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