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- Category: Bible Questions and answers about Jesus Christ
- Published on Tuesday, 17 November 2009 23:39
In John 10:17, 18, the Lord Jesus declares that He is God: "I lay down My life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again."
While speaking as the sovereign Lord, He displays the beauty of His meekness, obedience and perfect unison with the will of His Father, saying, "This commandment have I received of My rather." As the Lord Jesus determined His own death, so also His resurrection was His own work. Verse 18 states that He had the power to do both, although in this verse He refers only to using that power to "lay it down of Myself." However, in verse 17 He stated that the purpose for this was "that I might take it up again."
The scriptures teach that God is one God without division, yet in a trinity of Persons. It is instructive to notice that each of the Persons, Father, Son and Spirit, is engaged in the work of Christ at Calvary, salvation, eternal life, the coming of the Holy Spirit and also in the resurrection of Christ. (I Corinthians 6:14, John 10:18, 1 Peter 3:18).