Ten Divine Attributes of the Messiah
by Brian Chilton
Mark Lowry wrote a beautiful song called Mary, Did You Know. The song features questions that Mark would ask Mary if he had the chance. One of the lines inquires, “Mary, did you know . . . that when you kissed your little baby, you’ve kissed the face of God?”. We are in the season of Advent which anticipates the arrival of Christmas. Although the date of Christ’s birth is debated among scholars, Christmas is a time when we celebrate the birth of Christ, no matter the actual date.
Throughout the millennia, Christians have recognized that Jesus is the incarnate Son of God. However, may have sought to dispute the claim, holding that Jesus was merely a good man but not God. Groups like Jehovah Witnesses translate their own versions of Scripture, attempting to write off the divine claims made about Christ. Yet, it is impossible not to see the multiple divine attributes of Jesus throughout the pages of Scripture.
A thorough examination of Scripture indicates that Jesus holds multiple divine attributes normally ascribed to God. At least ten Messianic divine attributes are found in Scripture.
1. The Messiah holds the divine attribute of life (Jn. 1:4; 14:6).
The divine attribute of life describes the ability to provide life, even eternal life. This kind of life can only be given by one who oneself is eternal.
- “In him was life, and that life was the light of men” (Jn. 1:4).
- “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him” (Jn. 14:6).
2. The Messiah hold the divine attribute of self-existence (Jn. 5:26; Heb. 7:16).
This means that Christ was uncreated and exists by himself alone, an attribute that only God could hold…
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