People are quick to identify Jesus as “the Son of God” or “the Messiah.” However, few know the implications of Jesus being the Son of God. How each person views Jesus has a huge impact on what one believes and how a person lives one’s life. Many people recognize Jesus as the Messiah but not as God in the flesh (John 1:1, 14). Others perceive Jesus as the Son of God, but they also include Jesus as God among many infinite gods (John 8:58). Those who believe these heresies form religious groups that most Christians recognize as cults.
Many nominal “Christians” do not desire to learn more about Jesus’s divine nature. When people do not respect Jesus’s deity, they do not respect His words. Who reads Jesus’s words as the words of God? Christians who know Christ know His words are essential. Furthermore, Jesus upholds the world by the word of His power (Heb 1:3).
While in time past, God spoke by the prophets in many ways, He has spoken through His Son in the last days (Heb 1:1–2). The epistle to the Hebrews recognized the deity of Christ by the fact that God created the world through Jesus inferring that Jesus is equal in creative power with God. Because Jesus is equal in creative power, then Jesus is equal in deity to the Creator God. John observed that Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1–3). God spoke the creation into existence by the Word. Furthermore, Hebrews revealed that Jesus is the radiance of God and the exact imprint of His nature (Heb 1:3). God declared the greatness of Jesus. He is greater than all angels (Heb 1:4). No one should perceive any transcendent being or angel as greater than God’s Son. All the angels worship Jesus (Heb 1:6). Jesus sits at the right hand of God in heaven (Heb 1:13).
Jesus became flesh to conquer death by making appeasement for sins (Heb 2:14, 17). Jesus was tempted in every way and yet He is without sin (Heb 4:15). Christ’s sinless state affirms that He is God come in the flesh. The writer of Hebrews revealed from scripture that Jesus is God forever and God anointed Him God who is Jesus (Heb 1:8–9). Jesus being the Word of God laid the foundation of the earth and formed the heavens (Heb 1:10). Unlike the creation, Jesus has no end of years (Heb 1:11–12).
Faith in Jesus includes more than believing that Jesus is the Son of God or a great prophet. Faith in Jesus means believing that Jesus is God for whom all things were created. He is sinless and His teachings are without error. For this reason, every observant person lives by the teachings of Jesus Christ. Faith in Jesus’s deity changes the believer to a disciple. Anyone who wants life to change will first recognize who Jesus really is. Jesus taught, “I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins” (John 8:24 ESV).
If only more people knew Jesus’s full identity, the world would change for the better. Knowing Jesus helps everyone see the need to share Jesus with others. Everyone who knows Jesus stands in awe of God come in the flesh.