This morning I read an awesome blog which covered a very important topic. Is Jesus Christ God?
The feature photo above that I found online, is creepy. I think it probably comes from JW litterature. Eeew. Looks like a nice young JW missionary, or perhaps a Mormon!
Why do I want to explore this topic? Because every cult, every false teaching, ever other religion, and especially current popular culture, will always eventually get down to this question. Is Jesus Christ God? And of course, by hook and by crook, they’ll inevitably deny it.
Also, I have been having an ongoing discussion with a dear friend who is a Jehovah Witness. He refuses to acknowledge the divinity of Christ as well. He thinks that the ‘Trinity’ is a false teaching. (The Trinity doctrine says that God the Father, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus the son, are three persons in one).
The JW’s have also changed John Chapter 1 to accommodate their twisted beliefs.)
But the Bible confirms, that yes of course, Jesus Christ is God.
Here is an excerpt from the well written blog I read today. Kingdoms Collide.
“I tell you the truth, before Abraham was, I AM.”
Here Jesus uses the very same name for Himself (I AM) that God gave to Moses when Moses at the burning bush asked God what his name was. The Jews, as soon as they heard this immediately picked up stones to kill him for blasphemy. They unambiguously knew exactly what he was saying.
Two chapters later, they tried to kill him again when Jesus said unambiguously, “The Father and I are one.” (John 10:30) Others might try to rationalize and explain this away but the Jews at that time wanted to kill him because they said, “You, a mere man, claim to be God.”
There are also the seven I AM statements in John, where Jesus takes on divine prerogatives, which are in essence Jesus saying, “I am God, and this is what God is like”
I am the Bread of Life (John 6:35)
I am the Light of the World (John 8:12)
I am the Door (John 10:9)
I am the Good Shepherd (John 10:11) note also Psalm 23:1 – YHWH is my Shepherd…
I am the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25-26)
I am the Way, Truth, and Life (John 14:6)
I am the Vine (John 15:1).
And then of course, when Jesus was on trial, right before His crucifixion, the High Priest says, “Tell us plainly. Are you the Messiah, the Son of God?”
Jesus replied, “You have said it. And in the future you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
This here was a very clear, unambiguous reference to Daniel:
“As my vision continued that night, I saw someone like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient One and was led into his presence. He was given authority, honor, and sovereignty over all the nations of the world, so that people of every race and nation and language would obey him. His rule is eternal, it will never end. His kingdom will never be destroyed.”
The High Priest and all his cronies knew this scripture and ended the trial immediately. They knew that Jesus had just claimed all authority and power, and that He claimed they had a responsibility to worship Him. Since this was something they were not willing to do, they crucified Him instead.
But that’s not the end of the story. Three days later, Jesus rose from the grave. He had appeared to some of the disciples but not yet to Thomas, who had his doubts. When Thomas finally sees Jesus, he cried out, “My Lord and my God.” Jesus does not rebuke him for saying this, but blesses those who would believe without having to see.
Thomas is not the only disciple to call Jesus God. (And remember, these men actually lived and ate and learned from Jesus for years).
John does it (John 1:1-2,14)
Peter did it once while Jesus was alive (Luke 9:20) , and again after the resurrection (2 Peter 1:1).
Paul calls Jesus God many times (Romans 9:5, Titus 2:13-15, etc)
The author of Hebrews quotes God the Father as calling Jesus God too. (Hebrews 1:8)
Lets wrap this up with one more quote from Jesus Himself, in case there remains any doubt, Jesus Himself said,
“Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”
So to sum this up:
Did God the Father believe Jesus was God? Yes.
Did Jesus the Son believe He was God? Yes.
Did the apostles believe He was God? Yes.
Did the early church followers believe He was God? Yes.
Do I believe He is God? Yes.
To read more, go to this blog…