Jesus Christ Is The Only God
The most important question facing individuals, families and nations is
not “How do we stop the AIDS epidemic?” “How do we arrest global
warming?” “How do we stimulate economic growth?” or even “How do we
eliminate poverty?” The most important question is: “What do you think of
Jesus Christ?” (cf. Mt. 22:42). Without a proper understanding of the person
and work of Jesus Christ, and without belief and trust in and submission to
Jesus Christ, individuals, families and nations are doomed to failure in history
and eternal judgment in the hereafter. It is the purpose of this booklet to
prove from the Scripture that Jesus Christ is God. For if the Bible teaches that
Jesus Christ is very God of very God, then we must without question submit to
Christ’s authority. We must place our trust in Christ alone for our salvation,
and we must offer worship and prayer to Him, for He alone is worthy to receive
“honor and glory and blessing” (Rev. 5:12).
Some people think it
doesn't matter what you believe as long as you're sincere. But without a valid
object your faith is useless
If you take
poison--thinking it's medicine--all the faith in the world won't restore your
life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you're trusting
in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.
Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me" (John 14:6). He didn't claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God--then and forever.
There are many passages in the Bible, which specifically refer to Jesus Christ as God. In fact, “the whole New Testament is based upon the thought that there is...[an] essential unity between Jesus Christ and the covenant God of Israel.”
Old Testament Passages
Isaiah 7:14—“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—“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 no end....”
Jeremiah 23:5-6—“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 judgment 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—“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—“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 all-powerful judge.
Psalm 45:1, 6-7—“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—“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. See Psalm 2
where a similar theme is discussed: “Serve the LORD [Jehovah] with fear, and
rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the
way...” (vv. 11-12). Note how “the Son” is set poetically in parallel with
New Testament Passages
Matthew 1:23—“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.”
Peter tells us, "David did not
ascend into the heavens; but he himself says, ‘The
Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies a stool for
your feet.’ Let all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly that
God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified" (Acts
2:34–36). Here God is "the Lord" who speaks to "my Lord,"
Jesus. When one looks at the Old Testament quotation, one finds, "Yahweh
says to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your
footstool’" (Ps. 110:1); so here the Father is called Yahweh.
John 1:1-3, 14—“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.”
“The late New Testament Greek scholar Colwell formulated a rule which clearly states that a definite predicate nominative (in this case theos meaning ‘God’) never takes an article when it precedes the verb (‘was’) as we find in John 1:1. It is therefore easy to see that no article is needed for theos (God), and to translate it ‘a god’ is both incorrect grammar and poor Greek, since theos is a predicate nominative of ‘was’ in the third sentence-clause of the verse and must refer back to the subject, ‘Word’ (logos). Christ, then, if He is the Word “made flesh” (Jn. 1:14), can be no one else except God, unless the Greek text, and consequently God’s Word, be denied.”
John 1:18—“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—“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.”
Romans 9:6—“Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen” (NKJV).
Philippians 2:5-8—“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.”
“‘Who was in the form of God’ are his [the Apostle Paul’s] words: and they are words than which no others could be chosen which would more explicitly or with more directness assert the deity of...Jesus Christ.... Let us remember that the phraseology which Paul here employs was the popular usage of his day, though first given general vogue by the Aristotelian philosophy: and that it was accordingly the most natural language for strongly asserting the deity of Christ which could suggest itself to him.... ‘Form,’ in a word, is equivalent to our phrase ‘specific character.’... With God...the ‘form’ is that body of qualities which distinguish Him from all other spiritual beings, which constitute Him God, and without which He would not be God. What Paul asserts, then, when he says that Christ Jesus existed in the ‘form of God,’ is that He had all those characterizing qualities which make God God, the presence of which constitutes God, and in the absence of which God does not exist. He who is ‘in the form of God’ is God.”
Colossians 1:15-16—“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. For he goes on to explain that Jesus Christ created everything in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. Jesus Christ could not create Himself. The idea among various cults that Christ is the first created being is an impossible absurdity.
Colossians 2:8-10—“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—“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—“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—“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—“...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—“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—“...showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.”
Titus 2:13—“Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (NKJV).
Hebrews 1:1-3—“God, who at sundry times and in divers 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—“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.”
