Is Jesus God Himself? If you have ever struggled with the question, is Jesus God or not, then this is the right article for you. All serious readers of the Bible must grapple with this question: Is Jesus God? Because to accept the Bible as true one must accept Jesus’ words, and other biblical writers, as true. There are many religious groups that deny the deity of Jesus Christ such as Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, the Black Hebrew Israelites, Unitarians, and more.
To openly deny the Trinity is heresy and it is damnable. The Bible makes it clear that there is one God in three divine persons, the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus was fully man to live the life that man couldn’t live and He was fully God because only God can die for the sins of the world. Only God is good enough. Only God is holy enough. Only God is mighty enough!
In Scripture, Jesus is never referred to as “a god.” He is always referred to as God. Jesus is God in the flesh and it is mind-boggling how anyone could go through this article and deny that Jesus is God!
Author C.S. Lewis famously postulated in his book, Mere Christianity, that there can only be three options when it comes to Jesus, known as the trilemma: “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.”
To summarize Lewis, Jesus is either: A Lunatic, A Liar, or He is Lord.
So who is Jesus Christ?
It is broadly accepted amongst most academics and scholars that there truly was a historical Jesus who lived in Palestine in the 1st century, who taught many things and was executed by the Roman government. This is based on both biblical and extra biblical records, the most famous of these include references to Jesus in the Antiquities, a book of Roman history by 1st century author Josephus. Other outside references that can be given as evidence for a historical Jesus include: 1) The writings of the first-century Roman Tacitus; 2) A small text from Julius Africanus who quotes the historian Thallus about the crucifixion of Christ; 3) Pliny the Younger writing about early Christian practices; 4) The Babylonian Talmud speaks of Christ’s crucifixion; 5) A second century Greek writer Lucian of Samosata writes about Christians; 6) A first century Greek philosopher by the name of Mara Bar-Serapion wrote a letter to his son referring to the execution of the king of the Jews.
The majority of literary scholars will also recognize the Biblical writings of Paul as being authentic and one must wrestle with the Gospel accounts as eyewitness testimonies to actual events and people.
Once one can come to the conclusion that there was a historical Jesus that can be discerned based on strong evidence, then you must decide how you will take the accounts that are written about him.
To summarize both Biblical and extra biblical accounts about who Jesus is: He was born most likely in 3 or 2 BC to a teenage girl virgin named Mary, being conceived by the Holy Spirit, Mary was betrothed to a man named Joseph, both were from Nazareth. He was born in Bethlehem during the Roman census, his parents fled with him to Egypt to escape the infantcide that Herod had initiated for fear of a Jewish king that had been born. He grew up in Nazareth and around age 30, began his ministry of calling disciples, teaching them and others about God and His kingdom, about His mission to “come and seek the lost”, to warn about God’s impending wrath. He is recorded as doing many miracles, so many that John stated that if they were all to be recorded that “the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.“ John 21:25 ESV
After 3 years of public ministry, Jesus was arrested and put on trial, being accused of calling Himself God by the Jewish leaders. The trials were a mockery and politically motivated to keep the Romans from upsetting the Jewish nobility. Even Pilate himself, the Roman proconsul over Jerusalem, said that he could find no fault in Jesus and desired to set him free, but gave in for fear of a Jewish uprising under his governorship.
On Passover Friday, Jesus was sentenced to death by crucifixion, the Roman method for executing the most ruthless criminals. He died within a few hours after being crucified, which is miraculous in itself as death by crucifixion was known to last several days up to a week’s time. He was buried Friday evening in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, sealed by the Roman guards and rose on Sunday, initially witnessed by women who had gone to anoint his body with burial incense, then by Peter and John and finally all the disciples. He spent 40 days in His resurrected state, teaching, performing more miracles and appearing to more than 500 people, before ascending to heaven, where the Bible describes Him as reigning at the right hand of God and waiting for the appointed time to return to redeem His people and to set into motion the events of Revelation.
What does the deity of Christ mean?
The deity of Christ means that Christ is God, the second person of the Triune God. Triune, or the Trinity, describes God as three distinct persons existing in one essence: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The doctrine of the incarnation describes Jesus as God being with His people in the flesh. He took on human flesh to be with His people (Isaiah 7:14) and for His people to identify with Him (Hebrews 4:14-16).
