...and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
Thoughts for Today:Previously, Paul said "there is but one God." He now says, "There is but one Lord." It is certain from these statements that he didn't believe in two Gods. To confirm this, Paul says very clearly in 1 Timothy 3:16 (NKJ): "God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." This definitely refers to Jesus as being God -- and also reveals Paul believed in one God -- with more than one manifestation. Here's a little more Scripture in support of this concept:
John wrote (John 1:1): "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
The Word reveals Jesus as God in the flesh (John 1:14).
All Scripture confirms Jesus' divinity (for example: Isaiah 9:6-7, Matthew 1:23, and 1 John 5:20).
God the Father called Jesus, God (Hebrews 1:8).
Jesus forgave sins (Mark 2:5 and Luke 7:48), a power that God alone has reserved for Himself (Mark 2:6-7).
Jesus received worship (Matthew 2:11; 14:33; 28:9, and 17), also reserved for God alone (Matthew 4:10 and Revelation 22:9).
The term "Christ" (used 569 times in the New Testament), further establishes the divinity of Jesus.
The Apostle John wrote (John 5:23): "That all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him." It is just one more supporting statement for the divine nature of our Lord. We can't simply honor Jesus. We have to honor Him "just as" (in the same way) we honor the Father. This is what separates true Christianity from other religions of the world. Many respect Jesus as a great man (for example: Islam, Mormons, and Jehovah's Witnesses), but they are absolutely opposed to making Jesus equal with the Almighty God. (1 John 2:23: "No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.")
Questions to Ponder:Have you allowed the humanity of Jesus to lower your view of Him as God in the flesh? What does Scripture say? The Bible is totally consistent regarding the identity of Jesus as Lord. Colossians 1:19-20: "For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross." That's pretty clear to me. What about you?