Christ as God… In the OLD Testament!

There are certain factions which claim that the current Christian belief that Jesus is divine is completely inaccurate. That the original Gospels never say even once that Jesus is God. That the whole misunderstanding and straying from strict monotheism was perpetrated by the so-called ‘Apostle’ Paul, who was not one of the original twelve Apostles.

To such wild claims, I respond by saying that it is not just in Paul’s letters that Jesus is claimed to be God. There are many instances in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) where Jesus Himself affirms His divinity. But for today, I’m going to go even further back than the Gospels for evidence of the Godhood of Jesus Christ.

Isaiah is a book in the Old Testament that is full of prophecies. In particular, it contains many passages that foretell the coming of the Messiah (translated as ‘Christ’), meaning ‘the Anointed One’. In the kingdom of Israel, the king (who is ideally chosen by God Himself) would be anointed in his inauguration ceremony.

The Messiah is foretold to bring restoration to the Kingdom of God, defeat evil, and bring mankind back into the presence of God. Yet the Messiah is also told to be rejected by men, abused and even killed. The circumstances of these happenings are specifically outlined in Isaiah’s prophecies, and Jesus fulfilled the circumstances exactly. The most well known chapter must be Isaiah 53, a part of which was quoted at the beginning of The Passion.

But for specific mention of the divinity of the Messiah, we shall go to Isaiah chapters 6 and 7. Read on and be convinced…

Isaiah 6:1 opens with a condition that the Messiah will fulfill, and that Jesus (who grew up in Galilee) fulfilled:

“Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan.”

When we move on to Isaiah 6:6 we find:

“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, Prince of Peace.”

Did you catch that? A child is given, a son is born. Isaiah is stating directly that the Messiah will be born as a human. The authority and responsibility of leadership will be on him. He will be our counselor and a ruler of peace.

But what is this? He will be called Mighty God and Everlasting Father? Those are terms of divinity! That means the Messiah will be God, right? And yet, He will also be human? Somehow, this is true! And that is the dual nature of Jesus the Messiah – Fully God, yet also fully man.

Before the stun wears off, look ahead to Isaiah 7:14, where it says:

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

We will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God with us’. So in Isaiah 7 as well, we find that the Messiah will literally be ‘God with us’, in our very midst.  And I hope I don’t have to tell you that Jesus was born to Mary from a miraculous virgin birth.

There are so many more instances in Isaiah, where prophecies of the Messiah match so ngam-ly with the life and death of Jesus. If you have time, look it up whether you support it or are against it. And remember, as I blogged before, even secular scientists date the earliest complete copy of Isaiah to 100BC-700BC.

And that, dear friends, is long before Paul of Tarsus ever came along.

2 Responses to “Christ as God… In the OLD Testament!”

  1. Andy Uy Says:

    Very interesting blog. By the way. you have a typo : Isaiah 6:1 and 6:6 should be 9:1 and 9:6. Thanks.

  2. Scott Thong Says:

    Thanks for the heads-up, I’ll check it out.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: