Is Jesus El Shaddai Essay


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Is Jesus El Shaddai

How would you describe Jesus?  Let’s list the words here.

 

Now think about the attributes of El Shaddai and circle the words that pertain to Almighty God.

That should answer the question should it not?  But let us go through and methodically find what the Word of God says about Jesus as Almighty God, El Shaddai. Almighty God is able to carry out all His plans and purposes to the glorious and triumphant ends He foresaw at the beginning.  He is able to subdue all things to Himself.  Nothing is impossible for Him.

 Does the Bible identify Jesus as mighty, powerful, and transcendent?  Is He connected with the act of creation?  Is He the nourisher, the strength giver, the satisfier, who pours Himself into the lives of believers?  Does He chasten and purge and judge creation? Is He abundantly able to save above what we could ever wish or dream?

 

Is Jesus part of the Trinity?

 Colossians 2:9  For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity (plumera) lives in bodily form,

He is everything that God is because the fullness of the Godhead is in Him.  It could not be said more plainly.  The Greek πλήρωμα) “pleroma” generally refers to the totality of divine powers. In Him is 100% of the Godhead.  This word is used nowhere else in the New Testament.

1 Timothy 3:16   Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great:    He appeared in the flesh,    was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.

 

 

This verse forms the creed of the church from earliest times.  Jesus Christ is part of the Triune God.  He is the holy Son of God who became a man and entered human conditions.  His spiritual attributes were hidden from man.  He was the word made flesh.  Just as God was not visible in the tabernacle, His Spirit was there and He dwelt among the Israelites.  Jesus was the tabernacle brought to dwell among us.  He was born flesh and dwelt or pitched His tent among us John 1:14

Read along with me as we dissect this verse. 

 

Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: (What is the mystery of godliness… Jesus came, paid the sin penalty, and is making us who believe godly.)He appeared in the flesh(refers to the virgin birth,His spiritual preexistence from eternity, but became a man and lived in ordinary human conditions.)was vindicated by the Spirit(justified when He came back from the dead.),was seen by angels,
was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory. (He is now in Heaven at God’s right hand and we worship Him because His power as El Shaddai has brought redemption for mankind.)

 

 

 

Is Jesus connected to the act of creation?

 

1 Peter 1:20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.

 

Barnes Notes on the new Testament ; It was predetermined from eternity, before the world was created, before man was created, before the angels were created, that Jesus would be the great atoning sacrifice for sin.

 

 1 Colossians 1:16-17  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

 

We are plainly told that Jesus was  present before time began.  He was involved in the planning, All things were made by Him(He is the Creator, not the creation)  Jesus was present and active during Creation.

 

 Almighty God is able to forgive sin.  He chastens purges and judges sin.

 

Matthew 9:2, He forgave his sins then healed the paralytic man, Luke 7:48  He forgave the woman who washed His feet, dried them with her hair, and anointed them with precious oil; Luke 23:42,43 He forgave the thief on the cross.

 

Jesus was the first to forgive the sins of man in the flesh. No being had ever existed with the authority  to directly utter the forgiveness of sin.  The priest, Saducees and Pharisees were horrified, but then Jesus proved He had the authority to forgive the man’s sins by healing his body.  He proved Himself to be able to present man spotless before the throne.  He has authority over man both physically and spiritually.  Jesus could see invisible sin, and could forgive it or condemn it.  He has the powers of discernment, forgiveness and condemnation to make Him the perfect judge.

 

Is Jesus entitled to receive worship?

 

Only God Almighty is worthy to receive worship.

Exodus 20:3,  The first commandment, thou shalt have no other gods before me.  In that day it was popular to worship many gods. Unfortunately in these days it is popular to worship no god.  Deuteronomy 6:13  Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name., Isaiah 42:8“I am the LORD; that is my name!
   I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.

 

God is worthy and rather definite about how we are to regard Him.  It would be blasphemy in the highest form for Jesus to claim that He was almighty God.  If He were only a prophet, he would not have accepted worship from others.  He would rebuke those who bent their knees before Him as the apostles did after the resurrection.  Jesus did not rebuke His worshipers but accepted it as His due.

