Muslims and pseudo-Christians argue themselves hoarse that Our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ never said He was God Almighty while physically on earth for thirty-three years to carry out the work of human redemption. The Quran, Mr. Mohammad Abdallah as the prophet of Allah and all his disciples, Muslim deny the Trinity. Similarly, all Muslims repudiate and flatly deny Christ's Son ship and also, all Muslims flatly rejected the latter revelation of the True Lord God Almighty Himself came to this earth in Human Form to reconcile us back to Him as our Savior as earlier stated. But what did Jesus Christ say about Himself? Who is Jesus Christ: God, Son of God, or Son of Man? Again, we have no authority other than the Holy Bible, the revealed word of God and truth (John 17: 17)
When our Lord Jesus Christ started His ministry, He constantly referred to Himself as the Son of Man: "Jesus replied: "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, hut the son of man has no place to lay his head,” (Matthew 8: 20). There are copious Bible references to allude to Christ's constant reference to Himself as Son of Man. Many Muslims and pseudo-Christians are confused by this Son of Man tag. They can't understand its spiritual meaning. The Holy Spirit is here to explain, The Holy Bible says: "Then God Said: Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the Fish of the sea. … "So God created man in his own image; in the image (of God he created him,” (Genesis 1: 26-27). You see, the man that God created is referred to above. Even though Adam and Eve fell, as far as the True Lord God Almighty is concerned, man whom He created in his image and likeness with power and authority invested in him has not fallen. The tag "fall of man" is not in the Holy Bible a priori. Bible analysts and commentators were those that invented the phrase. What God told Adam in the event of eating from the fruit of the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was clear: "And the Lord God commanded the man saying, you are free to eat from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, for when you eat it you will surely die,” (Genesis 2: 16-17). And that was what happened to Adam not man. You see, God is not man. He is not like you and I. He knows the value of the spoken words: "My word that goes out from my mouth ... will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it,” (Isaiah 55: 11). Consequently, if God had said man has fallen, that would have been the end of redeeming man; indeed the whole human race. The plan of redemption and salvation of Adam's offspring would have been foreclosed forever. The man God Almighty created in Genesis I: 26 as far as God is concerned have not fallen. Although Satan stole the power that the Lord God gave to man (John 10: 10), the son of that man born by a woman would come one day, born the same way to retrieve the power from Satan (Luke 10: I 20). That was why our Lord Jesus Christ called Himself the son of man. This planet earth is for man, and not for Satan and his demons, period! They are interlopers and usurpers as far as the Lord God Almighty is concerned and God the Son became Man to save man so that man can rule the earth as God Almighty intended.
Now as to the hectoring argument of all Muslims that our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ is never God Almighty, we ask: Did Jesus Christ ever call Himself God? Muslims and pseudo Christians too want to know. Again, we have no better and believable authority on this but the Holy Bible. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made, without Him nothing was made that has been made. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side has made him known,” (John I: 1-3, 18). Most people, even Bible readers at the platonic level do not understand the above scriptures. According to Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible', the expression: "Word" is derived from the Greek Work "loyos.” The word: "Loyos” means "something said (including thought) by implication of topic (Subject discourse) also reasoning (the mental) faculty or motive by extension, a computation specifically in John. The Divine Expression of God and that is; Christ". We need to go back to the Old Testament to understand the Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ. "God also said to Moses: I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty but by my name the Lord I did not make myself known to them,” (Exodus 6: 2-3). In Isaiah 9: 6 we read this startling revelation concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ almost two thousand years before He physically came to earth. "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.” The Lord God Almighty Himself had promised the Israelites in Jeremiah 33: 15-16 thus: "In those days and at the time, I will make a Righteous Branch sprout from David’s line, he will do what is just and right in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called; "The Lord Our Righteousness.”
An ordinary human being can never be referred to as a Righteous Branch and The Lord Our Righteousness. No angelic being anywhere in any realm could so be described and referred to as the Lord Our Righteousness. This was God’s promise after the Lord God had sent many prophets to the children of Israel yet they did not listen to the prophets. Some of the prophets they killed, some they murdered and others they drove into exile. Then God promised He would come personally Himself to deliver the Israelites. Thus, at the close of the book of Malachi in the Old Testament, the Lord God reiterated this promise again. "See, I will send my messenger who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple the messenger of the Covenant, whom you desire will come "Says the Lord Almighty,” (Malachi 3:1). Of course, the messenger or herald referred to here was John the Baptist. Thus, when our Lord Jesus Christ was born in fulfillment of God's plan to come to the earth in human flesh to redeem lost humanity, the angel Gabriel that brought the Good News told Mary, the woman with the Seed (Genesis 3: 15) “…an angel of the Lord appeared to him (Joseph) in a dream and said: Joseph, son of David, don't be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit She will give birth to a son and you are to give him the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet; The virgin will be with child and give birth to a son and they will him Immanuel which means God with us,” (Matthew I: 22-23.). Again, no angelic being in any realm could be referred to as Immanuel; meaning: “God with us.” Our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ is indeed truly the Lord God Almighty Himself in human and fleshly form.
