Jesus is God – Introduction
Before we get into the controversial claim that Jesus is God let us get the easy bits out of the way.
The following two point are generally accepted without much dispute or argument:
⇒ Jesus was a good man and a great teacher with exceptional wisdom.
⇒ Jesus was a historical person who walked this earth 2000 years ago.
The major point of contention is whether Jesus is God or just a man. Depending on the answer people fall in one of the following two groups:
A) People who claim that Jesus is God
Christians who use the Bible as their primary source to claim that Jesus is God.
B) People who claims that Jesus is just a man.
⇒ Agnostic or atheist Biblical scholars:
One example is Bart Ehrman. He claims to be an agnostic (A person who doesn’t know if God exists) but yet has spent most of his career attempting to prove that Jesus is not God.
⇒ Jehovah’s Witnesses:
They believe that Jesus is God’s first creation and therefore a created being and not God.
⇒ New Agers/Other eastern religions:
They believe that Jesus was a highly enlightened and spiritually advanced human being.
They believe that Jesus was a messenger and a prophet of God, a great man but just human.
Whose view is correct?
The simplest answer would be to just ask Jesus himself. Unfortunately since we cant do that the next best thing is to read what people who met Jesus wrote about him.
In this article we will see the top 16 ways in which Jesus told us He is God.
1. Jesus calls Himself the Almighty
2. Jesus calls himself the Lord of the Sabbath
You can read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and you will always see that the Sabbath is never called the Sabbath of the Jews or Sabbath of humans. It is always called the Sabbath of the Lord.
In Exodus 31:13, God calls the sabbath “my sabbaths”, notice he did not say your sabbath or the Jews sabbath or the people’s sabbath.
In Isaiah 58:13, God calls the Sabbath “my holy day”
I can go on and on but you get the point, the Sabbath is and was always God’s sabbath.
Now some might say that Lord is a very generic term and can mean master or superior. Notice the context doesn’t allow it because Jesus says He is Lord also of the Sabbath, so what He means is that he is Lord of everything and that includes the Sabbath as well. We know that only God is the Lord of the Sabbath, therefore if Jesus is claiming to be the Lord of the Sabbath then He is claiming to be God. The Jews understood this and that’s the reason why they wanted to kill Jesus.
3. Jesus calls himself Master and Lord:
Master in the Greek is didaskalos which means teacher.
Lord in the Greek is kyrios which means owner.
Master is a title which can apply to any human who can teach. Here Jesus is called teacher because he was well acquainted with scriptures and would go about teaching and expounding its meaning to his followers and disciples.
Lord in this context cannot mean an earthly title because Jesus was not a rich man with slaves and servants neither was he an earthly king. The only context in which Jesus could call himself Lord was if he is claiming to be God and Creator of his disciples.
4. Did Jesus ask others to worshiped Him as God?
Worshiping God means giving glory, honour and praise due only to God and to no other being.
Another passage where Jesus uses the word timao in the context of worshiping God is:
Here Jesus quotes directly from the old testament book of Isaiah:
The word honour in Hebrew is kabad which means: To praise; to magnify and honor in worship; to ascribe honor to, in thought or words.
Honor can also mean to give respect to someone who is above you but Jesus is clearly using this in the context of worshiping God. Lets notice a few things about this passage:
– Jesus says that all men should honour him just as they honour the father.
This means that Jesus is placing himself about every human being. He is also clearly stating that he doest belong to the category of humans but to the category of God.
– Jesus is clearly equating himself equal to the Father.
Note what He says, He says that all men should honour him just as they honour the Father.
Question is how do you honor the Father? The answer is by worshiping Him, giving Him Praise and calling Him God.
If Jesus is just a man how can He ever ask to be worshiped just as God should be worshiped.
You should have absolutely no doubt that Jesus demanded worship and praise due only to God. Jesus famously claimed:
Did Jesus claim Divine attributes?
Divine attributes are qualities or characteristics which only God can claim. No created being can make claims such as all powerful,all knowing,present in multiple places at the same time,self existent,eternal,Holy, power to forgive sins, power to answer prayers, etc.
5. Jesus claimed to be all powerful
6. Jesus claimed to know all things
7. Jesus claimed to be present in multiple places at the same time
8. Jesus claimed Aseity or Self existence
By definition aseity means: existence originating from and having no source other than itself and self existent means: existing independently of any cause, as God.
Jesus is self-existent. This means that He had no creator, but has always existed, unchanging, from before time until after its end.
9. Jesus gives life to creatures
Quickeneth is the greek word zōopoieō which means: to cause to live, make alive, give life
10. The voice of Jesus has the power to raise the dead on judgment day
11. Jesus is the Judge
12. Jesus is the rewarder of the after life
13. Jesus claimed to be Eternal
14. Jesus claimed to be Holy
During the old testament period there was no piece of land which was more holier or greater than the most holy place in the temple because this was where God’s glory would come down and fill the temple. No one was allowed to go into the most holy place except the High Priest and that too only once in a year on the Day of Atonement. If anyone did enter they would be struck dead by the holiness of God’s glory.
Now imagine that Jesus is saying He is greater than the temple itself, only God could say this and not a mere human!