What does it take to believe that Jesus is God?

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John 5

31 “If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. 32 There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. 33 You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. 34 Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. 35 He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light.

36 But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.

Jesus knew that the people of His day and the people of all time had and were going to have trouble accepting Him as God.  Men are not gods; at least poor and uncomely men are not gods.  Jesus fell into that category and His deity was not apparent.  In this conversation Jesus went to great lengths of logic to confirm His deity.

As a man by Himself Jesus confirmed that His witness alone was not sufficient.  Anyone can claim to be someone they are not and that claim has no value to it.  So Jesus went to the claim of the Father, the claim of His works, and the claims of John the Baptist.

All of the people recognized that John the Baptist was a prophet.  There was no question as to John’s messages being from God.  Jesus reminded them that John made the claim of the deity of Christ.  If John, a bona fide prophet, was convinced from God that Jesus was God then his witness was true.

The second witness Jesus refers to then is the witness of his works.  No one in history had been able to do all of the miraculous works that Jesus did.  Talk about “signs and wonders,” no one had ever conveyed the signs and wonders that Jesus did.  We would think that the miracles of Christ by themselves would have convinced the hardest of hearts.  Nicodemus came to Jesus recognizing that no one can do these signs unless God is with him. But the other Pharisees were angered by the miracles of Jesus and wanted to kill him and Lazarus after Lazarus’ resurrection.

This should remind us that we cannot “logically argue” anyone to faith in Christ.  Unless the Holy Spirit of God confirms the deity of the Savior people remain in their unbelief.  I have labored for years to help people come to faith only to have them remain in their unbelief.  I continue to pray that the Lord will show Himself to their unbelieving hearts.  Let us take time today to pray for someone we know who remains in unbelief that the Holy Spirit will bring them to faith in Christ as Savior and as Lord.

I had a great time at Sunrise yesterday.  It is usually attended by five to six people.  Yesterday I had fourteen in attendance.  It was a joy to minister God’s grace from Isaiah 55 to them. 

Tonight we gather for prayer and Bible study.  Pray for our teens who are having night 2 of their Cola Clash outreach.  Kids4Truth will also be meeting. 

Have a great day in the Lord, PS

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