Bible Reading: Isaiah 9:6 & John 10:30
To further identify the child â€œcalled wonderful,â€ Isaiah informs us that He will also be called â€œThe mighty Godâ€ and â€œThe everlasting Father.â€ Here, like Thomas, we are forced to our knees by the Scripture to confess Christ as our Lord and our God (John 20:28).
When it comes to the divinity of Christ, the Bible leaves no room for doubt or debate. In the opening salvo of his divinely inspired gospel, the Apostle John boldly declares: â€œIn the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was Godâ€ (John 1:1). To make sure that there would be no misunderstanding about the identity of â€œthe Word,â€ John adds: â€œAnd the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truthâ€¦For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christâ€ (John 1:14, 17).
In John 10:30, John records our Lordâ€™s declaration: â€œI and my Father are one.â€ Then, in John 14:9, John tells us of Christâ€™s response to Philipâ€™s request to see the Father. One can still hear the sadness in the Saviorâ€™s voice when he said to Philip, â€œHave I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?â€
All one has to do to see God is to look at Jesus. All one has to do to know God is to come to know Jesus. All who believe and acknowledge that Christ is â€œthe mighty Godâ€ and â€œthe everlasting Fatherâ€ have both the Son and the Father (1 John 2:23). However, all who refuse to believe and acknowledge that Christ is â€œthe mighty Godâ€ and â€œthe everlasting Fatherâ€ have neither the Son nor the Father. Instead, they are to be numbered among those pitiful souls who are without God and without hope (Ephesians 2:12).
To profess to be a believer in God without faith in Christ is tantamount to professing to be an optimist without faith in the future.