God is absolutely and
perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of
evil (James 1:13). As God, Jesus embodied every element
of God's character. Colossians 2:9 says, "In Him all the fulness of Deity
dwells in bodily form." He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even His
enemies couldn't prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)
Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby
delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: "There
is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has
been given among men, by which we must be saved"
Jude 25—“To the only wise God our Saviour,
be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen.”
Also significant are passages that
apply the title "the First and the Last" to Jesus. This is one of the
Old Testament titles of Yahweh: "Thus says Yahweh, the King of Israel and
his Redeemer, Yahweh of armies: ‘I am the First and I
am the Last; besides me there is no god’" (Is. 44:6; cf. 41:4,
This title is directly applied to Jesus three times in the book of Revelation: "When I saw him [Christ], I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand upon me, saying, ‘Fear not, I am the First and the Last’" (Rev. 1:17). "And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the First and the Last, who died and came to life’" (Rev. 2:8). "Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense, to repay every one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the beginning and the end" (Rev. 22:12–13).
Jesus Christ Clearly said that HE was the only God
And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 14And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. Exodus 3:13-14 KJV .This is the name God reserves for Himself throughout the Old Testament. In the coming verses we see Jesus calling Himself I AM.
So that's why Jesus said, "I am the
Way." God is the Way. If you understand it properly, no problem at
Jesus himself declares that he is Yahweh
("I AM," in English translation). In John 8:58, when questioned
about how he has special knowledge of Abraham, Jesus replies, "Truly,
truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM." His
audience understood exactly who he was claiming to be. "So they took
up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the
John 13:12-14 And so when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments, and reclined at the table again, He said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet."
John 14:6-9 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him." Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us." Jesus said to him, "Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how do you say, 'Show us the Father'?"
John 6:32-35 Jesus therefore said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world." They said therefore to Him, "Lord, evermore give us this bread." Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst."
John 8:12-14 Again
therefore Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the
light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall
have the light of life." The Pharisees therefore said to Him,
"You are bearing witness of Yourself; Your witness is not true." Jesus
answered and said to them, "Even if I bear witness
of Myself, My witness is true; for I know where I came from, and where I am
going; but you do not know where I come from, or where I am going."
"The woman saith unto him, I know that Messiah cometh, which is
called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto
her, I that speak unto thee am he."
John 10:7-11 Jesus therefore said to them again, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep."
John 11:21-27 Martha therefore said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You." Jesus said to her, "Your brother shall rise again." Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" She said to Him, "Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world."
John 6:37-40 "All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I Myself will raise him up on the last day."
Mark 14:61-64 I am," said Jesus. "And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." The high priest tore his clothes. "Why do we need any more witnesses?" he asked. "You have heard the blasphemy".
John 18:33-40 (Jesus before Pilate)
"If I were the king of some country," Jesus said, "my servants would have fought to keep me from being arrested. But I'm not - my kingdom is elsewhere."
"You are a king then?"
"Exactly as you say; I am. That's why I was born. That's why I came to the world - to be a witness for truth. And everyone on the side of truth heeds what I say."
Revelation 21:6-7—“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 athirst 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 5:17-26—“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’” (NKJV).
John 10:28-39—“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 thyself God. 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—“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. Lk. 5:20-24).
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.
John 14:1 – “Let not your hearts be
troubled;believe in God, believe also in me”.
John 14:3 – “….I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where
I am, there ye may be also.”
Matthew 4:5-7 Then the devil
took him to the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said
to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for
it is written, ‘He will give his angels charge of you,’ and ‘on
their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a
stone.’”. Jesus said to him,”Again it is
written ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”
JOHN 18:5-6 NKJ
5 . . . Jesus said to them, "I am He." And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them.
6 Then -- when He said to them, "I am He," -- they drew back and fell to the ground.
Matthew 12:8 – For the Son of man is Lord
of the Sabbath.
JOHN 10:11 NKJ - "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.
JOHN 15:5 NKJ
5 "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
MATTHEW 28:18 NKJ
18 Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them,”Go into the village opposite
you,, and immediately you will find an ass tied, and a colt with her;unite them
and bring them to me. If any one says anything to you, you shall say, “The
Lord has need of them”, and he will send them
JOHN 5:22,27 NKJ
22 "For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son,
27 "and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.
John 8:46-47 Which
of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? He
who is of God hears the words of God; the reason why you do not hear them is
that you are not of God.
John 16:13-15 When the
Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not
speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will
declare to you the things that are to come. He
will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that
the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and
declare it to you.
“And surely I
am with you always, to the very end of the
If Jesus is God, then why did He say the Father was greater than He?