Orthodox theologians have understood the deity of Christ in terms of the hypostatic union. This means that Jesus was fully human and fully God. In other words, He was 100% human and He was 100% God. In Christ, there was a union of flesh and deity. What this means is that by Jesus taking on flesh, this does not in any way diminish His deity or His humanity. Romans 5 describes Him as the New Adam through whose obedience (sinless life and death) many are saved:
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned… 15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ…. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Romans 5:12, 15-17, 19 ESV
Jesus says, “I Am.”
Jesus reiterates God on various occasions. Jesus is “I Am.” Jesus was saying He was the eternal God incarnate. Such a statement was blasphemy to the Jews. Jesus says that those who reject Him as God incarnate will die in their sins.
Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.”
John 8:58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”
John 8:24 “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
Is Jesus God the Father?
No, Jesus is the Son. However, He is God and is equal to God the Father
The Father called the Son God
I was talking to a Jehovah Witness the other day and I asked him, would God the Father ever call Jesus Christ God? He said no, but Hebrews 1 disagrees with him. Notice in Hebrews 1, God is spelled with a capital “G” and not a lower case one. God said, “apart from me there is no other God.”
Hebrews 1:8 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.
Isaiah 45:5 I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me.
Jesus claimed to be God
Some may ascribe to the historical Jesus, but will say He never claimed to be God. And it is true that Jesus never said the words: I am God. But He did claim to be God in many different ways and those who heard Him either believed Him or accused Him of blasphemy. In other words, everyone who heard Him knew that what He was saying were exclusive claims to divinehood.
One of those passages is found in John 10, as Jesus called Himself the Great Shepherd. We read there:
I and the Father are one.”
31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” 33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” John 10:30-33 ESV
The Jews wanted to stone Jesus because they understood what He was saying and He wasn’t denying it. He was claiming to be God because He is God in the flesh. Would Jesus lie?
Here is an instance where people who disbelieved were ready to give him the death penalty found in Leviticus 24 for those who blasphemed the Lord.
And yet, Jesus proved Himself as God through His teachings, His miracles and the fulfillment of prophecy. In Matthew 14, after the miracles of feeding the 5000, walking on water and calming the storm, His disciples worshiped Him as God:
And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Matthew 14:33 ESV
And the disciples and others who witnessed Him continued to proclaim Him as the Son of God throughout the New Testament. We read in Paul’s writing to Titus:
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ… Titus 2:11-13 SV
John 10:33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.”
John 10:30 “I and the Father are one.”
John 19:7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.”
Philippians 2:6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage.
What did Jesus mean He said, “I and the Father are one?”
Going back to our earlier example in John 10 where Jesus describes Himself as the Great Shepherd, when He makes the statement that He and the Father are one, this refers to a relational dynamic of the Trinity that describes their unity. The Father does not act apart from the Son and Holy Spirit, just as the Son does not act apart from the Father or the Holy Spirit, or the Holy Spirit act apart from the Son and the Father. They are unified, not divided. And in the context of John 10, the Father and Son are unified in caring for, and protecting, the sheep from destruction (interpreted here as the Church).
Jesus forgave sins
The Bible makes it clear that God is the only one who is able to forgive sins. However, Jesus forgave sins while on Earth, which means that Jesus is God.
Mark 2:7 “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
Isaiah 43:25 “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”
Mark 2:10 “But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man.
Jesus was worshiped and only God is to be worshiped.
When John tried to worship an angel, he was rebuked. The angel told John to “worship God.” Jesus received worship and unlike the angel He didn’t rebuke those worshiping Him. If Jesus was not God, then He would have rebuked others who prayed and worshiped to Him.
Revelation 19:10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Matthew 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
Matthew 14:33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
1 Peter 3:15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.
Jesus is called the ‘Son of God.’
Some people try to use this to prove that Jesus is not God, but I use it to prove that He is God. We must first notice that both Son and God are capitalized. Also, in Mark 3 James and his brother were called Sons of Thunder. Were they “Sons of Thunder”? No! They had attributes of thunder.
When Jesus is called the Son of God by others, it is showing that He has attributes that only God would have. Jesus is called the Son of God because He is God made manifest in the flesh. Also, Jesus is called the Son of God because He was conceived by Mary through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Bible refers to two titles of Jesus: The Son of God and the Son of Man.
Regarding the former, there seems to be one recorded instance when Jesus actually spoke this title about Himself, and it is recorded in John 10:36:
do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?
