Is Jesus really God? Is He really the creator of the universe? Coming a Biblical background, there are many people that have many beliefs about who Jesus really is. There are those that claim that Jesus is God. There are some that claim He is only the Son of God. There are some people that claim Jesus was only a prophet. And there are some that claim He never existed.
In the Bible, Jesus plainly asked:
When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
There were many beliefs concerning the person of Christ during His earthly ministry. They thought Him to be the following persons for the following reasons:
- John the Baptist – His confrontational preaching
- Elias/Elijah – His miracles
- Jeremias/Jeremiah – His compassion
- One of the prophets – His plain speaking of the Word of God
While all this was believed of Christ by others, Jesus turns the question to a personal choice: But whom say ye that I am?
The question, “is Jesus God?” is a question that has caused division among many people that claim to be religious or Bible believers. In the last article, we discussed the question, why so much confusion in regard to Bible doctrine. Ultimately, there is either the Truth or there is a lie. There is no middle ground. The problem is that satan creates a form of “middle ground” which is where the confusion begins.
All that being said, there are many beliefs regarding Jesus Christ. While there are many beliefs, there is only one Truth. Let me take the Bible and help you see what it says regarding the person of Christ.
So, Who Is Jesus? Jesus is God, or He is a liar…
First, to understand the person of Christ, we must understand that the Gospel of John gives to most information concerning who Jesus is. The Gospel of John starts with a statement about Jesus Christ:
(Please note that I will add emphasis in the following Bible verses to help point out the argument that Jesus is God.)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
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.
The Word is Jesus Christ. The Bible states, the Word was God. That Word, Jesus Christ was made flesh…a human being. The Bible promised that God would come to mankind. These prophecies are found in the book of Isaiah and fulfilled in the Gospel of Matthew.
Prophecy declares that Jesus is God
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 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.
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.
Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
These two examples of prophecy teach that God was coming to this earth, and that fulfillment took place in the person of Jesus Christ. Immanuel/Emmanuel declares that God would be with us. The person name Immanuel/Emmanuel is Jesus. That teaches us that Jesus is God.
The next prophecy in Isaiah proclaims that a child/son will be born and the government will be upon his shoulder. When Jesus was born, the wise men came seeking Jesus, who was BORN KING OF THE JEWS. Also note, the verse Isaiah 7:14 states that this son would be called: The mighty God, The everlasting Father.
This brings up another question, how can a son be God? This child/son that would be born is the mighty God. Let me first state that I believe that Jesus is God the Son AND the Son of God.
Secondly, God is greater than us. He stated that His thoughts are above our thoughts and that His foolishness is greater than wisdom. Therefore, to fully understand all there is regarding the person of God is beyond our comprehension. This is something we must believe by faith.
Jesus Made Himself Equal With God
I have had people ask, did Jesus Himself state that He is God? I’ve ever heard people say, If Jesus said he is God, I would believe it. While Jesus doesn’t have to prove Himself to anyone, He did give indication that His is equal with God.
And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
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.
In both of these Bible verses about Jesus, He claimed to work as only God can. He claimed the same level of power as the Father. This caused such anger among His hearers that they sought to kill Jesus. These hearers took stones to kill Jesus because He made claims that only God can make. Another example is that only God can forgive sins, and Jesus claimed to have the ability to forgive sins:
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?
We understand that God is the final authority. As the final authority, He set His law. Anyone who violates His law, is worthy of punishment. As the law giver and law enforcer, He is also the only One who can pardon those who offend Him and His law. For Jesus to offer the forgiveness of sins would put Him on the same level of the law giver/enforcer. Therefore, to forgive sins, He was claiming Sovereignty and equality with the Father.
Jesus Accepted The Name: Lord & God
In the Old Testament, every time an angel or individual was called God or Lord, they would make it clear that they were not God/Lord. Why? Because they would be taking the Glory from God and making themselves a god. The Bible teaches there is one God and He is the only one worthy of the name God and Lord.
After His resurrection, Jesus taught His followers, among whom was Thomas. He was known as “Doubting Thomas” because he did not believe that Jesus rose from the dead. With all hope lost, he basically denounced his follow-ship of Christ, unless Jesus Himself would show forth his wounds. Normally, Jesus would not submit to such a request of sings, but this was one of His followers. He loved Thomas and wanted to prove Himself to be alive:
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 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.
Any other person would have denied the name given: My Lord and my God. Jesus accepted it. Why? Because He is Lord and He is God. That simple. While He accepted this claim the Gospel of John, we also find that He is called Lord in the end times.
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
It is obvious that this is referring to Jesus. Jesus is the Lamb (John 1). Jesus is the Word (John 1:1). The Lamb/Word is given these titles: Lord of lords & King of kings. These titles are only for God Himself:
For the Lord your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:
O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.
The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.
These are titles are attributed to God alone: King, Lord, & God. Jesus accepted these names because they belong to Him, Jesus is God. After reading and comparing Scripture with Scripture, one can conclude that Jesus is God.
The question then is, who do you believe that He is? Jesus stated that if we do not believe that He is, then we die in our sins:
And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
Will your repent of your sin and believe this Gospel?
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