As a matter of fact, this claim by our Lord Jesus Christ that He was (and still is) God Almighty before the religious establishment roiled the top echelon of the rabbinic leadership and the Sanhedrin. Read the Great Discourse of our Lord Jesus Christ with the Pharisees in John 8: 1-58 where Jesus Christ said the Father was in Him and He Jesus Christ in the Father and those who put their faith and belief in Him would not die. The Pharisees were shocked and said; how could our Lord Jesus Christ; a “mere man” equate Himself with God Almighty? He accused the Pharisees of being the children of Satan, because they were plotting to kill Him and the conversation went on when our Lord Jesus Christ told them that the Patriarch, Abraham looked forward to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to the world and rejoiced. Apparently the Pharisees, with all their religious knowledge forgot that this Jesus Christ as Lord made a promise to Pa Abraham in Genesis 12: 7: “The LORD appeared to Abram and said, "To your offspring I will give this land." So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.” After the Lord changed the name of Abram to Abraham in order to give expression to the Covenant, the Lord God Almighty repeated the terms of the Covenant again and again thus in Genesis 22: 17-18: “I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me."
In all instances where the Lord God reiterated the ever-lasting Covenant, it was to your “offspring” which is singular that was used and our Lord Jesus Christ was that offspring. That was why our Lord Jesus Christ told the Pharisees that before Abraham, “I am.” He didn’t say “I was,” because He lives forever as God Almighty, Hallelujah! Our Lord Jesus Christ excoriated Philip when the disciple demanded from Him to show them the father: “Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? (John 14: 8-9). Can this ever be clearer here that our Lord Jesus Christ is One with the Lord God Almighty the Father? He said it plainly to Phillip that, whoever has seen our Lord Jesus Christ has seen the Father and why should Phillip, the Muslims and anyone for that matter still be asking to be shown the Lord God Almighty the Father when He was right there with them in the flesh? As a matter of fact, the main and only reason the Jewish Rabbinic leadership plotted and engineered the Crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ was because; “ We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, but for blasphemy because you, a mere man, claim to be God” (John10:33). Do you read that? The blind Pharisees were appalled that our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ told them He was God Almighty Himself in Bodily Form which He is; but unfortunately, the Pharisees and lamentably the Muslims and countless human beings today don’t get it! When the Pharisees brought and arraigned our Lord Jesus Christ before Pontius Pilate for trial, they had already perfected their “manafiki” to high pedestal and determined capital punishment for their supposed accusation of blasphemy against our Lord Jesus Christ. They chorused the same charge that our Lord Jesus Christ called Himself the Lord God Almighty deserving execution when Pontius Pilate tried to sway the crowd to his side and let the Lord Jesus Christ go. “As soon as the chief priests and officers saw Him, they shouted: “Crucify Him! Crucify Him! “You take Him and crucify Him,” Pilate replied “for I find no basis for a charge against Him.” We have a law” answered the Jews, “and according to that law, He must die, because He declared Himself to be the Son of God.” When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid.” (John 19:6-8). Not only Pontius Pilate was afraid, his wife too was also afraid, because; “While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message; “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of Him” (Matthew 27:19). I hope any Muslim reading this anywhere on planet earth will be sorely afraid and tremulous indeed for denying the Divinity of our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ, Hallelujah! Those of us who by His Grace have seen His Glory, Awesomeness, Magnificence, Power, Grace, the King of kings and Lord of lords tremble and pay reverence to the Sovereign Lord God Almighty Who, because of His Unique, Everlasting and Incomparable Agape Love left His Glory in heaven and chose to come here physically to this planet earth to redeem us. It is His Love, because of His Grace and Mercy for you and me. He came to spend 33 Years with us to save us!
But many have asked: So if our Lord Jesus Christ is God, how could He be Son at the same time? Simple; since He left His Glory in the heavens and came here to be like One of us in order to save all of us, He temporarily forfeited that right as the Lord God Almighty and God the Father deliberately chose to abase Himself in order to identify with sinful humanity; you and me. That was why He-Jesus-went through everything that human beings went through except sin. As Apostle Paul aptly disclosed in Colossians 2: 9: “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form…” Similarly, in Philippians 2: 5-11, Apostle Paul revealed the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ further thus: “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
When our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is God in the Flesh as God the Son came to the earth as a human being to carry out the work of redemption and salvation of the human race, He was baptized in the Jordan River and the Lord God the Father uttered that Divine Voice of approval and alighted on God the Son as God the Holy Spirit in the form of a Dove and the Lord God Who spoke from heaven is the same being baptized and the same appearing as a Dove and the Three are One. Hallelujah! We may not understand, but we believe and this is Life and this is what Christianity is about. No human mind can comprehend this mystery but only the Holy Spirit can reveal Himself to the human flesh. Jesus Christ is God Almighty in the flesh, period! Even, a carnal mind can and should be able to grasp this reality, because the True Lord God Almighty is the Only One Who is Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent. Why should it be far-fetched and incomprehensible to the mortal man that our Lord Jesus Christ is the same Lord God Almighty in heaven, on earth and the Holy Spirit? If this is not possible, why should anyone then say and believe that the True Lord God Almighty, the Creator is Omnipresent? Isn’t that the real and true meaning of the Divine Attribute of Being Omnipresence which is; “At All Places At The Same Time?” It is on this basis of either belief or disapproval/disbelief of the Deity of our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ that all human beings shall be judged. It is not by your good morals, character, religion, good works, and kindness etc that anyone will make heaven; rather, it is on this definitive baseline: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God” (John 3:16-21). I want to emphasize that Verse 18 clearly and unambiguously to you Muslims and other adherents of other man-made religions and faiths of the world; Buddhists, Shintoists, Roman Catholics, pagans, atheists etc : Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. On the Day of Judgment when every soul appears before our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ, this one verse will be read to you and shall stand against you as the Word of Life says!
Dr Moshood Ademola Fayemiwo is the Spiritual Head & Founder, The Jesus Christ Solution Center, based in Cameron, TX USA. Call him at this number: 254-605-4035. You can send him email at [email protected] . You can also visit our websites at: - https://tocu.education/ and https://tocu.online/