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The Deity of Jesus Christ in Isaiah 40:3

It is easy to defend the deity of Christ in the New Testament as we have clear statements about His deity in passages such as John 1:1 or 10:30 or Romans 9:5 or Philippians 2:6 or 2 Peter 1:1.  However, I was reading in Isaiah this morning and noticed that Isaiah 40:3 also proves the deity of the Lord Jesus.

The text reads:

A voice cries:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

This passage was fulfilled in Matthew 3:3 with the coming of John the Baptist as the forerunner for the Lord Jesus.  Luke’s Gospel gives the longer version in Luke 3:4-6.  Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, had prophesied in Luke 1:76 that John would be the prophet of the Most High.

In Isaiah 40:3 we see that Isaiah says that the voice that is crying out (John the Baptist) is preparing the way of the LORD.  The LORD here is Yahweh.  Yahweh Himself would be coming to His people.  God Himself.  This is the Person of the Lord Jesus.  Jesus is Yahweh.  Jesus is God.  Jesus is not the created substance from God.  Jesus is not a little lower than God.  Jesus is God.  Jesus is equal with the Father and with the Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).  In His mediating role as our Redeemer, Jesus took upon Himself the form of flesh and blood in submission to the will of the Father.  Yet He remained equal with God at all times.  His submission to the Father was for our salvation.  In His incarnation, Jesus did not become a little god nor did He become half God and half man but He was perfectly both God and man.  This is the mystery of the hypostatic union.  My mind cannot grasp the deity of Jesus Christ but I affirm it because the Bible teaches it.  I affirm that Jesus is both man and both God.  He remains so now as our mediator before the Father (1 Timothy 2:5).


Written by The Seeking Disciple

06/07/2013 at 10:29 AM

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