Jesus "IS" God
By: Steve Shirley
(Romans 10:9) that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
(Romans 10:13) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Also see: (Acts 2:31)(Acts 16:31)(Joel 2:32)(Matt 10:32)
Is Jesus the Lord of your life? The passages above say if Jesus is not your Lord, He is not your Savior.
Believing Jesus IS God is crucial to salvation and eternal life. Because of the importance of this, I am going to show where the Bible proclaims Jesus is indeed God.
The best single verse in the Bible:
(Heb 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.
(Jn 1:1) In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
(We know the Word is Jesus from (Jn 1:14) "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us....")
(Jn 10:30) I and my Father are one.
(In verses 10:31-33, the Jews were going to stone Jesus for this because He was making Himself God.)
(Jn 20:28) And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
(Phil 2:5-6) Let this mind be in you, which was in Christ Jesus: (6) Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.
(Isa 9:6) (In the names Jesus shall be called, one is "The Mighty God.")
(Titus 2:13) Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.
Jesus claimed omnipresence:
(Mt 18:20) For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them.
Can anyone but God be perfect? Yet, Jesus was. He was sinless:
(1 Jn 3:5)(2 Cor 5:21)(Heb 4:15)(1 Pet 2:22)
Jesus claimed the angels were His:
(Mt 13:41)(Mt 24:30-31)(Mt 25:31)(Mk 13:27)
We are to worship no one but God, yet Jesus was worshipped:
(Mt 2:11)(Mt 2:2)(Mt 15:25)(Mt 28:17)(Jn 9:38)(Rev 4:10)(Heb 1:6)
Jesus claimed the name "I am" for Himself, a name reserved for God (Ex 3:14).
(Jn 8:58-59) Jesus said unto them, verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. (59) Then they took up stones to cast at him; but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. (The Jews clearly saw Jesus was claiming deity by saying this.)
Jesus claimed God was His Father: (Jn 5:16-18)
(The Jews were going to stone Him for this statement. Why? Because in Jewish thought the father WAS the son, Jesus was saying He was God.)
Jesus said YOUR fathers:
(Jn 6:49) Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. (Why did Jesus say "Your fathers"? Were they not also His fathers? Jesus was proclaiming His deity by disassociating Himself with mankind.)
In (Num 21:6-9) it speaks of the Lord sending the serpents upon the Israelites for their sin. Yet, in (1 Cor 10:9) we read: "Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents." (Note: in verse 7 Moses prayed to Jesus)
Jesus was prayed to by Stephen:
Jesus also said to ask in His name and HE would do it:
Jesus forgave sins:
(Lk 5:20-25)(Mk 2:1-12)(Mt 9:1-8)(Lk 7:47-50), and it was called blasphemy, why? In the OT there was no command to forgive sins. It was always an eye for an eye (Ex 21:24-25) or restitution (Ex 21 & 22). Only God could forgive sins, so when Jesus forgave sins, He was claiming deity.
John the Baptist affirmed His deity:
John was born 6 months before Jesus (Lk 1:24-2:7), yet in (Jn 1:30) John said that "He (Jesus) existed before me" (NASB) (or "he was before me"- KJV). In saying this, he was clearly proclaiming Jesus' eternal existence as God.
Another excellent way to show Jesus IS God is to show the attributes both God and Jesus share:
Who will judge?
God (Heb 13:4)(Rom 3:6)(Ps 82:8)(Ps 50:6)
Jesus (Jn 5:22)(Jn 5:27)(2 Tim 4:1)(2 Cor 5:10)
Who is Creator?
God (Gen 1:1)(Isa 42:5)(Isa 45:18)
Jesus (Col 1:16)(Heb 1:10)(Jn 1:3)
Who is the "Almighty"?
God (Gen 35:11)(Gen 17:1)(2 Cor 6:18)
Jesus (Rev 1:8)(Rev 4:8)
At who shall every knee bow?
God (Rom 14:11)(Isa 45:22-23)
Jesus (Phil 2:10)
Who is the beginning and the end?
God (Rev 21:6-7)(Rev 4:8)(Rev 1:8)(Rev 1:11)
Jesus (Rev 1:17-18)(Rev 2:8)(Rev 22:13)(Jn 1:1)
Who is the "Rock"?
God (Deut 32:4)
Jesus (1 Cor 10:4)
Who is "King of kings and Lord of lords"?
God (Deut 10:17)(Ps 136:2-3)
Jesus (Rev 17:14)(Rev 19:16)(1 Tim 6:14-15)
Who is "Saviour" of all men?
God (1 Tim 4:10)(Jude 25)(Titus 2:10)(1 Tim 2:3)
Jesus (Lk 2:11)(Phil 2:10)(Jn 4:42)(2 Tim 1:10)
Who is the "fountain of life"?
God (Ps 36:9)
Jesus (Rev 21:6)(Jn 4:14)(Jn 6:35)
Who is the "Holy One"?
God (1 Jn 2:20)(Ezek 39:7)(Hab 1:12)(Ps 71:22)
Jesus (Acts 3:14)(Mk 1:24)(Acts 2:27)(Ps 16:10)
Who is the "light"?
God (1 Jn 1:5)(Ps 27:1)(Isa 60:20)(Mic 7:8)
Jesus (Jn 1:7-9)(Jn 8:12)(Lk 2:32)(Jn 12:35-36)
Who is "shepherd"?
God (Ps 80:1)(Ps 23:1)
Jesus (Jn 10:11)(Jn 10:14)(Heb 13:20)(1 Pet 5:4)