Who Is Jesus Christ? Man or God?
Who Is Jesus Christ: Most people know Jesus Christ to be a Savior but do not realize that Christ is God in human form. God came to dwell among us in the form of a man to help us understand who He is and to bridge the gap between our Heavenly Father and ourselves. “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation” and “God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in [Christ]” (Colossians 1:15, 19, NIV).
We know Jesus Christ was human because he experienced human emotions and physical limitations – he wept when he was moved in spirit and troubled when he saw Mary and the Jews weeping over Lazarus’ death; he was tired from his journey and sat down by the well; and he was thirsty and asked the Samaritan woman drawing water from the well to give him a drink. But we also know that he is God because he performed many miracles which showed his divine power – he raised Lazarus from the dead; he healed a blind man with his spittle; he calmed the wind and waves by his command; he healed many who were sick and drove out demons from people who were possessed. Only God Himself could perform these miracles.
As John the Baptist was a witness to Christ, we who are baptized by water are also witnesses to Christ. We as believers can identify with Jesus in his death and in his resurrection. For we died with Christ in our transgressions and are reborn again through his resurrection; he sacrificed his life as an atonement for all of our sins so that we are blameless in the sight of our Heavenly Father. Believers’ baptism is a form of sanctification in the sight of God. Those who are sanctified in the presence of others can testify to the truth about Jesus Christ.
When we fully acknowledge that Jesus Christ was sent by God our Father to die on the cross to atone for our sins and believe that he was resurrected from the dead so we may have the gift of salvation through him, we are inviting Jesus into our lives to be our Lord and Savior. By receiving the gift of salvation, we are baptized with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is sent by our Heavenly Father to dwell inside of us and to teach us all things about Christ. Those who love Jesus will obey his commands.