of the Spirit
- Matthew 1:23
- "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a
son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted
is, God with us."
- Since Matthew refers to Jesus as "God with us", this passage is quoted to prove
that Jesus is God.
The word Emmanuel is a Hebrew name, and its
interpretation means “God with us”. The Hebrews often named
their children with names that made reference to God and His
attributes. For example, Elijah's name means "God is
Yahweh", and Samuel's name means "his name is God".
Just because God was with Jesus, and hence Jesus
was among us, does not make Jesus into Yahweh. When Jesus raised
back to life the widow’s son, the people who saw the miracle
“glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us;
and, That God hath visited his people.” (Luke 7:16). Note that
the people who witnessed this miracle did not believe that Jesus was
God, for there is no indication that they bowed down and worshipped
Jesus. The people referred to Jesus as "a prophet",
and not a god. Rather, they understood that God used Jesus to
perform the miracle. In this sense “God hath visited his
people”. In this sense God was with us (or them, in this
case). God was working THROUGH Jesus, and this is how Jesus can
be “God with us” without Jesus being confused as God the Almighty.