John 1.1-10, Luke 11.31 – Divinity of Christ
Posted: 27 August 2010 in John, Luke

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”

“The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.”

One of the resurrected heresies to be heard nowadays involves the denial of Jesus’ divinity. It is most notably to be heard from Jehovah’s Witnesses, but they are far from being alone. Perhaps one of the most dreadful examples of that is John Selby Spong, who is supposed to be an Anglican bishop, but who (for heaven sake) does not even believe in the existence of God.

A quirk in Greek grammar allows the Jehovah’s witnesses to translate John 1.1 as “The Word was a god.” However, twice in his opening verses (verses 3 and 10) John states that the Word was responsible for bringing Creation into being, which harks back directly to Genesis 1, where God is said to have been responsible for bringing Creation into being.

So far as the verse from Luke is concerned, it has to be said that either Jesus was God Incarnate, or he must have had an ego the size of a mountain. If the latter were to be the case, it is not clear that anybody should be honouring him as their Lord and saviour; whether they be Jehovah’s Witnesses, errant bishops, or otherwise. As C S Lewis once said, you cannot sensibly deny both that Jesus was God Incarnate, and in the very next breath go on to describe him as a great moral and religious teacher.

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