The Message - Sermon

Potential to be Gods

The existence of many religions is confirmation of humanity’s lack of knowledge and direct rejection of the one true God. Mankind has replaced God to their liking; this arises to confusion if not abandoning the faith. The aspiration to reproduce God in our image comes from the fallen nature of humankind and eventually leads to destruction.

Not all religions lead us to the one true God and we should know that! There is no biblical passage to support it at all. Any affiliation to these religions will not determine our eternal destiny, Jesus Christ will lead us to God’s forgiveness (reconciliation) and eternal life. John 3:16. “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John
5:12).

Jesus astounded his accusers when he proclaimed his divine relationship with God as the Son of God and further defended it by quoting a verse about the human potential of being gods. God is a family relationship between parents, sons, and daughters, and many passages in the Bible support it. For claiming to be the Son of God, the Jews continue to accuse him of blasphemy that leads him to the cross.

Jesus is the chosen Son of God. He was chosen to announce the kingdom of God is at hand; he taught that God is our Father in heaven and be a witness for God’s love. Forgiveness is one of his teachings and to love one another is one of his last words to his apostles which we should also apply to present time as all things good are from God. Love is respect and therefore we must honor one another.

John established the fact that Jesus is God in the flesh and dwells with man. Both God and man at the same time. John presented Jesus Christ as the Word as many agreed to this interpretation of John 1:1- “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John is saying that God chose (messiah) Jesus as his messenger to tell the people about Himself (God). Jesus is God, the Son, and the revealer of God the Father. If you are one of the Johannine followers, then you could also be a Pauline believer who wrote the same idea about Jesus.

Do you believe that you can be a god? What are the criteria to be a god? Do you feel it is far from happening? Is it impossible to be a god? Or, it is possible? Let us read the encounter of Jesus with his accusers for further knowledge.  “We are not stoning You for any good work,” said the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because You, who is a man, declare Yourself to be God.”  Jesus replied, “Is it not written in your law: ‘I have said you are gods’?  If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and the Scripture cannot be broken.

Let us read the simplified version of the Bible: MSG Bible version of John 10:31-32— Again the Jews picked up rocks to throw at him. Jesus said, “I have made a present to you from the Father of a great many good actions. For which of these acts do you stone me?”

33—The Jews said, “We’re not stoning you for anything good you did, but for what you said—this blasphemy of calling yourself, God.”

34-38—Jesus said, “I’m only quoting your inspired Scriptures, where God said, ‘I tell you—you are gods.’ If God called your ancestors ‘gods’—and Scripture doesn’t lie—why do you yell, ‘Blasphemer! Blasphemer!’ at the unique One the Father consecrated and sent into the world, just because I said, ‘I am the Son of God? If I don’t do the things my Father does, well and good; don’t believe me. But if I am doing them, put aside for a moment what you hear me say about myself and just take the evidence of the actions that are right before your eyes. Then perhaps things will come together for you, and you’ll see that not only are we doing the same thing, we are the same—Father and Son. He is in me; I am in him.”

The Scripture that Jesus quoted was Psalm 82:6- I have said, ‘You are gods; you are all sons of the Highest.’ When Jesus said we can be gods then we can be gods because we believe that the word he said is from God and he is just a messenger. God exists and His word is living and active and when we speak His words, use the Scriptures, because the word of God is life. Hebrews 4:12.

“Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” John 8:47.

Daniel 12:10—“Many will be purified, made spotless, and refined, but the wicked will continue to act wickedly. None of the wicked will understand, but the wise will understand.”

We can all be gods according to scripture but still subject to God’s judgment. Psalm 82:1. God is good, God is love, a perfect combination of God’s perfection. We always have to bear in mind though we can be gods, the one true God is exalted above all creations.

The Scripture uses the word “god” that applied to magistrates or people with authority, and Romans 13 states that there is no authority except God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. This should settle the confusion.

Jesus whom the Father chose and sent into the world was accused of blasphemy because He claimed He is the Son of God. Did he? In Mark 10:17-18; A man ran up to Jesus and fell on his knees and said; “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered, “Why do you call me good?”. “No one is good—except God alone. The man asked Jesus for eternal life and Jesus is not in a position that God alone can do. This showed that Jesus never claimed to be God. The accusation is baseless.

Human has the potential of actually being gods! Back in the creation days, God created us in His image. The ultimate potential destiny of all mankind is to join the family of God. The purpose for which we were created. As Jesus quoted, “I said, ‘You are gods.’” Let us all, then, be very thankful, we cannot get any higher position in the heavenly kingdom than that. I claimed that we are the sons of God in the highest and nothing else. Do you amen to this notion?

God is all in all.

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