"Is Jesus God and Savior?"
(Deuteronomy 6:4, Timothy 3:16, Titus
2:13, Matthew 4:7)
Letter to the Editor:
PASUGO, November-December 1993, p.3
I KNOW THAT every now and then you scan the
Holy Bible, but unfortunately you do not understand what the
Scriptures mean, like Deuteronomy 6:4 where it is stated that
Jesus is our one and only true God. You are only referring to your
very own verses.
There are other verses clearly stating that Jesus
is the one and only true God, such as the following;
1 Timothy 3:16 clearly shows God was
manifested in the flesh. Now, who was manifested in the flesh?
Of course, none other than Jesus Christ. He considered Himself
as a man just to fulfill His promise to save the world from
sins. But in Him the whole fullness of deity
dwells bodily (Colossians 2:9). So He is the God who was
manifested in the flesh.
Titus 2:13 also clearly states that
Jesus is our great God and our Savior. What are you
looking for? Jesus is our God and our Savior. No one can
save us except Jesus Christ.
In Matthew 4:7 Jesus revealed himself to be
God when He said to Satan ".....you shall not tempt
the Lord your God." Did Jesus He to Satan?
Absolutely no! Jesus is perfect. See?
With these few; verses alone I can assure you and it is clear
that Jesus Christ is our God.
Surigao del Norte, Philippines
IT IS NOT TRUE that we only scan the Holy
Bible every now and then. We consult it on all matters pertaining to
the things of God. And it is not true that we refer to our very own
verses. We have none of our own, nay, not even a translation of the
IT IS NOT TRUE that
Deuteronomy 6:4 states that Jesus is our one
and only true God. Deuteronomy 6:4 states:
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!
There is no mention here of
Jesus. The God of Israel is the God of Jacob and Abraham and Isaac
(cf. Exodus 3:6) and the God of Abraham is the Almighty , God (Gen.
Moreover He said, “I am the
God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God
of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon
God. (Exodus 3:6, NKJV)
And Moses also said this to the people of Israel:
Is this the way you repay the Lord, you foolish and senseless
people? Isn't he your Father who created
you? Has he not made you and established you? (Deuteronomy 32:6, NLT)
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and
said to him, “I am Almighty
God; walk before Me and be blameless.
This Almighty God is the Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ (cf. Eph.l:3; 1 Pet.l:3)
Blessed be the
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with
every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in
Christ, (Eph. 1:3, NKJV)
Blessed be the
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His
abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (1 Peter 1:3, NKJV)
Thus, our Lord Jesus Christ is not God Himself.
The Father who is introduced to us by our Lord Jesus Himself is the
only true God (cf. Jn. 17:1-3). Jesus Christ our
Lord is the Son of the one and only true God.
spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father,
the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify
You, And this is
eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God,
and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (John 17:1,3, NKJV)
IT IS NOT TRUE that just because God was
manifested in the flesh as stated in I
Timothy 3:16, the flesh in whom He is manifested is
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was
manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels,
preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up
into glory. (1 Tim. 3:16, KJV)
The same verse in
another version of the Bible for clarity:
Here is the great mystery of our religion:
Christ came as a human. The spirit proved that he pleased God,
and he was seen by angels. Christ was preached to the nations.
People in this world put their faith in him, and he was taken up to
glory. (1 Tim. 3:16, Contemporary English Version)
God is manifested in the person of our Lord Jesus
Christ because it is God Himself who works in Jesus Christ (cf. Jn.
Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me?
The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but
the Father who dwells in Me does the works. (John 14:10, NKJV)
Of course Colossians 2:9 states that "in him
duelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily" but such statement
does not say Christ is God just because the fullness of the God-head
dwells in Him. The dwelling does not become the dweller.
IT IS NOT TRUE that
Titus 2:13 states that the
terms "our great God and our Savior" refers only to one.
looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God
and Savior Jesus Christ, (Titus 2:13, NKJV)
The expression "great God" refers to God the
Father and the expression "our Savior" refers to Jesus Christ as it
is stated in Titus 1:4.
To Titus, a true son in our common
faith: Grace mercy and peace
from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior. (Titus
Thus, the Father is different from the Son; God
is different from His Son Jesus Christ.
IT IS NOT TRUE that Jesus was referring to
Himself in Matthew 4:7,
when He said "..... you shall not tempt the Lord your God" .
Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You
shall not tempt
the LORD your God.
(Matthew 4:7, NKJV)
The only true God that Jesus recognizes is the
Father (Jn. 17:1, 3).
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said:
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may
glorify you. . . . . An this is eternal life, that they may know
you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you sent. (John 17:1,
Thus, the Lord God mentioned by Jesus
in Matthew 4:7 is not Himself but His Father, the only true God.
Note: Verses are added for
clarity. Emphasis ours.
Suggestion: If you have further questions, please feel free
to visit the
Iglesia ni Cristo congregation nearest you. A minister or
an evangelical worker would be happy to answer any biblical question
you have in mind.