[Excerpt from IS JESUS “GOD”? Copyright © 2017 Edward K. Watson. All rights reserved. Section 1.2.]

(Important! This section is within the “Database” portion of the book and only quotes and paraphrases biblical passages. There is NO interpretation nor commentary – you can interpret them however you want. This section only tells the reader WHAT the Bible says. Also, only the passages that are underlined in the header table are quoted. The reader is invited to use their own Bible to verify they really are saying the identified concepts about Jesus.)

Concept About Jesus

Biblical Author

Location

Possessed the “God” Nature

John John 1:1

Paul

Phil 2:5-7

Exact Duplicate of the Father

Hebraist

Heb 1:2-3

In the Image of God

Paul

2 Cor 4:4 / Col 1:15

He was “Rich” Who Became “Poor” for Our Sakes

Paul

2 Cor 8:9

Has the Same “Life” the Father Has John

John 5:26

 

1)      John 1:1

John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Nestle-Aland 28

Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος, καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν, καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος

Transliteration

En archē ēn ho logos, kai ho logos ēn pros ton theon, kai theos ēn ho logos

Literal

In [the] beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and God was the Word.

Paraphrase

In the beginning was the Word; and the Word existed with God; and the Word was God.

 

2)      Philippians 2:5-7

Phil 2:5

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Nestle-Aland 28

Τοῦτο φρονεῖτε ἐν ὑμῖν ὃ καὶ ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ,

Transliteration

Touto phroneite en hymin ho kai en Christō Iēsou,

Literal

This let mind be in you which also in Christ Jesus [was],

Paraphrase

Be as humble as Jesus Christ: [the same attitude per v.3]

 

Phil 2:6

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Nestle-Aland 28

ὃς ἐν μορφῇ θεοῦ ὑπάρχων οὐχ ἁρπαγμὸν ἡγήσατο τὸ εἶναι ἴσα θεῷ,

Transliteration

hos en morphē theou hyparchōn ouch harpagmon hēgēsato to einai isa theō,

Literal

Who in [the] form of God subsisting not something to be grasped esteemed it to be equal with God.

Paraphrase

Despite having the same nature of God, he didn’t think to forcefully cling to his equality with God,

 

Phil 2:7

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

Nestle-Aland 28

ἀλλ’ ἑαυτὸν ἐκένωσεν μορφὴν δούλου λαβών, ἐν ὁμοιώματι ἀνθρώπων γενόμενος·καὶ σχήματι εὑρεθεὶς ὡς ἄνθρωπος

Transliteration

all’ heauton ekenōsen morphēn doulou labōn, en homoiōmati anthrōpōn genomenos;kai schēmati heuretheis hōs anthrōpos

Literal

But himself emptied, [the] form of a servant, having taken in [the] likeness of men having been made.

Paraphrase

but emptied himself of it, and took upon himself the nature of a slave and became human.

Phil 2:5-7 Be as humble as Jesus Christ:

6 Despite having the same nature of God, he didn’t think to forcefully cling to his equality with God, 7 but emptied himself of it, and took upon himself the nature of a slave and became human.

 

3)      Hebrews 1:2-3

Heb 1:2

Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Nestle-Aland 28

ἐπ’ ἐσχάτου τῶν ἡμερῶν τούτων ἐλάλησεν ἡμῖν ἐν υἱῷ, ὃν ἔθηκεν κληρονόμον πάντων, δι’ οὗ καὶ ἐποίησεν τοὺς αἰῶνας·

Transliteration

ep’ eschatou tōn hēmerōn toutōn elalēsen hēmin en huiō, hon ethēken klēronomon pantōn, di’ hou kai epoiēsen tous aiōnas;

Literal

In last the days these has spoken to us by [his] Son whom he appointed heir of all things through whom and he made the worlds.

Paraphrase

And now, God has spoken to us through his Son in these last days. God has given the universe to him as an inheritance, and created it through him.

 

Heb 1:3

Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.

Nestle-Aland 28

ὃς ὢν ἀπαύγασμα τῆς δόξης καὶ χαρακτὴρ τῆς ὑποστάσεως αὐτοῦ, φέρων τε τὰ πάντα τῷ ῥήματι τῆς δυνάμεως αὐτοῦ, καθαρισμὸν τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν ποιησάμενος ἐκάθισεν ἐν δεξιᾷ τῆς μεγαλωσύνης ἐν ὑψηλοῖς,

Transliteration

hos ōn apaugasma tēs doxēs kai charaktēr tēs hypostaseōs autou, pherōn te ta panta tō rhēmati tēs dynameōs autou, katharismon tōn hamartiōn poiēsamenos ekathisen en dexia tēs megalōsynēs en hypsēlois,

Literal

Who being [the] radiance of [His] glory, and [the] exact expression of the substance of him, upholding moreover all things by the word of the power, through himself [the] purification of sins, having made he sat down at [the] right hand of the Majesty on high.

Paraphrase

The Son radiates God’s glory and is the exact copy of the very essence of God. He sustains the universe by the power of his word. After he had purified sins; he sat down at the right-hand side of the majestic God in heaven!

 

Heb 1:2-3 And now, God has spoken to us through his Son in these last days. God has given the universe to him as an inheritance, and created it through him. 3 The Son radiates God’s glory and is the exact copy of the very essence of God. He sustains the universe by the power of his word. After he had purified sins; he sat down at the right-hand side of the majestic God in heaven!

 

Summary

Doctrine

Jesus Possessed the “God” Nature

Associated Doctrinal Concepts About Jesus

Location

Paraphrased Text

Jesus Possessed the “God” Nature

John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word; and the Word existed with God; and the Word was God.

Phil 2:5-7

Be as humble as Jesus Christ:

6 Despite having the same nature of God, he didn’t think to forcefully cling to his equality with God, 7 but emptied himself of it, and took upon himself the nature of a slave and became human.

Jesus is the Exact Duplicate of the Father

Heb 1:2-3

And now, God has spoken to us through his Son in these last days. God has given the universe to him as an inheritance, and created it through him. 3 The Son radiates God’s glory and is the exact copy of the very essence of God. He sustains the universe by the power of his word. After he had purified sins; he sat down at the right-hand side of the majestic God in heaven!

 

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