Is Jesus God?
We believe Jesus is
God for the following reasons:
According to Psalm 50:6 "God Himself is
judge," yet according to John 5:22-23, all judgment of mankind will be
by Jesus: "In order that all may honor the Son, even as they
honor the Father."
According to John 5:19, Jesus does, in like
manner, "whatever He sees the Father doing." In other words,
Jesus can also raise the dead, heal the sick, create stars, planets, solar systems, and galaxies.
In this regard, God the Father tells us (in Hebrews 1:10) that His Son,
Jesus, "laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work
of Thy hands."
See also # 7 below.
According to John 14:13-14, Jesus can hear
our prayers; and according to John 14:23, both the Father and Jesus
indwell each and every true believer in God. In fact, John
17:3 tells us that eternal life is all about knowing God: and Jesus.
This means that Jesus is (also) omnipresent: or in multiple places at
the same time.
In John 20:28, Thomas called Jesus,
his "Lord" and his "God," and he was not rebuked by the
Lord for doing so. The Greek literally says, "The Lord of me, and
the God of me."
According to Psalm 90:2, God is eternal, or
"from everlasting to everlasting" (NASB). In this regard,
a Jehovah's Witness publication called "What Does the Bible
Really Teach" says that "Jehovah is unique in ... (that) He alone
has always existed." It then quotes from Psalm 90:2 as follows: "Even from time indefinite to time
indefinite (or forever) you are God." Yet with regard
to Jesus, in Micah
5:2, we are told that He would be born in Bethlehem, and
that "His origin is from ... eternity" HCSB, or "the
days of eternity," NASB. The Jehovah's Witness'
own (New World Translation) says, "from time
indefinite" -- to describe Jesus' origin -- or the same term it
uses of God.
In fact, in John 8:58, Jesus plainly asserted His eternal existence when He
said that "Before Abraham was born, I am."
This is the same term that God told Moses when he asked God who He was in
Exodus 3:13-14, and it means that there never was a time when God came into
being, but rather that He has always existed. And in Hebrews 7:3, we
are told that Melchizedek is like the Son of God: having no mother or
father, or genealogy, or beginning of days. See the Quiz at the end of
this page for more on Melchizedek.
In Mark 2:1-12 we are told that Jesus has the
power to forgive sins, yet according to the same passage, "only God can
forgive sins," (verse 7). See also Isa. 43:22, 55:7, and Jer.
In many passages of scripture, we are told
that God is the Creator of heaven and earth, yet in Col. 1:15-16 we
are told that "by Him (Jesus) all things were created, both in the heavens and on the earth
..." See also John 1:3 and Hebrews 1:2. In other
words, Jesus is the Co-Creator with God.
God the Father calls His Son "God"
in Hebrews 1:8, and in the previous verses tells us plainly that Jesus is
not an angel, nor ever was an angel.
In Deuteronomy 6:13 we are told to fear only
the Lord our God and worship (or serve) only Him, yet in Psalm 2:10-12 we are told to
"Do homage to the Son, lest He become angry, and you perish in the way,"
... and that those who "take refuge in Him" are
"blessed." And in John 12:26 Jesus said, "He who serves
Me, My Father will honor." Note also in this regard
that the word for worship in Hebrew (ābad) also means to serve or to work
According the I Peter 1:21, it is through
Jesus that we become believers in God." And in John 14:6, Jesus plainly
says that "No one comes
to the Father except through Me," and in John 12:32 Jesus tells us
that He will draw all men to Himself. And with regard to eternal
life, in I John 5:11-12 we are told "God has given us eternal life, and this
life is in His Son. He who has the Son, has the life, he who does not
have the Son of God, does not have the life." NASB
In Luke 22:70, when asked if He was ' ... the
Son of God,' Jesus said, 'Yes I am.' NASB The Jewish rabbi's
interpreted this as "blasphemy," because He was, by making this
claim, also claiming to be equal with God. See also John 5:17-18
and Phil. 2:5-11.
In Matthew 2:1-2 we are told that magi, or
wise men came to "worship" Jesus. The word for worship
here is the Greek word proskuneõ, and it means to "make obeisance, to
reverence, or to kiss towards. It is used of the Father in Matt. 4:10,
John 4:21-24, I Cor. 14:25, Rev. 4:10 and elsewhere. It is used
of Christ in Matt. 2:2, 8, 11, 8:2, 9:18, 14:33, John 9:38 and other
places. Note that in Psalm 2:12 we are told to "do homage"
or "obeisance" to the Son, lest He become angry and you perish ...
(and) that all who "take refuge in Him" are "blessed."
Note: Critics who deny the
divinity of Christ sometimes point to a statement that Jesus made to the
effect that "No one has seen God at any time" (John 1:18);
however, in this
regard, He was not referring to Himself, and He plainly said so in John
6:46. We quote from it below.
"Not that any man has
seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the
The scriptures make it clear that
Jesus was more than just a man (Mark 9:2-3) who came down from heaven, and who (before doing so) had glory
"with the Father." John 8:58; 17:5.
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