An opponent of Christianity once told me, "Jesus
never said He was God!"
I could have responded, "Wanna bet?", but chose to
follow up our brief discussion with a letter documenting the truth of the
I always liked what noted deep-thinking author/lecturer C.S.
Lewis once wrote. The paraphrase goes like this: "Either Jesus is in fact
God, or He was an idiot because He claimed to be God."
That's making it clear, C.S.!
Many times in the Bible, Jesus Christ claims to be one with the
Father, and therefore God.
His disciples support that position over and over in their
Old Testament writers also point out that the promised Messiah
would be God.
In fact, the whole New Testament is based upon the thought that
there is essential unity between Jesus Christ and the covenant God of Israel.
New Testament Passages
Matthew 1:23 states, "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."
John 1:1-3:14 state, "In the beginning was the Word, and
the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the
beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any
thing made that was made... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, [and
we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,] full of
grace and truth."
John 1:18 states, "No man hath seen God at any time; the
only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him."
John 20:27-28 state, "Then saith he to Thomas, reach
hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust
it into my side; and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and
said unto him, My Lord and my God."
Philippians 2:5-8 state, "Let this mind be in you, which
was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not
robbery to be equal with God. But made himself of no reputation, and
took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And
being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto
death, even the death of the cross."
Colossians 1:15-16 state, "Who is the image of the
invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things
created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible..."
When the Apostle Paul says that Christ is the firstborn over
all creation, he does not mean that Christ is the first created being.
He goes on to explain that Jesus Christ created everything in
heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. Jesus Christ could not create
The idea among various cults that Christ is the first created
being is an impossible absurdity.
Colossians 2:8-10 state, "Beware lest any man spoil you
through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the
rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in Him dwelleth all the
fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him, which is the
head of all principality and power."
1 Timothy 1:16-17 state, "Howbeit for this cause I
obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all
longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to
life everlasting. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only
wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen."
1 Timothy 2:3-4 state, "For this is good and acceptable in
the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to
come unto the knowledge of the truth."
1 Timothy 3:16 states, "And without controversy great is
the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in
the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the
world, received up into glory."
1 Timothy 6:14-16 states, "...the appearing of our Lord
Jesus Christ, which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only
Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality,
dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath
seen, nor can see: To whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen."
Titus 1:3 states, "But hath in due times manifested his
word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment
of God our Saviour."
Titus 2:10 states, "...showing all good fidelity; that
they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things."
Titus 2:13 states, "Looking for the blessed hope and
glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ".
Hebrews 1:1-3 state,"God, who at sundry times and in
diverse manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 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; 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."
Hebrews 1:8 states, "But unto the Son he saith, Thy
throne, O God, is for ever and ever: A sceptre of righteousness is the
sceptre of thy kingdom."
Jude 25 states, "To the only wise God our Saviour,
be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen."
Old Testament Passages
Isaiah 7:14 states, "Therefore the Lord himself shall give
you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his
name Immanuel." (Immanuel literally means "God with us.")
Isaiah 9:6 states, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a
son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall
be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be
Jeremiah 23:5-6 state, "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord,
that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and
prosper, and shall execute judgement and justice in the earth. In his days
Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; and this is his name
whereby he shall be called, The Lord our Righteousness."
Christ's name in Hebrew is YHWH Tsidkenu, Jehovah Our Righteousness.
Micah 5:2 states, "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though
thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come
forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from
of old, from everlasting."
Christ has always existed because He is not a created being; He
is God Almighty who has existed from everlasting.
Malachi 3:1-2 state, "Behold, I will send my messenger,
and he shall prepare the way before me; and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall
suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye
delight in; behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. But who may abide
the day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appeareth? For he is like a
refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap."
God's temple is Christ's temple. Christ comes as an
Psalm 45:1,6-7 state, "I speak of the things which I have
made touching the king... Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever; the
sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. Thou lovest righteousness, and
hatest wickedness; therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee..."
The Hebrew word translated "anointed" is the verb
form of the noun "Messiah."
Psalm 110:1-3 state, "The Lord said unto my Lord,
Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The Lord
shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: Rule thou in the midst of thine
enemies. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power..."
The Lord (Jehovah) will subdue all Christ's enemies. Yet Christ's
rod and Christ's power will subdue all enemies. Christ's rule and power are
clearly equal to God's.
Jesus Christ Clearly Taught His Own Divinity
Revelation 21:6-7 state, "And He (Jesus Christ) said unto
me, it is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give
unto him that is a thirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that
overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall
be my son."
John 8:57-59 state, "Then the Jews said to Him, 'You are
not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?' Jesus said to them, 'Most
assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.' Then they
took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the
John 5:17-26 state, "But Jesus answered them, 'My Father
has been working until now, and I have been working.' Therefore the Jews sought
all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said
that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God. Then Jesus
answered and said to them, 'For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to
them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will... For as the Father has life
in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself'".
John 10:28-39 state, "And I give unto them eternal life;
and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck
them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one.
"Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus
answered them, 'Many good works have I showed you from my Father; for which of
those works do ye stone me?'
"The Jews answered him, saying, 'For a good work we stone
thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest
"Jesus answered them, 'If I do not the works of my Father,
believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: That
ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.'
Therefore they sought again to take him, but he escaped out of their hand."
Mark 2:5-11 state, "When Jesus saw their faith, he said
unto the sick of the palsy, 'Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.' But there
were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 'Why
doth this man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?...'
(Jesus) said unto them, 'But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power
on earth to forgive sins, [he saith to the sick of the palsy,] I say unto
thee, arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house'" (cf. Luke
The scribes' theology was correct: "Who can forgive sins
but God only?"
Jesus didn't disagree with their conclusion; rather, through
the miraculous healing He proved that He in fact was God and had the authority
to forgive sins.
The Spirit-inspired writers of the New Testament applied Old
Testament passages which specifically refer God-Jehovah to Jesus Christ. Therefore,
Jesus must be God-Jehovah.