Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | June 16, 2006

Christ Will Judge

In the last three entries we’ve considered some of the issues that were taken up by the fathers at the council of Nicea when they confronted the heresy of Arianism.  Today we will conclude this review, which has undeniably provides the biblical basis for the deity of Christ.  Our topic today considers Scripture’s testimony that Christ will be our judge on the last day.  The following passages provide the basis for this belief:

Matthew 7:21-31:  Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.

Matthew 25:31-33:  When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 

Acts 17:31:  …because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead. 

The passages noted above establish our understanding that Christ will be our judge on the last day.  However, this next passage essentially makes an irrefutable case for the deity of Christ.  The same passage in Isaiah we quoted on 06/12/06, which was quoting God’s words is applied by the Apostle Paul to Jesus Christ:  

Philippians 2:5-11:  Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant,[b] being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

The testimony of Scripture provides the basis for Christ’s deity in that He is worshipped, has the authority to forgive sins, was the Creator of the universe and will be the judge on the last day.  In addition, we still have the explicit references to His deity in John 1:1.  It suffices to say that this created a problem for the people of God who were first confronted with this special revelation.  The problem is that it apparently contradicts the doctrine that we only have one God, since Christ is clearly God yet clearly distinct from the Father.  In the next several entries we will consider further the doctrine of the Trinity and how it resolves this apparent problem.  However, first we will spend one entry to establish the deity of the Holy Spirit.

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