Litmus Test: “a test in which
a single factor is decisive”
Who Is Jesus? The most
important question we will ever be asked—our
future, our eternal destiny depends upon how
we answer. Not just “who” He is, but
is He to me”?
Jesus, who is God, third
person of the Trinity, who became a man to
save us from our sin.
(John 3:13-18, 36)
Man is not, nor can he be,
God. To imply so is to have a “created
God.” God was not created, was never a man
who was elevated to God-status. Man is a
created being who is sinful, in need of
redemption. Jesus came for that
purpose--to redeem sinful man. If man is born again, he has
been redeemed; but he will never be God.
Jesus was not created; He has
always been, from eternity backward to
"Jesus Christ, the same
yesterday, and today and forever" (Hebrews
He is from “above” (John
8:23), “God is not a man….” (23:19).
Man is of the earth (John
4:24); and he was born in sin, because
of the fall in the Garden of Eden (Romans
5:12-15). That is
his “essence.” He is “genetically” a sinner
and cannot redeem himself. But man can be
redeemed because of Love, not the subjective
kind of love, but the God-kind. God IS
Love, that is His essence, His “makeup,”
that of which He is made, what He consists
of. He doesn’t just love, He IS Love,
that’s who He is.
All His attributes spring from
Grace, mercy, forgiveness,
justice (Exodus 33:19-20)
Because God is Love, Mercy is
at work in His dealings with man. With
Mercy at work, Grace is possible. Grace
gives us access to the attributes of God.
“But the LORD is the true
God, he is the living God, and an
everlasting king: at his wrath the earth
shall tremble, and the nations shall not be
able to abide his indignation” (Jeremiah
10:10). (emphasis mine)
If the Lord were just another
created man, exalted to godhood (rather than
everlasting), it would not be possible for
him to be the redeemer. Our Redeemer had to
be sinless from His beginning to His
crucifixion; otherwise, He would have been
just another created man in need of a Savior
himself. The Bible is replete with
references to our God-Redeemer, and they all
point to Jesus! He is Emmanuel –God with
us (Matthew 1:23). As God, Jesus has
no beginning, no record of His creation.
Instead, He IS the creator! (Colossians
That “scarlet thread” of who
Jesus is, is threaded at Genesis and
continues through Revelation.
Jesus is Emmanuel, Our
Redeemer, Lamb of God sacrificed at
Calvary—our Soon-coming King!
If you have a KJV of the Bible
(and maybe a few others versions), you will
notice that LORD (all caps) refers to the
“Trinity”—God the Father; God the Son; God
the Holy Ghost.
(A Psalm of David) “The
LORD [“Trinity”] said unto my Lord
[Jesus], Sit thou at my right hand,
until I make thine enemies thy footstool”
(Psalm 110:1, Luke 20:42).
(emphasis mine) Jesus sits at
the right hand of the throne.
“Hereafter shall the Son of
man sit on the right hand of the
power of God” (Luke 22:69).
“Who is he that condemeth?
It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is
risen again, who is even at the right
hand of God, who also maketh
intercession for us” (Romans 8:34).
Note: To my knowledge, the word
"trinity" does not appear in the scripture
with reference to God; however, the
doctrine of the Triune-God is referenced
throughout the Bible.
The Litmus Test: Jesus is
Emmanuel—God with Us; and God is
eternal, from everlasting to everlasting.
“Behold, a virgin shall be
with child, and shall bring forth a son, and
they shall call his name Emmanuel, which
being interpreted is God with us”
(Matthew 1:23, Isaiah 7:14).
Who is your Jesus? Does He
pass the Litmus Test? If not, he is not the
God of the Bible, and having failed the test
will pass into oblivion. The criterion is
not variable. He would be as powerless as
the golden calf of the Israelites; in fact
he doesn’t exist. Discard him and turn to
the Real Jesus who sits at the right hand of
the Throne of God, making intercession for
us! It is He who told His disciples that He
would send the Comforter, the Holy Ghost,
which proceedeth from the Father and would
“testify of me [Jesus].”
“But when the Comforter
is come, whom I will send unto you from the
Father, even the Spirit of truth,
which proceeded from the Father, he shall
testify of me [Jesus]” [authenticate
who Jesus is!]. (John 15:26).
**A composite picture and
unity of our God**
"He is Lord!
Lord, He is Lord!
He has risen from the dead,
and He is Lord!
Every knee shall bow,
Every tongue confess,
That Jesus Christ is Lord
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