"You heard that I said to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced, because I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I'" (John 14:28).
Jesus said the Father was greater than He not
because Jesus is not God, but because Jesus was also a man and as a man he was
in a lower position. He was ". . . made for a little while
lower than the angels . . ." (Heb. 2:9). Also in Phil. 2:5-8, it says
that Jesus "emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being
made in the likeness of men . . ."
Jesus has two natures. Jesus was not denying that He was God. He was merely acknowledging the fact that He was also a man. Jesus is both God and man. As a man, he was in a lesser position than the Father. He had added to Himself human nature (Col. 2:9). He became a man to die for people.
A comparison can be found in the marriage relationship. Biblically, a husband is greater in position and authority than his wife. But, he is no different in nature and he is not better than she. They share the same nature, being human, and they work together by love.
So, Jesus was not denying that He was God. He was simply acknowledging that He was also a man and as a man, he was subject to the laws of God so that He might redeem those who were under the law; namely, sinners (Gal. 4:4-5).
The Spirit-inspired writers of the New Testament applied Old Testament passages which specifically refer God- to Jesus Christ; therefore, Jesus must be God.
“The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God” (Isa. 40:3).
“For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” (Mt. 3:3).
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children...” (Mal. 4:5-6).
“He [John the Baptist] will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord [Jesus Christ]’” (Lk. 1:17, NKJV).
“...I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear” (Isa. 45:22-23).
“We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God” (Rom. 14:10-11; cf. Phil. 2:10).
“The Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place. Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them” (Ps. 68:17-18).
“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men” (Eph. 4:7-8).
“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 with the oil of gladness above thy fellows” (Ps. 45:6-7).
“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. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows” (Heb. 1:8-9).
“Hear my prayer, O LORD [Jehovah].... The heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end” (Ps. 102:1, 25-27).
“To the Son he saith,... Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail” (Heb. 1:8-12).
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” (Dt. 31:6).
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5).
The Bible Ascribes
Attributes to Jesus Christ
Which Can Only be Predicated of God
1. Jesus Christ is all-knowing (omniscient)
Matthew 12:25—“Jesus knew their thoughts.”
Matthew 27:18—“For [Jesus] knew that for envy they had delivered Him.”
Luke 6:8—“He knew their thoughts.”
John 2:24-25—“But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.”
John 21:17—“And [Peter] said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee.”
Revelation 2:23—“All the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each of you according to your works” (NKJV).
2. Jesus Christ is all-powerful (omnipotent)
Ephesians 3:20—“Now unto him [Christ] that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”
Philippians 3:20-21—“...the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”
Colossians 2:10—“Ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.”
Hebrews 1:3—“[Jesus Christ is] upholding all things by the word of his power.”
Revelation 1:8—“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
Revelation 2:26-27—“He who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the potter’s vessels shall be broken to pieces’—as I also have received from My Father” (NKJV).
3. Jesus Christ is unchanging (immutable)
Hebrews 1:8-12—“But unto the Son he saith...Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.”
Hebrews 13:8—“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (NKJV). This passage disproves the idea that Jesus is a created being. For if Jesus was created, He was not the same yesterday. “Yesterday” (past) is contrasted with “forever” (future), and obviously refers to eternity past.
4. Jesus Christ, as to his divine nature,is everywhere present (omnipresent)
Matthew 18:20—“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” At any given moment there are literally thousands upon thousands of Bible studies, prayer meetings and church services being conducted around the earth. Jesus Christ says that He is present at each gathering. Only God can be at thousands of different places at the same time.
Romans 8:10—“And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.... [H]e that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” No created being, no matter how great, can dwell in the millions of Christians throughout the world; it is impossible. But it is not impossible for Jesus Christ who is God.
1 Corinthians 10:4—“And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” Whenever believers partake of the Lord’s Supper, Jesus Christ is spiritually present.
Revelation 2:1—“These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks.” Jesus Christ is presented in Revelation as being present in the churches and being totally aware of each church’s deeds in minute detail.
Revelation 3:20—“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Jesus Christ will personally fellowship with each repentant believer. This would be impossible if He were merely human, for there are millions of Christians spread over the whole globe.
5. Jesus Christ has eternal existence
Isaiah 9:6—“For unto us a child is born,...and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father....”
John 1:1-3—“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....” Jesus Christ existed with God prior to creation.