Matthew 8:2, The leper worshipped Him and said if Thou will Thou can make me clean.  Matthew 2:2  The wise men worshipped Him., Matthew 14:33 The disciples worshipped Him when they saw Him walking on the water., and. Luke 7:47-50 The woman who bathed his feet.

 

All powerful, able to subdue nature and change its natural course according to His purpose.

 

Jesus spent His three year ministry demonstrating His ability to control nature and subdue it to His will.  He walked on water John 6:16-21, calmed the storm Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25 and Matthew 8:23-27 , turned water into wine, John 2:1-11, raised the dead; Jairus daughter Matthew 9:18,19,23-25 , Widow’s son Luke 7:11-15, , Lazarus John 11:1,4-7,14,15,17,19-27,32-44, fed five thousand on two fish and five loaves of bread  Matthew 14:13-21
:52 and the four thousand Mark 8:1-9, healed thousands of the sick, blind, and deaf with a word. 

 

John 21:25  Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

 

Witnesses to these events asked with awe, and trembling, “What manner of man is this that even the winds and the sea obey His voice?”  Those witnesses came to the conclusion that Jesus is surely the Son of God.  He is El Shaddai, Almighty God, and they knelt and gave Him the worship that is His due.

 

 All sufficient, all bountiful

 

 

All things were created by Him and are sustained by Him.  John 1:1-3,

Colossians 1:15-19 , 2:9

The fullness of the Godhead is in Him.  Jesus is fully God and fully man.  He was as human as you are and the full divinity of the Father was in Him. 

 

We can be made full through Him.  Every human being can be made complete by Him.  The gospel is for every man, that all should be presented complete in Christ.  Christ work is not limited.  His power is not limited.  His glory is not limited.  The hope of glory is for every man. 

 

“Christ in you, the hope of glory, whom we proclaim, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus…” Colossians 1:27-28.

 Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”  We sometimes confuse our wants with our needs.  He does give us our wants out of His surplus and because of His loving kindness, but His

 promise is to provide for our needs.  How can Jesus meet all our needs?  Because He is the all sufficient, all bountiful, Almighty God, El Shaddai.

 

  Able to save to the utmost 

Hebrews 7:25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.  

How is He able to save to the utmost? Jesus fulfilled the covenant made before creation to complete the pure, sinless, undefiled, innocent, bloody sacrifice for the sins of mankind. He came into our midst an innocent baby and remained sinless for the duration of His life here on earth.  He was tempted as we are, yet He did not sin.  He knew the cross awaited Him but He remained steadfast in His desire to fulfill the will of the Father.  The radiance of His perfect life and a character without flaw or blemish reflected the moral glory of heaven.  Only an infinite, eternal, all powerful God could take on every murderous deed and thought of countless generations of mankind and bury them in the deepest sea, to never be seen again.  This infinite compassionate God needs only to hear the call of one sinful man to offer himself as the sacrifice for their sin.  He is not a dead god, but a risen Savior who serves as our intercessor at the right hand of God the Father.
 Omnipresent, transcendent, omnipotent, omniscient

Colossians 2:9, John 1:14, 1 Timothy 3:16 .  We discussed these verses before.  J. Vernon McGee combines them in one sentence “Out of eternity the Word became flesh.”  Jesus was full of grace, full of truth, full of deity.  He cannot be anything more because He already had it.  When the Bible says He has the fullness of the Godhead that includes all the properties of godhood such as omnipresence, (everywhere at once)The Lord Jesus Christ also called Himself omnipresent when He said: “No man hath ascended up to heaven but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of Man who is in heaven … For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (John 3:13, Matt. 18:20).  transcendent, (beyond comprehension, extending beyond the limits of ordinary experience, beyond the limits of all possible experience and knowledge),  and onmipotent, (having virtually unlimited authority and experience)Christ again referred to Himself as eternal and consequently to be omnipotent.  : “‘I Am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,’ saith the Lord who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Rev. 1:8). And omniscience, (having infinite awareness, understanding, and insight, possessed of universal or complete knowledge)He called Himself omniscient (all-knowing), saying “As the Father knoweth Me, even so I know the Father” (John 10:15). .  He is the image of the invisible God and has all the power of heaven and earth.  McDonald’s Believers Bible Commentary says it this way…”The Savior was full of grace and truth.  On the one hand, full of undeserved kindness for others.  He was also completely honest and upright, and He never excused sin or approved evil.  To be completely gracious and at the same time completely righteous is something only God can be.”

