The Unique Deity of Christ: Attested by John the Baptist

Of the myriad passages in the Bible that speak to the unique and full deity of Jesus, one is the passage used by John the Baptist.

In Luke 3:4, and also in Matthew 3:3, John appears in the region near the Jordan river, preaching and baptizing. Luke speaks of John as the one who is “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare the way of the LORD.” This is a quote from Isaiah 40:3, which includes the part Luke quotes, but also goes on to say, “Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”

The use of LORD with all capital letters (in some English versions) reflects the Old Testament use of the name for God, sometimes called the tetragrammaton (transliterated YHWH). So while the New Testament Greek uses the more general “Lord,” the Old Testament makes it crystal clear that John the Baptist was preparing the way for YHWH, and mentions the term “God” in the original passage.

John was therefore preparing the way for God to appear to His people, and the gospel writers make this clear. These passages make it clear that Jesus is the one and only God, and the unique deity of Christ is confirmed in these verses.

 

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3 Responses to The Unique Deity of Christ: Attested by John the Baptist

  1. TJ says:

    Your argument above neglects that Jesus was *sent* by God. In other words, he’s the LORD’s *representative*. Here’s a simple example showing this type of representation by considering two perspectives of the very same account:

    “When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.'” (Matthew 8:5-6; NIV)

    “When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant.” (Luke 7:1-3; NIV)

    Luke makes it clear through the rest of the account that Jesus and the centurion NEVER spoke face-to-face, only through representatives. This is how the LORD came to his people through the agent he sent on his behalf, Jesus Christ.

    • humblesmith says:

      Your illustration works with Matt. 8.5 and Luke 7.1 because we have the two passages to compare. As for all other texts in the Bible, or any other literature, when one person comes to another, it is a misapplication to assume this is the case, for we have no evidence otherwise. If the principle you mention were able to be applied to any text that mentions someone coming, then we would never know whether anyone ever truly came or instead sent a representative. For texts where we have no such comparison, assuming something different than what the words say results in reading meaning into the text.

      Denying that Jesus has the full deity of the LORD is a heresy that was excommunicated from the church since its earliest days.

      • TJ says:

        “…for we have no evidence otherwise.”

        You’re *seriously* arguing that?! Jesus himself even spells it out for us: “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.” (John 5:30)

        That sure sounds like the very definition of a representative to me.

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