John 8:58—“Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM’” (NKJV). Jesus certainly did not mean He existed as the first created being, because the Jews wanted to stone Him for claiming to be God.
Revelation 1:8—“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (cf. Rev. 22:13).
6. Jesus Christ is the Creator
The Bible teaches that God created everything that exists, whether spiritual or material. “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands” (Ac. 17:24). “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Rev. 4:11). “[Him] that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein...” (Rev. 10:6). Yet the Bible also teaches that Jesus Christ created everything. This can only mean that Jesus Christ is God the second Person of the trinity, for only God who is uncreated has the power to create from nothing. The Bible teaches that creation from nothing was an act of the triune God. That explains why Genesis 1:26 says, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” Following are some verses of Scripture which teach that Christ is the Creator.
John 1:2-3—“He [Jesus Christ] was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made” (NKJV).
John 1:10—“He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”
1 Corinthians 8:6—“But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.”
Colossians 1:16-17—“For by him [Jesus Christ] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
Hebrews 1:2-3—“...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....”
Hebrews 2:10—“For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things....”
Hebrews 3:3-4—“For this man [Jesus Christ] was counted worthy of more
glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more
honour than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built
all things is God.”
The Bible affirms in several places
that Jesus Christ is the Creator God. For example, 'All
things were made by him [the Word, in Greek
logoV (logos), = Jesus Christ]' (John 1:3), and 'For
by him [Jesus Christ] were all things created'
If this is true, we should expect
to see some parallelism between what happened at creation and the works of Jesus
during his ministry on earth. What do we find?
First let us consider what kind of
evidence we are looking for.
Some of the essential and
distinctive elements of creation, as revealed in Genesis chapter l, as well as
elsewhere in the Bible, are:
Creation involved the act of God in
bringing into being immediately and instantaneously matter which did not
previously exist, without the use of
pre-existing materials or secondary causes; for example, in the creation of the
heavens and the earth, as recorded in Genesis 1:1. Creation also involved the
shaping, combining, or transforming of existing materials, as when God created
Adam from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7), and Eve from Adam's rib (Genesis
Creation involved the imparting of life to otherwise lifeless matter.
The mechanism of creation, or the means whereby the above aspects were
accomplished, was by the Word of the Lord, that is, God said (= God willed it to
. . . and it happened.
The purpose or motive of God in creating was to display His glory,2
to make known His power, His wisdom, His will, and His holy name,3
and that He might receive glory from His created beings.4
Note: We should not expect to find
exact parallels between the miracles of Jesus and what happened at Creation, as
Jesus did not come to re-create the universe, but 'to
seek and to save that which was lost',5 and 'to
give his life a ransom for many.'6
With this in mind, let us compare these four
aspects of creation with the works of Jesus.
Several of Jesus' miracles involved
the creation of new material. Whether this was out of nothing or from existing
materials is not spelt out by the Gospel writers, as they major on the fact of
the miracles and the effects they produced (John emphasizes the teaching that
Jesus drew from them), rather than on any analyses of the modus operandi.
Jesus' first miracle involved the
creation of wine. At a wedding breakfast, Jesus instructed the waiters to fill
six stone water-pots with water, and then to take them to the master of
ceremonies of the wedding banquet. When they arrived, the water had been turned
that is, there had been the instantaneous creation of the carbon atoms and
chemical molecules that made up the grape sugar, carbon dioxide, colouring
matter, etc., of the wine.
Other examples are the two times
when Jesus fed a multitude: on the first occasion more than 5,000 people from
five loaves and two fish,8 and on the second
occasion more than 4,000 people from seven loaves and a few little fish.9
Here there were bread and fish to
begin with on both occasions. Jesus either caused these original items to
multiply, or He may have dispensed all the original food and then created new
loaves and fishes until everyone was fed. Either way, Jesus created sufficient
extra bread and fish, not only to feed many thousands of people, but also to
provide 12 basketfuls of left-overs on the first occasion and seven basketfuls
of leftovers on the second. This involved not just the creation of the
appropriate carbohydrate, protein and other molecules, but their immediate
arrangement into the complex forms and structures needed to make baked bread and
fish (albeit dead and cooked).