 

Nourishes, gives strength, and satisfies

Jonathan Edwards [1723], Sermons and Discourses: 1723-1729 (WJE Online Vol. 14) , Ed. Kenneth P. Minkema [word count] [jec-wjeo14].

I don’t think I could say it better than the great Jonathan Edwards who said this in a sermon he preached in 1729.

 

“The grace of Christ Jesus nourishes the soul; it gives life and strength to it. Before the soul receives this grace, it is dead. In this (grace) doth more than bread does to the body, (bread only preserves the life of the body.  Bread only revives the body when it is weak and languishing.) But this heavenly food revives men when they are (spiritually) dead. And it also continues the life of the soul: the soul, after it is revived, would die again, were it not for the continuance supply of grace and spiritual nourishment. It strengthens the soul as food does (for)the body. The soul in its natural condition is a poor, feeble, languishing thing, having no strength; but the grace of Christ makes it strong and vigorous. And this spiritual nourishment makes the soul to grow, as food (makes the body grow). The supplies of the Spirit of God increase the life and vigor of the soul, increases the understanding, increases holy inclinations and affections; “

  

Without the grace shown us by Christ our soul would shrivel and die.  Because of the nourishment given by His grace, our Spirit can flourish and become vigorous which in turn invigorates the strength of the physical body.

 

Makes us fruitful

John 15:1-8 tells us we can bear no fruit without Him.  As the fruit can only be borne if it is connected to the vine, so our fruit can only develop when connected to Christ.  When we subject ourselves to His careful pruning we can bear even more fruit.

Romans 5:3-5  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

   5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples

 

God works in our lives to produce the character of Christ in us.

We cannot produce fruit by ourselves.  I have tried!  A good example is when I try to be meek.  As soon as I accomplish meekness in one instance of my life I get proud that I was meek….Bang, just like that I lose my meekness and humility. 

 

His divine power is all we need to live life to the full and grow to be like Christ full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.  The Christian life is very serious business and can only be attained by John 14:25  abiding in Him and He in us.  He affects every area of our lives and reigns over us.  John 15:5  Apart from Him we can truly do nothing

 

Jesus claimed to be Jehovah and the Bible screams His divinity from the first verse of Genesis to the last page of Revelation.  Revelation 1:5-8, Jesus, who cannot lie is a faithful witness that He is El Shaddai, Almighty God“I and My Father are one … He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father … I am in the Father and the Father in Me … all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine … We will come unto him and make our abode with him” (John 10:30, 14:9, 14:10, 17:10 and 14:23). These and other similar expressions all indicate His divine nature.Revelation 4:8, Isaiah 6:3  The four creatures before the throne declare throughout eternity that Jesus Christ is Jehovah, El Shaddai, Almighty God. God the Father testified about Him saying, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17) The Holy Spirit whispers gently to our hearts that Jesus Christ is El Shaddai. 

 

Jesus is the faithful witness that what is written in the Bible about Him is true and we can believe it because He was there and saw it all happen.  His power made it happen.  He is the first to rise from the dead never to die again so those who are His own may follow in resurrection.  He is exalted and every knee shall bow in worship of Him.  Only El Shaddai could accomplish His purpose to loose us from our sins by the shedding of His blood.  He is infinite Almighty God and He alone is able to sacrifice His blood for an infinite number of sins.  And as a bonus, He continues to shed forth His grace, to nourish, supply, and satisfy our needs.  He is ever ready to chasten, purify, and cleanse those He loves.

 Jesus has the characteristics of Elo Shaddai.  He is Almighty God.

 

 

 

 

 

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