We now come to the fourth part in our series where we turn the very objections raised by those who oppose the Christian worldview against them. In this particular section, we are going to tackle an argument, which both Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs) and Muslims use to undermine the absolute Deity of Christ.
According to the Holy Bible, Jesus was exalted to sit enthroned at God’s right hand as Lord over creation, and was even given the name which is above all names (cf. Acts 2:33-36; 5:31; Ephesians 1:19-23; Philippians 2:9-11). This shows that Jesus cannot be God since, if he were, then he would have already been exalted above the entire creation as Lord, and therefore wouldn’t need someone else to grant him this status.
What makes this rather ironic is that these texts prove quite damaging to the beliefs of these anti-Trinitarian groups since they actually establish Christ’s essential Godhood!
“Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; he seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Acts 2:29-36
Here the blessed Apostle Peter cites the following passage,
“The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.” Psalm 110:1
In his sermon to the Jews on the day of Pentecost in order to establish that even David knew, believed and worshiped Jesus the Messiah as his exalted Lord since the Holy Spirit had already revealed all these truths to him. In the words of the Lord Jesus himself:
“And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David? For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool. David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.” Mark 12:35-37
The Apostle also proclaimed that not only was it Jesus that shed forth the Holy Spirit upon his followers, but that he is also the One who grants repentance and forgiveness of sins to all those who would turn to him and believe in his name:
“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.” Acts 2:37-40
“Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.” Acts 3:26
“God exalted this Man to His right hand to be a Ruler and a Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.” Acts 5:31 Modern English Version (MEV)
And elsewhere in the NT, Peter noted that Jesus’ enthronement at God’s right hand meant that the entire creation was now in total subjection to his sovereign control:
“The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.” 1 Peter 3:21-22
Peter wasn’t the only one to make such an affirmation. The Apostle Paul preached that Christ has been exalted above every power and name in existence, both in this age and in the one to come, since he now possesses the name which is above all else. This blessed servant further proclaimed that every creature is expected to worship the risen Lord as a result of Jesus’ exalted status over them:
“And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, FAR ABOVE ALL principality, and power, and might, and dominion, AND EVERY NAME THAT IS NAMED, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” Ephesians 1:19-23
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is ABOVE EVERY NAME: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11
With the foregoing in perspective we can now proceed to the second part of our discussion.