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the Substance & Essence of Jesus Christ
Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also (emphasis added).
Ø He has power to forgive sins (cf. Matt. 9:6)
Ø He is greater than the temple (cf. Matt. 12:6)
Ø He is Lord of the Sabbath (cf. Matt. 12:8)
Ø He is the King of a kingdom and the angels are His gathering His elect (cf. Matt. 13:41; Mark 13:27)
Ø He is the Messiah, the Son of the living God (cf. Matt. 16:13-17)
Ø He was to be killed and raised from the dead (cf. Matt. 17:9, 22-23; 19;26:2; Mark 8:31; 9:31; Luke 9:22; 18:31-33; John 2:19ff.)
Ø He is omnipresent (cf. Matt. 28:20; John 14:23)
Ø He is omniscient (cf. John 2:24-25; 6:64; 16:30; 21:17)
Ø His is omnipotent (cf. Matt. 8:27; 9:6; 28:18; Heb. 7:25)
Ø He gave His life as a ransom for many (cf. Mark. 10:45)
Ø He gives eternal life (cf. Luke 10:21-22; John 5:21; 10:27-28)
Ø He is the monogenēs theos, “unique/one and only God” that came from heaven (cf. John 1:18; 3:13)
Ø He pre-existed with and shared glory with the Father (cf. Micah 5:2; John 1:1; 17:5; as will be shown in chap. 4)
Ø He is Immutable (cf. Heb. 13:8)
Ø He was worshiped (cf. John 9:35-38; Heb. 1:6)
There is another important piece of evidence affirming the deity of the Son. Scripture presents the Son as receiving the same kind of religious “worship” (proskuneō) as that of God the Father. This important reality can be especially seen, for example, in Daniel 7:9-14, where two distinct divine Persons are being presented (note, v. 9 says “thrones,” thus, not a single throne), the Ancient of Days and the Son of Man. In verse 14, the Son of Man was “given dominion, glory and a kingdom,” by God the Father in which “all the peoples, nations and men of every language might serve [douleuō, i.e., worship, cf. Exod. 20:5; LXX] Him, His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away” (emphasis added).
In the New Testament, Jesus received religious proskuneō, “worship” - for example, by the men in the boat (cf. Matt. 14:33) and the blind man (cf. John 9:35-38). In Hebrews 1:6, the Father commands “all the angels of God” to proskuneō, “worship” the Son. This kind of worship was clearly religious in nature - for the setting is in the heavens before God the Father. In Revelation 5:13-14, the Father and the Lamb receive the same kind of blessing, honor, and glory and the same kind of worship: “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever. And the four living creatures kept saying, ‘Amen’ and the elders fell down and worshiped [proskuneō].” Note that these acts of proskuneō, “worship” to the Son were not merely in the context of honor and/or falling prostrate before another in mere “obeisance” (as the Jehovah’s Witnesses bible [NWT] says in Heb. 1:6 and other passages where Jesus received worship). Rather the Son was worshiped in a religious context - namely, worship that was reserved for God alone (cf. Exod. 20:5) - creaturely worship is highly forbidden by the Lord. This revealing truth shows that the Son shares the very essence of God the Father. He is God in the same sense as that of the Father (cf. John 1:1b): “Who always being the brightness of His glory, the exact representation [image] of the nature of Him” (tēs hupostaseōs autou, i.e., nature of the Father; Heb. 1:3; translation mine).
Scripture presents a clear Christology
The Son of God, Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Holy Trinity. The Son is fully God co-existing with the Father (cf. John 1:1; 17:5). He became man (cf. John 1:14). He was sent by the Father (cf. John 6:37ff.) to redeem the elect of God by His sacrificial death on the cross (cf. Mark 10:45; Rom. 5:9-11; 8:32). The Son is the only Mediator between the Father and man (cf. 1 Tim. 2:5). Thus, the Christ of biblical revelation is the divine Son, a personal self-aware Subject distinct from the Father and the Holy Spirit.
 Rule #1 is also signified by the abbreviation, TSKS (i.e., The-Substantive-Kai-Substantive).