However, there are many other places in the Gospels where Jesus is described as the Son of God, or accused as being One who said He was. This alludes to the fact that either there are many other teachings of Jesus that are not written down in which He actually claimed this (John implies this in John 20:30) or that this was the public-wide interpretation of the sum of Jesus’ teaching.
Regardless, here are some other examples alluding to Jesus as the Son of God (all quoted passages are from the ESV:
And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. Luke 1:35
And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God. John 1:34
Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” JOhn 1:49
She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.” John 11:27
When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:54
And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” Matthew 8:29
Two other passages are important. First, the whole reason why John wrote his Gospel was so that people would know and believe that Jesus was the Son of God:
…but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:30
And lastly, the reason why it is lacking that Jesus referred to Himself as the Son of God, and it is all over the pages of the New Testament that He is the Son of God could be found within the teaching of Jesus Himself, in Matthew 16:
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 16:15-17
Mark 3:17 and James, the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James (to them He gave the name Boanerges, which means, “Sons of Thunder”).
1 Timothy 3:16 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.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Luke 1:35 The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.”
Jesus calls Himself the “Son of Man“
Notice in the Bible that Jesus calls Himself the Son of Man. Jesus Reveals Himself as the Messiah. He was giving Himself a Messianic title, which was worthy of death to the Jews.
This title is more often found in the synoptic Gospels and especially Matthew because it was written with more of a Jewish audience in mind, which gives us a clue.
Jesus referred to Himself as the Son of Man 88 times in the Gospels. This fulfills a prophecy of Daniel’s vision:
I saw in the night visions,
and behold, with the clouds of heaven
there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him.
14 And to him was given dominion
and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed. Daniel 7:13-14 ESV
The title associates Jesus with His humanity and as the firstborn, or pre-eminent, of creation (as Colossians 1 describes Him).
Daniel 7:13-14 The Son of Man Presented “I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him. “And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations and men of every language Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed.”
Jesus has no beginning and no end. He was involved in creation.
As the second Person of the Godhead, the Son has existed eternally. He has no beginning and He will have no end. The prologue of John’s Gospel makes this clear with these words:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
We also read Jesus proclaiming this about Himself later in John:
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” John 8:58
And in Revelation:
I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of
Hades. Revelation 1:18
Paul speaks about Jesus’ eternity in Colossians:
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Col 1:17
And the author of Hebrews, as he is comparing Jesus to the priest Melchizedak, writes:
Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually. Hebrews 7:3
Revelation 21:6 “And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.”
John 1:3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
Colossians 1:16-17 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
Jesus reiterates the Father and calls Himself “the First and the Last.”
What did Jesus mean by saying “I am the First and the Last”?
Three times in the book of Revelation, Jesus identifies Himself as the First and the Last:
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last…”
“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
These reference back to Isaiah where Isaiah is prophesying the victorious work of the reigning Messiah:
“Who has performed and done this, calling the generations from the beginning? I, the Lord, the first, and with the last; I am he.” Isaiah 41:4.
Revelation 22 gives us the understanding that when Jesus refers to Himself as the first and the last, or the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet (Alpha and Omega), he is meaning that through Him and by Him creation has its beginning and has its end.
As well, in Revelation 1, as Jesus says He is the first and the last, He also describes Himself as having the keys to life and death, meaning He has authority over life:
I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of
Hades. Revelation 1:18
Isaiah 44:6 “Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me.’
Revelation 22:13 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
There is no Savior besides God.
Jesus is the only Savior. If Jesus is not God, then that means God is a liar.
Isaiah 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.
Hosea 13:4 “But I have been the LORD your God ever since you came out of Egypt. You shall acknowledge no God but me, no Savior except me.”
John 4:42 and they were saying to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.”
To see Jesus is to see the Father.
During His last night with his disciples before being crucified, Jesus shared much about eternity and His plans with them in what has been called The Upper Room Discourse. We read one such teaching as an encounter with Philip while Jesus was teaching his disciples that He was about to go to the Father to prepare a place for them.
