Jesus’ Followers | Jesus Is Unique

[Jesus Is Unique #7] Jesus claimed to be God, but many people will say, including The Da Vinci Code book and others, “But none of His followers ever claimed He was God or in any way attributed to Him divine attributes.” You know, I don’t know how you can say that and be intellectually honest with what history tells us. For example, the apostle Paul, who is a follower of Christ. Paul said in Romans chapter 8, verse 3, “What the law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did, sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh.” Sending His own son. The Son of God. Then, in Philippians 2 verse 6, Paul said, “Though He was God,” He states right there, “Though He was God, He did not demand and cling to His rights as God.” Then in Colossians, the apostle Paul wrote, “He is the image of the invisible God.” And then the author of Hebrews, whether it was Paul or not, says, “After He spoke long ago, He spoke to us in His Son.” His followers were convinced that Jesus claimed to be God. And all down through history that is true. ”When Dan Brown and others will say, “All of His followers never claimed He was God. They never attributed to Him to be the Son of God or being divine.” And then he went on and would make that emphasis of the early church fathers. Well let’s see what history teaches. Justin Martyr, he said, “Being the first begotten Word of God, even God.” Then he went on to say that Jesus is both God and Lord. That was in his First Apology chapter six. Then Irenaeus about AD 177 in Against Heresies, he states, “Our Lord, and Our God.” Then about 153 AD, Clement of Alexandria said, “He was His Son.” Then Ignatius of Antioch said, “God, existing in the flesh even Jesus our Lord.” Then Ignatius of Antioch went on to say, “He was God incarnate. God Himself appearing in the form of man.” Then Gregory Thaumaturgus said, “There is one Lord, only of the only God of God, true Son of the Father.” And then Melito of Sardis around AD 177 said, “He was man, yet He is God.” Pliny the Younger wrote to the Emperor Trajan, “The early Christians were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day when they sang a hymn to Christ as to a god.” All through history, from Jesus and then His immediate disciples and all, showed that Jesus not only claimed to be God, but they believed Him to be God in human flesh.

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