Some of Jesus' miracles of healing,
for example, of lepers,10 the blind,11
and paralytics,12 involved the
instant repair of tissues, nerves, muscles, etc., and the instantaneous growth
or regrowth of healthy cells. The net result was the creation of healthy
functioning parts of the body to replace diseased, non-functioning or atrophied
Jesus gave life to the dead on
three occasions: to a widow's son,13 to Jairus'
and to his friend Lazarus.15
In the case of Lazarus, the body
had been in the grave for four days, and Martha's words are recorded for us: '...by
this time there is a bad odour, for he has been there four days.'16
This shows that the process of
decomposition whereby a dead body eventually becomes dust had already begun. So
here we have a parallel with what happened on the sixth day of creation when God
formed Adam from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the
breath of life, and Adam became a living being.17
Jesus called Lazarus back to life, and the molecules of matter that were in the
process of becoming dust became, again, a living human being.
In the case of the widow's son and
of Jairus' daughter, death was more recent, that is, probably on the same day
that Jesus gave life to their dead bodies. The principle still applies.
Jesus appeared to use a variety of
means in performing His miracles. These included touching lepers, the blind, and
the deaf; the use of saliva to heal a deaf mute18
and a blindman;19 the use of clay
(with instructions to wash) to heal a blind man;20,21
and the word of command to heal, to raise the dead, and to exorcise demons.
However, what happened in these and
in all of Jesus' miracles was that Jesus willed the event to happen and it did.
This is nowhere better illustrated than in the healing of the nobleman's son.
Jesus was at Cana in Galilee and a certain royal official asked Him to travel to
Capernaum to heal his son who was close to death. The Apostle John records what
happened, as follows:
Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine, And there
was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.'
he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and
besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point
said Jesus unto him, "Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not
nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.'
saith unto him, "Go thy way; thy son liveth." And the man believed the
word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.'
as he was now going down, his servants met him, and — told him, saying, Thy
enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him,
Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.'
the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him,
Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house' (John 4:46–53).
Capernaum was about 27 kilometres
(17 miles) from Cana as the crow flies, which means there was no way that the
sick son, or anyone else in Capernaum, could have heard Jesus or been influenced
by His physical presence in Cana.
Jesus willed the sick boy to
recover, at a distance of 27 kilometres, and he did so. Similarly, Jesus willed
the water to become wine, as it was being taken into the wedding feast in Cana,
and it did so. He willed the bread and fish to form and they did, and He willed
the 10 lepers to become well after they had left Him and were on their way to
the priests, and they were healed.22
It is interesting that a Gentile
centurion recognized this authority of Jesus. The centurion had sent servants to
request Jesus to come and heal his servant, as Luke records:
Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion
sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not
worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:'
neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my
servant shall be healed.'
also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one,
Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do
this, and he doeth it.'
Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said
unto the people that followed him, "I say unto you, I have not found so
great faith, no, not in Israel."'
they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had
been sick' (Luke 7:6-10.)
The centurion recognized that the
voice of Jesus could not be heard by his sick servant, but the result, brought
about by the exercise of Jesus' authority, would be no less effective because of
After narrating Jesus' first
miracle — the turning of water into wine — the Apostle John says, He 'manifested
forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.'23
When Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick He said, 'This
sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might
be glorified'. And then, after Lazarus had died
and before Jesus raised him to life, He said to Martha, 'Said
I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of
John calls Jesus' miracles 'signs 25
and in his Gospel John shows which way the signs point:26
'these are written, that ye might believe that
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life
through his name.'27
Jesus Christ is the Creator God.
Not only does Scripture affirm it,28 but during His
earthly life and ministry He did the very things we would expect the Creator God
to do. He did them in the way that we would expect the Creator God to do them
— by His word of authority and the exercise of His will. And the doing of them
displayed His glory.
This is a source of praise and
inspiration for those who believe the Word of God, and at the same time it is a
reproof of the doctrine of theistic evolution. The thought that Jesus might have
used evolutionary chance random processes to heal the sick or give life to the
dead is as unsustainable as the idea that He used such processes to create and
give life to all things 'in the beginning'.
7. Jesus Christ is the Judge of all mankind
The Bible teaches that on the last day of this age God will judge all men who ever lived. “Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth” (1 Chr. 16:33). “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened...and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works” (Rev. 20:12). Only God is capable of judging all men. God is all-knowing and therefore knows every act. He is all-powerful, and therefore can carry out His punishments. He is perfectly holy and therefore can judge every sin without injustice. Only God who is moral and just in character has the authority to judge the human race. Yet the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ will judge the world. Christ Himself claimed the total authority and jurisdiction over mankind on the final day that can only belong to God. In fact, the judgment seat of God Almighty and the judgment seat of Jesus Christ are one and the same seat. Jesus said, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord.... And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Mt. 7:22-23). The fate of each and every person rests upon Christ’s decision; He has the power and authority to render sentence and to cast men into hell—an authority reserved exclusively to God. Following are some biblical references which unmistakably establish that Jesus Christ is the Judge of all mankind.