8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. John 14:8-11
This passage teaches us many things what what it means that as we look to Jesus we also see the Father: 1) It was the night before the crucifixion and after 3 years of ministry there were some disciples who still struggled to understand and believe Jesus’ identity (however Scripture attests that all became convinced after the resurrection). 2) Jesus clearly identifies Himself as being One with the Father. 3) While the Father and Son are united, this passage also shows the fact that the Son does not speak on His own authority but on the authority of the Father who sent Him. 4) Lastly, we can see from this passage that the miracles that Jesus performed were for the purpose of authenticating Him as the Son of the Father.
John 14:9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father‘?
John 12:45 And whoever sees Me sees the One who sent Me.
Colossians 1:15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
Hebrews 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature, upholding all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
All authority has been given to Christ.
After the resurrection and right before Jesus ascended into heaven, we read at the end of the Gospel of Matthew:
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
Similarly, from another eyewitness’ viewpoint, we read of this same account in Acts 1:
So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Acts 1:6-11
We understand from these passages that when Jesus spoke of His authority, He was encouraging His disciples into the work that they were about to accomplish through the planting of the church and that because of His authority as God, nothing would be able to stop them in this work. The sign of Jesus’ authority would be given through the sealing of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) which continues this day as every believer is sealed by the Holy Spirit (Eph 1:13).
Another sign of Jesus’ authority is what happens immediately after He said these words – His ascension to the throne room of the right hand of the Father. We read in Ephesians:
…that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:20-23
John 5:21-23 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”
Ephesians 1:20-21 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
Colossians 2:9-10 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.
Why is Jesus God? (Jesus is the way)
If Jesus is not God, then when He says things like “I am the way, the truth, the life,” then that is blasphemy. Just because you believe God is real, does not save you. The Bible says Jesus is the only way. You have to repent and trust in Christ alone. If Jesus is not God, then Christianity is idolatry on the highest level. Jesus has to be God. He is the way, He is the light, He is the truth. It’s all about Him!
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.”
Jesus is called names that only God is called.
Jesus has many nicknames in Scripture such as Everlasting Father, Bread of Life, Author and Perfecter of Our Faith, Almighty One, Alpha and Omega, Deliverer, Great High Priest, Head of the Church, Resurrection and the Life, and more.
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Is Jesus God Almighty? God was seen on various different occasions in Scripture.
God was seen but there are various Scriptures in the Bible that teach us that no one can see the Father. The question is then, how was God seen? The answer must be someone else in the Trinity was seen.
Jesus says, “no one has seen the Father.” When God is seen in the Old Testament, it has to be the preincarnate Christ. The simple fact that God was seen shows that Jesus is God Almighty.
Genesis 17:1 Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless.
Exodus 33:20 But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!”
John 1:18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
Is Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit one?
Yes! The Trinity is found in Genesis. If we take a close look in Genesis, we see members of the Trinity interacting. Who is God talking to in Genesis? He can’t be talking to angels because humanity was made in the image of God and not in the image of angels.
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”
Is Jesus God? A true historian and literary scholars, as well as the common layman, must grapple with the fact that the Gospels as eyewitness accounts testify that He is indeed the Son of God, the second Person of the Triune Godhead. Did these eyewitnesses fabricate it in some kind of wide and large scheme to deceive the world? Was Jesus Himself crazy and a lunatic? Or worse yet, a liar? Or was He truly Lord – the God of Heaven and Earth?
One must examine the facts as they stand on their own and decide for themselves. But we need to remember this last fact: Every disciple, except for one (John, who was imprisoned for life), was martyred for believing Jesus was God. Thousands of others throughout history have also been killed for believing that Jesus was God. Why would the disciples, as eyewitnesses, lose their lives on the account of a lunatic or a liar?
As for this author, the facts stand for themselves. Jesus is God in the flesh and Lord of all creation.
Q1 – What do you love about Jesus the most?
Q2 – Who would you say that Jesus is?
Q3 – How does what you believe about Jesus affect your life?
Q4 – Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?
Q5 – If so, what can you do to build your relationship with Christ? Consider making a practice of your answer. If not, then I encourage you to read this article on how to become a Christian.
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Thank you for this wonderful explanation by using scripture to confirm Jesus is God. I hope and pray that the Spirit of God open the eyes of those who are in opposition to this claim and to challenge their leaders with the scriptures found in this article. Thank you Jesus for your truth. Amen!
Thanks so much for these answers given me, these answers improve my understanding of
who is Jesus Christ.
What a blessing this website has been to me. I am dealing with a Mormon who is proclaiming to be a Christian and preaching that Jesus is not God.