by Rev. Jack Barr
Questions on the Trinity Doctrine:
Why would God who states "That He is the Only True God, none other like Him" (and in fact Christ says the same thing about His Father.) It does not make sense that God would create another "God the Son", let alone make him coequal!
The Hebrew prophecy about the virgin birth reads :
In the KJV translation into English reads: Isaiah 7:14 "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bare a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."
In Green's word for word Literal translation of the Hebrew to English reads: Isaiah chapter 7, verse 14 (in Hebrew) reads: "Therefore shall give the Lord Himself to you a sign: behold a virgin will conceive and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel."
This prophecy is saying that God is going to "give Himself" to us as a sign. He is not going to send anyone or anything else to us for a sign, God will come down Himself as that sign.
"Call his name Immanuel", the word Immanuel means "God with us", which is confirming that the child born to a virgin will be God himself. Therefore, the child born to a virgin and named Jesus, is God Himself. So by this prophecy, and the fulfillment of this prophecy in Matthew 1:23, which again tells us that Jesus is "Emmanuel" which means, and is interpreted, "God with us", we know that Jesus Christ of Nazareth IS GOD HIMSELF, and also called the "Son of God", which the Jews understood as Jesus saying that "He Is God". It is only modern man who tries to confuse and deny.
Our "Webster's New World College Dictionary" gives for a definition for the word "Immanuel":
God, hence, lit., God with us.
1) a masculine name: var Emmanuel, Manuel
2) a name given by Isaiah to the Messiah of his prophecy (Isaiah 7:14) , often applied to Jesus (Matthew 1:23)
Our B-D-B Hebrew - English Lexicon (Hebrew to English dictionary) gives it as "Immanuel (with us is God) Isa, 7:14; name of a child, symbolizing presence of (here is given the Hebrew letters for God) to deliver his people Isa. 8:8,10 is declaration of trust and confidence, with us is God! Compare with Isa. 46:8-12
The scriptures in each and every case is declaring that it is God Himself that came down to the Earth and took on flesh as the seed of a Virgin, and was named Jesus, who is the Christ. Therefore be it known that Jesus Christ IS GOD, as well as being the Son of God.
Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
The Jews understood that when Jesus said that He, Jesus, called himself the "Son of God", that Jesus was telling them that he is God. That is why they tried to kill him several times.
John 8:56-59 "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by."
In John 8, Jesus told the Jews that He, Jesus, was in existence long before Abraham lived. As we see here, the Jews recognized that He, Jesus, was telling them that He is God, for that is the only way that he could have been there before Abraham. And that is why they tried to kill him, because he claimed to be God.
John 10:29-36 "My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?"
We see in John 10 that Jesus, who calls himself the "Son of God" also said that the "Father" which the Jews recognized as being The Almighty God, the One and Only God, Jehovah God, was himself. "I and my Father are One!" They tried to kill him for telling them that HE was God!
There are more scriptures where Jesus said "I am God", if you look for them. They do not all have those exact words, but they are all saying the same, with Jesus declaring that He Is God. See also as another one, John 17:22; Philippians 2:5-7
The statements from Jesus, or others, saying that he is "the Son of God" is saying that he is God.
Rev. Jack Barr