Hello there. Probably the defining belief of a Christian is that Jesus was uniquely God incarnate. This is what distinguishes Christian beliefs from Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jews, Muslims and many New Age followers.
I often hear the idea that Jesus as God was a later invention, possibly from St Paul (which ignores the fact that he wrote very soon after Jesus’ crucifixion), or the council of Nicea. In my last post I mention that the latter, at least, is clearly false, as writings from the pre-Nicene period show that Jesus being God was central to the beliefs of the earliest Christians.
However it’s also important to see that the Biblical writings prior to St Paul also talk of Jesus as God. In fact it is even mentioned in the Old Testament, before Jesus was born! For example:
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
This verse is always read out around Christmas time, and for good reason. It’s clear that God coming down in the form of a human being was in the Jewish Scriptures – or else who is this son who will be called ‘Mighty God’?
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord,
“That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness;
A King shall reign and prosper,
And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
In His days Judah will be saved,
And Israel will dwell safely;
Now this is His name by which He will be called:
THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Jeremiah 23:6)
Again we see that in the Hebrew Scriptures, the coming Messiah, in human form as a King, will be called the Lord (in Hebrew the word is Yahweh, just to be clear that the prophecy is that God himself will take the form of a human king)
There are many other Hebrew Scriptures that predict Jesus and what he was like – particularly Isaiah 53, also Micah 5:2 and others. So, it’s clear that God showed in his Word that we can expect that he will come to us as a human.