON OF THE TRINITY.
Almighty God is one God, but three persons (read that again).
How possible is that? You may ask.
Let me show you a few scriptures.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, … there is no searching of his understanding. Isaiah 40:28b
The above scriptures begin to tell us about the infinite knowledge of God. It compares the difference between man’s knowledge and God’s knowledge to the distance between heaven and earth.
If a university student solves a though math problem using his high-level university knowledge, a child in kindergarten wouldn’t understand what he’s done. But that the child in kindergarten does not understand does not make the university student wrong.
So also, if God says something in His infinite knowledge (In this case, three different personalities being one God), we may not understand it now. But that doesn’t mean God is wrong.
For as long as we are in our earthly bodies our knowledge is limited.
For we know in part… 1 Corinthians 13:9a
Having established that, who are the three persons in the Godhead?
They are: (1) God, the Father (2) God, the Son, and (3) God, the Holy Spirit
Let’s see some instances in scripture where the three Persons of the Godhead were manifested or mentioned in the same instance.
- And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Matthew 3:16-17
God, the Son (Jesus), was in the water.
God, the Holy Spirit, was descending like a dove.
God, the Father’s voice was heard from heaven. (No man can see God, the Father).
- But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God Acts 7:55
God, the Holy Spirit was inside him (full of the Holy Ghost)
God the Father’s Glory was seen by him.
God, the Son (Jesus) was standing at the Father’s right hand.
- Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Matthew 28:19
All three are mentioned in the above scripture.
- And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Genesis 1:26
We see the use of plural pronouns being employed here. ‘Us’ and ‘our’, indicating that God is more than one person.
Now, fourth point about the nature of Jesus.
- JESUS IS THE MOST HIGH.
There are a lot of hierarchies in life. In biology, for example, we were taught the hierarchy of living organisms where organisms are arranged based on their degree of complexity.
Members of a family could be arranged from youngest to oldest and that becomes a hierarchy. Members of a society can be categorized from richest to poorest. That’s a hierarchy.
Students in a class can be categorized from those below average to those above average. That’s also a hierarchy.
Now, imagine every being in heaven, on earth, and under the earth coming together to be ranked from the least to the greatest. This includes God, humans, the richest man on earth, the beggar on the street, your favourite celebrity, angels in heaven, demons, the devil etc, and every other being that was created by God.
The Bible tells us that Jesus ranks highest in this hierarchy. He occupies the topmost position.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me… Matthew 28:18
What this means is that Jesus is greater than your fears and challenges. He’s greater than everything bothering you. He is even greater than the sin you are trying to overcome. And He is willing to take away your burdens and give you rest. He’s worth more than everything you’re chasing.
Here’s an invitation from Jesus to you.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28