I HEARD THAT the Iglesia ni Cristo teaches that
Jesus Christ is not God. Is this true? If Jesus Christ
is not God, then who is He? Is He ordinary man?
Crispin C. Cedeno Cebu, Philippines
uphold the biblical truth that the Lord Jesus Christ is not God. He
is the Son of God (Mt. ) but not God the Son as others believe.
Christ Himself said that He is man:
“But now you seek to kill me, a man who
was told you the truth which I heard from God.” (Jn. 8:40, Revised
This proves that He is not God since God
is spirit and has no flesh and bones unlike man (Jn. ; Lk. 24:39). Moreover, God is not man and
man is not God (Hos. 11:9; Ezek. 28:2).
The Church of Christ,
however, does not teach that Christ is an ordinary man. In fact, we
teach that He is a very special man (Acts , Easy-to-Read New Testament) endowed by the Almighty
God with qualities not found in ordinary man.
The Lord Jesus is the only man who did
“To this you were called, because Christ
suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in
his steps. ‘He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his
mouth’.” (I Pt. 2:21-22, New International Version)
Furthermore, He was exalted by God and
commanded to be worshipped for God’s glory:
“Therefore God also has highly exalted
Him and given Him the name which is above every name, That at the
name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of
those on earth, and of those under the earth, And that every tongue
should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the
Father.” (Philip. 2:9-11, New King James Version)
Aside from these, God gave Christ all
authority in heaven and on earth (Mt. 28:18) and made Him Lord and
Savior (Acts 2:36; 5:31) and the only mediator between God and man
(I Tim. 2:5).
Thus, we hold the Lord Jesus Christ in
high esteem and worship Him for God’s glory in consonance with the
teachings of the Father in heaven.
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.