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God, or Son of God?
Explicit or Implicit?
Mr. Ghazali:

Thank you so much for your recent visit with us and, for taking the time
to respond, giving us the opportunity to serve you further in you quest for
information and knowledge concerning the Lord Jesus, God’s Christ at

Regarding the research done by Mr. Abdullah, I personally have not seen
his work (I do not think I will waste the time), but based upon what little
information you have provided, I can say with some assurance that his
findings are at the very least partly correct, and partly wrong.  I am
currently working on my own treatise dealing in part with nature of Jesus,
in some detail, including this issue.  It will be titled “The Mystery:  Christ
Jesus”, because to this day, the average Christian has no clue as to what
the Bible actually teaches regarding the nature of the Man Jesus.  And yet,
the reality is, no Christian, particularly in America, can afford to face death
and the prospect of standing before a Savior about whom they know so
little, on top of having invested so little time in getting to know Him,

Jesus’ Explicit Declarations

Mr. Abdullah is quite right in his assertion that Jesus never explicitly declared Himself to be God.  The reason for this quite
simply has to do with the fact that during His earthly sojourn, Jesus, functionally, was in fact not God (strange as that may
seem!).  In light of the miracles He did, and the wisdom He showed (minus the least bit of formal education), this was a truth
He sought intentionally, repeatedly to impress upon His disciples, while at the same time, drawing attention to His roots in Deity
(it is a concept that no one, not even those closest to Him, was ever able to fully grasp during His earthly walk)!  You might
say, His approach was perhaps circuitously, taking the “long way home”, when merely making a declaration, supported by—
‘whoopdah’—a flood of miracles at every turn would have settled the issue eternally; for, He was as well Master of ‘reverse-
psychology’.  “What kind of a Man is this,” they exclaimed in bewilderment, “Who can command ever the wind and the waves
into subjection?”  Even when they thought they finally had Him figured out, they at long last understood and believed, Jesus
gently reminded them that they had lot to learn (See John 16:29-31).  He never made one direct, explicit claim to the affect that
He was God.  With regard to Himself, His emphasis was forever on His roll as—yes!—Son, but in a servant’s garb, having, no
authority or power of Himself; on a mission, subject entirely to a will not His own; delivering a message—in humanity—which
He (as the Son of Man) never conceived, to all humanity (though He served on the Heavenly Tribunal, in eternity past,
responsible for formulation and finalizing of the details of both the mission and the message!).  That was what Jesus wanted His
disciples to see.  Moreover, Jesus placed no demands upon people surrounding Him to the affect that He wished to be received
or worshipped, as God

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This is quite in contrast to His Old Testament “Christophonic” pre-Christ appearances where this person as God the Second
Person of the Triune God came to Abraham and Joshua robed and recognizable only as a man, but commanding, and that
rightly so, and receiving the respect of, none, other than God (in the plains of Mamre, Abraham knew immediately, in spite of
His appearance, who He was.).  The same is true immediately following His resurrection, whereupon all seeing Him, received
Him as the Man Jesus (including John the beloved one), but, post-ascension, though He was seen only by John, it was
abundantly clear that He could not be approached as He had always been before, for He was then and is now, without
controversy, God the Almighty (per Heb.s 1:1-2).  

That is the “mystery” that the church then, now and throughout the ages has never and does not now understand.  Matthew in
his gospel records that His constant emphasis throughout His ministry was on His humanity, by referring to Himself repeatedly
as the Son of Man (which also refers back to Daniel’s prophecy, by means of which He in turn makes allusion to His place in
eternity, and therefore, Divinity (Dan. 7:13, 14)!  One might say that in the Lord’s usage, the expression had a twofold
designation.  In fact, it is probably more probable that His intent was to infer that He was as a matter fact the fulfillment of
Daniel’s prophecy.  God literally became a Man, minus all of His Divine attributes (Phil. 2:5-11)!