Matthew 25:31-33, 41—“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.... Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”
John 12:48—“He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”
Acts 10:42—“It is He [Jesus Christ] who was ordained of God to be Judge of the living and the dead” (NKJV).
Acts 17:31—“He hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man [Jesus Christ] whom he hath ordained.”
Romans 2:16—“In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ....”
Romans 14:10-12—“For we shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: ‘As I live, says the LORD [Jehovah], Every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.’ So then each of us shall give account of himself to God” (NKJV). This passage of Scripture not only presents Christ as Judge, but clearly teaches that on the day of judgment everyone will bow to Christ; that is, everyone will acknowledge that Christ is the LORD God. By introducing his quotation of Isaiah 45:23 with the familiar prophetic formula, “As I live, saith the LORD” (cf. Num. 14:28, Isa. 49:18, Jer. 22:24, Ezek. 5:11, Zeph. 2:9, etc.), and applying it to Christ, the Apostle Paul self-consciously and deliberately calls Christ Jehovah. Note also that at the Judgment Seat of Christ, everyone will give account of himself to God. This passage is a powerful and unmistakable statement of Christ’s deity.
2 Corinthians 5:10—“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
2 Timothy 4:1, 8—“...the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom.... Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
Hebrews 10:30—“For we know Him who said, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. And again, ‘The LORD will judge His people’” (NKJV).
The Bible Teaches That God the Holy Spirit,the Third Person of the Trinity, Proceeds From Both the Father and the Son (Spiration)
Matthew 3:11—“I [John the Baptist] indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” Jesus Christ not only has the authority to baptize believers with the Holy Spirit but also to baptize unbelievers into hell-fire. While this passage technically does not deal with spiration, it shows that Christ has the authority of God: only God can send the Holy Spirit to His church.
John 15:26—“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.”
Romans 8:9—“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” Here Paul equates the Spirit of God with the Spirit of Christ.
Galatians 4:6—“And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”
Revelation 5:6—“And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.” Seven in Scripture often represents completion and perfection. The perfect Holy Spirit of God proceeds from Jesus Christ unto the whole earth.
Jesus Christ is Worshiped as God
There is probably no sin more condemned in the Bible than that of idolatry. The Bible teaches that we are to worship God alone. Why? Because only God is worthy to be worshiped. God’s law says, “Thou shalt have none other gods before me.... Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them” (Dt. 5:7-9). When tempted by Satan, Christ said, “Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Lk. 4:8). When the Apostle John fell in worship before one of God’s mighty angels, the angel rebuked him and told him to worship God. “And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which showed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God” (Rev. 22:8-9). When Cornelius the centurion fell in worship before the Apostle Peter, Peter clearly rejected the offer of worship: “And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man” (Ac. 10:25-26).
The contrast with the Lord Jesus Christ is startling: from His birth (Mt.
2:1-2) to His ascension (Lk. 24:51-52), Christ is openly and continuously
worshiped by His disciples. Did Jesus reject this worship, as Peter and the
angel did? No, Jesus openly accepted and even commended such activity. What
could this mean except that “That same person who is known to history as Jesus
of Nazareth existed, before He became man, from all eternity as infinite,
eternal and unchangeable God, the second person of the holy Trinity” ?
Passages in Which Jesus is Worshiped
Matthew 2:1-2—“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 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.”
Matthew 2:10-11—“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him.”
Matthew 8:2—“And, behold, there came a leper and
worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt,
thou canst make me clean.”
Matthew 8:28-29- “And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. 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 9:18—“While [Jesus] spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.”
Matthew 14:33—“Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped
him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of
Matthew 15:25—“Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.”
Matthew 28:9—“And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.”
Mark 5:6—“But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him.”
Luke 24:51-52—“And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.”
John 9:35-38—“...he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.”
Hebrews 1:6—“And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.”
Revelation 5:8-14—“And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and
four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them
harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And
they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the
seals thereof.... And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and
under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I
saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power,
be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and
worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.”
Revelation 15:3-4—“And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.”
