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| Abraham Yim|
Chapter Nine - The Profile Evidence
The Old Testament claims God to be omnipotent, omniscient, eternal, holy, wise, loving, and just. Jesus claims to be God; therefore, Jesus must resemble all the attributes that are characteristic of God. It seems that the Bible contradicts this notion because in Mark 13:32, Mark tells us that Jesus does not know everything about the future. In Colossians 1:15, we are told that Jesus is the firstborn over all creation.
To go into the profile of Jesus Christ, Lee Strobel goes to visit Donald A. Carson Ph.D. Carson is, like all the other interviewees, a scholar. He wrote forty books and holds positions in important Christian organizations. Donald A. Carson is a good candidate if we want to know more about the profile of the Messiah.
Lee Strobel asks Carson what characteristic or action of Jesus Christ sticks out that resembles that of God. Surprisingly, Carson mentions Jesus’ authority in forgiving sins. This is a very strong point because it is widely recognized that only God can forgive sin, so for Jesus Christ to forgive sin on his own accord is powerful. To his Jewish contemporaries, however, it was blasphemous. It also seems odd. If I were to punch you, and then some guy comes along and tells me that it is okay that I am forgiven, then that seems a bit weird. However, it is recognized that by wronging someone else, God is being wronged. In Psalm 51, David asks for forgiveness when he committed adultery and murdered the woman’s husband. Another thing about Jesus forgiving sin, was his assertion of sinlessness. This brings him closer to the resemblance of God. He even challenges others to try to prosecute him of sin, which none were able to do.
There is still a problem. God is omnipotent and omniscient, but Jesus is not. Jesus wasn’t in two places at the same time, and Jesus didn’t know everything that was going to happen. We have to go back into the idea of Incarnation: the infinite becoming the finite. We have to recognize that “Jesus’s humanity and his deity remained distinct, yet they combined in one person.” However, in Philippians 2 we hear of Jesus Christ emptying himself, where he makes himself on a lower level than God, becoming a nobody. This has become a heavily debated topic; however, One explanation is that he limited his abilities and is able to enact them upon the will of the Father.
In Isaiah 57:15, God is described as “he who lives forever.” In John 3:16, Jesus is said to be the “firstborn over all creation.” This makes it seem like Jesus was created. Luckily, Carson is an expert in Greek grammar. We see this translation in the King James Version, when we find the real meaning we see that it translates into the “unique one” not the firstborn. That is why the New International Version translate the same verse saying that Jesus is the unique and beloved Son.
In John 14:28, Jesus says, “The Father is greater than I.” So does this mean that Jesus is a lesser God? Well, no. If we took the full context of the verse, we would know that the disciples are sad that Jesus will be going away soon. Jesus is saying that they would be happy for him if they truly knew where he was going: heaven. Jesus is going to return to his rightful place in heaven and receive glory and adulation. If the disciples knew this completely then they would have been extremely joyous. By saying the Father is greater does not mean that he is a greater being. Carson gives the example of him saying that the President is a greater than he is. The President is a military and political expert and is adored by many; however, this does not mean that the President is a greater being, for they are both still human.
Hell is unsettling. The person to mention hell the most is Jesus Christ. This seems a bit uncharacteristic of God. God of the Old Testament seems to be constantly teaching about love and redemption, but Jesus is always talking about hell. However, this does not take away from the argument that Jesus is God. Those who believe that God would not send anyone to hell, misconstrue the message that the Bible is setting. Those who believed and followed God were those who went to heaven. Those who went to hell sinned and didn’t believe and follow God. Jesus is simply reiterating the message that has already been said.