Does the bible teach that Jesus is God?

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Introduction

Although Muslims, the New Agers and the Jehovah’s witnesses have huge differences when it comes to what they believe about God – they all agree about one thing – that Jesus is not God.  But what does the bible say?

The first point to make is that God is extra-dimensional. He sits enthroned in eternity, and is beyond the dimensions we enjoy. He is not limited to them, and therefore shouldn’t be understood exclusively by them. This means that God cannot be completely understood by the human mind – but we have the option to accept what God says about himself, even if we don’t entirely understand it.

Firstly, the bible tells us that the Lord is one (Deuteronomy 6:4), and that besides him, there is no other.

Secondly – Genesis tells us that God (Elohim אֱלֹהִים), is plural – and that is expressed in Genesis when God says; ‘let us make man in our image’ (Genesis 1:26).

So God reveals himself as one God – and beside him, there is no other – but that he himself is plural in his nature. This doesn’t make complete sense to the human mind – and we have two options – to reject what God has revealed about himself in an effort to systemize and subject God to the frame work of our experiential reality – or accept what God has said about himself – even though it extends beyond the boundaries of the human mind.

The second of course is the most reasonable – because we shouldn’t expect God to be limited to the constraints of the creation that he himself brought into existence.

Now we are going to look through scripture, examine the Prophets, Apostles, and even Jesus himself – and discover what they said about Jesus.

Who did Isaiah say Jesus was?

 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Isaiah gave Jesus 4 titles – wonderful counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Isaiah believed that this son would be Mighty God.

Who did David say Jesus was?

Your throne, O God (elohiym אֱלֹהִים), will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.” Psalm 45:6

The writer of Hebrews quotes Psalm 45, and attributes this as a description of Jesus;

“But about the Son he says, your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.” Hebrew 1:8 (The Psalmist called the Son, God)

Who did the Apostle John say Jesus was?

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1

John tells us that the word was God – and that the word became flesh – that is a human being, and dwelt among us – the Son who came from God the Father.

Who did the Apostle Thomas say Jesus was?

“Thomas said to him, My Lord and my God!” John 20:28 (Thomas called Jesus both Lord and God)

Thomas believed that Jesus was not just Lord, but also God.

Who did Matthew say Jesus was?

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).” Matthew 1:23, Isaiah 7:14

Matthew’s gospel agreed with Isaiah in saying that Jesus will be called ‘God with us’, God in the flesh, God who became man.

Who did Paul say Jesus was?

“In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” Colossians 2:9

Who did Jesus say he was?

“God said to Moses, I AM who I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14 “Jesus answered, before Abraham was born, I AM!” John 8:58

Jesus claimed he was the one to whom Moses spoke at the burning bush at the time of the Jewish Exodus.

“This is what the Lord says Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.” Isaiah 44:6 “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” Revelation 1:17

Jesus claimed to be the one whom Isaiah spoke of as the first and the last, the only living God.

Did the religious leaders believe that Jesus claimed to be God”?

Jesus conversed with religious leaders and said;

I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” John 10:32

Conclusion

It’s safe to say that scripture makes room for no grey areas about who Jesus was. Isaiah, David, John, Thomas, Matthew, Paul and even Jesus himself make it absolutely clear. Even the religious leaders tell us how they interpreted Jesus words – as ones who studied the Tenakh (Old Testament), and knew the seriousness of his claims; they couldn’t accept it – despite the overwhelming prophetic evidence in his favor.

Given Jesus claim to be God – there are only three options; either Jesus was himself deceived, or Jesus was deliberately lying, or Jesus was exactly who he claimed to be. The historical evidence for Jesus resurrection, alongside the prophetic evidence that demonstrates the way he fulfilled over 300 highly specific prophecies leads us to come to no other reasonable conclusion other than – Jesus is God.

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