Recently our neighborhood was invaded on a Saturday morning by members from a local Kingdom Hall/Jehovah’s Witness. I was doing yard work on this Saturday morning and I could see them coming down the street. As they approached our yard I just kept praying for God’s wisdom and discipline to keep the conversation about Jesus. As is always the case, the conversation changes tone with Jehovah’s Witnesses when you claim that Jesus is God. They believe that Jesus is God’s Son, but He is not God. They do not believe in a Trinity, regardless of how many times you walk them through the Scriptural support. So, I got to thinking. Why is it necessary to believer that Jesus is God? What are the consequences if Jesus is not God? My list is not exhaustive, but here is a starting point. If Jesus is not God, then …
Then God is a liar. The Bible teaches that Jesus is God, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). God has revealed Himself and His truth in the Scriptures. If Jesus is not God then God has lied in His Word. God is without variation or shifting shadow (James 1:17); therefore, He is perfect and not capable of lying.
Then our salvation is useless. If Jesus is not God then he is just another man and not holy. This means his sacrificial death is insufficient to pay the price for our ransom. Denying that Jesus is God empties the cross of any saving power.
Then the Old Testament prophecies are empty. Isaiah 7:14 proclaims that the virgin will give birth to a Son and his name is to be called “Immanuel”, which means God with us.
Then the resurrection of Jesus is null and void. According to 1Corinthians 15:20, Jesus is the first fruits of the resurrection from the dead. This means he has gone before us and paved the way to resurrection to eternal life. If Jesus is not God then he is not able to lay down his life as a sufficient sacrifice, nor is he able to pick it back up in resurrection. Without the resurrection of Christ then we have no hope of eternal life through the resurrection of the dead (1Corinthians 15:12-19).
The person who claims that Jesus is not God is guilty of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has superintended the revelation of God and His truth in Scripture. Therefore, to deny what the Holy Spirit has clearly helped to communicate is to deny God and His truth and to reject the witness of God in our lives (Romans 1:18-25) … blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.