In Revelation 5:8 the living creatures and elders worship the Lamb (Jesus
Christ) and offer Him prayers. In verse 13 Christ is offered the same worship
that is given to the Father. In Revelation 15:3-4 the
worship of the Lord God Almighty and Jesus Christ the King of the saints are
indistinguishable. All nations will come and worship before Jesus Christ (Ps.
22:27-28). The fact that the apostles, and an angel of God, totally rejected
worship, while Christ openly accepted it, indicates that the New Testament use
of “to worship” (prosekun_san aut_—“worshiped Him”) is
not mere homage to a king but the worship of God Himself. No created being, no
matter how great, is allowed to accept worship.
Jesus Christ is the Object of Saving Faith
John 14:1-6—“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.... Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” No angel, prophet or apostle could speak such words; only God can be the object of saving faith. Christ doesn’t just point to God, He points to Himself. When Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” He declares that He is the foundation of all truth and all life. He is God, who is absolute Truth personified.
Instances in the Bible Where the Names "Son of God"
and "Lord" Indicate Christ’s Essential Deity
1. Jesus Christ the Son of God
Matthew 11:27—“All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.” “Just think about what these words mean, my friends. They mean that there are mysteries in the person, Jesus, which none but the infinite and eternal God can know.”
Matthew 14:26, 33-33—“And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.... And when they [Peter and Jesus] were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.”
Matthew 16:16—“Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” “Peter’s declaration that Jesus is ‘the Son of the living God’ can mean no less than that, in a unique way, a sense not applicable to any mortal, Jesus is, was and always will be the Son of that God who not only is Himself the only living One, over against all the dead so-called gods of the pagans (Isa. 40:18-31) but also is the only source of life for all that lives.”
Matthew 26:63-65—“But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.” When Jesus ascribed to Himself the title “Son of Man” and then openly claimed to be the fulfillment of Daniel 7:13-14—the One who is coming on the clouds of heaven who will judge the nations and have everlasting dominion—the high priest accused Him of blasphemy. Why? Because Christ was claiming for Himself things that the high priest knew could only be attributed to God. Christ claimed to be the divine Son of God. The high priest refused to accept this claim and therefore rejected Christ.
2. The Lord Jesus Christ
Luke 2:11—“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” “Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed; he is the Lord, Lord of all; He is a sovereign prince; nay, He is God, for the Lord, in the Old Testament, He is a Savior, and He will be a Savior to those only that accept Him as their Lord.”
Luke 3:4-6—“The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘prepare the way of the LORD [Jehovah], make His paths straight.... And all flesh shall see the salvation of God’” (NKJV).
1 Corinthians 12:3—“No man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.”
In Philippians 2:10–11, we read: "[A]t the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord." This is a reference to Isaiah 45:18–24, which tells us: "I, Yahweh, speak the truth . . . I am God, and there is no other. By myself I have sworn. . . . To me every knee shall bow, every tongue confess. ‘Only in Yahweh,’ it shall be said of me, ‘are righteousness and strength.’ " Here Paul applies the prophecy of every knee bending and every tongue confessing to Jesus, resulting in the prophecy that they will "confess that Jesus Christ is Yahweh." “Jesus Christ, therefore, is Lord to Christians in the same sense that Jehovah was Lord to the Hebrews. The usage referred to is altogether peculiar; no man—not Moses, nor Abraham, nor David, nor any of the prophets or apostles—is ever thus prevailingly addressed or invoked as Lord. We have but one Lord; and Jesus Christ is Lord.”
Jesus Christ and the Trinity
They recognized that the Bible
depicts the Son as having his identity as the Son before his incarnation.
In 1 John 4:9 we read, that "the love of God was
made manifest among us [in] that God sent his only Son into the world, so that
we might live through him." Thus, the
second person of the Trinity was already the Son when he was sent into the world.
The doctrine of the Trinity is
encapsulated in Matthew 28:19, where Jesus instructs
the apostles: "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."
In this passage, the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are said to share one name (notice that the term "name" is singular, not plural), and that name is almost certainly Yahweh, the personal name of God in the Bible. We know this because the name Yahweh is applied to both the Father and the Son in the New Testament.
The same truth is taught under a different metaphor in John 1:1,14 where we read, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." Here the Word (i.e., the second person of the Trinity) is pictured as having his identity as the Word from all eternity. Thus, from all eternity the Word of God proceeded from God, just as speech proceeds from a speaker; similarly, a Son proceeds from his Father. Under both metaphors, whether as the Son of God or the Word of God, the second person of the Trinity is depicted as eternally proceeding from the first person of the Trinity.
