The Divinity of Christ (3)
First: Christ has all the Divine characteristics (God’s epithets)
He is the first and last:
"And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last" (Rev1:17).
He is Lord:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’” (Matt. 7:21-22).
"And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit” (Acts 7:59).
"yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live" (1Cor. 8:6).
"And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28).
"And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS" (Rev. 19:16).
He instructed others to believe in Him and accepted their prostrations (bowing down) and worship:
"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me" (John 14:1).
"To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins" (Acts 10:43).
"Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him" (John 9:38).
"that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth" (Phil. 2:10).
He is the Good and the Holy One:
"And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God" (Luke 1:35).
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep" (John 10:11).
He is the forgiver of sins:
"Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you” (Matt. 9:2).
"Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven”' (Luke 7:48).
He is the Judge:
"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad" (2 Cor. 5:10).
"For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works" (Matt. 16:27).
"charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom" (2 Tim. 4:1).