Scripture reveals that the Spirit
proceeds from the Father and the Son. The external relationships of the persons
of the Trinity mirror their internal relationships. Just as the Father
externally sent the Son into the world in time, the Son internally proceeds from
the Father in the Trinity. Just as the Spirit is externally sent into the world
by the Son as well as the Father (John 15:26, Acts 2:33), he internally proceeds
from both Father and Son in the Trinity. This is why the Spirit is referred to
as the Spirit of the Son (Gal. 4:6) and not just the Spirit of the Father (Matt.
The reason that many cults fatally err regarding the divinity of Jesus Christ is because they place sinful, finite human reason above the clear teaching of the Word of God. The Bible consistently sets forth the doctrine of the trinity from Genesis to Revelation. As revelation progresses, the doctrine of the trinity becomes clearer and clearer, until only those who are spiritually blind could deny it. If you do deny the trinity, the Bible becomes an incomprehensible jumble of contradictions. True Christians from the days of the Apostles to the present have believed that there is one God existing in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. There are not three Gods but only one God. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are not one-third God each, or parts of God, but are all fully God of one indivisible essence, power and eternity. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are not three manifestations of one God. Each is completely equal, possessing the full divine nature. When the Bible teaches that God is three Persons, it does not mean that there are three individuals “but only personal self-distinctions with the Divine essence, which is not only generically, but also numerically one.” So when cults say that Jesus was just a man or the first created being, they woefully err. They place their misconceptions of what God must be like above what the Bible clearly teaches. The doctrine of the trinity is hard to comprehend yet it is clearly taught in the Bible and therefore must be believed.
When you believe in the triune God of Scripture, all the passages which clearly teach that Christ is God do not have to be mistranslated, twisted and explained away, as the cults do. The Bible says that Christ always existed and that He created the universe. Yet the Bible also teaches that Christ is God’s only begotten Son. Is there a conflict here? Certainly not! For the Bible teaches that Christ’s unique personal self-distinction is His eternal generation from God the Father.
The Atonement and
High Priestly Work
of Jesus Christ Show His Deity
It is no accident that those who reject the divinity of Christ also pervert the doctrine of salvation. Salvation, for those who deny Christ’s Godhood, is either a mystical, metaphysical experience or something earned through good works. Why do the cults pervert the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ? Because only a divine Christ can truly save His people. Only a divine-human Messiah could render a sacrifice of infinite value, a sacrifice capable of ransoming millions and millions of God’s elect. Also, only the divine-human Messiah has the ability to be a faithful high priest. A finite high priest could not make intercession in God’s heavenly sanctuary for the many millions of Christians who sin and confess their sins daily. Only Jesus Christ who is truly God can hear all our prayers. Only the divine Christ knows all our sins and infirmities, because He is God and knows everything. Jesus Christ who is fully God and fully man is the perfect Mediator between God and man. “For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God...being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.... But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:l-3, 24-25).
The fact that Jesus Christ is
God, the second Person of the Holy Trinity, is not just an academic or
theological issue. Jesus Christ, being the divine Creator, demands our utmost
allegiance, obedience, service and worship. The divinity of Christ is a life and
death—a heaven or hell—issue. A merely human or first-created being cannot
save multitudes of sinners. A merely human or first-created being does not have
the authority to judge the human race. A finite being should never receive
worship, honor and glory. To reject the divinity of Jesus Christ is to reject
the clear teaching of Scripture. To reject the divinity of Jesus Christ is to
reject the God who exists. If you do not believe that Jesus Christ is God, then
you are lost. Being a member of a heretical cult is no different in God’s eyes
than being a homosexual, murderer or adulterer. God demands that you repent, not
just of your sinful behavior but also of your sinful beliefs, thoughts and
associations. Set aside your false beliefs and put your trust in the divine Son
of God, Jesus Christ. True faith is always accompanied
by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It
is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and
making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah
55:7). Jesus said, "If you love Me, you will keep
My commandments" (John 14:15); and "If you abide in My word,
then you are truly disciples of Mine" (John 8:31). It isn't enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his
demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don't love and obey Him.
Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience
(Ephesians 2:10).Who does the Bible
say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the
Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the sovereign Lord, and the
Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you--free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?